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hsiaoty
12 August 2012 @ 12:57 pm
Hello, I am an 18-year-old looking forward to using a menstrual cup for the first time. I'm 5'4"(164) and I weigh about 115 pounds. I have a light flow that last only about 3 days. 
 I am a virgin so the first cup I bought was the B-sized uk mooncup. However, that cup was accidentally disposed by the housekeeper. And so I decided to buy a new cup, this time the small violet Fleurcup. According to the specifications on the cup, it's supposed to be smaller and softer than the mooncup, but I found it more painful to insert than the mooncup. I have never used either cups before, just did a few test runs. I was able to insert and remove the mooncup with relative ease, though.
Maybe it's just a mental block, but when I tried to insert the fleurcup, I felt queasy and pain somewhere near my gut. Removal was even harder as I tried to squeeze the base to get the air seal to release. What positions and folds would you suggest for a first-time user?
I really want to start using a cup because pads always made my skin extremely uncomfortable. I just get really conscious of the cup being inside me. Also, does anyone have experiences with using the cup while cycling or swimming? How about sleeping at night?
 
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on August 12th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
hopefully this post can help: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html
the folds just require some experimenting, basically. do you feel the discomfort when the cup is still folded? when you learn to unfold it easily, the problem should be gone.

your body is also getting used to it, give it some time.

swimming, cycling and sleeping are all fine. the main concern with this is a heavy flow, but even if you have a light one, it might be a good idea to empty the cup right before exercising. it's been speculated that the fleurcup's shape is great for preventing water from getting into the cup, but again, with a light flow it shouldn't be an issue:)
hsiaotyhsiaoty on August 13th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the tips. I have checked out the link and it was very helpful. I hope to try it again my next time of the month.
m03m on August 12th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Are all of these experiences dry runs? Maybe those just don't work for you.
Many (not all) users find them harder and not all that helpful. So things might very well be easier and more comfortable once your period gets here.

Personally I love the labia fold. My cup is a large Fleurcup.

I agree with serpent_849 about cycling, swimming or sleeping: none of those should give you any problems.
hsiaotyhsiaoty on August 13th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I have done dry runs with the mooncup, but never with fleurcup. I just got it through the mail and my period started so I never had a chance. I know I wasn't as relaxed when I did the dry runs, so maybe it has something to do with that.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 12th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
"I felt queasy and pain somewhere near my gut."

This could be caused by the cup rubbing or putting pressure on your cervix. Do you know where yours is ? Eventually your cup will most likely sit (o) around it, but first you need to make sure it unfolds. The easiest position for me at first was lying on my back, on my bed, knees splayed, resting on one elbow or lifting my butt up a bit. Folds : ones that you can help unfold with your finger, especially half diamond, with the fold facing towards your anus. And don't try to get the cup fully in before you let go of the fold, this should be more of a single step process, you can let it open as soon as the rim is in.

I wear my cup at night ever since I got it, no problem. I had one accident once when getting out of the pool, but I believe the cup wasn't fully unfolded. The second time I tried wearing my cup for swimming, no more than maybe a drop of water got in, and no leaks. It was actually almost empty since I wasn't on my period the 2nd time.

Edit : Trick for removal : With soft cups, it's actually easier to slide a finger in next to the cup in order to release the seal. If it rides high, just bear down first to bring it within reach and use the stem to hold it there.

Edited at 2012-08-13 10:54 am (UTC)
hsiaotyhsiaoty on August 13th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
Actually I have no idea where my cervix is or even what it's supposed to look like. You're right, maybe my cervix was too low compared to my dry runs that it was causing me problems. I will look more into that, thanks.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 13th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
It should feel like a roundish bump sticking out from your vagina wall somewhere towards the end of your canal, but it's not uncommon to have some nooks and cranies around it. Some people describe it like a small doughnut or the tip of your nose, or a protruding belly button.

But basically, making sure to unfold low enough so the cup doesn't get past it or bump into it should be enough to prevent discomfort in that area.
lovelong22lovelong22 on August 13th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I have a Diva cup so keep in mind not the same cup.
However, my favourite fold is the push down fold. Just push one side into the cup so you have kind of a triangular piece, hold the sides... or look up a better description.