I'm getting better at this, thanks to all of you, but I have a few more questions.
I put it in right before I was ready to go to sleep. The cramps came back, worse this time. I tried to wait it out, and then after about half an hour had to take the cup out. When I went to do that I realized that the cup must have been in wrong, because there wasn't a lot of blood in the cup, but there was a lot everywhere else. I reinserted and must have gotten it right that time, because I felt fine all night, and when I woke up there was only a little spotting. I emptied it when I woke up, something which I am getting a lot better at. My only problem with emptying now is that every time I do it, blood gets *all over* my hand. I'm not squeemish or anything, and when I'm at home, I'm fine with it, I'm just kind of worried about for when I'm *not* at home. Is there a way to empty without getting blood all over one's hand? Perhaps I'm not just practiced enough yet.
Thank you for all your help! I'm so happy about how last night went even though it was't perfect, I still woke up and hadn't stained anything, and I didn't really have to worry about doing that the night before... what a relief!