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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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My cup slips down – how do I prevent this

Hello There! If this is happening often, it's probably just not the right cup for you. Here are a few things you can check or try before moving onto another cup that might work better for your anatomy....

4 days ago 5
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The stem hurts the inside of my vagina

Hello There! If you are able to reach the base of the cup without the stem, you can trim the stem down as far as possible (without damage). The stem isn't necessary as long as you can reach the base...

March 31, 2021 5
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Menstrual Cup Doesn’t open

Hello There! Our cervix moves throughout our cycle, including during menstruation. It may have been why the same positioning could have resulted in leaks. Anyhow, here are a couple of tips that might...

March 23, 2021 5
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Dropped my menstrual cup in the shower

Hi There! If you're concerned, you can pour some clean, hot water over it from the coffee pot (if you're still at a hotel). But generally, a hot, soapy wash should be fine. Good Luck! <3 Red Herring...

March 23, 2021 5
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The thin layer of skin hurts during removing/inserting

Hello There! First, I commend you for using a menstrual cup and not giving up. Not all teens are comfortable or willing to even try one. Anyhow, I'm sorry that you're having some issues with a pain-free...

March 21, 2021 5
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How can I tell if I had too much suction/caused damage when removing my cup?

Hello There! First of all, no one here is a doctor so if you want peace of mind, I would advise asking a medical professional. I can only share what my own doctor told me. However, doctors will have...

March 17, 2021 5
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Cup seems to be impossible to open 🤯

Hello There! The Satisfyer Feel Confident Cups are very soft and have only two small holes. I can see how anyone would have some difficulties getting them to open. There are some tricks that you can...

March 17, 2021 5
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Regarding cup size

Hi There! You can use any size that you're comfortable with using. Cup companies only use age and pregnancies as a guide but if a small isn't sufficient for your flow, then a larger size would be a better...

March 17, 2021 5
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Can the Ziggy cup get lost inside you during sex?

Thank you for breaking down your thoughts. It makes it so much easier to follow your line of thinking and questions 🙂 I’m keen to try the Ziggy cup but don’t really understand how it won’t get...

March 14, 2021 5
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Menstrual cup leakage issue

Hello There, It sounds like you've checked all the boxes on my list except one. If your cervix is sitting inside of the small cup, it could be compromising the already low capacity. Either you have...

March 14, 2021 5
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Suction related pain when inserting Menstrual Cup

Bell-shaped cups especially ones with a flared rim seem to "fit" better for those with a low to a medium cervix. The cup will ride up and sit higher while the rounded base is more comfortable than a pointed...

March 10, 2021 5
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Hi There! The perfect cup would be easy to fold, insert, position, and remove while being comfortable to wear all day. I understand that you have vaginismus which comes with its symptoms, but regularly,...

March 9, 2021 2
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Menstrual cup hurts while inserting

Hello There! Inserting a cup while you're on your period and when you're not on your period will be different. When you're bleeding, blood will help lubricate the cup and allow it to slide in and out...

March 7, 2021 5
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There’s a couple of things that I would pay attention to that may have contributed to extra cramping. First, in a squatting position, make sure that you are aiming the folded cup down and back towards...

March 4, 2021 2
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New, larger menstrual cup hurts to remove

Hello There! Normally if a cup causes irritation or pain during removal, it's because the wide or firm rim brushes against the urethra. A lot of people describe it as a burning, stinging, or sandpaper...

February 26, 2021 5
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It pains after sometimes

Hi There! You might find some helpful information under: How to Use a Menstrual Cup Check #4 on the links at the top of the page about "Creating a good seal". Although not all cups will create a strong...

February 14, 2021 5
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Why am I having intense pelvic/cramp pain with my menstrual cup?

Hello There! You know, sometimes we're just more sensitive from one month to the next. I experience the same thing from time to time where one of my "go-to" cups just doesn't feel as comfortable as it...

February 12, 2021 5
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Cup won’t open

Hello There! I know it can be frustrating, but I commend you for not giving up. I hope that I can help. Here are a few tips that might help your situation: Try squatting on the ground and insert the...

February 5, 2021 5
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Lamazuna menstrual cup

Sorry, not me 🙁 None of my cup buddies have it either. It doesn't look like they ship to my country. I'm going to have to see if there's another online shop that offers to and is willing to ship. If...

January 30, 2021 5
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First Time Problems

Hello There, First, congrats on choosing a menstrual cup as well as getting it inserted and removed with minimal issues during your first use. Hopefully, with some adjustments, this cup will be both...

January 24, 2021 5
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