Warning! TMI Alert!
I am having my period. That’s right – shit just got real up in here!
My reproductive system has been doing it’s thing for about 25 years now. In that time I have tried just about every menstrual product available: pads, tampons, sponges, liners…you name it, it’s been in the vicinity of my vagina.
Then, about eight years ago a friend told me about The Diva Cup (a.k.a “Menstrual Cup” a.k.a “The Cup”). It’s one of those rare products that, once I began using it, really did change my life a little bit. For all of it’s simple brilliance the first time I tried the cup, I was actually a little bummed because, holy mother of menstration why didn’t anyone tell me about this sooner.
The Diva Cup is just what it sounds like: a reusable tapered cup made of soft silicone. It’s inserted into the vagina where it collects blood and other endometrial leavings. One the cup is full, the contents are discarded – typically into the toilet. The empty cup is put back into place and the party continues until Aunt Flo packs up and leaves town. Easy. Peasy.
Like any other product The Diva Cup isn’t going to work for everyone. It has lots of pros, but their are some cons as well. But in the spirit of accentuating the positive, let me start by telling you why I’m such a fan of the little cup that could.
- It’s pretty dang comfy. Once the cup is in and properly positioned over my cervix, I pretty much don’t feel it at all.
- It’s non-porous and won’t trap bacteria
- It’s super easy to keep clean. It can even be sterilized in boiling water.
- It’s very durable. I’ve had the same cup for six years and it doesn’t show any significant signs of wear.
- It’s environmentally friendly
- At just over $42, it’s a very inexpensive option when compared to disposable products.
- It’s convenient. You can easily store it in a purse or a bag. That way it’s always available no matter where you are when your period starts.
- No risk of toxic shock syndrome! Woot!
- It can be worn overnight. No need to wake up in the middle of the night for a quick change.
So that’s the good stuff and it’s a whole LOTTA good. But Diva may not work for you if
- You’re uncomfortable inserting things in your vagina. Not only does the cup have to go in there, you need to use your fingers to position it properly.
- You’re uncomfortable at the sight of your menstral blood.
- You like having vaginal intercourse during your period. Unlike a tampon, the cup needs to come out before anything else goes in. Unless you don’t mind a mess (which some people don’t), the Diva isn’t great for menstrual coitus.
I’ve been using mine for years and I rarely experience leaks; however there can be a bit of learning curve in terms of getting to sit properly. It took me a couple cycles to really get the hang of using it. Most people get the hang of it by their third period and in the meantime, pantyliners are a great backup.
All in all, The Diva Cup is one of the best investments I have ever made and something I plan to keep using until the day that menopause comes ‘a knockin!