A Review Based on My Experience with the Diva Cup
So, if you’re like me, when you first heard about the Diva Cup, your interest was peaked, because among other reasons, you like the idea of producing less waste. Also, maybe your dog likes eating used tampons and you’re tired of cleaning up the nasty vomit that ensues. Or maybe you have other reasons for wanting to try it. Whatever the case, I think you should.
I finally decided to try the Diva Cup after thinking about it for months, and for a number of reasons aside from what’s already been mentioned. So I took to the internet to order the thing and waited for my monthly visitor to bestow me with its gifts.
I love the little pouch it comes with. Simply put the cup in its pouch and throw it in your purse to take along with you wherever you go, and you’ll always be prepared. It’s super convenient and you’ll never have to worry about being caught off guard. Or, if you’re like me, and you’re super on top of every detail related to your cycle, you’ll know exactly what day Aunt Flow is coming to town, and you can simply insert the cup before leaving the house in the morning. That way you won’t have to deal with the mess that sometimes comes with the joy of a flow that likes to grace you with its presence in the middle of the day. The best part? You can leave your cup in for up to 12 hours, which means, less time spent dealing with needy Aunt Flow.
Okay, so let’s talk about the insertion and use of the thing. The Diva Cup comes in two different sizes. The first size (shown above) is intended for women under 30 who have not yet given birth to any children. The second size is designed for women who have given birth and/or are over the age of 30 (see website for more details). Inserting the cup is a little tricky and can take a little practice.
There are a couple different techniques you can try as recommended on the instructions and on the Diva Cup website.
The push down fold (left) and the C fold (right). I recommend trying both methods and sticking to the one that works for you. The instructions explain that the cup should be inserted horizontally. Once the cup is inside, the fold will release and the cup should open up. I find that I have to play with it a little to get the cup to open up completely. If you do decide to try it out, definitely take the time to read the instruction sheet thoroughly before you get started.
If the cup is not completely opened while inside, you will experience leaks. And it has to cover your cervix. If not inserted correctly, the cop might not even cover your cervix, and again, you’ll experience leaks. I had leaks throughout my first trial cycle with the cup, but by the second cycle, I managed to figure it out, and was leak free.
Try to figure out where everything is. That’s your best bet for making sure the cup is inserted correctly.
It was definitely very frustrating with all the leaks during my first attempts, but after getting the hang of it, I found that I quite enjoyed using my Diva Cup. It’s an easy way to manage your period without having to think about it more than a couple of times a day.
Removing the thing can be a bit tricky and ultimately, I think in order to use a Diva Cup, you should be very comfortable with your body, and not be afraid to do the necessary work involved. Tampons make things easy with applicators and strings, but the Diva Cup requires a little more hands-on action, so just be weary of that.
Overall, I personally find that the Diva Cup works really well for me, and if you’ve been thinking about giving it a try, I would definitely recommend it. You’ll never know if it’s something that could work for you until you try.