I've lurked this community off and on for some time, and finally decided to order a lunette selene (it's so pretty!) size 2 just in time for my period to begin, which was a few days ago. I'm not uncomfortable getting bloody, so I figured my initial efforts would go easier when I didn't have to worry about lubrication.
Insertion has not been a problem at all. Admittedly the first time, I'm not sure what I did, but my cervix was ANGRY. I stood up and had a cramp that dropped me to my knees. It only took a minor adjustment to fix it though. (However, I'm not sure what I did to fix it -- just sort of wobbled it around a bit until it felt right. What's the cause of that unpleasant feeling?)
Removal has been a huge pain, literally and figuratively, but I've seen plenty of stories much like mine (hard to grip, hard to break suction, etc.) and I'm encouraged, not to mention I am an incredibly stubborn person, so the last thing I will be doing is getting bested by a piece of silicone.
Regardless, I LOVE it already, on day 3. I wasn't sure about wearing it to work yet, I wanted some more time in the comfort of my home to get used to it and address any problems, so I've been wearing it evenings/nights, and all day at work I was wishing I had it instead of a pad, all of 3 days in! (I'm vehemently anti-tampon for my personal use)
It feels like a secret though -- I mentioned once to two of my co-workers that I had discovered this thing, cups (I hadn't made up my mind by far yet) and I was curious about them (we're close enough to have these conversations) and the both of them were horrified at the idea. (I certainly did not tell them when I decided to buy one!) Even my boyfriend seems a little eeked out by the notion of a reusable menstrual product. Cloth pads got the same reaction out of him when I decided to look into getting a few as my "backup."
Why the stigma? It seems like the best of all possible worlds.
Also, I read an older post about one person discovering "a tiny tear" near one of the holes and it was suggested to me by a negative nellie who shall remained unnamed that this is likely to happen to me too, and that even the tiniest aberration would ruin the cup forever, so it's no cheaper in the long run. What's the damage threshold on these things? Just trying to get a sense of how tough this cup is.