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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
flybane on April 22nd, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
New folding method
Not to be obnoxious and toot my own horn, but I've posted about a method I've invented/reinvented and although I don't know that it'll deserve a place on this comprehensive page, I'd like to make it available for testing and discussion, in hopes that it'll be of some interest to members of the community.

The "Accordion (double punch-down) Fold"
Madge Carew-Hopkins: boobmadmug on June 28th, 2007 12:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh! Thankyou so much! I've been a divacup user for just over a year now using the C fold, and every time I insert it there are problems with it opening that leave me having to retry a lot to get it open. I'd come to accept that with time I'd learn the proper C-Fold "technique".

But I spent 30 seconds learning the origami fold, and not only was it far easier to insert, but it opened up first try! Thankyou! :)
scientlology on January 30th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
I just want to contribute to the many thanks! If not for this, I don't think I ever would have got my cup in, the origami fold is the only way to go.
MissKitty_79: crampsmisskitty_79 on February 6th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
"Bandwidth Exceeded"!!!
Angela's Ribbonsthought_ribbons on February 9th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
your pics are awesome! but it's showing "bandwidth exceeded" wonder if you could upload to a new Photo bucket? becuase these pics help so many people!

afauna on February 9th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
I *REALLY* wish I could see this post!!! All the pictures say the bandwidth is exceeded. Could you possibly reload them, and repost? Thanks!
the cute-mongerladymac111 on March 10th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
thank you so much! i just got a diva cup and i haven't been able to insert it yet -- i'll definitely try a few of these!
the cute-mongerladymac111 on March 10th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
whoooo, it's in with the origami! we'll see if i got it to open, though...
(no subject) - ailiel on March 10th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
bttrflygrrlbttrflygrrl on May 6th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks & Stem issue. . .
Thanks for the excellent photos - they must have been difficult to capture, so thanks for taking the time. I just want to add that it looks like you have completely chopped off the stem. The stem is important to enable you to easily take the cup out. Also, The Keeper will not accept a return if the stem has been cut off like this.
Moonlight in Vermontmoonlight_in_vt on June 4th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
Even though you posted this over 2 years ago, I'll still comment and mention that this is such a good resource. I've started using the punch-down fold, which is so much easier to insert now! The C-fold was kind of rough on the vag for me....
season_changingseason_changing on June 10th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Wow!! This was so incredibly helpful to me! I had no idea there were so many different ways to fold it!
amodernnature on September 19th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
As a new member to cups as well as this community, this is an absolutely fantastic find! And over two years after it was posted! :D

Thank you, thank you for posting this! Most definitely will be sharing this with friends who also use cups. :)
zspookster_z on February 5th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for this! I was having some trouble and it didn't even occur to me to try a different fold, but this page really helped. :)
Leiliaailiel on February 8th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
I am so glad! When I made this post, I thought it would be pretty helpful, but I had no idea that three years later I would still be getting comments. I love that people still comment here, I always read them. :) And it's funny to look back and remember taking these pictures! And how I wouldn't ask my sister to do it-- since then I've given her an in person demonstration of all the folds as she is now a dedicated cup user, and it's been spreading through the women in my family and my friends like wildfire.

I hope new users still find this info valuable!
a clockwork cuttlefishcastalianspring on November 1st, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad your pictures are still up. I've been having so much trouble with my new Lunette the past few days, my usual punchdown method not working well at all. Your origami fold has worked perfectly. Thank you!
Circus Girlsandundershoes on December 13th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Would it be okay with you if I reproduced some of these photos on my blog? Explaining the folds I use might be more clear with pictures, and yours are so nice and clear.
_taat__taat_ on January 15th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this material!
I've used only C-fold, as shown in my instruction, and it works. Now I want to try another foldings - to see, may it be better.