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06 March 2016 @ 09:58 pm
Hi, everyone! I'm a completely new poster here and so excited to finally join the community! I've been lingering around for a year or two and I've learned so much from all your posts! A little background on me: I'm 19 (almost 20) years old, in college, and I think I've found my "goldilocks" cup! I first started with the small Lady cup, then realized that it was A) too stiff for my liking, B) had too low of a capacity for me, and C) it appeared that all the space was being taken up by my cervix (probably the reason for B, lol).

So I tried the femmycycle next and loved the concept of it, but ...and this is going to sound weird...after my first few times of using it, I realized that my cervix was swollen/had something like marks around it (you know when something presses on your skin for a long period of time and you end up with marks/impressions of it afterwords? That's kinda what it felt like to me). It also felt a little tender...so I figured that maybe the small opening of the cup's lid was maybe too tight around my cervix and decided it wasn't for me. (Out of curiosity, has anyone else experienced this?) Fast forward a few months later and after more research I finally settled on the large 'Luv Ur Body' cup--and I'm souped! Apart from a leak or two during my first cycle with it in, it seems to be perfect! I'm still learning what my limitations are in terms of when to empty it, but that will come in time.
Now for my one question: (I know i know I'm sorry, it took me long enough to get here haha) I also happen to be totally blind (I use a screen reader to access computers/smart phones ETC--it reads all text that's inputted and outputted on the screen). After all my research I've only gotten a hang of the C fold and the punch down folds down. All the other folds are usually explained with the use of pictures-hence my problem. ;) I was wondering if anybody would be willing to comment below and describe different folding methods? The punch down fold works, but usually it takes two or three tries before my cup decides to open. Any help would be appreciated--thanks so much in advance!
tjstjstjstjstjstjs on March 7th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC)
Hello! I'm glad you've got the hang of the C fold and the Punch Down fold. I think those two are the best and most commonly used.
The 7 fold, the S fold, and E fold should be pretty easy to explain. The names of the folds seem to be descriptions of the shape that one forces the rim in to. I wish I could just take your hands and move them to show you the folds! How easy would that be!

The S fold is going to be folded with the rim of the cup making an S shape. Ok, so to describe the what letter S looks like (I worked with a blind guy who told me he'd never bothered to learn what shapes letters were, so I won't take it for granted that you know).
So the letter S is like a snake that goes from the top right to the left, and then down to the right, and then down to the left. Making a zig zag or squiggle shape. To make the S fold, you fold your cup flat in half, and you hold each end of the rim in each hand (between forefinger and thumb). Then you're going to keep your thumb and forefingers of each hand pointing towards your other hand, and bring your hands together, next to each other. The back of your right hand thumb will then be sitting against the back of your left hand forefinger. When you bring your hands together you make the rim make that snakey or zig zag shape with the rim.
This is different from the C fold, where you would bring your the back of your thumbs together to get the cup's rim to make a C fold. Instead you are almost making two C folds - one pointing each way.
The part that i find hard is to move my hands to the outside of the folded cup without it coming out of it's folded shape!

The next is the 7 fold. For this fold, the rim of the cup is going to be shaped like the numeral 7. Imagine a square, and then a line from top left to top right, and then from top right to bottom left. That's the shape of the number 7.
So just like the C fold and the S fold, you start by folding your cup flat in half. But instead of brining the right hand rim of the cup across to the left hand rim of the cup, like you would in the C fold. Instead you're going to bring your right hand (and the right hand rim of the cup) down towards the left hand side of the body of the cup. So it's not rim to rim (like the C fold), it's rim to side. And the overall rim of the cup makes a shape like the number 7.

The next is the E fold. The capital letter E can be described two ways. Either as two letter C, one on top of the other. Or, as the letter C, or a crescent, but with a line sticking out if the centre of it. Again, the letter E is the shape that the rim of the cup will make. In your right hand, you want to pinch a little bit of the cup's rim together, between forefinger and thumb, as if you were going to flatten the cup like you do with the C fold. However, youre then going to use your left hand to wrap the remainder of the cup's rim around the little bit that you pinched in you right hand. Essentially you're making a big C fold in your left hand, and a little flattened bit in your right hand. It's like your left hand is eating your right hand.
I find this one really hard to move from once I have folded it. It's as if you can't move your hands into a good insertion positon without the cup popping open with great force!

The origami fold, called so because it involved more that one fold.
Basically you do a punch down fold. But you don't punch down the rim all the way to the base of the cup like normal, instead you only punch it down half way down inside the cup. Then you take the right hand corner of the rim, and swing it down half way down the left hand side of the cup, like you do with the 7 fold. And that's it. personally, I find this one pretty hard to do and the shape it makes is awkward. But many people love it.

Hope that helps! (and hopefuly my descriptions aren't overly visual). All the best practicing your new folds :)
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 7th, 2016 01:22 pm (UTC)
Since you do not use your small Ladycup any more, what if a sighted friend were to use that to demonstrate the folds from sites with photos? Or, if you're both comfortable with her touching your active LUB, use that instead.

This paragraph about insertion comes from http://kuradi8.livejournal.com/
These are two good posts with pictures of various folds: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1044441.html and http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/453392.html Using your favorite fold, insert your cup so that the rim is just beyond your pubic bone. Allow it to open fully. Take your time. Don't rush this step. You might need to use your finger on the soft back side of your vagina to create an air channel so the cup can fill with air. If it's stubborn, take the cup out and turn it around so the fold faces the other way and try again. Sometimes that makes all the difference in the world. Once it's open, give it a boost as you kegel it up and into place. Your cervix is not at the "end" of your vagina just like your face isn't on the top of your head. For many of us, our cervix is closer to our belly button than our tail bone. Others are off to one side or another. Nudge the stem/base to aim the opening of your cup accordingly.

Oops, edited because I accidentally hit "post" before I was done.

Edited at 2016-03-07 01:23 pm (UTC)
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on March 9th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
She's completely blind. Pictures won't help.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 9th, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
But the sighted friend who I recommended help her is not.
elisamba on March 10th, 2016 07:06 am (UTC)
Diamond fold and half-diamond fold
Think about the punch down fold. You fold the rim into the cup.

For the diamond fold, you fold the rim that same way, but on the outside of the cup. The outside of the cup folds back on itself. Make the top of the rim touch the base of the cup. Keep holding the rim against the base. Flatten the edges of the rim where the fold starts. Flatten the whole cup. It forms a diamond shape.

Half diamond fold. Take the cup folded as a diamond. If you hold the base and rim with your left hand, use your right hand to feel for the right and left tips of the diamond, where the rim is folded. Fold the two tips together and up, so that they touch. Now you can release the rim and base. Hold the cup by the tips to insert it. This is a good fold for soft cups because it makes them springy. It might help you open your cup.