Are you a lady who is looking for an alternative way to “deal” with your time of the month? Maybe you’re just looking for some extra information and a review of the Diva Cup, which is one of the menstrual cups on the market. I am not being sponsored at all by Diva Cup. I bought mine about a year ago and it has just made that time of the month so much more bearable for me. I have to say it is one of my favourite product discoveries of all time! (Sounds a bit dramatic, but it’s true!). I love that it doesn’t leak, it is reusable, you don’t have to worry about it for up to 10-12 hours at a time, I don’t feel it at all and it is just an overall awesome thing that makes me barely sweat that time of the month anymore. It is especially great that you can wear it overnight, or while hanging upside down, or while swimming…etc. If only it cured increased-emoness and cramps, but the Diva Cup has eliminated 80% of the things that were troublesome with periods, so I can’t really complain. Not everyone is going to want to try them out, but I definitely recommend them. If you think they are kinda gross, they are no more “gross” than tampons or menstrual pads. They are actually more hygienic and better for the environment since you don’t have to keep disposing of them multiple times a day. They will also save you money in the long run and will last you up to a year if you look after them.
The first couple of times I tried using it, I found it a little difficult to put it/take out, especially when removing it. But that was also the case when I first got contact lenses years ago, or when I first tried to hula hoop. Now none of these activities phase me. So, if you struggle the first time, then just give yourself a few tries in order to get the hang of it. Just as Jake from Adventure Time says:
Soon you will become a Diva Cup pro!
The makers of Diva Cup have a guideline of replacing your Diva Cup once a year, but it depends on how often it is being used, how well it is being cleaned…etc, so use your best judgement. Diva Cup does sell a “Diva Cup Wash“, which can be used to clean your Diva Cup, but also for general use in the shower. It doesn’t have any fragrance, pH Balanced, 100% Plant-Based, Not tested on animals or containing any animal ingredients and it contains no parabens, sulfates or petrochemicals.
- Cheaper (in the long run – about $30 on iHerb, but it should last you a year if you clean it well)
- Comfortable - Because it is made of Silicon, it softens slightly when it comes in contact with our body heat, so it is able to fit with our bodies and create a comfortable fit.
- Leak-Proof (if it leaks you probably need to reposition it)
- Saves resources – you only need the one cup. Tampons and pads need to be constantly changed.
- Convenient – small enough to keep in your bag and comes with a little bag to keep it in.
- Free of Latex, BPAs, Rubber and Plastic
- You only need to empty it 2-3 times within a 24 hour period. Then you simply give it a wash and then use it again.
- Can be used overnight and during physical activities (yoga, swimming, camping, dancing, extreme sports…) without leaking
- No association with TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome)
- No odour – Because the Diva Cup is an internal cup, there is no odour since that is only an issue when fluid is exposed to air.
- Unpigmented – No dyes used in the Diva Cup
- It is initially more expensive (But saves you money in the long run)
- Some people may not ever feel comfortable with the process of inserting or emptying the Diva Cup. I think most people will get used to it, but it is ultimately up to the person and if you are really uncomfortable, then I wouldn’t use the Diva Cup.
- Even though there are two different models and the silicone does a great job of fitting to our unique bodies, there may be some people who find that the Diva Cup just never fits right, which could cause leaking and discomfort.
- Could be a little tricky cleaning it, depending on where you are. If you are at work or at the mall and want to empty and clean your Diva Cup, unless you have a bathroom to yourself, it is not always that convenient. If you know this is going to be the case, I would try to time when you put in your Diva Cup, or empty it right before you leave the house so you don’t get stuck with an awkward moment of finding a private place to clean it.
- May not be suitable for people with IUDs. Ask your doctor about using a menstrual cup if you already have an IUD.
*Isn’t a form of birth control and creates no protection against STDs. Can’t be used during intercourse, but can be left in while using the bathroom.
There are two different models of the Diva Cup