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So this was my first time trying the Instead. I was able to get it in, but now I am not able to find the ring. I can feel the baggie part of the cup, but not the ring. Help!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 19th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
No sweat. RELAX. It's a little tricky at first but after you do it once or twice, it'll be easy. Slide your index or middle finger into your vagina following your pubic bone in the front. You should feel the rim there. Slide your finger between the rim and you, and pry it back to release. I keep my fingerprint toward me and use the fingernail side toward the rim. Once it releases, it will drop lower and then you can slide the Instead out like a drawer.

Prepare for it to be messy. Don't pull it out beyond the toilet to examine it or it will drip and dribble all over everything.

Pop in a fresh one and rinse the one you took out to re-use it next time. It's easiest to alternate two. And despite what the instructions say, they ARE reusable. (Of course they tell you to throw it away, that way you'll keep buying more and more and more and...)
danieatlantaDanielle Bocage on July 19th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
Thank you for the advice! I was FINALLY able to get it out, but it took forever! Is the pubic bone that bump you feel towards the top of your vagina just inside (don't mean to sound clueless :/)? If so, I never noticed it. One other question; I read that you can still have intercourse with the cup in place, but I wonder if it's lightly different than not having anything in place?
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 19th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm not surprised you found the Insteads awkward at first...I sure did the one time I used one (jacked from a friend's medicine cabinet because I was curious)...I've never tried this but I imagine it would depend on how well-endowed your guy is and what position you use. My friend's BF felt her Nuvaring so I suppose it's possible. If he doesn't mind though, why not?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 19th, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's your pubic bone. I have never tried to have sex while wearing an Instead. Others on this list have done so both successfully and unsuccessfully. An Instead is similar in shape and concept to a diaphragm. Give it a try to see how/if you (both) like it.

Personally, I didn't like Insteads much. I thought they were very messy to remove and that they only worked for me on light days. I guess my flow was too heavy on other days.

Edited to add: But I find them very convenient for administering home remedies like (for example) yogurt for a yeast infection. And keep some in my desk, glove compartment, overnight bag, etc "just in case."

If you are interested in cups, do a little self-exploration and then use the size charts at the Community FAQ or at http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ to figure out what brand(s) would fit/suit you best.

And it's perfectly OK to mix and match products. For example, Instead on light days, cups on heavy, etc, etc, etc.

Edited at 2013-07-19 02:18 pm (UTC)
Carriecarrieb on July 19th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
I used Insteads for years before I discovered re-usable cups. The Insteads were always leaky for me, but way better than pads or tampons. I still keep them on hand, though, because they are awesome for sex. My husband never knows it is there and it keeps things from getting messy.