hinata42691 (hinata42691) wrote in menstrual_cups,

help, i thought this would be better...

 So, I just turned 20 and am still a virgin. I've been using tampons for years but I hate having to guess what size to use at any given time (that and I hate having to stuff my purse full of every size tampon and a bunch of pads during my period). This is especially an issue as I will be studying abroad in Japan in September and I really don't want to have to bring a bunch of supplies with me (I'm scheduled to get my period about a week after I get there). I started reading up on cups and so many people said they really liked them, and they were pretty easy to use, and that they were comfortable. I got really excited and after looking around at the different types online I ordered myself a small purple Lady Cup. It hasn't arrived yet, but I was at Lori's Natural Foods today and they had a Moon Cup US size B. I started my cycle today and thought I could get this one and try one out. I got all excited about putting it in and then not having to worry about my period and how everything was going to be easier. I got home, washed it, and sat down on the toilet to put it in. And that's where things went downhill...
I realized that I didn't know where it was supposed to go in. I've always put my tampons in by feel so I never really gave it much thought. With Mom's help (she held a mirror and flashlight for me) I was able to find my vagina. I tried for a good half an hour trying to get it in. I tried sitting, standing with one leg on the toilet, laying down... nothing worked. Mom found some water-based lubricant and I tried that too... still no luck. This just made it harder to handle. I don't know if it's me or what but I had a really hard time keeping the Moon Cup folded (tried 7-fold, C-fold, puch-down fold) especially when trying to insert it. And here's the other problem, either something is in the way or I haven't found the right angle, but no matter how I try to angle it or wiggle it or fold it, the blasted thing won't go in past the rim). It gets stuck on me, pops open (which hurts a lot), suctions when it isn't in very far and makes it hard to get out, and if I try to push it in further it really hurts. I ended up crying because it hurt, I was frustrated, and disappointed. I guess I thought it would be easier than this. I really want it to work for me but that's impossible when I can't even get it to go into me further than the rim... What am I doing wrong? Is there anything else I should try? At this point I'm starting to wonder if it was a mistake to spend almost $80 on the 2 cups when I can't seem to get them to work and I kept wanting to chuck it across the room out of frustration. Please help, I really want this to work out.
Sorry for this long, whiney post - it's only been about 3 hours since this happened and I still feel like crying (and am probably not thinking as straight as I should be).
Tags: insertion - painful or problems
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