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14 February 2015 @ 01:58 pm
I bought a mooncup a couple weeks ago, and it came right after my last period, so I have been practicing putting it in between periods. It is impossible. I am 24 years old, not a virgin (but it's been so long, maybe I'm a born-again? ha...) In all honesty, I'm not super "in-tune" with the goings on down there, tampon insertion definitely had a learning curve when I was 16, and I am just so tight, I can only get the cup in half way, and maybe a little more when I use coconut oil, but then the cup won't open. Maybe I'll try making the holes a little bigger, but I really am struggling. I have tried standing up, with knees relaxed, or one leg up on the bathtub, and kind tried on the toilet, but was worried about dropping the cup into the toilet...I have tried all sorts of folds, punch down, origami, (C fold is an absolutely no go), the closest I get is with the origami fold, but still struggle to get it past the thicker fold. Also after trying for about ten minutes or maybe a little longer, it starts to get kind raw down there and hurt...so then I don't want to try again.

My period started last night, so I am trying to figure it out, luckily the blood didn't freak me out too much during the insertion attempts this morning, but I am just so antsy to get it to work!! Help?
 
 
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
 
yell14 on February 14th, 2015 02:14 pm (UTC)

Ok from personal experience, dry runs are a very bad idea. Everything down there is thight and usually dry, depending on where you are in your cycle. So the cup wont fit plus it hurts. It is possible that you might struggle to get it in on your first day.
But things will loosen up as your period progresses. So by day 2 it should be good to go.
Because you are a little sore, I would suggest maybe use pads until your period gets heavy and then try the cup again. I usually put mine in while in the shower, water relaxes me, plus its easy to rinse off the cup if need be. I hope it works out  and with time you will figure it out. Once you start using it, you will probably need a few days and you will figure it out. Good luck and dont give up :-)

redrovering on February 14th, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
I think I got it!
Okay, I got it in, but there two hours into wearing it there was a little leakage, so I just tried to take it out. It definitely gathering the blood, there was only a little, but I definitely think it worked! The only thing I'm slight concerned about was that it was a little tough to get out, I had to pull so hard (even while breaking the seal) that I felt like it was suctioning all my lady parts out...is this something that will get better with time? It spooked me...
mi_ermi_er on February 14th, 2015 02:48 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything the above commented said. I have a mooncup and it took me 3 cycles or so to get really used to it. Now I love it but it was definately a learning curve.
Definately try squatting in the shower, it worked for me.
Good luck!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 14th, 2015 02:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, enlarge the holes. And it's perfectly OK to only use it occasionally until you get the hang of it. There's a paragraph about insertion at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ Maybe it will help? I hope so.
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on February 14th, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)
MCUK or US Mooncup? Either way, those are kind of bad starter cups because of the HUGE rims and firm silicone. You might want to try something less rimmy (like...every other cup out there) until you are more comfortable with cups...
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 14th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
On the other hand... EVERY cup -- "rimmy" or not -- has a learning curve and I think that all of them can be equally difficult for a new cup user. Everyone has their own techniques for insertion and removal. It just takes time until you figure out what works best for you. However, small anti-suction holes can vex even a seasoned cup user so enlarging them would probably make things easier in the long run.
meah1 on February 17th, 2015 01:20 am (UTC)
I have a Si-Bell, and I'm a beginner too (first cycle with cup) so take this with a grain of salt:

The only combination that has worked for me so far is inserting without coconut oil or any other lubricant except water/blood, sitting on the toilet in a comfortable and relaxed position, and using a half-diamond fold. I found the half-diamond much easier to insert and pop open than the triangle or origami folds. It gets you a pretty small insertion point so you could give that a try. The coconut oil made the cup too slippery for me to properly hold a fold, so I'd release it and it would pop open before it was fully in. I was worried about dropping into the toilet too, but it's not that slippery without coconut oil.

I'm 24 too, and am a virgin, and with the combination of all these things I didn't have much trouble. I just wanted to add this since the usual advice to squat down and use lots of lube (coconut oil) made it more difficult for me. Trying to use a hand mirror also made it more difficult because I got disoriented and kept doing things backwards.

Good luck!!!