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05 September 2016 @ 10:25 am
Two years ago I heard about menstrual cups. I had heard about how amazing they were and how they made having a period such a breeze. After some research I found the Luna cup, it seemed like a good fit for me and it received many high ratings. I tried it yesterday, and honestly it was a horrific experience. To insert it I used the 7 fold, and there was some slight pain. I thought that that might be normal considering this is my first time using something like this. The first time it was set very high up and I couldn't feel it. later on in the day I decided to take it out and empty it. After putting it in a second time, I tried to stand
up and walk around it was soo uncomfortable. I could feel it inside me. So I thought maybe I didn't put it deep enough, so I tried to take it out and put it back in farther up. I made sure when taking it out I had removed the suction by hooking my finger over the rim of the cup and turning it into a loose c fold. But even then taking it out hurt so much I was gritting my teeth and had tears welling up. Once I finally got it out I tried to put it back in further, this time putting it hurt a bit more than the previous time. It just opened up right back where it was before. I stood up again and it was really uncomfortable. I decided I would try one last time, but once again the pain of removing the cup was so intense, and when I reinserted it, it still opened way lower than the first time I used it, and it was incredibly uncomfortable to walk with. This has just been a really big hassle for me, and I honestly am considering just going back to typical pads and tampons. What am I doing wrong?
 
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on September 5th, 2016 07:08 pm (UTC)
What are you doing wrong? Nothing. What are you doing right? Learning.

Hang in there. You're in the dreaded learning curve. If you're upset and frustrated, then go back to pads and tampons. Then come back to your cup when you're in a better state of mind. Maybe you'll want to play with it between periods. If so, use lube. Once you figure it out, you'll be a happy cupper like the rest of us. ;o)
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on September 7th, 2016 06:55 am (UTC)
The first time, it took me 15 minutes to get out my cup, so it sounds like you're already doing better than me. ;) But seriously, it's normal that you need some time to get used to the cup, up to several cycles.

Just remember to work with your muscles. Use your kegels to work the cup further in, and bear down if you pull the cup out. If you feel sore, take a break and use something else for a bit.
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on September 8th, 2016 04:22 am (UTC)
The fact that you inserted your cup once and couldn't feel it at all is a good sign: at least you know the cup fits! Because it fits, I think you'll be able to make it work. Sorry to hear about the subsequent tries. It sounds like maybe you didn't insert past your pubic bone those times? It helps me to aim backwards instead of up. As long as the rim is open above the pubic bone, it tends to move up on its own (or you can kegel it up). Perhaps a different fold would be helpful in inserting? I like the origami fold, which is smaller than the 7-fold and doesn't tend to pop open prematurely.

Removal: I'm not familiar with the Luna cup, but in my experience, the stiffer the cup, the more removal hurts. I pinch the base, rock the cup gently from side to side until I can refold it, and then try to curl it into a tight C-shape. This is definitely easier with fairly soft, pointy-based cups than rounded cups with major grip rings on the base (looking at you, Fleur!).

Sounds like you might consider waiting until your next cycle to try cups again. Everything's harder when you're already frustrated and hurting! There's always next time. Good luck! I love cups and they have absolutely changed my life for the better.
gigglygecko on September 23rd, 2016 05:06 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear you had such a tough time. It sounds familiar to my first few cycles of getting used to it. I tend to insert the evening before I know my period will start and I then have difficulty pushing it up far enough and it will open too low, etc. What helped me was a lot of lube, bearing down as I push it towards my lower back and, before it's out of reach, making sure to slip a finger in until it's slightly above the rim and squashing the cup so air comes out. My theory from my own experience is that air gets trapped and you can only compress it so far. If I didn't do this and left it a little low, I could also feel the cup like you and had an unpleasant bloated feeling, which was sometimes painful. It would work its way up and the air would slowly come out, but it was far better to just squash the cup so it could be in the correct position from the beginning.