New, larger menstrual cup hurts to remove
My old cup, a Ruby cup small, was getting gross after about five years of use. After some research, I decided to order the Saalt cup regular (basically the large), because my smaller one would overflow on really heavy days. The new cup is just as easy to insert and wear, but too wide to take out without pain, at least the way I’m used to doing it.
Is there a different way to remove the cup other than just breaking the seal and pulling it out, or should I just order a smaller one? My Ruby cup was fine the vast majority of the time, I just hated the anxiety that a mess MIGHT happen on my heavier days.
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 feeling like when you remove a dry tampon (if you know the feeling). If this is what you’re experiencing, you can slide your thumb up the cup’s body as the rim nears the vaginal opening.
This works the best if you don’t wait until the cup is completely full.
If this doesn’t relieve the issue, you might consider getting a cup that isn’t necessarily smaller but just slightly narrower or softer.
A few cups that might interest you (if you decide to try another cup) are the small Venus Cup, LaliCup, or small (not teen) MyCup NZ.
The Venus and LaliCup are narrower and slightly softer than the regular (firmness and size) Saalt Cup.
The Venus Cup holds 29ml at full capacity. The LaliCup holds 27.
The MyCup is the closest in shape to the Saalt cup but is shorter and narrower. However, it’s about the same in firmness. The small (not teen) MyCup holds 29 at full capacity.
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