Divacup Review by ameliajp

Ah ha! Finally found a girl who was brave enough to write a nice little review about her experience and evaluation of the Divacup for me! Thanks Amelia!! 😀

I started using a menstrual cup for the first time this past January.  I had read about it online but did not know anyone personally who had tried it.  I was hesitant at first because the thought of cleaning it made me nervous and I thought it was going to be very messy.  Once you get the hang of it though, it’s not.

I am not going to lie, the first couple of months I used the cup it was awkward and a bit messy.  I read the instructions over a few times to fully understand how to insert it properly to create a suction.  It takes a bit of practice to master it (best time to practice is when you’re not menstruating so you aren’t dealing with a messy situation).

Cleaning it out is not as bad as it seems either.  Lucky for me I have a sink right beside my toilet so I can just take it out, swivel, clean it, swivel back, and put it in.

With the DivaCup you also do not have to worry about TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome), and you can leave it in for 10 – 12 hours!  I empty mine once in the morning and once in the evening.  If your flow is extremely heavy you may need to empty it during the day.  The cup does hold 30ml and that is what an average woman bleeds during her entire cycle.  I know I bleed much more than that, but I can still get by on changing it two or three times a day.

So to sum it up…

Positives:  No TSS, holds more, less waste, saves money, no strings to tuck in, leak free, wear it in expectation of period starting

Negatives:  Costs a bit up front, practice to master the suction, cleaning it, a bit messy the first two months

You may wonder, what exactly IS a menstrual cup? Since the review above is for the Divacup brand, here’s the information provided on their site (source):

The DivaCup is a non-absorbent menstrual cup that simply collects menstrual flow. It is inserted in the vagina and sits at the lower base of the vaginal canal. It is worn internally, yet because it is soft and smooth, it cannot be felt nor will it leak when inserted properly.

The DivaCup is the most clean and convenient method of feminine hygiene protection. No need to touch the flow. It is worn low in the vagina, not near the cervix, so it is easy to remove. No mess!

The DivaCup ends hassles with unreliable disposables in endless absorbencies, shapes and styles. It is perfect for all activities – giving women true freedom without the worry, guessing and unreliability that disposable feminine hygiene products pose.

The DivaCup can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing and reinserting for use for another 12 hours. It can be used for light or moderate flows and is emptied more often to accommodate heavy flows.  Perfect for overnight use.

The DivaCup’s expert, proprietary, patent-pending features make it comfortable and assures ease of use and reliability. Perfect for traveling, running, biking, hiking, dancing, camping, swimming, diving, scuba, yoga, extreme sports and more…

  • Latex-free, BPA-free, plastic-free
  • No dyes, colors or additives
  • Comfortable, reliable
  • Clean, convenient, easy-to-use
  • Worn for up to 12 hours at a time

For those who have not seen a Divacup before:

Here’s what the Divacup packages look like – very snazzy! 😀

For those who are not familiar with menstrual cups, you may wonder why there are two versions. 1 version is for women who are under 30 or have not delivered birth vaginally or through c-section. The other version is for women who are over 30 or have delivered birth through either birthing methods. You can buy one from here as well!

I hope this demystifies my stance on reusable products! I am very for-reusable products but I find it difficult for me to give an accurate review based on my lack of female anatomy to try it out. However, I’m glad Amelia took the time to write one up for me and appreciate her efforts in spreading the word about more environmentally-friendly and health-conscience form of menstrual hygiene!

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About Prexus Swyftwynd

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Posted on May 3, 2010, in Periodtastic, Thumbs Up Reads and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. LoL what an interesting site. So glad I clicked your link. !

  2. I don’t think we have it here yet. But then again, even if we do, I’m honestly more than a little squirmish about using it. I’m not that great with blood and mess. And the idea of having to see all that blood swirling around in a cup… -_- Mental block. Lol. I guess I need to get past this mentality I have before I can try this out.

    • I think it’s sold worldwide online, so getting it shouldn’t be a problem… but ya, if you’re not keen on seeing blood, you’re going to have issues with it. Also, if you’re not comfortable enough with your body down there, you’re also going to have issues with inserting it since it does require quite a bit of “contact” on your part. You don’t have to look at it “swirling in the cup” (lol – that made me laugh) unless you start swishing the blood around… you just dump it out in the toilet or wash it out.

      I still think pads are awesome, albeit not very environmentally-friendly 😄 I have very few of my Asian girls who will even use tampons because of “having something put in there” – let alone something as abstract as this… it’ll be a while before our culture breaks through that barrier.

      Just out of curiosity, inserting something inside you might not make you comfortable or having to deal with seeing so much blood collected in a cup… but would you use something like Lunapads or other cloth/reusable pads?

      • Uhm, like I said, I’m not so great when it comes to blood and mess. The idea of having to wash out all the blood from the pad, wring it dry and wear it again… I can’t. I know it’s great for the environment and I think it should be healthier without all the chemicals and stuff but I don’t think I can do it.

        And you should probably know that I’m not a big fan of period. D: It has given me nothing but mess and misery throughout the years. T_T I can understand why people advocate loving period and loving your body and all but I can’t “embrace” my period simply because I don’t like having them. Lol.

        • Aw, that’s too bad then, haha… Ya, you’ll definitely have to do some washing and drying 😛 It’s your blood after all though, lol. It’s definitely healthier and less stuffy down there, especially because in Malaysia it’s pretty damn hot isn’t it? With the summer rolling in here, it is already getting sticky and damp and add on period and wearing a pad, it just becomes gross between the legs. Nevertheless, Malaysia has some pretty AWESOME pads, so if I lived there, I wouldn’t see a reason to switch to alternatives either 😄 … that’s just the flow-lover inside of me talking, although I feel bad that I’m not this huge proponent of reusable and alternative options =\ Shame on me too…

          Ya, it’s too bad you aren’t a big period-fan, lol, although you could be… haha.. just takes that little bit in you to learn to love it 😆 Mess… maybe, misery… just an excuse to cuddle up with your boyfriend and fall asleep in his arms! If you’re afraid of the mess, tell him to do it for you, LOL. Just because you think that way now though, you may change in the future. It is hard to see that in you, but I think as women and their bodies/mentality matures, they learn to take certain things in stride. I have read lots of blogs about women who admitted they thought their period was the worst thing ever and now, they suddenly became “enlightened” to how their period has become a positive part of their lives.

  3. That was a great little piece thank you A! I have never heard of those before and I don’t think they sell them in the UK or Spain do they? You see I work in Spain but am originally from England. I would be keen to try one that’s for sure!

  4. Thanks Amelia and Prexus, nice review! Interesing, Amelia, I have never heard anyone else say it was messy initially. I’ve practised with my new one a bit and now I look forward to the next period to try it out for real!

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