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Alright guys I am gonna try and make a long story short... I got my first cup back (blue lunette) in 2008 I used it through college and after and loved it, for almost 5 years.

However then Birth control pills ruined my life...

When I started taking birth control pills they really messed with my body, now almost two years later my vagina is still is not normal it has become hard to put my cup in because its always sore.

So I switched back to tampons, well I have never bought cloths with rayon in them after my legs broke out while wearing a pair of jeans that had that fiber in it, well just found out that tampons have rayon, probably adding to my discomfort down there...

anyway I want to switch back to cups one because I hate tampons two because I am allergic to them, its just harder/more painful to get my cup in, and the cup I bought 5 years ago I started having problems getting it to open which is why I stopped using it, its painful enough to get it in I dont wanna be fiddling around longer trying to get it open once its in its plenty comfy just the tissue around the opening down there has not been the same since BCP .. and to top it off tampons seem to make my period heavier (I go through a super every two hours when I used my cup befor BC I would change it at most seven am, one or two oclock and before I went to bed, and really it was rarely full)

HELP! any advice any similar experiences? Does making the holes in the cup larger make it easier to pop open
 
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 10th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, enlarging the holes might help, but if I were you I'd bring it up with a doctor, if that's at all possible for you. Either you would benefit from a different type of birth control, or you might have some kind of low-grade vaginal infection that's making you miserable.

In terms of cups I don't know what to suggest : firmer usually means it pops open easier, but softer means easier to fold tightly for insertion and removal... so I don't know which you'd like more. I use the softest cups and have no issues with them, provided I use the righ fold. I can only suggest trying different folds, the half diamond is my lucky one : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep5hh0W-nFw and running the cup under cold water, facing the fold towards the back, etc.

Edited to add I was once on "the brith control from hell" that inexplicably made my periods heavier. Hbc is NOT supposed to do that, on the contrary. I switched back to another type than off hbc altogether. I'm thinking a persistent yeast infection may also cause your discomfort by the entrance, have it checked out if you can!

Edited at 2013-05-10 10:14 pm (UTC)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 10th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
On cups that have teeny holes, yes, enlarging them helps. But the Lunette's holes are already some of the largest so that makes me think it's technique rather than the cups.

There are several recent posts that have good advice in the replies about technique. Browse through them and try a bunch of different ways. Maybe one of them will be right for you.

As for your pain, I agree that you should get a professional involved. Something's not right.
pascallewest on May 10th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
I"m sorry to hear about your problem; how uncomfortable it is for you. :(
My two cents:
1. Research other birth control methods. You say the pills ruined your life; that is a pretty strong statement. so see what else is out there. Unfortunately all methods have their drawbacks, but maybe something else would suit your needs better. (on a personal note, I used a copper IUD for 3 1/2 years, and while I really liked certain aspects of this method, I eventually grew tired of 10-12 day periods and what seemed like a constant struggle with BV during the last year of having it. I got it removed recently and now I have a normal 5-6 day period, and I'm finally clean and nice, no BV. I'm sticking with natural methods for now). In any case I would agree that talking with a doctor about your pain issue is a good idea.
2. Get a box of 100% organic cotton tampons to have around until you figure things out with cups. The brand I have is Emerita. I hardly use them but I like to know it's there just in case.
3. Like the previous comment, I don't totally know what to suggest as far as cups, but it seems like a Fleurcup might be something to consider for you. It's similar to Lunette but softer. Lots of people have had success with this cup but you never know until you try it.
elephantus45elephantus45 on May 10th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
Would a smaller cup help? Like a mini meluna? (Sorry I don't know lunette off the top of my head).