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05 August 2012 @ 12:41 am
Im a first time user of the Meluna. I have tried every fold but it doesn't seem to pop open, and  can feel it, it is pretty un-comfortable and I have pulled, pushed, twisted squeezed and can't seem to find a good spot. What am I doing wrong?
 
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on August 5th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
try the tricks from here: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html especially if it's a meluna soft. my guess would be that you're inserting it too deep.
laureina on August 5th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I will try again, Im finding tat when I blow my nose or go pee that it starts to slide down as well..:/ I will try all of these suggestions though. Thanks again.
laureina on August 5th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Just curious, is it possible that there are cups that just don't work for women?
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 5th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
It's possible, like if it's really too long or painful. Having a bit of a learning curve, now that's completely normal.

Re sliding down : that's most likely because you're not really supposed to wear the cup folded... it should form a seal first.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 5th, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
First of all, don't get discouraged, it's common to struggle at first. The key to insertion is to get air inside the cup so it can expand. You need to be very relaxed and bear down as if you were having a wee / bm. Also, inserting a finger on the soft backside of your vagina, closest to your anus, to create an air channel helps. Position, and facing the fold towards the floor, can sometimes make all the difference.

What works best for me : run the cup under cold water, place one hole at the center of the fold, labia fold facing down, insert lying on your back, knees splayed, butt up slightly, shove it in and push the bottom of the fold in and open.

Edited at 2012-08-05 12:55 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 5th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
The "trick" is to get air into/above the cup to get it to open. Whether it seeps in slowly through the anti-suction holes or whooshes over the rim doesn't matter. Try using your finger to create an air channel on the soft back side of your vag.

As serpent_849 suggested, try opening it lower and then giving it a boost up and into place. And juliiie87's advice to turn the cup so the fold faces the other way really can make a big difference.

If you insert while sitting on the toilet, drop your panties to your ankles so you can splay your knees wide. That helps me. I hope it will help you too.
laureina on August 5th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks girls, I will keep trying :)
teacupcake89 on August 5th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
try the tips the others suggest on letting air in. and cold water!

also: try leaving it in and walking about for a bit inside/doing a few squats/starjumps/kegels try to forget about it, sometimes I feel a 'pop' inside as it opens up. :)

in a rush but good luck! you can do it! :)
laureina on August 6th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
So I have tried everything and there is still a whole-lotta leakage, Im still wearing a pad :( Ive sat on the toilet, stood up, lying position on the bed and still can't quite get it to apparently cover my cervix properly, It seems to be suctioning just fine, I don't know whatIm still doing wrong. :/ Anytime I sneeze, cough, pee, blow my nose I an feel the leak turn to a gush.grrrr
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laureina on August 6th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I can't even reach my cervix. No matter what position I am in. When I have my gyn appointments they go elbow deep..lol So I have no idea where it is. Im not athletic any more. Ive had 10 pregnancies, 5 miscarriages, and have 5 kids, 1 year ago I had my second set of twins. And I have noticed after this last pregnancy that muscles are just not that strong anymore. My cup seems to float all over the place and wont stay in any one spot. I have an XL Meluna classic puple. And a large Meluna classic clear. Tank you again for helping me troubleshoot, I really need and want this to work, Ive got to get rid of these pads and tampons. Ive been developing cysts and fybroids over the last 6 years.

Edited at 2012-08-06 05:41 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 6th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
So perhaps you have the opposite issue, i.e. your PC muscles are out of shape, in which case regular "kegel exercises" should help re-shape them over time, you might want to research those.

In the meantime, try to make the XL work by inserting it so the rim is just above your pubic bone, and make sure it's unfolded, using folds you can help unfold manually (triangle, 7-fold, diamond, labia, or 9-fold (a partial c-fold) before you let it go any higher, then kegel it into place (using the same muscles as for stopping a wee mid-stream). If your cup ends up hugging your cervix like it does for most people, then you'll need those muscles to "birth" the cup out.

If you want to ditch the plasticy back-up pads (and if you have some funds) you could try looking into cloth pads, there's a good lj community, and several DIY patterns online. See here : http://www.ecomenses.com/ I recommend Caroline's Creations and Mimi's Dreams on Etsy for cost effective makers, but the lj comm has tons of recs to suit every need. http://cloth-pads.livejournal.com/

EDIT : I just wanted to add that you WILL most likely make one of your cups work, but you might need to get your body back to its previous shape first, so it forms a better seal, which is not at all uncommon after child birth !

And that you don't need lots of money to use cloth pads, especially if you're at all handy with a needle and thread. An old T-shirt + an old towel + wool or polyester fleece for the back make a comfy, absorbant sandwich. I actually made myself a cute pantyliner using velour from a baby's overall + a face cloth + wool backing... from a glove ! wings and sew-on snaps to keep it in place and that's it ! So there is hope. :)

Edited at 2012-08-06 06:39 pm (UTC)