Pain from cup opening?

Hello everyone, I've been using a lunette small for some months now and it does its job pretty well,but there's a problem.

Sometimes, a couple of minutes to an hour after I first insert the cup (after I've been moving around a while) I get a sharp pain when the cup pops open/lets out an air bubble. That's the explanation I've seen people give. Most of the time I shrug it off and go on my way but yesterday after that happened I got a sharp pain in the left side of my pelvis and just felt pretty nauseous. I took the cup out and decided to sleep with a pad but the sharp pain wouldn't go away throughout the night. I took painkillers and a hot water bottle and the pain lessened a lot but I can still feel it's there and moving is a bit uncomfortable.

I will go do a check up at a gynecologist when I can but I wanted to ask if anyone has had a similar experience? I don't know if the "air bubble" could have somehow moved through my cervix and is causing problems there? I don't even know if that's possible. It could be unrelated menstrual pain that started at the same time (I've felt it once before but I can't remember if I had my menstrual cup in there or not)

I'm sorry if it's getting rambly but I really like using a menstrual cup and I'm hoping it's not damaging me. Please let me know if you've had a similar experience, I couldn't find anything like this on the forums.

My vagina keeps swallowing my cup?!

I couldn’t find a better way to describe what is going on, so sorry.

I’m 23, a virgin and I’m trying a cup for the first time. I bought an Athena cup size small and a Pixie cup size small.

I’ve had issues with inserting for almost my entire cycle. I tried different positions, different folds and lube. I can usually get half of the Athena cup in before I start feeling pain and can’t push it in more without it hurting.

After getting extremely lubed up, I’ve managed to get it in once, but it went so far up I could barely feel the stem, let alone check if it had opened. I didn’t feel anything when I walked around, which is what they say it’s supposed to feel like, but I couldn’t tell if it was open.

I tried taking it out, but I had to push really hard and catch the cup in time, because as soon as I stopped pushing, my vagina would swallow it back up.

So my question is, did I get a cup that’s too small? I’ll be honest, I did put my finger in to measure my cervix, but I couldn’t figure out if I was able to touch it or not.

Please, I really need help!! I don’t want to give up on using the cup, I’m so over using pads and tampons and always worrying I’m leaking.
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Skin hanging out of vagina.

Hi everybody,
I am seeking some advice and help. I am a 23 years old girl.Today I noticed that some skin is sticking out of my vaginal hole. It is of crimson color and feels smooth. It is circular in shape and size a little smaller than a coin.

I have been experiencing spotting prior to my periods from last 3-4 months. I thought it is normal. And this time also I experienced spotting and that too around my period days. I noticed spotting for 3 days and today this skin was popping out of vagina which whenever I wipe leaves little blood on tissue.

I am afraid that this skin might block vaginal discharge. I never had sex.

Please suggest what this can be.

I am very worried.
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Skin hanging out of vagina.

Hi everybody,
I am seeking some advice and help. I am a 23 years old girl.Today I noticed that some skin is sticking out of my vaginal hole. It is of crimson color and feels smooth. It is circular in shape and size a little smaller than a coin.

I have been experiencing spotting prior to my periods from last 3-4 months. I thought it is normal. And this time also I experienced spotting and that too around my period days. I noticed spotting for 3 days and today this skin was popping out of vagina which whenever I wipe leaves little blood on tissue.

I am afraid that this skin might block vaginal discharge. I never had sex.

Please suggest what this can be.

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Merula Cup - EBay

I would like to purchase a Merula cup and saw a seller on EBay sells them for $40. Has anyone purchased a name brand cup from EBay? The seller seems to have good review(s) and has sold quite a few.  I would prefer not to have to purchase it from Feminine Wear.

Trouble Inserting my menstrual cup because of my urethra

Hi, hello, I am 15 and a virgin. I bought a menstrual cup with my mom because its more environmentally. However, i have tried to insert it about 3 times now and have failed. I have used water based lube, sat in all the positions people told me to sit in, I've pushed a little to open up my pelvic region and nothing has helped. When i try to insert it i can get it a little ways up but its poking what i assume to be my urethra and it hurts so much! From what i can see using a mirror and just plain looking down, is that my urethra takes up half of my vaginal opening. Is that normal? Or am i looking at something different? I know its not my hymen because when i stick a finger up in there, its thick and rigged and goes up with the shape of the "canal". Anyone know how to combat this? I would very much like to try and use a menstrual cup but it keeps hitting this mass and i don't know what to do.

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Low cervix + upside down acrobatics

Hi all!

I would like to ask if anyone else has similar problems than I do. I have used my Lunette 1 and 2 (nowadays only the size 1) for 7 years now and been having the same problem for a while now. My cervix is extremely low and it takes about half of the space of the cup. When I'm on my period, my cervix is right there when I put my finger inside. If I squat all the way down, the cervix almost comes out. My vaginal opening gets pretty sore because the cup keeps it a bit open and the tip scratches the lips sometimes. I also have to empty it pretty often because there isn't that much room for blood.

I've recently read about Merula and Femmycycle (low-cervix or teen) and other shorter cups and will most definitely try either one of the mentioned, propably Meruna because it's easier to get.

Another thing that I would really need help for, is how to solve the problem of going upside down while wearing a cup on my period. I do handstands, acroyoga and partner acrobatics and I have to use a tampon on those days, because the cup leaks. I am an experienced user with my Lunette so it's not possible it isn't put there properly. I also empty it right before I train. In every position with a possibility for vagina farts, there is also a possibility for blood catastrophe after I come back to standing. I don't now if it is the vaginal muscles that push the cup to fold or what happens, but all the blood runs out and I'm in trouble. Has anyone found a solution (cup) for this problem?

Otherwise I've had no problems with cups. Sometimes it feels like I had to pee but that's not a big problem. I am quite sensitive but it's been alright with Lunette even though it's quite firm.

Can someone help: Yuuki cup comparison old vs. new versions

Hey everyone,
I've been using a large Yuuki cup successfully for the past 9 years now, always been very happy with it, but the silicone is starting to degrade (or something...?) so I need to get a new one.
Wanted to get the same one again (I want a big capacity cup) but obviously they changed the firmness of the Yuuki cups/expanded their selection.

Does anyone on here, by any chance, happen to know how their old model compares to the soft and classic versions ones that are available nowadays?

I am open to suggestions of course, just know this/some additional info:

- I also tried a large Lunette back then, which didn't work for me, its stiffness caused it to 'dislocate' and leak when I did certain movements, the large Yuuki, which was softer, solved that problem back then, so I don't think I'd be happy with the new, firm, Yuuki that is available nowadays.

- I recently had the chance to try the large Ladycup and the large libimed cup. Both were a nightmare to get out, because when I squeezed the bottom of those cups, their rims would not collapse. And keep in mind that I'm an experienced cup user who has inserted and removed large (old) Yuuki, small and large Lunette all three successfully on first try and never struggled with it. But now I am scared the new, soft Yuuki will be similar to the Lady and libimed cup :(.

So I guess I'm looking for a rather soft, high capacity cup, whose rim collapses nicely when I squeeze the bottom, despite its softness

Sorry this got so long.
I'd be very grateful if someone could offer me some input :)

Updated review of Merula - my problem with available capacity

Hello!

I've had my merula for 2 years already. At first I was very satisfied with it and it worked great... I even posted a detailed review on it! But my opinion changed a bit. I've realised I rarely use it, because I almost always still use my lunette model 1.
I bought the merula in hope to have higher capacity for busy days. However, when I overflow my merula, and pour the blood into lunette to compare the level at which they overflow on my heaviest day, I realise that merula collects either the same amount or less blood with my particular anatomy. I have a cervix that hangs very low, however, the length of my vaginal canal (so, the fornices) are relatively long(er)
While Lunette, has smaller diameter and under less suction (because of the holes), when it fills up and gets heavier, it slides more towards opening, allowing also allowing for additional space in the cup which the cervix occupied beforehand.
In merula however (and this, I think is because of strong suction), the cup does not descend ever, and engulfs much of the cervix, therefore occupying more of its capacity.

Merula is a perfect cup for people with low cervix and a shorter vaginal canal, I guess. I really wanted to like it in the long-term... but I'm my case, I don't get the benefit of the capacity, therefore I don't think I'll ever fully be satisfied with this cup :(

If anyone has any advice for me though, I'd be happy to hear.

Leaking/cup recommendation?

Hi, I’ve been using a keeper moon cup off and on for years but always gave up because of leakage. My cervix seems medium-high, I’m 40 and have had two kids. I put the cup in, no problems, can spin it, can’t feel my cervix on the side, and it almost always leaks right away. There’s often barely anything in the cup but occasionally I get it right and it all goes in there. So gratifying when it works but definitely not reliable. Sometimes it feels too low. I am overwhelmed with the number of cups and suggestions. Any ideas why I’m having such trouble or what different cup might be better? I know sometimes I’m missing my cervix but I don’t know how to get the cup to stay in a particular place. I have read Kuradi08’s FAQ and it was helpful but alas I’m still leaking all over.
Thanks!