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07 January 2015 @ 06:17 pm
First off, really excited that this community exists! The discussion and resources here are what convinced me to try out menstrual cups, and even though I'm having trouble right now, I'm hoping that they'll end up being a permanent part of my life.

I read kuradi8's wonderful post, of course, as well as cup reviews here & on Amazon, fold tutorials, etc before I got started. However, I'm still having trouble with my new Lunette (model 1). I tried it out for about 24 hours (3 insertions and 3 removals) but back to tampons until I can figure out where I'm going wrong. Basically, I'm having three issues:

1. Insertion- This is the biggie. I tried several different folds, but ultimately the folded cup just seems too big. I managed to get it in there all three times (by squatting the lowest squat and breathing deeply) but it has been intensely painful every time and caused lasting soreness. Removal is even worse. Ouch.

2. Leaking- Once I get it in there, I do my best to test the seal by running my finger around the sides (it is SO HARD to get a finger in there, you guys!) and pulling on the stem. Seems sealed to me, since there's some resistance when I pull on the stem, but I've never felt a pop after inserting or anything like that. When I feel around the edges, it feels as open as it can be, though not perfectly round. The first time, I didn't have any leakage. The second time, I wore it overnight, and there was a little leakage in the morning, though that could just be heavy flow. Third time, it leaked from the beginning, despite a second attempt to seal it.

3. Removal- Even more painful than insertion, no matter how I do it. I expected mess, I got mess. Managed never to spill anything, but on the second removal (after I'd slept with it) it had nearly disappeared and it took me a while to find the stem. This surprised me, since the Lunette has a really long stem. The cup was much further up than where I'd originally inserted it the night before. (By the end, my hands were covered in blood up past the knuckles. Felt like a gladiator, it was actually kind of great.)

So, friends, what am I doing wrong? If it's relevant, I'm 26, I've never had kids, I don't have sex with men, and--as far as I know--have pretty standard equipment, if a little small. I use regular size tampons and that's about the biggest thing I can comfortably fit. I realize that it may be a matter of perseverance, but perseverance is hurting a lot right now. I also bought a Sckoon cup (small) in case the Lunette didn't work out, but I'll have to wait a couple of days until the soreness stops. Thinking that the curved lip might be less painful than the Lunette's ridged one.
 
icanbmeicanbme on January 8th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
Play around with folds some more: I use use the pinch down fold I have to put the pointed bit to the right. It also takes my cup (not a lunette) 5-20 minutes to pop open all the way, (moving around will help this along) once that happens most of your other issues should go away.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 8th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
If your small Lunette and its long stem disappeared way up there, then the Sckoon is shorter and might be even harder to reach. A longer-bodied cup like the Diva might help -- but it has a short stem and with the stem, your Lunette is longer.

Read the good advice under the removal tags and work on your technique. I think you'll be able to figure out a way that won't cause the discomfort you're experiencing.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 8th, 2015 01:32 am (UTC)
If you're finding the Lunette too short (and that may depend on the day--your cervix likely moves around during your period) I'd highly recommend the Si-Bell, which is super-soft yet "poppy," or if you can wait for the shipping and want to save some $, the Chinese iCare. (I just bought one for my World Trade Cervix lol)
Eve N. Furter: Broomstick & Margaritaeve_n_furter on January 8th, 2015 10:44 am (UTC)
If the insertion is painful, you could try a little lube, and also to make it easier to get a finger in. Lube is a great household remedy. :D

ETA: Waterbased lube, preferably. (As to not damage the silicone.)

Edited at 2015-01-08 10:50 am (UTC)
Serenaarynna on January 9th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks everyone for the advice- I'll stick with it and hopefully a little practice will resolve most of my issues. Waiting till next month, though, since I am STILL sore!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 9th, 2015 10:32 pm (UTC)
Another trick is to use a little bit of numbing gel (Orajel or whatever they market for babies teething) around the entrance when things get a little sore. the downside is that you then won't be able to feel very well where you're aiming. But it's definitely helpful the first few months!