My friend Sara is so impressed with her Diva cup that she asked if she could write a review for my blog. I was like, “Amen Sister!!” So I present to you, for your reading pleasure and enlightenment, Sara…
Teresa is my bestie and I love her, but she talks about some pretty crazy stuff! Squatty potty, bone broth and kombucha just to name a few! So when she told me about something called a ‘menstrual cup’ I wasn’t as caught off guard as most people I told were! But because I love Teresa, and because every one of her quirky suggestions has changed my life (mostly for the better!) I decided to investigate the menstrual cup. The following is my review and I will begin it with the same disclaimer that nearly every review I read started with: Warning! The following contains TMI!
So that‘s where I’ll start, with TMI. My periods are awful and I hate them. The first couple of days involve painful cramping and a heavy flow. One afternoon I was describing to Teresa the gruesome scene at my house the previous night; it involved my son violently ill through the night with the stomach flu and me with two epic tampon failures. Being the wise woman she is, she told me about the possible connection between chemically treated cotton in tampons and really heavy periods, and she suggested I try a menstrual cup.
There are a few different brands of menstrual cup but I was recommended the brand Diva Cup so that‘s where I started. I was absolutely shocked by the number of rave reviews that had been written on Amazon about the Diva Cup! Many women talked about their periods becoming lighter and shorter over time, ostensibly because they were no longer putting chemically treated cotton inside their vaginas. These women were testifying to what Teresa had just told me about and it made me curious; what had I been putting inside my body all these years? That‘s a different article completely, but add that to my desire to never have a tampon fail so horribly again, and I was ready to spend $30 to try out the Diva Cup!
I was pleased when it arrived in the mail before my next period and decided that a trial run would be a good idea. I opened the box and was shocked at how big it was! What? This thing is supposed to fit where?? The directions were very detailed and my $30 had already been spent, so I figured I’d better at least give it a try. To my surprise it wasn’t as scary as I expected! It went in easily and, with a little maneuvering, went right into place! As I was congratulating myself on already being a pro, I gave the cup a firm tug and it snapped off of my cervix with a terrifying “pop!” Now those are words that should never be used together! From that moment on I always follow the instruction to gently break the suction before attempting to remove!
This is where I join the thousands of other women who rave about the Diva Cup! From my first period until now I can honestly say, “Diva Cup, where have you been all of my life?!” My favorite thing about it is also my only major complaint: it is so comfortable! While using a tampon I was always aware that it was there. Kinda like a rock in your shoe. But I completely forget about the Diva Cup! Which leads me to the only real con: I sometimes forget that it may need a quick dump and rinse.
There’s a learning curve in figuring out how long you can go between checks. For me, 4 hours or so on a heavy day, and up to 8 or 10 (or 12 depending on the flow!) after that. Dump, rinse and forget about my period for the rest of the day! Speaking of that, I should add one more con: it‘s definitely not intended to be done in a public bathroom! So there are times that could be inconvenient I suppose.
I’ve been using the Diva Cup for 4 months now and I hope to never be without it again! It‘s incredibly comfortable, convenient, chemical free and cheaper over time than tampons. I’ll be curious to see if my uterus thanks me with shorter, lighter periods!
I love the Diva Cup almost as much as I love Teresa!