Yup, this article gets PERSONAL. If you don’t like talking about periods and vaginas, well then I suggest you stop reading, like, now.
So what exactly IS a DivaCup??
The DivaCup is a reusable menstrual cup that is made from high quality healthcare grade silicone. It offers leak-free protection for 12 hours! It is free of latex, perfumes, BPA, plastics, colours and dyes.
There are two models. Model One is recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered a baby, vaginally or by caesarean section. Model Two is recommended for women age 30 and over and/or for women who have delivered a baby vaginally or by c-section section.
At first, I’ll admit, it was tricky to insert. I felt like I was back in grade 8 trying to use my first tampon. I was yelling from the bathroom to my roommate and best friend that I couldn't get it in, hopefully no one else heard that LOL. Obviously I succeeded, and I will never go back to tampons. EVER.
So WHY use this little cup? Well, there’s a few reasons:
For the Love of the Environment
When you flush tampons down the toilet, you are creating a problem that doesn’t need to be there, ask any plumber. Not only can tampons clog your toilet, they can clog sewer lines too. The pumping stations end up having to deal with them, which they then bring to a landfill; where they should have been in the first place.
The average women uses 240 tampons a year... thats almost 10 000 in a lifetime. The average women also throws away 250-300 pounds or around 115- 135 kgs in her lifetime. GROSS! If you stop using tampons and pads, you create less waste, every month.
Your Bank Account Will Thank You
You are going to get your period no matter what. Tampons can add up over the months. The DivaCup website explains that you should replace the cup every year but there are some sites that explain it could last up to 10 years with proper care. Either way, that’s a ton of money to be saved.
No Peekaboo from your Bathing Suit
We’ve all been there. How awkward is it to realize your string has been hanging out?! With the DivaCup, there is no more fear! Its perfect for swimming, sports and it can be left in overnight. Win, win, WIN.
They Hold More
A menstrual cup can hold 30ml. A super tampon holds 10ml.
You Get an Extra 4 Hours
You can go up to 12 hours between emptying with a menstrual cup. With tampons, TSS becomes a possibility after 8 hours, and no one wants to risk that. Which brings me to...
Decreased Risk of TSS
This one makes me cringe a bit, but it's important to note. If your tampon has a higher absorbency than your actual flow, small pieces of cotton fibres could cut the inside of your walls. This creates a space for bacteria to grow, and in turn, can cause Toxic Shock Syndrome. The DivaCup takes the guesswork out of trying to match a tampon size with your flow. One size fits all (after you've chosen your model 1 or model 2).
** Side note, if you have an IUD, you may not be able to use a menstrual cup, consult with your family doctor.
"Does the idea of collecting your flow in a cup gross you out? Then likely collecting it in a cotton vagina plug or slab of adult diaper does, too. In that case, good luck."-Beca Grimm
This quote taken from her blunt and sweet Buzzword Article. It is filled with GIFs and is pretty funny!
For more details about the DivaCup visit their Q&A page.
Does anyone else LOVE this product?! Let me know in the comments below!
-Jenny D xx
**All photos are taken from the DivaCup's Instagram Page. The following post is not paid or sponsored. I genuinely love this product and want to share it with all of you lovely ladies. I do, however, receive a tiny percentage through the Amazon affiliate links if you order through them :)