If you find you are still having trouble getting your cup to open, I would recommend removing and inserting again, and experimenting until you have found a particular fold and placement (in your vagina) that works best for you. Every woman is different, so no two people are going to have the same experience. It can sometimes take a few cycles to figure out what works best for you, so don’t be discouraged as menstrual cups really are life changing!
Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to get you cup to fully open once you have inserted it, so here are my top 3 tips to help you out…
From personal experience, I would recommend trying the "C fold." I find that this particular fold seems to open up the easiest for people struggling with this issue.
The Pinch, Twist and Push
Once you have inserted it, gently pinch the bottom of the cup (just above the stem) and twist it slightly. This should encourage the cup to 'pop' open. If that doesn't work, Insert your finger about halfway up the side of the cup and gently push against the side. Start with the opposite side from where you can feel the kink and then slowly work your way around until you can feel the cup is completely open.
Clear the Suction Holes
You will notice at the top of your cup, there are 4 small holes. These little holes are what suction your cup to the walls of the vagina, ensuring the cup stays in place. It is very important (whether or not you are having issues with getting the cup to open), that these little holes are not blocked in any way as they need to be clear to suction correctly.