DivaCup: One Year Review

Those of you who have been reading my blog faithfully know that I have many loves–one of which is the body and all of its fascinating processes, including the menstrual cycle.

It has now been a little over a year since I first made the switch from tampons to reusable menstrual cup so I thought I’d give you an update on how well the DivaCup has held up to its promises.

In my original post I talked about initial awkwardness but overall positive feeling involving the Divacup, but how do I feel 15 months later?

The DivaCup website promised me this:

1–Not a tampon–This sounds silly, but it is definitely true. As convenient as tampons are for swimming, doing sports, not feeling like you are walking around in a diaper, they also have their down sides. Tampons dry you out inside, can cause Toxic Stress Syndrome, have an annoying string that tends to get in the way at the most innoportune times, and can chafe, rub, or sit uncomfortably. The DivaCup does not.

2–“The DivaCup is the most clean and convenient method of feminine hygiene protection” I have not tried other brands of menstrual cups, but I will say that this statement is completely true when compared with pads and tampons. All it takes is a simple pull and dump, and the blood is gone. A rinse if at home or a wipe if in a public restroom prepares the cup to be reinserted. I’ve never spilled the contents or dropped the menstrual cup.

3–“The DivaCup can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing and reinserting for use for another 12 hours.” This is completely true. I’ve never had an over-full cup. There was one day when I had so many activities and no break that I ended up wearing it for over 17 hours. That was about as much as I would want to push the capacity on my heaviest day, but depending on your flow you could probably go for less or more. Not that you would necessarily want to. The main point I am trying to make is that you don’t need to worry about changing every couple of hours, checking your watch and scouting for a bathroom.

4–“The DivaCup’s expert, proprietary, patent-pending features make it comfortable and assures ease of use and reliability.”  Once I figured out how to insert it properly, I never had another worry. I cannot feel it inside of me. I thought I couldn’t feel tampons–I was wrong. Compared to the DivaCup, wearing tampons is painful. The DivaCup is silicone–latex-free, plastic-free, BPA-free, so you won’t have an allergic reaction, and it won’t soak up your natural vaginal fluids leaving you dry and uncomfortable. Some women report that if they have a relatively low cervix the DivaCup’s stem can poke them, but the stem can be trimmed to the base and this is no longer a problem. I have done cardio, yoga, gone swimming, done dancing with lifts and kicks, even ridden a bicycle with the DivaCup in without feeling any discomfort.

I am one hundred percent satisfied with my purchase, and I will never go back.

There was a day when I wasn’t expecting my period and I didn’t have my DivaCup with me. I had to purchase a tampon, and the experience was so uncomfortable when compared with the DivaCup that I was shocked I had ever loved tampons. 

Some final thoughts:

1–The DivaCup has already paid for itself in full with the savings I have made not purchasing tampons this year.

2–Other than a very slight discoloration, the DivaCup is in the exact same shape it was when I first purchase it. The website recommends purchasing a new DivaCup every year but most women state on their blogs and youtube channels that they use theirs for 3-5 years before replacing them.

3–I recommend the punch-down fold for insertion.

4–I do not have leakage, and it only takes a second or two to insert or remove now that I’ve been using it for a while. I do not even wear panty liners.

5–Ever since using the DivaCup, my debilitating cramps have almost completely disappeared. When I get even the faintest hint, I take some Motherwort. Separate post to follow on the past-one-year Motherwort review.

6–I take the time to examine my flow, checking color, consistency, and amount so I can mark patterns and predict how long I have left by consistency. I think its really cool. You can do so as well. Or you can dump the blood and never think about it again. It is up to you.

In conclusion, I will say that the DivaCup is not only one of the most cost-effective purchases I have made over the last year, but also one of my favorites.

If you are a menstruating woman I highly recommend this purchase.




4 thoughts on “DivaCup: One Year Review

  1. Emilie,
    I have tried the diva cup myself…but gave it up. Wondering if you have the same issues I had at all.
    1. I never knew there were other folds i just used the c fold. My statement is sometimes i got this weird suction issue… it felt like it wasn’t popping open but rather when trying to fold out sucked in my vagina… super awkward! Did you have this issue or does the punch-down fold work better?

    2. I had some pinching issues and mostly it was due to the little dub thing that comes out from the bottom so you can pull the diva cup out. What say you Ms. Schnabel… did you have this issue?

    with your high recommendation I really might give it a go again , I really did think it worked well at first minus the two issues above. I also appreciate the sustainability and lack of waist with the diva cup. No need to carry a crap tone of tampons and stuff around with me… just the diva cup.. and i was ready whenever. When inserted and not having the issues above… it was pretty much like it wasn’t there! over all i suggest ppl try it!

    • To issue 1: I tried the C fold once, and never did it again. It was uncomfortable, it never really opened correctly, and I couldn’t get the seal to form properly. I youtubed and googled to find some other folding styles and tried them out. I found that the punch-down fold worked the best for me. This fold creates a smaller tip to ease the divacup in, and I have found that it opens quickly and easily.

      For 2: The very first time or two I tried to use it, the divacup kind of pinched. I hadn’t really gotten the hang of inserting it, and I think it was at a wonky angle. I don’t have a problem with the stem/nub, but I have heard that many women do. In order to combat this, a lot of women simply cut the stem off (making sure not to cut a hole in the bottom of the actual cup) and usually report no problems afterward. I also know that there are other brands of menstrual cups with slightly different designs, but I have not looked into them.

      Hope that helps? Honestly what really helped me make the decision at first was googling and youtubing, and reading other women’s blogs and their experiences with the cup before I committed.

  2. I really don’t know why I haven’t given this thing a go…you are right, you can for sure feel tampons. And they are pretty uncomfortable at times, way better than pads…but still, pretty awful. And you know me and the frequency I have to scout out bathrooms on day one! It is insanity.

    I love your Diva enthusiasm. I can’t believe that it has been a year already! I’ve been dragging my feet for that long! 🙂

  3. Ah! Words cannot express my joy upon stumbling upon another Diva enthusiast! I was introduced to the Diva Cup when I was 13 (I’m 19 now, so I’ve been using mine for 6 years), and have replaced my cup only once–because my other one got lost (though how that happened I have no idea).

    I’ve tried to coax my friends into switching from tampons to the Diva Cup, but they always get grossed out at the idea of touching their own blood. I’m encouraged by your enthusiasm and success. Keep doing what you’re doing, and thanks for the phenomenal review!

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