WARNING: This post contains TMI. If you're squeamish or a male, you just might want to click away now. If you're a woman, and you'd like to make your life a whole lot easier, keep on reading.
After I had my youngest child a year ago, I made the (stupid) decision to get my tubes tied following my cesarean. After all, I had 3 healthy kids already, and had just gone through 2 back-to-back pregnancies, both resulting in C-sections. At that moment in time, getting a tubal ligation just made sense.
What I didn't know were the horrid side effects that came along with this procedure. Things like awful cramping, severe PMS, and incredibly heavy monthly bleeding have become my reality. Sounds fun, right? Yeah, not so much. Since my period has returned, I bleed so much that I will soak right through a Super Absorbency tampon in an hour. That's a LOT of tampons every month, which gets expensive quite quickly. My husband has even had to run out and grab another box at 3:00AM on more than one occasion since I was going through them so rapidly. Poor guy! What man wants to head out to pick up feminine care products? Talk about awkward, right?!
Recently, I have been doing a lot of research into ways I can better manage my monthly visitor. While I had heard of the DivaCup before, I had never really considered using it. The whole "ick" factor was a bit too much to swallow. A reusable menstrual cup? What? This just didn't sound at all pleasant to me. However, I have several friends who use these and swear by them. I had tons of questions that they were happy to answer, and I started taking a closer look at this product.
So what IS The DivaCup?
The DivaCup is a non-absorbent menstrual cup that simply collects menstrual flow. It is inserted in the vagina and sits at the lower base of the vaginal canal. It is worn internally, yet because it is soft and smooth, it cannot be felt nor will it leak when inserted properly. The DivaCup comes in 2 sizes. One is for women under 30 who have not had a child, and the other is is for women 30 and older and/or women who have had children. Proper sizing is important, as it will prevent leakage.
This product is made of a strong, non-leaching silicone that is hypo- allergenic. This form of silicone is odorless, latex-free, plastic-free and BPA-free. It has been used safely in healthcare applications for over 50 years. The FDA has cleared The DivaCup for use by the FDA for use as feminine hygiene protection. It also holds a current Health Canada medical device license.The DivaCup is the most clean and convenient method of feminine hygiene protection.
Yes, you read that correctly. The DivaCup is just that. A cup that collects menstrual fluids! Yes, you really DO stick it in "there". Before you start getting grossed out, consider this: Tampons get inserted as well, and actually pose health risks, like Toxic Shock Syndrome. Not to mention, tampons can get a funkified odor to them, and even get "lost" in the vagina. Yes, I have really had this happen before! It was terrible! I will spare you the awful details, but let's just say a tampon that gets lost for a few days does not produce pleasant side effects. With the DivaCup, these factors are not an issue.
Take a look at the DivaCup. It even comes with a cute little pouch!
So after considering these facts, I decided to give the DivaCup a try. After all, it's safe, reusable, better for the environment, and will save me from spending tons of money on tampons. Another bonus? My hubby won't have to suffer the humiliation of having to purchase them!
This month, I have been using the DivaCup exclusively. After reading the instructions and getting a "feel" for the material, I mustered up my confidence and went at it. To insert the DivaCup, you fold it over and slide it into the vagina. Once it's in, you rotate it some to make sure the cup is "open". I was actually surprised at how easy insertion was. And guess what? I couldn't even feel a thing! When properly inserted, you should not even feel the cup at all, much like using a tampon.
Initially, I was a bit worried that it wouldn't hold up when the floodgates opened during heavier flow days.I tend to bleed like a stuck pig! Much to my surprise, I have experienced no leaks, even on my heavy days. I have even used this overnight, and have had no issues.
Removing and cleaning the DivaCup is easy, too! I was a little intimidated about this aspect at first. After all, you're pulling a cup full of blood out of your hoo-hah. I was afraid it would be a very messy process. Much to my amazement, there wasn't any spillage or splatter. The cup came out easily and didn't lose any of its contents. Once the DivaCup is removed, you simply empty it into the toilet and wash it with a mild detergent such as the DivaWash. At the end of the cycle, you can even boil the DivaCup for 5-10 minuted to ensure it remains sanitary. The DivaCup should always be stored in its pouch. NEVER store the DivaCup in a plastic container or bag, as this does not allow for air-flow and will trap bacteria.
Overall, I have to say I am pleasantly surprised at what I thought would be a disgusting and difficult experience. The DivaCup is actually pretty awesome, and has changed the way I look at my period. It is easy to use, easy to clean, and saves so much money. Oh, did I mention it's also comfortable to wear? Really, I cannot find anything negative to say about this product. Once you get past the initial heebie-jeebies over the concept of a reusable menstrual cup, you will definitely be surprised. The DivaCup is my feminine product of choice now, and I am so glad I decided to try it! Of course I use mama cloth with it, just in case, but I have had absolutely no mishaps with the DivaCup at all. Try it! I guarantee you'll love it!
WHERE TO BUY:
You can purchase the DivaCuponline. You can also check out their handy store finder to locate this product near you!
You can also become a fan of the DivaCup on Facebook and on twitter!
One lucky reader will receive the DivaCup in their choice of size! Trust me, this product is definitely worth trying!
Please use this easy Rafflecopter form to enter.
This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 12:00AM on March 18, 2012. No PO Boxes. Winner will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
***Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
2/28/2012 01:36:37 am
I have seen the DivaCup. I'm very interested in trying one, though I've not used one yet. I have used a similar product, but it was still disposable and shaped differently. I think the DivaCup would work better for me.
2/28/2012 01:37:06 am
I have heard of the Diva Cup and have been wanting to try it, so thanks for the giveaway!
2/28/2012 01:46:17 am
I would really like to try the Diva Cup! I have read lots of great reviews! Thanks for the giveaway!
2/28/2012 01:46:44 am
I have thought about getting a diva cup, but I haven't committed to the price tag yet.
2/28/2012 10:54:27 pm
I feel the same way. I know it is worth it, but I just haven't committed!
2/28/2012 01:57:52 am
I switched a year or so back and it's just so easy and you never run out of anything. I had such heavy periods I would get up every 2 hours all night to dump out a full (15ml) DivaCup. I started tracking the amount lost -- gyns just have NO IDEA. The suggestion was birth control pills but I also have three kids and am done so why hormones? I didn't get a tubal ligation but still had these really heavy periods after the last kid. It might be the three pregnancies getting the uterus all riled up.
I am in the same boat! The bleeding is INSANE. I will definitely try your suggestions. I have found that in the 2 weeks before my period, I crave meat...A lot....I'm convinced that I actually become slightly anemic due to all of the blood loss. I already use pastured butter and meats, so cutting back wheat and sugar won't be hard. I don't eat a lot of those things anyway. I try to stick to mostly proteins, fruits and veggies. Thanks so much for the tip! I can't wait to see if it makes a difference!
Ani G W
2/28/2012 02:00:37 am
I have heard of it and have thought about trying it, but haven't done it yet.
2/28/2012 02:07:23 am
Thank you for the giveaway!
2/28/2012 02:09:14 am
I have not tried diva cup but really really want to!
2/28/2012 02:56:06 am
I have heard of it and wanted to try it but didn't want to spend the funds to buy one without knowing if I like it. Thanks for a great giveaway.
2/28/2012 03:02:33 am
I've been meaning to try Diva Cup for ages...I just had to wait to get my period back!
2/28/2012 04:34:02 am
Diva Cup changed my life, but it's time for a new one!
2/28/2012 04:57:36 am
I have a DivaCup and I love it! They are amazing!
2/28/2012 06:30:32 am
Love Diva Cup and really want to win one!
2/28/2012 07:17:59 am
I have heard nothing but raves for this produ:-)
2/28/2012 09:05:10 am
I have been saving up for one of these, so imagine how sweet it would be for me to win one!! Thanks for the review! I've been curious to know details. You did not disappoint me!
2/28/2012 09:44:57 am
I'm 15, and I LOVE my diva cup. People complain about the "ick factor", but if you think about it, what's grosser? Shoving a bleached piece of cotton on a string up your hoo-ha, or just using a menstrual cup to collect the blood, instead of absorbing. It's alot healthier for the body, because I'm sure it isn't healthy for bleach to be entering your system in any way whatsoever,
2/28/2012 10:04:33 am
Yes, I'm quite familiar with menstrual cups. I currently use mama cloth and instead cups, but I'd love to switch to a reusable cup like the Diva Cup instead!
2/28/2012 10:47:01 pm
I have heard of it before, and have used one. Loved it! I'm always trying to convince people to switch to this eco friendly, money saving option!
2/28/2012 11:19:43 pm
I am so intiruged by this...reusable, good for the environment and light on the pockets! How much better can it get?
2/28/2012 11:28:21 pm
I have heard about it before and would love to try it. I like the idea of it being good for the earth and my pocketbook.
2/29/2012 06:24:51 am
I am so excited that it worked for you! Thanks for the giveaway!
2/29/2012 06:25:16 am
This is the first ive heard of it and I'm intrigued.
2/29/2012 07:47:25 am
Has this been approved in the U.S? It sounds really gross! I'd be worried about safety and cleanliness issues.
Yes,it has been approved by the FDA and is actually completely safe. You wash it between uses, and it's made of a medical-grade, non-leeching silicone. You can also boil it for 5-10 minutes to sanitize. I thought it sounded gross too, until I tried it. It is no messier than using a tampon and is a lot safer.
2/29/2012 09:27:33 am
I've heard of the diva cup, and have been wanting to try it!
2/29/2012 11:43:25 am
I have never used a DivaCup or anything like it but I have been doing research and would love to try it. I feel kind of stupid supporting the switch from plastic grocery bags to canvas and using fabric produce bags as well as using fabric lunch bags but not switching my feminine products. When I found DivaCups I was a little grossed out but the more I think about it the more I'm like "Duh of course I should do this" I mean why wouldnt I? No chemicals and nothing to pile up a land fill. Win win :)
2/29/2012 10:16:10 pm
I have heard of it but haven't used one before
2/29/2012 10:38:58 pm
Can't WAIT to try this!!!
2/29/2012 11:51:05 pm
I found out about Diva Cup about a year ago and have been meaning to buy one ever since :)
3/1/2012 01:04:23 am
I've been very interested in trying out the DivaCup!
3/1/2012 04:11:48 am
I have used a menstrual cup since my cycle returned after my second child. I have the small of the green donna and apparently there was some sort of lawsuit over the name, so the one I have isn't the actual green donna but a fake. I love using a menstrual cup but as I am now over 30 with two children I think I need the size up. Over time my menstrual cycles have become lighter and shorter since changing to a menstrual cup and mama cloth. I use to have super heavy flows like you mentioned and I also had a tubal ligation three years ago. I only use the cup for 2-3 days and use mama cloth for the remaining day or 2 (for light spotting). I use to have horrible cramps for days now I have minor cramps for a couple hours at most. I swim with it do yoga and pilates and run and have never had an issue with my menstrual cup.
3/1/2012 07:12:37 am
wow if they had this when i was younger it would be great but i have family that would use it ant hey are having kid so that ne to me
3/2/2012 04:21:56 am
I started using cloth pads after my first child was born. I've heard so much about the Diva Cup, though, that I'm intrigued and want to try one! :D
3/4/2012 05:47:17 am
I have heard of divacup
3/4/2012 10:43:58 pm
no i haven't heard of it before but i'm liking your review on it
3/5/2012 04:27:08 am
I've heard about it and I've been dying to try it but I'm a little nervous so I'm not sure I want to spend the money for one...
3/5/2012 05:10:59 am
I have heard of it before, but I usually get tampons and pads for extremely cheap, so I hadn't really thought of buying it as of yet, though I'd love to try it.
3/7/2012 12:52:44 am
Thanks for the review. I've seen it in the store, and I've thought about getting it...
3/10/2012 04:35:19 am
i've never heard of this...would love to try it
3/10/2012 08:25:57 am
I am actually using the Moon Cup but have been wanting to try the Diva Cup.
3/10/2012 10:47:06 pm
Yes I've heard of it, mainly on the menstrual cups live journal community, wich I strongly recommend to anyone willing to make the switch. The Diva is good for some people because it is the longest cup on the market, but there are many other options to consider !
3/13/2012 12:48:30 pm
I've totally heard of DivaCup! It sounds fantastic, it seems like a really good, eco-friendly and economical way to deal with your period. I would really like to try it! Thanks for the opportunity!
3/13/2012 02:33:31 pm
I have heard of it and have been wanting to try it for a while. My sister has one and loves it. Thanks for the chance to win one!
3/13/2012 02:40:49 pm
i have heard of it, would love to try it.
3/14/2012 12:41:08 pm
I've thought about using one before but never got around to getting one.
3/14/2012 02:46:02 pm
I haven't tried or even knew of this until tonight but I definitely want to give it a try!
3/17/2012 04:41:44 pm
I've heard of it and have been interested in trying it
3/17/2012 06:41:36 pm
I've heard of it and really want to try it!
3/18/2012 10:12:52 am
Yes I have heard of it and have been curious to try one!
3/18/2012 11:28:55 am
I have never heard of the Diva Cup until your website!
3/18/2012 01:12:02 pm
I have heard of them and would love to try it.
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