Put a cup in it! Diva Cup Review
So just a friendly warning this post contains *period talk* so if that makes you uncomfortable stop reading .
In an effort to explore all the product options for menstruation I tried menstrual cups. This review is of the Diva Cup. Alright, on to the good stuff for those of you that don’t mind a little menstruation talk read on. For a little while now I have made the switch from disposable menstrual products to a diva cup. I began looking into different menstrual products because of irritation some pads/ tampons would cause me. The more I read about menstrual cups the more they seemed like a product that would benefit me.
Some of the reason I made the switch are:
- It’s reusable
- doesn’t rub up against your skin to cause irritation
- it can stay in for 12 hours before needing to be emptied
- available in stores (Target, Walmart and Whole Foods)
- you can wear whatever underwear you want or not wear any
Before getting the cup I did a ton of online research and looked at various different styles of cups. I picked up the cup at Target because it was simply most convenient to me. It took me a few tries to get the placement right but I didn’t have any leaks from that. It did feel weird but now I know that was because of incorrect placement . For me the thing that corrected the positioning was making sure to give it an entire turn after placing it in. After that, everything was better and It didn’t bother me at all. There are also a ton of helpful articles, blogs available to offer other suggestion on how to insert the cup.
The first few times can be a little messy but I have read many ladies insert and remove it in the shower to avoid the mess. I removed mine on the toilet so I could just take out, tip the cup and clean it out. After a few cycles I was able to do this with very little mess. One concern I had was changing it in public places but to be honest it’s in for quite some time that I rarely had to change it while out and about. If I did I washed my hands, emptied the cup and then cleaned it with napkins or toilet paper if it needed it. I also dealt with less blood if I inserted the cup at the first sign of spotting.
I really wanted to love the diva cup when I got it but it took me a bit to adjust. I tried until I got it right and if I needed help I asked online. In the beginning, I used panty liners because I was paranoid of accidental leaks but now I don’t. Besides some of the discomforts of being on your period, wearing a cup has completely changed how I deal with my periods. Part of it might be that I don’t see pads or tampons in my trashcan any more or that I don’t have the irritation that came with using pads/panty liners. Some days, I would have to look at the contents of my cup to see what day of my period I was on. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a reusable alternative for periods. It can seem a little expensive at $30 but in the long run it’s worth it. My diva cup has kept me from having to buy pads, tampons or panty liners for 15 cycles! Now, I tell anyone that will listen about some of the benefits of using a reusable menstrual cup. Have you tried a menstrual cup? Did you love it or hate it? Share your story with us