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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?
 
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.