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It looks like I'm still stuck in the dreaded learning curve! I've mostly gotten the hang of using my small mini MeLuna, but it's just way too tiny (and hard to reach!) for regular use. I liked the feel of the mini MeLuna since it was soft and not noticeable at all once it's inserted, I decided to go for a large soft MeLuna based on my estimation of my cervix height (6~8 cm). However, I found that no matter which fold I tried, I just couldn't get the large MeLuna to pop open at all (even if I let go of the rim once it's past the pubic bone -- still won't pop open)! I tried inserting a finger next to the cup once it's fully in (and still folded) to prod at it, but no dice. I've never had this issue with my mini MeLuna, which is an even softer cup. I wonder if it's because the mini MeLuna has more room to pop open due to its smaller size...?

So, my question is, do I keep trying with the large MeLuna (I've given up for today because omg so much chafing. I'm going with my mini MeLuna and I already know it's going to be a pain to remove it because it's ridden up so high!) or should I go for a different cup? I've tried the large MeLuna a couple of times and I've also found that it's kind of difficult and painful to insert -- are there other cups (of comparable size) that fold up more tightly? If I do attempt another cup, I'd want one with a body that's shorter than the large MeLuna (<5cm; I guess the new cup would have to have a longer stem) and probably one that's narrower (<4.4cm) but still has a capacity of 20mL.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 1st, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
If I'm not mistaken... MeLunas only have 2 anti-suction holes around the rim, and they're kinda tiny. Holes help with popping open and breaking the seal for removal. Try enlarging the holes and/or adding a couple more. Most cups have 4 holes. A couple have 6 holes. Something like a piercing punch would probably make a less ragged hole than scissors or a drill bit.
offdayoffoffdayoff on June 1st, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
You're right, it does only have two holes! I don't have a piercing punch, but would using a needle work if I just kind of pull at the hole with the needle to enlarge it?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 1st, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know. MeLunas are made of TPE and I don't know if that material is more prone to tearing than silicone if you don't get a reasonably-round hole.

Also check some of the MeLuna and Insertion tags. There are good helpful hints to get MeLunas to pop there.
curious_bunny_8curious_bunny_8 on June 1st, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
The one fold that worked with my medium size Meluna was "labia" fold with one of the holes inside the fold and the folded side facing up towards bellybutton. I don't really feel it popping open though, with TPE it's more like "unfolding" sort of thing, since it's not particularly springy.
offdayoffoffdayoff on June 2nd, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
You're right, the MeLuna doesn't really pop! I can't really feel the soft mini opening at all, once it's past the entrance. I usually use the punch-down fold with the mini, but that fold doesn't open or even budge at all with the large. I'll have to try the labia fold -- thanks for the tip!
Kengwenkengwen on June 1st, 2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
You might consider a meluna standard (rather than soft). I had originally gotten some soft melunas (small & medium) after having trouble with a Diva I thought was too firm, turns out it was less the firmness and more the size/shape? The soft melunas work pretty well but I do have trouble getting them to open, but I got a standard meluna and it's still soft enough/shaped so that it's really comfortable/not noticeable, but it opens much more easily...
offdayoffoffdayoff on June 2nd, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
Compared to the soft, do you feel that the standard/classic ones press against your bladder? And are they more painful to remove compared to the soft?