So today I decided to purchase the Diva Cup in order to give it a shot. Apparently the Diva Cup is supposed to be a healthier option to tampons or pads, and it’s supposed to be easy to use. It’s reusable for up to a year, though if any deterioration occurs or any damage happens to it, it’s supposed to be disposed of. So with only having to be replaced yearly if everything goes right, it’s supposed to be a money saver compared to having to buy tampons and pads (I recommend to at least wear a liner with these, especially if it’s your first time using it, in case of any leakage). The Diva Cup is $39 at CVS in store but online it’s discounted for $27.99 (honestly wish I had known this before buying it in store), and it’s $29.99 from Walmart and Target) and apparently the pros are supposed to outweigh this pricey price tag.
So this is the Diva Cup. It comes in a pretty simple package (pink for the Model 1 and blue for the Model 2). Model 1 is for women under 30 years old who have never delivered vaginally or by c-section. Model 2 is for women over 30 years old or who have delivered vaginally or by c-section.
In the box comes the Diva Cup, instructions for use and how to clean it, and a small, cute bag to store it in when it’s not being used. Overall, I think it looks pretty cute and my first impression was that I was pretty excited to use this product.
It took me forever the first time to get the thing to actually go inside my vagina. I followed the instructions on folding it into a triangle to make it smaller but it still wasn’t small enough to go inside comfortably. I also ended up scratching myself a lot which wasn’t great and when I finally got it in, it was uncomfortable.
The second time was much better and easier now that I knew what to expect and now inserting it is lot easier because I know what angle to use and how much to smush it in between my fingers to make it small enough to fit in.
Note: If you have nails (like me) you’ll most likely scratch yourself while inserting it so just make sure you’re really careful to avoiding scratching yourself inside there because ouch, does that hurt.
Comfort level: 4/5
When I first put it in and was sitting down, I could notice it a little bit. When I was standing up, I can feel it and it felt like it’s about to fall out, and it’s that same feeling of when you don’t insert a tampon all the way in. The second time, I inserted it a little further than the first time, and I didn’t notice it at all. On the second day I wore it, I was in a hurry and I guess I didn’t insert it far enough so I could feel it but it wasn’t as uncomfortable as the first time. So basically the comfort level depends on the user.
Okay, so if you’re just starting to use this product, removing it can be a little difficult. I ended up scratching myself with my nails multiple times trying to pull at the little plastic stem in order to remove it. You’re supposed to gently pull on the stem gently until you reach the base of the cup. After reaching the base, you’re supposed to pinch the base in order to break the seal and continue to bring it down until it’s out. For me it didn’t exactly work like this. I found that pushing the muscles like you’re going to poop (but don’t actually do this!) helps push it out enough to squeeze the base and I wiggle it around to bring it down before pulling it out.
I guess after a few times you can master this, but when you’re trying to figure it out, you’re going to end up scratching yourself (if you have nails) while you’re trying to get it out.
Okay! So despite my insertion and comfort problems to begin with, this thing never leaked on me. I wore a liner just in case and there was absolutely nothing on the liner. Everything stayed inside the cup. On my second time, there was still no leakage at all. So I give this a big thumbs up on that because when using this product you don’t want it to leak. So, yes, I’m extremely happy about that.
Overall, I found this to be a really great product and I was highly impressed by it. I saved on having to use toilet paper for my tampons and throwing out the tampon applicators. I usually use a new tampon every time I go to the bathroom (which is a lot) so that’s multiple tampons a day, not to mention for the full term of my period. This menstrual cup is going to save me on using multiple tampons or pads everyday. I would, however, recommend using liners for any potential leakage but that hasn’t seemed to be a problem yet.
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