Diva Cup!

Men, you might want to skip this next entry.

By Rachel Longo-Tosoian

I bet a lot of you reading this have never heard of The Diva Cup, but don’t worry; I was in your shoes about two years ago.

The Diva Cup is not like pads or tampons; it stands in a league of its own. It is a small, soft medical grade silicone cup (100% hypoallergenic) that is inserted during menstruation, similar to a tampon, only better. There is no mess, no leaking, and most important, you can’t even feel it.

A great aspect of The Diva Cup is, unlike tampons, you can comfortably wear the cup while participating in active sports, and swimming, but also at night while you are sleeping without worrying about getting up and emptying it, or losing sleep for fear that you may experience some leaking. Another perk about the cup is that it only needs to be emptied 2-3 times a day. Now, how many times a day would you have to change a pad or tampon? Exactly.

My friend Dara was ranting and raving about The Diva Cup after her sister recommended she give it a try after a very successful trial run. Dara loved it and wanted me to make the change as well. At first, I was very apprehensive about switching from tampons to something completely different, and it took me about a year before I made the switch.

Financially it was a great decision. Just think of how much money you spend monthly on pads or tampons. A lot. The Diva Cup is reasonably priced, and it pays for itself in only a few months. Just the thought of never having to waste money on a disposable product was music to my ears and my wallet.

Using the cup for the first time took a couple of tries to get everything right and sitting it the proper spot, but by the end of my cycle, I was a Diva Cup pro. Putting the cup in and taking it out was hassle free, as I was expecting the worst. There was no mess whatsoever.

When you take out the cup to be emptied, all you have to do is wash it with warm water and soap. That’s it! And when you’re not using and loving it, you can store it in its cute, yet stylish Diva Cup bag.

Now, every chance I get, I tell other women about this fantastic invention, and like my friend Dara, I can’t stop raving about it. Just think, you won’t have to be awkwardly carrying around pads and tampons to the bathroom. You won’t be wasting any more money just to throw things away. And you won’t be contributing to landfills by using pads and tampons that have wrappers and applicators.

Additional information about The Diva Cup can be found on the official website, www.divacup.com, and the best parts are that all your questions are answered, and you can find a retailer that sells the cup close to where you live.

Have you heard about or used the Diva Cup? Comments, questions?

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16 Responses to Diva Cup!

  1. ashschu June 10, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

    I have to comment on this post and say how much I love my Diva Cup as well. I also tell everyone I can about it, and many of my friends have made the switch and love it as well. Seriously, everyone needs to give it a try. It’s amazing and good for the environment – what more do you need?

  2. neal123 June 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    Hey henna,
    I love the diva cup too! I never thought I’d see a post about it on a beauty blog either, so good for you on talking about an alternative to unhealthy tampons and pads! Although it does have a steep learning curve, it’s totally worth it. For anyone out there who’s interested, definitely check out the lj community http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups
    They have so much good and helpful info!

  3. laula June 10, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    I’ve been reading up on the cup and have been seriously considering saying goodbye to tampons forever. I’m thinking I’m going to go through the rest of my box before I purchase the cup. The best environmentally-friendly thing any woman can do!

  4. j June 10, 2008 at 10:30 pm #

    I really wanted to love the cup. But after many tries, I never got used to it. It was so uncomfortable. Alas, I’m stuck with my organic tampons.

  5. Alex June 10, 2008 at 11:45 pm #

    So glad to see the Diva Cup love! I have one and I don’t think I could go back to using anything else. There are days I don’t even feel like I’m on my period at all! Not only is it environmentally friendly, but also very easy on the wallet ($35, and one cup should be good for a year or two).

  6. Andrea June 11, 2008 at 2:52 am #

    I also love my divacup! I tell everyone whenever that subject comes up. This might be tmi, but I recently tried to use up my stockpile of tampons (I bought a bunch whenever they went on sale) and I was just so blah at them. I also said ew a lot. I don`t know I can`t explain it. I already knew that the divacup was better but I just didn`t realize just how much!

  7. Kathryn June 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm #

    As much as I tried I just can’t share in this love of the Diva Cup. I persisted for a few months but it was never comfortable.

  8. Villain Extraordinaire June 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm #

    The DivaCup changed my life! There is definitely a learning curve, but don’t be afraid, ladies. I’ve been using it for years and I would never ever go back.

  9. Henna June 18, 2008 at 10:23 am #

    Wow, I was really surprised to see that so many of you have tried the Diva Cup! That in itself is kind of amazing, and it’s great that you were willing to try it even if you decided later on not to use it.

    I know that it’s been around for a while, but I think that it’s something that’s really getting popular these days, which is kind of cool.

  10. Lu June 19, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    I would like to use it, but I’m apprehensive for two main reasons.

    1. I really question if it’s that hygenic… using it again and again? 0.0

    2. I go to school. . . So how can i wash it when the stalls and the sink are so far away?

    Good post though :D

  11. Rachel June 23, 2008 at 8:13 pm #

    The cup is really clean. I have used soap and water, but now I bought the Diva Cup wash for it. It is 100% vegan, which is awesome.

    In terms of changing it in bathroom stalls: I usually try to avoid those situations, but if I find myself in them, I usually just wipe it clean and wait until I get home to wash it. It actually says to do the same thing in the instructions.

    Hope this helped you!

  12. acc921 July 18, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    Sorry, but that’s pretty gross. Re-using something like that really grosses me out. Furthermore, if you change them often enough and use the proper absorbancy, tampons aren’t unhealthy! If you want to help the environment, get a hybrid, ride a bike, recycle, and solar panel your house if you can. Eliminating tampons? Not so much.

  13. Jenna Rocca July 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm #

    I forget I’m having a period when I’m wearing my cup. There is a learning curb, however, to putting it in properly.

  14. laula July 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm #

    I bought the DC and I have to say I love it! There is a bit of a learning curve, but its the best thing I have done for myself!

    It doesn’t leave you feeling sucked dry and its super comfy! The first time I tried it I had a fast pitch game that night and no leaks!!!

    Definitely worth the money!

  15. thonggirl January 30, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    I personally have not yet tried the Diva Cup, but I am looking forward to trying it my next cycle.
    I also have heard many good things about it, but I have noticed that nobody has mentioned about the risk of TOXIC SHOCK with usung tampons.
    I can’t really see any downside to using the cup.

  16. M February 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    There’s actually nothing gross about it. Silicone isn’t porous, so it is easy to clean. Tampons and pads create so much waste in landfills, so this is great to do in addition to getting a hybrid, riding a bike, solar-paneling your house, etc.

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