Now. On to the discussion. I want to know who here has experience with these things, and, if you own one or you've ordered one, which of the dumb-named items did you choose? If you've read Jonniker's comment section, you'll have seen my comment, which was this:
I’m not grossed out by the CONCEPT of the cup, but I agree it needs an image makeover. First of all, the names, which are stoooopid. “Diva Cup”? I am not using ANY product that requires me to favor the diva concept, as if I am a 12-year-old with a rhinestone t-shirt. And “The Keeper” is both creepy (because of all the horror novels called The Keep) and also creepy (because of the implication that the point is to SAVE the contents, perhaps forever).I agree with what Kara of Baa Baa Black Sheep said (in Jonniker's comments) about doing your own small part for the environment, and in fact I have a partially-written post on this very topic (not in re menstrual products per se, but overall) that I keep not posting because it wavers between preachy/pious and uncaring/flippant, which in case you are wondering is not a pleasant combination and leaves me looking like a self-satisfied jackass, and so the post just sits there unfinished and unpostable.
Secondly, the color. I agree that brown is gross, and that clear would also be gross, and so would white be gross. I think it needs to be available in a selection of patterns: a swirling paisley, a jungle floral, a pink camo, etc. I want CHOICES, and I want them NON-GROSS.
Where was I? Oh yes! I agree with the concept of each of us doing the environmental pleasantries that we don't mind doing, and this is one I don't think I'd mind doing. I think there would initially be a mental hurdle involved in using such a product, but I had the same hurdle for using tampons, and in fact for my whole period in general. If this is not too much information, and I think maybe it is too much information, I personally would like tampons best but am too scared to use them because of TSS. I know, it's rare, but I would feel so dumb if I died of it. And so I use pads, which are way worse for the environment, not that I would let that stop me from using them (and in fact, I do use them, so there you are) if I were truly grossed out by the menstrual cups. But speaking of grossness--and now this really is too much information but at least it isn't about me personally--isn't it just as gross to see it on a pad as to see it in a little cup? I think it might be, but that I'm just not used to the cup and I am used to the pad, and that gets us back to the mental hurdle thing from the beginning of the paragraph. See how beautifully that all ties together?
So! Please do tell. What with all the pregnancy and breastfeeding, I've only had my period four times in the last two and a half years, so I need information from people who are on the front lines of this issue, as it were.