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I tried to use a softcup for the first time today, and couldn't get it in at all. As of yet, all I've ever managed to get inside myself is one finger at a time or a pessary applicator when I had a yeast infection, and both of those things required a lot of lubricant. Is it safe to lube a softcup or will that make them fall out, and if it is safe, with what? I think I probably have some kind of vaginismus, and while I'm not sexually active so it's not a day-to-day problem, it is rather inconvenient in circumstances like this, so I'm wondering if I should bother doing anything about it.
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A softcup, like a diaphragm, is held in place by the pubic bone, so lubricant isn't going to make them not be held in place. bear in mind, too, that the inside of the vagina is moist, so it's not like without lube it'd be sitting somewhere dry.

Someone with vaginismus is going to experience a great deal of pain attempting to insert anything into the vagina, even a finger, usually. And it's not advised that someone with vaginismus try to insert things without working with a healthcare provider, as that can actually make that condition worse. So, if you think you may indeed have vaginismus, before you try doing things like using menstrual cups, I'd suggest talking with a healthcare provider.

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It's okay to use a water-based lubricant with menstrual cups, including softcups. Good luck!
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It's been a day since I tried it and it still hurts rather badly. I'm concerned I might have caused some actual damage [Frown] My doctors' is always booked up for ages, should I try to make an appointment anyway?

(As for the occasion I managed to get my finger in, I wouldn't say it hurt exactly but without a lot of the antifungal cream I was applying at the time it wouldn't go in at all and it certainly wasn't very comfortable. The pessary was rather painful.)

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Vulvar and vaginal tissues are really sensitive, so while it's certainly possible that you injured yourself, it's more likely that the pain is just an irritation which will heal over time so long as you don't do anything to irritate it further.

It sounds like your difficulty with vaginal entry is something you'd benefit from discussing with your doctor. If that's the case, and it takes a while to get in to see them, you would want to call soon to book an appointment. [Smile]


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