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14 March 2006 @ 08:19 pm
I took a bunch of pictures of the different folds as I understand them, for future reference!  Trying to figure out the "7" fold in particular was really difficult until I found some pictures.  I thought it would be good to have step by step pictures of all the folds in one place.

I also am planning on taking comparison pictures of ALL the different menstrual cups (Lunette included).  I wrote to the companies asing for samples.  I plan to put all these photos, as well as the folds, on a webpage for easy access, for beginner cup users!  Hopefully I can make the process of getting used to a cup easier than it was for me!  And maybe some other information too, who knows.

WARNING!  For those on dial-up, there are a TON of pictures behind the cut.  It will take awhile to load.  Pictures approximately 100 kb each, and there are 18 of them behind the cut.

My Keeper.  Approximately 2 1/2 years old, Size "B" (smaller size).  Yeah I know I need a manicure. :P  The Keeper was dry too, much harder to hold the folds!  Oh and it's not that easy taking pictures of your own hand, but way better than sucking up my pride and asking my sister to photograph my menstrual cup!

"C" FoldCollapse )

Punch-Down FoldCollapse )

"7" FoldCollapse )

Origami FoldCollapse )

Comparison photos of all folds from the top.Collapse )
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
raindropsieraindropsie on March 15th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)
Good work! I vote this for memories! I only understood c-fold (can't insert it) and punch-down (easy to insert, a teeny difficult to open properly), but now I know others aswell! I'll deffinently try the 7 fold and the origami fold! Thanx again, (and I think it was just in time).
taviuktaviuk on March 15th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)
wow - this is great! I've never been able to figure out the different folds. this is sooo helpful. I can't wait to try the orgami fold. and your post came at the perfect time I have to say - thanks!!
ever so slightly obsessedscien on March 15th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Ashatenlegspider on March 15th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that's got to be really helpful for a lot of people. I'm happy with the C, but I'm off to pimp this entry for those who aren't.
braver_swallow on March 15th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Kellykellybellynet on March 16th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks!

I've added this to the memories.
Drevenante on March 17th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
You are my hero. I'd been having trouble inserting my cup for over a year, and thanks to your diagrams (especially of punchdown, which is what I ended up using), I finally got it in for the first time. THANK YOU =D
Leahsimpleshaquana on March 18th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
thanks for posting this - cups confused me, I had no idea how to get them in and never even bothered getting one!

Right now I'm trying to find one that's definitely latex-free; you seem to be an expert on cups to some degree, so do you know which ones are safe for people with latex allergies?
Leilia: workailiel on March 18th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
I'm by no means a menstrual cup expert, but I do know the answer to this question! The cup you see here, the Keeper, made by a USA company, is made of natural gum rubber, which you would NOT want to use with a latex allergy. That leaves the three silicone cups on the market-- Divacup (Canada), Mooncup (UK), and the Lunette (Finland). All would be safe for people with latex allergies. You can find the links to those companies on the userlookup page of this community. I'm so glad this post helped someone, and this community is great when you are in the learning stages-- I only wish I found it before I got my own cup! I had problems which turned out to be very easy to solve, that's why I made this post, sometimes a simple trick can make things so much easier!
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jasminewindjasminewind on April 1st, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for the great post!

I had a keeper for a few months before I got pregnant w/my first kid several years ago. Now that I am done menstruating again after kid #2, I have a new "size A" keeper.

I seem to remember something in my old instructions about trimming the stem but I don't see anything in the new one about that. I notice from your photos that you have trimmed yours totally off. I'd love to do that too! Has it been problemmatic for you at all?

Beth on the Islandwolf_song on April 1st, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
I have mine cut cleanly off and have no problems.
Shortyvalue_meal_2 on April 5th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much! I know this is a little old, but I've been having problems getting mine to open, and I can't wait to try these methods out.
varaonaidvaraonaid on April 11th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!
I just want to say "thanks" for taking the time to post all these great pictures. I'm a diva-newbie and just started using it for the first time last week and decided immediately on the "origami". It made the switch from tampons to my diva to extremely easy!

Thanks thanks thanks!
Kellykellybellynet on April 22nd, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
I also am planning on taking comparison pictures of ALL the different menstrual cups (Lunette included). I wrote to the companies asing for samples. I plan to put all these photos, as well as the folds, on a webpage for easy access, for beginner cup users!
Do you mind if I copy these photos (along with the comparison photos) over to the menstrual cups website, and maybe put a page up over there? The page would basically be a clone of what you did here... unless you would rather have the freedom to create the HTML page and I'll just upload it on the mc.org site... let me know!
Aithine: purple columbineaithine on June 7th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting these pictures. It helps to have the various methods clearly demonstrated. :)
gmy on August 13th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
you are such an angel! not kidding!!!
alittlemonster on January 11th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Ooo thank you thank you! I just got a mooncup the other day and so far it's been opening too soon. I shall try out that oragami fold and see if I can't get it a bit higher :)

Thanks again!