Being a women, we have dealt with numerous visits for good old Aunt Flow! Menstruation is a normal, healthy part of a woman’s life. Beginning around the age of 9 -16 years old, a girl will experience a monthly menace until she hits menopause around the age of 45 to 55. When I was younger, I couldn’t wait to get my period. Books and movies had hyped up the rite of passage of becoming a women as a beautiful, life changing process. Boy was that a joke. Sure the minute I started menstruating meant I could become a Mother (my life long dream), but at thirteen it was the furthest thing from my mind. Instead of feeling this sparkling, internal glow, I learned that your menstrual period can be painful, messy and an annoying intrusion in your life every month!
If you have ever stood in the “feminine product” aisle at the local grocery store or pharmacy, you will see endless options to deal with you menstrual period. The choice can be overwhelming and confusing. I want a product that will prevent leaks, maintain SOME level of cleanliness and one that is discrete and easy to use. There are basically three different products that a women can choose from to absorb their menstrual flow: a sanitary pad, a tampon and a menstrual cup. I have tried them all! Some trap leaks but are awkward or uncomfortable to use, others are easy to use but end up being messy and not discrete at all! All feminine produces have some pros and cons, but I have never found a product that lets me survive my menstrual period as if it wasn’t happening at all (isn’t that every women’s wish?)..until NOW!
Let you introduce you to my new best friend….
What the heck is it?
The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. The DivaCup offers up to 12 hours of hassle-free menstrual care, giving you ultimate comfort without putting you on a schedule. The DivaCup is suitable for women of all ages (available in two sizes -under 30/non childbearing and over 30/childbearing), sizes and lifestyles.
Why did I choose Diva?
The Diva cup was the result of my search for a cheaper, cleaner, leak proof way to deal with my monthly period. I was tired of pads that leaked, tampons that had to be changed every few hours due to discomfort and fear of toxic shock syndrome and the combination of both which is bulky and redundant. I was tired of the rising costs of pads and the over flowing garbage at the end of the week due to wrappers, tape protectors, and discarded feminine products. I started searching online for a product that was safe and reusable. I came across many different and unique ideas such as fabric pads that you wash yourself (NO THANK YOU!) and homemade tampons (what the heck?). Finally, I came across the DivaCup. At first, I was very hesitant. If I found the slender, cylindrical tampon uncomfortable, how was I going to get a large bell shape cup in there?
It all came down the challenge, I was unhappy with my current feminine products and was looking for a change. I was worried the DivaCup would be uncomfortable, messy and hard to insert. I was pleasantly surprised on all cases.
Easy to use – Once I thoroughly read all the directions on how to insert the DivaCup, I began my challenge. Unfortunately (or fortunately!) it wasn’t much of a challenge. I was able to achieve great success on the first try and I was surprise how easily it slid into place.
Comfort – I was amazed how comfortable the DivaCup was. Once inserted in the correct place, you couldn’t feel it at all. I got so comfortable with using it that there were times that a cramp or two would remind me that it was that week of the month!
Easy to clean – I am NOT one for getting my hands dirty. You can ask all my friends! I deprive my children of things like sand and play dough because I hate the mess. You might think how can this be one of my positives. The DivaCup has a discrete little tip on it that makes removal quick and easy. I simply pull it out, dump the contents in the toilet, rinse it under the tap, then wash with a mild soap and water. Not once do I touch anything gross or make a mess, nor is my garbage can spilling over with feminine product debris that it use to!
Time – According to consumer research, 60 percent of women experience leakage every month when using tampons and pads! With tampons and pads, I was changing them every 4 to 6 hours to avoid leakage. I continued this routine when I began using the DivaCup. Shockingly, I forgot one day (due to not feeling its presence!) and left it in for 12 hours! I had no leaks at all! I was truly amazed. To test it out this theory, I continued leaving it in for 10-12 hour periods and still had no leakage! I was a great feeling knowing that I could get through an entire workday and not have to worry about a leak occurring!
Environmentally Friendly – I love that there is no waste left over after using the DivaCup! Aside from the initial, recyclable box, DivaCup is completely litter-less! It comes in its own unique storage bag that allows you to keep it clean and discrete in between uses! With the thousands of tons of garbage being added to our landfills each year, it is nice to know I’ve reduced a good chunk of mine!
Cost– The initial cost required to purchase the DivaCup may seem expensive in comparison to a box of tampons or pads, but its worth EVERY PENNY! In just a few months of use, the DivaCup pays for itself! The Suggested Retail Price of one DivaCup is USD/CAD$39.99. This is an annual savings of $100-150 a year! Just think of the new wardrobe you could buy with that!
Public Washrooms – Next to the size issue of the DivaCup, the fear of having to change it in a public washroom was appalling and frightening. What do you do it when the toilet is in a private stall, but the sink is in a public area? Simple, plan to change your DivaCup prior to going out. This gives you a full 12 hour until you have to do it again! OR simply dump the contents, wipe out the cup and reinsert. The DivaCup recommends that you thoroughly wash it at least twice a day. If you are in a pinch, a simple wipe is acceptable.
As you can probably tell, I love DivaCup. After 15 years of dreading the onset of my menstruation and the discomfort experienced for that entire week, its nice to know there is a product on the market that can make my menstrual period seem as if it doesn’t exist at all! Discover the healthy, “non-ick” alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products. Join women worldwide by switching to The DivaCup today!