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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: http://imgur.com/7AZ4KIj

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.

Also..
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).
 
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on June 19th, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
1) Nah, a lot of people wear their cups this way (from what I see on these forums--I have the opposite problem--my cervix is somewhere up near my collarbone)

2) Maybe wait a cycle or two and see how you like it. If you decide it's still too long after that you can cut the stem

3) Yes, absolutely. Dry runs are always a fail for me, anyway.

(On a side note--if you find the Lunette too long for you, you might enjoy Meluna Minis. They come in all kinds of cute colors and are made for short cervixes.)
sljrsljr on June 19th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
Near your collarbone! I like that. Thanks for the advice :) my original cup choice was a small meluna but I live in Canada and I don't believe they're shipping here right now. When they're approved again I my order one!
elisamba on June 19th, 2014 04:31 am (UTC)
Dry runs are not a good idea for beginners, maybe for anybody. Between flow, lubrication and cervix height, the conditions just aren't the same as real conditions.

You'll probably find insertion different during your period. The Lunette does have a long stem, but your cup tends to migrate up, so once you stand up, you can sort of wiggle around and kegel (sp?) to help it move up.
sljrsljr on June 19th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
I hope it does migrate up that would be great. Thank you :)
debbs1 on June 19th, 2014 07:56 am (UTC)
1) No, it doesnt matter if it sits high up or lower, as long as the whole cup is inside. sometimes throughout the day it'll wiggle a little higher, so you might wanna take that into account. that happens to me, actually.

2) I'd probably advice you to wait till your period comes and to try again and cut off the stem only then. when im on my period, my cervix moves down and it makes quite a large difference (to me). I suggest you pick a day when you'd be home the whole day in case you decide you cant stand the labia poking thing. That was what i did, which was in hindsight, a wise thing to do. I'm using a si-bell; even with its super soft and skinny stem, it irritated me just a little bit.

3) YAAAAASSSSS! my dry runs are pretty awful. Lube gets splattered everywhere because the damn thing wouldnt go in ._. but this is my second full cycle using the cup and i already got the hang of it. try again during your period!

Glad that you're really enthusiastic to make the switch. It's life changing! whoo hoo! good luck and tell us how it went!!

Edited at 2014-06-19 07:58 am (UTC)
sljrsljr on June 19th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it's easier during your period. I didn't even have lube so it was very difficult but I was determined to try it out in advance. I'll definitely let you guys know :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 19th, 2014 12:49 pm (UTC)
Head over to the Community FAQ. All of your questions are answered in detail over there. Read the Virgin's Guide to Cups (even if you're not, there's really good info in there), the post about Myths, the post about Commonly Asked Questions, the ones about different folds and any others that strike your fancy.

As for trimming the stem... be absolutely sure that you want to do so. You can always trim it later but you can never put any back.
sljrsljr on June 19th, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) I've looked through the FAQ just not far back enough apparently! Good point about the stem.