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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?
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on July 18th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
Try several different folds, and if you still can't get it in then DON'T. Pick another product and come back to the cup later when you think you are more mentally and/or physically ready. Inserting, wearing or removing your cup should not be something that you dread.

If you think your hymen is in the way, read the Virgin's Guide to Cups at http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/1243131.html To see your hymen, sit on the floor with your knees up and splayed, spread your labia and you'll be able to see it with a hand mirror and a flashlight/torch.

If you think you're "too tight" then next time after you go pee, insert your finger into your vagina and give it a little squeeze. That's your pelvic floor. Now that you know how to clench those muscles, practice RELAXING them on command. Cups sit above them. You will need to relax them for insertion and again for removal -- and then you can go back to holding them as tightly as you normally do.
Serpent: neutralserpent_849 on July 20th, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
More information about "tightness".

Also, a virgin should generally be able to insert two fingers before using cups. I'm a virgin myself (and I was 20 when I switched to cups), and I remember seeing the advice about stretching the hymen. A good time to stretch is when you are relaxed, perhaps in the shower/bath/sauna. Within a month I was able to insert three fingers, something that previously seemed impossible.

Consider also learning to insert something that's not your own finger - initially you'll probably have to look and maybe use a mirror. A narrow object is the best, perhaps the "blunt" side of a pen or toothbrush. Don't try to insert them as deep as they go, just get them past your hymen. And of course be sure to clean them first.