The Diva Cup is an internally worn reusable silicon menstrual cup and eco-friendly alternative to disposable tampons. It can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing and reinserting for another 12 hours.
I can’t remember exactly how I heard about it, but I’m pretty sure it was from an infertility sister. There is also a theory about how tampons can cause infertility in women (for more details on this click here).
In an effort to dump the hassle of tampons and sanitary napkins, and to be a bit greener, I decided to give it a try. Click here to find a retailer near you….they typically cost between $30-35. I bought mine from Amazon.com (I’m addicted to Amazon), and I’m using it this cycle for the first time. So far I love it. Be mindful that there are 2 different sizes, Size 2 is for ages 30 & over, and Size 1 is for 29 & younger….but if you’ve given birth then you’re automatically in the Size 2 category. I accidentally bought size 2 (even though I should have been size 1) and I think it fits just fine though, the size 2 is only slightly bigger.
For me, I have such light periods that sometimes a tampon (even the smallest one) is too much and I get overly dry, so I was able to COMPLETELY avoid this by using the Diva Cup instead. I’ve also read that it works great for a heavy flow too. The cup forms a seal around the vagina so you won’t get any leaking. It’s super comfortable, if you have it in right you can’t even feel it.
You can actually wear it before your period starts too, because it’s not drying like a tampon, which can help save you from some potentially embarrassing situations.
Tips & thoughts:
- It’s not for the squeamish. You do have to get a little more “invasive” then you do with tampons. You will be all up in your own business.
- That “twist” the instructions mention is the most important part of the process. it is what ensures you have a good seal.
- When they say it sits lower than a tampon, they’re not joking. It sits really low, make sure it pops open, then twist. It’s like magic once you get the hang of it.
- The $30-35 for a the Diva Cup that will last you for around a year is far less than the close to $200 annually women spend on feminine hygiene products.
I think Diva Cups are awesome, and anyone who is comfortable with their body should give it a try! I’m definitely converted!
Leave a comment if you have any other questions. And if you’ve tried the Diva Cup, share your experience.