The use of menstrual cups is still at a nascent stage in India. There are some women who are excited to try it out, while others have their own set of apprehensions. Whatever be the case, we think it’s always better to go for sustainable menstrual health and hygiene products that do not just benefit you, but also the environment. Now that you know this, let’s get to a part that scares a lot of women — what if your menstrual cup gets stuck in the vagina?
Guess what? This does happen, but you need not be scared at all. It just means that you might have possibly inserted it the wrong way. If you’ve found yourself in this situation, and are scared about what to do, Dr Tanaya Narendra (also known as dr_cuterus on Instagram) has the perfect solution for you.
Here’s what she says:
Make sure to use the stem as a guide to find the bottom of the cup. Pinching will help release the vacuum from the air holes on your cup.
Try to squeeze the base of the cup, but using consistent pressure. For those who use a tampon and think it’s similar, well that’s not really the case. It might take a little longer, so have some patience.
For first-time menstrual cup users, it may be harder than usual. Dr Cuterus has another solution. Here’s what she says, “Squat on the floor (this relaxes your pelvic muscles, so they let go of the cup. Try to give birth to the cup, put pressure the same way as if you were pooping the cup out.”
Also, if you’ve been trying to remove it for a while, and your vagina feels swollen and heavily stressed, please take a break. Most of the menstrual cups are made from medical-grade silicone, so even if it stays inside your vagina for a little long, it won’t harm you in any way.
Try it after taking a break!
And in case none of these tips help, make sure to go to a doctor. No, they won’t judge you in any way! Instead, you’ll feel a lot more relieved.