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07 February 2016 @ 12:33 am
First off, hello! I'm new here!
Second, I scrolled through FAQs and tags for an answer but couldn't find one.

I am using a menstrual cup for the first time (Blossom Cup, size small). I am 18 and a virgin. I've mostly used pads for daily wear and tampons for dancing or swimming. I wanted to try a menstrual cup since I'm college dance major, meaning I'm in a leotard all day, running from class to class with no time to completely strip to change a tampon between classes (Plus periods and leotards just don't mix well when tampons ALWAYS leak). I decided to do a dry run (found out later that its MUCH different during menstruation). I managed to get the cup mostly inside with a lot of finagling, but the stem was still sticking out. I figured that was fine proceeded to try and get the cup open. It wouldn't budge! I tried varying folds with the punch down fold working the best. I'm pretty sure the c fold is too wide, as I couldn't get it in. How do I get it to unfold? Is my vagina just too small? Does my cervix have anything to do with anything? I have no idea how to measure it. Any and all help will be appreciated. Thank you!
Miss Ashley: [me luna]imagine_peace on February 7th, 2016 12:55 pm (UTC)
I am also a virgin, and what has really helped me is using lube. But you should really use one that is water based (I use this one, it is great: http://www.amazon.com/Shibari-Premium-Intimate-Lubricant-Ultra-Smooth/dp/B00G5K7L24/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1454849490&sr=8-1&keywords=water+based+lube).

Getting the cup to open is tricky. I've been using them for a year and I even had trouble on my last cycle! Putting your finger on the side of the cup and pushing it in to let some air in can help.

If that doesn't work, some others might have some ideas. Good luck!
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on February 7th, 2016 01:24 pm (UTC)
Yes, lube would be a good idea. Don't mail order it. It's available at every drug store, supermarket and Walmart. Generic is fine. Put a dab on you -- not on the cup, otherwise it will be hard to hold.

No, your vagina is not too small. Your cervix doesn't have anything to do with opening. Read http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/

Finally, don't get another cup yet. Learn to work the one that you already have. Then you'll have a better idea of how much shorter/longer, narrower/wider you want your next cup to be, as well as preferences about shape, etc. Even if you get another cup, you'll probably come back to this one and decide that it wasn't so bad after all.
newconvert on February 7th, 2016 07:11 pm (UTC)
Depending on your cervix position, you might be placing it along side your cervix when you really want it to be under your cervix -- that can also make it really difficult to open, since you wouldn't have much room to work with. The Blossom is also a soft cup, which can require a little more fiddling to get open. I found attempting to rotate the cup useful: if you've pushed it up next to your cervix, you probably won't be able to make it spin, but if you pull it down a bit and try turning it again, it might work well.

Everyone is bit different, so this may not work for you, but hopefully it gives you some ideas to try!
livvylou1997 on February 7th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks all! I will try the things you have suggested? Should I attempt another dry run or should I just wait for my actual period?
Tdoriswebb on February 7th, 2016 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest waiting for your period. Due to hormonal changes during that part of your cycle, getting the cup in is often easier and you'll get a better idea of how the size and shape suit you.