I was hoping I could get some help – I bought the saalt regular soft cup recently and I don’t know if it’s me or I got the wrong size but I can’t seem to get it in. I know this is quite embarrassing but I don’t exactly know where stuff is up there so maybe I’m using it wrong. I’ve tried a few times but no luck I know it’s supposed to fully go in and you can only see the stem. But when I try you can actually see the cup and it keeps falling out and feeling uncomfortable. I’m not used to putting anything up there as I only ever use pads and never tampons. I got the regular as I have very heavy periods so I thought that be the right one. I did really want this to work as I use a lot of pads and I wanted to help the environment as well as making it more better for me. If anyone could help me that be great. I thought I’d see if I’m doing anything wrong before spending more money on a new cup.
Don’t be embarrassed, anatomy (at least in high school) doesn’t really go into detail about these things and we normally don’t have to know where everything single thing is located. So it’s understandable not knowing even if you’re 65 years old!
The first thing to know is that the cervix isn’t typically located straight up. It’s more down and back towards your tailbone.
When inserting your cup, try squatting on the ground. It will roll your pelvis forward giving you an easier reach, as well as push your cervix down closer to the vaginal opening.
Fold the cup and insert it toward slightly down and back towards your tailbone.
If you insert the cup straight up, it will likely push your cervix to the side and won’t collect any menstrual flow.
As long a the body of the cup is inserted passed the pelvic floor muscle (aka PFM – the muscle you can feel squeeze when you stop your pee or push out poop), the cup should good. If the stem can be seen or felt outside of the body, then you can trim it bit by bit until it’s comfortable but where you can still reach it to remove the cup.
Using a menstrual cup for the first time, or the first few times might feel strange. A lot of new users are aware that there’s “something” there but unless it’s uncomfortable or causing pain, the feeling (or awareness) should go away.
Here’s a page with a video that might help you get the cup properly inserted and positioned:
How to Insert & Remove a Menstrual Cup
If the cup still feels too long after a few tries, you may have a low cervix. If that’s the case, a shorter cup might feel more comfortable.
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