I'm sot stretching my ears. I'm stretching my apadravya Here's my progression: 10 ga PA > 1 1/4" 12 ga (healing stud for swelling) > 1" 12 ga > (taper) > 1" 10 ga > (taper) > 1" 8 ga [not shown - I'm surrently wearing it] > (taper) > 1" 6 ga The stretch from 12 to 10 was pretty much a piece of cake. The hole had stretched a bit on its own due to "use" and I didn't have any problems getting the jewelry in. The stretch from 10 to 8 was a bitch. the first time I tried it it was more than I could handle. I was in a cold sweat and basically curled up in the fetal position on the floor when I decided to abort and put the 10 ga back in for a bit. I "used" it a bit more and got the self stretch going and the second time I did the stretch I just toughed my way through it. Fast forward to last night - I laid out all my supplies. Did a hot salt soak, pulled on the jewelry a bit, lubed up (neosporin) and tried it. The first part of the taper went in fine but when it started to get tough I think the lube got smeared away because it felt like the taper was physically stuck. So here I am with a three inch taper stuck through the head of my cock in excruciating pain. I probably should have just bore down and continued it all the way through but I was in too much pain and I just wanted to get it over with. I had to very slowly try to work some lube onto the shaft of the taper just to get the thing out before putting my 8 ga jewelry back in. So... What can I do to make this easier once I get the nerve to try it again? Should I tug on the jewelry trying to get a little stretch on the hole before trying? Is there a different type of lube I should be using? (I used KY with the 10 > 8 stretch but it felt like it dried up/went away and I was doing it dry so I thought the neosporin would be as slick but thicker and stay around.) Here's a pic of the 6 ga jewelry and the taper - penny is just there for size comparison. And here's a pic (sorry for the shitty quality) of the 8 ga taper screwed into the 6 ga jewelry to show the size difference.