Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Diva Cup, Revolutionizing Menstruation One Uterus Owner at a Time

Like many women who have periods, I do not look forward to "that time of the month." It's messy, painful, and expensive! I used to spend at least $20 a month on just tampons and panty liners. That isn't including random cravings, pain medication, doing extra laundry, etc. Let's toss all that in at a measly $10, although, some months, it's much more. Now our total for having a period is $30 a month. That's a minimum of $360 a year. That's going with medium quality sanitary products, you may be able to go with the cheaper more uncomfortable brands, but I refuse to be even more uncomfortable during a week that I am biologically forced to bleed.

Cue: The Diva Cup! I heard about menstrual cups a couple of years ago and was completely appalled by the idea. "You mean I have to stick my fingers into my bleeding vagina?" "You mean I have to dump that blood out, and see it, and wash the cup?" Eww! These were the two factors that turned me off the most. To get the Diva Cup in position, or any menstrual cup, you have to fold it in half, and push it into your vaginal opening, then you grab the bottom of the cup and twist it 360 degrees to ensure that it is the correct position. I couldn't get past this. It's disgusting! Then I grew up a little bit.

Guess what? About 50% of the world's population has had, or will have a period. Period blood is the same as any other bodily fluid. Your vagina isn't some magical, pleasurable cave that suddenly turns horrendous during your period. It's still the same orifice and touching it while having your period is no different than handling a nose bleed.

Back to my point for writing today: I have the larger option, or 'Model 2.' Model 2 is designed for women who have given birth or those who have a heavier flow. Women who have not given birth or do not have a heavy flow or have a petite vagina may find Model 2 to be uncomfortable. The Diva Cup claims to be able to hold up to 12 hours of flow without leaking, but on my heavier days I find that I need to empty the cup at least twice during a 12 hour period. The best part about the Diva Cup, though, is that it is reusable. Let's go back to the beginning of this review, I used to spend at least $20 a month on comfortable sanitary products. With the proper care, The Diva Cup can be reused for at least a year unlike pads and tampons, which can only be used once.

It is suggested to replace your Diva Cup once a year or if the cup becomes discolored, retains an odor,  or changes texture. I wash my Diva Cup after every use with a perfume free, mild soap between every use, and boil it after every cycle. This helps to keep bacteria from hiding in the suction release holes and ridges on the bottom of the cup. Mis-care of your Diva Cup can cause it to deteriorate quicker, become discolored or retain odor, or cause infections. Another tip to prevent infections, if you have a sensitive pH balance, wash your hands before and after each insertion and removal. A final note in care, you should store your Diva Cup in the pouch in came in away from other silicone items and out of direct sunlight. I carry mine in its pouch in my purse.

Of course, getting used to it is a big change and that can be scary. My first week of using The Diva Cup my vagina was sore and tender and I had many leaks. I had been putting it in wrong, and because this is an uncommon alternative and often isn't taught to us by our mothers, it takes a couple of weeks of trial and error. My first week I had rubbed my poor labia raw trying to get The Diva Cup positioned correctly. I almost didn't want to use it the second week.

Another thing that may concern newcomers to The Diva Cup, I know it was a concern of mine, is TSS, or any other negative side effects. Unlike tampons, The Diva Cup has no chemicals in it, is made of medical-grade silicone and doesn't contain any common irritants, such as latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, or dyes and other chemicals!

You can use The Diva Cup during everyday activities, including sports, swimming, and traveling. Since getting accustomed to using The Diva Cup I can confidently do anything that I would have been hesitant to do with a pad or tampon. If you have more questions, feel free to ask in the comments below, check out the Diva Cup's FAQ on their official website, or buy one and try it for yourself! Don't forget to read the guide included with your Diva Cup!

38 comments:

  1. Wow! They will really come up with anything nowadays, huh. I feel like this would hurt, no?!

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    1. Not at all. It can be uncomfortable, especially if you put it in wrong. But otherwise you con't feel it. It's very squishy and sits in the vaginal canal very comfortably.

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  2. This would take some getting use too. How do you discretely clean in in a public restroom?

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    1. I carry a bottle of water. It's not the best way to do it, but that's what worked for me. Then cleaned my hands really well when I was done.

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  3. This is definitely an uncommon alternative. I love the creativity in people to design something like this. Though I am not adventurous much, let me check their FAQs and learn more.

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    1. They are becoming more popular. Lol. I prefer these over the sponges. The creativity that went into designing the different cups is amazing, though. If you have any questions that you can't find an answer to, I'd be more than happy to help!

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  4. I've heard about this. It's not for me, but I have friends who use it. I'll stick to my tampons.

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    1. I'm currently on tampons cause my pets found my diva cup. :( But when I'm without my Diva Cup I prefer tampons as well.

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  5. Me too, I will just stick with my sanitary napkin for now. It only comes 4 days a week and I can still manage.

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    1. Wait... 4 days a week or 4 days a month?

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  6. They have certainly made improvements to the design of menstrual cups since the ones that were available twenty years ago. The diva cup looks like it does a great job and I have actually heard really good things from several people who use it exclusively.

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    1. Now I must research how they were 20 years ago. I wasn't aware that menstrual cups had been around that long.

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  7. I'm still thinking about trying this! It's not very known in the Czech Republic but I know that women use it in many other countries so why not trying it :)

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    1. Good luck finding them! I never consider how difficult it is to get products that I'm so used to in other countries.

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  8. Not on my radar since those days are behind me, but interesting to read about.

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    1. Lucky. I still have at least 20 years left of this.

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  9. I've always been curious about this diva cup but I'm still hesitant to try it. I'm sure a lot of women will find this convenient though.

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    1. I took the plunge because it's only $30. If I don't like it, I can forfeit a couple of nights out to make up for the price. But I wound up loving it and saving a ton of money each month.

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  10. I have heard of the Diva Cup before but have never tried it out for myself. I am not sure that I could ever get used to wearing something like this.

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    1. My biggest hurtle was the ick factor lol

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  11. I know that so many women have tried and loved this product. I am not really in the need for it much anymore but I would give it a try if I was.

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    1. I envy everyone commenting like this. Lol. I really want a full hysterectomy. Screw menstruation and menopause.

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  12. Have I been under a rock somewhere? This is my first time hearing about a diva cup. I find this interesting but I am so old fashion, I have never even tried a tampon. I know some ladies who may would give this a try.

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    1. Whhhat? Never even heard of it? How big is that rock you're under? Lol. If you have never tried a tampon you may not like this.

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  13. wow this is interesting. this is my first time hearing about a diva cup.

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    1. You should really check em out. Even if it is just reading more on them.

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  14. I welcome the idea. It's not that gross, I just appreciate the fact that there's another option like this Diva Cup that helps us all be more comfortable with the situation.

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    1. I want to try more options similar to the Diva Cup.

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  15. i have a few friends that use the diva cup and love it. i was planning on using it, but then life happened and i ended up getting a complete hysterectomy at age 31. i do plan on having my daughter use one when she's a little older (she's 14 now)

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    1. I didn't even think of offering this as an option when one first starts their period.

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  16. My best friend recently switched to using this product and she loves it! I am still a bit skeptical though...
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    Missy
    Popofstyle.com

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  17. I have heard of it before. I am so glad I don't need one anymore though. ;)

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  18. I haven't heard of this before and sounds like an amazing products for me. Glad you share this

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    1. It's one of my favorite products! :) I'm glad you found the article and think you could use the Diva Cup.

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  19. Haven't used one but this looks economical rather than using a sanitary napkin.

    Mhaan | www.mommyrockininstyle.com

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    1. It is! I saved so much money when I had mine!

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