Jackie: Hi there. This is Jackie and welcome to the very first episode of The Aunt Flo Show. So, joining me today is Tracy. Tracy: Hi. Jackie: And we’re both are super pumped up about menstrual cups. We started a podcast just because we wanted to share the good news about menstrual cups with the world basically, and just help people make the best use of these products and save a ton of money and just experience, I guess, just better periods. Welcome. And we're happy that you're here. Tracy: Thanks for having me today. Jackie: Today, we're just going to kind of give an introduction to who we are and our history with menstrual cups. Then at the end, stay tuned for a TMI Moment, which we're going to have at the end of every episode. Kind of a funny story of menstrual cup horror, which everyone seems to have a little bit of. First of all, Tracy, when did you start using menstrual cups and why do you use them? Yeah, just kind of share some of that with us please. Tracy: Here's the situation. It was going to be my friend's wedding and I have a very heavy period and I thought, “I'm not going to be able to…” Oh, I forgot to say, I was a bridesmaid. So I was thinking, “I am not ever, ever going to be able to make it from her house, on the limo, to the ceremony and make it through this without having some major intervention. I talked to friend (and I actually wish I could remember who now) and they actually suggested me trying a menstrual cup. So, I grabbed one the period before and tried it and it didn't leak. It was great. So, I thought, “Okay, here we go.” So, my friend, Q’s wedding day and I used the menstrual cup and it was amazing. I made it in the limo, to the ceremony, to after the ceremony, through the pictures. It was amazing. And there was no turning back. So, it's been a game changer for me actually because I have been, um, especially in the first couple of days, basically tied to a bathroom. So, it's changed my life. I am able to actually accomplish things and it's also better for the environment. And I've saved a ton of money. Jackie: I know. Yeah, there's a ton of benefits. So, I'm super frugal. Tracy, knows this about me. It drives her a little bit crazy sometimes. But I used to live in South Korea (we both live in Vancouver right now). But when I was in Korea, one of my best friends and I used to go on bike rides all the time and she was doing a Master’s degree in marketing at the time. And she was doing a project on a menstrual cups. So, she started telling me about it and I was like, “What's a menstrual cup?” And this was in my early 30s. So, if you can just imagine all those wasted years when I had no idea that there was an option besides tampons. So, I immediately went home, bought one and I was like, “This is so crazy. I can save like five or $10 a period. And as Tracy mentioned, they have a higher capacity and I loved it. I was hooked since then. And this my friend told me there was no good websites about menstrual cups. And I was so obsessed with them; I was like, “You know what? I'm going to start a menstrual cup website and I'm going to review all the products and I'm just going to tell people like all the kind of amazing stuff about them.” Tracy: I love your quiz. Jackie: Ah, yes. Yeah, I have a menstrual cup quiz on my website. So, reusablemenstrualcup.com/quiz. We'll put the link down in the show notes. So, you can check that out if you want to find out about that. So, Tracy, what cup do you use and kind of why did you pick that cup and how did that happen? Tracy: Yeah. So, I use the XO Flo. Jackie: XO Flo is from GladRags. They are the makers of kind of the original Keeper Cup from way back; like I think it was the 1970s or something, made of latex. So, this is kind of like their newer menstrual cup. Tracy: Yeah. So, I asked Jackie and I took the quiz and that's how we landed on that cup. But it's got a really high capacity and I also like the shape of it because it stays in place. I've had two vaginal births. So, as we all know, when you've had a vaginal birth, that definitely changes the shape and a strength of your pelvic floor. So, the shape of this stays in place. And high capacity and it's soft. And the tail… Jackie: No, the stem. Tracy: The stem of it. The stem is really flexible and soft and I really don't notice it at all. Jackie: Hmm. And so, did you kind of start with the XO Flo or did you like try another cup at some point? Tracy: I tried the Diva Cup and still it had a fairly decent capacity. But I found that the stem was a little bit too firm for me and so I ended up flipping it inside out as you will read online. Everyone says, “Flip it inside out.” But I still found it was not that great of a fit for me and quite firm and I definitely do prefer a softer cup. So, yeah. Jackie: Yeah, that's kind of a key point, I think. Like I just hear from a lot of people on my website, they leave a comment or just send me an email about how they tried some certain cup and then it just didn't work out. And they're like, “I hate menstrual cups and I'm giving up.” And then I always say, “There's usually probably a cup for like 99% of the people out there.” There's probably the 1% that kind of have a tilted uterus or something like that, that it actually just won't work that well. But everyone else is just more a matter of like getting kind of the incorrect size and then it leads to frustration and leaking and then they give up and hate them and switch back to tampons and that kind of thing. But yeah, don't give up. There's hope. Tracy: There's hope. So, Jackie, what cup do you use? Jackie: I was like you. I started with the Diva Cup actually and I went with the larger size Diva Cup. I haven't given birth vaginally, but I was over 30 at that time. So, that was kind of based on the company's recommendation. And I think that cup was actually too big for me. It just kind of like gave me cramps and were super uncomfortable. It always leaks because I think it never actually opened fully inside of me. So, yeah, I switched to a smaller Scoon Cup, which was like softer and loved it. It was like a lower capacity. So, it was a little bit of a trade off, but it didn't give me cramps, it didn't leak, I found it really easy to insert. And I've tried all the cups since then, basically; all the smaller size cups, I guess, and the Sckoon Cup is still kind of my old favourite. If I'm not testing out one for my website, is kind of the one that I'll generally go back to, just because it just works and I like it. Yeah, I love it. And yeah, I feel really happy just saving money and like good for the environment and that kind of thing. Tracy: Yeah. I've noticed that too since using the cup religiously. I mean, even just to the convenience of it actually. We've all had that moment like, “Oh man, my period has started. I'm out of tampons. I've got to run to the store.” Well, now all it is is, “Oh, where's my cup? Got to wash it. Wash it. Boil it and get it ready. And here we go.” So, I just make sure I have it around when I'm kind of expecting my period and it's been perfect. Jackie: Yeah, I agree with you. It's pretty amazing. Alright, so, that brings us next to our TMI moments. Ding, ding, ding. Tracy: Ding, ding, ding. Jackie: Ringing that little bell. We’ll be our own little bell today. So, Tracy. I think Tracy has a story of a camping with the menstrual cup or something like that. Tracy: I sure do. Jackie: All right, go ahead. So, give us your TMI Moment. Tracy: So, these were in the early days of using the cup and it was my first outhouse experience. So, I didn't even think; I had my period while I was camping. I went to the outhouse and I was like, “Okay. Well, I've got to empty my cup.” So, go and empty my cup and I looked down in the outhouse and there's just this bloodbath in the bowels of the outhouse. And I'm thinking (I'm a mom) so I'm thinking, “Somebody’s going to come in here and think somebody has absolutely died into the outhouse.” I'm also thinking (because I was camping with my kids), “What if my kid was the first one to come in?” They’d look in there and think… they'd be absolutely horrified; what could possibly be going on? So, I actually called Jackie. I called her from the inside of the outhouse and I was like, “How do I fix this problem? This is really bad.” I actually tried to throw some more like toilet paper down into there and I eventually I just had to leave it. Jackie: You just had to walk away. Tracy: I had to walk away because it was like, “Oh man, there's nothing I can do to fix this.” And I don't know; maybe you all out there, all of you listeners have some outpost recommendations of how to make this go better next time. But yeah, it didn't go well for me. But I feel like there's got to be a better way. Jackie: There probably is. Yeah. Tracy: Yeah? Okay. So, here's the scoop. For this Aunt Flow Show, we need your TMI moment. So please, please, please submit your TMI moment to reusablemenstrualcup.com/podcast. Again, that's reusablemenstrualcup.com/podcast So, send us your TMI moment and we will share it on the show. Jackie: And we'll send you a little gift as well, if you leave us your name and address. Tracy: Ooh, a gift? Jackie: That could be like a postcard, perhaps or a card or something like that. So, we'll send you a small gift. All right. So, I think that kind of brings us to the end of our episode for today. So, kind of upcoming, we have some other episodes planned; how to choose a cup, what are the benefits of menstrual cups, cleaning and care, how to insert it, remove it, etc. Kind of like all the basic things that you need to know. Tracy: Here’s a question for you, Jackie. Jackie: Yeah. Tracy: If somebody had an idea for a show or wanted you to cover a topic, how would they get in touch with you? Jackie: Oh, it's super easy. So, you can just head to that same address, (reusablemenstrualcup.com/podcast) and then down at the bottom, there you can find “Contact the Aunt Flow Show”. Our email address is email@example.com, so, A-U-N-T-F-L-O-S-H-O-W@gmail.com. So, flo is F-L-O. Okay? So, firstname.lastname@example.org. And yeah, just get in touch. And we'd be like super happy to hear from you. This is our very first episode. So, if anyone emails us, we'll be so thankful and… Tracy: Super excited. Jackie: Super pumped up. Tracy: There'll be some giddy dancing on our end. Jackie: We'll be super happy if someone listens to our episode and be really thankful. All right. So, Yeah. Tracy: Thanks so much for tuning in and thank you for having me on the show today. I'm hoping to come back for some more topics because I've got a lot to say. Jackie: Yeah, Tracy is going to be kind of my regular co-host. And I also hope to like interview some of the founders of the menstrual cup companies and those reusable cloth pads and just bloggers and even just like users. So, if you're like love menstrual cups and want to be on the show, also get in touch with me and I'd love to interview you about your experiences with that. All right. So, I think that's about it today. So, if you like this podcast, please like it, leave a comment, subscribe wherever you listen to us and stay tuned for the next one. And also, be sure to head over to reusablemenstrualcup.com/podcast for all the information and other things. All right. Until next time, everyone. Tracy: Bye.