First, a true and really funny story. When my husband and I were still only dating, he overheard his mom and sister talking about tampons. I think they were talking about how awful they are, or something along those lines. And my sweet Sam, in all his unawareness to what a menstrual cup was, tells them “oh, Chelsea uses this like glass vial thing instead of tampons.” Insert horrible, shocked, and disgusted face here. I only got to hear about this horrible story after we were married, from his mom and sister (thankfully, they now know what a menstrual cup is and that I am not some crazy person using GLASS VIALS! hahaha!) I was so horrified when they told me what he had said! Menstrual cups are not glass, so fear not! Also, believe me, my husband now knows just about as much about menstrual cups as I do.
Menstrual cups, or period cups, are a great alternative to tampons. I love them and have been using the DivaCup for 10 years! But I am sure so many of you are wondering: what in the world is a menstrual cup?!
A menstrual cup is a soft silicone cup used in place of a tampon during your menstrual phase. It’s reusable, sustainable, better for your body, and far more comfortable than any tampon out there.
How does the DivaCup work?
There are two different fold options, and great instructions come with the cup. You can also read about it on their site before you purchase one.
Fold options via DivaCup website
As you can see, the DivaCup has a bell-shape and a “stem” on the bottom for easy removal. I have tried other menstrual cups and no one compares to the Diva.
These are offered in two sizes: model one for women under 30 and have never given birth, and model two for women over 30 or those who have (whether c-section or vaginal, it doesn’t matter. Birth is birth.) given birth. I have used both, because I have been using this brand for 10 years. You can read more about sizing options here.
Washing your DivaCup
Washing is so much easier than it may seem at first. I wash mine with Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap and that works great for me. The DivaCup website has instructions for washing, and they recommend their Diva Wash, or unscented, oil-free soap. It is also recommended to boil it after each cycle for a few minutes, just to keep it sanitized. You can learn more about caring for your cup here.
Is it gross to use or get used to using?
I have heard so often about women being too grossed out to use a menstrual cup. And I can understand that initial icky factor. It can be something you need to get used to doing, but honestly, it’s not bad at all. After trying a menstrual cup, you may be surprised to find how cleanly and easy they are to use.
Benefits of switching to a menstrual cup:
- menstrual cups are non toxic, and much safer for your body than tampons
- they can be worn for up to 12 hours
- cost saver! Imagine not having to buy tampons every month.
- better for the environment
- far more comfortable to wear than a tampon
- no leaks! (if you do experience a leak, it was probably inserted wrong)
- menstrual cups are SO safe, there is no chance of toxic shock like there is when using a tampon.
Where to purchase a DivaCup
Switching to a menstrual cup is well worth it, and something you will be so glad you did. It’s safer for your body, the environment, and so much more comfortable than a tampon! Of course, I highly recommend them 😉
(note: this post may contain affiliate links. DivaCup provided this cup for photography purposes, but I was not paid to write this post. All opinions are completely mine own, and I have been using this brand for 10 years and truly trust the brand and company.)