This post is for the ladies. Guys, you may want to skip this one unless you have a lady in your life.
The men are gone? Ok good, now we can get to business.
So a few months ago a coworker was telling me how she tried the Diva Cup and hasn’t gone back to regular feminine hygiene products since. She encouraged me to try it saying it would save me money/better for you and the environment/etc. I was super skeptical. You want me to put what where?!
Well I took the plunge and tried it. They make two sizes: Size 1 is for Under 30/Pre-Childbirth and Size 2 is for Over 30/Post-Childbirth (includes cesarean). I went with Size 2 since I’m both over 30 and have had children.
Y’all know the dreaded “Day 2,” right? Where you go through a dozen tampons in an hour? Don’t cough or sneeze or you’re caught in the Great Flood? Yeah, that day. Well guess what? IT WORKS FOR THAT. The instruction pamphlet says you can wear the cup up to 12 hours a day before it needs to be emptied. On my heaviest day, Day 2, I didn’t have to empty until hour 8. Basically an entire work day!
Finally, no more worrying about carrying a pad or tampon up your sleeve and having everyone ask “what’s in your hand?” Or going on vacation and wondering “do I have enough products just in case?” The Diva Cup can save you from all of that. Not to mention no bleached cotton in your lady garden!
Now the instructions on insertion are pretty easy to follow. I’ve read that it takes a few tries to get it right, but I was lucky enough to get it on the first go-round. And just like a tampon, it feels like nothing’s there! (If you feel pressure on your bladder, then you should take it out and try again)
So getting it in is a cinch. Taking it out? Ho boy. Here’s a tip: Keep. Your Nails. SHORT. The last thing you need is more blood up in your bits. And definitely don’t just yank it out. You’ll want to break the seal and then slowly twist it out. Try pushing it with your kegel muscles.
Once it’s out you’ll want to rinse it out with COLD water first (blood is a protein and will cook in heat), then wash it with soap and hot water. Once your cycle is over make sure you boil it for a few minutes to kill any remaining bacteria. Store it in the little bag it comes in NOT an airtight container. I keep my cup bag in my bathroom sink drawer. Makes for an easy reach when Aunt Flo calls unexpectedly.
So who’s tried one? Do you love or hate it? Or are you on the fence?
Who hasn’t tried one? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?