It is important to be relaxed. Do not pull on the stem as it will reinforce the suction and will cause a mess as there will be less support. Use the stem to find the bottom of the cup. From there, pinch or squeeze the bottom of the cup – the bottom has ridges for gripping. Lightly pull the cup from side to side to release from the vaginal walls. You will hear when the suction is released. Rock the cup gently from side to side during removal. It may not be necessary for everyone, but helps for removal when the cup is being stubborn. When removing, remember to keep the cup in an upright position to prevent spillage.