… A Diva Cup that is. A heads up, if you don’t want to read about a menstrual cycle, this isn’t the article for you.
A Diva Cup is a silicone “cup” that you use instead of a tampon or a pad. It is closer to a tampon, since you insert it, but all similarities stop there. Tampons are bleached and full of chemicals and have scary Toxic Shock Syndrome warnings all over the box. Diva Cups are clear, bleaching and gross leaching chemical free, and have no scary warnings plastered all over the box. You also only have to change it 2-3 times every 24 hours!
I have to admit, I was slightly intimidated by using one of these, but after the first use, all fears went away. I bought my Diva Cup a few days before my expected period and just carried it in the little bag that comes with it in my purse. I also had some unscented castile soap in my purse to wash it out before and after uses. Important to note, Soap has to be UNSCENTED to wash your cup and for the health of your lady bits. Fortunately I was at home when my little “friend” came so I was comfortable, relaxed and not rushed; all important qualities for your first time. I thoroughly read the instructions and then just relaxed my muscles. It’s important not to feel tense, otherwise it makes it more difficult to insert.
But on to the important things, how did it hold up?!
Well, on my first day, the heaviest, Diva and I went to Hot Yoga. She stayed put through Downward Dog, Eagle and my Vinyasas! I also rode to and from yoga on my bike, as well as a bike ride later that evening. I had no spotting/leaking, a sign that indicates a properly inserted Diva Cup, and I didn’t feel it at all.
The second day I went for a 50 km bike ride, and usually I will start to feel some discomfort if I do that kind of ride with a tampon in, however it didn’t even cross my mind until later that evening that I felt nothing with the Diva Cup. It doesn’t slip or move around whilst in position and doesn’t put pressure on any part.
Throughout the rest of the week, Diva and I stayed pretty active. Lots of bike rides, some attempts at Cart Wheels in the park, Frisbee, long walks accompanied by some ice cream… And there were no major issues!
Emptying the Diva Cup is probably the second most daunting task. It is best to do at home, where you can empty it, clean it and re-insert it without fear of someone walking in. Once again, relax, and use your muscles to help push it out. There’s a small “tail” on the end of the cup that you can grab to help pull it out. Ladies, time and time again we hear the benefits of doing Kegel exercises, well here’s another area where they will help! If you can push it out with your muscles then great! If not, you can pull it from the bottom, (make sure you have clean hands) and carefully pull it out, keeping in mind not to tilt it so it spills. You simply then wash it out with warm water and your soap, and you’re back in business!
I will say that occasionally there was a slight bit of spotting. However it was incredibly minimal, and probably due to the fact that I hadn’t inserted my cup properly that time.
All in all, my week with the Diva was fantastic, comfortable, clean, and stress free! I can’t recommend it enough!