"There were a few things that contributed to my transition. I had been battling serious yeast infection-life symptoms on a regular basis and medical professionals just kept telling me that it was normal, that sometimes that happens in your cycle or with the natural fluctuations of your flora, yadda yadda yadda… But it was super not normal. So, I started paying more attention to everything. The products I was using — detergents, skin care stuff, tampons. I was having problems with the tampons because I was just so dry when my flow wasn’t at it’s heaviest, but I absolutely didn’t want to go to pads-only route. At this point in my life, I was traveling extensively, too, and tampons aren’t always easy to come by depending on the country you’re in.
I wasn’t thinking about all of this consciously all at the same time, but the pieces were starting to come together. I was standing in the feminine hygiene aisle at the pharmacy one day. I was looking at all the products, wondering why anyone would ever use a cardboard applicator… Or why anyone ever thought that was a good idea in the first place… And I noticed the disposable menstrual cups for the first time. I’d recently heard of the DivaCup, but I’d never heard of the disposable ones before. I had no idea what to expect, but I figured, ‘Why not?’ They weren’t what I was expecting, but I LOVED them. (In fact, it’s probably my favorite product that I’ve ever used. They were most reliable for leak protection for me, and I get some pretty heavy flows.) The only problem was that I felt like the waste they generated was even worse than tampons and pads.
Flash forward a couple months, my sister is getting ready for a two month trip through Southeast Asia. I’m back in the feminine hygiene aisle for myself when I spot the DivaCup. I decide that I’m going to pick one up for her because it would be way better than carrying two to three cycles’ worth of paper products with her in her backpack. Plus it’s more environmentally friendly. I decided to grab myself one that day too. Since then, I’ve been a cup user. Things I love about the cup:
- I haven’t had any yeasty problems since I made the transition away from paper/chemical-laden products.
- I feel good about not creating a bunch of waste through wrappers and applicators and boxes and wads of whatever material tampons are made of.
- I put it in in the morning and leave it there until I get home at the end of the day without worrying about over saturation or legends of toxic shock.
- Easy maintenance: I just make a second cup of hot water when I make my evening tea to clean it daily, or wash it with a little gentle soap while I’m in the shower. Two birds, either way.
- As an seasoned extensive traveller, I love anything that will reduce the load of my pack.
- I accidentally had sex with it in once. My partner didn’t notice because the silicone was so smooth and we didn’t make a mess. I’m not sure how that was managed, but I’m still impressed that it was."