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Sarcasticia Nitpickerson
Hi everyone! This is one of a series of general advice and information posts that will be used to build a FAQ for new users. I don't have the expertise to give all the advice, so anyone that wants to pitch in, please do.

What techniques and advice do you have for a new user that can't get a cup in?
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titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on July 17th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
I owned my cup for a couple years before I started using it regularly, and what stopped me was that I could never insert it easily or without pain. I'd been using the punch down fold because the package directions made that one sound easier for beginners. But the issue was that that fold creates a small tip to insert, but then it widens to a "corner" that hurt a lot the few times I managed to get it in. On a whim I tried the C fold and it was so much easier! The C fold also opens really easily, I found I needed to use two hands to hold it closed until it was most of the way in, then let it open and push it up as far as it wanted to go. Moral of the story is to try a bunch of folds, maybe one of the more complicated ones will work for you. (BTW I have a diva cup size 1)
titaniumtrinitytitaniumtrinity on July 17th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh and also to try different positions. Some folks like to squat, or do the one foot up on the toilet thing, for me it works best just sitting down with legs apart, probably because in that position it's easiest to relax.
denisecarpetfish on July 22nd, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
May I share how I sorted the punch down problem? I too liked the small insertion point but got stuck at the wide corner...what I ended up doing is put it in as far as it will go (eg halfway to corner), then I use my index finger to push in the corner and also roll it inwards, in effect converting it into a C-fold halfway. Pops like a charm every time too! :)

This works well with my Si-bell and Fleur...don't know if it would work with a thick-rimmed cup though. Hope this helps someone!