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Mooncup - positioning & removal

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gourd Thu 28-Mar-13 09:51:17

Really pleased with Mooncup - got it on Tuesday and it seems great, but just slightly concerned that it says "sits lower than tampon" when in fact i find it is not comfortable unless it's quite high up (I haven't trrimmed the stem as I am afraid I wont be able to get hold of the damn thing at all if I do). Maybe it's because it's high up that I find it quite fiddly and difficult/slow to remove though. Is this OK? Does anyone elsee find it quite hard to remove? It doesnt matter that it's a faff, because I only need to remove it three times a day; breakfast time, teattime and just before bed, so I dont mind a little inconvenience if it's that infrequently, but I'd like some reassurance that it is OK for it to be fitted quite high up and that it is ok for it to be quite difficult to get hold of and remove. It's fine once I can actually get hold of the end of the cup and squeeze to release, but getting a hold of it suffuciently well to squeeze it is difficult. I cant get a finger in alongside like it says is one option, I have tried that a few times, but it doesn't seem like there's enough room to do that and it feels really uncomfirtable to try, so I have to do the squeezing the end thing to release, but that means getting a good grip, which I do find awkward and takes me a minute or so, as it's so far inside! Other than that I'm very pleased with the product.

cassgate Thu 28-Mar-13 18:24:40

I would be interested if you get any answers to this. I have been thinking of trying a mooncup but having done the research know that it is supposed to sit lower in the vagina than a tampon. Problem is that I have to wear tampons really high up otherwise I find them really uncomfortable so an assuming that I would have to have the mooncup high up too.

Gintonic Thu 28-Mar-13 18:33:40

I think moon cup have a helpline you could call? But if it is comfortable I would say it is probably ok. Have you tried bearing down a bit to help get it out?

juneau Thu 28-Mar-13 18:37:24

There are instructions (or there should be), with the mooncup that should answer any questions and I think they have a website.

As for positioning, it's supposed to make a seal with your cervix, so it does need to be 'high up'. Once it's in position you should be able to pull gently on the base and it shouldn't move downwards due to the seal.

To ease removal, bear down and pinch the base to break the seal. You don't need the stem to do this - in fact I think the instructions advise you to trim off the stem once you've got the hang of removal.

hiddenhome Fri 29-Mar-13 00:30:37

To remove, try sitting on the loo and leaning back. You can easily retrieve it in this position because you're more relaxed.

gourd Wed 10-Apr-13 14:36:35

Thanks for your replies. I suppose I'll just get used to the fact that it's not quite as easy to remove as tampons, but as it's in place for such a long time and doesn't need to be removed very frequently I suppose it's not a huge issue. I think I'm reassured that it's OK to have it sitting higher up than the leaflet would suggest! I was slightly worred about damage to pelvic floor muscles, but then realised that it's so soft and flexible that it can't cause any problems there as long as you dont just try to pull it out without breaking the seal first. Juneau - that's the only way I can get it out - to kind oif relax (I dont liek the idea of bearing down as I thought it might damange pelvic floor muscles?) pinch the end to release seal, but generally it's a bit slippery so it is quite difficult to get sufficient grip!

juneau Wed 10-Apr-13 18:05:17

You won't damage your pelvic floor muscles - you'll just be using them for what they're there for! Seriously.

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