Okay so I was hesitant to review The DivaCup because I think some people are a little closed minded about things that are “not what they are used to,” However, I tend to love talking about things that other people find to be “uncomfortable” so here is my honest review of The DivaCup in all its glory!
What is it?
If you haven’t heard of The DivaCup, (and you wouldn’t be alone because I hadn’t either until I started looking for alternatives to tampons and pads) then let me explain this in the simplest way possible… It’s a very soft and durable medical grade silicone cup that is placed in your vagina during your menstrual flow instead of a tampon or wearing a pad. At first I know it sounds a little weird but trust me that it will also change the way you look at your period, in a positive way!
The DivaCup comes in two different sizes or “models.” It comes in Model 1 which is recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarean section. I have Model 2 since I have had a child and it is recommended for women age 30 and over and/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by caesarean section. Find Your Size HERE!
Where To Buy It
It’s best to buy The DivaCup from a reputable store, that is why there is a great list of stores near you on their site. I purchased one at CVS and a friend of mine got hers at Rite-Aid. If you prefer to purchase online please do so with a reputable retailer.
How Does it Work?
The DivaCup works by collecting your menstrual flow BEFORE it has a chance to escape the vagina and end up in your panties. I am trying to be as blunt as possible here so it’s clear and easy to understand so I am trying NOT to use technical terms.
- You fold The DivaCup in half so long ways, gently insert it into your vagina, far enough inside so that the stem of The Diva Cup is not showing but is right on the inside of your vagina, so that the tip of the stem is no further than a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) into the vagina.
- Slowly release and allow The DivaCup to expand so it’s snug inside.
- Now this is the most important part! Grip the base of the cup (not the stem) and turn the cup one full rotation (360 degrees) in either direction or insert the cup about half way, turn the cup one full rotation and then push it horizontally in the rest of the way. The DivaCup must rotate easily as this ensures that it is fully open and that it is positioned horizontally towards your tailbone.
If you need more information please visit The DivaCup website: http://divacup.com/how-it-works/how-it-works/
Here is an instructional video to show you exactly how it works from The DivaCup. Find it online as well right HERE.
Now for my experience… The DivaCup was nice enough to send me one to try! This post is brought to you by The DivaCup and Her Campus Media but of course all opinions are my own. Here is how everything was packaged and I loved it! I used the journal to document my journey and they also sell a really nice pH balanced DivaWash for cleansing The DivaCup which really comes in handy!
At first I was really scared, mostly because I did not want it to leak! So the first day I tried it I made sure I had enough time at home to myself and I made sure not to be sitting on anything that I did not want to RUIN! I also wore a pad just “in case” and I inserted it as instructed by the website. There is SO much amazing information there ladies! It’s an amazing site that provides so much information about the DivaCup but not only that, it provides so much information about a women’s body! I wish I would have had a resource like that growing up! For example click HERE to visit The DivaCup site and learn about the menstrual cycle.
Here is what’s in the box!
Ok so once you open the box you get the actual DivaCup along with this cute and convenient little bag to store it in when you are not using it!
Now, THIS is the part you really have to get familiar with! This is The DivaCup! I know it does not look like much at first glance…
but here are it’s features:
- 12 hour leak-free protection!
- Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
- Does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes.
- Reusable and eco-friendly – no waste, no chemicals.
- Features extra grip ridges for easier removal.
- Cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada.
- Diva International Inc. is the only ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office in the world!
YES 12 hour protection that’s really awesome since most tampons and pads have to be changed every couple of hours! I was even able to swim while using The DivaCup!! Plus there is no annoying string hanging down! OK so I will say the first time I tried to use it I was confused about how to get it in correctly. However, after only 2 tries I understood what it needed to look and feel like. I never had any leaks even the first time I put it in. Granted the first day was a light flow day but I still had flow in The DivaCup once it was removed. That’s the next topic I wanted to discuss; REMOVAL AND CLEANING!
Will I Smell?
NO! Menstrual flow only begins to smell when it is exposed to the air so guess what? Since The DivaCup collects your flow inside the vagina you will not have that stinky, icky odor you get from wearing pads or even tampons.
How and When Do You Remove It?
Ok, removing The DivaCup can seem really daunting at first but it’s really not that hard to do. However, I highly recommend doing it in the shower (with one leg propped up if possible) or over the toilet, seated with legs spread (slightly, you don’t need to go full spread eagle here). All you do is reach inside until you feel the stem, grab the stem and slowly pull down until you can pinch the cup. When you get a grip on both sides of the cup, start to pinch it and slide it out at the same time. Voila! Done! Obviously there will be menstrual flow inside so this is why I recommend taking it out at the end of the day, in the shower. That was the way I preferred to remove it and then clean it. Everyone is different so you will need to understand your flow and the amount of it to know when the best times are to remove, clean and reinsert during your period. I would remove both day (after a full night with it in) and night (after a full day). I noticed the cup was not even half full when it was emptied but some women have heavier flows so you will need to try taking it out a few hours into wearing it and see what the amount of flow is looking like.
Cleaning your DivaCup
Wash your DivaCup using The DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented, water-based (oil-free) soap. You also want to make sure to wash your hands before removing or inserting the DivaCup. Then reinsert if you are still on your period OR store it in the tiny bag until your next cycle! That’s it! You thought it was going to be harder didn’t you?
I personally love The DivaCup. I started looking for alternatives when I noticed that my tampons were really hurting me when I removed or inserted them. I found out that tampons are made of rayon and cotton and they absorb your vagina’s protective fluid, drying out and disrupting its normal pH levels, also making it very uncomfortable to insert and remove (it is dry and really hurts sometimes!) so I decided to try The DivaCup and I seriously can’t believe I did not do it sooner. For more info please visit their website.
This post is sponsored by The DivaCup and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make websites like mine possible!