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21 May 2013 @ 03:18 pm
I'm a relative newbie to menstrual cups. This community has helped me tremendously, and I know my first time wouldn't have been so successful without y'all. Here's what I've learned:

1. INSERTION - The more complicated the fold, the springier the cup will be, so the easier it will be to pop open. My favorite is the half diamond (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Cdc3VaVgJM). It's the smallest fold I've found, and it pops open consistently. As many other posters have noted, insert the cup with the diamond facing down and push straight back.

2. STEM - If the stem is bothering you, do some kegels and push the cup up as far as it'll comfortably go. Is the stem still bothering you? Can you remove the cup by grabbing the base, not the stem? Then remove the cup, wash it, and trim down the stem with clean scissors or nail clippers. Repeat. I ended up cutting the stem off my Lunette Selene size 1 completely. There was no way I could've made it through a whole day, let alone a whole cycle, with that thing.

3. C-FOLD REMOVAL - The first couple of times removing my cup hurt like hell. Then I tried folding the cup as I removed it, and it was much better. Grab the cup by the base and pinch to release the suction. Then pull out slowly, pinching the cup into a C-fold. (Make the C point up, unlike when you insert it.) That way the cup is smaller for removal. I usually manage to do this without spilling by bringing the base down so the cup is upright and letting it come open upon removal.

4. CLEANING - When you're at home, remove the cup and wash it with warm water and baby shampoo or non-antibiotic hand soap. To clean out the holes, fill the cup with warm water, cover the top with your hand, and flip it over. Squeeze the cup to push water out through the holes. It's OK to remove the cup, wipe it carefully with TP, and reinsert it if you're in a public restroom. Just be sure to clean it thoroughly when you get home. At the end of your cycle, boil the cup for 10 minutes. Leave it out in the sun for a day or two if it smells funny. Then put it back in its pouch or in a non-airtight container until your next cycle.

Most of these tips are summaries of what others have shared on this site, but I believe the C-fold removal is new. Enjoy!
 
mrslevell2bmrslevell2b on May 22nd, 2013 01:28 am (UTC)
That half diamond fold will be the first one I try. Thank you!
juliiie87juliiie87 on May 22nd, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
<3 the half diamond!! & folds facing down is my rec, too. Labia facing down is good with rounder bell-shaped cups too.

The only thing I'd add is to rinse the blood off in COLD water first, to avoid setting in stains/discoloration.
jwthemathsterjwthemathster on May 22nd, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Great advice! Yeah, I'm sticking with cold water to keep this new cup pretty. My old clear cup was so embarrassingly stained after 5 years. I couldn't figure out why, since I washed/rinsed in the hottest water I could stand (I figured hotter is cleaner--wrong!).

It's so awesome to have this wonderful resource, isn't it? After 5 years of "self-learned" cupping, I'm amazed at all the new information I've learned from everyone here, and some things I could do better (new folds, hot water + blood = stains).

I'm proud to say I've finally mastered the half diamond fold today. A punch down (or my kind of sloppy, origami fold) works alright. But, yeah, half diamond fold and a Large Fleurcup were meant for each other. FLOOP (that the sound I imagine it was making)--right into perfect open position.
Lady Felis of Domestica: avatarfelisd on May 27th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
They still sell non-anti-biotic hand soap?! Where? Every time I go to the drug store, it's shelves upon shelves of anti-biotic hand soap, and it drives me bananas. (I live in Canada... anybody know where I can find it?)
kayleyg on August 2nd, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
removing the cup.
I have a really bizzare question. Every thing I have read says you grab the cup by the base, but the cup is inside the vagina right? So grabbing to me means I would be sticking my whole hand inside to grab it.

Are you meant to insert 2 fingers inside your vagina to pinch the base, or slide one finger along the side to break the seal.
I have read that people use spoons to break the seal and all sorts of things.

Any chance someone could provide me with the specifics of exactly how to remove them please?

I have always had issues with removing tampons and have always found them to be quite painful, so if I have to stick an entire hand inside to grab the cup, then that ain't happening. rofl.

Many thanks in advance.