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Hello! I have just started using menstrual cups, and am now in the dreaded learning curve. I am having some problems with creating a proper seal with my lunette model 1. Insertion is getting a little easier now (I've successfully inserted the cup 2x now, out of my 3 total attempts - pretty good i think!) but I'm still getting some minor leaking. I'm 20, virgin, and a regular tampon user. Before using the cup, I've tried to locate my cervix and realized that it's pretty high up - I can't even reach it on, or off my period. As a result, in order for my cup to feel comfortable I have to insert it pretty high up, to the point where I can't reach the stem (uncut) if I don't bear down a bit. Since the cup sits so high, I feel like I can't do the "twist" to create a seal. I can't even run my finger along the sides of the cup to see if it has popped open since my pubic bone is in the way. Any tips for me? Or is this just a matter of getting used to the cup?

fyi: im using the punchdown fold.
 
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on May 6th, 2014 02:13 am (UTC)
I have a high cervix as well, and also tend to push the cup up pretty far for it to be comfortable. First off, I would say don't worry about the twisting. I think nearly everyone can't or doesn't do it, there's other ways to get the cup to unfold. If you aren't already doing so, I'd recommend allowing the cup to unfold when it's just barely inside, before pushing it up the rest of the way. That way you should be able to more easily feel whether it's popped open or not, and it's easier to check with your finger. If you still have issues, I'd also recommend trying out different folds in case another one works better for you. Good luck!
sabreeeeeeena on May 6th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
to clarify, i should let it unfold once the rim is in?
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on May 6th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
Right, once the rim is all the way in, and maybe a little further, but with the base of the cup still within reach.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on May 6th, 2014 12:15 pm (UTC)
Go to the Community FAQ and read the posts about Myths. It will explain about twisting.

Many find it easier to let the cup open fully down low, then let it find its happy place -- which is usually (O) around the cervix.

EDITED: There are more answers to common questions at http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3291394.html


Edited at 2014-05-06 02:46 pm (UTC)