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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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Menstrual cup discomfort and weird suction problem

In my experience, you can tug a little too hard on your cervix and cause a minor prolapse but it should correct itself in a day or two. Any more than a little discomfort or pain and there's something...

February 8, 2023 5
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Menstrual cup discomfort and weird suction problem

Hello There! The only time that I've ever experienced this pop is with very firm cups or when the body of the cup is open, but the rim is not. I'll tell you my experience and how I stop it from happening...

February 8, 2023 5
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Menstrual cup size

Hello There! It’s a common misconception that because someone has a low cervix they have to use the smallest cup. In actuality, it can lead to constant leaking. There are a couple of reasons why small...

February 7, 2023 5
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Where do i insert a menstrual cup?

Hello There, A menstrual cup is inserted into the vaginal canal and sits right under or right around the cervix. I believe the cervix is the "pipe" that you're questioning about. The link below has...

February 7, 2023 5
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Menstrual cup

Hello There, The stem of the menstrual cup can be either hanging outside of the body or inserted all the way inside the vaginal entrance. However, most people feel more comfortable with it fully inserted,...

February 7, 2023 5
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How to choose right diameter and hardness for menstrual cup?

Hello There! I'm so sorry for this very delayed reply. I don't own this website and don't visit it on a regular basis. First, it doesn't really matter what firmness a cup is if the pelvic floor is weak....

February 6, 2023 5
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Cup flicks open and “slaps” me

Hello There! This sounds terrible! I commend you for trying so many times! My suggestions: 1. Use a water-based lubricant if you haven't already. It should help the cup to "glide" in if your vaginal...

February 6, 2023 5
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Bladder pain

This is a very late reply and I hope you were able to work it out but I'll leave an answer just in case someone else is having the same issue. Sometimes, one cup just doesn't work for some reason during...

February 6, 2023 5
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Touching the cervix when inserting

I can't say that there is no negative long-term effect. You should ask a doctor if you have a concern about it. But you can bruise the cervix from your cup continuously snapping against it. It would...

February 6, 2023 5
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Which size after birth but beginners?

Hello There! I know this is a very late reply, but I'll leave this here just in case someone else is interested. First, menstrual cups don't absorb so any size is safe to use in terms of capacity. No...

February 6, 2023 5
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Can a cup be too small?

Hello There! It's a common misconception that because someone has a low cervix they have to use the smallest cup. In actuality, it can be the main cause of leaking. There are a couple of reasons why...

February 6, 2023 5
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Pregnancy scare

Well, since this reply is seven months too late, I hope that you got the outcome that you hoped for. 🙁 I'm sorry that no one answered you in a timely manner.

February 6, 2023 5
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One cup is too soft the other is too big?

Hello There! It sounds like you really gave some thought to the cups/disc that might work out for you. I'm very happy about that. A lot of people just dive in and buy a cup without knowing what to shop...

February 6, 2023 5
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Anyone else find a top layer of clear fluid in their cup?

Hello There! It's a common thing that happens. It doesn't happen all the time and it doesn't happen to everyone, but a lot of people experience this. There's discharge and mucus that mixes in and ends...

February 6, 2023 5
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I popped it in while still quite hot after boiling

Hello There! I think it depends on how hot it was. Seeing as you said it was "warm", I doubt any damage was done but the only person who can verify that would be a medical professional. On a side note,...

February 6, 2023 5
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Can we feel menstrual cup in anal when we place in vagina

Hello There, There is a tissue wall between the vaginal canal and the rectum. Anything inserted into either of the canals (adult pleasure tools, penis, fingers, menstrual cup, etc.) can be felt through...

February 6, 2023 5
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Consider adding question about pain

My father just finished his first round of radiation and chemotherapy, so your post stood out to me. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve gone through so much at such a young age. But it’s nice to hear...

February 9, 2022 5
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Diva Cup 1 slips – recommended replacement?

Hello Again! Oh wow! I have heard of this, read, and watched videos of people who have Uterus Didelphys, but never actually chatted with anyone who has it, even when I worked at an OB-GYN. Since you have...

December 26, 2021 5
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My cup doesn’t collect blood inside (but doesn’t leak!)

This is a strange one. The only time that I've heard of something similar happening is with menstrual discs and not cups. Can you tell me what cup you're using that this is happening with? Maybe it's...

December 17, 2021 5
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Menstrual cup not fitting?

While a vaginal opening may be narrow, the vaginal canal can expand up to 200 times its normal size. A menstrual cup should be inserted beyond the vaginal opening. The comparison is not the same. The...

December 13, 2021 5
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