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Hello all. Looking for some support and advice. I ordered my first menstrual cup, a medium size MeLuna Classic and it arrived in the mail this morning. I'm not menstruating currently, but I decided to try a "dry run" to get a sense of how to use it, the general feeling and what to expect. My issue is that whatever fold I use (the "punch down" fold seems the most comfortable for insertion) it won't unfold or "open up" once inside. I've tried reaching inside and wiggling it around and twisting it (though I can't get it to budge much) it to no avail. Nothing seems to get it to "pop open". It's also quite uncomfortable to insert. Any suggestions? I tried taking it out and re-inserting so many times I became quite sore. I'm disappointed b/c I've been SO EXCITED to make the switch. Do you think it's an issue of size? Firmness? Simple user error? Any thoughts on this would be GREATLY appreciated.

Additional info: I'm 25, sexually active, have not had children, and have no previous experience using menstrual cups.
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on July 24th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC)
Welcome!

Since I used this cup briefly, maybe I can help a little (but regular Meluna users probably have more advice)

When you do the punchdown fold (or whatever your chosen fold is) make sure one of the suction holes is placed right inside the crease of the fold, so in the punchdown fold, that would mean you're pretty much "punching it" right on the suction hole. This will allow air to get in and might fix the popping-open issue.

Another possibility is to try different folds - for the M Meluna Classic I was able to get the labia fold to work on the first try (making sure that one of the holes was in the crease). But if your cup is from a slightly softer batch (like my Meluna S was--I'd bought the 2-pack in Classic and the M was definitely firmer) you may have trouble getting it to stay/hold/pop open in this position.

Finally, I've found that dry runs never go as well as runs during your period. You may find that your cervix isn't in the same place it's at while on your period, plus everything is drier, etc. So I would wait until your period starts and try again then.

Finally finally - have you measured/been able to measure how high your cervix is during your period? Because, fair warning, you're going to have a heck of a time removing the Meluna if you have a high cervix. This is why I am no longer using them (too bad because I really liked them except for, you know, when I had to empty them out)
Marie Intarnetteladylynx on July 24th, 2013 08:29 am (UTC)
I know nothing about them, really. Just waiting for mine to get delivered. Only thing I can think is maybe you'd be better off with the Sporty version? But again, I don't know.
teacupcake89 on July 24th, 2013 09:55 am (UTC)
the 'sport' is VERY stiff and whatever Melunas recommendations are it is for women with very strong vaginal muscles so I wouldn't suggest leaping up to that from a classic which is already pretty stiff! :)
teacupcake89 on July 24th, 2013 10:02 am (UTC)
I would say the problem is this: you're not on your period!

Search previous posts with the 'dry run' tag and you'll find it's very common. Wait until your period comes and try then, using some water based lubricant or coconut oil to make it easier and the prevent getting sore so quickly.

also, don't expect it to work perfectly right away, the learning curve is steeping than tampons, so 3-6 periods is about right to really get the knack.

running it under cold water makes the cup pop open easier, as does pressing one side of the vaginal wall away from the cup for 10 seconds, to get it to open up you need to get air into the cup.

don't worry if the cup feels more 'oval' rather than round, that's just your shape inside and melunas are more mouldable to your body because of the material. Also don't worry if the cup sits slanted, it's just sitting underneath your cervix so don't try and 'straighten' it.

If you haven't done so already, finding your cervix will help loads for when you use your cup for real as you need to aim the cup rim towards it so it doesn't leak. Your cervix will be lower on your period so best to feel for it then too. :)
Kathausares_girl on July 24th, 2013 10:19 am (UTC)
I've been using the Meluna sport - only cup I've ever used, an have only used it 5 cycles so far...

I second the comment about cervix length. I got the starter pack with M and L. The M only got one use. The gymnastics required to remove it were quite something!! But I haven't had a problem with the L at all. </p>

I have had occasional issues with it not popping open. Getting a finger in to break the seal doesn't always seem to work. Folding on an air hole does make it unfold more often. Have you tried the half diamond fold? I resort to that if it I have to pull it out and try again. Then you can push the rim up into place if it still doesn't pop.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 24th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
User error. You're in the dreaded learning curve. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it in no time. ;o)

You need to get air into/above the cup for it to open. Use your finger to create an air channel on the soft back side of your vag so that it can fill with air. Be patient, take your time. If it's still stubborn, try turning the cup around so the folded part faces the other way. (Up instead of down, left instead of right, etc.)

And dry runs are notoriously... dry! Things will slip and slide around in there a whole lot better once you're using it "for real."
poster100poster100 on July 24th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
I had the same problem when I got my cup a Meluna Medium Classic. I posted nearly the same thing you did. At first i used the punch down method to I found it to be the most comfortable.The advice I got that really helped me was 1. The more complicated the fold the better I was told it helps it be more apt to pop open which I found to be true. So I stopped using the punch down method and moved on to other folds 2. Make sure one of the air holes is inside the creased part of the fold
These two prices of advice together fixed my problem I haven't had trouble with it anymore. I hope you have as good results as I did.
poster100poster100 on July 24th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
I actually have one bit of additional advice make sure the folded part is facing downward or the back I was told it would help and it did.
jpicknerjpickner on July 24th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks you so much for all your advice. Glad this community exists! Going to pick up some lubricant and try try try again and if that doesn't work I'll see if I have better luck on my period. I'm going to try not to get too discouraged.
Luceafaraluceafara on July 25th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
Congrats to your first cup and welcome!

When I had issues first time trying on my first cup, the following advice I found on here helped:
If you have the fold pointing to the top, try pointing it to the right, the left or bottom.
For me, pointing it to the left instead of top or bottom is what helped, so that's what I always do now. My cups are always in oval shape once inserted, so that makes sense.
Someone else already posted to make sure one of the airholes is always in the fold.

One more thing that helps me with the Meluna classics, is pull on it a tiny bit once inserted, to ensure a good seal.
jpicknerjpickner on August 11th, 2013 09:08 am (UTC)
Thank you all again for your help! An update: I'm having more luck with a little more practice (currently using it and no longer on a dry run). I've been using the diamond, half-diamond and labia folds and I find that standing with my leg propped up works best. It is taking quite a lot of manipulating to get it to open, however once I finally get it open and in place it works wonderfully. "Contains" everything with no leaks and I don't have to empty it very often. Only other complaint is that while I don't feel it most of the time, sometimes when I'm getting up from a seated position or sitting down or shift a certain way I feel some pain or discomfort. I think this is mostly caused by the ring tab rubbing me weird but if I were to get a cup with a different base I can't imagine I'd be able to grasp the thing well enough to remove it with reasonable ease and comfort. I guess I'll figure this stuff out as I go. I may invest in some other cup brands or styles when I can afford it. All and all, I'm really excited I made the switch!