I recently purchased my first menstrual cup (organicup size A) but I have encountered some problems with the inserting and popping open of the cup. I checked other entries, but could not find exactly what I was looking for.
The problem is that the cup just does not pop open after having been inserted. I can get it in using a push-down fold or sometimes using an origami-fold (other folds just will not fit in) but it just stays folded after insertion. Twisting it does not work: I really can not seem to be able to turn it at all. I tried the cold water trick, squatting, laying down on my back, pinching the bottom, placing it higher or lower, letting it open immediately after insertion (but allowing and actually achieving it are two different things), even jumping up and down, sliding my finger around, but none of this works. I do have to say that, even though the lower part does not open, the ring is actually nicely opened and the seal seems to be working (but I can pull it out by the stem without a problem), but the capacity of the cup is so low, due to the fact that it's mostly still closed, that it starts leaking when it's not even filled for a third yet (but not immediately).
Even so, there was one time in which I did manage to get it to open by pushing my vaginal wall back a little to allow some air to come in. However, the cup was then positioned so low that I could feel not only the stem but also the cup, which was very annoying, and upon removing it it immediately collapsed on itself, spilling the contents ... Pushing the cup further up does not appear to be possible: instead of moving the cup will just collapse on itself en fold up again.
My actual question now is: do you still have any tips as to what I could do differently? Or could it be that the cup is e.g. too soft (I am 19 years old, a virgin, and it's not like I sport a lót but I definitely move and train some muscles every day because I have lower back issues and need to keep my muscles strong. I can only just reach my cervix with my finger top when I'm on my period)? And how do you push a cup up higher when it has popped open?
Thank you so much! I hope you all can help.