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12 June 2013 @ 02:47 pm
I recently go my meluna medium classic cup in.
I was so "lucky" that I happened to be spotting the day it arrived so my "dry run" was actually testable. I had a lot of problems getting the cup to open up and suction to me. I called my sister who has had her cup for about a year now and asked her what I was doing wrong? How I was suppose to do it and she told me to calm down that I was over thinking it.
The problem was that I could tell that the cup was open or at least I thought it was when I felt around it with my fingers but the problem was I could push it out. As in bear down like your giving birth to the cup. I wanted to try this for two reasons
1. to make sure the suction was suctioning
2. because I have had problems with pooping out tampons (sorry TMI) before and I wanted to make sure it couldn't happen with my cup.
But I took my sisters advice and left the cup in just hoping it was in properly. Sure enough hours later I went to the bathroom and still at this point when I 'beared down" i could see it with a mirror coming out even with out me pulling it. However it did do its job and there was fluid in the cup. So I guess I must have had it in correctly?
Now its actually time for my period and I can't get the cup to open up. I can feel it still folded up in there. Has anyone else had this problem? Do you think this is just my learning curve? Or do you think I picked a cup that is the wrong size for me? Does anyone have any suggestion on how I could get it in there easier and with less problems?
I am using the C-fold method. I tried the punch down method but read that I should try a more coplicated fold to help it open. I also tried the S-fold but I couldn't really get it right. Do you think my problem could be the folding method?
I need help!
 
faranth22faranth22 on June 12th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Try inserting the cup with the folded part facing "down" or "back", if you will. When you fold the cup, make sure one of the airholes is in a fold. Use a finger to push the back soft wall of your vagina away from the cup to allow it more room to open/air to get up there. Some users have more success with more complex folds, such as the origami. There's a great video on youtube from the Lunette company demonstrating different folds. I like to run a finger around the cup once it's in (some call this "stirring") to ensure my cervix is not peeking out. Experiment and find what works for you.

Sounds like you are just in the dreaded learning curve, but no worries, it will get easier and easier. Get through a few cycles with this cup before you decide whether or not you need a different one.
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 12th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you have a low cervix. If so, it's only normal that the cup sits low & it's also normal that bearing down helps bring it lower, remember this for removal! Since you weren't in any pain I don't think it's the wrong size for you. I use only soft cups & my favorite folds are half diamond, origami & labia. Wouldn't use any other as they hardly work, and certainly not as quickly. You can find them on youtube if you look for "menstrual cup folding technique" or the Lunette video, which is more detailed. Facing down, with one hole in the middle, is also how I do it, I'd add running the cup under cold water for a bit before insertion to make temporarily firmer. And remember to bear down & stay relaxed the whole time! You don't want to hold the cup squished to gether with your muscles. And don't worry too much about suction, you just want it to unfold all the way : http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html Good luck and welcome to the cult!
poster100poster100 on June 12th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
So helpful! Thank you so much! The post you linked was wonderful. I am glad to know I'm not doing it wrong! Seal and Suction great thing to know the difference! Now i just have to work on this unfold all the way thing. lol. I can't wait to get it right!