Every young woman awaits the day they’ll finally get their period and “become a woman.”
As a young teen, I knew I probably wouldn’t get my period until I was 13 or 14, and I definitely wasn’t looking forward to it.
Even without having ever had a period, I knew that bleeding every month would be a hassle. When I first noticed a drop of blood in my underwear, I was 14.
My mom walked me through the process of having a period, and I felt completely and utterly embarrassed. I didn’t want to think about my period, and there was no way I wanted to talk about it.
After a while, I got used to my monthly visits from Aunt Flo, but it took me a long time to feel comfortable dealing with all the menstrual-hygiene products out there.
Six months after I started my period, I finally made the switch from pads to tampons, and I’ve used both ever since then.
Last year, I started seeing things online about menstrual cups.
At first, I had no interest in them at all. However, they then started popping up everywhere. Most of the reviews I saw were positive, so I became intrigued.
I recently decided it would be worth it to learn how to use a menstrual cup — and when I did, I couldn’t wait to try one out.
Here’s what happened when I used a menstrual cup for the first time.