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28 November 2014 @ 12:57 am
Hi there, I just received my first menstrual cup (Mooncup UK, size A), and I want to make sure that I can actually insert and remove it before I actually get my period. I've been trying for two days to insert it with no success. I'm in my 30's, a virgin, and I've been using tampons since I was 16. I knew there would be a learning curve, but I had no idea I would have such trouble with this! I've gotten the cup partially inserted using the triangle fold or the punchdown fold. I seem to run into problems when the hand that I'm using to insert gets so close to my body that I can no longer hold the fold. The cup either snaps open and pops out, or just sits there. I've tried pushing it in, but rather than pushing it further into my body, I just seem to be kind of pushing or folding the bottom of the cup into itself, if that makes sense. Any suggestions?
 
curious_bunny_8curious_bunny_8 on November 28th, 2014 11:44 am (UTC)
Hold the folded cup closer to the base of it (as low as you can, without having it unfold) with your thumb and index finder and don't let go until it's all in. Your fingers are not much wider than the folded up. If it does unfold, stick your index finger above it to create a slight c-fold and push it down and further towards tail bone.

All that is much easier while you're on period, because things are more elastic and lubricated down there.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on November 28th, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
Skim/Read this to see if it offers any helpful hints: http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on November 28th, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
There are many more possible folds to try here: http://menstrualcupforteens.wordpress.com/folds-and-insertion/

That said, the MCUK is one of those cups that has such a huge rim that I would not want to use it as my first cup (or ever). Something softer might be easier for you (but maybe not the very softest cups if your PC muscles are still strong)
fee_parisiennefee_parisienne on November 29th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Use some kind of lubricant when putting it in, and also try it again when your period starts - most people find insertion easier during that time!
yayforcupsyayforcups on November 29th, 2014 06:54 am (UTC)
How far do you want to insert it? I just pop a third of the cup in and let it pop open, that way it gets more air inside, and the widest part is in, then boost it into position. Hope it helps