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20 March 2011 @ 06:05 pm
Hello Everyone,

This is my first time posting so first let me say thank you to all of you here!  You've all helped me through the dreaded learning curve relatively unscathed.  I own a Large orange Meluna with a ring stem.  Although it is not my perfect cup as i still have to change it quite often at my worst days it has saved me from alot of agrivation.  My problem is with my meluna popping open.  I started using cups in June 2010 and used the punch down fold for insertion and it seemed to work fine.  Over the last several months though I've had more and more problems getting it to pop.  I was out this past weekend and used my cup as i was expecting my period.  After leaving the house thinking my cup was popped open.  I take it out later to find it still partially 'punched down'.  Any tricks or suggestions i could use?  Ive tried the cold water trick and it works sometimes but not always.  My cup works quite well when it opens put its becoming more and more of a crap-shoot whether it will cooperate or not.  Any advice??

Also another quick  question my cup also has a tiny bit of a kink from beng punched in the same spot so much. I think I fold the same side alot.  Would boiling it return it to shape?  Also my cup has begun to get cloudy and i cant seem to scrub it off.  I only rinse my cup during my period and soak it and give it a quick wash with baby wash after.  There is nothing 'wrong' with my cup but what would work to get it to clear back up?  I'd like to have my clear sparkly cup back. Thanks for your help.
Kai: pic#84732488kuradi8 on March 20th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Try inserting it with the folded part facing the other way. Up instead of down, or left instead of right (etc.) Use your finger to create an air channel on the soft back side of your vagina to help the cup fill with air as it opens.
melissa569melissa569 on March 21st, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
Agreed, any time there is a cup that needs extra coaxing to open, making the fold crease face the opposite way usually helps me. I normally make it face down, there seems to be more room that way and it pops right open.
blueyedrebel919 on March 21st, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Its working well now that i remember to insert it the opposite way. Thanks im back to loving my cup!
Yamxyamx on March 21st, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
Have you experimented with other folds? I usually use the C-fold on my Meluna and never had a problem getting it to pop (but it's an M, not an L).

Also, maybe try *not* always folding it in the same spot? If it's starting to "wear in" that way, that might be why it's not popping open as readily.