Considering the fact that these queries were raised in Clubhouse: a privileged social platform — I assumed they were more aware of the answers. But after reflecting on my assumptions for several days, I found a common thread: in it, i.e. we are brought up in a patriarchal society, and the schooling system of knowing reproductive organs or menstruation is limited to our health books only.
Thus, deeply rooted misconceptions, misunderstandings, or no understanding at all regarding women’s health and menstruation has fueled the fear of using a menstrual cup.
I remember it was back in 2017 when I first saw an advertisement for the menstrual cup on Facebook. I browsed the products’ website time and again as it grabbed my attention for being a vegan product. I got my cup in 2018 as a motivation but little did I know it would be in my cupboard as a precious yet hidden gift for more than three years. I read the instructions given on that box hundreds of times in between, watched countless Youtube videos and explored endless articles and conversations among cup users. There were many days when I would just sigh, drained, and say “screw it.”
Eventually, with courage and wit, I tried to insert the menstrual cup during the COVID lockdown. I failed the first time, and several times after that. . Finally, the day came in April 2020 when my vagina welcomed the cup.
I couldn’t agree more with the fact that choosing menstrual products is a personal choice and a privilege. But if you hold the privilege, then let these pervasive cultural messages be shattered.
In recent months, I have been closer to my period health than before. Struggling with loving my body for several years and later using a menstrual cup has deepened my friendship with my body. For a long time, the internet has played a significant role for me in understanding the need for self-love, body image and feeling that I am not the only one feeling certain emotions.
With the mindful approach of verifying ideas and information from different sources, I have experienced the positive side of the internet.