justcallmerae (justcallmerae) wrote in menstrual_cups,

First time cup user...extremely painful to insert?

Hi all :) I'm a first time cup user and also a first time livejournal-er. I tried to find a post that would answer my question but I couldn't really find what I was looking for, so sorry if it actually exists and I just didn't see it :/

Anyway, about two weeks ago I did some extensive research on menstrual cups and decided I wanted to buy one. I finally decided on the Lunette Selene, model 1. I was really excited when it arrived this afternoon. I immediately took it out of the box and read the instructions (even though I'd read them a million times on several websites) and I played around with different folds. I decided to do a dry run so I wet the cup and my body with water and got to work. Let me tell you, it was not easy. I'm 17 and a virgin, and I'm very familiar with my anatomy. But I unsuccessfully tried to insert this cup about 3 or 4 times but I just couldn't, it hurt so bad.

I played around with positions and folds and eventually got it in but it was SO painful, both insertion and removal. I have a high pain tolerance, and I figured it was going to hurt at least a little. But this? I don't think I can do this 2-4 times a day for the duration of my period. It doesn't hurt once I've got it in, but I can feel it there. I've heard that you're not supposed to feel them at all. Does it need to be farther in? After I get the whole cup in I kind of lose my grip and it unfolds (at least I have no trouble getting it to open), and after that I have trouble moving it up. Or is it just because I'm not on my period?

Anyway, after about 6 attempts (and about 4 successful ones) I felt like I'd just stuffed a cactus up my vagina for 2 hours afterwords. I even think I literally tore my hymen a little.
Why is this? I'm being gentle, I'm trying different folds, I was relaxed and I wasn't scared (mostly). Will it always hurt this badly? I'm sort of hoping it's just because I'm doing a dry run, and because I over did it a bit. What can I do to reduce the pain?
Tags: age, dry run, first time use, insertion - painful or problems, lunette, removal - painful or problems, virginity

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