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28 October 2015 @ 10:01 am
Hi all -

I just got a Meluna, medium, classic sport...Well, it's supposed to be a sport, but I'm almost wondering if they sent me the wrong one. It seems too soft. When I hadn't used it yet, it was a nice, round shape - and now it's kind of an oval after only using it a few days. Is that normal? It also doesn't seem to pop open very easily - when I have it out of my body and I squeeze it together then let my fingers go really quickly, it kind of pops...But weakly. I have watched a lot of videos about menstrual cups, and whenever people are demonstrating, it seems like the cups really pop open with force, whereas mine seems to kinda just...weakly pop. And I'm having a hell of a time getting it to pop open inside of me, too. I've watched videos with tips on how to get it open, but I haven't really tried the tips yet.

My pelvic floor muscles are strong from lots of walking and horseback riding and yoga, and my vagina is pretty narrow, which is why I got the sport so that it would pop open easier. But now I'm wondering if they sent me the wrong one or something, because the one I have just seems to be wimpy.

I also have a super low cervix.

I've also been using it while I don't have a full fledged period. I know people say not to do that, but I'm just trying to figure out how to use this particular cup before I start bleeding all over the place.

SO FRUSTRATED. I don't get it - I was using a Diva cup for a while and it was going great, and then suddenly it wouldn't pop open anymore and it felt way too long, which is why I changed to the Meluna so that I could have something shorter and stronger. I'm ready to give up on this menstrual cup thing all together because as much as I hate pads and tampons, they're way easier.

EDIT: Ok, I tried a different fold and it is in there now and it's open, BUT when I stick my finger up in there it feels like it's squeezed together, probably because my vagina is fairly narrow. I guess that's why it's now an oval shape instead of a circle? But should it stay in that oval shape? Is it going to work properly if it's open but squished?
 
newconvert on October 28th, 2015 11:42 pm (UTC)
It's perfectly normal for the Meluna to be oval -- it's made from TPE, unlike most cups, which are silicone. Both are perfectly safe, but TPE molds to your body's shape and doesn't immediately spring back to its original shape. I have a Meluna sport and it was oval whenever I used it but I had no leaking problems.

Edited at 2015-10-28 11:43 pm (UTC)
Free the West Memphis 3!die_fledermaus on October 29th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh ok, that's really good to know, thanks. I think I've figured it out. I wore it all night with no leaks, and I've been wearing it since about 8am with no leaks (it's 1:15pm now), except I keep thinking it's leaking, but I think I'm just psyching myself out. Uggh!
bluemoon79bluemoon79 on October 29th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
Yeah mine is an oval too! I have the Meluna XL and it is the firmest cup I have. I would think the Medium Meluna Sport would be the same. I don't have a Diva Cup. Does anyone else have a Diva Cup and a Meluna Sport so they can compare the firmness?

I think you should contact Meluna about this. I've heard they are an easy company to work with.
Free the West Memphis 3!: Witchdie_fledermaus on October 29th, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
I seem to have gotten it to work with no leaks. I think it just doesn't pop open once it's in because it's so narrow in there, honestly. I ended up trying a tip from a Precious Star Pads video and that helped. I just have to stick my finger in there and force it open :p
majesty93 on October 29th, 2015 04:49 am (UTC)
I'm at the end of my period and have had my fair share of trouble too! But I have finally got it to open and not leak, even then the cup is not a full circle for me either. It's more like a triangle shape actually. But it's open because now all of the blood is getting in there with no leakage. So I guess as long as it's not leaking you're good.
Free the West Memphis 3!: Witchdie_fledermaus on October 29th, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
yup, it seems to be ok for now. I keep thinking it's leaking, then I check it and it's fine!