mc_newbie (mc_newbie) wrote in menstrual_cups,

trimmed stem painful - any advice?

I just purchased my first cup (small Lunette) a few months ago, and so far things have been going pretty well, except that the stem was a bit too long and uncomfortable. After trying it out for a whole period and half of the next, I decided to trim the stem just a tad. However, since the rounded edge was gone, the end of the stem felt almost sharp from cutting it with the scissors. I tried the cup inside out and found it to be much more comfortable, so I tried trimming the stem a bit more to see if I could get it shorter so it wouldn't poke me so much, but I still have that problem.

Has anyone else had this problem, and is there any way to smooth the end of the stem so it doesn't poke so much and doesn't feel as sharp? I can still reach it easily if I insert the cup inside out, but I'm afraid that doing so may reduce the capacity a bit since the bottom of the stem/cup take up a small amount of space in the cup.

Also, I am not sure if I am pushing the cup in far enough. I've been using the triangle fold, and once I get to the point where the bottom of the cup is in and I can't put both my thumb and index in with it, it tends to pop open so that I can't push it up any further with just my index finger, which may be causing some of the stem problems. I think my cervix is also pretty low (I can feel it with less than my entire index finger inside), so I'm not sure if the cup would even go any higher.

Any advice would be appreciated!
Tags: cervix position, inside-out, lunette, popping open, stem length/trimming

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