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).
So, without further ado, here are 13 reasons why I love my DivaCup:
- 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).
- Inserting a DivaCup isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as inserting a hard, firm wad of cotton is. Ouch.
- 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.
- There’s no hassle of bent/non-functional applicators (one reason why I switched to applicator-less tampons before switching to the DivaCup).
- No strings attached! (Haha.)
- No strings means no worries about inadvertently letting other people at the pool or beach know you’re menstruating.
- 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.
- A DivaCup can hold up to an ounce, if not a little more, of menstrual fluid. Can a tampon do that?
- 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.
- A DivaCup is much better for the environment, because it can be re-used.
- 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).
- DivaCups don’t wind up discarded in your trashcan, where they can lay there kicking up odor like tampons can.
- DivaCups can be re-used – duh.
- Yes, I am one of those freaky chicks that has sex while menstruating. ↩