Tampons *are* EW!!
I was having all sorts of discomfort from using Tampons. With bonus “What’s the dog chewing on?” moments. So I heard about the DivaCup and I went to whole foods and bought one. It is a plastic cup with a stem on it that you wear internally. It forms a seal and keeps all the fluids in it until you empty it and rinse it off, and re use it.
It was about 30 bucks (but keep in mind you’d probably spend that on sanitary products in a few months .) The guy rang it up and was all ‘Uhhhh this doesn’t look like it costs 30 bucks let me do a price check.” I stopped him to prevent having my menstrual products price checked… because that’s always embarassing.
It was intimidating at first, this reusable plastic thing in the cute daisy cloth bag. (It even came with a “Diva” pin) But ultimately was actually kindof fun trying a new product. All these new experiences, learning the best way to insert and remove it, when I need to insert and remove it, etc actually made my periods kindof interesting. (Which they haven’t been for a Loooooooong time)
Plus there were lots of benefits. Here is my quick analysis.
- Kindof a grody idea until you get used to it
- Needs some customization to fit different Vaginas (Different cups work better for dfferent ladies)
- Not for people who can’t handle the sight of blood. (Are there really women like this though? i mean.. you just have to deal with it.)
- Big learning curve. Insertions and removals require a little practice and getting familiar with yourself.
- No smell! Seriously, the gross tampon smell was gone. I felt like 10X cleaner than normal.
- Reusable, Green, all that stuff
- More comfortable (for me at least)
- I only needed to “change” mine about three times a day, which was a big improvement. And honestly “need” is not the word. I did so because I didn’t feel comfortable not cleaning it that much, but I probably could have done with just once a day.
- Less disgusting smelly trash cans
- No “what’s the dog chewing” moments
- No danger of TSS
Anyway, there is a whole live journal community devoted to these cups, so if it sounds like something you might be interested in I encourage you to read there for more info. I am very happy with my decision to switch.