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09 May 2015 @ 09:23 pm
Hey, I've been a lurker for about two years now. I got a small classic meluna recently, and today is the second day I've had it in, first day on my period. I've done a dry run before. I don't have a very heavy flow, but it leaked after three hours. I realised that although the cup had formed a seal, it is sort of flattened when in. It feels like when you squeeze a water bottle and then cap it without letting go. I've gone through the tags and tried enlarging the holes, inserting it (diamond) fold facing down, and getting an air channel to it (doesn't help because I'm pretty sure it's sealed? Seems like it would help most though). I can't pop it open lower and then push it up, I have a relatively low cervix and popping it open lower would hurt my pubic bone. I can barely fit one finger there when it's in, and I can't get the finger in front of the cup again because of the pubic bone. Or maybe I'm not trying hard enough. I really want to love this cup! Please help me to fully "inflate" it?

Edit: When the cup is in, I'm able to slowly wiggle it down almost all the way. Does this mean it hasn't formed a seal?
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on May 9th, 2015 04:56 pm (UTC)
It really just needs more air in it, are you able to incline it till the air gets sucked in then 'stir' it up into place? Thats what I had to do with my sckoon, but silicone is different to TPE
hotpinkbeacon on May 10th, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
I'll try that! I think I've done something similar to that but had trouble with stirring.

Edit: tilting it to the back and pressing against the back wall did inflate the cup, thank you!

Edited at 2015-05-10 07:03 am (UTC)
eyaf_lemeyaf_lem on May 9th, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
Get some air into the cup. After you have inserted, put your finger in beside the cup at the soft back side of your vagina and bear down a little at the same time. You should feel your cup inflate. That's what I do anyway and it works for me.
hotpinkbeacon on May 10th, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
That helped heaps, thank you so much. I think I felt my cup inflate, I tugged it down a bit to make sure it was fully open then pushed it back up, will be checking it later. Thanks again.
yell14 on May 9th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)

I have had the same issue when I first started using the cups. Over the first few months I have figured out that I was unable to inflate my cup as I got it in, but as long as the cup forms a seal, during the day it becomes more rounded. So for me the most important part is to make sure that the cup and especially the rim is fully unfolded. This allows for the seal to form. Now the way that I check if the seal has formed: once the cup is in and fully unfolded, I pull on the stem as if I was getting it out for emptying, while contracting my pelvic floor. If I get the seal there is a resistance which tells me all is good. If the cup starts to slide down as I pull down on the stem, there is no seal, in this case I do a few different things depending on the issue. Firstly I check that the cup is fully unfolded, especially the rim. If it is I make sure that the cup is far enough in while my pelvic floor muscles are relaxed, then I contract my muscles and pull the cup down. Somehow this allows it to find its spot and settle in. If there is a resistance, I got a seal. If there is no resistance I usually take the cup out and try it all over again. I have been using the 7 fold with all of my cups. I find its gentler on the enterance when inserting and also unfolding and checking if its unfolded is much easier with this fold. Once the cup is in and I have a seal, I do some kegels, this helps with getting the cup in a spot where I don't feel it.
I hope this helps you :-)

hotpinkbeacon on May 10th, 2015 03:47 am (UTC)
Awesome! That is immensely helpful, especially for a beginner like me. Thank you for helping me understand, you've made things a lot clearer!
yell14 on May 10th, 2015 07:55 am (UTC)

I am glad I was able to help :-) Been there, done that, so I know how you feel. It does take a few periods to get a hang of it, but the learning curve is so worth it.