Diva Cup Reusable Menstrual Cup Review

by heather

Diva Cup

Well, I finally went there people. After two months of staring at my Diva Cup sitting in my medicine cabinet, I finally mustered up the courage to actually use it this time.

And, I’m in love. Seriously.

Let’s dive in and find out why the Diva Cup is so darn fabulous.

Why You Should Consider Menstrual Cups

I couldn’t believe how much response my previous article, “This One’s For The Girls: Green Your Period” got from readers. Many of us want to reduce our waste when it comes to our menstrual cycle, but, old habits die hard it seems.

When you think about it, we don’t really have any contact with our cycles using tampons or pads. We use these products and then throw them away.

This adds waste to landfills, puts a strain on water treatment facilities, and it’s just more product we have to spend money on each and every month.

But, menstrual cups eliminate all that.

For instance, I spend about $150 per year on pads and tampons. I spent around $23 on my Diva Cup. That’s the last thing I’ll have to buy until it wears out, so I’m saving money almost immediately.

Plus, you reuse a menstrual cup every month. This completely eliminates all the waste that pads and tampons produce.

If you’d like to learn the full skinny on why greening your period is the way to go, please check out my previous article here. And, tons of women wrote on about their own experiences using menstrual cups and reusable pads, so don’t miss what they had to say at the end of the article.

Now, on to the Diva Cup…

My Diva Cup Experience, Part 1…

I ordered my Diva Cup right when I wrote that last article on how to green your period. So, it took me about two months to work up the courage to actually use it.

Why was I a chicken?

  • Fear #1- First, I was freaked that somehow it would “get lost” up there; that I’d put it in, and not be able to get it out. I could envision having to call my gyno to get the thing out. Not good.
  • Fear #2– I was afraid that it would hurt or be uncomfortable putting it in or taking it out. I’d been lurking for months on Community LiveJournal and had read that this sometimes happen.

Important Side Note: Community LiveJournal is the BEST resource for finding out everything you ever wanted to know about menstrual cups. There are countless personal stories, troubleshooting topics, and you can ask any question on menstrual cups and get plenty of awesome answers. The women there are incredibly caring and open, so don’t miss this resource.

Anyway, so that’s why it took me two months.

Now let me say this: I’m glad I started using the Diva Cup when I felt ready. If I had “forced” myself to use it when it came in, freaked out as I was, I think things would not have gone smoothly. Because I had that time to obsessively read and re-read the directions, hang out at Community LiveJournal reading stories, and just get myself ready, my first time using the Diva went amazing.

My Diva Cup Experience, Part 2…

Since I had given myself two months to freak out about this, by the time I actually went in to try the Diva for the first time, I was actually very relaxed. And, I think that’s really important. From what I’ve read online, being relaxed is key.

If you end up getting one, you’ll see in the directions that they tell you to insert the Diva aiming it horizontally towards your tailbone, and I think this is another piece of vital information. I didn’t know this until I ordered the Diva, but the vaginal canal doesn’t actually go straight up; it’s angled.

So, I kept those two things in mind: stay relaxed, and aim for the tailbone.

And, it went in with no problems. I reached in and rotated it (which it says on the directions is another important step), and after that couldn’t feel a thing.

It didn’t hurt going in at all, it didn’t “get lost” in there, and I had no leaks all day. And, it only took a few seconds. Bliss!

Taking out the Diva is, for me, the most time consuming aspect. I’m still not very savvy at this part, but I’m sure I’ll get better. And it’s not like it takes five minutes or anything; I’d say it takes me about a minute to get it out, probably less.

It’s important when you take it out that you squeeze the base to break the seal; if you don’t do this, it’s like pulling out a plunger. It’s going to be hard, and it’s going to hurt. So, just give it a squeeze; you’ll hear it when releases.

Is There A Gross-Out Factor With The Diva Cup?

Some people might think that emptying a cup filled with menstrual blood is gross. And to be honest, in the past I might have agreed with them. After all, using pads and tampons keep us really removed from our cycles, and what we expel from our bodies each month. We’re not used to seeing our menstrual flow in its natural form.

So yes, some women might be grossed out by this idea.

But, this is a natural part of our bodies, and it’s part of being a woman. I think society, and the media, have subconsciously “shamed” women into thinking that this is a gross thing that shouldn’t be talked about in polite conversation. And that’s just medieval.

I was not grossed out in any way by emptying my Diva Cup the first time. In fact, it was kind of fascinating.

I think if you keep an open mind and you’re willing to be curious about your body you won’t be grossed out either. It’s part of you, which I think is kind of neat. You can look at it and say “Wow, I made that!”.

Why I Love The Diva Cup

Oh, let me count the ways…

  • I will never have to spend money on pads or tampons again.
  • I will no longer be adding waste to landfills and waste water treatment facilities by using pads and tampons.
  • I will no longer be putting tampons into my body (some experts feel that tampons may be unhealthy for women to use due to the bleaching process of the cotton). There is no risk of TSS with the Diva Cup.
  • I can leave in the Diva Cup for up to 12 hours at a time, which means I won’t have to nip into public restrooms to change a tampon (which I HATED doing). It’s rare that I’m away from home for more than 12 hours at a time.
  • I will no longer be “surprised” by my period; I can insert the Diva before my cycle even starts.
  • I feel more knowledgeable and comfortable with my body and its functions now. Using pads and tampons kept me at arms length with my body. Not with the Diva.
  • I don’t even feel the Diva Cup when it’s in there. The only danger is that I’ll forget to take it out. Yes, it’s that comfortable.
  • I don’t have to worry about leaks, which happened all the time with tampons. My Diva hasn’t leaked once. When it’s inserted correctly it forms an incredibly tight seal.
  • I can wear the Diva Cup at night while I sleep. I hated using those “night pads”; they always felt like a diaper to me. I am so thankful to be free of those!
  • When I travel, I will no longer have to carry a huge ziplock bag filled with tampons, pads, and panty liners. All I need is the Diva Cup, which fits in the palm of my hand.

Last Word…

So, there you have it. I’m seriously in love with this product. It’s a great way to save money, and reduce a ton of waste from your life. I will never, ever go back to using tampons again.

I give the Diva Cup 27 stars out of five.

Post Publication Note: You might also be interested in reading my latest review on the Lunapads, a brand of reusable menstrual pads. You can see that review here.

Want A Diva Cup?

If you’d like to get a Diva Cup for yourself, then you can click on Diva Cup Model 1 Pre-Childbirth to check it out (that link will take you to the Greenest Dollar’s Amazon store). Diva Cup recommends that you use Model 1 if you haven’t had children, or if you’re under 30.

I’m bordering on 30, so I bought Diva Cup #2 Post Childbirth.

As you can tell from the review, this model fit just fine even though I’m not quite 30, and I haven’t had children.

If you’d like to go directly to Amazon’s site to buy a Diva Cup instead of going through The Greenest Dollar’s Green Store, you can click here.

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Mrs. Not the Jet Set April 16, 2009 at 8:01 am

I just started using the diva cup also. I love it! I’m just wondering why more women don’t use them and why they not carried in all the stores.

Thanks for being brave and sharing the review!

heather April 16, 2009 at 8:06 am

Mrs. Not the Jet Set,

I know; I’ve never seen a Diva Cup in an actual store, and perhaps that’s why more women either haven’t heard of them, or are reluctant to use them. The exposure just isn’t there.

I ended up ordering mine of Amazon, but it’d be cool even Target started carrying them just to show women there are other options out there.

Thanks so much for writing in!

Michele April 16, 2009 at 8:11 am

So glad that was a good review! I’ve been using my keeper for ten years now and I LOVE it. At first I was shocked when I saw the size, but, unlike with a tampon, I really cannot feel a thing. That’s important to remember because Keepers and Diva Cups can be inserted incorrectly which might lead to leaking and some discomfort. So ladies, if it feels uncomfortable, take it out and try again. I find that wetting the rim only before insertion makes it easier and I totally agree with your horizontal aim tip 🙂

heather April 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

Michele,

That’s funny, I thought the same thing about the Diva Cup! I’m so used to looking at a skinny little tampon, so when this came in I was like, “I’m supposed to put that WHERE?” 🙂

But, it’s easy to forget that our bodies are meant to stretch. After all, we can get a baby out of there; this tiny little cup is a fraction of that size.

And you really can’t feel it once its in there.

Meghan April 16, 2009 at 8:49 am

I’ve been using the Diva Cup for about 5 years now, and I absolutely love it! I’m always trying to encourage other women I know to try it out as well.
It’s great for travel, comfortable to wear, and has really reduced the problems I’ve had with yeast infections in the past.
I like knowing that even with my period, I’m making a choice that’s putting less garbage out there into the world.
I would echo what others have said, if it’s uncomfortable, it’s not in right, take it out and try again.

Domestic Intellectual April 16, 2009 at 10:00 am

I’ve been using a Diva cup for 3-4 years and I will never go back! Before that I used washable pads because I would have a really uncomfortable reactions to commercial pads and I didn’t use tampons. Both my sisters use it and several of my friends. Actually, pretty much every woman that I have recommended it to uses it.

A few other bonuses–wonderful for long-distance and wilderness camping! No trash to haul out and you can sterilize it with some boiling water if you drop it, etc.

Second, you can participate in any and all water sports while on your period. This is great for swimmers who otherwise might have to sit things out for over a week a month.

Third, they are inexpensive enough that you can have one for your purse and one for the home bathroom, which means you are never without it!

When I was in college, our local pharmacy carried Diva Cups because the student body/staff requested it. If you have a local pharmacy or health food store, you can ask them to carry it. Most stores will stock a product if you can convince them that it is something the community is interested in.

Courtney April 16, 2009 at 10:29 am

wow what a great review. i am one of those on the gross factor thing. They do carry them at my local whole foods store so maybe I will have to look into them. thanks for your honest opinion! the comments are also encouraging!

Joelle April 16, 2009 at 11:47 am

I’ve been thinking about getting one of those. But we’re probably going to try to get pregnant within the next year, so I think I will wait until after that. (You know, because of the whole cup-size-change deal after having kids. It might not be as cost-effective otherwise.)

Morgan April 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Hey Heather,
awesome review! I have read a lot of DivaCup reviews in my day and I can honestly say that you did a great job of covering the topic. You included a lot of good information for first time cup users. You would have sold me on it if I wasn’t already a huge DivaCup fan!
Yay for healthier, happier periods!

heidi April 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Yay! Also, a handy way of keeping track of periods (since cups make periods so much less of a hassle that it’s tempting to forget about them!) is http://www.cyclespage.com/ – I just track periods and it’s awesome. There are quite a few other features to use as well. Again, congrats on your cup trial!

DJ April 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm

What about toxic shock syndrome? It is shaped exactly like the brand of tampon that caused so many cases back when I was a teenager and it supposed to stay in all day…

Have there been studies on this issue?

heather April 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Hi DJ,

Menstrual cups do not have any risk of TSS because they’re made of medical grade silicone.

Here’s what they say on the DivaCup.com site:

“Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is considered a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by toxin-producing strains of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. TSS has been linked to high absorbency and prolonged use of tampons. There are now regulations in labeling for tampon absorbency to decrease the risk of TSS.

Symptoms of TSS often mimic the flu and can include sudden high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting, or a rash that looks like a sunburn during your period or a few days after.

If you have had TSS, do not use a menstrual cup. As with any gynecological concern, please consult your physician.

An increased risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is not associated with the use of menstrual cups. We mention TSS in our literature so that women will be aware of this serious condition.

We suggest that you consult with your physician concerning TSS and the use of a menstrual cup.”

You can find this information here: http://www.divacup.com/en/home/faqs/

Hope that helps!

Michele April 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Haha, that’s a good point. If we can get babies out of there…!

It’s lovely to know so many people adore their Diva Cups. Despite my best efforts, I’ve yet to convert any of my friends, but I bet this article will change some minds!

RowdyKittens April 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Awesome article! I LOVE my Diva cup. Since I started using the Diva Cup, I feel connected to my body and have saved so much money on tampons. There is a lot of great info in this article! Thank you – I’ll definitely pass it onto my girlfriends. 🙂

Jennifer April 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Excellent article. I definitely agree that the concept of seeing/dumping your own blood is originally pretty gross. But now I love it. And so does my Ob/Gyn. When I go in for check ups, I can actually tell her exactly how my periods have been — if there have been changes in the amount of blood, color, consistency…may sound gross but there’s some great information to be learned by observing what the body actually produces! My daughters will be getting Diva cups when they are old enough!

DJ April 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Thanks, Heather!

Katie @ Making This Home April 18, 2009 at 11:52 am

Yeah! Glad to hear you tried. I’ve been using mine for over a year and haven’t looked back. I only wish I’d known about it sooner. Now my friends and family are hooked, too.

I’d like to find a good place to urge people to donate unused products once they make the switch. What are your thoughts?
Katie

heather April 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Hi Katie,

That’s a great thought. I’ve got a huge Costco box of tampons (and pads and pantyliners) that I no longer need. I was going to offer them to a friend of mine.

Women’s shelters would be a great option for donating unused feminine products. Or, you could offer them up on Freecycle.

Thanks for bringing up that important issue!

Nicole April 21, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Ahhhhh I love the Diva Cup too! After months of researching, I finally sucked it up and bought one. How have I gone through so many years of periods without it? I bought mine on iherb.com because I got a $5 off coupon for first time users. Even with shipping and handling, it cost about half as much as anywhere I have seen in the stores. I paid no more than $20 total, so I thought I would pass along the savings! Go to http://www.iherb.com and use the promotional code ICO037 at checkout.

Everyone should use these things. I was on my period last month and went camping with a bunch of guys… emptying the cup and re-using it out was a lot simpler than SAVING MY TAMPONS AND PADS for disposal all week. gross!

This Tiny House April 22, 2009 at 3:07 am

I’ve been using one for almost 4 years now. What a comprehensive post. Thanks for getting it out there!

Melissa M. April 23, 2009 at 11:45 am

They carry Diva Cups at Whole Foods. That’s where I bought mine last August. It’s great & I totally agree that it’s so comfortable that you can forget it’s even in there! I did think I’d be grossed out when I had to empty it but mostly I do that at home where the toilet is right next to the sink & it’s not even an issue since I can rinse my hands immediately.
public restrooms can be a bit trickier but usually still not a problem.
Thanks for the link to iherb Nicole, because $20 is less than the $35 price tag at Whole Foods & I was thinking about picking up another one to have one in my bag & one I keep at home.

kat May 1, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Hi there! Been reading here and doing some research. Been thinking more lately, off and on anyway, about getting a Diva Cup. I don’t shop so often at Whole Foods, (it’s far) but when I do I always see it there and pick up tampons right next to it, all the while thinking, \I will try it some day!\ Well I am about to now! Does anyone know if Trader Joe’s sells it? Also, sometimes tampons don’t work because it think my anatomy is not quite typical there… I mean, well maybe the tampon is not doing a good job but sometimes I have leaks when it seems the tampon has a lot more to absorb. does that make sense?! Anyway, I hope with my \weird\ anatomy that it will work for me. Anyone have a similar issue?

Thanks!
Kat.

Marisa May 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I tried the Keeper, and was soooooo disappointed that it didn’t work for me. I’m just shaped weird or something, but it was horribly uncomfortable. I wonder if any of the other types would be better….

Rebecca Rivera May 16, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Hi! I ran across your blog tonight and I love it.

I use cloth menstrual pads. They are great. I can’t use the diva cup as my uterus is tilted (or something like that.) I tried using but was too uncomfortable. I am glad you are telling people about it because I find people do not realize they have choices. I have used my cloth pads for over a year, so now the savings are great. They will last 3-5 years, but cost about what disposables cost for 1 year. Savings of 2-4 years of buying disposables. Plus I am keeping all that plastic out of landfills.

heather May 17, 2009 at 6:27 am

Rebecca,

That’s great! I’m actually going to be publishing a review soon on cloth menstrual pads (from Lunapads.com). I think they work great in tandem with the diva cup, or alone if the diva cup won’t work.

And I totally agree with you; so many people don’t know they have options! But the word is slowly spreading.

Thanks so much for reading, and for taking the time to write in!

Eco Friendly Fashion by Eco Empress May 20, 2009 at 9:47 am

What a great post! I have been thinking about using this for ages, and you’ve just reminded me now. All that stuff you say about leaking, inserting etc is so helpful. I think I will give it a go. After all, it’s incredible to think of all the waste that comes from tampons and pads!

heather May 20, 2009 at 9:53 am

Eco Empress,

That’s great! I’m telling you, once you use the Diva you won’t go back. This product has totally redefined how I see my period. It’s no longer a big deal!

And I was on my pd. while camping this weekend, and the Diva made things so easy (and sanitary). It’s an amazing product.

Thanks so much for writing in!

andrea May 26, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I’ve been using the Diva cup for 4 cycles now and LOVE it!! I was back and forth for the first couple of months. I was finding it really uncomfortable at times! I actually found it has too much suction!!!!!! I would end up feeling like i was being sucked inside out and it was horrible but i was determined to keep trying. I find that i have to let it open really slowly and i also don’t try to make it leak proof. I find if it isn’t totally leak proof then it’s completely comfortable and i forget i’m even on my period!! so i just put a cloth pad on to catch anything else. I forget about the cloth pad since the cotton just feels like panties instead of uncomfortable, nonbreathable plastic! I can’t get over the difference in my period. Each month it’s been getting better and better. I have little to no cramps now and the best of all…i have almost NO problems with yeast infections now which was a huge problem for me before (so much so that i have hardly eaten bread for years and i can now!) I’m not sure why but for some reason my period is starting earlier now though.
I recommend everyone to try it but commit at least 3 months to it before giving up!!

heather May 27, 2009 at 6:06 am

Andrea,

That’s great that you stuck with it! And I think the three month trial phase is right on. Women should definitely give Diva a chance before going back to regular pads!

I found the same thing; if you don’t break the seal, it’s a bear to get the Diva out.

And it’s the same with me; my period is no longer an issue. It really it is like, what period?

Thanks so much for taking the time to write in!

kat May 30, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Hi! I am why some women can’t use the Diva cup specifically… or isn’t working out for them be it uncomfortable, leaking, size, suction… etc…???
I am new to researching about cups and ordered my first cup just recently. I received it and now I am using for the first day today, actually just put it in a few minutes ago. It is not a Diva cup however, and it didn’t feel that comfortable at first but now I think that I do not feel it much. It is a Femmecup, and so this will be my first period with it. It does feel like a lot of suction and was not pleasant putting it in.

I am also wondering, someone mentioned yeast infections and how they do not get them anymore… How does using a cup affect yeast production…??? I get yeast infections very often, although not often “full blown” (and I never use any man made medicines) just enough to be very annoying and sometimes itchy and a bit of pain off and on and does bother me during sex too. Anyway it is usually easily controlled by drinking more water, eating more garlic, and garlic tabs and oregano oil tabs as well as acidophiles tabs and eating yogurt, I even put the organic yogurt there to help cool soothe and heal. Try to eat healthy, most of the time 😉 and keep coffee to a minimum.

Anyway and know this is about the Diva cup specifically but I am hoping for some help anyways! 😉

Oh, (sorry) one more question… (but I am sure that I will have even more!) How does cramping decrease from using a cup!?!? I will let you know if mine overtime decreases, but I do tend to get cramps bad.

Thanks in advance for your time!

G Bitch May 31, 2009 at 11:04 am

Thanks so much for your honest and thorough review. I’ve hated tampons and pads for years and never could make the leap to cloth. Halfway through your review, I ordered my own Diva Cup. I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for making it real and simple.

heather June 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

Kat,

All women are different shapes inside and out. Some women have a tilted cervix, or a short one, or a long one, so the Diva won’t work for everyone.

If you’re feeling suction you might have it in there wrong. I’ve never used a Femme Cup, but the Diva you’re not supposed to be able to feel at all.

I highly recommend you head over to the Community Live Journal site http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups

There are probably dozens of women who have had the same problem, and they could answer your questions there.

As far as the cramps, mine haven’t changed since using the Diva, but I know a lot of women say their goes away. So, that might just be another personal thing.

Good luck, and keep us updated!

heather June 1, 2009 at 8:16 am

G Bitch,

That’s awesome you ordered one!

I’m still amazed at mine; it’s astonishing to me how much my feelings about my period have changed with this product. I truly hope you love it as much! 🙂

triksy June 25, 2009 at 10:24 am

Ok so maybe I have a totally dumb question but no one has mentioned how often you need to replace these things…Im assuming you have to at some point…like maybe once a year? Anyway my friend and I are both considering getting one but this is the determining factor for me so if anyone can answer that it would be great….Thanks!!!

heather June 25, 2009 at 11:07 am

Triksy,

There are no dumb questions in my book!

Diva Cup says their cups last 5-7 years. They’re made from medical grade silicon, so they’ll definitely last a long time! That’s why they’re such a great bargain.

Good luck!

dixiebelle June 26, 2009 at 5:41 am

Love it! I hope it’s OK, I am going to link to this post in my post about Diva Cups…

heather June 26, 2009 at 5:46 am

dixiebelle,

That’s great! Link away!

Bonnie July 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

You sold me! My local Market of Choice carries them and I’m on the rag right now. I’m sick of tampons and those Instead cups leak all the time for me.

Steph-pants September 1, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up that the organic chain “Whole Foods” sells both models 1 and 2 of the Diva Cup (this is where I bought mine). Hope that helps!

Jennifer W. September 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I think this article has finally sealed the deal for me I’m getting one! Very excited about trying it, I read a bit about the luna pads and I just wanted to add that Tyra did a show all about periods here recently and at the end she gave away a new brand of underwear that are made specifically for Periods. The brand is necessit-ease (necessit-ease.com) the underware DO NOT ALLOW FOR LEAKS!

From the site: Protective underwear look and feel like your favorite panties! Its breathable, waterproof treatment has been applied onto the ultra soft cotton fabric of the inner liner. Advanced technology, shields all stains on days when sanitary napkins or tampons need a little help. If your period is heavy and your sanitary product is soiled, this underwear will protect outer clothing and can save the user from humiliation and inconvenience.” I think it’s a great product and haven’t tried it yet but am waiting for my pair to be delivered, what a lifesaver this would have been all through high school!

Phoe October 6, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I just started using mine yesterday…so far, so good! I had some leaking issues today, but I figured out that I didn’t have it in quite right. After reading the directions (again!), I managed to get it in properly. 🙂

Thank you for this awesome, informative, honest post!

beautiful life October 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm

i sort of accidentally found this post, as i was looking for reviews on mountain rose herb products…but i also have a Diva Cup….and i have to be honest, i’ve had a little difficulty getting it inserted correctly, but after reading this post, i think my problem is that i’m probably too tense while trying. i just LOVE the idea of not using tampons anymore. and, honestly emptying the Diva Cup isn’t nearly as “gross” feeling to me as changing tampons! i actually don’t mind it at all! three cheers for women taking control of their bodies, health and making sustainable choices!!!

Lexi Rodrigo October 27, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Thanks very much for your review of the Diva Cup. I’m wearing it for the first time as I type this. I’m 40 years old and have had 3 children, and yet I had quite a difficult time inserting it… actually it was the twisting part that I had problems with.

Fortunately, as a certified childbirth educator, I know enough to relax my pelvic floor muscles and use breathing techniques and I *think* I achieved suction. Well, I’ll be checking for leaks in a few minutes. I checked out the forum you suggested and found several ways of folding the Diva Cup. I’m going to try a smaller fold next time.

I’d also like to thank you for reviewing the Luna Pads. My 15 -year-old is too young for the Diva Cup, but I think she’ll agree to using washable pads.

Thanks again!

heather October 28, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Lexi,

I think it’s great you’re trying the Diva for the first time. Way to go! It was definitely an experience for me the first time too, but I’ve gotten so used to using it now that I can’t imagine going back to tampons.

I think it’s awesome that your daughter could use the Luna Pads! I think they’re a great alternative for younger girls.

Kelly November 7, 2009 at 9:40 pm

thank you so much for posting your experience. this was a very helpful resource for me, as i have recently been considering switching to the diva cup. it sounds like a great alternative to tampons and pads. thank you for the useful information and your honesty about your experience.

heather November 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm

@Kelly- You’re so welcome! It’s been amazing how many women are starting to make the switch. It’s been months now, and I seriously can’t imagine going back. Thanks so much for writing in, and for thinking of making a difference by switching to the Diva! 🙂

Yoyo November 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm

There isn’t much else to say that hasn’t already been said. I just wanted to let you know that you have one more supporter, the menstrual cycle is nothing to be ashamed of and it’s so exciting to see how many women feel the same way. I’ve been wondering about these for a while, I’m getting a Diva cup tomorrow 🙂

krystal November 14, 2009 at 5:48 pm

i just ordered my diva cup online today and can’t wait to try it out for the first time. im a little nervous, but i think i will like it. i have endometriosis and my period is very heavy, tampons are very uncomfortable for me, im thinking its from the “pull” pressure. so, i am looking forward to try a more natural flow approach~

Megan December 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Thank you so much for this post! After having my first baby this past March I decided that I didn’t want to do disposable diapers and when I was purchasing my cloth diapers from a local retailer she was telling me about how she uses cloth pads. The thought COMPLETELY grossed me out, but I have been doing more research and just ordered my divacup after hearing about the coupon on your blog! I am having my period now and cannot wait to try it out! Plus, after giving birth tampons are just not cutting it for me like they use to in the past, so I am hoping that the divacup will solve those issues as well. Thank you, thank you!!

Kristin December 6, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Another Diva cup fan here – I’ve been using it for about a year now. My only regret is that I didn’t buy one sooner!

I just wanted to chime in with something I’m surprised nobody else has mentioned here: Once you get used to using the cup, if you find that you can feel the little “stem” and it bothers you you can just trim it off. Since trimming mine my cup has been completely comfortable to the point that I forget it’s there. You don’t really need the stem anyway since the best way of removing the cup is to squeeze it and break the seal first. On other boards you’ll read about many people who trim the stem off.

Anyway, thanks for the blog post. I think the more women who know about this the better. It’s amazing to me how much happier I am with my body and monthly cycle. Maybe it sound cheesy, but I feel like the diva cup gave me a big part of my life back. No more spending money on tampons and pads… no more having to carry them around with me… no more worrying about leaks (not one leak since I began using the cup!). Finally a way to make periods totally manageable. I just wish these were available in all stores so more women would know they exist and that they have a choice.

For those on the fence, I know how you feel. I was there for a long time. Just give it a try though, you’ll be glad you did. 🙂

Kelly February 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I recently bought a diva cup and this is the first cycle I have used it on…and WOW!!!! I will never go back!

I am a virgin and the first time I put it in and took it out it hurt like HELL!!! After a few tries I finally gave up on the first day, I was sore and beat up (probably). But I tried again the second day and it was WAY easier and I haven’t stopped using it since then! Once you get the hang of it, it is so easy and SO much more convenient than tampons, and it feels cleaner! (TMI ALERT – none of that ‘squishy’ feeling you start getting after a couple hours of having the tampon in).

I have slept in the Diva, ran three miles, did Jillian Michaels’ The Shred workout, etc etc with no slippage or leaks. I’m in lovvve. <3

heather February 8, 2010 at 9:48 am

@Kelly, I’m so glad you’re happy with it! The Diva is definitely better than tampons. I’m still in love with mine too. 🙂

Selina February 15, 2010 at 10:47 am

And another delight about this product; it’s great for travelling! One small cup and you’re set!

Christina March 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Question? ok im convienced it is good and all , but during your changing experience, how do you not get that muck on your hands? with the pad i dont even have to touch it,
then, the sanitary part is when you dump it and your in the bathroom, how do you wash that durn thing out so it will be clean when you reinsert it? and not drip on the floor…lol

heather March 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Christina, I just wash my hands in the sink. Once you the hang of it, your hands won’t get that messy at all. Washing it out is done in the sink too, with just soap and water. That’s really all you need!

Public bathrooms are a bit more challenging. But because you can leave it in for up to 12 hours, I rarely have to rinse it while I’m out.

Good luck!

heidi March 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Heather, I can’t believe I didn’t find out about this blog sooner –
http://menstrualcups.wordpress.com/ – and there’s something of an intro site over here – http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/ – and I can’t believe I didn’t *start* that type of blog, for that matter! Anyway, my cup and I just celebrated our 6th anniversary and it still cleans up like new* (with the help of an occasional peroxide rinse) but does show a few hairline “cracks” when folded, but the structural integrity is intact. Happy trails!

heather March 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Heidi, Thanks so much for posting that link! And for that tip about the peroxide…I was about to start searching online for how to clean mine. 🙂

heidi March 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I use about a 1:5 peroxide to water ratio, my sister uses vinegar (I just can’t stand the smell), I used to boil mine back in the day, but the soak (overnight at the end of my cycle) is just so much easier. The DIVA has obnoxious little words inside the cup, but scraping those with your finger nails should do the trick.

Btw, I think the “recaptcha” word thingy is a bit peculiar; at the moment it is “labium Swiss” …ah, robots.

Claudia March 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Heather, thank you so much for the extensive review! I cannot wait to try this! I’ve always been grossed out by the concept, but am now convinced. I’ll have to follow up with you. 🙂

Thanks again!

heather March 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

Claudia, that’s awesome! Please keep us updated on how it goes. 🙂 Thanks so much!

TaDonya March 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Heather, I have a diva cup this will be my second cycle with it and I must say the first time I had all the fears too. But I love it, I have it in my pocket now waiting for my cycle now, TMI I know, but how knew I’d be waiting for it to come. HAA! Great Blog

Valerie March 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm

The only thing that I could see worrying me about this product. Is that I had serious trouble with the nuva ring, every time I used the bathroom (and especially when I did #2) the nuva ring would pop out. It was extremely uncomfortable for me and I gave up after 3 months of trying to get used to. It just wouldn’t stay put for me. So I do wonder if I would have trouble with the diva cup.

Brittany March 20, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I got mine about two and a half years ago after reading about it online, and it is the best decision I ever made. I can’t even begin to express my love for the divacup, it has completely revolutionized the way I think about my period. Honestly, it’s like you’re not even having one with the divacup!

Unfortunately, not a lot of people are open to the idea…but I definitely agree with what you said. Why do people think it’s so gross, it’s coming out of YOUR body. It shouldn’t be seen as gross! I think people just need to get over that, and think of how much waste tampons and pads are! They’re both an impact on the environment, and not NEARLY as comfortable as the divacup. I will never go back!

Chantal March 24, 2010 at 12:37 am

I have to say last month was the first time I tried the Diva Cup. Unlike Kelly, I am no longer a virgin and it hurt like hell the first time I pulled it out nonetheless! (so don’t feel too bad Kelly). Then I pushed it up too far and I could not get it out (yeap, it happened to me); it kept slipping in between my fingers and I started sweating I was going to have to go to a doc to get it out. The idea made me feel so horrible I kept trying to grab the cup until I finally succeeded but men it was haaaard!

Because I was VERY determined, I decided I was going to retry. This month is the second time and now, I have no problem. Practice, practice, practice! =)

For me, this is the way I found works best:

1. I warm up my fingers and the cup under hot water to make the cup more comfortable to insert
2. I sit on the toilet seat to insert it and I make sure I am very relaxed and comfortable. The very first time I pulled it out, I was so stressed out because it kept slipping out of my fingers and I started panicking which did not help at all.
3. Now when I pull it out, I insert my index finger and my thumb as deep inside as I can so I can pinch the cup in the center to undo the vacuum.

I hope this helps those who have never used it before.

Chantal

jenn March 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Thanks for the post. I recently heard about Diva Cups and I was Googling to find more info. I’m definitely going to give them a try. I’m almost anxious to start my period this month so I can try them out!

Tina March 29, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Read the reviews, thought it might kind of work, but probably not worth it and then totally bought it on a whim at whole foods. OMG, It totally works, and just like the some of the reviewers said — with this thing, I forgot that I even had a period! It is awesome and I am totally mad I didn’t know about it until now! Putting it in and taking it out was a little bit weird the first couple of times, but then I figured it out. Like the other posters said, practice.

Sandy C March 31, 2010 at 4:17 am

My yoga teacher in Winnipeg got me to buy the diva cup, and ever since my first use, I’ve never looked back. There is a small learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, the cup is comfortable, safe, odor-free, easy to use and DOES NOT LEAK. I could have wept for joy.

Let us face it, periods have been a raw deal for women, and this is the first break you’ll catch in that area.

For women who are hearing about it for the 1st time, or on the fence, or waiting and watching, just get the damn thing.

Sandy C March 31, 2010 at 4:22 am

Oh, and a note about grossness: What grossness? You are really not likely to spill anything onto yourself while removing, has never happened to me. yes, you do have to touch the tail of the thing, which is the outside of it anyway, and if that bothers you, oh come on. Just be a little careful and you wont have blood on your hands. literally.

Speaking of gross, hey, with a pad, you are sitting on a great squelching mess of ick for hours. That Ok?

Just passing thru March 31, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I have been seriously considering the Diva Cup, but I found out that using menstrual cups MAY increase a woman’s risk of getting endometriosis. http://www.mum.org/fdacups1.htm

Basically, the theory goes that the Diva Cup merely holds the blood and does not absorb it, like a tampon/pad does. That blood, remember, isn’t simply blood, it is the shedded uterine lining. When using the Diva Cup, there is a chance that the blood will flow back into the body, and the particles will embed itself into the body, and cause endometriosis. Obviously, it’s more complex than this, but the possibility that the blood will flow back into the body had never occurred to me before. I don’t want to risk introducing back into my body what it had gotten rid of in the first place. It is something to think about.

Steph April 1, 2010 at 12:45 am

Hey girls!
I just want to spread the word on this wonderful device!
I found out about the diva cup and contemplated using it for about a year. Finally I became a really broke college student and decided to save money in whatever way I could….
Tampons = $10/month (not cool!)

I used it once and fell in love, I mean seriously! I literally forget I am on my period now. I honestly do not know why more women don’t use this thing!
For me the hardest part was getting it out…. I usually pull it down a bit and push it out like I’m giving birth or something and then pinch it together and pull a little bit further, then once it is out all the way I use the other hand to squeeze it into a “U” shape and pull it out.

If you have problems being relaxed enough to get it in or out, do it in the shower! I take a nice hot shower and then put it in or take it out. Also running hot water over it makes it more flexible and easier to put in.

I used to have terrible cramps when I used tampons but now…. Im golden! Oh and I can snowboard all day without having to go into the trees and dig a hole and awkwardly change my tampon!

heidi April 1, 2010 at 9:27 am

Re: endometriosis

With the cup, blood *MAY* flow back into your body. With a tampon, the bloody clumps of goo are not directly absorbed into the tampon; it’s merely “bottled up” with some blood being absorbed (menstrual blood isn’t all free-flowing blue liquid as tv commercials would like us to believe; more like a cracked egg!)

Pretty sure the misuse of tampons in society is a much greater threat than cups (tampons are to be alternated with pads; something I hadn’t even thought of until I switched and realized I’d spent years “doing it wrong” and massively increasing my risk for TSS). The argument that the fellow petitioning the FDA makes is one that he obviously hasn’t tried: tampons and cups pretty much serve the same purpose in keeping blood from exiting the body until the object is voluntarily removed. The cups just keep the blood a bit more free-flowing. I’d even argue that the slight suction increase upon removal miiight even remove a bit more of the blood than the gravitational drop after tampon removal.

Just sayin’

Pretty sure all of the menstrual ails are far more likely in bleached cotton tampons that the FDA is so darn happy about; they also approve of BigMacs and other such savory delights. I’m not trusting either side on this; don’t make me stockpile menstrual cups just in case!

Dawn April 17, 2010 at 12:19 am

Ok – I am definitely getting one of these. I’ve read nothing but rave reviews.

Now, as for the endometriosis, I just wanted to say that if there is any risk, it can’t be any greater than using a tampon. And endometriosis is not caused by “blood flowing back into the body”, because blood left within any body cavity (such as in surgery) will be reabsorbed and taken care of by our body’s own cells and tissues. Also, there are hormonal factors that contribute to endometriosis which obviously don’t apply here as menstrual cups do not contain hormones. Also, I don’t think that this cup completely occludes the opening of the cervix, but rather sits below it, sealing off the vaginal opening. Consequently, I don’t believe any “pressure” would be exerted to force blood back into the uterus.

I think that the best thing to do would be to consult your OB/GYN if you have any concerns… In the meantime, I’m heading to amazon to buy one of these!

Naima April 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm

This review has made me a bit less freaked out about buying my first Diva. I’ve only ever used pads the idea of a tampon has never stuck to well with me. But, I don’t want to “not” be able to enjoy trips to the beach, or the swimming course that I’m really looking forward to (and paying for!!!!!). Mostly though when I detach myself from my hysteria and fears about “challenges,” its just a matter of becoming more comfortable with myself, and my body.

Kristy May 30, 2010 at 9:37 am

Okay, the Diva Cup is the best thing that ever happened to me as well (as far as my “monthlies” go anyhow). I too waited for a few months before working up the courage.

And I can fully sympathize with Kelly.. because I didn’t read about the different types of “folds” when inserting the cup, it hurt crazy when putting it in (the fold promoted in the Diva Cup leaflet is not the only way to go.. google for “diva cup folds” for more info). Also, it truly is easier to insert when your cycle has started or is at the point of starting.. a “dry run” is slightly more difficult literally because your insides are “drier”.

Here’s why I love the Diva Cup.

1) For the past 10 years, I’d get excruciating cramps on the first day – and would end up sleeping the whole day to escape them. Since using the cup, I get very mild to no cramping at all. I don’t know if its related or if some other environmental change had an effect on my body but I do think its at least partially due to the Diva Cup.

2) My muscles and skin does not feel sore and tensed up – this happened all the time when I used pads. I can stand for long periods of time – where as previously, I couldn’t stand in one place for more than a couple of minutes.

3) No leakage, no smells and no leftover wrappers. I can sleep in any position and know nothing will get stained!

4) Its so comfortable, I truly forget I’m using it – and more importantly, I forget I’m even having my monthlies.

Once my cycle is over, I just soak it in freshly boiled water with a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (easily available at any pharmacy) mixed in. Couple of hours later, it’s clean and white. Then stored in a ziplock waiting for its next use.

Its amazing and I wish every girl were presented with the option to choose. I myself learnt about the Diva Cup by accident on the Internet.. I know of no other person in my family / friends who are using it.. and unfortunately, asian culture is such that these things are not discussed.

But, I hope things will eventually change.

Violet June 15, 2010 at 10:58 am

Just as another thing about tampons, my nurse explained to me why tampons are not good for you and why they have to be regulated by the FDA. It is because if the tissue that the tampon is made of is not soft enough it irritates the Vagina by causing a ton of mini incisions all over (infection from them is part of what is involved in TSS). Even with regulation by the FDA, a normal tampon is still going to cause some mini incisions. Ah what they do not tell you on the box at the store….

Sarah June 30, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I recently bought one of these while I was at whole foods. I have had friends tell me that they’ve used them before and they’ve all liked them, so I figured ‘why not?’. I’m SUPER glad I decided to…It only took me two tries to get the hang of putting it in and I haven’t experienced any leaking or anything unpleasant so far. As so many of you have said already: I wish I knew about this sooner!!!! I love it.

Mrs W July 31, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I am using the cup for the 1st time. I really like the idea of this item. I wanted to mention, the Diva cup website says NOT to use vinegar, tea tree oil, scented soap, antibacterial soap, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, rubbing alcohol or harsh chemicals as these may damage the silicone and ruin the cup.

The Diva Wash seems expensive. The company recommends a product that is natural & fragrance free? Do you have an alternative, to the Diva wash, that is safe for me and that won’t (over time) damage the Diva cup?

PS: the company does recommend replacing it once a year.

Nikki September 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I picked up the Diva Cup a few weeks ago and recently gave it a try. I followed the directions to a tee, but I just could NOT get it in there. Just couldn’t. Have been able to insert tampons and other menstrual cups but jeez, the Diva Cup is just too enormous for me. I guess I’m just on the smaller side!

Kim September 6, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Oh my G-d, thank you thank you thank you for the Diva Cup! I’m having my first cycle in 3 years (since getting pg with my son, and subsequently BFing him all the time for 2.25 yrs). It is a doozy and I couldn’t use a tampon without a pad and I feel very hormonal and thought I was going to go completely nuts. Seriously thinking about calling in sick to work with this thing. In a moment of weekness I forked over the 34$, super marked-up diva cup at my local, independent health food store, and I’m completely SOLD.

I was so worried about buying this product and then not liking it. I’m not worried anymore.

I like knowing just how much I am bleeding (A LOT) and it’s more comfortable by far than a tampon. So far no leaks, which is my biggest concern.

Larissa October 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Hello,
I am not a Diva Cup user, but I do have some concerns and questions before I purchase. How low does the DC sit in the vagina?
Is this a good product for virgins? (I have never inserted anything up there, not even a tampon.)
I like the idea of the DC, however I am just terrified that it was hurt. I am also afraid that I will have to place my fingers wayyy up inside to locate it.
Thank you for any advice and answers to my questions.

Larissa October 26, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Oh! I forgot one thing.
I have tried talking to my mother about using this product, but she has no history with tampons or cups.
In fact, she is against the idea of putting fingers “up there” to remove something.
Because of this… my fear is high, REALLY high.
Just so you understand.
I am intrigued by the product, but need some help.

kj November 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I was one of the people who really wanted the Diva Cup to work for me, but month after month I kept having leakage issues. Not worth the hassle.

Angela December 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Hey everyone!
Just got mine today. It’s WONDERFUL! I’ve been thinking about getting one for a few years, and decided that since tampons were hurting me(yes after three kids reg and super HURT!) I got one. I did pay too much, $40! But I think it was well worth it to have it today. I only had to clip a little off the end to make it fit comfortably. I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to touch anything, but it was super easy. I have had three kids and as I said tampons hurt. So I got the 1, works great! If you have a problem with tampons being too big or hurting, I’d say get a 1! Love, love, love it! Will never go back. I will probably get a back up for later. But my toilet if right next to my sink and I don’t have a heavy flow, so I won’t have to wash in a public bathroom ever! SO EXCITED! Can’t wait to go to the beach this summer. Okay I’ve rambled on…it does take a few time putting it in and out…but well worth it. I’ve put it in three times and only feel a slight pressure(less than a tampon) and SO comfortable. I’m going to tell ALL my girl friends, even if they don’t want to hear! They all need to know! 🙂

Dana January 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I bought my diva cup at iherb.com through a referral from someone else, she gave me this coupon for $5 for first time customers (ETA051) so it brings the total out to about $21 bucks, which is much cheaper than i’ve seen anywhere else.

Stephanie January 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

what if you have a very heavy flow. I usually have to wear two super plus tampons at one time and change every two hours or so. Would I still get to keep it in for 12 hours? Exactly how much liquid does it hold?

Celeste February 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Are they trying to say that our vagina becomes bigger after age 30?? ;^) LOL!

Lara February 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

LOVE IT! It took a couple times to get the hang of it, but now I love it! I was traveling overseas and the bathrooms were not so great….of course, I had my period. What a great thing it was not to have to change a tampon or pad the entire day I was out sight-seeing!!! It really is like not having your period! I highly recommend it!

Sharon February 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

Hello, great reviews and comments! I’ve been a DivaCup user for a couple of years now and I definitely consider menstrual cups the best option out there, especially for travellers or campers. I’ve lived in Taiwan for almost two years now, where tampons aren’t even available and I can’t read any of the pad packages so haven’t got a clue what to buy, but fortunately, I don’t have to! 🙂 I just wanted to post a little tip, in case anybody had the same problem as me: I found the DivaCup was a little too long for me, even after trimming the stem. Every woman’s body is different. I didn’t want to return it or try a different brand, but I read on another blog that somebody flipped their DivaCup inside out and it worked just fine and made it a little bit shorter so it fit. I’ve been doing this since I’ve had my DivaCup and it works great. So if you find your cup uncomfortable because it’s too long, try flipping it inside out before you give up! And when you are removing it, bear down hard and it will push it so you can easily reach the base and break the seal. Insertion and removal were difficult my first two or three months or so, but after that it’s a breeze and way worth the trial-and-error period. Good luck! 🙂

Grace February 23, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I’d really like to try the Diva Cup, but I’m only 12 years old. Does know if it’s safe for younger girls?

Lia March 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Hi Heather!
First of all, love your blog. Second, I was wondering if I could post a link to this review on my own blog/facebook page (both are a friends only place). I have been trying to convince my girlfriends to switch to diva cups for a few months now, and I think your blog does a better job summing up how wonderful they are than my discussion tactics have.
All the best,

Lia

Jeanette May 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I’m curious about the cup too! I read over on menstrualcups.wordpress.com that the Lady Cup gets the best review. A little high (25€ on the website) for my budget at the moment, but it sounds like it’d be a little more comfy than the monthly squidge like I’m sitting in currently. Hubby’s quite concerned about TSS, but honestly, the fact that the information I read online says that there are no reports of TSS with cup usage.. surprises me.
I’ve always been a pad girl myself, and feel insecure on my period unless i’ve got something of a diapered feeling. :/ The worst-? The feeling of sludge passing onto the pad.
Probably something worth saving a bit for. Thanks for your report!

Oh, btw, been finding out for myself that supplements really help with the period.. I’ve been using vitamin D3, magnesium and b-complex vitamins the past few months, and my periods have been lighter and more regular. It’s worth looking into for girls with mood-swing issues and heavier periods.

courtney July 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I am 13 and my mother will not even let me wear tampons and I am worried that if i ask her about the diva cup she will say no .Once I used a tampon it was ok with the insertion the horible part was to get it out i prayed and told god that that would be the first and last time i used a tampon.I HATE my period I ABSOLUTELY HATE HATE HATE it i always ask my self why god gave me this it’s not a gift it’s a curse especially for me because i can’t do anything because i have to wear pads and feel absolutely wierd and awkward.I am waiting 30 months to be 16 so i can go to the doctor and get on the medecine that only gives you your period 3 times a month and also buy the diva cup those 2 things will make emy life alot more easier.I read all the comments it sounds great because my mother buys the $3 pads from walmart wich for a whole year equals the equivalent of a diva cup.I have even looked up ways to make your period shorter or to not even have it i hate it sooooo much.I don’t now how to bring the topic up with my mother to buy me the diva cup wich she’ll probably say no because she doesn’t want anything up in there.

emma August 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Ive been surfing the web all nite and cant find this one answer.

Can you use a Diva Cup if you havent had sex? Im sick of pads and tampons
And no matter what i do my dogs somehow find them and i come home from school
And have to clean stuff up!!!!!

Kendra July 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I think your article/review converted me! My sister uses a divacup and that was the first time I’d heard of it. I considered it, and kind of liked the idea, but had similar concerns as you. I was afraid I would always be leaking. I didn’t realize it made a seal! Anyway, I decided to look into it and found your article. Luckily I don’t think the gross factor will affect me. (Aren’t blood logged tampons kinda gross?! haha) I can almost swear I saw the DivaCup at Walmart last time I was there!

Toni September 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I bought a Diva Cup and am now on my third cycle with it. I was relieved to find it went in a lot easier for me, then when I tried tampons for the first time. I am not sure if its me still getting used to it, but I do find that i still leak a little on the first insertion of the CUP on the first day of my cycle, so I wear a panti-liner with it on the first day, but after that I have no leakage and wear nothing but my Diva Cup. I really like that I don’t have to worry about traveling or carrying feminine products, its awesome. I also find that I don’t have to empty it that often. I do more often than I need to because i am used to wearing other feminine products and I really have to force myself to break the habit, because really there is no need. I find that after ~10 hrs, I’ve only filled the cup about 1/2 way if that. So yes I am still getting used to it, but in a good way. I am definitely a fan.

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