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28 December 2015 @ 12:50 pm
I just got a Lunette (size 1) and decided to do a dry run while I'm of work and at home. I just ended my period, but I figured it would be good to try this before I actually need it.

I used the punch-down fold since it seemed to be smaller than the c fold. I tried inserting it while in the shower. That didn't work at all. I think I can't relax properly. Then I tried it while sitting on the toilet. That kind of worked. I got it in and stood up. I felt it move up a bit. Not too surprising since I think my cervix is pretty high right now. Unfortunately, I couldn't get my finger in next to it to make sure it popped open and sealed. Since I couldn't actually feel it, I figured it was in place properly. Then I tried to take it out. When I got it out though, I discovered it hadn't unfolded!

My problem is, I think, that I'm not able to get much into my vagina (still a virgin). There's just no space in there. Once the cup is in, I can't get my fingers in too. That actually makes it a bit hard to get out as well. I definitely needed the stem... Now I'm a bit sore down there. :( I've used pads for nearly ten years and just tried tampons last month. No problem with those, but I only used light and normal sizes.

So, what do I do? Will things stretch out down there over time? Do I need a smaller cup?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on December 28th, 2015 08:31 pm (UTC)
Skim/Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/ especially the part about insertion. And follow the link to the Virgin's Guide to Cups.

Becoming comfortable with insertion and learning to relax your PC muscle has nothing to do with "stretching out."
Diana: Me: Clowndiana_molloy on December 29th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
I don't usually stick my fingers beside the cup. I can't really fit that either. I just beat down and move it around a tad but also because I use a reallyyyyy soft cup (sckoon) I know it never 100% opens and I have no issues.

I'm not a fan of dry run to ascertain success because unless you're bleeding as long as the cup is in and not painful it's not always easy to tell. So I would try when you're on and wear a pad just in case
nys311 on December 29th, 2015 05:16 am (UTC)
In addition to the info kuradi8 provided links to, I'm a fan of the following tips I learned from Precious Stars Pads on youtube:

- put a dab of water-based lube on your finger and apply directly to the opening/just barely inside your vagina (especially if you're doing this on a "dry run")
- insert the folded cup like you normally would, but to ensure it opens, grasp the base of the cup or the stem, pull it back down/partially out, and then push it back up. I don't know why, but this really seems to help with getting cups to open.


And if you still really want to try to use your finger to check to see if the cup is open, I wouldn't do so without slathering your finger in the same water-based lube - and I'd make sure you were really relaxed first.
kissyboots91 on January 19th, 2016 03:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tips!!

I tried it today (on my period) in the shower. The push-down fold wasn't working for me but the 7 fold seemed to do it. I have no idea if it unfolded properly but the bottom part where I was able to get my finger next to seemed pretty round. The further up I got, the more oval it became.

Is it supposed to be round or is it ok to be kinda squished?

I can feel something when I walk or shift while sitting, but I think that must be the stem. It's sticking out about 1 cm. :( The cup went in a lot further when I did my ill-fated dry run earlier. I think my cervix drops pretty low.