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17 August 2013 @ 12:52 pm
First of all, I want to say that this community has been extremely helpful with my first time using a cup! I was having pain with insertion and after reading many posts found that I simply needed to relax. It became so much easier after that. I was unknowingly tensing my muscles, especially my legs. So if it's your first time, really focus on calming down!

Though I have searched, I could not find close enough answers to my first-time questions, so here goes:(and sorry about the length, but I am trying to be as descriptive as possible!)
I am 18 years old and have only used my cup once so far. (It came in the mail at the end of my period, sadly) I got the Keeper Moon Cup. As I said before, inserting was difficult at first but once I got it in I could not even feel it except for a tiny bit of the stem poking out, which I plan to cut off after my next cycle. (Also, I placed the cup really low, but it naturally moved all that way up on its own within a couple minutes) I gave the stem a tug and knew it was not going anywhere. Also, the sides felt like they were inflated with air, so I assumed it was working.
My problems started about 10 minutes after I got it in, when I was watching tv. It was like it was a strong suction pulling my insides towards it. It was okay at first, but when I went to recline on the chair, it made a squelch and suddenly the suction became so strong I had to go relieve it. I knew the Moon Cup had a large rim so I was prepared to reach up there - and with bearing down I was able to get it to a reasonable distance. After letting some air in, it felt a little better, but I still wanted it out. I could not fold it at all, just barely hold the rim down to break the seal, resulting in a very painful removal. But, it had definitely done its job and collected stuff. I will say that I used coconut oil for lube, maybe I used too much and it was moving around? I read that I should widen the holes, so I filled the cup with water and droplets only leaked out of two of the holes. Are the rest too small? I haven't touched them yet in case they're not the problem.
At this point my problem is really that suction-y feeling. I know I'll just have to get used to removal and maybe work on softening the rim a little over time. I'd really like to keep this cup because of the great seal (I do outdoor activities and lots of horseback riding) but would appreciate any help with the pain the seal was causing when I wasn't even doing anything!
Thanks in advance.
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 17th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, enlarge the holes. The US Moon Cup is a long and narrow cup with a flared rim so its shape demands larger holes -- yet the ones it comes with are teeny. 1.5 to 2mm is a good size. Google/Ebay for a dermal or piercing punch for a clean cut.

Edited for piercing tool sizes:
16g = 1.5mm, 14g = 1.75mm and 12g = 2mm.

Hang in there, you've ALMOST got it. You're well on your way through the dreaded learning curve.


Edited at 2013-08-18 06:52 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 19th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Try to release the suction by letting more air into the cup : http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2091967.html And yeah, for removal, practice reaching up and sort of refolding the cup on the way out, I know it must be harder with a firmer cup, but either a loose c-fold or a loose punch down should help make the rim smaller.
brennabaggins on August 20th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Having never used tampons and being the first of my family to try a cup, I am totally grateful for your help and encouragement! I will definitely make the holes bigger and then also let some air in right after insertion.
I can't wait to try again next cycle and hopefully get some practice with folding for removal.
Thanks again!
brennabaggins on September 3rd, 2013 04:53 am (UTC)
Update! I was cleaning my cup out and two of the holes had not been fully punched out and still had silicone inside them! I'm not sure how much of a difference that would make, but perhaps it will. I will probably still punch the holes larger.