OW OW OW OW OW OW OW.
I'm a virgin and I've never even used tampons before, and good god it hurts. I did the c-fold (after browsing through the entries, I now know there are other potentially less painful ways to do this). At first I did it standing, and couldn't quite get it in, so I tried doing it sitting over the toilet. Managed to get it in, and it didn't hurt, but when I tried to rotate the cup I realised it hadn't popped out. So then I removed it and now I am very, very sore.
Is there anything I can do to feel less sore? I'm sure a lot of first timers experience the soreness as well.
Also, it would be lovely if I could get some encouragement to try again. I think I will try the origami fold in the shower, but as it is, I'm terrified of the thing.