The cup is meant to shape to the inside of your body, so when it is inserted it won’t be the exact same shape as when you are holding it before putting it in. If it isn’t opening all the way and making a seal, try putting it in just so the bottom sits at the vaginal entrance. Twist the cup as you push it in farther and do some kegels to get it into the right place. It should open up on its own at that point. Running your fingers along the rim while its inserted and after you’ve made the seal could potentially break that seal if you aren’t careful. If there is no leaking you’re probably doing it right!
Yes and no. What you are experiencing is totally normal and part of the adjustment period to using a menstrual cup. It sounds to me like it may be sitting a little low in the vagina. You might want to try putting it up just a little farther and doing some kegels to try to get it into the right place. When it is placed properly you may still feel a little fullness, but generally people forget it is even there.
Someone asked us:
I just got Nuva Ring and I know you’re supposed to insert it on your period when you first start using it. However, I use a menstrual cup. Will I be able to use both?
Using a menstrual cup with the ring won’t make it any less effective — as long as the ring is inside your vagina, it’s in the right place. But you might find it’s hard to get your menstrual cup out without pulling the ring out along with it. If the ring falls out and you pop it back in right away, it’s nothing to be worried about. But you might find it annoying.
Starting the ring within the first five days after the start of your period means it’s effective at preventing pregnancy right away. But there’s no reason why you have to start it in that time window. You can start it at any time during your cycle. But if it’s later than five days after the start of your period, you’ll need to use a backup method of protection (like condoms) for seven days.
-Alex at Planned Parenthood