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02 January 2013 @ 08:34 pm
Okay, so I'm new here and a little embarrassed to be sharing this with a bunch of strangers. XD But I don't know who else to turn to.

So, I just got my first cup, a Diva Cup, in the mail today. I wanted to try it out before I had a mess of blood to deal with, so I tried putting it in, but... I can't. When I try to get it in there, no matter what fold I use, I feel like it's stretching me and it really hurts. I'm so sore I feel like I want to be sitting on ice! I must be doing something wrong because it also feels like it's hitting a wall (or something) inside. I've tried a couple of different folds, but they haven't worked... I almost had it inside one of the eight times I tried, but when I kind of stopped holding on to the folded part, it snapped open and I felt like I had been snapped with a rubber band. It hurt so bad that I jumped and accidentally pulled it out. Honestly, it hurts too bad to try again tonight, but do you have any advice for trying again in the morning?
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
H: pic#119646647heatherrebecca on January 3rd, 2013 03:43 am (UTC)
I know this might sound weird or crazy but I used a little lubricant because the idea of sticking something rubbery feeling inside me without lubricant just seemed - like it would be painful to me. I'm a first timer (literally, first time insertion tonight with a C fold and I found a small amount of lubricant made the initial insertion smoother for me personally, but everyone is different)
febrosefebrose on January 3rd, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll try that. I'm headed to Walgreen's tomorrow anyway... Its really that rubber band snap that's the problem. I got up the guts to try a couple more times and the same thing has happened. You wouldn't believe how bad it hurts... :/ Thank you though. :)

Edited at 2013-01-03 04:07 am (UTC)
H: pic#119646647heatherrebecca on January 3rd, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
No problem! I can't imagine, and I'm sure it makes it tough to want to try again when it's painful. I'd give it a rest for tonight and try tomorrow. And don't worry :-) you'll certainly get it. If anything, you've come to the right place. Such great info here!
bec_clothcyclebec_clothcycle on January 3rd, 2013 11:15 am (UTC)
Heatherrebecca has a good suggestion, make sure it is water based lubricant, not oil based... if you wish to attempt another dry run. Using your cup when your not menstruating is very different as there is much less moisture in your vagina at that time.

Maybe trying a C-fold with the fold facing the floor ??, I find this the most comfy insertion technique (but of course everyones situation is unique to them - I have had 4 children). Insert to just past your pubic bone, release the cup to open, then kind of rock it from side to side the rest of the way until sitting comfortable.

Hope also that you have the right size for your situation?

Edited at 2013-01-03 11:24 am (UTC)
Megan: Dangerous to go alonehdsqrl on January 3rd, 2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
I know how sensible it seems to want to do a dry-run, but if you can stand to wait until your period begins, you might have a better time of it. I know my dry-run attempts had me feeling like I'd never be able to use a cup, but once my period started, it was a whole new experience.

Agreed on the idea of trying other folds/positions/etc. My best results in the early stages came from lying back on the bed, knees bent, and using the punchdown fold with the fold facing the floor. Also, remember to angle it toward your back, not straight up inside you. That took some getting used to for me.

Good luck!

Edited at 2013-01-03 12:24 pm (UTC)
juliiie87juliiie87 on January 3rd, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hum, if you don't mind me asking, where is it exactly that you get the pain from being slapped ? Is it at the entrance where your hymen would be, or inside ? Have you tried inserting a (lubed) finger so you know what's inside and what it's hitting ? because for me there could be two explanations : either it's your hymen being pulled and streched, either it's your cervix, which is the opening to your uterus, and usually towards the bottom of your vag, but its location may vary. I also agree it might be easier while on your period, it just is for many people.
(Also the "wall" you mentionned could either be the bottom of your vagina, or your pubic bone, depending on how deep it is... to avoid this, don't aim up ! aim horizontally towards your backbone.) Good luck, take a rest and it'll get better in no time !

Your post reminded of this one : http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/3002533.html#comments

Edited at 2013-01-03 04:03 pm (UTC)
kayaker12 on January 7th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
I find the origami fold gets the rim down to the smallest possible circumference, for what it's worth. And yeah, I would not want to try to cram that thing in without lube when not on my period. Ouch!