by Laura Pilati
Hey friends! We’re really excited about what we’ve got in store for you today. Hint: there’s a giveaway (keep reading)!
I’ll admit–I’ve been nervous about reviewing the Divacup. I’m a long-time fan and user, and we’ve gotten several requests since starting the blog for a review post. But a woman’s menstrual product of choice is one of many individual preferences, and hopefully you know by now that we support them all. That being said, please feel free to post your own experiences with and opinion about the DivaCup (and other menstrual products) in the comments.
For those who haven’t heard of the DivaCup, here’s a little bit of information that I’ve taken straight from the company’s website:
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. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent.
With the recent release of Instead’s SoftCup, menstrual cups have started to gain more widespread popularity and recognition among the general population. When I first began using a DivaCup over five years ago, however, most women I spent time around weren’t as familiar, and I felt a bit self-conscious about it. It’s different! Some friends thought it was a cool idea, while others wondered how it could possibly be comfortable or convenient, and what the heck did I do in public restrooms? But six years into it, my feelings are the same: the Divacup is a great choice for me. Here’s what I’ve learned and loved during that time:
- The DivaCup is made of medical grade silicon–no BPA, . There’s no chance of it releasing toxins into my body or the environment, which is really important to me. And the high quality silicon means that can be easily cleaned (by boiling or using the DivaWash) and reused!
- The DivaCup can be kept internally for up to twelve consecutive hours. No risk of TSS. That’s a big leg up on tampons!
- The DivaCup doesn’t absorb–it collects. So there’s none of that dryness or discomfort that typically comes from a tampon, which absorbs your normal fluids as well. For me personally, I’ve also noticed less exterior skin irritation since switching to the DivaCup.
- For a traveler and on-the-go kind of lady like myself, not having to think about packing enough pads or tampons is a huge plus. I just pack my DivaCup in a special case and I’m ready to go. No more filling my suitcase with boxes of tampons!
- Nope, I can’t feel it.
- Using the DivaCup means that I’m contributing less waste (via pads and tampons) to the landfill.
- I love the DivaCup company’s story–a woman-owned business, founded by a mother-daughter pair. I also love to follow them on facebook (they keep a twitter account, too) because of all of the great articles that they post. It feels good to support a company that is truly invested in women and their health!
With most products, there are some qualities that just don’t make it a perfect fit. For me, the cons of using the DivaCup are significantly fewer–and less important–than the pros. But they’re still there:
- Most of the time, I can empty and clean the DivaCup at my own home with no problems. It’s easy and it takes no time at all. But sometimes you just have to do your personal business outside of your own home, and it can feel awkward to do this in a public restroom. Fortunately, it’s ok to just wipe the cup cleanly and then do a more thorough wash later.
- I myself have found that sometimes, the cup presses against my bladder in such a way that I have to urinate more frequently. But that may just be a personal thing!
- I no longer carry pads or tampons with me, so I can’t usually help a friend out when they ask for one in an “emergency”. It feels like I’m not part of a female bonding ritual anymore…sounds silly, but really!
I don’t find using the DivaCup to be “gross”, nor do I think it’s more or less messy than a tampon or pad. Actually, I find it very similar to using a tampon–it’s just that it has to be cared for differently.
Oh, and did I mention that the DivaCup costs as little as $30? The savings I earned from not buying any more tampons or pads were recouped within just a cycle or two. Those pads and tampons are so crazy expensive! So, if you’re interested in purchasing, you can buy online or use the DivaCup’s store finder to find a local retailer!
Now, here comes the fun part: our first giveaway! In honor of GCG’s first blogiversary, we want to thank our friends for their support by giving you the chance to have your very own DivaCup! DRAWING IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered! To enter the drawing, please comment below by 2/16 at 12:00pm EST and tell us:
- Your name and email address
- What you’re doing to love yourself today!
A winner* will be randomly chosen by random.org on February 16th (edited) and notified by email. Good luck!
*Open to US and Canadian residents only. Sorry! 😦
We weren’t paid or perked for hosting this review and giveaway. We just love DivaCup and want to thank you for a great year!