tethyss (tethyss) wrote in menstrual_cups,

One handed insertion?

Injured my right hand, so I'm pecking at the keys with one hand, so forgive my shortcomings with this post, thanks.

Toda is day 2 of heavy flow, and I am suddenly forced to do the cup one handed. Removal fine, slightly awkward. Insertion? Uh oh. I did just manage but I was struggling. Without a second hand to help fold and spread labia for insert, it was challenging. I do punchdown but copuldn"t get it tight, no other fold stayed at all w/ one hand. Wiggled it around until it was in but it popped almost too soon but with nudging it got into place.

If anyone has some one handed tips, please help, struggling every 3-4 hrs w/ this. I'm managing but waiting for that comical moment when it flies out of my grasp, lol! Can use right hand only to hold TP and assist only very minimally like that.

addition: Thanks for so many tips and well wishes, it helped me get along all day. I was forced to learn how to remove, dump, reinsert, swirl, wipe--all with one hand. I got brave and skipped wiping the cup, and found out that bit of extra blood is a great lubricant and just wipes up afterward!

Since I'm so used to my cup now (12 cycles, yay!) I figured out how to magically fold it while pushing it in. Knowing my cup and vagina well and being able to relax made that possible. So I pinch/twist/pull it out, dump it out (skip wiping the cup--that bit of blood works great as lubrication!), then squish it flat, push a corner into my opening, then I think I maneuvered it into a sort of 7 fold or maybe closer to a C fold and shoved it in. Who knew you could use your vagina for leverage, lol! Then it was pressed flat and I had to give it a few spins to get some air in it and then push it up into position and wipe the tiny bit of blood left.

With it completely flat, I think I figured out what spinning your cup is supposed to do. Now, I have always been able to spin my cup, but never thought it did anything. Well, when I tried to spin the flattened cup, air started to get in bit by bit until it had fully popped open. At first I couldn't spin it because flat objects just don't spin. So I did a few 'faux' spins by pinching and attempting to turn the base. Voila! Air started to get in, and with each subsequent spin it slowly filled like a balloon.

psst! thanks mod for the tags, I could barely type when I made this post and skipped them.
Tags: disabilities & health problems, insertion
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