This is definitely a post for girls only, boys I’ve just warned you so don’t get grossed out if you “accidentally” read this.
I’ve been wanting to write about the DivaCup for quite some time now, probably for the entire past year that I’ve been using it. What stopped me was …well, it’s not really related to skin care at all AND it is a very icky topic, even for some girls. But I’ve had a few requests to write about it and I do think it’s one of the best things I’ve discovered, so here goes!
I first found out about the DivaCup while reading a yoga magazine in Canada. It’s always bothered me how bad for the environment tampons are and I’ve always had this feeling that they’re not that healthy for my body so straight away I was interested in this little reusable device.
So what is it? The DivaCup looks kind of like a little egg cup and it’s made out of a soft silicone material. Without going into too much gory detail, you insert it similar to how you insert a tampon ..the difference being it collects the blood into the cup instead of soaking it into cotton. This can be a little traumatic when you remove it, and it did certainly take me a couple of months to get used to it. But once you get over actually seeing how much comes out of you, you’ll love it and never go back to using anything else.
Why I love the DivaCup so much
First of all you can leave it in for up to twelve hours which is just GREAT. This means you can happily and comfortably get a full 8-10 hours sleep a night without having to worry about a trip to the bathroom mid night. It also means I can go out and enjoy my day without having to worry about emergency trips to the washroom.
It also feels much healthier for my body. Our bits down there are very good at looking after themselves and cleaning themselves out. It’s a delicate balance of the right pH level. The bad thing about tampons is it soaks up everything, including the fluids that help keep us healthy in that area. The DivaCup kind of just leaves our body to do it’s natural thing because it just collects anything that’s running out. I’m sorry, icky I know but there’s no “nicer” way to describe this stuff.
I’m also saving a lot of money. I don’t have to worry about buying tampons anymore! The DivaCup cost me about CA$30 and I can use it over and over again which is just so cost effective. And as long as you look after it according to the instructions, it should last a long time.
AND of course it’s saving the environment by putting less waste into landfills. That’s just worth it on its own.
What I don’t like about the DivaCup
If I do end up being out of the house for over twelve hours then it can become a bit of a problem. Changing the DivaCup in a public toilet is not that great so I still carry emergency tampons around with me in my handbag. Still, not that big a deal.
It also did take me a couple of months of getting used to. The bottom of the cup has a little stick that you use to pull it out. This stick can be quite long and it’s recommended that you cut it shorter if it feels uncomfortable. I had to cut mine really short before it stopped being uncomfortable. But now I’ve figured out a good length for me it’s very comfortable.
It also can leak on heavy period days. At first this really freaked me out because I thought it wasn’t working. But I’ve since learned that the most it leaks is a very small amount which has never become a problem.
Is it hard to use?
Not at all. It did take me a while to get used to, and at the start it took me a long time to put it in and take it out. But once you get the hang of it it’s very easy and quick to use. Takes about the same time as inserting a tampon. Taking it out takes a little longer because you have to wash it, but because it’s just once every twelve hours it’s really no problem at all.
Honestly, I cannot rave enough about the DivaCup, really I can’t. It was my second best find of 2008 (Bee Yummy Skinfood was my first best find!). After the first month of using it in Canada I actually wrote an email to my sister and girlfriends back in Australia telling them how amazing it was and asking them if they wanted me to bring one back for them. THAT’S how much I loved it.
You can buy the DivaCup online or in the US and Canada. It hasn’t hit Australia yet but there are a few other brands available. A friend of mine uses the MoonCup which is similar, just made out of a different material.
Also keep in mind that if you’ve had a baby you’ll need to get a different size cup. There are two sizes – pre and post baby!
If you want to learn more about the DivaCup, they have a great FAQ page on their website – DivaCup FAQs.