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Anakalia aka Red Herring got an early start in the medical field at 15 years old when she was hired by Kapiolani Hospital (Hawaii) to public speak about teen sex and the hardship of teen pregnancy & parenting. Testing out of high school early, she then went on to be valedictorian in college (medical studies). During and after college, she worked for the very OB-GYN who delivered her first child. In 1996, while searching for another product, Red Herring came across a menstrual disc. While she didn't use them consistently, it opened her eyes to alternative menstrual products for the future. Red Herring has been sharing her experience and knowledge of menstrual cups on YouTube since 2015. She has worked on or with several menstrual cup companies but chooses not to be credited. "I want to help people find the right menstrual cup for their situation. Not pressure them to buy a menstrual cup [that I might have helped with] for the sake of sales."
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Do menstrual cups move up after they are inserted?

Hello there! Depending on the length of the cup and the height of your cervix, the cup can/will migrate upwards no matter if you position it low from the start. If you have a small/short cup and your...

June 27, 20205
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Cervix feels like it’s being pulled out?

Hi again! Day two - cup adventures continues... Yay! - that you're a little closer to a smooth insertion. Again, there should never be any pain during any process of using a cup. I think that because...

June 16, 20205
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Pain Inserting & Removing

Hello there! It is never normal to feel pain while using a menstrual cup - ANY menstrual cup. There should be no pain during any process of using it. A little pressure while inserting, positioning,...

June 15, 20205
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High cervix – size A or B?

Hello there! Congrats on making the choice to switch to reusables. It's nice to hear that you've done some research on what you might need or look for in a cup. Knowing if your cervix is low or high...

June 15, 20205
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Will the blood splash?

Hello there! The blood will be collected and contained in the cup in liquid form. But you probably won't feel it moving unless the cup overflows. To avoid that mishap, make sure you empty your cup before...

May 29, 20205
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Using Menstrual Disk

Hello there! I find that firm cups with a rounder body stay in place better when my pelvic floor is fatigued. A firmer cup is less likely to collapse when I bear down. A rounder body helps keep the...

May 28, 20205
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Should i see a Doctor?

Hello There, Even if your period is 'irregular' in terms of the standard 7 days, it might be 'regular' for your body. As you mentioned, it's 'normally' 4-5 days long. So that could be your norm, at least...

May 21, 20205
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Right cup?

Hello, None of these cups are really considered firm cups and although the FemmyCycle company states that the cup doesn't need to open completely to collect, the other two don't follow the same guideline....

May 20, 20205
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Very low (30mm) cervix options?

Hello There! Even if you have a very low cervix, there's space around it called the vaginal fornix which allows cups to snuggle in. If you measured your cervix to be 30mm, you might find that cups 40...

May 14, 20205
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MyCup giving me mixed signals

Thank you for providing some great information to help me understand your situation. The Fleur Cup sounds like it's been working pretty well for you, but I understand the worry of it leaking although...

May 12, 20205
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¿Puedo usar la copa menstrual teniendo herpes vaginal?

Hola, No somos médicos en este sitio, y no podemos responder con certeza si es seguro usar una taza si tiene herpes vaginal. Sugeriría contactar a su médico para pedirle su opinión. Pido disculpas...

May 12, 20205
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Não consigo inserir o copo por completo

Olá, A xícara Lily é considerada uma xícara longa. Parece que você pode ter um colo do útero médio a alto, pois é possível inseri-lo completamente, mas também parece que ainda é um pouco longo...

May 12, 20205
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My cup hurts; which one should I try next?

Hello There! It doesn't sound like you're having a very good experience with the Sckoon Cup. Even though it hasn't been successful, I commend you for trying it again. I hope that I can lend you some...

May 2, 20205
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No idea what I am doing – help!

Hello There! I have a very similar story to yours. I was 98lbs when I had my first child. My pelvis was so narrow that they didn’t think I could give vaginal birth. On top of that, I had a difficult...

April 25, 20205
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Hello There! Try leaving the cup in some open-air, preferably by a sunny window for a day or two, and see if that helps. If not, I would contact the company that you purchased it through and ask for their...

April 24, 20202
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Hi There! I talked to a doctor about it a couple of years back. I was worried that I damaged myself from all of my pulling while removing a particular cup with no air holes. The doctor said that for...

April 14, 20202
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Empty the cup

Hi There! This is a common complaint among cups users, but there is an easy fix for this. Before sitting on the toilet, take a piece of toilet paper or two and place it on the water. It will catch...

April 8, 20205
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Irritation days after cup use

Hello There! First of all, welcome to the world of menstrual cups. I know it hasn't been 100% perfect yet, but I hope that I can help brainstorm some solutions for your issue. Cheap cups are always a...

April 8, 20205
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Changing cups after vaginal birth?

Hello! Lena is a great cup. If you're already used to the shape, firmness, ease of use, etc., you might just want to stick with the brand. The larger size may hold a bit more and last you the time that...

April 2, 20205
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Pee in cup

I'm sorry that you feel that everyone explaining the anatomy is pointless, but I speak to people almost every day from 9 to 64 years old who weren't aware of this. The only way that a menstrual cup will...

March 28, 20205
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