butterflies4 (butterflies4) wrote in menstrual_cups,
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I wondered if anyone else had an interesting story behind switching to the cup or how they learned about the cup?

     For me it was a DREADFUL period during high school.  I skipped the meds that morning because my cramps weren't terrible so I figured I'd be fine(BIG mistake) .  I got to second period (less than 2 hours into the school day) and was slumped over two art stools trying not to throw up.  Accordingly to my teacher I was as white as a sheet.  I couldn't walk so they had to have the security guard wheel chair me down to the clinic.  Once to the nurses she started questioning me.  She asked if my periods were always like this?  I told her I always had terrible cramps on the first day of my period and that after that I'm fine.  She told me I should talk to my doctor about birth control, and that it was ridiculous for me to miss a day or two every month, as my period isn't going to go away for a long time and all those missed days add up.  I took this to heart as I was quite fed up with curling up in a ball and feeling like I was about to die once a month. 

     So I talked to my mom about getting me onto birth control pills.  She felt this was too drastic of a measure and thought maybe I could try vitamins to help with the general nausea and loss of iron.  I started looking online and remembered having run across a site about cups at one point a few years back.  So I went looking for cup sites and ended up here.  I spent awhile reading up on the cup here and other sites and made up my mind (no more bleached tampons! no more pads with who knows what in the core! no more adding feminine products to landfills! Count me in!).  I then had to talk my mom into it.  Which took a bit more work (she is grossed out by the idea of "sticking your fingers up there").  I wrote her up a pro's/con's list as well as a comparison of the cost to buy a cup vs. tampons or pads for a year.  I finally got her sold.

     She was really grossed out by the whole concept.  When I finally got my cup I couldn't stop bragging on how comfortable it is, how it doesn't leak, and how my normally killer cramps were a lot less painful.  Talk like this would provoke eye rolling and a lot of "I don't want to talk about this." 

     So I've had my cup for just barely four months now (and loving every minute of it) and I've already got my sister convinced that she wants one.  Also my mom is coming around and is asking questions as well as expressing interest in getting a cup herself.

     I've also gotten a friend or two at least curious.  I mention the cup anytime someone complains about cramps or asks for a tampon or pad.  I figure the least I can do is get the word out and hope the cup can help other woman.


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Tags: family & friends, health benefits, success stories
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