Nope, a DivaCup is a menstrual cup that does not absorb, but instead collects, menstrual flow. No more Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) fears from tampons, no more diaper feeling from pads, no more “sanitary bags” in the trash, the DivaCup is safer for your body and the environment!
I should probably note that I am NOT in any way hired by DivaCup nor have I been asked by DivaCup to write a review, I just love my DivaCup!
I purchased my first DivaCup in 2007 after hearing about it in a women’s health group. I heard that the DivaCup was a small rubber-like health grade silicone cup (no worries for latex allergies) that’s inserted into the vagina like a diaphragm but sits much lower. I heard that I could wear it for about 12 hours at a time. I heard that it is barely noticeable and almost never leaks. And some of the women in the group even testified that it reduced the length of their periods. Well, everything has been true—except it hasn’t shortened the length of my periods—and I couldn’t be happier.
The hardest part was the first month or two when I was figuring out how to put it in and take it out, how to know when it’s in right, and how to get it to where I like it to sit. It kind of made me feel like I was 13 again—trying to figure out how to get the diagram to match my actual body. But, I figured it out when I was 13, and I figured it out again when I was 21.
I know when I’m going to get my period, so I usually put my DivaCup in at the beginning of the day and change it at night and then every 12 hours or so. I wash it out with hot water and DivaWash and then put it right back in. I can wear it through anything—it was especially useful on the 8 hour flight from Italy since I never had to think about it. I wear it through running, swimming, classes, work, job interviews, sleeping, going out on dates, long car rides, staying over as a guest, etc. And I can wear it with any type of underwear—no more worrying about tampon strings!
At $33 each, for a year, that’s not even $3 per month! I spend more on coffee per month even if I make it at home!
There’s nothing terrible I can say about the DivaCup. If you have any questions, their website has a large Q&A section and you should be able to ask your OBGYN about them since they have been gaining popularity. You may even be able to find them at your local pharmacy or organic shop depending on where you live. There’s also the latex Keeper and the silicone MoonCup which are pretty much the same thing as the DivaCup and the Instead Softcup disposable version which is shaped like a diaphragm, but I’ve never tried them so I can’t say much more than that if they’re like the DivaCup, I love them!