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23 March 2013 @ 10:38 pm
Hi everyone,
I've recently decided to get a menstrual cup and I've read numerous times that I should use a lube for first insertion. Why is that? Is it painful to put it in? Is it so rough that I need a lubricant? I'm just being very skeptical because I've heard there are some health risks involved with using a cups..
Thanks for all your help and sorry about my skeptism
Jennifer Monoteasy2begreen on March 24th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
Lube is a good idea for the first try/dry runs since you don't know what you're doing and might well be tense, but it's definitely not essential. Once you know how to insert and know that it won't be painful, you likely won't need it. I've never used lube for insertion.

Cups are pretty safe compared to tampons. They're not associated with TSS, don't shed fibers inside you, and don't dry you out. You can safely leave them in for 12 hours at a time, which isn't a good idea with tampons. Silicone is an inert material that is used internally (replacement valves and other parts) and has been well studied.
firsttimecup on March 24th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for clearing it up. I probably won't end up using lube though
Tessgryphonwing on March 24th, 2013 10:18 am (UTC)
I've never used lube with my cup. It's helpful for some people, though, and not a bad idea if you have any problems with insertion.

Cups involve, as far as I can tell, extremely minimal health risk. The same as putting any other biologically inert thing in your vagina... less than putting biologically non-inert things like fingers and other body parts. :)

Edited at 2013-03-24 10:19 am (UTC)
m03m on March 24th, 2013 11:19 am (UTC)
It's just that pushing something inside a tight orifice is often easier if it's slippery. And if you're new to cups, you may be tense which makes your vaginal opening tighter. That's all.

It's not something that you 'should' do, it's something that may make your first experience easier.

What are the health risks you've heard about? Maybe we can disspell some of them, tell you our experiences or point you to credible sources.
firsttimecup on March 24th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
They were just some rumors I heard, but most of them involved not cleaning the cups properly.. If I follow the instructions I hope I won't have problems
m03m on March 24th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
Most people don't have any problems, even if they don't follow the instructions to the letter. Rumours are rarely a good source of health information.

In other words, don't worry too much.
Keekeestone on March 24th, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
To give another kind of perspective to the question, I had to use lube for insertion when I was first starting out using tampons. It's a similar principle. On the other hand, I didn't need or bother with lube when I first starting using a cup. But I also didn't do any "dry runs" to practice inserting and removing before I got my period (which some people do with cups but you can't do with tampons). The cup when folded for insertion is a bit larger in diameter than a tampon or applicator would be, and if you're not used to it yet it might be just a bit more comfortable for it to be a little slippery when you're tense and learning how to put it in properly.

Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
If you're comfortable inserting tampons, you will probably be comfortable inserting a cup. If you want to get a small tube of lube just in case, go for it. Any water-based lube like K-Y or its generic equivalent will do. Read the ingredients stay away from those including flavorings, glycerine or silicone.

Health risks come from those who either don't care for their cups or "kill them with kindness" using too many products and chemicals on them. Or from forgetting it's in and wearing it for days or weeks on end. It's a good habit to wash your hands before emptying your cup -- especially if you are someone who is prone to infections or illnesses.

Me, I never boil my cups. I just wash them with plain old soap and water after each cycle, then rinse them with water between insertions. The only chemical I use is hydrogen peroxide -- and that's once or twice a year to remove the dingy-ness. You're considering a Lunette. Mine hardly stains at all.
firsttimecup on March 24th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your response!! I was wondering, does the Lunette ever start to smell even with the right cleaning methods?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on March 24th, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
Only if I forget to take it out after more than 12 hours. If you notice it's stinky then switch to pads or liners for the next 12-24 hours. It's OK to have that "period smell" but if it smells REALLY YUCKY (you'll know it if/when you smell it) then take a break from it.

Wash it, sun it, air it out. It'll be fine. Let your Mom know if you're not back to --sniff sniff-- normal in that same 12-24 hours.
teacupcake89 on March 24th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
It's perfectly safe to use lube (or coconut oil) to help insert a cup! If you're worried about the health risks of using lube, it's perfectly safe for it to remain in the vagina as people use it for PIV sex, you can use coconut oil if you're prone to thrush though :)

people use lube for the same reason that they use it when inserting anything else (a finger/tampon/sex toy/penis) as it makes insertion much easier. I'm not a virgin but can't insert *anything* without using lots of lube!

you might find just wetting the cup with water provides enough glide.

It's a good idea to have some on hand though, as you won't know if you'll need it until you're trying to use the cup!
trejoytrejoy on March 25th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
Yes, I usually get my cup wet to simplify insertion. I've never used lube, but it could really neutralize tension/apprehension during the insertion process for new users!