July 24th, 2013

Troubleshooting, new to menstrual cups

Hello all. Looking for some support and advice. I ordered my first menstrual cup, a medium size MeLuna Classic and it arrived in the mail this morning. I'm not menstruating currently, but I decided to try a "dry run" to get a sense of how to use it, the general feeling and what to expect. My issue is that whatever fold I use (the "punch down" fold seems the most comfortable for insertion) it won't unfold or "open up" once inside. I've tried reaching inside and wiggling it around and twisting it (though I can't get it to budge much) it to no avail. Nothing seems to get it to "pop open". It's also quite uncomfortable to insert. Any suggestions? I tried taking it out and re-inserting so many times I became quite sore. I'm disappointed b/c I've been SO EXCITED to make the switch. Do you think it's an issue of size? Firmness? Simple user error? Any thoughts on this would be GREATLY appreciated.

Additional info: I'm 25, sexually active, have not had children, and have no previous experience using menstrual cups.
Borg

Has anyone used a FemmyCycle Cup?

http://femmycycle.com/blog/2013/03/what-is-a-menstrual-cup/

I'd never heard of it and am intrigued.
I started with a Diva cup, used it happily for a year or two, then switched to Lunette which I LOVE. I've had the Lunette for 6+ years now and I don't really have complaints about it, but just curious about this Femmycycle cup. The top of it seems cool. I worry about the bottom. I've always removed my cup stem entirely, as I don't find it at all necessary. I like that the Lunette has ridges at the bottom for ease of grabbing it. That circle pull tab looks entirely uncomfortable to me.

Anyone have actual experience with a Femmycycle cup?
jon snow

Boondoggling my Vagina?

So I'm waiting for my Meluna cup to arrive. I ordered the one with the ring on it. I have read that a cord can be used for this. What kind of cord, I'm wondering? I have various yarns and some lanyard around the house. I can also go to the arts and crafts shop for other options. What are good ideas/bad ideas for this?
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