During my menstrual cycle, I would almost always rush out of my house to catch the bus and while I'm on the bus thinking if I have everything in my bag, my heart would race as I had forgotten the most important things: my tampons. I would see the street names go by as I was getting farther and farther away from my place, already strategizing that I would ask my female coworkers for an extra pad or tampon to use for the whole day. Or spend seven dollars on tampons which I already had at home and it was the most annoying necessary need I had to get.... that is until my friend told me about the DivaCup.
Actually, when I was watching this video of a young woman in NYC who tries living a life producing less trash, she mentioned that she uses a menstrual cup which you use for a year without buying a new one every month hence wasting less. To some, this is a novel idea as it was to me. I never heard of the word menstrual cup and was completely shocked, like, "What?!?! How do you not use anything else?" My mind was blown that there was a third option to absorbing our period blood more conveniently without spending so much every month. When I was young I wore pads, easy to slap on top of the underwear but so fucking large it's like wearing a diaper or a Depend. I would almost always feel self-conscious when I would wear skinny jeans or tight trousers for the fact that people could see the bulge coming out of my ass. I even have an humiliating experience, or several TBH, which involves a large pad and a new ballet school because I wasn't allowed to wear tampons (my mom is a hardcore Roman Catholic). I had to do a plie combination in front of all my new classmates and I bent over to reach down to my toes while keeping my legs straight and I could hear the beat of my pounding heart as the whole class was in silence. Even the teacher didn't say anything and sweat was dripping down my face and down my back, I felt the enormous pad protrude out of my pink tights and out of my black cotton body-con spaghetti strap leotard. That was the end of my pad days, I cried so hard to my mom.
I remember wearing tampons for the fist time and how amazing I thought my world had changed! Oh, how I was able to conquer the world again! I regained my confidence and I could wear anything! But later discovered how much they dried out my vagina and it irritated the hell out of it. Not fun, nope. There would be times where I was wearing shorts and the string of the tampon would be popping out! So embarrassing! I would interchange with pads and tampons frequently because of how comfortable or uncomfortable these two options were. I loved that you didn't have to change the pad so often when you went to the bathroom, well because I'm kind of lazy, but also loved that no one saw anything when I wore a tampon.
So my friend told me about the DivaCup because I would complain about the tampon/pad situation all the time during my period. I didn't buy it right away because I was skeptical about it, it cost $34.99 at Whole Foods and I didn't want buyers remorse so I thought about it. So I contemplated hmm... spending $35 dollars ONCE saves you a lot for the whole year. I didn't have to buy a new one every month, it lasts up to one year and it's made of 100% silicone meaning no plastic or latex so its good for sensitive skin like mine. That isn't even the best news, if you are lazy like me you can leave it in for 12 hours, and you fucking cannnn! You know how bad that would be if you left in your tampon in for that long?? Horrible! You would catch toxic shock or whatever, but not with this thing! So, obviously I bought it and I'm actually wearing it right now. Here's the thing, every woman needs a menstrual cup, it's literally the easiest decision you need to make if not the most important decision in your whole life. I am CHANGED so changed I'm like "bringgg it ON period, come on show me whatcha got girl."
Opening up my DivaCup it was actually bigger than I realized and was a bit afraid to push this up into my vagina, but like in any desperate situation I had to push this thing UP. I assumed it would hurt, but once it was inside, I hardly felt anything. The silicone is very smooth and easy to slide right in so I didn't have an issue except for folding the cup like a taco to get it in. First thought for many is if it will fall out, but the design of the cup and the design of our wonderful vaginas, it won't slip out. Of course, if you do leave it in for too long on your heaviest days, gravity will push it down and you'll notice that it's kind of popping out. On average, we don't bleed as much as we think and I was just as surprised after my heavy days that I wasn't really filling up the cup that much. When I wear my DivaCup, it's as if my period isn't happening. I can sleep over at my partner's place without the weird pad spooning situation and I can go out drinking without a big tote.
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