So I tried to use like, 10 times, this cup, and I haven’t been able to pop it open. That’s not the problem, I know I need to try different folds and a lot more practice.
The thing is that I use the C fold (aka U fold) to insert it (which it doesn’t hurt). But when I want to remove it, it’s almost as the same shape as I inserted it (doesn’t unfold, stays the same) and when the upper part is almost out it hurts a lot.
I don’t think being a 23 y.o virgin has anything to do with it, though.
So It’s not the suction or anything, that thing, even folded, hurts my vagina in the removal part… Should I try a softer one?
I’m not sure what cup you have, but you can try one or more of the tips below. They can be applied to soft or firm cups.
I don’t want to tell you to run out and get a new cup if small adjustments can be made to get your current cup to work.
You’re right, it will take some practice to get everything just right. Don’t give up. Take a break and try again another time…even if it’s days later. When we get frustrated, we can make things worse in our determination.
Opening a menstrual cup:
-If you have a soft cup, run it under cold water to firm up the silicone.
-Use a different fold (as you mentioned).
Some folds may allow the cup to open more easily.
The “Labia” fold allows you to press on the rim to help it pop out and expand completely.
-Insert the cup halfway.
Sometimes adjusting the position of where you release a cup will help it open.
The cervix may be blocking the rim from expanding as intended.
If halfway doesn’t work, try sliding it in or out a bit and try again.
-The vaginal wall may be applying too much pressure for the cup to open.
Insert and press the cup to the vaginal wall with a single finger. Then, allow the cup to slowly open against your finger. Pressing the cup to the vaginal wall will create a void so the cup has room to open.
-If you find that after several attempts, folds, and positions, the cup still does not open easily, you might want to try a firmer cup.
Removing a menstrual cup:
Urethra: Even if you don’t normally have a sensitive urethra, the cup or the cup’s rim may brush, hit, or apply pressure in that area during removal, causing some irritation.
Remove the cup halfway (or to a comfortable position) and slide your thumb up the body of the cup to compress the side nearest to your bladder. This will collapse the side of the cup/rim to avoid hitting the sensitive area. Continue to hold the cup like this until it completely exits your body.
Make sure to empty your cup before the capacity gets too high.
Pinching the base or collapsing the body will displace the contents which may make it overflow.
You may consider purchasing a softer cup.
I hope something here helps. If you’re still having issues with this particular cup, I would suggest trying a softer or firmer cup depending on what cup you have.