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So if you remember my last post (and first) I couldn't get my cup out after taking it for a dry run forthe first time after receiving it in the mail. I had received a mini small Meluna in soft and a small Meluna in classic. So anyway as I said in my first post, the cup popped open very easily that time. So yesterday I got my period and was able to try out my my Melunas for real. I waited till today to really try it after not being able to get it to open yesterday. Today I put it in at 9am (the classic small) and I used the c fold because other folds hadn't worked even a bit for me. I tried to insert it as far as it would go with my fingers then let it go and with a little coaxing it opened into that squished half- c fold type thing and I knew it wasn't supposed to. So I tried to get it open right but I felt like the walls of my vagina were just squishing it down! I tried to push it up further but it wouldn't quite go. Finally I got it to where it might be opened all the way, but I couldn't tell. I decided to leave it and put on a liner (risky I know...).

So here's what happened: throughout the day there was brown stuff on my liner, like old blood. Enough to change the liner every four or five hours. So I guess it was leaking right?  So by the end of the day, the blood was coming out heavy enough to wear a pad, and when I went to take the cup out (it had been 10.5 hours) the blood was totally flowing and the stem of the cup was practically out. So I took out the cup and as I suspected, it was almost full  but there was lots of residue on the outside and it was obvious that it was leaking.
So here's what I'm wondering,

1. Was the cup inserted right? It did catch my flow, but it leaked a little throughout the day, which is not right. So did I get a good seal? Or maybe was it not far enough up?

2. If it wasn't, how can I get it to open all the way? I've tried running a finger around it, letting in air, etc... And also how can I be sure that it is open all the way and that it has formed a good seal?

3. Now if it was inserted properly, why was it leaking? How can I preven that residue from coming out?

And just to let you know I'm 15 and a virgin.
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 9th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
1. My first and foremost advice is, you don't need to push the cup in as far as it'll go. It'll be very happy to go there on its own eventually, whether you want it or not. What you need to make sure, is the cup is fully open. It can be oval rather then round, no big deal, but it needs to be unfolded. I think that's the problem.

2. The way to check, is to run a finger around the base of the cup, or as high around the cup as you can, poke it and try to tell if you can still feel the folds inside or if it's round and unfolded.

The way best way to insert my soft cup (not a Meluna) is : run the cup under cold water for 10 sec, do NOT dry it off, make sure one of the holes is in the middle of the fold, use the most intricate folds (half diamond, origami, labia), insert lying on my back, knees splayed (on my bed), pull all the flaps out of the way with my free hand, bear down to keep my opening open, insert it so the fold faces the floor, shove the cup in until the rim is just past the pubic bone, so I can still reach around it, bear down some more, push the vaginal walls away, poke at the folds, pull it down, anything that will help it fill with air. Usually just a few seconds, otherwise I reinsert.

Hope it helps !

3. A little bit of residue is normal, but I think you were having more than that.
teacupcake89 on July 9th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
agreeing with Julie's advice! :)

also, the leaking may be because the small meluna has a very low capacity (mostly a cup for those with very light flow or very low cervixes). if you think you're flow is more than 'light' then you might want to look at a cup with a higher capacity in the future once you've mastered the basics. :)

most users empty their cups every 4-8 hours so you might have to try emptying it more often rather than leaving it in for 10 hours. :)

good luck!
juliiie87juliiie87 on July 9th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
True, those are tiny little cups. I've said it before, I'll say it again, they're not for everyone.

I used to have a very light flow, so with my middle to high capacity cup, I was fine for 12+ hours... lately it's more like empty in the morning, afternoon, before bed, just to make sure it's never too full. It really depends on your flow.
beachblondie149 on July 9th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips. I'm gonna try again today and not put it in as far and make sure it's fully open. I'll also try your method Julie, it sounds interesting and it's not like anything I have been trying yet.
And yes the Meluna smalls are very tiny! I usually have a light to medium light flow but yesterday happened to one of my rare heavier days. If my leaking problems persist but I am using the cup correctly I will think about a medium Meluna. But last night I used it again, and it was only half full when I took it out (10 hours again) and I had some more brown leakage on my pad, so I'm really thinking I am not inserting it totally right.


Edited at 2012-07-09 04:26 pm (UTC)
teacupcake89 on July 9th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
sounds good! :)
if you notice some spotting within the first 30mins-hour of inserting your cup it's most likely what we term 'residual slobber' which is the blood below your cup making it's way down in between removal and reinsertion. which a panty liner should solve/or black underwear :)