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akiratakamashi
21 November 2013 @ 08:50 pm
So recently I bought two new cups from Feminine Wear (great service by the way, I highly recommend this shop) a NaturalMamma and a soft large Meluna but I cant get them to open. They seem to stay in a cresent shape once inserted instead of opening. I am pretty sure that it isn't the softness as I already have a small LadyCup that opens just fine. I have been thinking that maybe this is due to the cups having less suction release holes than the LadyCup but I am really not sure. Any advice would be appreciated! :D
 
elisamba on November 22nd, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
Try putting one of the holes in the crease itself. Then insert your finger and pull away the vaginal wall opposite the crease. It may take 10 seconds or so, but you should feel the cup gradually open up. Also, in my experience, C fold or half-diamond (creates more springiness) is good for soft cups, and punchdown not very good. The half-diamond gives you a little bit of the rim you can nudge up.
nemesis27nemesis27 on November 22nd, 2013 10:44 am (UTC)
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I have a meluna soft too and my meluna don´t open completely but I don´t have leaks, I think this cup is so.

I have ladycup also, and , although is a soft cup, it´s not the same, the lady has a stiffer area along the edge, this area makes the cup open well.


sorry for my bad English, I can´t explain me as well as I want..

http://cupsss.blogspot.com.es/
teacupcake89 on November 22nd, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
have you tried all the tips in this FAQ post on getting soft cups to pop open? http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html

also read through the comments in past posts with the popping open tag and any other tags that look relevant, teething troubles, seal and suction etc.

:)
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on November 22nd, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
The LadyCup has a very springy rim compared to the cups you're using now, so you might need a different fold. For soft cups, I usually do well with the origami fold or another more intricate fold. I make sure that a hole is in the middle of the crease, and once it's in, push on the vaginal wall opposite to make sure air gets through the hole to help the cup inflate. Good luck!
ginny587ginny587 on November 22nd, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Half diamond is my never fail fold for the Naturalmamma.
pascallewest on November 23rd, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
I agree with the above comment. The half-diamond fold has been working great for my NaturalMamma. You can kind of keep your finger on the bottom of the fold when you put it in, so that you are able to push the fold "up" to get it to open every time.
juliiie87juliiie87 on November 24th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)
Half diamond and/or labia facing down, cold water trick are my fool proof method with my softest cups (including Meluna soft).
pascallewest on November 24th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
FYI, Here is a video where that half-diamond fold is explained and how to nudge the rim up and open with your finger:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRGqVH1cJ6k
lsapdel on November 24th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
Tips!
Oh, I think it has everything to do with softness!!! My ladycup (small) has the firmest rim out of all my cups! But for me this is what helped open my medium soft meluna: using the half diamond fold. Using lube for insertion, and then with the half diamond fold I manually open it up by nudging the bottom part of the rim, then I just push the cup up and place it around my cervix. It worked pretty well for me! Hope that helps! Also running the cup under cold water before inserting also helps!
akiratakamashiakiratakamashi on November 27th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice. :) I will be sure to try this.