offdayoff (offdayoff) wrote in menstrual_cups,

Need to try a new cup or stick with current one...?

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.

Tags: chafing/irritation, meluna - soft, popping open
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