I tried a no name menstrual cup and I had a lot of trouble removing it. I couldn’t break the seal and the rim was very hard. I didn’t have problems inserting it, but when getting it out (though folding it in a c-fold) it tore me, as if I was not stretchy enough down there. It hurt and I was bleeding. After a while, I decided to buy the soft lena cup. This time, I couldn’t even insert it, as it was hurting while I was trying to get it in. I removed it immediately, and started bleeding again (one full hand of normal blood, not menstrual bleeding). I am a bit terrified now to try it again and I didn’t find any information about this in the internet. Am I doing something wrong? I use tampons normally.
Thanks for your answers and my apologies for my English. It’s not my mother tongue.
It doesn’t sound like you’re having any luck with the menstrual cups that you’re trying. If these were my first experiences with a cup, I would probably be pretty scared to try one again, too.
Although I can’t say exactly what’s happening or if you’re doing anything wrong, I can offer some tips if you do decide to try a cup again.
First, one of the narrower cups on the market may be more comfortable to insert for new users. They shouldn’t be as bulky when they’re folded during insertion as well as during removal.
A water-based personal lubricant can make a big difference. If you or the cup is dry either during insertion or removal, it could pull, stretch, and even tear the delicate tissues. It’s the same as a dry tampon leaving micro-tears.
*Only use water-based lubricants with silicone cups as they won’t deteriorate the silicone as other lubricants can.
Do you know if you have a low or high cervix? If you’re having difficulties reaching your cup (when removing it), you might be spending more time digging around which could be contributing to the issue.
As for the hand full of blood, besides your period, I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m sorry that I can’t answer this for you but if you are still experiencing pain and bleeding (“not menstrual bleeding”) then I would seek medical advice.
Good Luck <3
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