Cyo Nystrom

The Quim co-founder and CEO on vaginal health, long-lost relationships, and her struggle with “puffy tacos.”


The name Quim is Victorian slang for “vagina” or “cunt,” and my journey really began with my own quim. 

All the women in my family are super susceptible to urinary tract infections and yeast infections. I got my first UTI when I was 17. It turned into a kidney infection, and I ended up in the hospital. I had to do a double round of antibiotics, and then lo and behold, I got a raging yeast infection, because when you take antibiotics and wipe out the infection, it will also wipe your body of the good bacteria that was helping to eat away at the Candida. Every time you take antibiotics you're exponentially more likely to get a yeast infection after that. That UTI-yeast infection cycle continued on for like eight years.