Thank you so much for replying.
It’s good to hear that it can be a normal feeling! I’m not sure what you mean by constant pain – constant pain during dilation or afterwards as well?
I have now managed to insert the second dilator fully; it’s still sore but it doesn’t seem to be as bad as before. I’ll monitor the feeling as I’m hoping with more practice, I will get used to it and the pain will ease.
I fully expected to feel some kind of pain, of course but it just makes me wary of moving onto the next size as I can only imagine it will hurt more! But I’m sure I’ll be able to do it – I’ve come so far already in such a short time 🙂