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26 January 2016 @ 10:35 pm

I got my size one Lunette a few weeks ago and used the Virgin's Guide to practice taking it in and out. I seem to be able to get it in best with the seven fold brought all the way to the side so that it's more of a line on a triangle than anything else. I got my period a few days ago but was away and had forgotten my cup, so I tried it for the first time at the tail end of my period.

1. When I put it in, for the first half hour or so I could feel it and it was smooshed up. I had tried to get it to unfold but eventually it sort of took in air and moved up past the opening part of my vagina. Is there a better way to get it open?
2. The tab was sticking out the whole time and irritated my skin, but I used it to help me get it out by anchoring it in my fingers. That makes me afraid to cut it--will I still be able to reach?
3. Trying to get it to release suction was fairly painful like the air was pushing hard against me inside. I followed instructions I read on here and usedmy finger to make a hot dog while holding the tab in my other hand. Is that normal?
4. On a non menstrual cup note, the blood was like brown. Does that just happen at the end of one's period?

Thank you.

Miss Ashley: [me luna]imagine_peace on January 27th, 2016 06:41 am (UTC)
I can't answer all your questions, I am nowhere near an "expert," as I just started using cups about a year ago. But there is a definite learning curve to using cups. It's important to realize this and also realize it won't be perfect the first couple of times.

In my experience, if the cup doesn't open at first, I move it around side to side to get it to open (take in some air). Definitely make sure it's up there all the way, that will also help it to open. Your cervix is higher as your period goes on, and gets lower when you're close to it ending, so you could have a different experience at the beginning of your cycle.

If you were to cut off the stem, you can usually bear down like you're having a bowel movement to get the cup to move downwards and then pull it out. But I personally like the stems.

Again, relaxing and bearing down can really help making it easier to break the suction. I've heard that if you can get your finger up the side to break the suction, that can work.

Yes, that's normal for your blood to look brown.

I hope this is helpful and not confusing. I do hope someone else weighs in for you!

Edited at 2016-01-27 06:43 am (UTC)
sophibugsophibug on January 27th, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'll definitely try the tip about opening it next time.
Miss Ashleyimagine_peace on January 28th, 2016 04:55 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on January 27th, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
You could trim the stem so it isn't quite sticking out. But the flat tab stems, like the kind the Lunette has, can be pokey anyway if your cervix is off center like mine is. I have a MamiCup with a similar stem design since I have very particular needs in a cup...I wish it had a round stem though! But I have to be careful to position it so the stem is going north-south (like | ) rather than east west (like - ) or I'll get poked all day. I'd really LOVE a Mami with a Rainbow-style rounded stem or if, better yet, they made an XL Rainbow with better capacity...
sophibugsophibug on January 27th, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
I think it was sort of pointing like this /. It was very slippery to hold on. Also I figure I should probably use it for a whole cycle before deciding to cut the stem, right?
Probably if I trimmed it so that it was just inside I could still reach it when I bore down.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on January 27th, 2016 08:59 pm (UTC)
1. Try using the insertion method at http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/
2. Don't cut it until you are absolutely sure you won't need it. You can always trim it later but you can never put it back.
3. Everybody has their own methods for removal. Mix and match until you come up with methods that work well for you.
4. Yeah, brown blood is normal. The iron in it rusts, turning it all kinds of funky dark colors.
newconvert on January 28th, 2016 03:13 am (UTC)
You can also try turning the cup inside out once you're confident with removal -- kind of like a trial run for cutting the stem off. However, don't try it until you're comfortable since the cup will be shorter and stemless.