The other day I was asked by a friend if I planned to write a post about something near and dear to my heart, my beloved Diva Cup. I can’t believe I haven’t already sung its praises from the rooftops, so here I go! Give the people what they want, right?
I had heard about the famous menstrual cup for far too long before I finally caught on to it. It had circulated Facebook at least five different times but being in an ignorant state of tampon “bliss” I disregarded anything I saw. The Diva cup flew completely under my radar until one day I was hanging out with one of my besties and the topic of periods inevitably came up. It was then that she told me about her experience with the cup and just how much she loved it. Me being well, me, I asked every question under the sun. After hearing all of the perks, I was sold and knew I needed to take the plunge. I told myself that when I started my next cycle I would deny the urge to buy the tampons and opt for the cup.
Low and behold, my monthly gift from Mother Nature arrived and I hurried to Target. I stood there and stared at all the tampons ranging from the typical 6 to 12 dollars give or take, and then glanced over at the menstrual cups costing almost 40 dollars each. It’s hard when you aren’t exactly rich to swallow the idea of dropping significantly more money on an alternative when the cheaper option is RIGHT THERE. But remembering what my friend had said, I bought it anyway. I hurried home to see how this puppy worked and hoped that it would go smoothly. After several failed attempts and a graphic FaceTime call with said bestie, it was finally in. The rest truly is history.
Needless to say, I was hooked from the start. There are countless benefits and so very few drawbacks, I still have a hard time understanding why every woman isn’t on the Diva Cup train yet.
Here’s exactly why I love my Diva Cup:
It saves you a butt load of money. Yes, at first it is more expensive. But like any smart investment, it saves you money in the long run. Statistically, a woman should be using around 20 tampons per period. With the current price of tampons, you are likely spending more on tampons than you are coffee. The Diva Cup costs 37-40 dollars depending on the size and lasts over a year with proper care. Boom.
If that didn’t get you, here’s another selling point brought to you by your local Diva Cup enthusiast. It’s just so convenient. If you’re wearing a tampon it is advised that you change it at least every 6 hours, but if you’re using a menstrual cup you can go up to 12 hours without changing it. That means that depending how heavy your flow is, you could be changing your cup only TWO TIMES in 24 hours. That’s life changing.
Finally, and most importantly, it is safe and healthy for your body. Everyone should be educated about how many awful toxins tampons can leach into your body. Leaving them inside of you for too long puts you at risk for Toxic Shock Syndrome, for shit’s sake. If that doesn’t say enough about their potential risks, I don’t know what will. Tampons can contain perfumes, bleach, and other toxic chemicals that when soaked into your body can cause issues we aren’t yet even aware of. The menstrual cup however, is made of medical grade silicon that will not leave behind any sort of residue in your body, no matter how long it is left in. With that, I rest my case.
Beyond just trying to bring you over to the light side, I wanted to give a few little tidbits about using the cup once you make the best decision of your life to buy one.
– While there is a learning curve to the actual insertion, once you get the hang of it there is really nothing too complicated about it. I’ve heard a lot of people say, “Ew, that sounds gross. I don’t think I could do it.” To that I say, if you think THAT’S gross then you should read up on all of the nasty shit that comes out of your tampon, directly into your baby maker.
– Yes, the cup is a little more “hands-on” than a tampon. But at this point in our lives I’d say we all should be well acquainted with our own anatomy. What is there to be afraid of?
– If you’re inserting it right, it is almost full proof. The only time I’ve experienced leakage is before I had the hang of it.
– If you want to make it last the longest it possibly can, you should be cleaning it well. While on your period you should be cleaning it every time you empty it. And then in between periods you should clean it more thoroughly by boiling it.
– Because I didn’t know this prior to my cup, I think it’s extra important to stress. The Diva Cup cannot, I repeat, cannot get lost or stuck in your vagina. The vaginal canal is only 4-5 inches long so therefore it’s never more than a hand length away. Plus, if you put it in the right way it should always sit near the opening of your vagina, tucked in just enough to not cause any discomfort.
– This cup can withstand all the physical activities that a tampon can; running, dancing, netflixing, etc. But just like tampons, please for the love of God, don’t have sex without taking it out. It does not prevent pregnancy!
– You truly can’t feel the cup if it is in the right place. Just like a tampon, if it is sitting too low it can cause some discomfort…but otherwise it is completely comfortable.
Here’s what the glorious cup looks like, in case you were wondering:
There are so many things to be said for the cup and I personally could go on and on all day. I’m learning more as I continue to use it, but have yet to stumble upon any reasons NOT to . If you are reading this and have yet to make the switch, I urge you to do it. Now. For your sake, your bank account’s sake, and for your precious vagina’s sake, don’t waste any more time using something that should’ve never been created in the first place.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments no matter how personal, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I am always more than happy to talk it out with you with the promise that nothing is too “yucky” for me.
Now go out and buy yourself a Diva Cup damnit! You won’t regret it.