In my journey to cut environmental waste wherever I can, I decided to give the Diva Cup a try. My sister-in-law has been using one for a couple of years now, and I recently learned that my sister has also been using one for awhile. Both of them really love it.
The main reason I wanted to try it was because, well, tampons are a hassle, and though I don’t know anyone who has suffered from Toxic Shock Syndrome, it’s still a risk with using tampons.
I also don’t like having to change a tampon every time I pee, it’s just super wasteful. I guess some women don’t change it everytime but I can’t stand the idea of peeing on the string (which is inevitable) and just going with it. No UTIs today, thank you.
I also noticed that tampons seemed to lengthen my periods by at least a day because (just guessing) putting a cotton plug in a hole probably impedes flow just a bit.
So Diva Cup it is!
No lie, it took some practice getting it in there right. I use the fold in half method. It will spring back, and no lie, the little sllloop sound it makes was a little nerve spiking initially, but now I know that sound just means that it’s inserted with a good seal, so if you try the Diva Cup don’t let this little suction scare you, your uterus will not get sucked out.
I made the mistake of trimming the stick piece too much, but then maybe I didn’t because that thing was really long. But just don’t cut too much off the first trim if you decide to give the cup a try.
Once It’s inserted, gravity basically does its thing and collects your flow in the cup, and provided you get a good seal on it, there’s no leakage. This took practice, and I’m still working on it, so I do wear a pantyliner during the first 2-3 days of my period to avoid ruining clothes just in case.
To actually get that seal though, you’ve really got to shove it up in there and then twist 360 degrees. Which, to be honest, is messier than a plastic tampon applicator. Unlike with a tampon string, you do not want the stick thing hanging out either so you’re likely going to get messy.
Additionally, when taking it out, you have to reach up and grab the bottom, squeeze it just a tad to break the seal and then pull it out (more practice), but be prepared to have to make contact with your lady parts during this process.
Then just dump the contents in the toilet, rinse out your cup, and reinsert. This saves tons of money on tampons, reducing waste, and eliminating septic issues, and since its reusable you don’t have to worry about running out at the worst time ever. Despite the learning curve and the tiny added messiness, I think this switch was a good one for me.
I don’t feel clogged up, no nasty strings, and I’ve shortened my average period by a day (seriously).
It’s also weirdly satisfying seeing how much blood I purge every month. I never got a good idea from tampons or pads before, but now that I see it, I have a lot more respect and appreciation for my body, and myself in general during this time of the month. Our bodies go through a lot, and society gives us 0 respect, and 0 appreciation for it, and instead labels us “emotional” “moody” “gross” “annoying” “bitchy” etc.
It’s time to stop with this kind of abusive rhetoric. More importantly, it’s time for us to stop listening to it and believing it. Our bodies are preparing to create a brand new life. Even if that isn’t in line with our own personal goals, it’s still incredible to think about what our bodies are really doing during our period. Yes, there’s some inconvenience with our cycles every month, but we as women need to embrace our periods as a time for self reflection, self appreciation, and self love, and push out the negative connotations we’re so used to.
I will be using the Diva Cup from this point on and not going back to tampons, there’s absolutely no way I could ever go back to that.
If you decide to try it, I recommend NOT trying it while you’re on vacation or somewhere unfamiliar to you. Do it in the comfort of your own home, your own bathroom, where you can afford to have an accidental leak during the learning curve.