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13 June 2011 @ 08:31 pm

My younger sister and I went on our very first sister-bonding-vacation trip.  I knew I was due to start my period on our last day of the trip, so I brought along my menstrual cups in one of the *cute* cloth satchels provided by LadyCup.

As I was unpacking my suitcase at our hotel, I turned around and noticed my sister sniffing the satchel.  I giggled as she got a quizzical look on her face and before she opened the satchel I informed her that it held my menstrual cups.

Her face went from "WTF?" to "Oooooooh" and then "Eek" as she slowly placed it back in my suitcase, laughed,  and informed me that she thought it was just a cute satchel of cedar chips to keep my suitcase fresh.

The good news is that this allowed for an awesome dialog about mensrual cups with her!  I don't think I've converted her, but she wasn't disgusted or anything (I expected a bit of a disgusted reaction because she doesn't "do" bodily fluids), just interested in learning about alternative menstrual products.  Yay!

I did tell her I'd post about this on here because I thought it was interesting how conversations about these things start amongst folks.  I don't usually go around talking about my menstrual products with folks unless they bring them up.  Most of my family have reacted negatively to my choices (except for my mother, who cloth diapered me!) because they just can't get past the squick factor.  I'm happy I got to have a nice discussion with my sister and maybe got her thinking about the fact that there are choices out there.
Mixed feelingsgemfyre on June 14th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Hee, my cup lives in the bathroom cupboard. In that cupboard is also a pile of the most amazing smelling soaps, so the cup bag smells the same. I had it in my pocket last week and I kept thinking, "mmm what's that smell!?"
coralredgate on June 14th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
i wish i could even discuss cloth pads with my sister. shes due to give birth VERY soon and i wanted to make her some cloth pads for after giving birth, but i just know that they wont be appreciated and she will most likely look at them in disgust and through them in the bin. ah well i guess thats just my family, even my nan had the disgusted look on her face when i told her about me starting to make cloth menstrual pads, i mean i dont see the problem, menstrual fluids are clean, not dirty. :/
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on June 14th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
:o) Send her an email with the link to the size charts.
"Just in case you want more info..."
classeyrn on June 14th, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC)
I love having opportunities to tell other women about them. I sold my mom on cups quickly. Hers should get to her in a few days. My sister just had her first birthday and I told my mom I already know what I'm getting her for her 10th birthday :)
Mechellemechellelemode on June 15th, 2011 04:43 am (UTC)
My mom is the complete opposite. She will only use pads. She is scared of everything else. I recently had a post on here about my yeast infection and I told her I had one. Well, since I usually don't get them she swears up and down that cup gave me a yeast infection and I should stop using it because it's unhealthy. Even if it did, yeast infections are natural and can happen without cups so it's not like TSS or anything. When I boil my cup on the stove she freaks out like, "Ewwww, get that off my stove." haha It's funny. I really don't know what to tell her though. Just the mention of it makes her gag.