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Hi Vee0706 – I used lidocaine gel every time I dilated for awhile and didn’t have any issues personally. Also, are you warming up with the dilator sizes you’re comfortable with before trying to put the 3rd one in? That can make a big difference, and I really can’t emphasize enough how much it helps to dilate every day, even if it’s just for literally a couple of minutes. Maybe right before a shower? Before bed? Before you get up for the day? Finding that little window can help you make progress long term.