I did ok. Getting it in was a little tricky. And I certainly am not a pro yet, but I got it in pretty good. Was even able to get it out. Due to reading here, I was terrified of pulling on it without breaking the suction, but I don't think I've had that problem yet.
I did practice runs of emptying it at work and did ok there. So that was a plus.
Overall, I'm pretty proud of myself. I look forward to when it is as easy/simple/old hat as tampons were. But for now, I'm doing well.
Today was the first day of actual bleeding. It is happening right now as a matter of fact. At this very moment. I am in immense pain. Which is the only disappointment I'm having in regards to cups: I had finally broken down and bought one because my cramps were so bad last month I had considered a trip to the ER for a shot. And I heard so many of you say it helped your cramps. I decided I'd do whatever it took to make my cramps stop. Sadly, I don't seem to be one of the lucky ones who gets cramp-relief if they wear a cup.
I'm not going to give up on using them. I still like the idea and plus, I spent $41 to get them, so I don't want that money to go to waste. But it is a let down at the moment to be in excruciating pain just like always. *sigh*
The only thing interesting about my first time use: The first night I put the small in, I had had just a tiny, tiny bit of brown spotting. I put the cup in and felt kind bloated. After about an hour, I decided to take it out and try to reinsert. When I took it out, there was some watery blood in the cup and a glob of blood that came out after the cup came out. I thought perhaps I had jump-started my period with the suction from the cup. But I didn't bleed anymore until today. I wonder what that was all about. I'm not a virgin, so I don't think it was my hymen breaking. That was the only event of note in my start to using cups.
Thanks for listening. Thanks all of you for the comm. It definitely made this a better experience. Cuz let me tell ya, the instructions that come with a Ladycup are rather lame-o.