Do stems help you to remove the menstrual cup?
The stems helps in some ways but they are usually a bit soft or stretchy. They are not really there for being pulled on and I wouldn’t recommend it.
first because pulling the stem doesn’t cancel the light suction that happens when a cup is in place, pinching the bottom of the cup does cancel the seal to make it much easier to remove
Pulling on the stem will make it harder, possibly uncomfortable, the stem might strech, possibly snap if you over do it and if the cup suddenly comes out you’ll spill its content.
The stem helps you locate the bottom of the cup with your finger and pulling lightly on it to grab the bottom of the cup, pinch it betwen your thumb and index and gently pull the cup out.
if you feel the stem is too long you can cut it (making sure you don’t pierce the bottom obviously). There are many cups that have no stems or just tiny balls.
Each to their own to use whatever makes them feel comfortable.
Have a look at my FAQ if you want more answers about menstrual cups.