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jpickner
11 August 2013 @ 02:06 pm
Okay, so I have already posted about how much of a struggle it has been for me to coax the cup "open" post insertion and the prevailing (almost unanimous) response was that this was a case of first time user error. However, I'm on day two of non-dry use and I had my first bit of leakage, so I removed the cup in order to better place it (as I assumed I had done so incorrectly) and even after I fully removed the cup (which I found to still be slightly folded in at the rim) it STILL didn't pop open. Outside of my vagina with nothing compressing it! I had to manual open it up. It's suppose to be in the style classic but it seems INCREDIBLY soft and pliable with very little 'spring' to it. I have a hard time imagining that a softer model actually exists. I'm starting to think I got a softer than normal classic? I also think my cervix may be high. I hadn't a clue how to check so I wasn't sure where I stood in that regard, but when it comes time to remove the cup it's relatively difficult to "reach". I'm just not sure if I ought to try a different cup next time of if I need to give it more time to figure this whole cup thing out.
 
Luceafaraluceafara on August 11th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
That's really strange. I have the soft and classic Melunas and have never had them stay flat when I hold them in my hand. The soft ones take a bit more caxing to get to open when I insert them, so I let them sit in icewater before insertion, which helps make them a bit more rigid. The classic Melunas are definitely harder than the soft, but not as rigid as I was fearing when I ordered them.

To remove the cup, do you try to bear down on it? When I do, I can just grab the base of my cups, but I have a mostly low cervix.

Edited at 2013-08-11 11:59 pm (UTC)
Marie Intarnetteladylynx on August 12th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
I'm very comfy with my Xl meluna classic. My cervix is fairly high. I have to bear down with my muscles before I can even feel the ring. Then I bear down and tug the ring. Then after the suction releases, it's a breeze.

Do you do a lot of sports?
Eireinneireinn on August 12th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)
My Meluna doesn't open at all easily, in or out, if I use the punch-down fold or anything similar. I use the diamond fold, with the folded side towards the back. That lets me use my fingers to unfold it if it doesn't open of its own accord. Might be worth a try, it works for me!
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 12th, 2013 11:41 am (UTC)
Easy way to find out which Meluna you got : what color is it ? silver glitter, turquoise blue, light pink and yellow are the soft version. All others are classic.

I never bother to use the punch-down fold with my soft cups, it's a bitch to pop open, especially not with my Meluna soft. I use the labia OR half diamond facing down, with one hole in the middle, run under cold water for a few secs immediately before insertion. With those folds I can sort of manually unfold the cup in one poke as I push it in, so it's more of a one step method, I let it open as low as it's comfortable. I see you've tried those folds already, so another thing I can suggest is lying down on your bed, with your knees bent, feet flat, and pelvis slightly elevated. That tends to create a "gap" in there, which your cup needs to unfold easily (it needs room/air). Now that I'm more experienced, sitting in the toilet, knees splayed wide, works well for me also.

The medium Meluna is basically a small-sized cup, so yes, you may like a longer cup better, however you'll likely get better at bearing down to bring the cup within reach. The ring rubbing you also indicates it sits quite low on some days, so I wouldn't dismiss a short cup entirely (however that ring is quite long and other cups with stems have the benefit of being trim-able). So since you seem to be able to use this cup, I think it all boils down to practice and perfecting your technique. ;)
trejoytrejoy on August 12th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
As others have said, the medium MeLuna is actually in the small size category when compared to other cups. When I tried the medium, it never sat properly around my cervix and ALWAYS leaked (and I mean not once did it not!) It's rare that a cup would be defective. For me it was similar to looking for the right fit buying jeans as I searched for the right cup(s)!

As far as opening, my (large soft model) MeLuna started in more of an oval shape and stayed that way through nearly two years of use. I folded it opposite of its 'natural' flattened shape and it usually unfolded alright.
jpicknerjpickner on August 13th, 2013 07:41 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice, I'll just keep working with it.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 13th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC)
Also re-readin your post : I definitely wouldn't use folds I can't help to open manually (such as the punch-down) and wouldn't leave it in until you're fairly sure it's unfolded, because yes, it'll leak. Good luck, you're almost there ! :)