A Diva Cup Review Written by a Human Being

by Victoria Storm

 

The Diva Cup… because you’re not quite ready for free-bleeding.

Between Facebook targeted ads for Thinx, “organic tampons,” menstrual cups, and photos of women free-bleeding while running marathons – and in the name of Reducing Period Stigma – the modern woman is facing a question we thought we’d solved when our moms discreetly started stashing Carefree liners under our bathroom sink. What do I do about my period?

While I cannot answer that question for you – you must search your Inner Woman and ask her opinion – I can tell you what I think about the Diva Cup.

Before we get started, more info for those of you living under mounds of Tampax pearl (or should I say maxi pads, are you still using maxi pads?)(sry not trying to shame you). A Diva Cup is a silicone cup that you insert, like a tampon, into your vagina. It’s reusable (for up to * 10 years *), runs around $30, and you can leave it in for around 12 hours without flashing back to the article you read in Reader’s Digest as a 11-year-old about Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Side note - I read Reader’s Digest religiously as a pre-teen and when I found out about Toxic Shock through its glossy, earnest pages, I showed it immediately to my mother, a Physician’s Assistant. “Have you heard about this?!” I cried. (Of course she had heard about it.) “What a horrifying fate! Killed by a tampon!” That coupled with the yearly features on TSS in Seventeen Magazine was enough to condition me into lab-rat style blind fear that I carry with me to this day.

Anyway, back to the show:

A Real-Girl Review

Diva Cup – 4.2/5 stars (second only to never ever bleeding again)

Extremely in-depth article comparing cup brands here.

Extremely in-depth article comparing cup brands here.

First things first – learning how to use a cup is a lot like learning to use tampons for the first time. I don’t know about you, but I remember months of sitting in the bathroom, reading the tampon box over and over and over again, and yelling “HOW” at the gods. Then, when I finally figured out how to insert the foreign object, it would not come out. After tears, frustration, and contemplating death, I had to ask my mom, my MOM, to pull the tampon out of my body. Cringe with me please.

So maybe it’s not quite as bad as learning to use tampons for the first time. But that experience does parallel the phone call I had with my best friend hyperventilating after spending 2.5 hours alternating between trying to remove my Diva Cup for the first time and reading message boards about people with irregular vaginas that had to go to the gynecologist to get their cup removed.

Once you’ve got a few months under your belt of inserting and removing your Diva Cup, it will be your best friend. You are single-handedly saving serious money, saving the planet from your waste, and saving your body from chemicals. Not to mention that you can stick that sucker in and leave it for 15 hours, no leaks no problem. (Maybe don’t do that on your heaviest day.) (Also that’s probably not technically recommended by a physician, but I’ve left it like a day and a half and am still alive.)

The only con I've found to being a Diva Cup User™ is that it's a slightly more involved process. You don't have the distance and disposability of a tampon, you have to use your fingers to remove it, you have to wash it out, and you have to put it back in. Once you get used to this, you'll be fine, but some people can't traverse the mental hurdle.

 

Questions? Disgusted? Intrigued? Let us know in the comments.