How to Dislodge a Stuck Soft Instead Cup

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The Instead Softcup is a menstrual cup that serves as an alternative to tampons and sanitary pads. It's made of a pliable rim under which hangs a small, bag-like collection cup. Some women prefer cups over other products because they can be worn for up to 12 hours, typically last longer without leaking, can be worn during sexual intercourse and are not associated with toxic shock syndrome. The Softcup is inserted vaginally. The rim rests behind the pubic bone and the cup covers the cervix. Although it's impossible for the cup to get lost because it's larger than the cervical opening, it can be a little awkward to remove.

  • Sit on the toilet with your knees spread apart. Sit back as far as you can so that any fluid that spills from the cup will fall into the toilet.

  • Take a few deep breaths. Relax your vaginal muscles.

  • Insert your index or ring finger into your vagina. Feel for the rim of the Softcup immediately behind the hard ridge formed by your pubic bone.

  • Hook your finger underneath the rim, as if you were going to puncture the cup from the outside, just below the rim. Don't worry -- it won't puncture.

  • Close your finger, as if making a fist, and pull the cup toward your palm. Bear down, if necessary, to help push the cup toward your hand. If you aren't able to move the rim, it may have formed a suction seal that you'll need to break.

  • Move your finger around to the side of the cup rim and instert your fingertip between the top of the cup and your vaginal wall. Allowing even a tiny bit of air to enter will break the seal. Try again to remove the cup by hooking your finger under the rim.

  • Alternate between attempting to break the seal and trying to remove the cup until you're able to slide the rim under your pubic bone and out your vaginal opening. Take a short break after every couple of tries, if necessary, tol help you relax.

Tips & Warnings

  • Concern about spilling may cause you to tense your muscles, making the Softcup harder to remove. Try sitting or squatting in the bathtub while you remove it, so spills won't matter.
  • Squatting in the tub may make it easier for you to bear down and push the cup out.

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