Menstrual Cup Issues, Solutions & Logic
I managed to get the menstrual cup in, but now I can't get it out! It seems like the cup is stuck inside me.
If you have problems removing Lunette, the first thing to do is relax, breathe deeply and focus on your vaginal muscles. If the menstrual cup has worked its way higher inside the vagina, relax the muscles and try to grasp its bottom or tab with your fingers. Squatting also eases the cup down. The cup can’t get lost in the vagina; it will ultimately slip down by force of gravity. Some strategies: find a comfortable position that will allow you to remove the cup more easily: many Lunette ladies remove the cup while straddling the toilet bowl with the vagina open and legs relaxed. The vagina has a natural curve and the cup is usually above the pubic bone when sitting. Grasp the bottom of the cup tightly with your forefinger and thumb and pinch to release the suction, rock it back and forth, and gently ease it out.
Methods to reach a cup that is too high: Sometimes users have trouble removing the cup because it is so far inside the vagina that they can't get a hold of the bottom or stem (sometimes this happens during the night). In this case, after waking, wait at least half an hour to allow it to settle and then remove. Squatting (with your legs spread and bent and your heels beneath your bottom) — in the shower, for example — helps open the vagina and bring Lunette down to the opening. At this point, you can grasp the lower part of the cup with your fingers, sit down in the bathtub (if you prefer) relax and remove the cup as explained above.
Another removal option is to push downward, using the same muscles as when making a bowel movement (but stop pushing as soon as you have a hold of the cup bottom). Relax, remove and reuse.
I can grab hold of the stem and the bottom of the cup, but I can’t break the seal to get it out. Even though you shouldn’t remove the cup by pulling on the stem alone, the purpose of the stem is to pull the cup bottom down until you can reach the cup bottom and pinch to break the seal.
If you still have trouble with removal, insert your forefinger parallel to the cup and find the upper part of the cup edge. At this point, your thumb will naturally be positioned at the cup bottom, then gently press the cup together and grasp the cup with your thumb and gently pull. You may hear a small noise when the suction is released, but keep pulling the cup down and don’t let go. When the cup is positioned at the opening of your vagina, press the cup together just like when inserting it, so that no pressure is applied to the mucous membrane — it’s all about technique as opposed to force (but aren’t most things in life?).
My Lunette menstrual cup has been inside me for ten hours, is there any risk of an infection?
The usage limit of 12 hours is a recommendation, but longer use will not necessarily cause problems.
If the cup is inserted significantly longer, be more attentive to any symptoms afterwards, such as yeast infections. Remember the cup is designed to hold a certain amount of fluid and be changed 2-4 times per day.
Our advice? Use Lunette the way it was intended, so you don’t spring a leak!
Sometimes I have leakage when I use the menstrual cup. I’ve heard that the reason could be that the cervix should be inside the cup. What is the cervix and when do I know that it is inside the cup?
The cervix is the entrance of the uterus through which menstrual blood flows through a pin-sized hole into the vaginal canal. The cervix is cylindrical or cone-shaped and located in the upper part of the vagina. When touched, it feels like the tip of a nose. For some women, it moves significantly lower during menstruation. Since the cervix is usually high in the vagina and the menstrual cup is placed low, the cervix remains above the cup. But if the cervix is significantly low, it may enter the interior of the cup.
Tampons in contrast, are placed further up inside the vagina, where the cervix is located. In Lunette diagrams, the cervix is intentionally placed very high to emphasize that the correct position of the cup is low in the vagina. Leaks are more frequent for women whose cervix moves lower during menstruation or if the cup has been inserted too high in the vagina, next to the cervix, or above it. The cup might also exert pressure on the cervix and cause discomfort and even pain. The best way to evaluate the position of your cervix is by observing leakage — if you have experienced leakage even when the cup has been opened, make sure that the cup is significantly lower than the cervix.
In some users, the cervix fits best inside the menstrual cup. For many users, the cervix descends after giving birth; for others, it is simply situated low in the vagina. If you have given birth recently, or more than once, you should exercise the pelvic diaphragm muscles by doing kegels. Keeping these muscles in shape is useful when using the menstrual cup, as well as to avoid incontinence and improve sex. If you haven’t experienced leakage and you have not located the cervix, there is no need to hunt for it. You’re a woman whose cervix is so deep in the vagina that it does not affect the use of the menstrual cup in any way.
Can I use the Lunette menstrual cup with an IUD?
If you do use an IUD, consider cutting the strings as short as possible and monitoring their length regularly during periods. If the strings seem longer than normal, it might be a sign that your IUD has moved.
Can I use Lunette with a Contraceptive Ring?
If you are using Lunette together with a contraceptive ring, first insert the contraceptive ring in the uterine orifice and then position the cup in the vagina.
Practice makes perfect, so in getting to know your body better, using a cup will be soon be second nature.
Should any issues occur, please contact your own distributor by phone or email, or the manufacturer by email, [email protected] or call +358 (0)50 3554 064