A couple of months ago I finally got around to buying my DivaCup, and let me tell you, it is just as magical as I had imagined. Now I must admit, it was a little intimidating at first and I would be lying if I said I didn’t face some struggles. But after some practice it worked out really well and delivered on all of its promises! No leaks, super comfortable, and surprisingly not messy to take out at all!
I’m glad I was able to figure this out now because I just found out for certain that good menstrual products are hard to come by in Hanoi. The only products widely available are scented tampons. Yuck.
Interesting fact: Scented tampons can be seen as originating from the Ancient Greek belief in the “wandering womb”. It was believed that a woman’s womb was an independent “animal”, travelling freely throughout the woman’s body. If the womb wandered too far up, it created respiratory issues, sudden feelings of suffocation, faintness, insanity, etc. If it moved too far down, it created stomach ailments and discomfort. (this belief resulted in many illnesses being obviously misdiagnosed, and women’s health suffered as a result)
The solution: sex and pregnancy of course!, which would anchor the womb in its place.
Another option: aromatherapy. This is where the concept behind scented tampons comes into play. It was believed that the animalistic womb was attracted to pleasant smells and repulsed by unpleasant ones. Therefore, applying the appropriate scents to the nose or vulva area would calm the wandering womb and attract it back into place, relieving the woman of any illness supposedly caused by her womb.
Interesting connection, huh?