That may seem like a tall order from one product but the Diva Cup delivers. When I first heard about the Diva Cup, I was curious. I was also tired of paying exhorbitant prices for personal hygiene products. And I worried about the effect of all the waste on the environment.
I went to You-Tube and watched a video to learn more about it. I was convinced. The Diva Cup is available on Amazon for $28 so I placed my on-line order. The product is not yet available in pharmacies, perhaps because it is competing with the more traditional manufacturers of personal hygiene products. Kotex and Tampax want us coming back every month and spending more money. A cup can last upwards of ten years or more, so if you are spending $50-75 a year on disposable products, you can end up saving over $500 every 10 years. And you never have to worry about “running out”.
But what is it exactly? The DivaCup is a funnel-shaped cup that is inserted into the vagina to catch your monthly flow. It holds an ounce, which is 1/3 to 1/4 the average total flow for the whole period, so it can hold a lot. It is generally worn for 12 hours before it needs emptied. The cup comes in two different sizes; one for women who have had children and for women who have not. I found it incredibly easy to insert and remove. And there has been no leakage. I’ve been asked if the cup can “get lost”. Not a chance.
Within the first month, I figured out how often I would need to empty and re-insert. Once inserted, I couldn’t feel it; I just forgot about it. When time was up, I emptied the contents in the toilet, rinsed, and reinserted. If I wasn’t sure when my period was coming, I was able to insert the cup ahead of time without any problems or dangers, unlike tampons.
The Diva Cup is small, easily carried in a pretty cotton bag supplied with the purchase. The cup comes with full instructions on insertion and care. It is made of silicone, so no worries about toxic shock syndrome.
I feel so much cleaner and fresher using the cup. No one knows when I have my period. I don’t have to take a purse with me to the rest room when I am at work. I have even more freedom than when I used tampons. Before the Diva Cup, I was looking forward to menopause just so I wouldn’t have to deal with my periods. But now I’m not in any rush for “the change”. My only regret is that I didn’t find the Diva Cup sooner; how much easier periods would have been if I had this product as a teenager.