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After much research(and yes, I did check where my cervix sits on my period), I decided to purchase the small soft MeLuna for myself, in glitter style.
According to PinkPad(my app that shows me when my period is), my period isn't due for another 20 days. So, I figured I should try to practice using it.
However, I have some issues with it that seem minor, but still make me nervous as a first time user.
First is on the rim, there is a spot that is very slightly more sticky than the whole rest of the cup. It doesn't leave an imprint of my finger when I press into it- at least not that I can see- but I read a post on here where someone had a similar issue and had it replaced. It honestly seems normal to me but still a little scary.
Second is that a few little bits of glitter came off of the cup before I boiled it, although that may have been because I was messing with it a little. I went ahead and rinsed it, then boiled it, and then washed it with a wash cloth and dove soap just to try to remove any glitter pieces I could that were still hanging off, but I want to make sure that's not a huge problem either.

Despite these things, I did practice inserting it and removing it, and I really love it because it went pretty well- usually things do not get into my vagina very easily, and they come out even less easily(mostly this has to do with tampons, which dry me out...). However, I'm not certain I got it to open. I was wondering if it's a good idea to keep practicing until my period comes, to wear it for more than a minute before my period comes, and if that will have me fully prepared by the time my period does come? I'm hoping the practice will cut the learning curve it requires, so that I am able to use it comfortably by the time I go off to college in the fall.

Also, will the MeLuna be helpful if I also want to start keeping track of my cervical mucus?
Thanks!
 
adastra_flexineadastra_flexine on June 5th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
Dry runs vs. actual
While I am just about to buy mine and don't have experience, I have been browsing this community constantly for about two months :D From what I have read, dry runs are usually not as successful as the actual use for a few reasons. During dry runs, your cervix is a lot higher changing where everything is and a few cup users on here have mentioned that their vaginas seem to hold more during their periods. Also, dry runs are much, well, drier than actual use so a lot of users have mentioned using a water-based lubricant (there are concerns that silicone-based might be damaging to silicone cups, not sure about the other kinds; anything with glycerin which is a sugar risks infection; and oils might be difficult to wash out of the vaginal canal). All that to say don't be discouraged by a dry run!

I would say feel free to give it a couple more test runs to make the process more familiar and maybe use some water-based lubricant. As for collecting cervical mucus, some users have reported catching the natural vaginal lubrication from arousal along with period blood so that sounds doable.

HTH and everyone out there please feel free to edit me!
xo adAstra
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 5th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
I think it's fine to do a few more dry runs, just don't get frustrated if you have difficulties at this point... or on your first period or two. Insertion is one step, so congratulations! the other critical steps are making sure it's open, checking that it's around your cervix/not leaking and mostly, removal. So if you feel like trying a few more times before your period, it would be more realistic to leave it in for a few hours so it has time to migrate and find its sweet spot before you attempty removal... but bear in mind that if your cervix rides high when not on your period, than it could be a more arduous process. Don't panick though ! :)

As for the rough spot, it's a trace of the molding process, and it's up to if you decide it's bad enough that it needs to be replaced. Obviously it shouldn't affect the function of the cup.