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.