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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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Help with my cup

Hello! Don't be embarrassed, anatomy (at least in high school) doesn't really go into detail about these things and we normally don't have to know where everything single thing is located. So it's understandable...

11 hours ago 5
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Been troubleshooting for months. Every cup leaks. So frustrated.

@EAR Hi EAR! Thank you for your kind words. I'm happy to help you try to find the right cup even if we haven't found it yet. So the Venus Cup, because it's on the longer side, I'm hoping that even...

5 days ago 5
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Menstrual cups for high cervix

Hi There! Here are a few cups that I suggest often to users with a high cervix. They are in no particular order. Venus Cup large - medium firmness, rounded base, high capacity - 47ml to the rim. Yuuki...

September 9, 2020 5
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Been troubleshooting for months. Every cup leaks. So frustrated.

@EAR Hi again, Still having issues. That's a bummer. I'm sorry that the LaliCup didn't do as well as I hoped it would for your situation. You mentioned that the cup winds up sitting up high, which...

September 9, 2020 5
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Menstrual Cup Discoloration

Hi There! Several of my menstrual cups get stains over time, as well. Some stain way quicker than others. When a cup starts to get unsightly for my own liking, I soak it in a 50/50 mix of over the counter...

August 30, 2020 5
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August 23, 2020 10
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Low cervix, heavy flow

Hi There! If you can insert up to your 2nd knuckle, I would consider your cervical height to be medium/low. You might benefit by looking into some other short but higher capacity cups. Super Jennie,...

August 23, 2020 5
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Stinging sensation while inserting and removing

Hi There! I've experienced two different types of stinging while using a cup. I'm not sure which one you're experiencing or if they are the same at all, but maybe these tips will help. The first type of...

August 21, 2020 5
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Cup starts to leak when half-full

Hi There! First, congratulations on making it to five months with your first menstrual cup. It might not have been the best experience, but I'm happy to hear that you haven't given up yet. I hope that...

August 20, 2020 5
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Cup suctioning to cervix

Hi There! With any cup, it's a hit or miss with seals and suctions (seal - creating a barrier, suction - creating a vacuum when pulled). The key is finding one that doesn't seal so tightly that it's...

August 15, 2020 5
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Blood in urine while cup is in place

Hello There! First, I am not a doctor. There are no doctors or healthcare specialists on this site that I know of. For your health and safety, I would suggest seeking medical attention if this continues....

August 14, 2020 5
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Can’t insert menstrual cup no matter what I try?

Hi There! I can hear the frustration in your comment 🙁 I'm sorry that it's not working out the way that you hoped. I hope that I can shed some light on what might be going on.... First, do you know...

August 10, 2020 5
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measuring the cervix

Hello There! If your cervix is medium to high, I would first double-check that you are inserting the cup correctly. Unlike a tampon that can be inserted almost any which way, a menstrual cup should be...

August 6, 2020 5
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Has anyone invented a “controlled-height” menstrual cup?

Hello There! As far as I know, there is no accessory to attach to the top of the cup from keeping it migrating higher. Options: - a larger size which is normally longer - a longer cup such as the Diva...

August 5, 2020 5
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Swelling in vagina

Hello There, First of all, NO one on this forum is a doctor (that I know of). This is a medical issue and I would suggest going in to see a professional. However, there are some common issues that it...

August 4, 2020 5
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Non-penetrative sex

Hi There! I don't know about everyone else, but I don't normally factor in a person's age when I help them find a cup. The only time that I would think about age is for younger users (9-14) and that's...

July 29, 2020 5
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Pee in cup

I always recommend seeing a doctor if something seems out of sorts. While forums can be a good source of information, they should not be used to replace a medical professional. I would hate for a reader...

July 28, 2020 5
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Would a menstrual disc be better for me ?

Hi There! First I want to say, that I'm proud of you for using a menstrual cup at your age. It's still not a very common product, especially for teens. <3 Anyhow, if you have a medium/high cervix,...

July 25, 2020 5
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Damaged my uterus by removing cup?

Hello there! I have several cups that create a light suction when gently tugging on them. Those don't give me any problems if I don't release it before removing them completely. However, I also have...

July 23, 2020 5
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Cut stem too short!

Bummer! I don't know of any way to make it no way to attach it back on. I've heard of users making a small hole and adding a ribbon or string like a tampon, but it will need to be changed...

July 13, 2020 5
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