Diva Cup Review: Yeah, I Love This Thing

by Kate on August 19, 2012

in Frugal Living, Health, Healthy Living, Simple Living, Women's Health

Well, if you didn’t think I was hippy-dippy before, you will once you hear about my Diva Cup. Gentlemen, unless you’re a glutton for punishment I suggest you skip this post–it’s about to get reaaalll feminine.

So, as I wrote a week ago, I recently went off the Pill, which so far I’m very happy about except for two things: my skin is going a bit crazy, and I have a period again. When I was on birth control I hardly ever got a period. It was great in some ways, but frankly it was one of the reasons I wanted to stop it. There was something incredibly unsettling about not having normal womanly hormone fluctuations throughout the month, and I’m already loving having them back (with all those great highs and lows–life feels more exciting somehow. oh man, can’t believe I’m writing this publicly ha). But I digress…

The point is, now that I have a period again I actually have to worry about…you know…protection. I recently read about the Diva Cup on a couple blogs I read and decided to give it a try. What is a Diva Cup? It’s one of the more popular brands of menstrual cups. Basically, instead of using a tampon to absorb the flow, or a pad to collect it outside of you, the Diva Cup sits inside you and collects your flow. It can stay in for 12 hours (and really, unless you have an abnormally heavy flow you’ll be able to leave it in that long) so really you just need to empty it once in the morning and once at night. Best of all, it’s reusable. During your cycle, you just need to rinse it every time you empty it before putting it back in. And then after your period’s over, you can boil it or rinse it with mild soap and water and it’s ready for next time. You can get one for $23 on Amazon, and ladies in forums say they’ve had theirs for years without needing to replace it, so yeah, HUGH savings there.

What do I love about it?

It’s convenient: No worrying about leaking–the cup holds about 1/3 the amount of fluid that a woman will release over her entire period, so in 12 hours, it’s very unlikely you’d have a leakage. No more worrying about getting caught in the middle of the day without a tampon. In fact you can even insert the cup on the day(s) you’re expecting your period and never have to be caught off guard.

It’s budget-friendly: $23 and it lasts for years, according to other women. The Diva Cup is made of medical grade silicone, so I think this thing could last…well until I lose it (But really, I doubt it’s the kind of thing I’d misplace…awkward for the person who stumbles across that lost and found.)

It’s comfortable: Maybe I’m just wanting to see the best in this thing, but I swear my cramps have improved/gone away because of it.  The cup sits low in the you-know-where as opposed to a tampon which sits higher, so I wonder if somehow that’s helped things. Plus, and this is getting a little personal here, no more dry discomfort.

It’s pretty: Hehe, not the cup, but your home’s bathroom. No more trashcans full of wrappers, ugly plastic things and red cotton.

Best of all, it’s sustainable and healthy: The Diva Cup is made of silicone and nothing else. No TSS risk! No more unnecessary waste! ‘Nuff said!

If you’re going to try it be aware that they sell two sizes: one for pre-childbirth and one for post-childbirth. Seriously, after using this thing I really don’t know why anyone uses anything else. It might not be for everyone, but it’s awesome for me!

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*In the spirit of full disclosure, links to products in this post may be affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you decide to purchase any of the products I recommend. Know that I only recommend products that I have used and love myself.

*I am not a doctor, a nurse, or any kind of health practitioner. I’m just a gal with a pretty keen intuitive sense, great research abilities, and curiosity that is easily peaked. Please understand that my advice is really just another opinion and it’s for you (and your doctor) to decide the best course for your health and well-being.

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