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25 January 2013 @ 09:29 pm
I'm new, I have been looking around for a while trying to find an answer to my problem but so far nothing has worked. I bought a Lunette cup several months ago and have been trying every month to get it to work. I've tried it during my period and tried it when not on my period and I have yet to get it inserted completely. When it pops open, it hurts and I cannot get it in all the way. That is when I'm successful in getting it in even that much (that much being the rim). I'm 26, I am not a virgin, I have used tampons very successfully for years and I am so irritated about not being able to get my cup in. When it is folded for insertion it isn't even that much bigger than a tampon and a lot smaller than other things as well so I just don't get why it is so hard for me to use it. If anybody has any tricks or tips to give me that would be great because I'm at the point now where I am just about to give up.
 
tinkerandcrabtinkerandcrab on January 26th, 2013 06:41 am (UTC)
Large or small Lunette?

I think your body's just tensing up around an unfamiliar object... it gets better! I adore my small Lunette, which is the softer of that brand's two sizes, but I had horrific first experiences with a small Keeper MoonCup... so, one of two things will probably happen: you'll either get used to your Lunette, or you'll diagnose your issue with this particular brand and choose another one that works better for you. Keep at it!

(p.s. don't even bother trying to use it when not on your period, you'll most likely just frustrate yourself)
Rainne: Castle - Beckett - Yellow Long Hairxdawnfirex on January 26th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
Have you tried folding it a different way? I know for me, the C fold doesn't work; I have to basically squish the side of the cup down and roll it into a tight point to slide it in there.
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 26th, 2013 08:27 am (UTC)
First, insert a finger and assess what you are getting into, litterally. It migh be a lubrication issue, or it might just be that your vagina is short/you have a low cervix. You won't know for sure until you check. Cups need too sit (o) around your cervix or right under it in order to work. Squishing a folded cup next to your cervix would be uncomfortable and prevent proper use.

Also, when/ if you can't insert the rim at all, you may be clenching your muscles uncounsciously or crashing into your pubic bone. Stay relaxed, bear down a bit to open up your vag, and don't aim up, rather straight or down a little.

Edited at 2013-01-27 01:43 pm (UTC)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on January 26th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
Have you tried using a water-based lube to help with insertion? Or maybe angling more horizontally (less vertically)? There are also folds that pop open less forcefully than the C or punch down. I like the origami fold because it still narrows the point of insertion like the punch down but doesn't spring open as hard. http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1044441.html . There's also the labia fold: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/769444.html . Good luck!
tauqtauq on January 30th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
These are the tricks that helped me out when I first started:

-RELAX. I sit down on the toilet when inserting, which I find helps me relax my lower body.

-If you're not well lubricated, try wetting the cup with water, it really helps. (But make sure your fingers are dry or you won't get a good grip on the cup)

-Try different folds! For me, I had the same problem of my cup painfully popping open (And popping out usually!) whenever I tried to insert - OW! I found using the punch down fold I could get a small wedge to insert, and I could keep the rim folded while gripping the cup a bit lower down.

-Try not to let go of your cup when it's less than halfway in. That's what made my cup pop open for me. Use two hands if you have to, to push that sucker in!

Most importantly, don't get frustrated! You'll get there :)