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So this is my third cycle trying this damn thing, lol. Right now I have the Rainbow cup, pre-childbirth. I will also add I normally use S+ tampons and have to change them every 3-4 hours. I guess I have a wide-set vagina and a heavy flow?

I've tried every fold. I've tried inserting with the fold facing every direction and rotating it towards the back. 70% of the time it creates a seal flat, I've pressed on the walls to try and get it to open. I've pinched the bottom and bear down. It doesn't open or stays sealed flat, so I have to remove it and start again. Sometimes I think I have it perfect, it appears to be totally opened but lo and behold, 1 hour later I am leaking. And it's not left over slobber, it's bright red period blood.

Should I try a larger/wider cup? I've looked at all the cups and comparison charts and I still don't know what the hell to do. It's frustrating the hell out of me. Today I just used a tampon after 30 minutes of fucking with it. I want to like it so badly :(
ysalkeld on August 23rd, 2015 01:58 am (UTC)
i'm only two cycles in, but maybe you could look at a comparison chart and maybe try a wider or one that is a little thicker? i sortof grab the stem and kind of rotate it to open it up (i cant even describe the action-lol) but maybe the pinching is what is releasing the seal? (that is what I do when I'm trying to take it out is pinch it) good luck, 2 cycles in and I'm just learning that the residual is called slobber, i thought it was a leak, it was def red, but once the little bit was out i'd be good for the rest of the time. i use a lunette (post childbirth one even though all mine were c-sections) and it seems fine, so maybe look for a post one in case you are a little wider?
tkamockingbird on August 23rd, 2015 02:16 am (UTC)
From what I remember the rainbow cup is a soft cup? Maybe you are getting it open and your pelvic muscles are crushing the cup?

Also, do you know where your cervix is located? You could be missing it?

If you can't make this cup work, don't give up! We can try and help you figure out what's wrong with that cup and then when you look for a second cup you will know what to look for.

Edit: If the issue is the cup not opening, try the half diamond fold. When you insert it, part of the rim will be folded down. Take a finger and lift that part of the rim towards your cervix. It works every time with my soft Meluna

Edited at 2015-08-23 02:23 am (UTC)
fuqqdapolice: hannigramfuqqdapolice on August 23rd, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
thanks for that fold! I tried it combined with squats after (lol some other poster said it worked for them to settle it or something) and this worked! three times now in a row :) thank you!
tkamockingbird on August 23rd, 2015 09:34 pm (UTC)
You are very very welcome!!!! I swear by this fold! Whenever I tell someone who has a soft cup about this fold they are shocked how quickly it works! I'm so happy that I could help with that :) hopefully it somehow helps with the leaking problem! :)))
fuqqdapolicefuqqdapolice on August 23rd, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC)
it actually hasn't leaked at all! I guess I wasn't getting a good seal previously or something haha :)
tkamockingbird on August 24th, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
Yayayayayyaa!!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 I am keeping my fingers crossed that the success will continue!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 23rd, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
I love my Rainbow but it does sound like you are kinda missing your cervix and/or you could use something wider (I am childless but use the large Rainbow). Particularly if you're accustomed to S+ tampons. The L Rainbow is not that enormous of a cup so you could totally handle it I think, unless of course you decide you'd like something firmer.

Another possibility is you could try enlarging the suction release holes--that might fix the "sealing flat" issue. But I think you might be happier with the large because it's harder to miss your cervix with it and the capacity may work better for you.

Also, A+ Mean Girls reference lolololol
fuqqdapolice: alana facefuqqdapolice on August 23rd, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
I think I'm going to definitely look into the larger size, thank you!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 23rd, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
Have you read this yet? http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ Especially the paragraph about insertion.
fuqqdapolice: alana facefuqqdapolice on August 23rd, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
I had! So I tried squatting a couple times afterwards (I read it on reddit that it helped someone with the same issues) and this crazily worked like a charm combined with the diamond fold! thanks :)