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01 August 2014 @ 01:36 pm
A story I had to share and couldn't tell anyone else:

Since I started using my MeLuna, my period has gone from something I deal with, to something I greet and celebrate. While this could also be the hippie goddess mama side of me, I contribute a lot of it to using a cup.

UNTIL...I got an IUD on Tuesday. Which has been fine, but my doctor said no cup or tampons until next month when everything settles and my cervix isn't so traumatized from the insertion (it did not go easily). So I frantically ran to the store and picked up some pads, even shelling out for those new Always Infinity that are supposed to be the best.

I hate them. I hate having my period and having to use them. All I want is to be able to use my cup. I feel like a middle schooler just getting her period for the first time who doesn't know how to handle it. I forget to bring a new pair of underwear with me to the shower in the morning. I hate maneuvering so that I don't accidentally touch the pad to my underwear. I hate feeling like I'm wearing a diaper.

I was contemplating this morning: This is why people hate getting their periods. If it can cause me of all people to hate it so much, this is why everyone else does too. (Realistically I know there are a lot of other things that can make you hate your period, but roll with me here.) Because everyone who has gotten a period and wears pads has at one point forgotten to being a new pair of underwear with them to the bathroom for after a shower.

So to anyone who is contemplating using a cup but isn't sure: take the plunge. Are your periods not particularly crampy, just kind of an annoyance? Cups will turn your period from minor annoyance to something to be celebrated. Your mileage may vary.
Current Mood: sillysilly
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 1st, 2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think that "ddddrrrriiiipppp"-y feeling has a lot to do with hating periods. As someone who has never fully conquered residual slobber (that's OK, a liner or two a day is a small price to pay for all of the other benefits of cups), I can attest from personal experience that the more I slobber, the CRANKIER I am.
Molokaii_am_molochai on August 1st, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
I use cloth pads in conjunction with my cup, and I am so happy I switched. No plasticky pad sticking to my skin and chafing my thigh crease! No weird crinkly noises! They were definitely worth it.
trejoytrejoy on August 2nd, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
I hate pads. I made my own out of flannel prior to discovering cups. They were definitely better than the disposables, but it was still a disgusting feeling. I still occasionally use the flannel liners I made back then. Mostly, I just wear dark underwear when I'm cupping.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on August 2nd, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
I wear dark undies too. Usually black. Towards the end blue or red or purple is ok too.
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on August 2nd, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
I agree, well said! I'm so happy! 2.5 years using cups now. I wish I'd started a long time ago! (Late 20's here).
mshanai on August 2nd, 2014 10:30 pm (UTC)
Guys, you have no idea how bad it could be. I grew up on the other side of the Iron curtain, and we did not have manufactured pads or tampons. You know what we did? We bought giant rolled wads of cotton wool and made our own pads. If you felt crafty, you would wrap the cotton in gauze so it didn't stick to all the cracks of your body or fall out of your clothes on the floor. And that did happen, because you can't really secure cotton wads to your underwear. They always slid out of place, you'd wake up in a pool of blood, and you could never wear pants on period day because the diaper was pretty obvious.

My world was transformed when I discovered tampons. Those carried me for more than a decade (I am 38 now), but I always resented the cost, the garbage they generated, and having to carry spare "bullets" with me everywhere.

The cup transformed my world yet again. I want to tell every young woman I know about it, and the only thing stopping me is that it's creepy and they'll probably think I am insane.
trejoytrejoy on August 6th, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you shared. My mother wouldn't let me use tampons as long as I lived at home. So, while manufactured pads aren't as bad as the "diaper" you describe, my life changed when I was able to use tampons. I can barely refrain from crusading about cups. I've given my best friend and my sister cups as presents. Once in a while I post a cup giveaway or something on FaceBook. I think some people have unfriended me! *eek*
mshanai on August 6th, 2014 12:53 pm (UTC)
I've recommended a cup to a friend or two, but only in person, and only if the menstruation conversation came up on its own.

Well, the other time I proselytized for cups is when I discovered that they prevent stress urinary incontinence during heavy lifting. That was a PSA worth sharing with the world. So many female powerlifters leave little puddles on the floor during competitions... And just putting the cup in can prevent that.
Sarahllama_friendly on August 4th, 2014 08:18 am (UTC)
I use cloth pads with my cup. I love my cloth pads just as much as I love my cup. Mama Kloth on etsy makes some really quality pads if you're interested/ever have to go cup-less. I had to use a disposable pad last month when I got my period at my sisters. It sucked..It felt so gross and I got a rash. I don't mind my period at all with my cup and cute pads!