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13 April 2016 @ 10:28 pm
Does anyone with soft cup experience in general, or Super Jennie experience specifically, have issues with the cup not opening to its full cup shape and therefore losing some capacity? I was happy with my ruby cup but wanted a bit more capacity, so I got a SJ large. I can get it open, but the softer bottom half of the cup seems to collapse in a bit and I'm actually having to empty it more often than my ruby. (although I technically should be getting about 7.5 more MLs)
newconvert on April 16th, 2016 11:50 am (UTC)
I second jennisez's comments. I love the SJ and haven't had any problems with it, but I also realized I have a few habits that make it work for me:

* Posture matters! Sitting/slouching with my back very rounded seems to bring everything into the position I need for easy insertion/removal. I have a much harder time trying other methods (though obviously everyone has different anatomy).

* Pinching the bottom is the start: as I keep pinching I gently guide it down and pinch further up as it comes in reach. I usually don't hear the seal breakbreak until I tilt the cup to keep the contents from spilling.

* I don't really worry about the seal forming when I insert it. As long as my cervix is in the cup, I consider it to be in place and I've never had a leak with the SJ.

I just use a u/c fold, but I've had two kids and used non-applicator tampons for ~15 years so I'm probably more comfortable with that part than average. I'm sorry I don't have any tricks there - I hope the others help!
seaweed88: pic#126028927seaweed88 on April 16th, 2016 10:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tips!

When you say "I usually don't hear the seal breakbreak until I tilt the cup to keep the contents from spilling", which way are you tilting it?
newconvert on April 17th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
I'm tilting the base downward, so the cup comes out mostly upright.