The most important step. Of course, I’m probably a little overdramatic about these sorts of things. Your Hoo-Ha is VERY different from its original state. And by different I primarily mean tight. Birth has this effect on the vagina in weird ways one of them being that your elasticity may be utterly (isn’t that punny?!) different. Mine was. The process of using a cup again may take some time and that’s ok.
Don’t Rush Things
Seriously, take your time. Practice a little bit each cycle or even just wear it for 1 day and then fall back to cloth pads. Don’t overdo it. The elasticity will come back. At the very beginning, “down there” was like Fort Knox. I’m sure you read about vaginal elasticity when you were preparing for your first baby so I’d recommend doing those same exercises. It’s super important.
Don’t Buy a “Post-Birth” Cup Just Yet
I know some companies suggest getting another cup if you’ve had a baby but to be honest, that’s not always true. I didn’t have to buy the “size 2” and am still able to wear the pre-birth cup. Just give your old one a good try before you shell out another $30. But it’s ok if you need to get another size because again, all of our vaginas are different.
Don’t Give Up
You will get it, I promise. It may take 1 month or 6 months but I assure you will get back into your regular menstrual cup routine very soon. Be open to try new folds and make sure you are relaxed.
My experience may be very different than yours. I just wanted to write this in case there were any of you who did have the same panic attack I did when I tried to get into my cup routine again. Be gentle with yourself. <3
For a more detailed post on how to use a Menstrual Cup, check out my post 5 Reasons to Switch to a Menstrual Cup.