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Lola Daminci
13 October 2013 @ 06:59 pm
I'm thirteen (almost fourteen) and I got the small Lunette cup. I've been trying to use it for a while now with minimal success. I put it in using a mix between the seven and triangle fold (I flatten it and fold one corner to the opposite side, almost to the base but not quite) and I can usually get it to open. But the stem pokes the right side of my V's wall a lot of the time, and I've already trimmed it a lot. The only way I can get it out is by pulling on the stem so I can reach the base, and then I pull it out by gripping the base, pushing my thumb in in a half c-fold, putting my thumb on the other side, and pulling the whole thing out. I don't think I'd be able to get it out without the stem.

Also, it tends to leak a lot, and I've tried finding my cervix but can never find it, so I assumed it's pretty high up but I'm still leaking! The way I put it in is I use the fold I mentioned above, make sure it's open by running a finger along the edge, twist it to make double sure, and sometimes push it up so the stem isn't poking me.

I don't consider my flow heavy, but I don't really know how to tell how heavy your flow is. I weigh about 90 lbs, so I don't think it would be too heavy.

Please help, I really don't want to go back to using pads and tampons!

**EDIT**

Just survived my first full leak-free week with the cup! SOOO HAPPY!!!!!! Thank you to all of you for your tips. For anyone who needs help with this sort of problem, all I had to do was tilt the cup toward my left and let it open pretty early on, and then it would kind of do its own thing and get in the right place. I also used the punch-down fold and cut the stem almost all the way off (but I think even if I cut it off completely I'd still be able to get it out, since I don't really use it anyway).

When I was using the punch-down fold, I found that if I don't punch it down all the way, it opens quite easily. Just a little tip.

Again, thanks for all the help!
 
trejoytrejoy on October 14th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
If one side of the exterior of the cup has more blood on it than the other, I would aim your cup that direction. It took years of sporadic leakage before I learned my cervix is to the left!
juliiie87juliiie87 on October 14th, 2013 11:23 am (UTC)
I agree with the above comment : if your stem is pointing to the right, there's a good chance your cervix is more to the left, so let the cup unfold fairly low/early on, and once it has, aim the cup that way. The goal is to have it (o) around your cervix or right under it... so you'll have to guess roughly where that it. You may also want to try other folds, see if they work easier : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt6L-POE-b0
Katrinakatrina_splat on October 14th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Your weight has no impact on your flow at all, it is hard to tell.

I used a small lunette for several years before needing to upgrade to the big one. It took a lot of trial and error. I used cloth pads for backup as they were really comfortable. I also had to trim the whole stem off -- I promise it still comes out! Try and make sure the cup has 'popped' if you can, make sure it's open all the way. Try giving it a bit of a tug down to make sure there's no gaps blood can sneak around. And good lucky, it can take a while of practice.
geowolf on October 14th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
I agree about trimming the stem. If you push when you want to remove it it will peek out and you can grab the base easily. It takes a little practice to get the right muscles but once you do it's pretty easy. Also I disagree about the angle of your cervix. Don't try to push it against it. Adjust it so that the cup is straight even if you have to pull it down a tiny bit. Otherwise it will be uncomfortable and not sealed inside. As long as it's sealed along the walls that's what will keep it from leaking. If it's not comfortable (You really shouldn't be able to feel it)you don't have it in right. I wish I'd has one of these when I was young. Best thing ever!
nemesis27nemesis27 on October 15th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
another fold
you may want to try another fold, I use the "C fold" and the cup opens completely, and it´s easier than other ones.

http://cupsss.blogspot.com.es/
trula_rtrula_r on October 17th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hi! I'm 14, and also discovered cups when I was 13. I don't have any ideas for your leakage other than what these other helpful people have said, but I know that sometimes it is nice to hear things form people your age. If you want to chat about anything cup related(or not cup related) you can message me through live journal, and I'll try to get back to you! Congratulations on trying out cups!