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Lysandra Crowe
18 November 2013 @ 06:09 pm
So I got my Sckooncup today! I was really excited to try it out, but I've had some difficulties.
It took me about 15 minutes to actually insert it, and I think I only managed because I'm really stubborn... anyway, I couldn't get it quite small enough to be comfortable, and it hurt like heck going in. It also might have been rough because I'm coming up to the end of my period. I think my entrance is just really small. Anyway, it's in all the way (I think) and I'm still having some pain, probably from the stretching? And I'm noooot so sure I'm going to enjoy taking it out.
I can't seem to find info on how to actually do these folds, so I'll be searching for those, but does anyone have tips for minimizing pain on removal for the time being? Dx

(Aside from the minor issue of OUCH, the packaging and the little storage bag and the cup itself are adorable, so that's a plus)
teacupcake89 on November 19th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
just in case you didn't know there are about 9 different folds you can use to insert your cup as shown in this video by Lunette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep5hh0W-nFw the punchdown, 7, labia and triangle are all narrow ones. Depending on your cup’s stiffness/shape, you might not be able to do all of these so don’t worry!

You can make a cup easier to insert by running it under warm/hot water.

Get some water-based Lube or coconut oil and use lots of it! Put it on yourself not the cup, it makes it hard to keep the cup folded otherwise! Have a towel or toilet roll on hand to wipe your hands on if they get slippery.

The most important tip is to RELAX!! I pretend that I'm about to 'have sex'/insert something, this helps me relax and distracts me from panicking and overthinking the cup as an ‘object’! Focus on relaxing your muscles, keep your jaw slack/open as this will stop you from tensing up and take deep breaths! Sometimes bearing down a little, as in almost trying to pee / have a bowel movement helps keep my vag opening relaxed.

Good luck! remember there is a learning curve of 3-6 cycles so don't be discouraged if you don't get it all straight away, the fact that you have managed to get it in is good, you'll only get better with practice! :)
lsapdel on November 21st, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Don't get discouraged!
Hello! I'm sorry that you've had a tough time already with cups, it isn't fun to get off to a bad start! But here is my advice: for insertion, lube is extremely helpful!!! And make sure you're folding it very tight so it goes as tiny as possible! And for removal, make sure you stay calm. I had a lot of anxiety at first when it came to removing, because it did hurt quite a bit. Just reach up, grab the stem/base if you can reach, and calmly walk it down. If you feel pain before it has lowered, it's suction pain, which means you just have to let some air in ( I do this by wiggling it drastically to one side or the other). Walk it down as far as you can until it starts to hurt (usually it hurts near the rim for me). Then, we it's as far down as I can handle, I squish the top of the rim in with a finger, forming a "c" fold, then I tilt it and slide out one end if the rim first. That's how I remove it painlessly! I will say, it was sooo hard for me to do this my first cycle, and often I had pain on removal. But even by my second cycle I was so much better at it, and I have much less pain in general so maybe it stretched me out a bit? Either way, keep at it, you will get more and more used to it the more you do it!!