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12 June 2013 @ 03:44 pm
Ok so I have been have trouble with my cup "popping open". Which lead me to wonder if maybe I am taking the term popping open to literally.
When you insert your cup should it open completely as big as it is when its outside of your body or just big enough to accommodate for your body size?

I think maybe...the cup might be opening but that my vagina is to "tight" for it open completely. Is this a possibility? Am I taking the term 'open' to an extrem? Or should open just mean open?
juliiie87juliiie87 on June 12th, 2013 08:52 pm (UTC)
It should be unfolded from its previously folded position and the rim should be round, or oval, or your pubic bone might cause a slight dent, or your finger when you check. That is ALL fine. The way to do that is to allow room/air around the cup, so you might hear a whooshing sound as it fills with air. Melunas especially have a tendency to assume an oval shape, so if that's the shape of your insides... don't worry about it.
trejoytrejoy on June 13th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Yes, depending on which cup you have, a literal popping open may not be possible. The whoosh of air juliiie87 describes is a good explanation of how it sounds/feels when softer cups open. Unfolding is a far more accurate term!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 13th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
Analogy: crush a paper cup in your fist. How much water will it hold?

"Tight" is a function of your pelvic floor (PC) muscles. Next time after you go pee, insert your finger and give it a little squeeze. Above them, your vaginal walls are more involuntary than voluntary, and quite elastic.

I think you're rushing the process. Insert the cup so the rim is just beyond your pubic bone and allow it to open fully there. Create an air channel on the soft back side of your vagina to help the cup fill with air as it opens. Take your time, don't rush! If you have trouble getting the cup to open, re-insert it with the folded part facing the other way. Up instead of down, or left instead of right (etc.) Sometimes enlarging the tiny little anti-suction holes around the rim helps too.

Then once it's fully open, then give it a boost as you kegel it up and into place.

And final tip: If you don't already, drop your panties to your ankles so you can splay your knees comfortably. Keeping them up at knee height makes it hard to maneuver around down there.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on June 13th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
i've collected some tips here too http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html
it doesn't have to be completely open but it shouldn't be partially folded either. rule of thumb: if it's comfortable and doesn't leak, it's fine.
Zzsomeone on June 15th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)
Mine will only open as far as a pinched oval shape, works fine.