sljr (sljr) wrote in menstrual_cups,

New user: Cutting stem & knowing if cup is "up high enough"?

Hello everyone, I am very new to menstrual cups and have some initial questions.

I have been researching cups for a very long time, I’d say two years, and I have FINALLY been able to get one. I have a Lunette Cup model 1 (you can see it in my profile photo). I’m not on my period yet but I was very eager and excited so I’ve tried a dry run and have a couple questions.

I have a low cervix, I can get my finger in my vagina to my second knuckle before feeling my cervix (it’s around this height at all times of the month with some small fluctuation). Here is a photo which demonstrates that this is the exact length of my cup for me:

After about 5 tries I got my cup in with suction. However, it sits very low. The stem is completely outside of my vagina and the cup is directly inside the vaginal opening.

I was wondering..

1) Is this too low for a cup to sit? I looked with a mirror and could see the base of the cup but only a tiny bit, the cup is completely inside my vagina but just barely.
2) Since the stem is completely outside of my vagina should I cut it off? I’m just nervous about cutting it and somehow ruining the cup. The stem doesn’t necessarily hurt but it did poke my labia once which didn’t feel nice. I definitely won't need it for removal.

3) Will it be easier to insert when I’m on my period? I had to lay down on my bed spread eagle to get the cup in, I tried in the bathroom and it was a massive failure.

I’m really enthusiastic about making the change to cups, and hopefully reusable pads soon. I’ll be sad if this cup is too big for me. I couldn’t really feel it when it was in (apart from the brief labia poking incident).
Tags: lunette, stem length/trimming
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