Tuesday, March 12, 2013

an HONEST review: The DivaCup

Before I start, I just want to say that if you're a woman, you owe it to yourself to read this article.

And if you're familiar with "Sex and the City"... and you relate to Charlotte, you might want to grab a glass of wine... make that white wine. 

I'm a Carrie.  No prudes up in herrrr!

So sit back and relax because you're about to get a big dose of "no way"... and "I didn't even know that existed!"

So I was over-sharing a few weeks ago and asked my readers if anyone had tried a DivaCup.  A few had heard of it, but no one had actually tried it.

And it must be a small world because DivaCup also stumbled across my blog and offered to help a Diva out.  They sent me a DivaCup and DivaWash to review for free. 

People are curious... they WANT to know what a DivaCup is!

See?  Curious. ^^
(my instagram feed)
So what's a Diva Cup?

"The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow."


The DivaCup 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.
-DivaCup

So you can get a feel for the size, here is the DivaCup next to my index finger.  
Here's my week in review:

Day 1:  I dragged the kids all around, went to karate, dinner with my parents, back home, baths, bedtimes, and then I watched a netflix movie... and not once did I have to think about changing a tampon or pad.  When I finally decided to go to bed, I took it out and washed it and put it back in. 

Day 2:  Woke up, no leaks.  Woo... this is too good to be true.

Then my period started to get heavier.  And while I thought I was wearing it correctly- I wasn't.  I had two major leaks (at home) and decided to go with tampons the rest of the day since I had a lot of errands to run. 

Day 3: Still a bit tired and not knowing what I did wrong, Joel asked if I was wearing my Diva Cup still.  The man who didn't want to see or hear about it... was asking about it!

I told him I had some leaking issues and he shook his head saying, "Wow you gave up fast."  

He lit the fire and pissed me off.
(Note to readers: I told Joel he'd be in my review and I got thoroughly made fun of.)

I sat down and googled "leaking Diva Cup" to hopefully troubleshoot the problem and I stumbled across this message board.   Awesome advice from real women.  I read every suggestion and tried again.  I recommend this message board to anyone who plans on trying the Diva Cup. 

Day 4 to the end of my period: No leaks.  I found out my cup wasn't opening completely and that's why I was having leaks.  I found I have to stick my finger up there to make sure it's really open and right under my cervix... yes I know what my cervix feels like, maybe you should too.

It's a bit of a learning process.
Do you remember the first time you wore a tampon?

I do.  I didn't insert it far enough and I was jumping on my friend's trampoline and it fell out (hilarious now, embarrassing as hell then).

So, don't try it once and give up.  Troubleshoot the problem and give yourself enough time to get familiar with it.

Conclusion: 
I like it.  I like how it's reusable, saves money, can be worn up to 12 hours.
The 12 hours thing I really love, I don't have to carry tampons or pads at all.

Still cringing?  Don't.  Seriously... I wish I could have been a fly on the wall the first time the tampon was big news.  I mean just imagine the rumors and stereotypes being throw out there.

 ::whispers::

"If you stick a tampon inside of you, you're no longer a virgin."

Is anyone else just wanting to quote "Mean Girls" the movie?
Hmm... just me... you've GOT to watch that movie!

Why switch from tampons/pads to a Diva Cup?
My reason was a heavy flow since Jude has been born.  I was wearing tampons and pads together and it just plain sucked.  I was a total tampon girl before Jude was born.

I'm also the type who changed a tampon a bit too soon, and if it's not completely saturated it can be painful to remove not to mention disturbs the PH balance of the vagina.  The other products are full of chemicals too, so if you're looking for something safer for your body and also eco-friendly, the DivaCup is the way to go. 

Some surprising facts:
The DivaCup is good for up to a year (or longer).
What I normally spend on tampons/pads in two months is the amount I would need to buy a Diva Cup and their wash.

The reason for this review is to educate and empower, two words DivaCup really embraces and I love that.

DivaCup is catching on.  Soon it won't be so foreign, and when someone brings it up in a conversation you'll actually have the facts and who knows... you might even be wearing one.

I picked up a Cosmo two days ago as a treat to myself in the checkout line... and guess what I saw inside?



And if you're still on the fence... just think of the polar bears.  

13 comments:

  1. Interesting. Although I have yet to have Aunt Flo return since June of 2011 so not sure when this chance would come to try it!

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  2. ive been wanting to try this for awhile now, glad to hear a review from someone i know! :) ~brenda

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  3. Great review Olivia! In this world of 'thinking Green'...you nailed it! I admire you willingness to share. :)

    BTW...Zach was traumatized by the Diva Cup pic you drew on the blackboard and erased it...hahaha. I had to explain what the Diva cup was and then he proceeded to draw his own version of a penis...I must say it looked a lot like a hand gun!

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  4. Omygosh, I love it! I seriously would love to give this a try when it's time. I love love love that you didn't have to worry for up to 12 hours. And I love that you told Joel he'd be in the review. :)
    I can't believe it can last for up to a year...awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! Xoxox
    Maria

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    1. actually they last up 5-10 years if looked after properly, Divacup only recently changed their guideline replacement info to boost sales.. (there are over 20 other brands of cups in different lengths/widths/capacities/colours to choose from! more info here: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/)

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  5. I just started using the Diva Cup=yes! I had trepidation, and it *was* quite the learning curve, but it was too convenient and cost effective to give up on! I rave about it to every female. ha.

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  6. I've been using it for 6 months and I absolutely love it. I didn't buy it for 2 months though because it was so expensive compared to tampons but my periods were viscous! Debilitating pain and they usually lasted for 7 days. Now my periods are shorter and painless! :o Why didn't someone tell me about this damn thing when I was 15?!

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  7. Excellent review! I have been using the Diva cup for about 7 months now and wish I would have known about it much sooner! If you ask me it is amazing and so glad I saw it at a show that was held at our convention center.

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  8. It's nice to a see a positive and honest review (especially with regards the the learning curve: I think we forget how tricky they were to begin with too!)

    You might have found this already in your research but here is the link to the livejournal menstrual cup community forum if you have any more problems is the future! http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/

    you might also know that there are over 20 different brands of cups (in different lengths, widths, capacities, stiffness stems and colours!) info here: http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ so if the Diva doesn't work out for you or anyone else reading this because it's too long/stiff/not enough capacity etc another cup definitely will. :)

    equally you don't need to replace the cup every year, they last for 5-10 years if looked after properly, The Diva cup only recently shortened their guideline replacement suggestion most likely to boost sales but their silicone is still the same quality that it was before and as all other cups with the 5-10 years guideline! :) you can just use mild soap or water to clean the cup with too so even more money saved! :)

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  9. I just got my second DivaCup on Sunday. I had one a couple of years ago while I was lifeguarding at a kids camp, and the reason I bought it in the first place was because I knew I was going to be stuck at a beach for an extended period of time with no means of changing tampons every few hours. My research led me to want a DivaCup for other reasons, so I wanted to bring those up for ladies on the fence about trying one.

    I did a lot of research in women's forums before deciding to purchase a DivaCup. I had been experiencing really heavy cramps that made it hard to do much of anything, and my flow just kept getting heavier and heavier. Something I saw frequently in the forums was women claiming that when they switched away from tampons (either tampons to pads only, or tampons to menstrual cup, etc.) a lot of their cramps and other PMS went away. That pretty much cinched it for me and I found it to be very true. Even on my heaviest day, if I am using the DivaCup I most likely won't even notice that I have my period.

    Also, for those who are worried about the DivaCup being a painful experiencing during insertion and removal, I don't notice any. The key is to remember to "bear down", which causes your vaginal muscles to relax and expand. Pretty much painless after that.
    It is a daunting first time, but that first busy day that you don't have to worry about changing tampons, or that heavy night where you can sleep through the night with the DivaCup, or the time you go swimming and have no embarrassing accidents, you will fall completely in love with the DivaCup.

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  10. I started using a Diva Cup back in November and will NEVER go back to tampons!!! I recently wrote a review (just because) for Menstrual Cups on my blog! I want to spread the word, I think every woman needs to try one!! I hope you don't mind, I'm going to add a link to your review to my post! The more positive opinions the better!

    http://www.mrs-marine.com/2013/03/getting-personal-menstrual-cups.html

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  11. I'm 18, and I've been using my Diva for over a year now... I love it sooo much, and I'm a total Diva Cup evangelist- constantly preaching about it. After giving them up, tampons totally disgust me now, I mean who really wants to shove a piece of chemically treated cotton up their vagina? One fact I especially love bringing up to tampon users is that since tampons absorb, they also take natural lubrication with them and can dry you out and cause microtears in your tissues, making you more susceptible to germs and diseases of all sorts. The Diva also saves you from putting so many pounds of waste into landfills, it's fantastic.

    Also--the "modern day tampon" comment from the instagram feed is hilarious to me, because if I'm not mistaken, menstrual cups have been around in various forms since the 1930s! A friend recently showed me that cosmo ad for the cup, and I certainly hope it gains even more popularity for the sake of women everywhere, as well as the environment!

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