jaggednib (jaggednib) wrote in menstrual_cups,
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How did you find out about cups?

 What was your first experience hearing about menstrual cups and what was your initial reaction? 

What made you decide to try them instead of scorn them?

I had a friend in high school who told me about the keeper and how she wanted to get one. I was shocked but a little interested. I thought it sounded like a neat hippy thing and would be so good for the environment, but there was also a part of me that thought it was a bit gross.
I found the Instead cups and fell in love with them, even though I found they leaked easily (especially if I laughed) so I always wore pads with them anyway. I kept thinking, what's the point of wearing an instead if I'm wearing a pad anyway!? (I've never been able to wear tampons.)
A few years ago my mom got a free DivaCup (she's a manager at a grocery store and it was a free sample from a health seminar she was attending). I was surprised she was so interested in using it since my mom has ALWAYS been a tampon kinda gal. 
I think she used it a couple of times but hasn't used it recently, which is too bad. 
When I was shopping at my local health food store, I noticed they sell divacups and had been eye-balling it for a while. Finally I decided to get one. 
I got to use it for one cycle before I became pregnant, but there's a small part of me that can't wait until I start having regular periods again so I can use it again.
I did notice that it causes a little cramping/bloating that I would otherwise not have, but in the long run I think it's well worth it. I'm also encouraging my mother to use it again because it really is an amazing device! 
I also just ordered cloth pads, which I am super excited about. I really think that women the world over should get themselves set up with a cup because it just makes so much more sense!

What has your experience been with the cup? What were your pitfalls/successes with it and why would you recommend it to your friends/families/strangers?

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