Diva Cup Review
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The DivaCup is a silicone cup worn vaginally that collects menstrual flow. It is considered a healthy, convenient, and economical alternative to tampons and pads. It comes in two sizes: Size 1 fits best for women under 30 years old who have never delivered a child vaginally or by caesarian section. Size 2 is recommended for those over 30, whether they have given birth before or not.
Why I Wanted to Try the DivaCup
being non-disposable, I like how plumbing friendly this product is.
Tampons have so often clogged the toilet, and I can't stand having a
bunch of used menstrual products in the garbage can where guests can
see and kitty can reach.
- there are no risks of Toxic Shock Syndrome like with tampons, or skin irritation like with pads
- since I no longer need to make a monthly purchase, it's easier on the wallet
- you can wear it for up to 12 hours at a time. This saves me time and stress, as I don't have to balance my busy schedule with tending to my period
- being able to wear it for up to 12 hours is extremely beneficial to my more active lifestyle. I can now plan camping and fishing trips without worrying about having to carry feminine products with me
- it can be worn during swimming and sports
- even though I'm sensitive, the cup is made of silicone, which is incredibly rare for anyone to have sensitivities to.
My First Impression
Upon taking it out of the box, I noticed that it was soft and malleable, which is always a bonus in a product that I want to move with me. It wasn't too big, but had a curious stem on the bottom, and I worried a bit about it poking me. I later learned that this stem can be trimmed if needed. I didn't think I'd have a problem dealing with insertion and removal as I've been using an alternative disposable menstrual cup for some time with no trouble, so I was pretty shocked as I unfolded the 3 page instruction manual it came with, for something I perceived as a quick and easy to use product. It was a bit daunting to find out that I was going to have to insert the cup, then rotate it while inside to prevent leaking- a lot more hands on than I expected.
Trying the DivaCup For the First Time
After reading through the lengthy instruction manual twice (or was it thrice?), I felt overwhelmed and confused. Finally I decided to just pop it in the way I felt would work best. Surprisingly I got it on the first try. I spent the day comfortable and largely not thinking about it. I was sure I finally found the product that would make my period as painless as it could be. At the end of a long day, however, I realized that cleaning and reinserting the cup probably wasn't something I'd want to do half-asleep until I got more used to it. This is also when I learned that the handy little stem on the end wasn't meant to pull on to get it out. It was up to me to bear down with my muscles to remove it, and I wondered if that was going to be as easy as it sounded, especially since I haven't been doing kegel exercises. Turns out it was that easy, and I appreciate not having to reach in to get it out.
After Day 1
When cleaning the cup for the first time, I was a little put off by seeing a day's worth of menstrual flow just sitting there, not absorbed into any cotton as I've grown accustomed to over the past 10+ years I've been dealing with this. This made me slightly squeamish when I tried to insert it, so days 2-4 I dealt with a fair bit of leakage. Admittedly, that's all user-error, and it got better as I got faster at putting it in and learned just how to do it correctly.
should have listened to the DivaCup website:
Tips for Success
No one expected you to ride your bike without training wheels on your first try. Likewise, finding the right fold, routine and time of use for your DivaCup may take a few cycles. Once you’ve got a handle on it, you’ll be inserting and removing the cup without even thinking about it. www.divacup.com
Overall, I love this product. It has a steeper learning curve than I expected, but the pros far outweigh the cons. I am confident that by my second or third period, I should be able to handle it like a pro. Being incredibly forgetful, I enjoy not having to remember to throw tampons in my bag before leaving the house, because I've already got my coverage with me. With my irregular period, it's also a relief not having to deal with scrambling for a new box of tampons or pads when a surprise period pops up. When my period got lighter, I was relieved to be using a non-toxic silicone product, rather than irritating my body with a mostly dry tampon or pad. And most importantly, I've made a better, healthier choice for my body and the environment I live in. When asked, I always say yes, I would recommend this product!