June 12th, 2013

river song

Having Trouble Rotating and Opening Cup

Hi everyone,

I'm a first time user of the cup, so sorry about the length of this post!
I had some friends who kept raving about menstrual cups, so I decided to try it out. I purchased the Diva Cup (Model 1) and am using it for the first time this week. I'm 23, have had sex before, and have never had kids. I'm on Day 2 of using it, and the problem I'm having right now is rotating the cup to open completely and prevent leakage.

First time I put it in, I forgot to rotate it. But it didn't have any problem going in when I used the punch down fold (in fact, it just sort of kept going to the point where I had to stick my whole finger in before I could reach the stem; it might have been because I masturbated briefly to relax my muscles). My period also hadn't "officially" started yet, but I wanted to put it in to prevent any spotting. When I took it out 10 hours later, I luckily didn't have any problems or leakage, and the cup was only filled a tiny bit (my first day is usually not very heavy).

Second time putting it in was more difficult. I tried holding onto the base to rotate it, but I had to let the cup go in a bit more under my pelvic bone, otherwise it got kind of painful letting it sit there while I tried to position it. Because I let it go in more, I couldn't rotate it. The stem was also only 1/2 an inch in, but sitting or lying down, I could feel it kind of protrude against my opening. I think my cervix lowered a bit since that morning, because the cup was sitting low. I tried removing it and inserting it a couple more times, but eventually my vagina became too sore, so I decided to call it a night and leave it as is. Overnight, it did leak, but the cup was only a little bit full. When I removed it, the only sound I heard was the "pop" right before it left my vagina; I'm not too sure what the sound of the "seal" breaking would make, or if that was it.

Third time putting it in, I tried again to pinch the base more and rotate it, but I still couldn't do it (not only is it hard to maneuver the cup so, but I can't find a comfortable position for my hand to do that). So instead, I just continued to push it in. I tried checking the sides to see if it was open, but even that was kind of hard (I couldn't quite get my finger between the cup and my vaginal wall). It's been about three hours now, and I've noticed some minor leaking. I don't feel it as much as I did last night, but walking around still gives me a weird feeling, like when you have a leaky tampon.

Is rotating the only way to get the cup to open fully? Are there other ways to do this? I thought one way could be if I pinched the base and tried wiggling it around as it moved up. The punch down fold works best for me, and I insert it with the folded tip pointing up. Also, will your vagina gradually get used having a cup be inserted into it and stop being sore? Mine isn't painful; I'm just a little tender down there, especially when I pee--it slightly burns. I haven't had sex in 2 years, so it's been a while since I've had to put anything bigger than my fingers up there.
Let me know if you need more info from me, and thanks in advance! So far I like the Diva Cup, but I can definitely see where it takes some getting used to.

Hi all!

I recently go my meluna medium classic cup in.
I was so "lucky" that I happened to be spotting the day it arrived so my "dry run" was actually testable. I had a lot of problems getting the cup to open up and suction to me. I called my sister who has had her cup for about a year now and asked her what I was doing wrong? How I was suppose to do it and she told me to calm down that I was over thinking it.
The problem was that I could tell that the cup was open or at least I thought it was when I felt around it with my fingers but the problem was I could push it out. As in bear down like your giving birth to the cup. I wanted to try this for two reasons
1. to make sure the suction was suctioning
2. because I have had problems with pooping out tampons (sorry TMI) before and I wanted to make sure it couldn't happen with my cup.
But I took my sisters advice and left the cup in just hoping it was in properly. Sure enough hours later I went to the bathroom and still at this point when I 'beared down" i could see it with a mirror coming out even with out me pulling it. However it did do its job and there was fluid in the cup. So I guess I must have had it in correctly?
Now its actually time for my period and I can't get the cup to open up. I can feel it still folded up in there. Has anyone else had this problem? Do you think this is just my learning curve? Or do you think I picked a cup that is the wrong size for me? Does anyone have any suggestion on how I could get it in there easier and with less problems?
I am using the C-fold method. I tried the punch down method but read that I should try a more coplicated fold to help it open. I also tried the S-fold but I couldn't really get it right. Do you think my problem could be the folding method?
I need help!

This might be a dumb question....

Ok so I have been have trouble with my cup "popping open". Which lead me to wonder if maybe I am taking the term popping open to literally.
When you insert your cup should it open completely as big as it is when its outside of your body or just big enough to accommodate for your body size?

I think maybe...the cup might be opening but that my vagina is to "tight" for it open completely. Is this a possibility? Am I taking the term 'open' to an extrem? Or should open just mean open?

Femmycycle review

Hello everyone! I recently purchased the femmycycle cup(s) and would like to share my experience with you!

Firstly, I used to use a diva cup. Had it for about three years. I got a yeast infection and BV at the same time and thought the cup was to blame so I went back to tampons and pads. Just as before, I hated them, so I started looking for a new cup. I saw the femmycyle on youtube (there are only a few videos and most of them are not in english) and the design was so intriguing! I did some more googling and looked on the femmycyle website and went for it. I placed my order directly from the website on a saturday and received it that monday, which was perfect timing. You get two cups for $50. They look a bit intimidating because they are bigger (wider) than the diva. When I first used it, the C-fold, which I always use, was a bit tricky but I got it. Just had to find the right angle. According to the instructions, this cup doesn't need to pop open so I kinda just shoved it in there and let it settle when it wanted. I was pretty paranoid about the whole "no leaks" claim so I kept checking, but it never did! I removed it using the pull ring after about 6 or 7 hours and it was maybe a little less than half full on my heaviest day. Cleaning was a breeze. To empty the cup requires that you flip up the inner lid of the cup, forming a funnel and from there is the same as any other cup. So, to sum it all up, this cup is pretty great and I would recommend it to anyone in the market for a new cup. If you have questions I'll try my best to answer them as soon as I can :)

It's trying my patience!

First off, I'd like to introduce myself, my name is Katt. I've been quietly reading in the shadows for a while trying to figure out which cup I should get. Thanks to the help of the comparison chart (after I had a big fiasco with the Diva) I settled on a Small Ladycup.

The small Divacup (can't remember which model it is) was too long, and the bottom stuck out even after I cut the stem off. I even tried it inside out, it just wouldn't go in any further. It was a purchase I rushed into before I found the chart.

So I ordered the Small Ladycup. It arrived a week ago, and my period came yesterday, so I put it in, had it right, suction and all, took it back out to trim the stem (and it had already collected some fluid). Since then I feel like I just can't get it in correctly again! And I like to consider myself a fast learner, so believe me when I say this thing is trying my patience.

It pops all the way open, I rotate it, kegel it in there, give it a slight tug (i don't want to tug too much as I have a Paraguard IUD), run my finger around to make sure it is in fact open (pretty sure I'm over any squeamishness I had in regards to my coming in contract with my menstrual blood). I've Read countless posts on here as to what to try next, I can't keep them straight anymore.

The "c fold" is what worked the first time before I trimmed the stem. So I figured I would stick to that, since with the Ladycup Sm I can't even hold the "punch down" long enough to get it in. I'll try the other ones. I just get frustrated really easy.

No matter what I do now, it just leaks. And its not residual, because the cup won't catch anything and I'll have blood on my liner and the outside of the cup, and I'm not even that heavy yet.

And I do make sure the little holes are clear of anything.

Sorry for the length of the post, and I know that this problem had probably been posted a lot, but any advice would be greatly appreciated before I start pulling my hair out. Haha.

Additional info: I'm 23 years old, never pregnant, sexually active, Paraguard IUD.

(Oh, and I'll put it in "straight" and the stem will start to point/rotate to the right, well right if your looking down. That makes me wonder if I'm lopsided in there lol. But I'm sure it's just because there's something I'm missing or not doing right, or it'll start to point "up".)