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I bloomed late in life. With everything. From boyfriends to my first kiss to breasts to my period. I was in Grade 11 (the old Standard 9) when the red Ferrari pulled in for the first time. When the time came to choose, I went with the firm favourite amongst my mom and aunts – pads. That’s what they know, you know. But pads made me feel very uncomfortable – the gritsh-gritsh sound when you walk, the thickness, the smell, the sweating. You get the picture. So, ever since I can remember, I’ve always preferred tampons.
I learnt to estimate when my period would arrive – counted 28 days at a time. Sometimes I was right, sometimes out by a few days. I’m really not one of those people that walk around with handbags, ready for any eventuality – have always wanted to be, but never really happened. And obviously, if you don’t really carry a handbag, you can’t really carry anything to prepare you for red Ferrari eventualities. It was never a great feeling when the red Ferrari would strike in the middle of class at uni (O! Koek!) forcing me to run around uncomfortably asking favours to borrow a tampon from a friend. That said, it never really bothered me enough to permanently drive or walk around with a bag or box of tampons. When I got engaged, I decided to start taking the pill, and then it became super convenient. I never had to guess when my period would start. I drank my pill every day, and my period came at the same time every month.
As I got older though, I started developing melasma (O! Koek! and Aggenee!) as a result of the hormones in the pill and so I had to quit using it and start up my guessing game again. And of course it’s now significantly more uncomfortable if my red Ferrari arrives whilst I’m at work (O! Koek!). I then decided that I had to find a better way of managing this monthly occurrence. Still don’t carry a handbag, but I do now carry a laptop bag, so I have something to put something else in, but I’m still not fond of the idea of permanently walking or travelling with a bag or box of tampons. So I started with an app. I found a really cool, free app (search for Cycles on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store) that helps me estimate when my period will start, but in all honesty, it hasn’t hit the nail on the head once. Which forced me to look at other options. And so I discovered period cups.
At first, I was super sceptical. Menstrual cups looked really big in size to me. I couldn’t visualise how I would get it up there without feeling uncomfortable or walking strangely all day. How would I get it back out? How and where do you empty it? Doesn’t it leak? Is it hygienic? I had loads more questions than answers. I did a bit of research and found that it really seemed a lot simpler than I had thought. As with most things in life though, I had to try it for myself before I could finally make up my mind. And so I ordered one on Takealot.
I still remember the day it arrived. I opened it and placed it in a pot of boiling water on the stove for around 10 minutes (that’s what all the articles I read told me to do). I then took my freshly boiled cup to the loo. I had planned out the entire ritual. The lube was within reach just in case things didn’t progress as smoothly as planned. I pulled down my pants, sat on the loo, opened my legs, folded my cup in half and pushed it right up there. And surprisingly enough, it was a lot easier than what I had imagined. It unfolded inside me, I moved it a little up and down until it felt comfortable, tugged a little on the stem to ensure it was properly unfolded and vacuumed into place, and then I was done. I suddenly felt quite excited for my period to start so I could try it out for real. And when the red Ferrari arrived that month, I repeated my ritual and didn’t think about my period once that whole day. Got back home that night, removed my cup, emptied the blood in the loo, flushed it out with warm water and put it right back in. And today, it’s 3 years later, and I’m still using menstrual cups.
I told everyone I knew about my new cup. Some of my friends were, like me, a bit sceptical, others a lot more open to trying it out. I became the menstrual cup-evangelist. So much so that my husband gave me the idea to start my own little business on the side selling the cups that I believe in so much.
And so my little O! Koek! business was born. I took some time to decide on a name and logo. I decided on O! Koek! because I had been unexpectedly hit by the rooi Ferrari so many times before, and felt that so many other people would be able to identify with that same feeling. After that I started doing research to find a good manufacturer. I evaluated a number of suppliers and decided on one that uses 100% medical-grade, BPA-free silicone to manufacture the cups. Then I had to choose my packaging, get my website, Facebook and Instagram pages sorted, and actually place my cup orders. And wow, was the entire experience quite the learning curve, but one that I enjoyed every waking minute of.
The fact that you’re here on my website today, means that you are interested, and I want to thank you, whether you decide to by an O! Koek! menstrual cup or not. Just the fact of you being here already means so much to me! Thank you for your support!
So, with that, I’d like to close. Gone are the days of surprise period arrivals, an uncomfortable running around asking favours to borrow a pad or a tampon from a friend or colleague. The O! Koek! menstrual cup ensures that you are always prepared for the arrival of the red Ferrari. This little buy will change your life. Believe me!
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