Most of the time, I can get the cup properly positioned and opened with no problem. But I noticed, especially now since I'm at the end of my period, that I am doing some kind of damage every time I insert the cup. I know that I have some hymenal tissue remaining, even though I'm not a virgin, and I think that I must be inadvertently pinching or tearing that tissue, because there is bright red blood every time I insert. And I keep staining my underwear, because although my cup doesn't leak at all, I'm bleeding from below the cup. Do you have any suggestions on how I can prevent this?
I have a hell of a time removing the cup, almost every time. I have to bear down and feel around for the stem, and then grip the end of it with my fingernails (often pinching myself in the process), and pull it down until I'm able to get a finger alongside the cup to break the seal. Usually, it takes several minutes, and then I have to take a break because all my muscles tense up...and then I have to start all over again because my vaginal muscles pull the cup back up out of reach. Is there a better way?
Also, I noticed that with the cup in, I always feel a faint pressure. Sometimes it makes me feel like I need to urinate, and sometimes it feels like menstrual cramps, but I can always feel it. And the darn stem pokes me, lol, but I can't cut it off for fear of not being able to remove it at all!
I really love the convenience and environmental friendliness of the cup, but I'm a little discouraged by these issues I've been having. Maybe it just takes practice?