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12 February 2014 @ 07:55 pm
Hi, so I just joined LJ, but I've been reading a lot of articles. This site was the reason i decided to buy a menstrual cup. I bought a lunette size 1 (since I'm a virgin and 17). Anyways I got it a couple days ago and decided to go for a dry run to test it out before I got my period. I managed to get it in after trying two times but I cant seem to make it open. I've tried turning it different ways but that just hurts, I've tried the c fold, the punch down fold, the origami fold, and the 7 fold but it just won't open.I've stuck my finger in and touched it all around and I've even tried keeping it in and hoping it opens by itself but it just won't. I dont know what im doing wrong, can anyone help?
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
ruby+;_____☆★contradictz on February 13th, 2014 03:06 am (UTC)
Hey, I only just recently got my cup and was trying dry runs. I couldn't get it to pop open either, and had pain when trying to rotate. Are you making sure the air hole is in the fold? As soon as my period came around I tried again and it popped open easily. It's so different when you do dry runs compared to actually being on your period.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 13th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
Agreed with the above commenter. Dry runs don't match up with your actual period experience...for one thing, the blood/stuff provides a lot of natural lube, and the muscles in that area are a bit more relaxed while on your period.
trejoytrejoy on February 13th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
Third that! Dry runs are not a great indicator since the inner tissues and secretions are different than during flow.
teacupcake89 on February 13th, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
wait until you start your period.

don't try twisting or turning it, you don't need to do that unless it works for you.

make sure the cup rim is sitting right underneath your cervix, this may mean that is sits diagonally or almost horizontally inside.

the half diamond fold is a good one for opening up and you can manually open it up too.

also try making sure an airhole is in the part of the fold that opens up first.

read this FAQ post on getting cups to open up and the comments: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/2618390.html

when on your period, try wiggling the cup/pressing it on different parts/doing some squats or kegels/wiggly bum dance. it just needs to feel unfolded that's all.

also watch this video for tips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLPBZz3uJEg and this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfHF0p7X4MI
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 13th, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
Don't shove it up there and then try to open it. Open it down low and then shove it up there.
trejoytrejoy on February 14th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
Need a *like* button!
sunnybeebop on February 13th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
I agree, wait till your period. If it still doesn't want to open try pulling it down after you insert...almost all the way out. Sometimes that will allow air to rush in and open the cup... then push it into place while its open.
m_n36 on February 14th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
Thanks to all of you. Ill try using it again on my period. And if that doesn't work ill use lub.