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Most of my friends, or at least the portion of friends that I have discussed periods with, use pads. They're uncomfortable with putting things "up there," and it's their body, so I respect that. At the same time, I get a twinge of sadness because I realize that I used to be like them, too.

Using tampons (the ones with applicators) was a small step into self-education, but in using them, there was an unshakable notion of conditioned aversion that had been sprouted from the cultural negativity and shame of vaginas. Sure, applicators make things far more convenient in situations such as camping or hiking, but as to everyday use, why? Why are we scared to put our fingers near our vaginas, so much that we use a plastic tube so that our fingers won't come into contact with them?

When I got a DivaCup, I forced myself to get over it. I poked around my vagina with my finger and felt my cervix and gradually became more comfortable with my body. I'd like to chalk it up to half perseverance, half bravery; with these came small milestones and small victories, like being able to finally insert the cup. I feel like I learned so much more about my own body and I am now far more comfortable with myself. Looking back, the difference in attitude is indescribable.

I'm so glad that I discovered menstrual cups. To anyone who's starting out, don't give up, it's so worth it. To anyone who's been doing this for a while, let's celebrate the existence of cups!
mshanai on January 28th, 2015 02:40 pm (UTC)
I started off with OB tampons, no applicator, and stuck with them for a long time because they produce less waste than Tampax and friends. Between the cardboard/plastic tube and the little wrapper, you are leaving quite a trail of period byproducts behind you. Pads, the disposable ones are even worse. People put them in the toilet despite all the appeals to the contrary, so they clog sewer lines and create an even bigger mess. The expense is another thing, and I always ran out of one of the sizes before the others so there was the constant realigning of the stash. And, OB tampons can be like sandpapering your insides in the middle of your period because they just suck everything dry on the way in. Horrible.

Cups are the best. Plus I want to pitch their other awesome use: they help with stress urinary incontinence during active sports, especially weight lifting/power lifting and running, jumping and so on.