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Naoko Kensaku
10 November 2008 @ 11:13 am
I've been lurking here for a month or so, have left comments here and there, but this is my first time posting so I hope you'll bear with me (or point me in the right direction).

I got my Mooncup size B a few days ago, just before the red tide (what my friends and I call our period) arrived. Today it arrived, but I couldn't put the mooncup this morning because I felt I didn't have enough blood to justify using it. (It was old crusty blood if you need to know, and it was just a few drops).

Four hours later, I used the punch-down fold to get it in, and I have to say, I didn't feel any popping when the cup was in me fully and my position in the office toilet didn't quite give me enough room to crouch to put my finger all the way in to make sure it was completely open. However, a tug here and there made it feel like there was suction.

My questions are:

Has anyone else been in the same predicament? If you have, does this mean that my cup is open, or do I need to try to remove it and try again?

Am I missing something?

Thanks in advance. It's my first time with the cup after hearing about them for so long and I'd really like this one to work. >>
Current Mood: worriedworried
virtualannettevirtualannette on November 10th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
I have a diva, but i never feel it popping. it really freaked me out when I first got it because I thought it wasn't sealing. But I've been using it like 10 months now and it still never 'pops'... I can tell it's sealed by tugging on it a little and feeling the suction like you said. And also if you can just feel around the bottom a tiny bit and make sure it feels like an open circle and not squashed, thats another way to verify (you don't have to put a finger all the way in really).
Naoko Kensakumistressnaoko on November 10th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! That makes me feel much better! :)

Though now I am dreading the removal bit, lol. I can't quite seem to get a grip on the thing (stem's unremoved btw, and it's actually quite comfy) but I'll try during lunch time. :D

Thank you so much!
Katrinakatrina_splat on November 10th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
Do you have a UK Mooncup or a Mooncup by the Keeper company? Just so I can tag the entry appropriately.

My UK mooncup is great at popping open, I think because of the wide rim it doesn't have a problem. I feel a definite 'thwack' kind of feeling when mine opens, but we're all different. You're right about the suction.

Remember the cup may not be a perfect O inside of you, it may be compressed by the muscles around it yet still hold enough suction to work. :)
Naoko Kensakumistressnaoko on November 10th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Whoops! Sorry should have mentioned. Mooncup UK. ^_^

Thanks for the reassurance. I now just have to work at getting it out. :)
another revolutionaryjennifer19 on November 10th, 2008 06:08 am (UTC)
I agree with the other posters about suction. To get it out a bit easier, try squatting then baring down like you're tryin to push it out with your vagina muscles (or take a poop...). It should bring it down far enough to grab the stem/base.
Naoko Kensakumistressnaoko on November 10th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice!
Kai: pic#74324509kuradi8 on November 10th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Using the punch-down fold, face the punched part down and hold the cup with your thumb and middle finger. Insert your forefinger along with the cup until the cup is most of the way in. Then use your forefinger to allow some air into the cup so you feel it open fully against your finger. Pull your finger out as far as the stem and nudge the stem rearward to aim the opening up at your cervix while kegeling the cup into place.

Because you have already felt it open, stirring or spinning or checking for suction is optional.
Naoko Kensakumistressnaoko on November 10th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
THANKS! I'll try it later. :)