A few years ago my best friend, Shannon, told me about a tampon alternative called a Diva Cup. She explained that it was a reusable cup that you empty, clean, and use throughout your period. To be completely honest I was like, ‘Uh no thank you byyyyeee.‘ The thought of getting all up into my cooter and then dealing with the contents of the cup grossed me out. But the thought of having a reusable, cheap option kind of hung out in the back of my mind.
And then I feel like I didn’t hear a whole lot about them until the last couple of months or so. Back in March one of my favorite Instagram ladies shared a post about her Lunette Cup – another menstrual cup option on the market. I trust Jera, and I can get behind anything she trusts too. Not that I don’t trust Shannon! Oh I trust Shannon with my life, but Jera served more as a reminder that these cups were out there.
So I started to do some research – mostly on Instagram – to figure out some more information. Diva Cup and Lunette Cup’s websites have a ton of information, but I love hearing from real women using these products. I decided I was going to give it a try, and I texted Shannon full of excitement when I bought my Diva Cup!
There are a couple of things that I really love about menstrual cups that pushed me to seek one out.
- They’re great for the environment. Do you know how many tampons and pads women use in their lifetime? Almost 10,000. Ugh. That’s SO MANY tampons and pads that end up in landfills. We are cutting down on plastic straws, plastic water bottles, and more. Why not tampons and pads too?
- I hate tampons. Hate them. And I hate pads even more. I’m not interested in feeling like a padded mess down there, ya know what I mean? Tampons make my cramps worse, they irritate my cervix, and on my busiest days of the week, I hate having to plan my day around making sure I have time to run to the bathroom to change a tampon.
- TAMPONS ARE SO EXPENSIVE. >.< I get dramatic about this, but I hate buying tampons because they’re just so stinkin’ expensive. Even the Walgreens and Wal-Mart brands are still pretty pricey. I don’t know why, but I just feel like it shouldn’t be so expensive for women to buy tampons. I spend probably $120/year on tampons, and a Diva Cup is $35-$40. Diva Cup suggests you replace the cup annually, but I’ve read that people have been able to keep theirs longer without any issues. Sign me up.
So, I’ve had my Diva Cup for two cycles. I haven’t had any major issues with it so far, and I pretty much have the process nailed down. Diva Cup’s website and the included instructions have great tips and steps on how to use the Diva Cup, so I’m not going to tell you how to use it, but I’ll give you a run down of the things I like and the things that I’m not so crazy about.
TLDR: I’m obsessed. I couldn’t stop telling people about it once I decided it was a keeper. It is seriously life-changing.
Things I Love About The Diva Cup
- You can leave it in for up to 12 hours, so you can easily change it in the morning and before bed at home. There’s no more worrying about making it to a bathroom between meetings or classes or having to carry tampons with you in your purse or pockets. I especially love wearing it overnight because I never wake up terrified that I’ve destroyed our mattress.
- I’ve had no issues with leaking. I purchased the small cup and have some pretty heavy days, and I have not had any issues. It takes a few times to figure out the placement and angles, but you’ll get the hang of it.
- It’s reusable, which keeps waste and costs down!
- It’s way more comfortable than tampons and pads! You don’t even realize it’s there after a minute or so.
Some Things I’m Not Crazy About (but definitely not deal breakers!)
- If you find that you need to change your cup in public, it’s going to be kind of tricky. You won’t want to strut out of a stall and wash out your cup in a public restroom. If you don’t care – all the power to you! But make sure you’re carrying an oil free, scent free soap that’s going to be safe for your cup. If you need to empty your cup in public and you’re in a stall, you’ll want to wipe it off and wash it later when you have a chance. Keeping your cup clean is so important so don’t forget to do that.
- Emptying and cleaning the cup, even at home, is a process. Once you get the routine down, it really doesn’t take too long, so be patient.
- Pulling it out can be SO HARD. The stem is hard to get a grip on, but here’s a tip: Use a square of toilet paper to get a grip on it. It helps so much. And girl, work on them kegals!! You might have to do a little work to get it out, and plus…kegal exercises are good for ya!
Admittedly I’m still a little awkward sauce about talking about my Diva Cup with people in-person, but it’s seriously such a cool product! Menstrual cups are such a great alternative to tampons and pads for so many reasons (above yo). If you’ve been flip flopping back and forth about trying a menstrual cup or not, give it a try! Do some research. Ask questions! Girl, I’ll tell ya anything if you ask.
If you’re curious about Diva Cups, menstrual cups in general, or anything like that, leave a comment below or shoot me a DM on Instagram!