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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