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07 May 2013 @ 02:58 pm
Okay, so here are the basics... I'm a virgin, trying to use a small Lunette, and I can't seem to get it in all the way, or make it pop open. I've been trying for about 6 months now, and have tried using just about every trick I've seen on here and I still can't get it to work. I'm fairly certain that I am "aiming" at the correct angle, and I have tried every possible fold. I've made some progress, meaning that I can now get it in about halfway, but I'm not sure if the whole rim is in or not. When I get it that far, it just hurts so much that I can't seem to do anything with it and end up taking it out because of the pain. It feels like there is no room for it to pop open. I use tampons all the time, but for some reason my cup just hurts like crazy! I'm pretty determined to make this work but I have no idea how! Part of me wants to just shove it in no matter how much it hurts, but I usually chicken out once it starts to hurt. I've tried it while on my period and when I'm not...with lube and without...in various positions. I just don't know where to go from here! If anyone can provide any suggestions or help I would greatly appreciate it! :)
teacupcake89 on May 7th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
This is what I did in the beginning so it might work for you!

Use lots of lube on yourself, rinse the cup under warm/hot water and lie on the bed on your back, legs wide apart either bent towards your chest or wide apart with feet flat on the bed.

Insert the cup very slowly using both hands. I hold the top nearer the rim with one hand and the bottom nearer the base with the other hand so it has less chance to 'pop' open before you want it to. With the punchdown fold, I insert the smooth side upwards with the crease towards the floor, but you might find the other way better. If you’re having difficulties stop midway insertion, then holding the cup still, relax, and push slowly in the middle of a deep breath. Repeat until the cup is in fully.
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 8th, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
What I'd add to this technique (which I think is already pretty solid advice!) is this : don't be afraid to play with the angle while you're attempting to insert, move your fleshy bits out of the way left and right, and provided there is enough lube it's not pulling on your flesh out of friction, then shove it in. And all the while doing this, don't forget to bear down, it helps keep the way open and relaxed. I bet you'll be surprised how much room there actually is once you're passed the initial threshold/hymen, when you're fully relaxed. It might help to do some self exploration with your fingers first, in case you haven't. Have you seen this ? http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1243131.html

Edited at 2013-05-08 03:55 pm (UTC)
beachgrrl248 on May 12th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
You pretty much have all of the advice you need, but I'll add a little more anyway. I am also a virgin that uses the small Lunette. The first time trying to get you cup in is always the hardest and most painful. After that, you get used to the feeling and it's really not that hard. Now for me it still pinches when I insert and remove my cup, and I've been using it for about 6 periods now. For me, lying on my back and inserting my cup isn't the easiest way, so definitely play around with different positions.
Also, the fold is very important. I like the triangle fold the best because its easy to hold onto, it pops open as soon as I let go, and it is pretty much the smallest fold.
Here's a link on how to do the fold and a video on how to do other folds from the Lunette website: