to think mooncups are bloody impossible to take out?!?

(33 Posts)
Mum2Pea Tue 05-Aug-14 07:45:29

So i have had a mooncup in my amazon basket for months and finally took the plunge and bought B size as know i'm very small blush.
Read the instructions and have been reading up on MN, so cut most of the stem off (cut just under the 2nd stem)
Waited til last couple of days of bleeding as per instructions, struggled to fold it and get it in but did after a couple of attempts, tried to only put it in as little as poss and found it very comfortable.
Went back 3 hrs later to take it out / practice and OMG!
a. struggled to get a grip with thumb and forefinger. When i did, still couldnt twist it.
b. tried to use forefinger to circle the cup to break vacuum, couldnt reach high enough, tried with middle finger, so little space that i still couldnt
c. kept trying, including bearing down, got a good hold but still couldnt twist
d got cramp in my fingers and even my shoulders from all the contortion!

so please tell me, it does get better.
Also, please give me techniques / tips to try

I really wanted to go with it but it was near on impossible to get out (did manage after 15 mins) but have made myself very sore and am now questioning if i want to go through it all again sad

macandcheesewithbaconbits Wed 06-Aug-14 07:21:13

I've given up exactly the same problem. Was advised also to bear down which flared up my haemorrhoids. Bleeding out of both orifices was not pleasant

CrohnicallyDepressed Wed 06-Aug-14 07:14:52

turtles once you get the hang of it you remove it sitting on the toilet, so any spillage doesn't matter. Besides, I'd say I have a fairly average flow (would use regular flow tampons, changing every 4 hours or so) and in the mooncup there is just 1/2 cm or so of blood in the bottom. After the first 2 days sometimes there isn't even that, just a layer of blood over the mooncup. I could probably leave it in my entire period and still not fill it!

HappySeaTurtles Wed 06-Aug-14 02:43:37

I've been curious about these. But on my current bc, I don't really menstruate (not complaining!).

If all the blood pools in the cup, isn't taking it out with all that squeezing and twisting a bit messy? It sounds like you're removing a sink plug for everything to drain...

Arliath Wed 06-Aug-14 02:36:16

I watched this video before I started using mine and thought it was quite helpful.

Pixel Wed 06-Aug-14 01:27:36

I don't do squatting or putting one leg in the air as it's not very relaxing and you need to relax! I find pushing my bottom to the back of the toilet seat is enough (you have to be able to get your knees apart though so push trousers etc right down to ankles - I can't believe I'm writing this!). Then I take a deep breath and the mooncup sort of comes down to where I can grab it and squeeze the bottom so the seal breaks. Tip it sideways and it pops out more or less by itself. I find it useful to grip the little ridges around the outside with my fingernails to make sure I don't accidentally drop it. I've had it about 5 years now and I've only had to fish it out of the toilet once grin.

hollie84 Tue 05-Aug-14 19:41:41

I just put a finger in and push on one side to break the suction and then pull it out with a finger and thumb.

I've given up after s few attempts. Too much hard work for me!

PoirotsMoustache Tue 05-Aug-14 19:27:59

Gosh, this has completely put me off trying a mooncup now!

CrohnicallyDepressed Tue 05-Aug-14 19:25:10

fawlty once it's pulled right down so the mooncup is hanging out and just the rim is inside, I kind of pinch the rim together at 12 o clock, pull out the pinched bit first and the rest follows by itself. Not sure if that's 'right' but it's how I find easiest,

madamginger Tue 05-Aug-14 18:32:28

I find it much easier to get mine out of I'm sat on the loo. I've cut the stem completely off mine but I get mine out by baring down and inserting my thumb and first finger on either side and sqeezing gently and slightly twisting at the same time

fawltydoge Tue 05-Aug-14 18:28:32

Sorry OP I've completely hijacked but maybe you will get some use of the answer too!

fawltydoge Tue 05-Aug-14 18:27:22

I had the same problem. I used mine maybe 4-5 times and just couldn't work out how to remove it without it really stinging. I have the small size too. It's a shame cos I really like the idea of it.

Can someone please explain; when you remove it obviously it's 'unfolded', rather than the narrower 'cone' you make to put it in- so how the hell do I get it out without it feeling like it's about to rip through my urethra? That's where the pain is mostly- the front. I don't know if I'm explaining this very well but should I be pressing my finger against the side that sits against the SIDE of my vagina? Or against the side that said against the front? like if my vagina was a clock... blush and the 12 was at the front, nearest where my urethra is, what 'time' should I be pressing when trying to remove it? I'm wondering if I pressed where the 12 (or 6 I suppose, 6 being nearest my arse) would that stop the burning pain when it pops out? Because then the squashed ring at the top would be lying 3-9 rather than 12-6 IYSWIM? But that goes against the shape of my fanny!!

I'm actually on now and would love to attempt it again so if someone could explain I would be v grateful...

CrohnicallyDepressed Tue 05-Aug-14 16:13:54

thurlow once you get the hang of it, it's very easy to remove while sitting on the toilet, so the contents go straight down the pan. I've never needed to change mine at work though, it holds a LOT more than a tampon.

CrohnicallyDepressed Tue 05-Aug-14 16:11:43

Mine does sit at an angle but front/back rather than left/right. I think bumpinthenight is describing the same removal technique as me.

japanese to get it in, try a different technique- press down and in on the rim with your finger. The mooncup should fold itself into a sort of cone shape. Use a finger and thumb on the sides of the cone to stop it unfolding and insert. Once in, it unfolds with a 'pop'- just to warn you that does feel funny.

Thurlow Tue 05-Aug-14 13:04:51

This is why I've never liked the sound of moon cups. I've got nothing against the slightly indecorous position you might have to get yourself into to get it out. Just I have a very, very heavy flow and the idea of trying to change it, at work, and it getting a bit stuck, and then finally coming out and making a complete mess of me, or my clothes, or the bathroom...

MissMedusa Tue 05-Aug-14 12:54:53

Same thing happened to me. DH was out of town so actually had to go to the gyno to have it removed who threw it in the trash and made me promise never to use one again.

I press on mine using my thumb which causes it to fold in and then break the seal.

Use wet hands to give it some lubrication until you have the hang of it.

RumbleMum Tue 05-Aug-14 08:35:15

It does get better, I promise - I was traumatised by my first time removing it and now it's easy. I second what eurochick and others say - bear down to get a grip then squeeze to break the vacuum. Tbh I just sort of hoick it out any old how these days - so long as I can get a grip on the middle bit it seems to come out. smile

Mum2Pea Tue 05-Aug-14 08:33:43

I tried to pinch it with my thumb and forefinger and twist and no release.
In then tried to pinch it with my thumb and forefinger, bore down and then pulled gently - still no luck
does your cup sit straight? mine felt like it was at an angle (the stem was to one side)
could it be that it wasn't in right? it didnt leak though . . .

I really want it to work but am so scared of it getting stuck up there again and am still sore so didnt dare wear it today sad

Notsureaboutthisusername Tue 05-Aug-14 08:29:37

I'm really lolling about using a teaspoon by the way! Argh!

JapaneseMargaret Tue 05-Aug-14 08:23:39

I find getting it in much harder. Am on about my 6th cycle, and it's not getting any easier.

I also find that I leak on my heavy flow days, but when I go to change it, it's never more than half full. confused

Cirsium Tue 05-Aug-14 08:20:52

I do similar to President, then pinch bottom of cup and pull gently.

PresidentSpreadable Tue 05-Aug-14 08:17:34

I don't twist, just slide my finger up the side whilst bearing down and push inwards to break the seal.

Easier to do in a nice warm shower.

It did take me a few months to get really confident with it, and I did have a few accidents along the way where the contents ended up on the floor blush but I've used one for about six years now and would never ever go back to tampons.

Notsureaboutthisusername Tue 05-Aug-14 08:14:03

I'd defo try the pinch technique rather than finger up. I have never been able to do it that way. Pinch the bottom and kind of bear down as you pull. X

kungfupannda Tue 05-Aug-14 08:13:58

I just get hold of the bottom and squeeze. I don't try to get anywhere near the top. Then it comes out easily with a twist.

I don't have the stem at all - it was uncomfortable, so I cut it off and turned the cup inside out to get rid of the stump.

I do think the cup has softened a bit over time.

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