Hi I’m 15 and I’m currently using the Organicup. I’ve gotten used to the actual inserting/removing progress (still experiencing pain from time to time but I’m improving:) ) I also use water-based lube to help. The problem is sometimes when I’m trying to reach in or, especially, when I try to remove it, there’s this thin layer of skin that it always gets caught in and it hurts so bad, it feels like my nails or fingers are piercing and digging into it. The most recent removal, I think I accidentally picked off a small piece of it. What am I doing wrong? And how can I fix it?
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First, I commend you for using a menstrual cup and not giving up. Not all teens are comfortable or willing to even try one.
Anyhow, I’m sorry that you’re having some issues with a pain-free removal. It sounds like you did a lot of research and following some helpful tips, but still running into some trouble.
I’m not exactly sure which thin layer of skin you are referring to, but it doesn’t matter, using a cup should not hurt during any step of using it.
-Try squatting down while removing the cup. This automatically brings the cervix (and cup) closer to the vaginal opening. It may help you reach the stem/base of the cup without reaching in as far.
-Rocking the cup back and forth and down at the same time may help gently inch the cup out and avoid the thin layer of skin instead of pulling it straight down.
-As the rim gets near the vaginal opening (cup 1/2 out), use your thumb to press in the cup’s body a bit. The rim is usually the firmer part of the cup and maybe causing the issue. This is done best when the cup is not completely full. Schedule your emptying sessions accordingly.
-Most people only apply lube when they are inserting the cup, you can also use it to help with removal (if you aren’t already). Apply a small drop to yourself, rinse your fingers, and then squat to remove the cup. Squatting will help spread your labia without touching the lube with your gripping fingers.
-If you’re nails are the culprit, some individuals with long, sharp nails use finger cots. These look like small condoms that roll onto your fingers. You can use them for your thumb and/or pointer finger to help keep the nails from cutting into the delicate tissues.
If all else fails, I suggest trying a narrower cup. It may feel more comfortable during both insertion and removal.
And although the OrganiCup is a great cup, it has a pretty firm rim. A cup with a slightly softer rim might help solve the issues.
The small Venus Cup, small LaliCup, Casco Cup mini, small Soft Saalt Cup may all be good options (in no particular order).
Good Luck <3
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