Used menstrual cup for the first time- gave up because of fear and pain.

Basically I'm 21 years old virgin and I can't even use tampons because inserting them hurts- just like inserting a menstrual cup. I just can't do that. And as much as I would want to listen to some advices I'm not comfortable enough with my body, especially putting anything up my vagina... When I used it for the first time I almost cried and definitely panicked and now I'm just unable to insert it again. I also have awful period cramps and when I inserted the cup for the first time I just made those cramps worse and now I'm basically scared it will hurt again so my cup just sits in the drawer since last year's summer.

I saw many people talking about buying lube or what not but I just don't feel comfortable doing that... Not to mention I don't even touch myself. The most comfortable thing for me are pads.

The problem is I'm now mad at myself for wasting money, because it wasn't cheap so I want to SOMEHOW go back to trying.

I've basically traumatized myself if you can call it like that... And that's why I want some advices or something to make me want to use it again... I'm also not psychically active unless I'm at work.


About the cup: I'm 100% sure they aren't sold outside of my country, it's called "Selenacup" and I have it in size S, bought in Rossmann, I'm sure it's not the way it's made since the silicone is very firm and soft and when put under warm water it becomes even more soft.


Trouble finding right cup

Hello, I've been lurking on here for a while but I need advice so I thought I'd make an account. I really want to use cups regularly and I've bought two cups so far but both of them had issues.
The short version is: I started with MeLuna M Classic and after a tough learning experience the first period it became easier, until two months later it got deformed and wouldn't open up. Then I got a Lunette size 2 because it's firmer, but this one is big and uncomfortable. I want to buy a new one but I'm not sure what to go with, please help.

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Unable to use menstrual cup

Hello, this is my first entry. I just don't know where else to go. So I'm 17, a virgin and I've never used even tampons before, only pads.
Around 6 months ago I stumbled across a post for menstrual cups and after much hesitation decided to give them a go. I order one ( wow freedom cup, indian brand) from amazon.
I got my period today and decided to use the cup I bought. I sterilized the cup and went into my bathroom. I was pretty nervous as I'd never put anything in my vagina before this. I tried the 7 fold and took a leap of faith. I could get the cup in,not even a little bit. It hurt like hell and when stick my finger in my vagina felt too narrow. Then I realized I was doing the wrong angle. This time I tried the punch down fold and aimed for the tailbone. I could only get half of it in and it just popped out of my vagina. After struggling for 2 HOURS I did somewhat get the cup in but I could feel it inside me and it felt really uncomfortable. I couldn't even tell if it opened because I didn't hear the pop. Moreover the stem was sticking out. And I could see I was leaking. So I tried to get it out and alas. It was stuck. I literally started crying. Then I beared down and tried everything to get hold of the base and after 20 minutes got it out. Everything around me was extremely messy and my vagina was hurting too. I cleaned everything up and put on my pad. After the end of the day I again thought of trying it. This once I took two three tries to get it in but it was still the same case. I could feel the cup, the stem was sticking out and It hurt to also again I didn't hear the pop and could see blood dropping out of me. Again struggled to get it out. Took 5 minutes to get it out cleaned the mess and put on another pad. I also think I have a sensitive urethra.
Please tell me what to do? I'm really tired of using pads and want to cup-vert. But how do I do that?
I am failing miserably. I feel like I'm not normal. Help.
Colibri

Diva Cup too long

Finally, I bought a cup!! For years I’ve been wanting one, but I couldn’t afford the cost of the cup plus the international shipping costs as I don’t live in the US. Besides, I am not very comfortable with online purchases. So, recently I found the Diva cup in a local supermarket and without thinking much about it, I got size 2, as I am 45 and I had a twin pregnancy delivered by C-section 13 years ago.  

Surprise!! I have a low cervix. I think I knew that before, as I’ve touched it several times when checking the strings of my IUD, but I didn’t think about it when buying the cup.  I cut the stem almost completely, but I still felt it chaffing the outside of my vagina, so I am wearing it inside out, but I believe it still is long. 

Checking with my finger, I can feel my cervix only introducing the first knuckle, meaning that it’s not longer than 2.4 cms (0.94 in). So even if I push the cup in, after a while, I can feel it coming down. If I go to the bathroom for a bowel movement, I have to take it off, because it comes almost completely out, although the seal doesn’t break, I believe it could get contaminated and I don’t want to push it back in without washing it first.   This low cervix thing also explains why I never felt comfortable using tampons, I always had the feeling that it will suddenly come out with any effort I did. 

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Can cups cause cramps?

A couple of years ago I bought my first cup to try. Mostly for swimming since my parents got a new pool. I’ve always been a pad user since my first mensuration basically due to my mom being unable to use tampons. Plus TSS is scary right?!

Anyway, I bought a LENA cup after watching countless review videos and what’s what and how to choose (soft, stiff, short) looking at the chart for seemed like an hour lol.

I am almost 40, I’ve had 6 vaginal births. So it seemed like this was a good choice. Well a couple days after using it, I got horrible (and I mean almost faint worthy) pain. Going back to using a heating pad and sleeping which I haven’t done since before having kids. And at first I didn’t tie it to the cup until 2 cycles later when I realized that was the only thing different.

So I figured maybe the cup was not soft enough for me. I have a narrow canal (even after 6!) and a very high cervix (like I’ve never touched it high...either that or it’s posterior). So next I bought the Lily. It’s definitely softer. But same issue. Pain a couple of days after using it. Around day 3-4 into a 7 day cycle. I have 1-2 heavy days, then light for a day or two, then spotting the rest. So I only use them that first couple days.

I’ve given up trying them bc I can’t keep buying and them be the cause of my paid. But I’ve now had two episodes even though it’s been months since I’ve used one. Not near as bad as with but still that pain where it’s all you can think about.

So are these cramps caused by the cup (suction, too firm?) or something else I should probably see my GYN about? If it continues if course I’ll be going in. But it’s not regular, not every cycle (or even every other)

Any advice or knowledge would be much appreciated. I’ve now gone back to disposables even though for years I used cloth. Work plus washing and carrying them hasn’t been a good fit.

Cup leaking after 3 years of use

Hey everyone,

So I have been using the Mooncup for 3 years. It has always been a more or less smooth journey and I never had any stress with leaking.
Recently in the past months, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there will be leaking - enough to leak through to the clothes I’m wearing. Because I’ve used the cup for a while I am aware of the position not being too high and to rotate the cup for suction. I have rotated and made sure it’s not sitting too high. I also wear the larger size so I can’t size up.

I got a non-hormonal IUD in July and I am wondering if this has anything to do with it? Otherwise I can’t figure out why now all of a sudden I have such problems with it!?

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should i buy meluna cups?

Hi guys! im very confused if i should get a meluna cup or not. i have a low cervix of around 4 cm, and i guess my pelvic muscles are pretty strong(?), cuz the suction seal keeps breaking in my current cup. Everyone says that meluna cups are very hard to open inside, and they lose their firmness very quickly. Should i get it? or should i get the sports edition? i'm fairly new to the menstrual cup experience(this is my 2nd cycle to use cups), so im also not very sure about the size. What size meluna would be good? and what folds works best with meluna cups? really want some suggestions

Using menstrual cup everyday for vaginal discharge

I also have the same experience with my super duper active vaginal discharge since when im in highschool until now, im 29. Like i need to change panties 3 to 4x a day. Because when i leave it for hour or two, it will smell. Like you will be concern that someone beside or near you might smell it too. And your shorts will smell so you need to change it too. It really sucks! I can't also go outside without wearing panty liner. And need to change it every 4hours. It also cost me alot.

I just purchased this menstrual cup this month and haven't use it yet for my period. Then i think why not use it for vaginal discharge. Now im using it for 4days, maximum of 12hrs, and taking it off at night. And it really works. No wet panties anymore. It also amaze me for the first time i used it outdoor and did not use panty liner. It was really clean and dry all day. Really a game changer for me.
Although im not sure if it is safe to use cup everyday. Just using it for my own risk. Ahahah! Does anyone here use the cup everyday for discharge?