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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!
 
yayforcupsyayforcups on February 5th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
Lol I love this post! I put up with pads and tampons for 13 years because I never knew any different. I used pads that made me itch like my pubic area had been attacked by mosquitos, that I would prefer to put in my bag rolled up than go anywhere near a public toilet waste bin! Plus in the bin they all unravel with their stench!!! I've flooded many a heavy pad. I couldnt even get a non applicator tampon in it dried me out, was scratchy and not a pleasant experience, so I had many applicator tampons, which were ok but because of potential TSS and dryness on light day removals they made think twice before using them.

Sometime last year I thought 'if only there was something that could stop the flooding like a cork' and a few months later my sister told me about her great sckoon experience!! We are the only two in the family who have accepted cups wholeheartedly and its brought us alot closer together!

Yay for cups!!!