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cupKATE
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?
 
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.