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For Women & the Men who love them: The Diva Cup

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I took a chance and bought a Diva Cup two months ago to replace tampons and pads because I was sick of tampon-induced yeast infections and the mess.

This little silicone cup is a reusable cup you fold up and insert in the lower part of the vaginal canal. The firm material opens around the cervix, creating a seal, and catches menstrual flow. You remove and empty the cup in the toilet, wash it in warm soapy water, and reinsert. No need to worry about toxic shock syndrome, leaving in accidentally for more than eight hours, or leaking. This thing is awesome. And it has an added bonus.

The Diva Cup alleviates menstrual cramps!

I kid you not. I was shocked when I discovered this, but I have to tell you, this is my second cycle using this and I had zero cramps the entire time. First time ever. I think it's because the cup opens up the canal giving the cervix room to swell whereas with pads, there is no room and of course tampons cramp things further.

When I purchased it, I was skeptical, but I'M SO GLAD I BOUGHT A DIVA CUP! It really works! And it is rated best out of similar products for superior design, quality material, and functionality. Check out Diva Cup's testimonial page.

The Diva Cup retails for $32.50 plus $3.25 shipping and handling (U.S. price), but I bought it new on eBay for less from "lakesidenaturalfoods" who delivered promptly. It comes with a year guarantee and pays for itself in a short time. Just add up the fees for your current menstrual equipment plus pain reliever, and you can see what I mean.

If your significant other balks at the price, just remind him there will be no more stinky, bloody trash or septic tank clogs from tampon flushing if you buy a Diva Cup. (Never flush tampons on country plumbing.)

HINT: If you try the Diva Cup, you should feel nothing when it's inserted properly. If you do, reposition it. The long stem may irritate your canal, especially if you've had children. If so, it's OK to cut off part of the stem--I recommend about half. That's what I did and have had no trouble since.

Diva Cup users, if you're reading, please leave a comment about how it works for you.


UPDATE: Some people have mentioned the Instead product and buying several cups at bulk prices. I just looked up this product online. It is different than the Diva Cup because they are disposable menstrual cups that you have to buy several of to get through a cycle. However, the Diva Cup is reusable. This means you save money, the environment, and you don't have to carry menstrual supplies.

Also, I paid $23.98 including shipping and handling through that eBay seller I mentioned. Definitely the place to buy them, although they may have Diva Cups in your local health food store/market.

I forgot to mention, using the Diva also means no more odor.

Diva Cups DO work for heavy flow. You just might need to empty it a bit more often. If you go through a tampon an hour, you might need to change your Diva cup every 2-3 hours? Experienced Diva ladies, help me out. If you have have heavy flow, how often do you empty your Diva Cup?


Update 2: Dawn asked, "When you are out in public all day and need to change it do you just take it out while you're in the stall and then go wash it in the sink and go back in the stall to insert it, or do you just empty it and re-insert it and wash it later? It seems like it would gross people out if they saw you washing it in a public sink."

You could do either--empty it and re-insert to wash later when you get home or wash it in the sink and go back into the stall if there aren't too many people around. You could wipe it off with toilet paper first. But I've found that even during heavy flow, I'm still able to go from morning to evening without changing it.

I had thought there would be a lot more flow in the cup because of how soaked tampons get, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn there isn't that much. Even when I leave it in from dawn to dusk, it's not completely full on heavy days.

Usually, though, if you know you'll have to change it after a certain amount of time you'll be able to work in a bathroom trip that has a sink in with the toilet.




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22 Comments:

At 12:07 AM , Blogger The Lazy Organizer said...

I've never met anyone else who used these. I have been using Instead (a similar product) for years which are a lot cheaper. The funny thing is that my husband saw them in a magazine ad and had to buy a box for me.

I especially love them because I never have to carry extra supplies with me. I do have to use a pad with them at night though.

 
At 12:15 AM , Blogger (Jim &) Brandy Brow said...

You ought to try the Diva Cup, then, Lazy Organizer. The thing doesn't leak even during heavy flow. The only time there might be some spotting is at the start of the cycle when the canal gets coated, and between changes.

Aren't these awesome? WAY better than tampons!

 
At 12:16 AM , Blogger justabeachkat said...

I've never heard of these, but it sounds like an interesting alternative. Thanks for the info.

Hugs!
Kat

 
At 12:39 AM , Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

I've never heard of these either, before now, but thanks for sharing!

 
At 12:56 AM , Anonymous Lyndsey Kate said...

I got my Diva Cup almost four years ago and I LOVE IT! For some reason, after the birth of my last child I couldn't use tampons anymore. No matter how I positioned them, they felt really uncomfortable ... not so with the Diva. It comes with its own little carrying bag, and as long as you've got it in your purse, no matter how long you're planning to be gone from home, the Diva is all you need. Mine has paid for itself many times over, and I can't recommend it highly enough!

 
At 1:37 AM , Blogger Robin said...

Do they really work for very heavy flow? I'd be afraid that I'd be changing it constantly anyway.

 
At 1:54 AM , Blogger Angela Stone said...

I purchased one a few months back but before that had caught a dollar store closing and got 5 CASES of 8-packs at $.25 each so I've not had the need to try it yet. Though now after hearing even more about it I'm excited. FYI, if you put together a group order you can often get them for less. We got ours from the source for $15 each!

 
At 7:38 AM , Blogger Stephanie said...

I first read about these when I was pregnant with my youngest (1) and was interested, but didn't really need them. Now that she is one and my cycles are back I've been thinking about it again esp when I have to buy the darn disposables. The article I read also talked about "Glad Rags" which I'm considering, Kind of grosses me out though. Not sure why I've been washing cloth diapers for about 5 years now. Blood or poop they are both gross!

 
At 7:40 AM , Anonymous rachel said...

I have had mine for over a year, and LOVE it! My period seems to last a shorter time, too.

My only problem is that my kids think it looks like Captain Hook's hand, so I've had to hunt it down a few times! :)

 
At 8:06 AM , Anonymous slawebb said...

I love my Diva Cup. It really is way better than tampons and pads. It also comes with a cloth storage bag. so you can take it with you if you. I aboslutely love it! Very comfortable, very convient. And like you said saves TONS of money and elimanates the trash going into the ladfill. No more stinky trash, yah!

 
At 8:26 AM , Blogger mistihollrah said...

I have both products-Instead & Diva Cup. I found that I linked during the first day with them because my flow was extra heavy (going through a tampon every hour heavy!). I haven't tried them in the last year because of my flow. Need to try them again! Thanks for the reminder!

 
At 8:55 AM , Blogger Heather said...

I absolutely -LOVE- my Diva Cup! I could sing praises of it all day long. It makes it so that I don't have to carry any menstrual supplies, it lasts 12 hours at a time, I am 'saving the planet', and it feels tons better than a tampon.

I personally have one night of really heavy flow that the cup can't handle, but I can prevent problems by using a pad as well. It's not enough to make me not use it though (no tampon could handle either, so I don't feel 'bad' about it)

If you are skeptical, figure out how long it would take you to spend $32 in supplies, and then commit yourself to try it for that long, if after your trial period (ha, ha, get it) you don't like it, you haven't lost any money and you can switch back. But I don't think you will want to. :)

 
At 9:47 AM , Anonymous Pinks & Blues Girls said...

Hmmm... I have never heard of this!! It sounds ingenious!! I just got my period back after having my newest baby in April and I was dreading the tampons and bulky pad usage again!! One of the beauties of pregnancy, no period!! I am definitely going to look into the Diva Cup!!
Thanks - so glad I found your blog today!!
- Audrey
Pinks & Blues Girls

 
At 10:11 AM , Blogger Gina said...

I use something similar, the Mooncup (I have a link on my site to their web site). It's a little wider and shallower than the Diva, but works the same. I have been using it for over 2 years now, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! In fact, I was going to post it for my WFMW today! LOL Two great minds! I had to cut the stem completely off of mine because it was irritating, but I didn't need it anyway.

 
At 10:23 AM , Anonymous Lana G! said...

Okay, this has to be one of the most intriguing WFMW posts I have ever seen! I want to try this product and will be hunting it down like a mad woman!

 
At 11:24 AM , Blogger MikeandCharlsie said...

I love mine, thanks for spreading the word!

 
At 1:49 PM , Blogger Heather said...

This sounds like something I need to look into. I have very heavy flows and I get killer cramps. I am looking into this PRONTO! Thank you! :o)

 
At 4:41 PM , Blogger Dawn said...

I think this looks like a very good thing and I'm considering buying one. I have one question, though. When you are out in public all day and need to change it do you just take it out while you're in the stall and then go wash it in the sink and go back in the stall to insert it, or do you just empty it and re-insert it and wash it later? It seems like it would gross people out if they saw you washing it in a public sink. I'm thinking about days I have to work all day and how I would handle it. Maybe I would just have to wear a tampon on those days.

 
At 7:43 PM , Blogger Alexandra said...

I might try this as well. I use hemp washable pads right now which has cut down on yeast infections. I can't use tampons either, not since the birth of my first child, so this might be a good alternative.

 
At 1:41 AM , Anonymous Activist Mommy said...

Let me just say that I LOVE my Diva cup. So easy, so convenient, so eco-friendly. And no more used products grossing out my husband in the bathroom trash anymore.

 
At 2:51 AM , Blogger Cherie said...

Hmmm... This is very interesting. I've never heard of them! I'm getting my IUD out next month (which has eliminated my periods) and might just have to get me one and try it out!

 
At 9:34 AM , Blogger Anne-Marie said...

I just bought my the other day and so far I like it. I can still feel it, but it isn't uncomfortable. I think it is becasue I am kinda small and can't get it in as far as it should go. Maybe with time. I am also a runner and it tends to slide out a bit during running, so I might switch back to tampons during my runs, but other than that it is great. Also if you don't need to order it you can buy them from WholeFoods.

 

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