Slight discomfort after removing the cup
Hi, I’m 16, a virgin and a first time menstrual cup user. I usually use sanitary pads but I bought a menstrual cup recently. Took me two days to insert it but I finally nailed it the third day. It fit right without discomfort but removing it was a whole deal. Although I could reach the ends, I had issues with breaking the suction because it was so slippery and quite a tight fit. Finally managed to remove it, but I have a slight discomfort in my vagina now and it feels sore. Should I be concerned or is it normal for first time users to feel slightly sore down there?
First of all, congrats on trying a menstrual cup for the first time. I know it can be quite frustrating at first, but with practice, it will get easier.
There’s been a few times that my cup was a little too slippery for me to get a good grip on. I find that if I bear down and wipe the stem/base of the cup as best as I can, it gives me a better hold. If your cup is short or located high, then this probably won’t work for you. My suggestion would then be to squat and push down with your muscles to reach the base, pinch, and release the seal. Squatting will roll your pelvis forward and bring your cervix (and cup) a little closer to the vaginal opening and give you better reach.
You may be involuntarily tensing your body. It’s common for new cup users to do this. The only thing I can suggest is to relax, but I know it’s easier said than done. You can try removing your cup in a relaxing warm shower and see if that helps.
If after a few months this cup is still giving you issues with removal, I would suggest looking into something else. May something narrower and maybe with larger or more air holes.
Good Luck and let me know if there’s anything else I might be able to answer for you.
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