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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?
 
 
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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!!!