For those of you wondering about menstrual cups, I’ve got you covered in today’s post! I’m reviewing the pros and cons of The Diva Cup, plus some info on how to use it.
The Diva Cup has been the newest addition to my collection of healthy, holistic hygiene items (I chatted about them in this video here.) I’m a pretty simple girl when it comes to feminine hygiene; I’ve always liked pads and that’s about it. The idea of using a menstrual cup was never something I was really interested in until more recently when I started hearing good things about it from people I know. So, naturally, I had to give it a try.
I would say I have a love-hate relationship with my Diva Cup but overall it has some pretty amazing advantages, so today I’m going to share all the in’s and out’s (no pun intended, sort of) and my final verdict!
First things first:
What is the Diva Cup?
The Diva Cup is a reusable, silicone menstrual cup that is designed to fit inside the vagina to capture menstrual blood. That’s basically it. Exciting, right?
Cost Effective & Eco Friendly
The Diva Cup is reusable and lasts up to around 1 year, or even a little longer depending on the condition it’s in, which saves a ton of money. Pads and tampons can add up to a couple hundred dollars each year, and since there’s nothing to dispose of, the diva cup is very environmentally sound. Because it’s made of silicone, it’s easy to clean and doesn’t harbour bacteria in the way that cotton products do.
All Day Wear
One of my favourite benefits of the Diva Cup is that unlike tampons, you can wear it for up to 12 hours depending on your flow. It’s comfortable – in fact, not even noticeable – and can be worn for pretty much every occasion, including swimming and other forms of physical activity. Another bonus? It’s odour-free because no menstrual fluid is exposed to the air (like with pads).
Easy & Mess-Free (for the most part)
I’m not going to lie – there is definitely a learning curve to the Diva Cup. It took me a good few cycles to practice getting the hang of it, but once you do, it’s a straight-forward process.
You’d think that doing finger aerobics up there would be extremely messy and although it can be, it’s really not bad at all. Once you master the proper technique, you’re golden.
Any and all of the cons that I found from using my Diva Cup were simply from needing to get used to using it properly, and if that’s the only problem, then it really ain’t so bad!
Practice Makes Perfect
There are these two things that need to happen whilst inserting and removing the Diva Cup called forming the suction and releasing the suction. It sounds terrifying, and it kind of is if you’re like me and just assume you shove it up there with no strategy in mind hoping for the best. The very first time I used the Diva Cup, I inserted it and removed it incorrectly and consequently felt as though my cervix and all surrounding organs were coming out with it. But don’t worry – this is entirely preventable if you actually read the instructions. #lifelessons
It can take a good few tries to insert and remove correctly, find the proper fold technique for you, form the “suction” successfully, and remove it out without it feeling like your insides are being vacuumed out of your body. Just be sure to practice which folding method works for you and for the love of God, when removing it, release the suction!
The Inconvenience Factor
Due to the learning curve involved, it can be a little messy when getting the hang of it. The thing about the Diva Cup is that one of its benefits is how especially convenient it is; however, it does still contain an element of inconvenience depending on where you are when using it. I personally don’t think I would ever want to use it on a day where I know I only have access to public washrooms, and I definitely prefer the comfort of my own bathroom if I know I need to fiddle around with it for any reason.
I think the Diva Cup is an excellent product with some pretty amazing benefits and I definitely think the advantages far out-way any disadvantages. Overall, it’s practical, comfortable, earth-friendly, wallet-friendly and every woman should at least give it a try!
Speak to your doctor or natural health practitioner if you have any concerns, and be sure to visit the Diva Cup website for more tips and information!
Do you use the Diva Cup?
Check out my review below: