Thursday 13: 13 things I love about my DivaCup

Thursday 13: 13 things I love about my DivaCup

A DivaCup, which is a silicone-based reusable menstrual cup, sounds like a weird thing to blog about, but I’ve had mine and have been using it regularly for about a year and a half now, and I love it so much that I can’t resist blogging about it (related good read: I love my DivaCup).

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So, without further ado, here are 13 reasons why I love my DivaCup:

  1. It’s more comfortable than a tampon. You know how people – myself included – say that if a tampon is in correctly, you won’t feel it? Try sitting down hard, or leaning over – you’ll feel it. With a DivaCup, when it’s “seated” properly, and up against my cervix like it should be, I really do not feel it (ask my husband about the time that I forgot until a very crucial moment that I was wearing it!1).
  2. Inserting a DivaCup isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as inserting a hard, firm wad of cotton is. Ouch.
  3. Removing a DivaCup isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as removing a hard, firm wad of cotton. Ladies, you know that awful grabby/clenchy/draggy feeling associated with pulling out a relatively dry tampon? You don’t get that with a DivaCup.
  4. There’s no hassle of bent/non-functional applicators (one reason why I switched to applicator-less tampons before switching to the DivaCup).
  5. No strings attached! (Haha.)
  6. No strings means no worries about inadvertently letting other people at the pool or beach know you’re menstruating.
  7. Medical-grade silicone is much safer for your body than chemically-treated tampons. While the risk of TSS isn’t 100% eliminated, the chances of it occurring are greatly lessened.
  8. A DivaCup can hold up to an ounce, if not a little more, of menstrual fluid. Can a tampon do that?
  9. In my experience, a “full” DivaCup only drops down a little bit to indicate that it needs to be dumped. A full tampon, on the other hand, can have a nasty tendency of making a surprise exit.
  10. A DivaCup is much better for the environment, because it can be re-used.
  11. In my opinion, a DivaCup is more sanitary, because it can be cleaned and boiled or put in the dishwasher for disinfecting; also, there’s no string to worry about peeing on (don’t lie – we all know it can and does happen).
  12. DivaCups don’t wind up discarded in your trashcan, where they can lay there kicking up odor like tampons can.
  13. DivaCups can be re-used – duh.
  1. Yes, I am one of those freaky chicks that has sex while menstruating.


11 responses to “Thursday 13: 13 things I love about my DivaCup” - Jump to comment form

  1. Margaret wrote on #

    I love my diva cup too! But I am thinking of trying another brand. The Diva cup was my first cup, and I’m SOOOO glad I tried it.
    Another reason I love menstrual cups is that you don’t have to indefinitely give money to big companies that have stupid advertising campaigns.
    Also, while the Diva Cup company recommends replacing your cup once a year, many people I know have had theirs for several years. As long as you keep it clean and un-harmed, it will last for as long as 10 years (So I hear)! I’ve dona a diva cup review on my youtube channel- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC2zWZEF9Zw&feature=g-upl&context=G2720346AUAAAAAAAAAA

    • Jenn wrote on #

      Thanks for the info on DivaCup replacement! I bought mine in the fall of 2010 and began using it that November. So it’s been a little over a year and a quarter… so far it doesn’t seem any different from when it was brand new. I’m thinking of trying a Lunette – have you tried those? If so, what do you think of them?

  2. Yep, they’re great. I’d never want to go back to tampons. They also, under medical grade, don’t cause rash like Always pads do for some women.
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    • Jenn wrote on #

      I’ve been fortunate to never have any reactions to pads or tampons, but I’ve certainly heard horror stories!

  3. Chloe wrote on #

    Do you seriously put it in your dishwasher..!? That just makes me want to vomit!

    • Jenn wrote on #

      I personally haven’t, but I’ve heard that you can. I don’t see the big deal – personally, the bacteria in a person’s mouth (and thus on flatware, plates, bowls, and glasses) grosses me out more. Also, you can run the dishwasher with nothing in it *but* the DivaCup, and then afterwards, run it again to thoroughly clean it out.

      Did you know that cloth menstrual pads – which I also use – can be washed in your washer? Now that I *do* do. Here, hold on, I’ll grab you a trash can to throw up in. But first I have some pads to wash.

        • Chloe wrote on #

          There is a big, big, BIG difference between a dishwasher and a washing machine. IMO of course since this is The Internet and we all have our own opinions.

          • Raechel wrote on #

            Yes, there is a difference between a dishwasher and a washing machine. However, with the Diva Cup, you’re just trying to sterilize it and kill any bacteria (exactly what you’re trying to do with tableware). Since dishwashers use boiling hot water to clean dishes, they do the trick. Personally, I boil my Diva Cup in a pot on my stove.

  4. Thumbs up to the DivaCup indeed :) It also was my first cup.
    Ladies if you want to read infos about menstrual cups, why and how to use them, have a look at my website and don’t hesitate to post your questions on my forum. I will answer them myself http://forum.menstrualcup.co.

 

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