Red turns to Green


Every month my body goes through an unwelcome cycle.

Yes, ladies and gents, it is the menstrual cycle to which I am referring.

*GASP*

No I am not currently surfing the crimson wave, but I know that it is coming and in order to be prepared I made an important purchase today.

I have purchased a DivaCup, and it should be in the mail soon.

What is a divacup you ask?

Well it is a silicone cup that you stick up your…ahhmmm….in lieu of a tampon. During the day you dump out the DivaCup, wash it, and then reuse it. When inserted correctly it should avoid spillage, can be used for up to 12 hours, is a great way to measure your menstrual flow, and is perfect for overnight use. According to the website that is.

I have been seriously considering purchasing one for a while, and since I just got paid I figure it was as good a time as any to get one.

My reasons:

1–spillage when flow changes and you mis-judge the time you need to change your tampon

2–cost of buying tampons each period

3–hassle of not flushing tampons

4–compact, reusable, does not add to waste

5–mess of pulling tampon out with the string

6–TSS is not associated with the Divacup

7–the secretions that the vagina naturally produces to cleanse itself get soaked up into a tampon, but they do not get removed by the Divacup

I have heard that some people love them and some people hate them, but if I were to love it the cost ($23 on amazon.com) would be paid off after a couple months of not buying tampons.

They come in 2 sizes–Size one is for women under 30 who have not given birth.

Size 2 is for women over 30 or women who have given birth.

You fold them in half twice, insert them, and then they unfold inside.

I am extremely excited, and dare I say….I can’t wait for my monthly visitor to come so I can try it out!

So I will post a follow up review, but for now I am excited to try a greener, cleaner period.

Sincerely,

Emilie

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12 thoughts on “Red turns to Green

  1. HI Emilie. I’m Emily’s sister and a huge fan of the diva cup. I want to warn you that its hard to get in the first couple times. I suggest watching an insertion tutorial (on youtube) and giving yourself plenty of tries.

    It took me two cycles to really get the hang of it. Good luck!

    • Hey Ashley (Emily’s sister)! Thank you so much for the great advice, I will definitely do that! I was a little worried that I was going to mess something up. I wouldn’t have thought to look on youtube. So you really like the divacup, and it works for you?

      • Totally works (If I wasn’t so stuffed up with baby I would still be using it). Remember when watching the tutorials that everyone is different and because of the location of your cervix you might need to modify the techniques to fit you. Don’t give up. It might take a lot of tries but the moment you get it right you’ll have an “AH-HA!” moment and the rest will be a breeze.

        Oh and I LOVE it. Having a baby left me really sensitive and tampons actually caused a lot of discomfort. Switching to the cup was the best and easiest thing I’ve ever done. Its super clean and easy. *Don’t worry about rinsing it in a jam (say the busy public restroom at the mall) just make sure your hands are clean(hello Purell) dump and reinsert. Give it a good wash when you get home:)*

    • Thank you again for all of your great advice! The youtube videos helped ease my nerves a lot and I am definitely converted! I actually really enjoyed my first period with the cup, or rather how easy the period was!

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