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14 May 2013 @ 11:57 pm
I'm in the middle of my first period using a cup - a small Lunette cup to be specific. I really love the experience so far! I'm still getting used to some things, though, and I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong.

The first is that I'm not entirely sure if my cup is not popping open all the way. I feel a suction when I'm pulling it down and when I stick my finger in it seems mostly popped out, but I'm just not sure about the section pressing against my pubic bone. I'm using the pushdown method with the pushed-in part facing down, towards my rectum. That side seems to pop-out fine, but when I feel around, it feels like there's a little dent when I dig towards the top. Is that normal, or should I be finding a stronger cup that pushes back against the pubic bone more?

I'm also experiencing a bit of spotting. The cup is literally nowhere near full, so I'm wondering where it's coming from. Could it be coming from the pubic bone dent? Or could it just be gunk that was sitting below the cup?

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I have a history of urinary discomfort and I'm a little concerned about how this could affect it. I feel like there's a pressure or sudden twinges of stinging in the first hour or so that it's in, before it's really settled in I guess. I moved away from tampons to help the general health of my vagina, but I never considered that a cup might not be the best for urinary problems. Anyone else use cups and have these problems? Any suggestions?

juliiie87juliiie87 on May 15th, 2013 10:36 am (UTC)
1) Yes, it is your pubic bone, and better the cup caves in to it than the other way around, don't you think? ;) it's normal. Smart of you to face the fold down, there's less resistance there, so for me (and others) it's the easiest way to make sure it pops open.

2)Gunk, yes. We call it "residual slobber". The way to avoid it is to wear the cup before your vagina gets gunky. Unlike tampons, cups don't absorb EVERYTHING, they merely collect new gunk.

3)It's a good sign that the discomfort dissipates after it's settled, I guess after the cup rides a bit higher. To hurry the process a little you could try kegeling/nudging the cup a little higher once it's unfolded. It could also just be your body getting used to the cup. If it doesn't get better, a softer cup is the most common solution.
Saráh: bettertamponwhimaway on May 19th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
It sounds like your cup is in just fine. It's normal for it to be a little squished or not all the way open.

A cup can put pressure on your bladder or rectum. Usually I can pee with my cup in but I like to (although I don't need to) remove my cup to do number 2. I think the pressure of the cup is negligible and is not going to negatively affect your bladder. :)

It sounds like you are getting residual slobber like juliet said. If you want you can look into cloth pantiliners for some back up, but usually it's not very much. :)

Edited at 2013-05-19 12:53 am (UTC)