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18 April 2015 @ 10:49 pm
I was fascinated by the idea of having a menstrual cup but I still can't get one in! I purchased the small Ladycup a while ago. I'm scared that it will pop open before I get the rim of the cup in. My question is how far in do you put the cup before you let it pop open? I feel like there is a ridge down there that the cup needs to pass before it is far in enough and so that I can let go... Also, do you put your fingers in when you are inserting it? I've watched youtube videos and it seems that they insert their thumb and finger in with the cup.
I can't seem to hold the Ladycup long enough in the punch down fold before it starts unfolding since the rim is quite stiff so would a softer cup be better? I was thinking of the Iriscup because it isn't as soft as the Meluna soft or Cuplee. But I've also heard that it's quite similar to the Ladycup. I'm 22 years old and I've never had a child. I think I have a low to medium cervix but I can't quite get 2 fingers in. I also have trouble getting in large tampons, I can only insert slim regular tampons.

Thanks in advance! I know there are a few questions in there but any help would be great. I really want to learn to use a cup and have a stress free period :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on April 18th, 2015 11:16 am (UTC)
It sounds like you are uncomfortable with the concept of insertion -- whether it be your fingers, tampons or your cup. If you are scared of your cup, then don't use it yet. Read the Virgin's Guide to Cups http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1243131.html and see if there's anything at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ that helps.

Figure out how to use the cup that you already have. Then decide whether or not you want another based on how it fits.
Enlevéenleve on April 18th, 2015 07:51 pm (UTC)
I think that the ridge is probably your pubic bone, and that yes the cup needs to go past it. It might need to get some air inside in order to pop open once it is past the pubic bone.

You might want to experiment with different folds, such as the half-diamond fold.

If the cup pops open before it gets up as high as you want it, then either see if you can push it up where you want anyway, or if that doesn't work, then start over.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on April 19th, 2015 03:21 am (UTC)
experiment with your finger positioning. assuming you don't have something like arthritis, it shouldn't cause cramps in your hands/be uncomfortable to hold a folded cup. you can also practise with "inserting" into a glass or similar, like in the demonstration videos.
it also has a lot to do with the angle. you should aim towards your tailbone.
also, if you use lube, don't put it on the cup or it'll be slippery. (and in general the ladycup is slippery so it helps if your fingers are dry)

and yeah, get used to inserting your own fingers. i'm a virgin and i was 20 when i started using cups, so i read here about stretching my hymen in the shower and within a month i was able to insert three fingers. for me it's especially stretchy around my period.