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11 April 2013 @ 01:06 pm
Hi everyone!

I posted a bit back about looking for and purchasing my first cup. I settled on the Meluna, and took advantage of their slight deal that gave me one large (purple) and one medium (white) cup. I tried them out before my period and had to try a few different folds before I landed on the punchdown as my fold of choice. Now I'm on my period, and on a scale of 1 to 10 of easiness, 1 being the most challenging, I'd give my first round of using cups a 7. There are a few logistical questions I'm thinking you all can help me answer.

It's really not difficult for me to get the cup in, but ensuring that it's entirely open is seeming to be difficult. I can feel the bottom of the cup and sometimes it feels nice and round; once in a while it'll feel collapsed, so I turn it to try to get the suction to take. I haven't had leaks yet, so I guess I'm probably fine, but do you have any tips for ensuring that the cup has opened?

No leaks overnight yet, and last night was the heaviest night of my period, so I'm feeling confident :) I'll continue to wear the pads anyway just to be sure, but it's looking like I'm in the clear *fingers crossed*.

I've used the medium and the large now. Strangely, when I wear the large, it seems to ride up a lot more than the medium did. I have to bear down a LOT to get it to where I can take it out, but the medium just sort of stayed mostly in place, low. This seems counterintuitive, any insights?

And lastly, I did have an excruciating amount of pain on the first full day of my period. I always get medium to severe cramps on the first day, but these were so painful that I had to take heavy pain killers and go back to bed (and I have a really high pain threshold). What are the chances that this has to do with the cup, and what would you say the chances are that it's just a coincidence and it's just my regular cramps getting worse as I get older/some medical issue? Maybe I jostled the cup around too much to try to get the suction to stick and bumped my cervix... not sure. It's fine now, the pain subsided completely by 10 hours later, so it's strange to me.

Oh, forgot this question: I don't know if I'm removing correctly...?? Lol I mean, I pinch the bottom a little and then sort of rock it back and forth while pulling down until it comes out. It leads to a tiny bit of discomfort I guess when the rim comes out, but it's really really minimal and I just don't care. But if it's going to do something bad like scratch the walls of the the vagina or something, I'd just as soon be told about some better technique.

Anyway, there's my little update. Any kinds of insights you all might have on my questions would be great!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 11th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
When it comes to opening, you're trying "to get the suction to take." I think I know what you're trying to say but no, you want the OPPOSITE of suction. The idea is to get air into the cup to relieve the suction. Try using your finger on the soft back side of your vag to create an air channel to get air in.

My method is to make sure it's fully opened down low and then kegel/boost it up and into place. Would that work for you too? Otherwise, it's hard to get air "way up there" to get into the cup.

More on suction: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html

Yes, there can be a certain amount of pain and rebellion by your body. "WHADAHECK did you shove up here???" Once that passes, you shouldn't be more than "aware" of it if you think about it. Or yes, it could be rubbing your cervix. Theoretically, it will shift off to a comfortable spot on its own. Try a few bends and squats to see if that helps jiggle it into position.

Hang in there. You've ALMOST got it! :o)
Kirstenkirla on April 11th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Haha yes you're right, OPPOSITE of suction. Suction would make no sense, now that you point it out. But you got my meaning anyway, nicely done-- I'll try your suggestion.

I can definitely try your other tip, too, kegeling it up into place. I'll give that a shot. In terms of the pain, it's so weird, because I really can't notice it at all, EXCEPT for when I was having that crazy pain yesterday. It's actually extremely comfortable (honestly, surprisingly so, since it's so much wider than a tampon, who'da thought?). I'll just keep my fingers crossed that the cramps from hell won't repeat themselves next cycle!
m03m on April 11th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Strangely, when I wear the large, it seems to ride up a lot more than the medium did. I have to bear down a LOT to get it to where I can take it out, but the medium just sort of stayed mostly in place, low.

It's quite possible that the higher part of your vagina is roomier, and so that's where the large needs to go to fit well. I don't think that's strange at all.
Kirstenkirla on April 11th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, makes sense. Thanks!