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TMI Tuesday: Diva Cup review

So the very first TMI Tuesday was all about something us gals know too much about. Our menstrual cycles. In that post, I talked about my desire to be greener and dump the hassle that was sanitary napkins and tampons. Instead, I said I was going to use a menstrual cup. Say hello to the Diva Cup.

After that post (which was almost 2 months ago), I was anxious for my cycle to come so I could give the menstrual cup a whirl. Mind you, I am NEVER anxious for my period to come. For me, my period’s arrival means cramps from hell, lethargy, the desire to stuff my face and tummy hurtin’ gas. I have to endure all of this while keeping a smile on my face at work and during meetings. It’s the worst. Sanitary napkins didn’t make it any better because I always felt…gross and unclean. I changed them far too often and when I couldn’t, I felt….even grosser. I am happy to say that the Diva Cup has SO made my period 10x more bearable.

WARNING: I’m going to do an in-depth description and review of the Diva Cup. If you are squeamish about period talk, discussing the female anatomy or blood, you may want to leave this post.

If you’re a gangsta and still hangin’ with me, pat yourself on the back. 8) I’m going to do this review in a Q&A format for easier viewing.

How does the Diva Cup work?

Here’s how….it sits snuggly right underneath your cervix and catches your flow. Tampons can disrupt our pH balance because of the harsh cotton stuffed up there. The Diva Cup, however, is made of high quality silicone. It does not contain chlorine, dyes, colorings or additives. It is also scent-free. Give me a side eye if you want, but let’s face it….sometimes being on the rag can be smelly. Not the case with the Diva Cup.

Is it difficult to insert the Diva Cup?

Not one bit. Listen here, ladies…learn your body. Seriously. I felt like quite a noob for not knowing where my cervix was. I actually had to Google it. Sticking some fingers up there and searching for my cervix REALLY helped me work with the Diva Cup better. Some women aren’t able to reach their cervices – which is completely normal. Your best bet is to ask your gynecologist where it is. Also, because my cervix tends to sit lower before and during my cycle, reaching it is a breeze.

Is inserting the Diva Cup painful?

No. If it’s painful, that means you have inserted it incorrectly. I find inserting tampons far more painful and uncomfortable than inserting a menstrual cup. I will say this, you have to be okay with feeling inside your vagina to get the Diva Cup in place. Some women don’t like feeling their fleshy parts and may be turned off with the idea of having to do so. I didn’t find inserting, wearing or removing the Diva Cup at all painful.

What about leaking?

My first time wearing the Diva Cup was rough. Simply because I didn’t trust it or my body. Before test driving a menstrual cup, understand your flow. Are you heavy the first few days? Do you have clots? Do you tend to leak at night? Getting an understanding of your period prior to wearing the Diva Cup can REALLY help you out. The one time I leaked was at night and that was because I inserted the cup incorrectly. It felt funny after I put it in and I was too lazy to re-do it. A midnight run to the bathroom left me with Shark Week-type panties. You gals know what I’m talkin’ about. It wasn’t pretty. So yes, the Diva Cup WILL leak if it doesn’t have a snug fit. I highly recommend wearing a pad the first few times you wear the cup. Just in case…

My period is really really heavy. Will the Diva Cup hold my flow?

I consider my period to be heavy for the first few days and don’t have any problems with leaking. On the first day of my period, I change the Diva Cup more often whereas when I’m getting closer to my period ending, I only have to change it twice a day. So yes, the Diva Cup WILL hold your flow. Just be sure to check it regularly.

How is removal? It seems nasty…

A lot of women may freak out at the sight of their menstrual blood in a cup. Quite frankly, it doesn’t bother me. If anything, I find it fascinating. I know. I’m weird. The removal is actually easier than you think. Grabbing the bottom of it and gently squeezing it can relive the Diva Cup’s suction. From there, you pull down and gently tilt the Diva Cup’s bottom toward the ground. Discard, rinse and reuse! I will say this…removal can be challenging in public restrooms. But it’s still 10x easier than dealing with the unwrapping of a sanitary napkin. Before I go in the restroom, I grab a few paper towels with me. I usually carry a bottle of water to rinse the cup in the toilet. I pat it dry with the paper towels and re-insert. I hate to say it, but if I can, I go in the handicap bathrooms when I’m rockin’ the Diva Cup only because it gives me more space to move around. And I can wash my hands without touching much of anything. Keep in mind, that the outside of the cup does NOT have menstrual flow on it. You shouldn’t get blood on your fingers at all.

A quick vid I did of the removal…

 

Do you clean it daily? And how long can you wear it?

It is recommended to wear the cup for no more than 12 hours at a time. Obviously, if you have a heavy flow, you’ll want to check it more often. The first few days I wore the Diva Cup, I checked it every 2 hours or so. Just out of sheer paranoia. I recommend doing this when you first wear the Diva Cup. Just so you know what your flow is like. At the end of each day and before bed, I wash my with soap, rinse and re-insert. There is also a Diva Wash you can purchase but I’ve found my unscented homemade soap works just fine.

How can you not feel it, B? I just don’t get that…

Seriously. You DON’T feel it. The Diva Cup is not recommended to stay in for more than 12 hours but because it’s so comfortable, I have accidentally forgotten that it was in. No more having to feel that “gushing” feeling when wearing a pad. I can wear thongs, sleep through the night, work out with ease and soak in bath water without fear of creating pools of blood. Which sounds gross, but come on, gals…I know we’ve all been there before.

I’m a teenager. Should I try the Diva Cup?

I’m 27 and I can honestly say that if the Diva Cup was presented to me as a teen, I WOULD not have given it a chance. Then again, I was a teen afraid of tampons. That said, I recommend teenagers consult with their gynecologists first before considering the Diva Cup.

How much is the Diva Cup, what comes with it and where can I get it from?

I scooped up my cup from a health food store here in Orlando. I have also seen it at Whole Foods and on Amazon. I got mine for $35. Pricey? Yes. But it’s the best investment I’ve made in quite some time. And did I mention that the Diva Cup can last for years? Years, ladies. Years. Meanwhile, those bloody pads and tampons go straight to clogging up landfills. The Diva Cup comes in a girly box with the cup itself, a nice carrying bag and a DIVA pin. And plenty of instructions.

There are 2 kinds of Diva Cups. How do I know which one is for me?

There is 1 for women under 30 and one for women over 30 OR who have had children. I got Model 1.

How do I clean and store and the Diva Cup until my next period?

When your cycle is over, it is recommended to boil your Diva Cup for 5 minutes. Obviously, you’ll want to designate a pot just for your Diva Cup in this case. Afterwards, put it in its pouch and leave it somewhere dark and cool until it’s time to reuse. I leave mine in my panty drawer.

Bottom Line:

The learning curve for the Diva Cup can be challenging. My commitment to greening up my period and finding a better alternative is what motivated me to keep going. I wish that all women would give menstrual cups a try, but I know they won’t. There are way too many “factors” that can turn gals away. The price. The fact that you have to reach inside your vagina to insert it. The removal. So yeah – I get why many women won’t consider the Diva Cup. Quite frankly, I would pay $100 for this menstrual cup. It has given me a level of confidence and peace that I didn’t even know existed during my period. No more having to run out and get pads because I’ve run out. Everything about the Diva Cup is wonderful. And if you still aren’t convinced, check the reviews online. Just about everyone that uses the Diva Cup loves it. The Diva Cup is antibacterial, comfortable and rocks in every way.

Pro’s:
-Catches WAY more flow than the average tampon and pad.
-Doesn’t disturb the body’s pH balance the way a tampon does.
-Doesn’t stink the way a pad can.
-Antibacterial and reusable which means no contributing to the landfills..
-Long lasting. Some Diva Cup users have had theirs for close to a decade.
-Comfortable for active ladies. I’ve played soccer, done yoga and ran with my Diva Cup with zero problems.
-Helps you monitor your menstrual flow. This may be important for women who need to keep a closer look at their cycles every month.

Con’s:
-A costly investment (although you do see a return in that investment in a good 7-8 months).
-Can be challenging to use the first few times.
-Takes some time figuring out how to use it in public.

What do you think? Think you’d try one or are you sticking to the pads and tampons? The Diva Cup website does an amazing job about answering almost every question under the sun regarding the cup.

 

ETA: The lucky winner of the Diva Cup was Selena in California! 

 

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  • http://www.twitter.com/misskstrong misskstrong

    This is fantastic! I’ve known about Diva Cups for a few years now, but I completely forgot to purchase one. I live in Nigeria for a large part of the year and tampons can get quite expensive there. Great review.

  • http://polishschmolish.blogspot.com Julie

    I’ve been dying to try one of these but it makes me nervous! Your posts have been leaning me towards taking the plunge though :]

    • http://polishschmolish.blogspot.com Julie

      whoops, forgot to add why! Tampons are a pain to use and I always use the wrong one for my flow size which probably just ends up harming my body. Boo!

  • Valerie

    I’m always looking for ways to make things easier during my period, so this really has me interested. Thanks for giving such a detailed review.

  • anhimals

    I did not know about this product until you reviewed. It sounds like something I should give a try. My period is so light that wearing a tampon gives me a headache, but I hate wearing pads because I have to be careful of how I lay or else I would leak everywhere and I dislike wearing overnights all the time because it makes it sound like I am wearing a diaper!

  • http://aliceinnappyland.blogspot.com/ Alice

    I <3 my Divacup and to clean it when I'm on the go, I keep some wet wipes in my purse and just whip that out instead of dealing with collecting paper towels (a lot of public bathrooms in my area have started eliminating paper towels in favor of those hand blow-y things so this method guarantees that you have something to tidy up with).

    Alice
    Alice in Nappyland

  • http://www.unique-desire.com Kassie

    Well I certainly wasn’t expecting to see this in my news feed! But it is intriguing! I love that it is reusable and green friendly. I am still a teenager, so I don’t think I will try it quite yet but maybe in my 20’s. This really was a great post, I learned to much!

    Thank you!

  • Becky

    I would love to try this.

  • Amy

    Interesting for sure.

  • Audrey

    Thank you for giving a more detailed review of this product. I have been interested in trying this simply to just eliminate the cost and waste of pads, panty liners and tampons that that are purchased.
    My greatest hesitation has been the thought of how to take care of it in public. Your idea of just carrying a water bottle with you is genius.

    • Darlene

      Honestly, if you time it correctly you will most likely never have to worry about changing it in public!! You can wear these up to 12 hrs, if your flow is heavier just empty it before you leave home and it should be fine till you come home.
      And if you do have to empty it then just carry a small bottle of water..they are very easy and quick to rinse or some wet wipes are great too!!
      You will love it once you try it, I’ve had mine for around 6 months and I wish I had tried it long ago!!!

  • Zana

    I am interested in trying this product. I HATE sanitary napkins I just hate the uncomfortable “feel” of them…anyway thanks for the giveaway

  • http://chaosagram.blogspot.com/ elaine

    hey B! I love these posts of yours! i think its really important to put up this info so everyone can see, and you explain it so well. i have been thinking about getting one of these and you have me convinced!!!
    go you with your TMI posts!!!

  • MJ Moore

    Ok, I had heard of this before, but never followed up. This review is soooo helpful! Honestly the greatest appeal of the Diva cup is the no-leak aspect. I always always have issues with tampons…

  • Lauren

    B, thank you so much for doing an in depth review on the Diva Cup. I’ve wanted to try them a few years ago but, I never really found enough information on them to make me feel comfortable enough to buy one. I’ve never really liked tampons or sanitary napkins and I always thought that those were my only options. It’s nice to see that there are more natural and comfortable options out there for women. I’m going to check with my OB/GYN to get the ok!

    Oh, how do you think that the Diva Cup compares to the Lunette?

    • Brittany

      Hi Lauren! I haven’t tried Lunette just yet. My next cycle will be my first test drive of that menstrual cup. And I’ll be doing a giveaway of it too. Woot!

    • Tricia

      Lauren, I know this is a few months old, but I thought I’d weigh in in case you still needed the info.

      I have a lunette, but I’ve only used it a few times. The opening on the Diva is slightly larger, and has more ridges. The stem on the lunette is longer. This us useful if you have trouble removing it, but could be too long and make it uncomfortable. Also, the Lunette is colored. The dye is FDA approved and perfectly safe.

      • Tricia

        Also, from what I understand, the Diva is firmer than the lunette, which is more flexible. I also understand that the Diva holds more.

  • http://www.beautybycatblog.com/ Catherine

    I had read about the Diva Cup before, but never with so much inside as with your article. I don’t usually get heavy periods, but I will still love to try this methods specially because of it’s environmental benefits. :-)

  • http://marycommentary.blogspot.com Stargirl Heuser

    I first heard about the Diva Cup from you and I so very very want to try it! I hate using tampons and pads. They’re so messy and wasteful.

  • Gilded Thrones

    I am trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. I make my own natural cleaning products, dish clothes, and tons of other items, but the period front I’m lacking. Still a slave to traditional products.

  • Kelly

    I’ve wanted to try the DivaCup for years. I’ve either not had the finances, forgotten, or life has gotten in the way. A few months ago, my coworker and I were discussing the merits of the DivaCup and we decided this year would be the year we would try it! I would definitely go with Model 1.

  • http://addictedtopolish.blogspot.com Savvy

    I’ve been wanting to try this out for a few years now. I’ve always had a really heavy flow and soaked through pads and tampons quickly during the first few days. I usually wear both. The Diva Cup just seems like it would be more efficient.

  • http://make-upmusicmoneyme.blogspot.com/ Jennifer

    Thanks so much for this post. TMI indeed but also needed.

  • Alexandra

    i’ve been wanting to try this!! thanks for the awesome info and giveaway!!

  • http://Ifcurvescouldtalk.com Stefanie (IFCURVESCOULDTALK)

    I wanna try one!

  • michelle

    wow, i’m glad you gave such an in-depth review! i have been thinking about getting one for a long time but tampons tend to give me cramps and i was terrified that a cup would do the same.

    • Nia

      I would suggest visiting this site and seeing if other people there have the same problem. It is full of great resources, and I bet you would find suggestions for a cup that might work for you. I use a Moon Cup B, which is equivalent to the Diva Cup 1 basically, but the ridges on the Diva Cup would’ve set me off, I know.

      Here’s the site
      http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/

      • michelle

        awesome! thank you!

  • Nancy S.

    I’ve been wanting to try the Diva Cup for a while now, I just keep putting off purchasing one. I think I’m finally ready to try it. With all of my running and working out, I think this would be a great option for me.

  • t

    Waah, all the giveaways are US/Canada only.

    • Brittany

      Not all of them, darling. I am running one right now that is International friendly!

  • Annette

    I’m been really curious about Diva Cup, but I’ve been worried that it would end up being a big hassle to use. Thanks for your explanation of how it works, I definitely want to try it now!

  • http://www.themayissue.com Karen

    I will definitely need to look up some anatomy. I can see how this would be more convenient and somehow a little more clean. Which is a pet peeve of mine once a month.

  • Heather

    I’ve wanted to try the diva cup for a while now, I am very active and the idea of not having to wear a tampon would be fantastic. Plus, the smell of pads makes me incredibly insecure!

  • http://www.lushesbrownthoughts.com SoFrolushes

    I bought something similar called a Moon Cup but I have never used it. I am too scared too. I should really give it a go though. Would save me a lot of money

  • Z Yang

    It seems very ecofriendly

  • http://www.theglamorousgleam.com Mz More

    I would love to try this out!

    • http://www.theglamorousgleam.com Mz More

      Oh sorry… I would love to try this out because ai can’t stand sitting on a pad and sometimes tamps are so uncomfortable.

  • jae

    I’m a Diva Cup gal and I have been for about two years now. I love it! The freedom and the comfort of it is something that I’ll never give up. I also feel like I’m more knowledgeable about my own cycle since I’ve made the switch!

  • http://feeds.feedburner.com/iamnotmychair.com Justice

    Oh no you didn’t use my VIP stall! **Giving you the ultra mean face**

    Thumbs up for going green with your cycle. I may try this if it means changing less, but I need to look at the infection risk with it being internal. I think this is phenomenal.

    • Brittany

      I know, I know. My baaaad!

  • http://peaches-dreams.blogspot.com/ avanna

    I think I may get one of these. My only fear is that it would be messy to change in public, but I’m adventurous so I may try it out anyway. Plus, it’s kind of adorable.

  • Naima

    I love the green aspect of it! Might have to give it a shot…

  • http://pattylikesmakeup.wordpress.com Patty

    I’ve been curious about this for the longest time. Gonna enter and try my luck.

  • http://backtocurly.com Chai

    okay…now I’m really interested! what’s always kept me away was the heavy flow situation…it’s never left me since my very FIRST period. makes me nervous…but would SO be willing to give it a try for all the Pros listed

  • http://mommymakinghome.blogspot.com Jessica Lynn

    (Love the TMI Tuesday. haha)
    I’ve been wanting to try one of these for a long time! The price is what puts me off……
    That said, I would LOVE to win one ;) haha
    Thanks for doing this give away!

    • Darlene

      The cost is a one time cost..just think you won’t have to buy tampons/pads again afterwards..in the long run the savings is worth it!! I was lucky enough to get mine on sale, but still the savings I’ve had since then..and I never have to worry if I’m prepared for my next period!! Trust me..once you try it, you’ll love it and wish you had tried it sooner!!

  • Isabel

    I’ve heard about this for a while now and I want one. Pads are gross and tamps hurt and since my period likes to switch things up sometimes, I end up using the wrong one for my flow. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/kitosgift Nayesha

    I would LOVE to try this! I can definitely relate to running out of pads and having to go get more!

  • Suzy

    I’m trying because i’m sick of having to wear ultra tampons and a pad for back-up!

  • http://www.Reads4Pleasure.com Reads4Pleasure

    I’ve never heard of the Diva Cup before, but after reading your review and watching the video, I’m totally on board. Even if I don’t win one, I’ll be ordering it and giving it a try. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

  • sarah

    I want to try the Diva Cup because I am concerned with the amount of waste I am generating using traditional sanitary products. And… pads just feel icky.

  • http://www.boobs.com The R

    There is nothing Diva about this thing. People throw that word around far too much. A “Diva” is an Opera singer, look it up. This things sounds messy and nasty.

    • Brittany

      And shoving cotton up our lady parts and sitting in a diaper full of blood isn’t nasty? Mmmm….

    • Darlene

      Pads and tampons are waaay nastier and messier than the cup is!! Don’t knock it till you try it!!
      It’s the one reason I love the cup as much as I do..no mess!!!!!!

  • http://www.creativelyyoursbyro.com Ro

    Thanks for such a candid review! I really am thinking about getting a Diva Cup now. I hate the feeling of sanitary napkins (feels like I’m sitting in dirt)so I usually stick with tampons. TMI Tuesday is such a great concept. Thanks!!

  • Selena torrealba

    I am so in love with this idea! I’ve Neva heard of dive cup till now! I wanna try one! :) I can’t see how to enter tha giveaway! =|

  • http://www.Chromaticmisadventures.com Claudia

    I would love to try it! Anything to be a little bit greener!

  • http://www.windycitymama.com Mama Violet

    I’m intrigued. It seems a lot less messy than tampons and pads.

  • Crystalyn D.

    I have known about Diva Cup for a while and have been researching the product. It seems like an awesome product. In the long run, it’ll be greener option and less expensive :)

  • Jennifer S.

    I want try it. I absolutely HATE my period. I use the ultra tampons and have to change every 1-2 hours the first 2 days of my cycle. Maybe the diva cup will help out with me not having to change so often.

  • Rachel

    i’ve been debating for YEARS if i should get one. i’m still not sure but i might just have to. “dont knock it til you’ve tried it” right? lol

    • Darlene

      Trust me..once you’ve tried it..you’ll be kicking yourself for waiting so long!!

  • http://Beautylit.blogspot.com Jessica

    I’m 20, and I heard of this. Years ago. I really want to try it, I think it sounds better than pads and tampons. Lol I’m a really openminded person

  • Crystal

    I would so love to try being more “green” in the period department. This sounds fabulous!!!!

  • http://www.brownbombshellbeauty.com Amber

    After your first post, I became SUPER interested in the Diva Cup and have been researching it. On a whim, I tried the disposable Softcups and was surprised how much I liked the concept. Now I need to upgrade to the Diva Cup, lol!

  • NancyJade

    This sounds great! I’ve never used anything but pads, which I change at an OCD rate. However, pads do feel gross, especially when I have to move around a lot. The Diva Cup is a bit expensive for me right now because of grad applications (they will suck you dry!), but I look forward to trying one in the future!

  • Grace

    this looks so scaryy…. but i really wanna try it now :D i HATE the feeling of the ‘gushyness’ when i use pads and have gym class. I wonder if it’s available in Canada too?

    • Darlene

      It is available here in Canada..I bought mine at a local drug store!! :)
      It is really simple and easy to use if you read and follow the instructions. I love mine and wish I had tried it sooner!!

  • http://www.makeupwithdrawal.com Mimi

    B, I laughed SO hard when you said shark-week panties.

    Gross, but so so true!

  • Michelle

    I’am actually allergic to the chemicals they put in pad and tampons, so I have to use cloth pads. It’s so annoying having to soak and wash them so it would be great to try this.

  • Brittany L.

    I just had a discussion with my coworker about greening up my period. I would love to try this.

  • Brittany L.

    I just wonder about using it when my flow is light. Sometimes even light tampons can be uncomfortable when I’m really light. Would I be able to use this comfortably?
    I’m off to check out the Diva Cup website. Thanks for the review!

    • Brittany

      I think so. Tampons tend to hurt going up because they are made of cotton and aren’t so gentle to our lady parts. After insertion, the Diva Cup warms up and sits comfortably.

  • Rebecca Roland

    I want to try the Diva Cup because I love the alternative to pads/tampons. I currently use a product called Soft Cup by Instead. It’s a disposable cup (can be work for up to 12 hours) and I really like it. But I hate that you throw them away after the 12 hours. I think the Diva Cup is a splendid thing and I’m excited to try it!

  • marta

    You review was great. i am curious to try it.

  • Stephi

    I learned about the diva cup about 6 months ago and would really love to try it. I don’t know anyone who has used one and have only read reviews which have all been positive. I hate how much waste goes into the landfills every month because of pads and tampons and this is a GREAT alternative option. :-)

  • Merina

    I’ve seen reviews on these but never as thorough as yours. SOLD!

  • Stacy R

    I’ve heard of this thing a while back, and have been reluctant to use it because…well, it has the potential to be very messy =S

    But, your review has me thinking a little differently. So here’s a good place to try

  • Adria

    I want to try it for two reasons: 1) it seems less stressful than pads/tampons, and 2) it’s greener. Double win in my opinion!

  • Iliana

    From the moment I heard about the divacup I have wanted to try it! Nice to hear its all its cracked up to be :D

    I want to try the diva cup because of how much safer it is for your body, not to mention thinking about the thousands of dirty tampons and pads that end up at landfills grosses me out the most! :)

  • selenatorrealba

    i would love to try this because it seems very easy&& i would love during my period to be a breeze! it’s just a fabalous idea all around! :)

  • http://juliemccray.com Julie

    I absolutely love this idea! I’ve been using a similar product called Softcup for a few months now. Softcups works great but I really like the idea of having just one item to use for that time of the month. No reason to be in the drugstore getting products.

  • http://www.tinyandpensive.blogspot.com Monica

    Thank you for such a helpful review! I’m tired of spending so much for pads/tampons every month, so now I’m really considering Diva Cup.

  • http://thedivaswork.wordpress.com Brooke

    This sounds a lot less messy than you would think, I might consider trying it, thank you for doing this detailed review.

  • Leah

    Id love to try a DivaCup – I hope it wouldn’t be too long for me though.. I just found out about this idea and I’d <3 to make my period "Greener"! :D

  • Pam

    I’ve been really curious about Diva Cup, but I’ve been worried that it would end up being a big hassle to use.

  • Alli

    I tried Diva after the Soft Cups were no longer available in my area. So glad I made the move.

    Another added bonus- you don’t have to worry about TSS (toxic shock syndrome) because the cup doesnt leave bacteria harbouring fibers like tampons do, and there’s no chemicals so won’t irritate like pads. Basically you’re cutting down on pollution for both the planet and, more importantly, YOUR BODY!

    TMI Tuesdays is a great concept!

  • Amy

    Was there a winner chosen?

    • Brittany

      Yep! The post announcing the winner will go live soon. ;)

  • Ambreen

    Wish I would’ve read this sooner so I could enter the contest :( The main thing holding me back is price. I’m also scared about learning how to use it properly. Why are the best things the hardest to learn?! Thanks for your full review B.

  • Elms

    After reading your post about the Diva Cup, I went back and forth for an entire day about whether I should try it or not. I cannot use tampons because my period is too light and I can always feel them stabbing me. The next day, I ordered one from Amazon. I didn’t even want to wait to try for your giveaway. This morning my period started RIGHT BEFORE my morning run. I thought “Yay, time to give it a whirl”, I wasn’t apprehensive at all. (I’ve NEVER been so excited for my period) The instructions sound way scarier than it actually is. It is really easy. I’m sitting here typing my comments and I cannot feel a thing!!! Holy cow, you have changed my life!! Had it not been for you, I would still be using lady diapers and skipped my workout. Thank you so much!! *hugs*

    • Brittany

      Yaaaaay! So glad it’s working for me. Crazy how something so small can be so life changing.

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  • sass

    Thank you for your very honest review!
    I have to admit I snorted and laughed when I read the Shark Week part and thusly scared the student I was working with.. (he was doing independent work and didn’t know I was Googling FHP hehehe)

    Thanks again!

  • DBrown

    Had one years ago. LOVED IT! Planning on getting another one this week. Got a trip to Vegas next month and lucky me will be starting the day before I leave. I changed mine in the am and pm. Only “looked” one time. After that I just pulled, poured, an rinsed with out looking. Didnt ever use towards end of cycle. Just the first few days. Also if you get in it a little crooked sometimes you can just wiggle around and it will slip into place. Best investment ever!

  • sc

    I use mine properly and still hate it with a passion.
    There can be a lot more cons that aren’t listed above.
    That said, I’m glad it works for many.

  • http://menstrualcup.co Queen of Cups

    That’s a very good and detailed review!
    have a look at my website if you want more information about menstrual cups.
    this is a compare table so you can see the difference in sizes, price, shipping fees etc. http://menstrualcup.co/brands/compare-menstrual-cup-table.html

  • cimi

    Thanks for the review, and fabulous nails in your video!!!

  • http://www.etsy.com/people/toyboxplayground?ref=si_pr Brandi

    LOVE your post! I have been teetering back and forth trying to make up my mind about purchasing one. My main concern was sanitary issues. But after reading your post and a few other things, I am sure I’ll be buying this. My husband will have sticker shock, but he’ll get over it lol. Thanks for all of the info :)

  • Skye

    This was SO helpful! I’m 19 and my mother said I should probably get one of these for myself. I have heavy periods for the first 2-3 days then it gets light, and I wear the big orange pads. I can’t stand em and I barely wear tampons for fear that I’ll get Toxic shock. I can feel the blood come out and I get so grossed out each month :( Anyways after reading this I feel so much more comfortable purchasing a Diva Cup. Thank you so much! <3

  • Amanda Leigh

    I saw the Diva somewhere… I think it was a fashion magazine, and laughed me arse off at the idea. But then, I decided to do some research, and found your blog. You actually convinced me to try the Diva!! I just bought it not even ten minutes ago on amazon.com, but it was only $21.96. I can’t wait till it gets here and to try it out, thank you, B!! :)

    PS: I do have one question, however. You said you used a homemade soap, do I have to make it myself or is there a place I can buy a good substitute?

    • Brittany

      Yay!! You’ve got to let me know how it works for you. You can definitely buy a gentle soap at a place like Whole Foods or another natural food store. Unscented is best!

      • Amanda Leigh

        I tried it, and it works like a dream! Sure, there’s a learning curve, but it’s not like a little practice can’t help. Practice makes perfect in everything we do. And I found the right soap at a natural store, thank you!! Oh, and congrats on the Baby Clumps! :)

  • Alison

    Just a note about sizing for women over 30: I am 31, have a petite body, work out regularly, and have never had children. I bought the larger diva cup for women over 30 and found it to be very difficult to insert and remove. I went back and got the smaller one as well and this one was much more manageable and still offers complete protection. So my advice is to use your body type as an indicator of what size you need and not pay as much attention to the age suggestion if you are close to age 30.

  • Keri

    First off ->I love my Diva Cup as well! However, I do tend to get blood on my fingers when I change. Idk if I need the larger size? It doesn’t leak, unless its Super full, just a lil “red” on the outter part where u grab (TMI? lol)
    Anyways,I read where u also have Heavy periods. I change a full cup sometimes 6-8 times a day on my heavy days. I thought this was abnormal, but maybe not???!! What is the most you have ever had to empty your cup?
    Great Review BTW ;)

  • http://www.missyhomemaker.com Missy Homemaker

    I know this is an old post, but I just had to comment. I’ve been looking at the Diva cup for at least the last three years. For some reason I always found an excuse not to spend the money. How dumb is that? I’m a heavy bleeder, so I spend at least $10 a month on tampons, pads and panty liners and have actually gone through a huge box of tampons in a week so probably more like $15. I finally bit the bullet and ordered a Diva Cup from Amazon. Today is the first day using it. LIFE CHANGING! I have had zero problems, no cramps (weird), and I can’t even tell it’s there. Mind Blown. I’ll make my investment back in 3 months plus there won’t be a wastebasket full of nastiness in my bathroom all week.

    • Brittany

      Isn’t it amazing?! So glad you had good results!