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28 December 2016 @ 10:24 pm
Hi there,
I was wondering if y'all could help me out. I'm 15 years old and started looking into menstrual cups because of Bree on Precious Stars Pads on YouTube. I figured it would be a good option for me to try since I do ballet and I dive(water sport). So I purchased the Lunette cup, and tried to insert it with two different folds while in the shower and also using water-based lubericant. I can get the rim in with both the punch-down and 7 folds, but after that it really hurts and I'm afraid to just push it in. I tried squatting, standing, and even with one leg up... I don't know what to do... help? (I've also used regular tampons with no problem, and I've tried to find my cervix but can't seem to)
Thanks,
15-year old virgin


Edit:
Thanks for the tips, I tried the c-fold and laying down with my knees up and I got it in! Do you have any tips for taking it out though? Because it took a good 5 minutes to get it out.
Thanks again!
 
Miss Ashley: [ruby cup]imagine_peace on December 29th, 2016 09:07 am (UTC)
I would make sure you aren't pushing it straight up in, but towards your spine, so at an angle. That was part of my issue when I first started. I would also sit on the toilet. Good for you using lubricant, that was going to be my first suggestion! Good luck!!
rebecca2525rebecca2525 on December 29th, 2016 11:50 am (UTC)
Have you tried lying down on your back, with your knees bent? And try the C-fold, too. It is blunter at the tip, but doesn't get as thick in the middle.
puredancer on December 29th, 2016 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll try again and see what happens!
alexandria1994 on December 30th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)

i've only used the lunette for one cycle but i've found that reaching up to the rim and breaking the suction that way isn't the easiest, because you have to (at least i do) press the one side of the rim until it's touching the other side. i found that grabbing the base and gently pulling it down until i can easily reach the rim to break the seal works the best. doing it that way also allows me to take the cup out with too much pressure. after getting used to that, it only took me a minute tops

puredancer on December 31st, 2016 07:02 am (UTC)
Removal
I tried pulling the base down as you said. I got t out fine while I was laying down then put it back in and left it in the rest of the day(note:this is a dry run because I wanted to know how to do it before mucusy blood was coming out of me) however when I tried to remove it tonight while sitting on my toilet, it was very hard to pull down and break the suction, I'm very sore now and there was some blood on my finger when trying to remove it. I wonder what it could be from because I checked to see if my hymen, if I have one, was in the way with the hook-finger pulley thing, and I didn't grab any skin so I don't know what was bleeding. At least I got it out.
jacintaw12 on January 3rd, 2017 07:26 am (UTC)
Wow! We're both 15 years old, found out about menstrual cups from Bree on Precious Stars Pads, and have a Lunette cup! That's awesome!

Personally, I use the c-fold to insert. The key for me is to have the "c" facing downwards, so I guess you could call it more of a "n-fold", so to speak. I find this way inserts much easier then having the fold facing upwards or sideways as it pops open well and you don't have to worry about accidentally hitting your pubic bone or whatever... Ow!
If you're already inserting like this, then awesome!
Fold your cup like this, keep a hold on the cup and guide it inside of you (downwards) until the majority of the cup is in, then let it pop open. Check that it opened properly by running your finger around the edge/rim of the cup. If you can just feel a smooth circle (no folds or ridges still left around the cup's edge) then you're good to go! I don't worry about pushing the cup up or whatever from this point because your vaginal muscles will push the cup up to its perfect place anyway.
Another tip is to be completely relaxed and to not rush things when inserting. Don't worry, you'll get it!

To remove, I reach up to the base of the cup (past the stem) and pinch down on the cup itself. This breaks the seal and lets air into the cup so I can then move it. From here, I practically take it out how I put it in! I fold the cup back into a normal c-fold while it's still inside of my body using just my thumb on one side and pointer on the other to fold it (so the same fingers you use to pinch the cup first). Then you can literally just remove it how you inserted it! This may sound tricky, but just give it a go. I don't even have to think about it when I go to remove it now~ It's painless, quick, and easy. I know you can master this! Good luck! I hope this helps! :)

You said you can't find your cervix... That might mean you have a high cervix, which means your cup ends up a bit further away from the outside of your body.
Is reaching the cup while it's inside of you a problem or ?

Edited at 2017-01-03 07:28 am (UTC)
puredancer on January 3rd, 2017 07:42 am (UTC)
Yea, I can get it in fine, but when I try to take it out it's really hard to reach. And I've felt around for my cervix a bunch of times bearing down with my muscles, squatting, lying down, you name it I've probably tried to find it that way, so I think I have a high or very high cervix. I got it out fine the first time I put it in while laying down because I squatted and pushed it out enough that I could get a hold of it and pull it out, but you can't squat in a public bathroom...
jacintaw12 on January 3rd, 2017 02:59 pm (UTC)
Right, that would definitely be a high cervix.
However, the position of your cervix changes throughout your cycle...
Have you tried finding it at a different time in your cycle?
Also, did you say this is a dry run or have you actually tried on your period with the cup? Because you may find that your cervix will drop when you reach the bleeding stage of the cycle and that will make it easier to reach and remove it.

If not, I would just suggest some pelvic floor muscle excises to help push out the cup, and some practice. You said squatting works, so use that while at home so you can figure out exactly what you could do in public bathrooms, and work from there. I can't give you much more advice other than that because it's your body and only you know how it works. Plus, I have an extremely low cervix so I haven't really been in this situation and so my cup problems are the exact opposite to yours...

But I hope I have been of some help, at least! If you need anything else, just shoot back a reply. You got this!