Doesn’t pop open
Hey. I actually have several issues with the menstrual cup. Sorry if it weirds you out. Firstly, after several painful trials, the cup managed to get inside my vagina with the triangle fold. However, it didn’t pop open, but remained in the same fold. It was going inside and inside in the same way and it scared me for neither was it popping open nor was it coming out. I understand that maybe it needs to further inside to pop open but till what extent? When it was continously going inside I tried to pull it out but because of the lubrication and that I could hardly fit one finger inside, it took me quite some time to get it out. Is it normal? What do I do?
First of all, there’s never too much info on this site. The more info you can lend is helpful when trying to help in this situation. ?
Are you too dry that the silicone is not sliding? – You can use a water based lube to help ease the cup in. Make sure you use water based lube. The molecules in a silicone based lube will bind with the molecules of a silicone menstrual cup and cause the cup to become gummy, sticky or tacky. This feeling will not wash away and you’ll need to purchase a new cup.
Does it feel too large at the insertion point? – Try different folds. Some folds create a smaller point that might feel more comfortable while inserting. Some people find that a certain fold allows them to have a better hold on the cup while inserting and many find that only a specific fold works for them when getting a certain cup to open.
Here’s some videos of other folds that you can try:
Cup too soft? – You might want to try a cup that’s a bit more firm to help it open easier. If you have a sensitive bladder, don’t go straight to the firmest cup. Which cup are you using? I might be able to give you some suggestions for something slightly more firm.
You might also want to change the method of inserting your cup. Check out this video and see if any of the tips work for you:
Have you located and measured your cervix? If your cervix is low, it might be keeping the cup from unfolding. If this is the case, you might want to check into cups that are shorter or bell shaped.
Lastly, here’s one more video that might have some tips and tricks while inserting or removing your cup:
Sometimes it helps to have two different sizes so that you can try them both and see which one is easier to open and feels more comfortable. You can check into companies that offer cups in a starter pack like the Venus Cup.
Good Luck and Happy Holidays! <3