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Teens & Menstrual Cups: Tips for First Time Use

If you are old enough to menstruate, you are old enough to use a Lunette. However, sometimes a little extra time is needed to get used to the process.

19 02 2015

How old is old enough to use a Lunette menstrual cup? The answer is - if you are old enough to menstruate, you are old enough to use a Lunette. Girls as young as 14 have successfully used a Lunette for their period. However, sometimes a little extra time is needed to get used to the process.

Lunette size 1 - Designed for younger users

We designed our smaller Lunette menstrual cup (size 1) specifically for younger users. Not only is it smaller and shorter -- it is squishier in consistency for easier insertion.  

If I am a virgin, can I still use a Lunette?

If you are a virgin, you can definitely still use a Lunette. However, young girls and virgins might need to practice a bit more in the beginning, because they are usually not as familiar with their anatomy. While virginity is not an obstacle, the vaginal muscles are tighter and insertion can be a challenge until your body has adapted to accommodate the cup. Younger women with intact hymens should be aware that inserting the cup may rupture the hymen. By medical standards, virginity is not defined by the state of the hymen; girl remain a virgin until she participates in sexual intercourse.  

Tips for first time menstrual cup insertion

  1. Relax and take your time: Choose alone time when you can focus without distractions or interruptions. Perhaps after a warm bath when you are relaxed. If you are too nervous, the vaginal muscles will tighten, making it uncomfortable, if not impossible, for successful insertion.
  2. Get Acquainted with yourself: It is always a good idea to know your own body. Take some time to locate the vaginal opening and even insert a finger to locate your cervix. It feels exactly like the tip of your nose. Knowing where your cervix is will help you to position the cup properly and not insert it too high.
  3. Practice during your period: The vagina is more flexible and the blood works as a lubricant. OR . . .
  4. Take a "dry run" before your period: You might be more comfortable practicing before your period if you feel squeamish about touching blood. In this case, use water as a lubricant.
  5. Try different folds that accentuate the insertion poin: Most women use the typical C-fold. However, there are many ways to fold a Lunette. The video here will show you nine different folds.
  6. Proper insertion direction: Be aware that the direction of insertion needs to be aimed towards the small of your back -- not straight up.
  7. Be patient: Know that it may take several times before you are successful. If you begin without the expectation of perfect insertion, you are more likely to be relaxed and pleasantly surprised when success happens.
  8. Assess the stem: Once inserted, you will need to decide whether or not to keep the stem. If it protrudes, it will be uncomfortable. In this case, you likely won't need the stem and can trim it off. However, if not, you may need it to assist with removal.

Tips for first time menstrual cup removal

  1. Again - RELAX: Just as with insertion. Take your time!
  2. Do NOT pull on the stem: The stem is used to gain access the bottom of the cup. If you pull on the stem, it will hurt! It will also create a mess since the cup won't be supported or controlled when it exits.
  3. Squeeze bottom to release suction: This is the key - the bottom of the cup has ridges for gripping. Grip the bottom and tweek the cup to the side. The idea is to pull an edge away from the vaginal wall to release suction. You will hear it when this happens.
  4. Rock gently: Once suction releases, gently rock the cup from side to side as you pull it out. This technique might not be necessary, but helps with removal if the cup is feeling stubborn to come out.

Information resources for girls and parents

As a teen or as a teen's parent, it is helpful to do research and learn, not only about your body, but about healthy menstrual options that are available for teens today. For information about female anatomy, Lunette's site offers information under "Anatomy 101 by Lunette" to allow girls to learn about the intricacy of their female form with the assistance of a medical diagram.

Another resource is tweetchats (#periodtalk) held by Be Prepared Period, a website dedicated to introducing girls to menstruation. #periodtalk was started by @bepreparedperiod and @youARElovedTSS which is a charity that promotes awareness of TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) 

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Liv 24 09 2015

I am a very petite virgin who bought a Size 1 menstrual cup and had unsuccessfully tried to use it for several days. Today, after a good 30 minutes, I barely managed to get it in. I immediately panicked and tried to get it out. I could barely grasp the slippery little nib at the end and I had to pull hard to get it to move a bit. After 10 frightening and painful minutes I just barely managed to get it out. The experience, as a whole caused me lots of anxiety and stress. If you're on the fence about this, don't go for it! I was very excited to try this, but after this horrific experience, I can wholeheartedly say to stick to pads and tampons!

Lunette Team 25 09 2015

Hi Liv and thanks for sharing your experience!

The very first time with a cup can be a quite frightening and even gross and scary. It is very normal that you don't manage to get it in at the first try. Or even second. Or third. Or fourth.

Have you watched our videos how to insert the cup? There are really good tips. There is also a video blog post from last week where I give few pretty good tips what to do if you have troubles to get the cup to pop.

It takes time to get used to inserting and using a cup. It is very different from pads and tampons and needs a little practice. Next time when you have your period try the cup again. If it feels hard you don't have to use it. Try again next month and try to relax while inserting it. It might sound hard to relax after your experience but maybe if you try some relaxation practices before you'll feel more calm.

If it feels insurmountable to get it in take the cup with you and make an appointment to a nice nurse or gynecologist. Tell her/him about your experiences and foldings what you've tested. She/he will teach you and you can practice inserting together.

If you feel like never the cup using again put it aside and try it again when you feel comfortable with it. The age and sexual experiences can help you later.

Hope this helped you! If you'd like to talk more don't hesitate to write me here, Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. My e-mail address is [email protected]

-Meri_lunette

Ocean Blue 03 11 2015

I tried all of the methods but I can't seem to get used to the feeling when it is in but I can't go back to pads and tampons because I recently found out that I was allergic as I had bad swelling and rashes. What could I do to make it more comfortable?

Team Lunette 04 11 2015

Hi Ocean Blue!

Sounds amazing that you've decided to become a cupper!

So you get the cup in? Sounds like it isn't maybe high enough if you can feel it. If you can get it higher, try to wet the cup first. Take a deep breath in and then out, and while breathing out push the cup gently higher.

You can also cut the stem away. If the cup is low, the stem is out of your vagina and you can feel it all the time, but especially when you move. Without the stem you can leave the cup a little lower and you won't feel it but you'll still be able to pull it out.

The cup becomes a little softer if you boil it for 10 minutes and then it's a bit easier to insert.

Hope these tricks help! If you still have problems don't hesitate to contact me again!

-Meri_lunette

Sara 08 11 2015

Is the cup good for sports?
I am a diver and i could not get the tampon in right so should i try this product?

Lunette Team 09 11 2015

Hi there Sara!

Cup is actually perfect for sports! It doesn't sweat or rub and it is very reliable. The founder of Lunette Cup and our ceo Heli is a diver too and she said she had never had any kinds of troubles with the cup under the sea :) We highly recommend everyone who does sports to use the cup instead of traditional products.

-Meri_lunette

Lucy 25 11 2015

I bought a cup a few months ago and am so thankful I did. The first about 10 times I tried and failed to get it and it caused me a lot of stress, however on the 11th time it worked great(though the only way I can get it to open is if I am lying on back, but hey-ho) and I am never going to go back to chemical fulled bits of cotton that could cause my untimely demise.

So in my opinion if your thinking of getting one do,if your having trouble getting it in try different postions and in the end they are sooo worth all the stress it took at the start.

Yay cups and whomever invented them.

Lunette Team 26 11 2015

Couldn't say it better myself!

Krista 08 12 2015

Can I use water-based lubricants with the Lunette? Thanks!

Team Lunette 09 12 2015

Hi Krista!

Yes you can! :)

Sarah T. 10 12 2015

I haven't had my period yet and i wanted to know if the menstral cup was a good product to start with

Team Lunette 10 12 2015

Hi there Sarah T.!

You can totally start with the cup when you get your periods! The cup might not be the easiest to start with, but you'll definitely learn it. Don't panic if the insertion feels difficult at first. Use some other product, like cotton pads, instead for a while and try again next time when you feel like it :)

Emily 12 12 2015

I have been having really heavy long lasting periods since I started almost ten years ago. I've been considering switching to menstrual cups for a few months now because of all of the chemicals in the tampons and pads I use. Plus I'm allergic to adhesives so pads can be a problem sometimes and having to wear them for ten days can irritate my body and I have a problem getting utis from my pads. My biggest concerns are how heavy my flow is, I go through a super plus tampon in about 3-5 hours and have to wear overnight pads all the time for overflow and also I'm worried about the removal of the cup I don't want to spill it all over myself, I know I can handle the insertion as I was on the Nuva ring for a long time. But I also have a very very small vagina so if I buy a smaller size will it still hold enough blood? Cups are very confusing and cause anxiety even though I really want to try them I'm very hesitant to do so because I don't know where to start.

Team Lunette 15 12 2015

Hi Emily!

Menstrual cup is a very good choice for ones with heavy flow. The capacity in size 1 is 25 ml which means about 2 tampons. Size 2 holds about 30 ml. And if you're afraid of leaking, you can wear, for example, a light cotton pad during the super heavy days or over the night. There are also period underwear like these: https://www.shethinx.com. They are very practical to wear with a cup to be 100% red-stain-free. :)

If you have a small vagina and you haven't used the cup before, I'll suggest you start with size 1 because it's softer. Even though it is a smaller size, it still holds a large amount of flow. And, if after a while you feel like it is too small but like the cup, you can buy a bigger one :)

With a cup you can forget all irritation and rash! It might take a while to learn the best tactic to remove the cup without spilling. Some users like to empty the cup in a shower because of that but I'll guarantee that you'll learn it!

If you have anything to ask don't hesitate to contact us! There are no stupid questions! :)

-Meri

Molly Cate 16 12 2015

I'm 15 and a virgin. I have a heavy flow but I'm a swimmer and a diver so it's not easy for me even with tampons. I really want to try a cup but- just like everyone else- I'm a little nervous. I'm scared that it will be too big and be uncomfortable but I know I have a high cervix. Any recommendations for sizes and methods of getting it in and out?

Jordan 16 12 2015

I need some advice. I am 15 years old and I'm a virgin, but I'm well aquanted with my body. After I discovered the menstrual cup I checked my cervix as suggested, but I can't seem to feel it. I'm concerned that since I have a really high cervix, that I won't be able to remove the cup. Another concern of mine is that the walls of my vagina are really tight and on the front (side closest to my stomach) there in a large bump and if I put too much pressure it will feel uncomfortable. I've never really used tampons, I have tried a couple times before, but I had to push it out of the applicator and insert it manually. I also don't think I can fit two fingers in to get it out, is there another way?

Thank you for your time!

Team Lunette 17 12 2015

Hi there Molly Cate!

Menstrual cup is a perfect menstrual product for active people. And actually the developer of Lunette is a diver too, so the cup has been tested under water very well ;)

I'd recommend you to start with size 1. It is small and soft. There are several different ways to fold the cup and I'm sure you'll find the best way for you. To make the inserting easier, you can wet the cup with a water or try some water-based lubricant. Boiling makes the cup also a bit softer.

Many women and girls are super nervous when they try the cup for the first time. And it can take a while to get used to it and learn how to use it smoothly. Some learn it quick, some have to try it several times to even get the cup in. But I'm 100% sure you'll learn it!

In our Facebook and Youtube you'll find videos with tips and tricks how to insert the cup and how you can make sure it pops open.

Don't hesitate to ask us anything what's on your mind! We are here for you :)

-Meri_lunette

Team Lunette 17 12 2015

Hi Jordan!

It is totally normal not be able to reach the cervix. That's one reason Lunette has an antenna. It makes the removing a lot easier. But the most important point is to use your own muscles. Imagine that you are pooping. The cup slides down almost by itself and you can reach the antenna. But do not just pull the antenna, remember to push it as well. Also when the cup is full, the gravity does its own job. The main point is to be as relaxed as possible, it makes the removing so much easier.

I'd suggest you to try the cup size 1. It is small and soft so it won't hurt you even if you have tight vagina walls. Make sure the cup is over the bump so it will not hurt. Boiling makes the cup softer, and you can try to use a little water or water-based lubricant to make it slicker.

All you need is a little practise with the cup. Female organs are super flexible and with time, you'll notice that the cup takes its place by itself. Don't panic or give up if you don't manage to put the cup for first, second or even third time to its place, it is not the easiest job to get something inside you. But with patient and practise I'm sure you'll learn how to do it! :)

There are no stupid questions or concerns, so if you have anything to ask, don't hesitate to contact us!

-Meri_lunette

Cia 23 12 2015

Hi! I'm a 13 year old Equestrian, and it's tough skipping lessons and work at the barn because of my period. I really don't know much but have done a lot of research, and found that this is the best bet! Do you think that the up-down beating of posting while trotting, and sitting the trot to go into the canter would be alright? I'm just really nervous and annoyed with my period lately. I am an extremely active person that can't sit in one place for more than a minute, so it's hard for me when it's my time of the month. Would it be alright lifting saddles and running around with one in? Thank you!

Melissa 24 12 2015

Just put in my size 1 for the first time. I'm a virgin (age 24) with a very heavy flow and really don't like tampons, so I'm hoping this will be my big solution!

While I did get it in pretty quickly, I'm not positive it's sitting right. I know it popped open but I can feel some pressure down there and I think my cramps got a little worse.. I'm not sure if it's the cup or if my lady parts are just upset at all the sudden activity. I did put it in pretty far since I have a really high cervix. If it is in wrong, will it hurt me? I'm still using a pad in case it leaks.

Thank you! Keep on keepin' on!

Grace 25 12 2015

Does this scrape up my vaginal wall? Tried to put it in on my period, but it wouldn't go in much and would hurt, so I took it out and there was, what looked like a white piece of vagina wall lining, hanging off the cup. I got scared and am using a pad instead.

Now the entrance of my vagina (where I was pushing the cup) will throb in pain randomly. The area in pain is in the shape of a ring, from the top of the cup. Is that normal? I'm afraid I injured myself with the cup somehow. I got the small one and am not a virgin.

Also, I am traveling abroad with tap water that is not safe to drink. Is it ok to use that tap water to wash, lubricate and put it in? The tap water has bacteria that causes upset stomach, would it be ok to put that tap water in my vagina?

Team Lunette 28 12 2015

Hello Cia!

You know what; Lunette was actually developed by an Equestrian! Heli, the developer of Lunette has two horses and Mari, our other team member has one. So they can assure that Lunette is perfectly suitable for Equestrians! :)

Just make sure that the cup fits you the best. You can cut the stem away if you feel like it lands too low.

It's a shame that we have this one blog post only in Finnish, but if you feel like using a Google translator a bit, here is a list why Lunette cup is perfect for horse enthusiastic: https://www.lunette.com/fi/blogi/6-faktaa-miksi-lunette-sopii-ratsastajalle.html?p504=3

And if you have more specific question about using a cup while riding, I'll be happy to forward them to Heli or Mari! They have a firsthand info about everything that comes to combining riding and a cup! :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 28 12 2015

Hi Melissa!

Seems like the cup is not in its optimal place. That can also make the cramps feel worse. Try to get it a bit deeper because now it seems it takes its place is bit too low. If you find it hard to get it deeper, try insert it while lieing on the floor and try to use your own muscles as much as you can.

When taking it out, remember to your own muscles here as well. Some find it helpful to squat while taking it out.

It can take a while to find the best place and position for the cup. It is a bummer, but the cervix can move quite a lot during the cycle. So observe your cervix for few moths. I'm 100% sure you'll learn to use the cup like a real pro!

-Meri

Team Lunette 29 12 2015

Hi there Grace!

Outch! Seems like your vagina is very dry. The cup won't harm you. I would recommend you to visit a pharmacy and tell about your problem there. They'll know what kind of a product suits you the best and you can start to use your cup without problems :)

-Meri

Julie 05 01 2016

How do you convince a mother who is super religious and catholic to allow you to use a menstrual cup? She won't let me wear a tampon as it is against the whole concept of remaining a virgin before marriage. Pads are extreme uncomfortable for me and I do a lot of sport. I've sneaked in tampons and know how to use them perfectly and I'm pretty confident to try this menstrual cup. Yet, my mother :/..

Kamarria 05 01 2016

My mom isn't Catholic, she's Christian but I have the same problem. She's not super religious but she believes in the "hymen makes you a virgin" myth and it annoys me because I did extensive research and gave her my findings and reasons but no, I have to wait a year. I guess that's better than no but still.

Emilia 08 01 2016

Hello! I haven't used a cup yrt, but my only concern is the hygiene. When you remove the cup, should you wash it and immediatly put it back on? Would you recommend having two cups? Is there any type of cup case? And, what happens if you need to take it off in a public bathroom, would it be ok to wash it there? I doubt people are comfortable with menstrual cups being washed in the common sink. Thank you!

Lunette Team 08 01 2016

Hi Emilia!

Those are really good questions because hygiene with menstrual is super important!

When you empty your cup, rinse it first with cold water and then wash it Lunette cup cleanser. Then rinse it again and you're good to put it back! You don't have to dry it if don't want to, because if the cup is wet, it is a bit easier to insert.

If you are in a public restroom with no bidet available, you still have many options to wash the cup. It is totally okay just empty it, wipe it with a toilet paper and put it back in. You can also have a little water bottle with you when you go empty the cup :) We also have these super handy cup wipes which you can use to disinfect the cup. They are real life savers when camping or so!

Some women like to have two cups, one at home and one to go. Some use also both cup sizes; size 2 when the flow is heavy and size 1 when it's lighter. But you can totally manage with one cup too.

When you buy Lunette cup, there is one cute cup pouch within, matching the color of your cup. It is perfect to store the cup :)

To learn more, here are some links to learn more about cleaning your cup:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y570BtRxlU
https://www.lunette.com/blog/how-to-clean-your-lunette.html?p64=4
https://www.lunette.com/blog/6-ways-to-remove-menstrual-cup-smell.html?p64=4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fem_5qzFP-c

Don't hesitate to contact us if you anything to ask! There is no such a thing as stupid question!

-Meri_lunette

Salma 09 01 2016

Hi I am 22years old and I am sexually active. I tried using the lunette cup on the first day of my period. I managed to get the cup all the way in with the stem hanging out but the cup never popped back to its full shape. The instructions said to run your finger along the rim to ensure that the cup has been inserted properly however I can't fit a finger up there with the cup. Also how do I know when to stop putting the cup up my vagina. I stopped at the stem thinking it was similar to a tampon but after reading some of the comments I'm not so confident in that conception. I plan on trying again with some different fold as the c-fold was very very painful for me. Is there a thing as having too small of a vagina or does the size I cup fit any woman before having had a baby?

Lunette Team 11 01 2016

Hi there Salma!

Don't worry, your problems are super normal for the first timer!

The stem should go all the way inside you. The right place for the cup is the point when you don't feel it anymore. For some it's higher, for some lower. You shouldn't feel the stem either at all. If you feel the cup is in the right place but the stem comes out, you can cut the stem away. The stem is there just to help you to reach the cup if the cervix and then the cup are high.

Trying different foldings sound very good! I myself find the punch down the best :) If you're sexually active, you will be 100% able to use the cup properly. Be patient with it, it can take a while to get used to it.

-Meri

Raks 11 01 2016

Hi! I'm new to this concept of using cups. Well, I know the way to use it, the way to remove it (I read all the comments here about it all!) But where do i get a Lunette cup? (i don't think that's available in my country) Do you sell it online or something?
Oh and how long can it stay in?
Waiting for your reply...
Thanks!😊

Alice 12 01 2016

I recently bought a menstrual cup, I was very excited to use it even though I am a Virgin and have a petite V. I have to be honest, the best method I found is to turn yourself on and think on sexy things while taking a shower, this will help to widen and lubricate. Fortunately, I was able to put it in on the first 5 minutes without pain. Although I can slightly feel the cup everytime I sit down... This is my first day wearing it. Is this normal? Will I feel it forever or is it just while I get used to it?

Thank you

Alice

Lunette Team 12 01 2016

Hi Raks!

Here's what you need to do:
Go to our website www.lunette.com. You'll find a little image of globe at the upper right corner of the page. Choose your country there, if it doesn't exist, choose global English.

At the home page you'll find Buy -tab. There is a list of our distributors and our online store :)

You can wear the cup up to 12 hours! Of course if it's full before, you should empty it, but otherwise it is safe to wear it 12 hours.

If you have anything to ask, don't hesitate to ask us! There is no such thing as stupid question.

-Meri

Lunette Team 12 01 2016

Hello Alice!

Getting turned on is one of the best ways to get the cup in because then you'll be moist, and if you get an orgasm, you'll vagina will expand, and that of course ease the insertion too.

Seems like your cup sat too low. If you felt like the cup was in the right place, try to cut the stem a bit. If you still feel it, you can cut the whole stem away :)

-Meri

Louise. 12 01 2016

I've just purchased my cup. I'm not having issues with it opening. I have trimmed the stem but I'm still finding It leaks a little bit. I went swmiming and a bit of water got in! I've tried really hard to push my vagina wall outwards, twist the cup but I really can't get the suction to work!

Team Lunette 12 01 2016

Hi there Louise!

Have you tried to pull the cup just a bit after inserting it? That way the suction starts and you'll feel it. So try to push the cup as high as you can when inserting it, and then pull it a bit down. You can then push it a bit again and pull it down. Let me know if this didn't work and we'll figure something else out :)

-Meri

Melissa 14 01 2016

Hi.

I have already purchased a Lunette cup and am patiently awaiting it's arrival. But I have a question. I have a mini bladder prolapse. Would this binder the use of a cup?

Thanks!

Lunette Team 14 01 2016

Hi Melissa!

You propably won't have any problems :) But if you do, send us an e-mail to talk more or go to see your doctor if there is something what can be done about it.

-Meri

i cant get my cup out 15 01 2016

So I am really small down there is their anyway I could remove a cup with one fi get because their is no way I will be able to get w fingers in no possobole wag

Lunette Team 18 01 2016

Hi there!

Try to push the cup out with your own muscles as much as you can to get the cup low enough so you'll be able to reach it. But if you can get the cup in, you'll be able to fit more than one finger there too :) so take your time to learn your body and get to know with your lady parts :)

Lunette Team 18 01 2016

Hi there Julie!

Sounds like a real tricky situation you have there! But we'll figure it out, don't worry :)

Maybe you should start by telling your mother that you've had some ichy rash from pads and that you cannot imagine using them again.

Show her then our website; introduce her to Lunette Cup and explain how it works. Tell how her that a menstrual cup is so much better because:

- The average person spends about 80€ per year on disposable menstrual products. Lunette is a one time cost that will last for years.

- If you can menstruate, you can use a menstrual cup. Even young users can use Lunette and virginity is not an obstacle for usage of a menstrual cup. (We recommend the smaller Lunette menstrual cup, the size 1 for younger users.)

- Using the menstrual cup is environmentally friendly. No accumulation of plastic applicators and wrappers.

- The Lunette menstrual cup is as easy to use as a non-applicator tampon. Simply fold and insert!
You can wear the Lunette menstrual cup for up to 12 hours. That’s longer than a super absorbency tampon!

- There have been no reported cases of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) associated with the use of menstrual cups.

- It’s discreet. You can keep it tucked away in your bag and it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Not to mention you won’t be leaving a paper trail of wrappers behind.

- The silicone design of Lunette menstrual cups is hygienic since it naturally discourages the growth of bacteria. The risk of infection is much less than that of tampons or pads.

- It’s easy to use. Wash, fold, hold, insert, remove and rinse. Reuse!

You can also point out that menstrual cup is not a new innovation; it's been available for decades.

I think the key is to get your mother familiar with the cups. Highlight that pads are very insanitary and may cause infections. I believe she's been through the same problems with pads so maybe she'll relate to your problems.

Let me know how it went! You can also send me an e-mail to [email protected] if you'd like to talk more. Good luck!

-Meri_lunette

Angela 18 01 2016

Hi! I use a Diva cup and love using a menstrual cup, after doing some research it seems the Lunette may be a better fit for my 12 year old soon to start her period. It says in this article the youngest you've seen using is 14 so it makes me wonder if her body is big enough yet? She is small for her age, is baggy in girls size 12 jeans. Should we wait a couple years to start using a Lunette cup?

tusiime margret 19 01 2016

am a Ugandan but I got to know menstrual cup when my boyfriend from Germany introduced me to it and I found it interesting to use and it helped mi so much coz I used to spend a lot of money every month to buy sanitary pads ....so I would like to kn how to spread the idea of using menstrual cup in my country because in some rural areas women can not afford to buy pads u find them using piece of fabrics to pad thm selves please give mi some advise

Lunette Team 20 01 2016

Hi there Angela!

There is no reason why she couldn't use a cup. Of course it can be a bit tricky for the first time, since she hasn't experienced, for example, an intercourse or tampons yet but I'm 100% she'll learn how to use a cup after a while. It can take 2 months or 2 years, but she can definitely wear Lunette cup from the very start! It is good to get to know your body when you start growing to be a woman and menstrual cup is very good way to do that.

-Meri

Lunette Team 20 01 2016

Hi tusiime margret!

So glad to hear that you've found a cup! Please send us an e-mail to [email protected] to get more info :)
-Meri

tusiime margret 23 01 2016

am using menstrual cups but sometimes it links even if it is not full is it normal or

anya 24 01 2016

a lunette cup can be slightly big, you might want to consider a different cup(meluna mini?).Or you can give lunette a second try because its a really nice cup after you get the hang of it

Lunette Team 28 01 2016

Hi again tusiime margret!

Sounds like the cup moves after inserting it. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRINAz7WChs There you'll tip how to make sure your cup pops and how to get the suction right :)

-Meri

Anna 06 02 2016

I'm 13 and just trying a Diva Cup. I have a Diva Cup size 1 and when I tried it the first time it hurt REALLY bad once it opened. I don't know how to go about the whole adjustment-to-the-size thing. I am very petite, so that doesn't help either, as this leaves me with a small vagina and pain when attempting to use the Diva Cup. I know this is the site for Lunette, but I figured I could get some help from here. Care to help a budding woman?

Sierra 08 02 2016

Hello!

So I just put my menstrual cup in and it went in pretty easily. But I took it out immediately after, as I was scared that it would slowly travel up into my vagina, out of my reach, making it difficult to take out later.

So... am I being paranoid, or can this actually happen?

If this does happen, what can I do to make it come further down to my reach?

Thankyou so much for your time :)

Sierra 08 02 2016

Hi!

I know you have to make sure the stem is not protruding, but how far exactly, should the menstrual cup be in?

Thankyou for answering :)

Lunette Team 08 02 2016

Hi Sierra!

So far, that you won't feel it :)

Lunette Team 08 02 2016

Hi again Sierra!

It won't go too far. If you can't reach to the cup, just push with your muscles and the cup will slowly come down. Keep pushing and slowly pull the stem so you can reach the bottom and you'll be able to squeeze the pressure away.

Don't worry, the cup will not go too far in you :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 08 02 2016

Hi there Anna!

Sounds like the cup is a bit too firm for you. Unfortunately I haven't tried Diva cup but normally the cup is either too firm for you or the cup is not in a good place (hurts to blabber or something)

You can try to boil the cup for extra 10 minutes, that makes it a bit softer. But if you won't get used to it or it hurts too bad (it should not) try different cup :)

-Meri

Sarah Beth McKenzie 08 02 2016

Hi Meri,

I am a virgin and have been trying for the past two days to get the menstrual cup in. I can get it in there but am wondering if it's getting stuck on my hymen... I can get it to where the base and stem are protruding, but that's where it starts to HURT. If I try pushing it farther in, it REALLY hurts. If I try opening it, then it also hurts more and pops right back out. I don't know if I just have a lower cervix and I'm bumping into it, or if the cup is catching on my hymen, or what... but I'm disappointed because I love the idea of the cup. Any suggestions? Thank you,

Sarah Beth

Kaitlyn 09 02 2016

Hi! I'm a 14 year old virgin and was thinking about using a lunette size 1. I have had my period for a year and have always used pads. Im planning on playing volleyball and love to swim. I really want to get one since I HATE the diaper feeling of pads and I don't want to use tampons because of TSS, but I'm really scared that I won't be able to get it in or out. I'm mostly afraid of getting it out. What if it hurts to get it out? I've heard of people having to go to the hospital/gyno because it was "stuck" in them and they couldn't get it out, even the gyno had a little trouble getting it out. What if that happens to me? What if it gets "stuck"?????? Help please!!

Kaitlyn 09 02 2016

Hi! I'm a 14 year old virgin. I've had my period for a year and have only used pads. I'm planning on playing volleyball, but I don't want to wear tampons because of TSS. I'm worried that I won't be able to get the lunette size 1 in or out. Mostly worried about getting it out. What if it gets "stuck". I've heard of people having to go to the hospital/gyno because it got "stuck" in them, even the gyno had trouble getting it out! What if that happens to me?! I don't want to make a trip to the hospital. I really want to use them, though! Help!!

Sarah Jayne 09 02 2016

I recently started using a cup but I have found that I have started to get really bad cramps just after inserting and removing the cup. Is this normal and if so what can I do to stop it?

Ashley 10 02 2016

I am virgin and I tried inserting the cup 3 times and was successful on the last try. However, I decided to urinate after and discovered there was blood in my urine. This instance is the only time I have ever seen blood and when I voided 3 hours later, there was none. Is there a way to insert without bothering the urethra or possibly the urinary meatus? The proximity to the vagina is hard to avoid.

Thanks,
Ashley

Jayshree 10 02 2016

I haven't used the cup yet. But I have a issue. What if the cup goes completely inside and it never comes out?? Can this happen while doing activities like running?

Miriam 11 02 2016

Hi!
I tried the Lynette cup for the first time yesterday. I'm 14 years old. Inserting the cup proved to not be very difficult, but it hurt very bad. The pain disappeared once the cup had opened, though. Taking out the cup was much more difficult and it hurt VERY bad. I really like the idea of the Lunette cup, but I'm afraid my vagina may be too small/narrow to fit the cup. Is there anything I can do to help the pain?

Jessica 13 02 2016

I've been thinking about getting a cup for what seems like forever and I think I'm set on getting the lunette my only concern is not liking it and I know it seems kind of gross to return it (if that's even possible). That's my only concern, any advice/help?

Lunette Team 16 02 2016

Hi Sarah Beth McKenzie!

A thick hymen would make sense. You can make the cup a bit softer by boiling it for 20 minutes just before inserting it. You can also leave the cup wet or use water base lubricant (not silicon base, because silicon destroys silicon!) to make the inserting a bit easier. Beeing relaxed is also super important.

But if you don't manage to get the cup in, go to see a nurse or gynecologist. They can check you and tell if the hymen is a problem. They can also give you good tips what to do if the hymen is thick. Don't worry, this is absolutely normal and your problem is only temporary. You'll be able to use menstrual cup :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 16 02 2016

Hi there Jayshree and Kaithlyn!

Your concerns are absolutely normal. I know this sounds difficult, but the main point is to relax. Go for a slow walk or hot tub and breath deeply. That way our pelvic muscles will relax and the cup is not so tightly in. You don't have to be able to reach to the cup with your hands. Just push the cup out with your own muscles, like you'd be pooping. And when you can reach the cup with your hand, you'll be able to squeeze it to as small as while inserting.

There is a chance that cup rises during the day and the cup goes around your cervix. It isn't harmful and it happens a lot. But with the suction it can feel like the cup doesn't move and it's stuck. This is totally normal and you can still be able to remove the cup by yourself. Check out this vlogpost to see tricks what to do, if this happens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=454eIehUVe0

Menstrual cup will not be able to get stuck in you because of our anatomy. By practicing and getting to know your own body, you'll learn all the tricks to use a menstrual cup with no problems! :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 16 02 2016

Hello Sarah Jayne!

The cramps are normally caused by the suction of the cup (happened to me too!). If the cup is too close to cervix, it feels super uncomfortable or even hurts. Try this little trick. While inserting the cup, let it open a bit sooner than normally and push the last inches while the cup is already open. That way the suction won't hurt :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 16 02 2016

Hi there Jessica!

Your concerns are super normal. If you don't like the cup at the first try or it hurts too bad, just forget it for a while. Learning how to use the cup and how your body is built can take some time. Take your time and practise how to use the cup, read info, watch videos and discuss the cup with other users (for example facebook is full of good pages) and this way get more confidence. It can take months or even years to learn the secrets of the cup, but I'm 100% positive you'll learn it!
-Meri

Lunette Team 17 02 2016

Hi Miriam!

While you remove the cup, push it with your pelvic muscles as much as you can (like you'd been pooping) and when you can reach the cup, squeeze it with your fingers. Then, before you pull it out, fold it with fingers while the cup is still inside. That way the cup won't hurt you.

-Meri

Lunette Team 17 02 2016

Hello Ashley!

I believe the blood is from your vagina, not from the uterus. It may seem like it comes from uterus but it's very common that it is only menstrual blood.

Some have their vaginas and urinary meatus very close to each other and inserting the cup irritates them When inserting the cup, try to head it a little more horizontally instead of vertically at first. This way the cup eludes the bladder a bit better and irritates it less.

-Meri

Lucie 17 02 2016

Hi,
I have had my period for just over a year and a half, and pads are annoying me and I want to try something else. I'm 14, but my mum doesn't listen if I talk to her about my period, unless it's to ask her to get me pads. I want to use tampons, but i know that they are harmful, and also mum only has super ones so I'm not comfortable using them. I want to use a menstrual cup, but I bought it up in a conversation a couple months ago, and she said that they were disgusting. I also love in the UK, in a remote village, so I have no way of going out to a shop to buy one, at least not until May, when I am going on holiday with my bff and we are going shopping; but where we are going only has a boots and they don't sell your cups. I really don't know what to do, and I am scared of tampons... What do I do?

Please help?
Lucie

Jacklyn 18 02 2016

Hi today is my first time using a cup and I'm not exactly sure if I am doing it right. It feels uncomfortable when I sit down, and when I'm standing and squeezing my vaginal muscles it feels as if I can pee out the cup :/ as I think I have a high cervix, how deep am I supposed to stick up the cup (how much of my fingers should be inside? I always stop at 1/4 of my fingers excluding palm but do I have to go up 1/2 and more?) thanks! I really want to fall in love with the cup but it's hurting me right now :(

Lunette Team 18 02 2016

Hi there Lucie!

Even though menstrual cups were invented in 1930's they are still not very common and your mom might be preconceived because of a lack of info. Show her our website and tell why you'd like to try out a menstrual cup. Tell her that you think a menstrual cup might be a very good choice for you since you don't like pads or tampons.

We have our own booklets about periods and cups, would you like to have one? You could show it to your mom and she could study it. Maybe then she'd understand the cups.

-Meri

Lunette Team 19 02 2016

Hello Jacklyn!

Sounds like the cup is not deep enough and that it hasn't pop. The right place is there where you can't feel the cup anymore. You can also cut the antenna away (or just part of it) to make the cup shorter. Try to be as relaxed as possible. Your muscles can be tense because of the tense of the first try. Breathe deep and relax your pelvic muscles. Then your body won't "push" back when you're inserting the cup.

-Meri

kaity 23 02 2016

ok so do I heat it up of boil it for 15-20 mins and I can't get mine in do I heat it up/boil it first.
and will it ever go in:(((

Lunette Team 23 02 2016

Hi Kaity!

Boiling sounds good!

That happens super, super, SUPER seldom! It can happen only if you're very tense and you panic. So when you take the cup out, breath in and out few times and push it with your pelvic muscles. And when you reach it, squeeze it. That way the underpressure takes off and you can pull the cup out.

While inserting, you can wet the cup with water or water-based lubricant. And remember to relax. Then your muscles' will be loose and the cup goes in smoothly :)

Don't worry, it takes a while to learn how to use the cup properly. So if you don't manage it rightaway, try next month again :)

-Meri

Nikki 26 02 2016

So I'm considering trying a cup out, but I'm concerned because 1) I only use pads. I can never seem to get tampons up or in far enough, they hurt and they leak. Always. And 2) I'm a virgin - I'm not sure I could get it up there. Will a cup be more likely to... Well, not hurt?

Kankri Vantas 28 02 2016

I am a 14 y/o girl. I used the size 1 cup for one cycle of my period. I am alright at putting it in, but taking it out hurts because it is no longer folded. Is there a way to make taking the cup out any less painful? Thanks!

Rachel 01 03 2016

Hi, I'm a 14-year-old with an extremely petite build. I got my period only about a month ago. I haven't even tried tampons yet, only pads and panty liners. I have 2 questions for you, if I may:

1. Would it be okay for me to use since I've never even tried a tampon before? I really want to try it, but don't know if I should die to that reason? Please help me out here.

2. Also, it would be really uncomfortable for me to explain all this to my parents, but I really want to try a generic solution to pads, tampons, and panty liners. Also, someone told me if I used lubricant it would help? Both are uncomfortable to explain, so how is the best way to explain this, so what is the best way to explain this subject/ask for this product/ lubricant if necessary.

Thanks and I hope you get back to me!

Lunette Team 02 03 2016

Hi there Rachel!

Those are really good and very common questions!

1. You can definitely use a menstrual cup even though you haven't used a tampon. It can take some time to learn how to use it and what is the best folding and inserting method for you, but with some patience and practising, you'll learn it. I'm 100% sure!

2. You can start by telling to your parents that you'd like to talk with them and that you feel a bit uncomfortable about it because the subject is intimate. Show them our website and tell that you would like to try out a menstrual cup. You can tell why you'd prefer the cup instead of other options. Let them get to know our website and product and tell that you've done some searching by yourself too.

Water based lubricant (not silicon based) makes the insertion easier and is a very good trick to try, especially for the first times. Water is also good lubricant! When purchasing the cup, you can tell that it is recommended to use some water based lubricant, especially if you feel you're petite. But the most important thing is to be as relax as possible. This might sound hard but if you are relaxed, so are your muscles. And that means you pelvic muscles won't "push back" while inserting the cup.

I'm sure your parents are very proud of you because you are very mature to be able to talk things like this. If you want, I can send you some info about periods, puberty and our cups for free. E-mail me and I'll send them to you. You can show them to your parents as well.

My e-mail is [email protected]

Remember that there is no such a thing as stupid question!

Good luck!

-Meri

Lunette Team 02 03 2016

Hi Kankri Vantas!

When taking the cup out, first push it with your own muscles until you are able to reach the bottom. Then squeeze the pressure out. Then you'll be able to fold a bit of it with your fingers. Pull a half of it out, then fold the rest of the cup and take it out. Hope this helps!

-Meri

Lunette Team 02 03 2016

Hi Nikki!

You can use a menstrual cup, even if you haven't used a tampon before. It can feel hard and even scary for the first time, but with practising and patience, you will learn it. Menstrual cups are very different from pads and that is why they need a bit practising. Read info, experiences and tricks from other users and get to know your body.

The biggest issue when inserting the cup is to relax. If your muscles are tense, getting the cup in will be a lot harder. Try the cup for the first time right away after boiling it because boiling makes the cup a bit softer. You can also leave the cup wet from water or use some water-based lubricant.

At first, the cup might not seem to be very care-free and easy to use, but with some time and practise, you'll love it! Don't hesitate to ask us anything you want to know!

-Meri

Sophie 04 03 2016

Hi! I bought a size 1 cup when I was 15 (10 years ago) and despite several attempts I was never able to put it in while I was still a virgin. Later on, when I started having sex, I found out that I was actually suffering of vaginismus. I got rid of that problem at the age of 21 and I tried my cup again. I managed to put it in but panicked right away and had lots of trouble and pain pulling it out. Now that I am planning on going on a thru-hike, I am very motivated on making this work. Today is my day 1 of using it for real and it is going well so far. According to my experience, I would not recommend it for virgins, but may be it is my vagina that was just too tight...

Lunette Team 04 03 2016

Hi Sophie!

You're right, it can be very tricky for virgins! Not impossible but harder.

Von 12 03 2016

I just started using a Lunette and I love it! No mishaps and I have been riding a bicycle to work. :)

I have been putting it in and taking it out in the shower - the water helps with relaxation and I have been able to try a few different folds (C-fold, 7-fold and punch down) and different positions (standing, squatting, sitting on the edge of the bath) for insertion and not worry about making a mess in removing it.

I had my first try at removing and reinserting it in the bathroom yesterday (day 4) and it went really well. The shower practice really helped.

Yati 18 03 2016

I just tried the menstrual cup, and since I am a virgin it was really hard for me to get the cup in,I tried the 7 fold and it was the only fold that worked for me but when I put the cup in, I didn't pop open, the whole of the stem was almost inside me and still when I tried to relax, the cup slipped down my vagina. Do I have to push it higher? How do I get it to pop open? When should I let it pop open? When the cup is just inside me or after pushing it a bit more higher? Please help,I am so frustrated but I don't want to use pads anymore.

Bridget 22 03 2016

I've just started using a Lunette size 1. It goes in alright but when my pelvic muscle move during the day,I can feel the cup/stem. Is that normal?

Lunette Team 23 03 2016

Hi Von!

Sounds awesome! :)

Lunette Team 23 03 2016

Hi there Yati

Here is a vlog post where you'll find good tips how to get your cup to pop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRINAz7WChs

Normally the cup pops when it goes over the pubic bone but sometimes it takes few minutes before the seal starts. So if the cup is in its place (you don't feel it anymore) wait a bit. If the cup still doesn't pop, try the tricks from the video :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 23 03 2016

Hello Bridget!

Sounds like the cup is placed a bit too low if the position feels good, you can shorten the stem or cut it completely away :)

HanPham 26 03 2016

Hi team.
It is very bad first experience of using menstrual cup.
Yesterday was my first time using cup. When I tried to insert cup, it got hurt and very painful, hard to insert as well but I did insert and felt a bit uncomfortable because it was not deep inside, just recently went through the "door". I tried to use my two fingers to move the body of the cup deeper but useless! it was very painful. Then, I tried pushing the tail of the cup instead, but it was impossible results from no movement.
I used it for second time of the day and tried to insert one more time, it failed completely. I lost my sleep all night also because of cup. Finally I have to use tampon so badly.
Please kindly help me.

Lunette Team 30 03 2016

Hi HanPham!

Sorry to hear that your first experience with the cup wasn't good! But you know what? Almost everyone goes through that! Menstrual cup is very different from pads and tampons and requires a bit practise first.

When inserting the cup the main point is to relax. If your inner muscles are tense, it makes the inserting more difficult. Here's a trick you can try: while inserting the cup, push with your pelvic muscles. Insert it normally and stop pushing when you feel the cup is in it's place. If the stem comes out, you can cut it away :)

It might take two, three or seven periods to learn how to use the cup perfectly so don't panic. It is very common to have problems at the first times you use a menstrual cup :)

-Meri

Anna 30 03 2016

Hey Lunette team :)

So I have basically just inserted my cup for the second time now (my second cycle.) but my first cycle didn't go very well. I struggled to put the cup in the right position, and in fact I'm STILL having the same problem.

Basically, I have a very high cervix, and I'm worried that my cup can travel too high up my vagina. So I let my cup sit nearer to the bottom. But doing this means I can feel the cup a little bit (more like the stem.) but I don't want to cut the stem just in case it travels too high due to my high cervix.

How high do I need my cup to be in order to not feel it? Right now it's an inch above my entrance, but I can still feel it?

It's very irratating as I am determined to use my cup!

Oh and also, I heard cups can reduce period cramps? I was wondering if this was true but I don't see how as I used to be a pad user and it works in a similiar way (letting the blood come out rather than absorbing.)

Sorry for the graphic explanation. I just wanted a little help.

Oh and thanks for reading :)

Alex 01 04 2016

Hi I'm 14 and just tried my menstrual cup for the first time. I couldn't get it in with the c fold but I did with the push down fold. It has popped open but I can feel it. I tried topish it up further but it didn't work! I don't know what's wrong!
Please help!

Thank you

Lunette Team 04 04 2016

Hi Anna!

No problem, you can as much as you want!

The best place for the cup is the spot where you cannot feel it anymore. It is totally ok if the cup rises up in your vagina and you can't reach the bottom. If the cup has risen too up just push it down with your own muscles (like when you poop) until you can reach the bottom. Then squeeze the bottom to remove the underpressure and pull the cup out.

So don't panic if you can't reach the cup right away, it is totally normal!

Menstrual cup can reduce the cramps because it doesn't absorb or poke the cervix like tampon does. For pad user cup won't probably make that much difference considering the cramps.

-Meri

Lunette Team 04 04 2016

Hi Alex!

Here's a trick you can try: when you insert the cup push with your muscles. And when you feel the cup is in, stop pushing and release the cup.

You can also trim the stem if it bothers you :)

-Meri

Lizzy 05 04 2016

It took a few times to get the cup in but once I used the punch-down fold it went in really easily. I tried to check for the "seal" with my finger and I think the cup suctioned correctly. So I wore it for an hour and a half and no leaks at all and then I felt something move and some blood leaked out. I thought my cup overfilled so I kinda panicked and tried to get it out. it was really hard to grab onto and took me like 15 minutes to break the suction. I saw in a video that u should fold your cup (like a c-fold) when taking it out so it doesn't hit your urethra. I tried to do that but I just couldn't fit more than one finger in. when I pulled out the cup it was extremely painful and I felt like my vagina was gonna flip inside out.... it hurt a lot when I took out a tampon for the first time so maybe I just need to try again with the cup, but how can I keep removal from hurting?
Thanks :)

Ava 07 04 2016

Hello. My name is Ava and I'm 13 years old. I have used organic products and tried to switch to a cup. I tried using the Lena cup size small. I have tried so many times to insert it, but it doesn't work and it hurts really bad. I really want to use a menstrual cup. What could I do to make it less painful and easier? Is the Lunette cup a better option to try?
I am looking at getting the Diva cup size 1, but I don't know if its going to work out or not.

Lunette Team 07 04 2016

Hi there Lizzy!

The most important thing to do is to use your own muscles. Push the cup down (like you'd be pooping) until you can reach it. Then you'll be able to squeeze the cup from the bottom to break the seal. And then you'll be able to fold it a bit too.

You can also squat. It makes the vagina a little shorter :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 07 04 2016

Hello Ava!

Glad to hear that you're interested in menstrual cups! The start can be a little tricky, but don't worry! It is very common.

You can try to use some water based lubricant or leave the cup wet. Boiling makes the cup a bit softer so that can make the insertion easier too. Lunette cup size 1 is small and soft (not too soft though because if the cup is too soft, it is really hard to get to open) and stem of the cup is flexible and soft. That's why Lunette is very good cup to start with!

-Meri


Cat 12 04 2016

Hi,
I bought my cup a few months ago but it was only recently that I've got the hang of inserting it. I've only inserted it and removed it during my period about three times. Each time is better than the last :)

However, I still have trouble with removal. I have a really high cervix that I'm not able to feel and unfortunately my fingers aren't very long either. So far, for the past three times I've had to tug at the stem as it is the only part I can reach and it hurts but the only way I can remove it is by using force.

I have lots of trouble trying to reach the base as it's slippery and high inside my vaginal canal. And when I try to pinch, I can't press down hard enough without it slipping up or my fingers slipping down. The suction is really a problem as I struggle finding ways of pinching the cup and breaking the 'seal'.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Lunette Team 13 04 2016

Hi Cat!

While removing the cup first squat (it makes the vagina a bit shorter) and then push the cup 'down' with your own muscles. Like you'd be pooping. Stop pushing when you're able to reach the bottom and have a good grip. While slowly pulling the cup out, rock the cup at the same time.

You can also slide your finger along the cup and push the rim down :)

-Meri

Ella 14 04 2016

I understand everything except how to remove it. Do you have to push it out with your vagina muscles? How do you grab the bottom to release the suction? How far do you have to reach to grab the bottom?

Lunette Team 18 04 2016

Hi Ella!

Yes, first push the cup down until you can pinch the ridged bottom of the cup. You can rock the cup a bit from side to side to make the removing a bit easier. You can also slide your finger along the cup and push the rim down if the suction continues after pinching.

-Meri

Sophie 19 04 2016

I'm a 13 year old with an extremely heavy and painful period. I leak through a regular tampon and night pad in only 3 hours!! I'm a dancer and looking for an alternative. Will the Lunette cup work for my heavy flow? I love the idea of not having to change it for longer periods of time than a tampon. But bc I'm so young I'd have to use a smaller size, right? This would also affect how much it would hold, right? I wanna make sure the cup will be comfy and hold for a loooong time. I hate having to change my tampon every few hours!!! Thank you!

Sophia 19 04 2016

Hi!I am 13 years old and have the Lunnete 1.When I insert the cup the stem hangs out of my vagina opening to the labia area.Is this normal?Do I need to put it up farther?Do I need to cut the stem off?

Caroline 20 04 2016

I got my first menstrual cup today, boiled it and inserted it. I did it fine (but with one finger as I couldn't get a thumb and finger up), it opened, and I then realised it wasn't high enough. I took it out, emptied it, and reinserted it higher. I then tried to take it out to establish that I could, and I couldn't. I ended up squatting in the shower, pushing my muscles and doing it, but it was really hard. My menstrual cup wasn't up too far that i couldn't reach it, in fact, I could reach it rather well! But I couldn't get my thumb and forefinger past my pubic bone to reach the base of the cup. Is there anyway I can do it, or will practice make perfect?
I'll try again tomorrow,
Thanks
Caroline xx

Lunette Team 21 04 2016

Hi Sophie!

Menstrual cup is a perfect choice for active persons like you!

Lunette menstrual cup was actually developed by very heavy bleeder as well. Size 1 holds 25 ml (about 2 maxi tampons) and size 2 30 ml (about 3 maxi tampons). Size 1 is softer and smaller, and size 2 is bigger and a bit firmer too.

I'd recommend you to start with size 1 because you're still young and haven't used a menstrual cup before. It is very good cup to start with because it's soft and small. And when you feel like you're fine with it, you can go for size 2.

And remember that you can also trim the stem, and use water-based lubricant to make the insertion a bit easier.

-Meri

Lunette Team 22 04 2016

Hi there Sophia!

The cup should be placed a bit further. The stem shouldn't be out, but if the cup feels good, you can cut stem away :)

-Meri

Giulia 25 04 2016

Hey lunette, I'm 15 and I decided to change to a menstrual cup because of my heavy flow and the fact that there are few menstrual products that accommodate for my flow in Australia. I currently have the size 1 but sometimes I can feel the seal break and air gush in. I don't know why, do you? Also at night my cup seems to leak a lot even if it isn't full? Is there anything I can do to prevent this because I was really counting on this to work. I always check to see if the seal is intact before I go on my way so it isn't a problem to do with insertion. I am also a very active person and I am scared that I will break the seal during sports. I also swam with my cup once but it filled up with water!!!

Lunette Team 26 04 2016

Hi Caroline!

You said it: practise makes perfect! Sounds like you have a very good technique already; squatting and pushing with your own muscles. Keep practising and you'll score it!

-Meri

Lunette Team 26 04 2016

Hi there Giulia!

I'd recommend you to try out Lunette size 2. It is firmer and the seal is stronger.

-Meri

Clare 27 04 2016

Hi, I purchased the size 1 cup a while back and stupidly cut the stem before I tried it (only part of it not the whole thing) because I'd read most people do and I tried it twice and thought it was great except getting it out was almost impossible (freaked out the first time) and both times in the end I just pulled the stem to get it out because I can't use two fingers and since the stem is shorter I can't hold it with one hand to hold it down and squeeze with the other either. Question is would I still have a hard time if I bought another one with a full stem? Not sure it's worth spending double if it's going to still be hard to get out. Really disappointed because I can't use tampons and I'm sick of pads plus the chemicals!
Thanks!

Lunette Team 29 04 2016

Hi there Clare!

It's totally fine if you cut the stem already!

The most important thing while removing the cup is to push the cup 'down' with your own muscles. Like you'd be pooping. Stop pushing when you're able to reach the bottom and have a good grip. While slowly pulling the cup out and rock the cup at the same time. You can also squat (it makes the vagina a bit shorter) and slide your finger along the cup and push the rim down :)

-Meri

Vivian 02 05 2016

Hi, I'm on my third or fourth cycle on my lunette and I love it. I've gotten used to putting it in and taking it out, but I still have trouble with it leaking. I have tried things I've seen other users say, like twisting the cup once its inside and pulling on it to make sure it has a suction and going around the rim to make sure it's completely open. It's always open(or at least I'm pretty sure it is) and it still leaks. I don't know what to do, but wearing pads for the leaks isn't better than just wearing it instead of the cup...should I try another cup?

Sarah 02 05 2016

Question, I have not tried one yet, but would like to. But have some issues. I have vaginal trigger points. I Have never been able to wear tampons due to them plus I can feel them no matter where or how they are put in. Second, due to fibroids - I drop a lot of clots. how are these for heavier first few days plus large clots?

Thanks, Sarah

Lunette Team 03 05 2016

Hi Vivian!

Sounds tricky. Which size you have? Because I'd recommend you to use size 2. Also exercising your pelvic floor muscles helps :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 03 05 2016

Hi Sarah!

Glad to hear that you're interested in cups!

You can totally use a menstrual cup! I'd recommend you to start with size 1 because it is smaller and softer. You can also use some water-based lubricant to make the insertion a bit easier. It'll take some time get used to use it but with patient, you'll rock it!

Menstrual cups are very good for heavy bleeders! Cloths are also no problem! They are actually easier to deal with with a cup than other products :)

-Meri

Lucy 05 05 2016

Hi
I've recently bought a diva cup after reading about it online. I bought the cup size 1 but after about 30 attempts over a couple of months I haven't been able to insert it once as once I begin to insert it I find it really stings. I think it may be to big and the silicone too hard. So I'm thinking of getting a lunette. Do u think getting one will help if it is a smaller size and if so which is the smallest I can get.
Also could I use the diva wash to clean my cup
Thanks

Cat 08 05 2016

Hi, I have been using my Lunette for three cycles now but I can't seem to use it without it leaking. Whenever I insert the cup, it seems to be only next to my cervix and I can't seem to position my cup so it actually is around my cervix because my cervix moves. Any suggestions? Thank you

Annie 09 05 2016

I purchased a size 1 as I believe I have a shorter cervix even though I am not a virgin and am a young woman, also I prefer the softer silicone, but after insertion I still really feel the stem. It doesn't protrude and the cup is in as far as it can go without the stem also going inside past the entrance. It's really uncomfortable but I don't feel confident enough to trim the stem off as I worry I wouldn't be able to find it after I do that. Is this a size issue and should I get the bigger cup or is this a stem issue and I should trim the stem?

Katie 09 05 2016

This is my first cycle to use the cup, and so far I really like it, I just seem to have trouble placing it. I can't feel anything right after I place it in, but it seems to migrate down a little bit after a while and I can just feel it at the opening of my vagina. Is that normal or should I be getting a better placement? Should it stay behind my pubic bone?

Katie 09 05 2016

Hi, this is my first cycle to use the cup, so far I really like it, I just seem to have trouble with placement. I use the c-fold and it seems to go in easily and open well. I spin it to check seal, but it seems to migrate down after a little bit and I can feel it at the opening of my vagina which I don't love. I could always feel tampons there and that is why I decided to try the cup. Tips for better placement? Am I supposed to tuck it behind my pubic bone for a better stay?
Thanks! Katie

Meg 10 05 2016

"Younger women with intact hymens should be aware that inserting the cup may rupture the hymen. By medical standards, virginity is not defined by the state of the hymen; girl remain a virgin until she participates in sexual intercourse."
Uhm... What? That's not how that works. The hymen is a membrane with a hole that stretches. It shouldn't be "broken" ever, whether by sex or tampons. If the cup does have the possibility of rupturing the hymen I want no part in this.

Lunette Team 10 05 2016

Hi Lucy!

Lunette 1 is softer and easier to use than Diva 1, so I believe you'd be really happy with Lunette!

The very best cleanser for Lunette cup is Lunette cleanser because it is 100% custom made for our cup and is perfect for the most high-quality medical grade silicon in the world. It won't harm you or the cup.

-Meri

Lunette Team 10 05 2016

Hi there Cat!

Try to place the cup a bit lower. You can trim the stem if needed :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 10 05 2016

Hi Annie!

The most important thing while removing the cup is to push the cup 'down' with your own muscles. Like you'd be pooping. Stop pushing when you're able to reach the bottom and have a good grip. While slowly pulling the cup out and rock the cup at the same time. You can also squat (it makes the vagina a bit shorter) and slide your finger along the cup and push the rim down :)

So you really don't need the stem :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 10 05 2016

Hi there Katie!

Sounds like you might have a bit too small cup. If you have size 1, try size 2. It is firmer and creates the seal a bit easier. Also exercising the pelvic floor muscles helps!

-Meri

Lunette Team 10 05 2016

Hi Meg!

You're right; hymen is a membrane with bigger or smaller holes. Every time when internal menstrual protection is used, the membrane can be damaged or ripped. Some people has a hymen for the entire life but it can rip entirely for example during the vaginal labour.

-Meri

Izabella 14 05 2016

Hi, I want to order one online but I am worried my parents will see the package and it will be really awkward..what should I do? Also I have an extremely heavy period and have to change my pad every hour and I have to wear a pad at night. If I bought the small menstration cup how many hours could I go with out having to change it and take it out??????? btw is it possible for them to leak?
-Thanks

Lunette Team 16 05 2016

Hi Izabella!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I believe many can relate to your problems!

Have you talked about your periods with your parents? They know that menstruation is normal and healthy body function, and know that you'll periods someday too.

You can start by mentioning something about some tampon ad or article you read and see how they react. You can also say that you've been doing some research about period products and have heard about menstrual cups. You can explain how a menstrual cup is so much better choice:

- The average person spends about 80€ per year on disposable menstrual products. Lunette is a one time cost that will last for years.

- If you can menstruate, you can use a menstrual cup. Even young users can use Lunette and virginity is not an obstacle for usage of a menstrual cup. (We recommend the smaller Lunette menstrual cup, the size 1 for younger users.)

- Using the menstrual cup is environmentally friendly. No accumulation of plastic applicators and wrappers.

- The Lunette menstrual cup is as easy to use as a non-applicator tampon. Simply fold and insert!
You can wear the Lunette menstrual cup for up to 12 hours. That’s longer than a super absorbency tampon!

- There have been no reported cases of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) associated with the use of menstrual cups.

- It’s discreet. You can keep it tucked away in your bag and it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Not to mention you won’t be leaving a paper trail of wrappers behind.

- The silicone design of Lunette menstrual cups is hygienic since it naturally discourages the growth of bacteria. The risk of infection is much less than that of tampons or pads.

- It’s easy to use. Wash, fold, hold, insert, remove and rinse. Reuse!

You can also point out that menstrual cup is not a new innovation; it's been available for decades.

Show them our website; introduce them to Lunette Cup and explain how it works. I believe they'd be happy and proud of you to see how aware and mature you are!

-Meri

Nicole 21 05 2016

I know this is the teen board but I couldn't find answers anywhere else. I would like to know if it is safe to use with my first period after a miscarriage or wait it out until my second cycle? Haven't gotten much answers from the Dr on whether or not I can resume cups/tampons now or wait.

Sam 22 05 2016

So I'm really nervous about using it, I'm 12 and I'm particularly concerned about Weither or not it hurts to insert it, since I read it might break the hymen. I really want to get into using since it seems like a good idea, but I'm not so sure.

Lunette Team 23 05 2016

Hi Nicole!

Thanks for your question! I'd suggest you to discuss with your doctor. We don't recommend to use the cup for the vaginal bleeding after birth so I wouldn't recommend you to use the cup for the first period after the miscarriage.

-Meri

Lunette Team 23 05 2016

Hi there Sam!

Glad to hear that you're interested in cups!

You can totally use a menstrual cup! The main point is to relax! Try to be as relaxed as possible.

I'd recommend you to start with size 1 because it is smaller and softer. You can also use some water-based lubricant to make the insertion a bit easier. It'll take some time get used to use it but with patient, you'll rock it!

-Meri

Kamarria 27 05 2016

How do I convince my mom to get me this? I've tried telling her and she worried about "penetration" or whatever and that I've never experienced that. She sort of an old fashioned mom and thinks that a hymen represents your virginity but she is incorrect. She thinks it's unsanitary and wonders what do you do when you're at school, which I've told her. I feel like she's just making up excuses. Help!

Kamarria 27 05 2016

My mom is an old fashioned mom so she believes that a hymen represents your virginity and when I tried talking to her about using a menstrual cup she was worried about "penetration". In the end it's about me not her. How do I convince her that this isn't the case?

Lunette Team 31 05 2016

Hi there Kamarria!

I'd go with the 'cold facts'. Tell her all the good things about menstrual cups:
You can explain how a menstrual cup is so much better choice:

- The average person spends about 80€ per year on disposable menstrual products. Lunette is a one-time cost that will last for years.

- Menstrual cup doesn’t disrupt the vaginas lubricating ability, or interfere with the natural process of shedding menstrual blood, dead cells, and bacteria.

- Tampons aren’t your friend: fibers can be caught in the vaginal canal, ‘over-absorb’ precious vaginal fluids, and dry out the mucous membrane.

- Pads aren’t much better: they create a stifling, moist environment — ground zero for yeast infections, bacteria and odor.

- If you can menstruate, you can use a menstrual cup. Even young users can use Lunette and virginity is not an obstacle for usage of a menstrual cup. (We recommend the smaller Lunette menstrual cup, the size 1 for younger users.)

- Using the menstrual cup is environmentally friendly. No accumulation of plastic applicators and wrappers.

- The Lunette menstrual cup is as easy to use as a non-applicator tampon. Simply fold and insert!
You can wear the Lunette menstrual cup for up to 12 hours. That’s longer than a super absorbency tampon!

- There have been only 1 reported cases of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) associated with the use of menstrual cups.

- It’s discreet. You can keep it tucked away in your bag and it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Not to mention you won’t be leaving a paper trail of wrappers behind.

- The silicone design of Lunette menstrual cups is hygienic since it naturally discourages the growth of bacteria. The risk of infection is much less than that of tampons or pads.

- It’s easy to use. Wash, fold, hold, insert, remove and rinse. Reuse!

You can also point out that menstrual cup is not a new innovation; it's been available for decades.

If she wonders how to deal with the cup at school; you don't have to! You can wear the cup up to 12 hours and if your flow isn't super heavy, you can totally go through the whole school day without even thinking about your periods.

Show them our website; introduce them to Lunette Cup and explain how it works. I believe she'd be happy and proud of you to see how aware and mature you are! Good luck!

-Meri

Grace 31 05 2016

Can I use coconut oil as a lubricant for the cup? I could buy some water-based lube but I have lots of the oil at hand, so I thought it would be a natural kind of alternative.
Also, can I use rubbing alcohol to clean the cup between uses instead of fragrance-free soap?

Thanks :-)

Lunette Team 01 06 2016

Hi Grace!

Basically all the oils are bad for the cup, but coconut oil as really small amounts won't do so much harm.

You can totally use rubbing alcohol to clean the cup! :)

-Meri

Green grass 05 06 2016

Help I have tried and tried and I can't get it in I think I'm to small I have tried most of the folds I just can't do it once half of it is in it hurts, I'm able to use tampons very easily but the cup just won't budge I need help

Sofia 05 06 2016

I wouldn't recommend using the moon cup if you are a viring. It will loosen you up down there.

Bridget 05 06 2016

I'm 15 years old and I've had my period for about a year and a half now (had my first at 14). Since the fall of 2015, my period has gotten a lot heavier. It went from lasting 4 days to 6/7, and the second and third day are very heavy. Especially the second day. On my second day I bleed through a super tampon in 2 hours and I spot a pad. At night I'm pretty much guaranteed to leak and I'm so sick of it!! My sleep is always disturbed too. I'm woken up at 3 or 4 in the morning by blood on my sheets and I have to get up and deal with it. My third day is heavy but definitely manageable. My fourth day is what I imagine a normal period to be like because it's light but still a constant flow. The other days are very light.

I'm very active in sports and hiking, and I totally feel like my second and third days, more so my second day prevents me from doing these things.

Since pads and tampons aren't making the cut for me on these days, is the cup a better option for me? My fear is that I'll have to change it just as often as a tampon on my heaviest day. Also, is the cup good for catching clots? How would clots affect how often I would need to change it?

Thank you!

Lunette Team 06 06 2016

Hi Green grass!

Did you practise with the cup before or during your periods? Getting the cup inside can be a challenge at first so it is best to practise when having periods. During periods the vagina is more moist and flexible. You can also use water-based lube to help with the insertion. I am sure you can get the hang of it!

Relaxing is the key. If you are nervous about the cup use, you will also tense your vaginal muscles. So try to be as relaxed as possible and find a comfortable position. You can sit on the toilet with your legs apart or squat down so that the vagina is open and it is easier to insert the cup. Remember to take deep breaths! That will loosen your muscles.

If you find that the cup is too stiff which makes it difficult to insert and take out, try softening it by boiling it in water multiple times. Place the cup in boiling water for 10 minutes. Take out, let it cool and pop it back in to the pot again. Repeat a few times.

You can also use water based lubricant. It will help the insertion a lot!

-Meri

Lunette Team 06 06 2016

Hi there Bridget!

Sounds like menstrual cup would be perfect for you! Lunette cup was designed by a very active person who has a very heavy flow! With the cup you don't have worry about waking up in a lake of blood and doesn't sweat or make you feel uncomfortable. It also catches all the clots!

I would recommend Lunette model 1 for you. It is smaller and made of softer silicone. Even though it is for light flow, it is a good beginner´s choice when entering the world of menstrual cups. Model 1 is a good fit also to women with sensitive bladder, narrow vagina or highly trained pelvic muscles.

And when you feel that you can use and wear menstrual cup 'fluently' you can purchase size 2 which we recommend for heavy flow.

-Meri



Karolina 06 06 2016

Hi Lunette team!

I don't have Lunette cup yet and I've never used any but I am very determined to get it, although I do have a couple of worries.

I have a high cervix, I can feel only the side of it while on my period with my finger when it's all the way in. I wanted to check if I would be able to take the cup out with two fingers, so I inserted my middle and index fingers but I can't seperate them, even though I tried really hard to relax, so I'm worried that I wouldn't be able to grab the cup/stem once it's there. I also tried inserting index finger and thumb and that worked better but not too far inside so I might not be able to reach the cup this way if it gets too far.

Do you recommend taking the cup out with index and middle fingers or thumb and index finger? Are my worries regarding this issue reasonable?

Thank you in advance.

Lunette Team 07 06 2016

Hi Karolina!

Using the cup – especially in the beginning – can have its hick-ups because menstrual cup is different compared to other products you have used in the past. With practice I am sure you will find the right technique.

When removing the cup always push it down with your own muscles. Like you would be pooping. When you can reach the bottom, take a firm grip with your fore finger and thumb and pinch to release the suction. Vagina is naturally tilted towards the back bone and many times the cup positions itself above the pubic bone when you are sitting. You can ease the removal by sliding a finger between the cup and vaginal wall. Then push in so that the cup comes off from the vaginal wall. You may also hear the suction release. Pull the cup down and out. You can also rock it sideways so that the other edge comes out first and then the other. With practice you will see that it is all about technique and not at all about force. Make sure you do not pull the cup out from the stem alone!

If you find that the cup is too stiff which makes it difficult to insert and take out, try softening it by boiling it in water multiple times. Place the cup in boiling water for 10 minutes. Take out, let it cool and pop it back into the pot again. Repeat a few times.

Good luck! I am sure that you will get the hang of it!

-Meri

Nina 08 06 2016

Hi! I'm very unsure about which size of the cup I should pick. I have a high cervix so I'd like to have the longer cup (Lunette model 2) to make sure it's easy to remove, but on the other hand I'm a bit worried that because it's wider it may hurt me (I have had sex and sometimes it was a little painful, I've never given birth).

Is the width of the cup very important? Do 5 mm in width make a big difference?

Lunette Team 08 06 2016

Hi Nina!

Most women are anatomically capable of using either size Lunette, but the other one may be a more comfortable fit. We believe that the most important factor when choosing the size is the amount of flow.

The smaller Lunette (model 1) is smaller and softer. It is for light flow and it is a good beginner´s menstrual cup. The bigger Lunette (model 2) is made of firmer silicone than size 1. It is for heavy flow because it is bigger and holds more liquid than size 1.

You can totally wear size 1 even with high cervix because the main point is to push the cup down with your own muscles.

-Meri

Felicity 10 06 2016

So I have done a lot of research on the cup, and some people say it really hurts to take it out. Is there any way to make it pain free when taking it out?

Thanks

Lunette Team 10 06 2016

Hi Felicity!

Using a menstrual cup should never hurt! When you learn your body and the right technique, even the removing will go pain free.

When removing the cup always push it down with your own muscles. Like you would be pooping. When you can reach the bottom, take a firm grip with your fore finger and thumb and pinch to release the suction. Vagina is naturally tilted towards the back bone and many times the cup positions itself above the pubic bone when you are sitting. You can ease the removal by sliding a finger between the cup and vaginal wall. Then push in so that the cup comes off from the vaginal wall. You may also hear the suction release. Pull the cup down and out. You can also rock it sideways so that the other edge comes out first and then the other. With practice you will see that it is all about technique and not at all about force. Make sure you do not pull the cup out from the stem alone!

If you find that the cup is too stiff which makes it difficult to insert and take out, try softening it by boiling it in water multiple times. Place the cup in boiling water for 10 minutes. Take out, let it cool and pop it back into the pot again. Repeat a few times.

-Meri

Kim 11 06 2016

Hi,

I've recently received my menstrual cup in the mail but I have a few questions around it. I've got insertion down pat almost but I'm fairly sure all its going to take is a little more practise.

When I insert the cup (please note I have not menstruated since I received the cup a little over a week ago) I find upon removal that there is a little bit of white fluid that is on the sides of the cup. What could this be and should I be concerned?

Another problem I'm having is with removal. I grab the base and I squeeze it to break the seal but it doesn't break the seal. Could I be doing something wrong? And I'm finding removal to be quite painful which seems odd because insertion is pain free(well, now haha)

Thanks so much in advance for your help

Lunette Team 14 06 2016

Hi Kim!

Awesome to hear that the insertion goes well!

The white fluid is called vaginal discharge and it is totally healthy and normal thing. Everyone has it.

When removing the cup, rock it a bit from side to side. That helps to ease the suction. You can also ease the removal by sliding a finger between the cup and vaginal wall. Then push in so that the cup comes off from the vaginal wall.

Hope these tricks help!

-Meri

Georgia 20 06 2016

i haven't bought a cup yet but wondering can you use oil based lubricants? like coconut oil?

thanks x

Lunette Team 20 06 2016

Hi Georgia! Oil based lubricants aren't recommended however coconut oil in small amounts won't hurt the cup.

Chloe 27 06 2016

I am a 16 year old virgin who just bought my first menstrul cup. I managed to get the cup in with folding but it is still difficult. I am also wondering if there is another way to make sure the cup is opened all the way because for lack of better words it really hurts to have my fingers and the cup inside of me. My real problem is getting it out. I am able to break the suction, but I am having a lot of pain trying to actually remove the cup. Is there a way to fold it or make it smaller to get it out? Also I put the cup as high as I can, but I can still feel the stem and it is uncomfortable. I want to cut it, but I am afraid that I won't be able to remove the cup. Sorry for my many and awkward questions!

Lunette Team 27 06 2016

Hello Chloe! Don't worry; we are happy to help! There are several different styles to fold the cup and most women find the punch down the smallest. You might want to try that. An easy way to make sure that the cup is opened is to twist it from the bottom. You can also hold the cup when you are removing it but the main thing is to relax. The first times might feel difficult, but you will get used to it really soon, and it will be a breeze after a couple of tries! It sounds like the stem is too long for you but try a couple of times before cutting it. I would also recommend cutting it in smaller pieces so you can see what's the right length for you. Hope this helps but if you have more questions, feel free to email us at [email protected] :)

Mack 02 07 2016

I am 16 years old and just bought a menstrual cup and I am having some trouble because I can't get it to go all the way in and I have a hymen which partially covers the vaginal opening. I got the cup to go in part of the way after a few tries but it was extremely painful to get out as it was pulling on my hymen. I am not sure how to get it to go all the way in and also wondering if it might not be for me as it is very painful to take out.

Gabby1 02 07 2016

Don't dcare other girls into not trying the cup just because you were ill informed when you tried it. It seems to me that you were just unnecessarily scared which cause up to freak out. Like the article said, IT WILL BE PAINFULL IF YOU PULL IT OUT. Do your research.

Lunette Team 05 07 2016

Hi Mack!

Using a menstrual cup shouldn't be painful, but the first times can be tricky. With the right technique and practise you'll learn the most suitable ways you to insert and remove the cup. Water-based lubricant is very good helper while inserting the cup :)

When removing the cup always push it down with your own muscles. Like you would be pooping. When you can reach the bottom, take a firm grip with your fore finger and thumb and pinch to release the suction. Vagina is naturally tilted towards the back bone and many times the cup positions itself above the pubic bone when you are sitting. You can ease the removal by sliding a finger between the cup and vaginal wall. Then push in so that the cup comes off from the vaginal wall. You may also hear the suction release. Pull the cup down and out. You can also rock it sideways so that the other edge comes out first and then the other. With practice you will see that it is all about technique and not at all about force. Make sure you do not pull the cup out from the stem alone!

If you find that the cup is too stiff which makes it difficult to insert and take out, try softening it by boiling it in water multiple times. Place the cup in boiling water for 10 minutes. Take out, let it cool and pop it back into the pot again. Repeat a few times.

Menstrual cup is different from other menstrual products and that's why it takes time to learn to use fluently. Don't worry if you don't manage at the first, the second, or the fifth time! It is totally normal :)

-Meri

Mary 08 07 2016

Im am only 13 years old and a virgin. But i am a competitive swimmer year around. I just started my period for the first time. But tampons are stressful and uncomfortable. i am very aware of my body. And i have a regular flow. With little to no cramps.
After using a Tampon i would notice my vagina was more dry.

Is that a problom with these cups too?
Am i too young to be using menstrual cups?
How am i to tell my mother about my intrest in perchasing one?
Can i sleep with one in?
Can i swim with one in?
Will it cut my vaginal wall?
I am aware of how to put in and take out but i am worried that my vagina is too tight to fix one in.
And i have a high cervix so if i get a smaller sixe it might be to hard to reach.
What do you suggest?

Els 08 07 2016

Hi!

I'm new in this...

Now my period is ending, which for me, means no more than little drops (I could see in the pads when I used them) throughout the day.
I am wondering which would be the longest (but safest) time to leave my cup inside. I'd like to leave it longer than usual for it to recollect as much blood as possible before having to take it out, because I still struggle a lot whit it.
I mean, is it safe to leave it more than 12 hours?

Even though I've read a lot about cups, Using it is a different story...
I'm still so full of doubts.

Thanks and
Have a nice day!

Els 08 07 2016

Hi!
I'm new in this...

Now my period is ending, which for me, means no more than little drops (I could see in the pads when I used them) throughout the day.
I am wondering which would be the longest (but safest) time to leave my cup inside. I'd like to leave it longer than usual for it to recollect as much blood as possible before having to take it out, because I still struggle a lot whit it.

I mean, is it safe to leave it for more than 12 hours?



Thanks and have a nice day!

Hermione 09 07 2016

Hi I am 14 years old and a virgin and I am interested in using a menstrual cup. I have never used a tampon, will I still be able to use it? Will it be painful? How long does it take to be able to put it in and be comfortable using it? If I use Lunette I should use size one, right? Is there any risks in using the product?

Lunette Team 11 07 2016

Hi Mary and thanks for your questions!

Your vagina will not be dry when you use a menstrual cup! Cup doesn’t disrupt the vaginas lubricating ability, or interfere with the natural process of shedding menstrual blood, dead cells, and bacteria. ou can swim, sleep, run, dance - do anything you want with the cup!

Younger girls can also use a menstrual cup! It can take some time to learn how to use it. But with practice I'm sure you'll learn it. At this post there are a lot of good tips how to use the cup for the first time :)

You can tell your mom that you have heard about menstrual cups and you'd like to try it. Tell her all the good things about cups; how they save money and environment, won't dry you out and won't cause any harm to you. Read more here: https://www.lunette.com/about/why-use-a-cup.html
You can also show her our website :)

Size 1 will be perfect for you! It is soft and flexible and easy to start with. You don't necessarily need to be able to reach the cup while wearing it because when you remove the cup, you should always push it down with your own muscles. Like you would be pooping.

Study our website and blog to get more good info and tips, with them you'll learn to use the cup and you will fall in love with it!

-Meri

Lunette Team 11 07 2016

Hi there Els!

It is not the end of the world if the cup is in for few hours more than 12 once. But we do not recommend to do that very often because the risk of infections rises.

When you learn the right technique, it won't take more than 1-2 minutes to remove, rinse and re-insert the cup :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 11 07 2016

Hello Hermione!

Yes, you can use a menstrual cup! It can be a bit difficult and even a bit hurtful to use at first but you'll learn it. It can take many periods but with practice and patience you'll fell in love with it!

-Meri

Priya 12 07 2016

Hi I used it for first time, but I am not sure if it has opened up or fixed perfectly inside. How will I get to know this?

Lunette Team 13 07 2016

Hi there Priya!

Here's a little trick: When inserting the cup, push out with your pelvic muscles and place the cup inside so that the bottom stays outside. Rotate the cup so that it fills with air – you can feel with your finger that the bottom of the cup is completely round. This is vital because wrinkles or fold in the cup will make it leak. Then tense your pelvic muscles in and push the cup inside the vagina. Push a bit towards the spine because vagina is tilted.

The correct place for the cup is below the cervix so you can also test with your finger where the cervix is located during periods :)

-Meri

Joslyn 19 07 2016

Hi Team Lunette. I have just recently bought a lunette cup size 1. My mother was not too keen on the idea, but she let me buy it.
I have a few questions before I plan to use it.
1. I think I found my cervix, and by using my finger it was a little bit before the middle phalanx or knuckle. Is that normal or is it further inside?
2. How high should the cup be considering the location of my supposedly cervix?
3. My mother believes that infections are the effect of this product. What are the most side effects that can occur and are there cures?
4. I have had my period for about a year and a half. I want to be able to use this while I go swimming and sometimes go to school, but I want its position to be comfortable. Where does it have to be located to be comfortable and take in the blood.
5. I think I might have a small vagina. Will it be much more difficult?
6. Does the base of the cup(the circular part) need to fit entirely inside with just the tail sticking out because how are you going to use it with it hanging out?
7. How often should I replace it if i will use it every now and then?
8. How often do you give away free cups?
9. How come I have never heard of these if they were created back in the 1930s?(Not that I don't like the product)
Thank you for taking t time to look and answer my questions have a blessed day!

Joslyn 20 07 2016

Is there a way to return it without opening it?

Kate 31 07 2016

Hey! So i got a lunette cup size 1 (btw, im a 15 year old virgin, with a period that lasts 5 days, and has a moderate flow (i only need 4 pads per day and then 1 at night). So anyway, i can put it in and get it out without a problem. But when i use it the first two days it gives me HORRIBLE cramps, and they take a couple hours to go away. After the first two days, though, i can use it with no problems whatsoever. Would turning it inside out help? I really want to be able to wear a menstrual cup for my whole period, i love them! Please help!!!

Lunette Team 01 08 2016

Hi Kate!

If the cup touches the cervix it can cause cramps. So place the cup a bit lower in your vagina. If the stem pokes you, just shorter it or cut it completely away :)

-Meri

Nina 03 08 2016

Hi Lunette,

I have a few questions regarding your menstrual cup.

Background information: I recently received my cup in the mail, but I am waiting until my period comes to try it out. I am a 14 year old virgin and I have a high cervix. I have never used a cup before, but I have used tampons. I bought a cup because tampons irritate me and I'm also not pleased with all of the chemicals that they contain.

Questions:
1) I am a bit nervous about using a cup for the first time. Do you have any recommendations for first time use?

2) When I wash the cup, is it necessary to use soap or is just water okay? If I have to use soap, which soap do you recommend? (I wanted to get the Lunette Menstrual Cup Wash but it's out of stock)

3) I have heard that people use water-based lubricant to help with insertion. Which brands are good and have the fewest chemicals/artificial ingredients? Also, is it okay to use coconut oil as lubricant or does it damage the silicone?

Thank you very much.

Lunette Team 03 08 2016

Hi there Nina!

Your stressing is super normal! Menstrual cup is different from other menstrual products and it can take a while to learn to use it. So don't worry if you don't master it right away.

1) The most important thing is to relax. If you are tense, so are your muscles and that makes the inserting harder. You can use some water-based lubricant for inserting.

2) It is not necessary but it is highly recommended because it prevents the discoloring and helps the cup to last longer. If you don't have Lunette cupwash, make sure the pH of the soap is low enough (Lunette Fellbetter's is 3,5) and that it doesn't contain any fragrances or oils.

3) Water-based lubricant is very good helper! For example Sylk is good one because it is not only water-based but also free of chemicals, hormones and parabens. Small amounts of coconut oil is fine too.

-Meri

lily 07 08 2016

Hi!

I've just started using your menstrual cup, and I have a question. when I insert the cup, everything goes well, and I'm not uncomfortable at all. however, although that is easy, when I remove it I feel A LOT of pain. I only feel the pain at the very end of the removal near the rim of the cup... is there any way to make this part of the removal more comfortable? I've already tried to fold it but I find it hard to do.

-lily

Lunette Team 08 08 2016

Hi Lily!

Fold the cup a bit with your fingers before removing it so that the rim isn't fully open :)

-Meri

Sophia 09 08 2016

Hi!

I'm a 16 year old virgin and still cannot insert tampons as it feels very uncomfortable and sometimes painful when I try. Therefore I use pads even though I find them really irritating. I can only get half of my finger up my vagina until i feel an obstruction, so I'm wondering if a menstrual cup is a bad choice for me, and if I just have to use pads forever?

-Sophia

Ahona 09 08 2016

hi i am a 17 year old virgin but i have a genetic big built. today i got my first cup and i tried putting it in but i couldn't. it just wont go in. moreover i cant feel my cervix. it feels like y fingers could go in forever and not to mention the peculiar sensation after i tried putting one finger inside. :/ burning or irritation type. You dont get proper tampons where i come from and i donot want to use pads as its really wasteful. so please can anybody help me with this. please?

Lunette Team 10 08 2016

Hi Sophia and Ahona!

It is very common that young women's vaginal muscles and other parts down there are tight. Sounds like you both also have a bit tight hymen and it causes the block. But you have absolutely no reasons to worry; your vaginas keep changing while your puberty continues and eventually you'll be able to wear tampons and menstrual cups.

If you want, you can stretch the hymen little by little by using lubricant and your fingers. Water-based lubricant if a very handy tool for cup insertion as well.

But don't worry, your bodies keep still growing, and being unable to use the cup right away is more than normal!

-Meri

Lunette Team 10 08 2016

Hi Joslyn!

I'm so sorry to notice that my answer has gone missing and I didn't notice that until now! Here are all the answers to your questions:

1. Your cervix height sounds normal.
2. The right spot for the cup is when you don't feel it inside you anymore. You'll be able to feel if the cup touches the cervix because it can feel a bit uncomfortable. But it is not dangerous. If cup's place feels good but the stem pokes you, you can shorter it or cut it completely away.
3. If you don't take care of hand hygiene while inserting and removing the cup, the risk on infections rises, but on the other hand, it concerns every menstrual product. The material of Lunette cup is very unfavourable platform for the bug to grow so menstrual cups are actually more hygienic than other menstrual products.
4. You‘ll find the correct position in the vagina by practicing and getting to know your own anatomy. Unlike a tampon, the cup is positioned in the lower part of vagina, but beyond the pelvic bone. The right spot is there where you feel comfortable and the cup has opened completely.
5. Lunette size 1 is designed to be smaller and softer than size 2 so it would more comfortable also for younger girls to use. The cup can also be softened by boiling it several times in a row.
6. The tail should also be completely inside you. But if cup's place feels good but the stem pokes you, you can shorter it or cut it completely away.
7. If the cup looks just fine, there are no cracks or anything like that, you can keep using the same cup. With a proper care and use, one can last even 5-10 years!
8. We have international give-aways and discount campaigns a quite often so follow us in our social media channels to learn them always right away :)
9. I know! Somehow the cups didn't break through back then but now, when people have more information about their health and environmental issues, the popularity of the cups has become more appreciated. Hope it continues!

-Meri

Katie 12 08 2016

Will turning the menstrual cup inside out help to make it shorter, so it won't touch the cervix?

Lunette Team 12 08 2016

Hi Katie!

Yes, it makes the cup a bit shorter. Also cutting the stem and placing the cup as low as possible, helps.

-Meri

G 16 08 2016

I got my period this summer and I tried using pads. I didn't like how they felt so I tried tampons. Tampons are very uncomfortable for me and I have to change them out every 3-4 hours because they were uncomfortable/ I am pariniod about getting TSS. I found out about the menstrual cups and heard that the Lunette is great for beginners/first timers. I also like ow they don't feel like anything, I don't have to change it for 10-12 hours, it is great for the environment, and I don't feel embarrassed when I have to put my pads/tampons in a bag when I am over at someones home. I have decided to use the Lunette cup for as my first menstrual cup EVER. (YAY) I want to know how much of the tip I should cut off. (If I have to) I don't want to cut to cut off too much because I am afraid that it could be harder to try and get out. As a first time user should i wear pantyliners for the first few cycles with my menstrual cup? (Just incase of leaks until I get the hang of using the Lunette?) I am also a very crazy/moving sleeper and have to make a T- shape with 2 pads just so I don't "leak." Should I wear a pad or a pantyliner while i am sleeping? I just don't want to stain my underwear/pants/sheets.

Lunette Team 16 08 2016

Hi there G!

If you need to cut the stem, start by cutting just a bit at first and if it still pokes you, cut a bit more. You'll feel when the length is perfect for you. If you're not 100% sure about the cup at first, feel free to wear a pantyliner to prevent the stains :) When you learn to use the cup there is no need for then anymore, even when you sleep.

It can take a while before you'll master the cup, but with practice and patience you'll learn it and love it!

-Meri

Sarkku 16 08 2016

Hi!
I'm a 13 year old, virgin and have had my period for some time.
Pads really disgust me, so I'm using tampons & pad while sleeping. I don't really like tampons either..
I've been thinking to start to use a menstrual cup. I have some questions about it:
- Am I too young to use it?
- Will it hurt?
- Can it leak?
- How can I talk with my mom about this?
- Are there any risks of using it?

Lunette Team 17 08 2016

Hi there Sarkku!

No, you're not too young for a menstrual cup. The insertion might be trickier at first, but with practice and patience you'll learn it. Lunette size 1 is soft and small and with water-based lubricant the insertion will start to run :)

The cup can leak if sits too high, next to the cervix or if it's not fully opened. But you'll learn to notice these things and master the cup eventually. The risk of infections rises if you don't take good care of hygiene. That's why it's very important to wash hands before handling the cup and to disinfect that cup before and after the periods. Otherwise the cup is very safe to use because it doesn't hatch your vagina or dry you out.

You can tell your mom that you have heard about menstrual cups and you'd like to try it. Tell her all the good things about cups; how they save money and environment, won't dry you out and won't cause any harm to you. Read more here: https://www.lunette.com/about/why-use-a-cup.html
You can also show her our website :) Your mother has / has have periods too so she can relate to your problems with pads and tampons. I can also send you some material to show her if you want :)

-Meri


Mia 17 08 2016

I started my menstrual cycles three years ago and I've always used pads, but I've had a lot of problems with leaky pads and my pads moving around in my underwear. I'd very much like to try a menstrual cup as tampons are just too unnverving, but all the stories I've heard about them are just awful horrible experiences of not being able to get it in, or feeling uncomfortable when having it in. I know everbody is different but this is still putting me off. Do you have any tips for me that could better my experience from my peers and other people’s reviews?

Kaitlyn 18 08 2016

My daughter is young (just turned 12) and has had her period since she turned 11. She is a competitive swimmer in the summers. While swimming on her period (which is EXTREMELY light btw) she's tried wearing light tampons but she always has trouble getting them in and expecially out. By the looks of it she doesn't have a small vaginal either. She's also tried going without anything for protection and has gotten stains which she describes as mortifying lol. Will cups work of be even worse? What will be good for her?

Ana 20 08 2016

Hi,
I was looking into menstrual cups and found a big interests from all of the pros of it, especially everything I have heard about the Lunette cups. But I cannot determine which size cup to get. Some facts about me, is that I'm a teen virgin that has a heavy flow. As in using super plus tampons and changing it every 2-3 hours on my heaviest day. So I hope you can help recommend the right size for me!
Thank You!

Valentina 21 08 2016

Hi !! I am a virgin and after a few tries I finally could put my cup inside, I think it completely opened.. The problem is that it feels really uncomfortable, and I can't walk neather sit right because it hurts, and when I try to move it it hurts again.. I don't know what to do, I really want to use the cup.

Secretlyanonymous123 21 08 2016

Hi I'm 13years old and I have been interested in the cup for a while but I am to scared to use it because I am worried it might break my hymen, that's why I can't use tampons but I am desperate to use the cup, that my only main issue other than I'm scared it might hurt

Lunette Team 23 08 2016

Hi Mia!

The very beginning with menstrual cup can be rocky, because it is so different from other menstrual products. The key for a positive experience is to be relaxed. If the muscles are tense, the cup is harder to get in and out.

Water-based lubricant and squatting while inserting and removing the cup are very good tricks! Take your time to learn your body and periods. With practice and patience I'm 100% sure you'll master the cup!

-Meri

Lunette Team 23 08 2016

Hi Kaitlyn!

Menstrual cup might be the answer since they don't dry the vagina out and therefore are easier to insert and remove. It can take a while her to learn to use the cup since it is very different from other menstrual products, but with practice and patience she'll learn it and love it!

Water-based lubricant is very handy tool to ease the insertion. Also finding the fold that works best for her really make a difference! Check out the folding methods here: https://www.lunette.com/how-to/folding-methods.html

If she find that the cup is too stiff which makes it difficult to insert and take out, try softening it by boiling it in water multiple times. Place the cup in boiling water for 10 minutes. Take out, let it cool and pop it back in to the pot again. Repeat a few times.

-Meri

Lunette Team 23 08 2016

Hi there Ana!

Most women are anatomically capable of using either size Lunette, but the other one may be a more comfortable fit. We believe that the most important factor when choosing the size is the amount of flow.
The smaller Lunette (model 1) is smaller and softer. It is for light flow and it is a good beginner´s menstrual cup. The bigger Lunette (model 2) is made of firmer silicone than size 1. It is for heavy flow because it is bigger and holds more liquid than size 1. Menstrual flow varies during periods and on a heavier day you will need to empty the cup more often than on lighter days, no matter which size it is.
There are many factors that can affect the cup size, but the flow is the most important. Other factors can be age, location of the cervix and sensitive bladder – these can also be key issues when choosing the size.

If you feel that you want to start with size 1, even though you have heavy flow, go for it! Its capacity is still bigger than a maxi tampon, so you don't need to empty it as often as change a maxi tampon. With size 1 you can practice to usage and when you feel like it, you can purchase size 2.

-Meri

Lunette Team 23 08 2016

Hi Valentina!

Awesome to hear that you've got a good start with the cup! I'd suggest you shorter the stem because normally it is the one that pokes you when you sit or move :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 23 08 2016

Hi Secretlyanonymous123!

There is a chance that the cup breaks your hymen. Have you tried to use tampons? Because it might be that your hymen has already ripped that much that you can place a tampon or menstrual cup inside you. Study your body with a mirror and your fingers. You can lubricate one finger with a lubricant or coconut oil and see how far you can reach and how does it feel like.

Using a menstrual cup is different from other menstrual products so it normally takes a while to learn to use it. So take your time to learn your body and menstrual flow and get the cup when you feel like you're ready for it.

-Meri

Natalie 23 08 2016

Hi!
I'm 12 years old & I have had my period for a few months now and have been using pads. My mom did introduce me to tampons and told me how they work, but I'm a little terrified of them. I have not tried using the tampons yet because of that.
I am going swimming in a few days and my
period is supposed to come during the time I'll be swimming. I'm terrified to use tampons and I'm thinking cups will be better for me. I know I'm young but what do you think?

Lunette Team 24 08 2016

Hi Natalie and thanks for your question!

You're not too young for menstrual cups! The smallest tampons are slightly smaller than a cup so if you want, you can try a tampon first and see how it goes.

Lunette size 1 small and soft and it is designed to fit younger users. When you insert it, the most important thing is to be relaxed. Take a deep breath, squat a little and insert the tampon or menstrual cup. You can use a water-based lubricant as well. It can a take a bit practice to learn to use it, but when you do, it will be your best friend for a lifetime!

-Meri

Danni 24 08 2016

I'm 15 and my periods are seriously heavy. I'm considering using a menstrual cup because I'm invited to an upcoming pool party, and just my luck, it falls right on my heaviest day. I've never used tampons, but I really don't want to. I want something softer, safer, while still being just as absorbent. So I read about cups, and they seem like my best option right now. Unfortunately, buying one isn't easy for me. My parents are the type to make a huge deal out of this kind of thing. I'm not brave enough to ask my mom for one. She'd just say "Use a tampon, I'm not buying you some fancy cup thingy". So I'm wondering, where could I buy the Lunette cup for myself in the UK? I can't order online, I'm not even trusted with my own bank account yet, so I'll need to find it in a shop somewhere.

Also, how often should I empty the cup? Could you wear it for the entire duration of your period? (while cleaning it regularly of course) And finally, is it safe to wear the cup before your period arrives so you're not caught off guard? Thanks.

-Danni

Charlotte 25 08 2016

Hello. I just got my period today not for the first time but on a daily schedule. I just learned how to get it in yesterday so I wore it today knowing I would get it today. But I got my period 5 hours ago and I just checked now and there was no blood on the cup! Only on the toilet paper there was blood! And I had weird cramps (I usually don't get cramps) throughout the day. Did I insert it wrong?!?

Lunette Team 26 08 2016

Hi there Danni!

You'll find a list of our retailers here: https://www.lunette.com/buy/where-to-buy-globally.html

I'm sure your parents will understand you when you tell them why you'd like to use a menstrual cup. Show them our website and tell all the good things about the cup. Your mother has / had her periods too so she'll be able to relate to your feelings.

You can wear the cup up to 12 hours but of course it should be emptied more often if the flow is heavy. You'll learn you'll flow after few periods with the cup. You can totally wear the cup for the entire duration of your period :)

The cup won't dry the vagina out so it is perfectly safe to insert it to be ready for the periods.

-Meri

RomaRoma 28 08 2016

hi i am just having trouble telling my dad to buy me one because my mum is abroad and would not come back i am 11 years old please can you help me

Megan 29 08 2016

Hi

I'm 13 and started getting periods when I was 11, I have tried using tampons but I can't get them in propley (all the way up) without being in pain so I thought I should go for the small cup but i have heavy periods and I only last about 3 hours in a night time pad wonded if the small cup would last the time that I'm at school about 7-8 hours. And if I would be able to insurt it properly.

Thx

Lunette Team 29 08 2016

Hi RomaRoma!

You are not alone with this! Many youngsters around the world deal with the same problem.

Your father is an adult and he knows you have your periods and you need menstrual products such as tampons and pads. He might not know that there is a product called menstrual cup as well so I'd suggest you start by telling him about the cups. He has no experience about menstrual products himself so he might not know the differences between them. You can show him our website and explain how the cup works. Tell him the differences between menstrual cups and other products. If he buys pads or tampons for you too, next time you need them, tell him about the cup.

I can also send you some info material about periods and cups (for free) and you can show them to him. If that feels too scary, you can "forget" the brochures to a place he can see them, like on a kitchen table. Then it might be a bit easier to start the conversation with him.

I'm sure your father will be very proud of you because of your mature attitude about this topic! :)

If you want the material, just shoot me with an e-mail to [email protected] :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 29 08 2016

Hi there Megan!

If you want, you can totally start with size 1! Its capacity is about the same as two maxi tampons. If you're afraid of leakage, you can wear a light pad with the cup first.

Menstrual cup is different from other menstrual products and it can take some time learn how to use it fluently. When you insert it, the most important thing is to be relaxed. Take a deep breath, squat a little and insert the tampon or menstrual cup. You can use a water-based lubricant as well. It can a take a bit practice to learn to use it, but when you do, it will be your best friend for a lifetime!

-Meri

elissa 29 08 2016

hi i just cant find any lunette cup around rochdale that is just some few minute to reach how can i get my hands on one without telling my parents because they said no

Lunette Team 06 09 2016

Hi Elissa!

Here's a link to our international retailers https://www.lunette.com/buy/where-to-buy-globally.html

Have you explained to your parents why would you like to try out a menstrual cups? Tell them how you feel about other menstrual products and how they are different from the cups. Explain them all the good things about cups and tell them that you'd like to try them out because of all the good things you've heard about them.

I'm sure your parents will understand that you want to take care of yourself and the nature as well!

-Meri

Help! 10 09 2016

I'm a rather old virgin (30) and just bought a Lunette cup in desperation due to severe irritation from pads. I have managed to work out an insertion technique after several attempts (on a dry run) but I am finding removal much harder. I have tried all the suggested techniques as well as using some ideas off google, but i am still having a lot of trouble breaking the suction. I can pinch and wriggle it for ages to no avail. I try not to pull down on it too much. By the time i get it out I am also in some pain, and there is also fresh bright red blood inside the cup mixed with clear discharge. Is this anything to worry about?

Lunette Team 12 09 2016

Hi there!

Don't worry! You're going through the same than almost everyone new user!

Have you tried the cup on periods as well as on dry run? During periods the vagina is more moist and flexible.

While removing the cup make sure you push the cup down with your own muscles first. When you can reach the bottom, keep pushing and carefully pull in the same rhythm. That way you'll get the cup easily so low that you'll be able to fold it a bit with your fingers and the seal will break.

The clear discharge is very normal, it keeps your vagina clean :)

It can take a while before you'll master the cup, but with practice and patience you'll learn it and love it!

-Meri

Elorraine 18 09 2016

Is this a good choice for dancers? I do ballet and pads aren't exactly working for me! Also how long can it stay in for? I'm pretty forgetful(that's why I don't do tampons). Thank you!

Lunette Team 20 09 2016

Hi Elorraine!

Menstrual cup is very good choice for dancers! The cup can be in for max 12 hours. You can set the alarm to go on in the evening and morning to remember to empty the cup! :)

-Meri

Coraline B 24 09 2016

Is it uncomfortable when sitting? And does it hurt while inserting it? Also, how long is it able to be reused?

Katie 27 09 2016

Hi I'm 13 and I was just wondering, since you need at least two fingers to reach into the vagina and squeeze the bottom of the cup to break the suction, and I can't fit two fingers in my vagina because it hurts, should I even bother getting any type of menstrual cup?

mrs.jackson 27 09 2016

Hi so I was wondering while useing the lunette can you swim in the sea like with the salt water....would that mess up the cup
Sorry if this question was already asked

15 10 2016

Hi,

I've tried putting my cup in for many months already, but I can only manage to put half of it in, and it hurts when I try to push it in more, what should I do?

19 10 2016

Hi Coraline B and Mrs.jackson!

The cup shouldn't be uncomfortable when sitting. If it is, should the stem be shortened or cut completely away. It can take some time to learn to master the cup, but when you do; there is no coming back! Water-based lubricant is very good tool to ease the insertion :)

Thanks to its material the cup can be used many years. If you take good care of it and there are no visible changes in the cup, you use one cup up to 5 - even to 10 years!

Sea water won't harm to cup cause it won't be in touch with it that much :)

-Meri

19 10 2016

Hi Katie!

You'll body keeps still growing so don't worry, you'll be able to use the cup! The cup should be pushed down with your own vaginal muscles until you can reach the bottom of the cup. So you won't necessary have to be able to reach the cup when it is in.

If you still hesitate purchasing a cup, wait for a bit. You'll get to use it eventually :)

-Meri

Layla 03 11 2016

I was so excited about using a menstrual cup and wanted to love it but the lunette size 1 just won't go in :( I've tried every fold, tried squatting, relaxing, lube, everything! I can only just about fit one finger in, but the cup itself is just too painful and only goes about an eighth of the way in before the pain is unbearable and I can't push it in further. I really really want to love this product but I'm afraid my vaginal opening is just too small, is there anything I can do to make it bigger as the cup seems to go in everybody else just fine! (ps I'm a 16y/o virgin who has only ever used pads)

Liz 07 11 2016

Hi,

I have been using the small lunette and it's worked great! However I'm thinking of replacing it now since I've had for 3 years. But I'm wondering if I should get the larger size this time since I have a heavy flow and tend to leak on my first few days? But I'm 18 and still a virgin - would it be too big?

-thanks :)

Lunette Team 09 11 2016

Hi Layla!

It is completely normal to have problems with the cup at first! Practice the use every month a bit with lubricant and eventually you'll be able to use the cup! Just give yourself some time :)

-Meri

Lunette Team 09 11 2016

Hi there Liz!

Feel free to try out size 2! There are few reasons why the cup leaks.The most common causes:
1. the cup has not opened fully inside your vagina. Make sure that the cup is completely open by rotating it while pinching the bottom or wiggling it from side to side. You can feel with your finger that the cup bottom is completely round.

2. the cup has been placed too high, so that it is next to the cervix and not below it (or partly around it). Blood flows from the cervix so if the cup is not below it the flow goes by. You can test where your cervix is located with your finger. Cervix feels a bit like the tip of your nose. If you can reach it, it is quite low and may come even lower during periods. Try to place the cup below the cervix or partially around it. You can read more about the cervix here: https://www.lunette.com/you/cervix.html

4. the air holes are blocked or dirty so the cup does not form a good seal. Make sure that all 4 air holes are open and clean every time you rinse the cup.
Have you tried different ways to fold the cup? Finding the right fold for you may solve your problems. You can find different folds here: https://www.lunette.com/how-to/folding-methods.html

If the leaking is just slight spotting it may be blood left underneath the cup in the vaginal canal during emptying and cleansing. This can be solved by washing the intimate area when emptying the cup.

If the cup leaks after you have tried all these tips the culprit may be your pelvic muscles. If the pelvic muscles are a bit weak they cannot hold the cup tight against the vaginal wall. Then the cup usually leaks e.g. when you get up from a sitting position. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic muscles and prevent future problems like urinary leakage. These muscles also have a lot to do with sexual pleasure so a big bonus there to do some training!

-Meri

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