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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!
yell14 on January 29th, 2015 04:56 am (UTC)

As alot of you have said here, changing from pads/tampons to cups has changed the whole period experience, I feel the same way and I also wish I found them earlier.
One thing I struggle with is that my friends who all complain about issues with pads/tampons, cramps, dryness, etc, are not willing to try cups (money is not an issue). One of them did say that blood puts her off,  but with pads you see and smell it everytime you go to the bathroom, which is more often then with the cup.
I don't see myself as an adventerous person, maybe experimental, but if there is something out there that has a potential to improve your lifestyle, like period, wouldn't it be worth trying? I'd say yes.
I just wish it was easier to convince people to try new things.
I am so glad that i bit the bullet and tried cups, i actually enjoy my periods instead of dreading them.

arylisa on January 29th, 2015 05:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I agree, though I wouldn't go so far as to say that I enjoy my periods. They're still a little annoying to me.