To make inserting your cup easier and more convenient, you can fold it. The silicone makes it both soft and easy to fold and insert. Keep in mind that you don't have to insert the cup that far. If you find it feels sluggish, try rinsing with warm water or using lubricant. Be careful not to use oil-based lubricants.
The first time you use your cup and hold it in your hand, you may find it looks big. Yes, it's roomy, but when you fold it up, it's almost as small as a tampon. As soon as you insert it and release the grip, the cup will unfold itself and it will fit perfectly in your vagina.
Here are some different methods you can use to fold your cup. Try out what works best for you.
The most common fold is the one that looks like a C. You take the cup with two hands and flatten the opening. Then you fold it once so that you get a C. Now you can round this C to make it even easier to insert. The folded menstrual cup will not be much bigger than a tampon but it is much softer. If it feels uncomfortable, you can use some lubricant.
You can also fold the menstrual cup like a lace. This is also called a seven because the cup looks a bit like a seven when it is folded. Flatten the cup again and then fold one side over the other. This can be likened to a square napkin that you fold like a triangle. Now you have a side that is more pointed. You should insert it first when you put the cup in place.
This folding of the menstrual cup is very similar to the C method. You start in the same way. Flatten the top and start forming a C. But then continue to roll in one side. This method is good if you want the cup to have as small and round a top as possible when you insert it.
You can also choose to push in a side. This will push the top in so that you have a point to aim the cup at when inserting it. Once you have pushed the side in, you can pinch the rest of the cup together to make it more elongated, like a tampon.
As you get used to using a menstrual cup, you'll probably start folding faster and not as carefully. Maybe you'll simply crumple up the top to insert it. Because the material is so soft, it doesn't take much to make a top that feels easier to insert.
Once you have inserted the cup, it will unfold. It will do this automatically no matter how you have chosen to fold the cup and you can feel for a full cup in the vagina. It shouldn't hurt to insert the cup and with a little practice it will go smoothly.
When the cup unfolds, it will fit comfortably. You shouldn't feel it. Good folding technique is important and it is not difficult. The material is soft and pliable and does not disturb the sensitive mucous membranes of the vagina.
Try it out. Maybe you'll find your own unique way of folding the cup. Try different ones and find the one that suits you best. You can also try squatting to help you get the cup in the right place.
Try to take it easy, don't rush. With practice you will find the fold that suits you best.
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