DivaCup - Menstrual Cup - Feminine Hygiene - Leak-Free - BPA Free - Model 1
- Between the ages of 19 and 30 and have a medium menstrual flow? Meet the Model 1. The Diva cup is to be kept in a cotton bag and away from perfumes or anything scented
- No more monthly spending on period products. Buy the DivaCup once, use for up to a year.
- Enjoy secure, comfortable, leak-free protection for up to 12 hours.
- No harsh chemicals, no single-use plastics. Look after your body and the planet. Boil your cup - before your first use, boil the DivaCup for 5 – 10 minutes
- Low maintenance. Simply remove, wash, and reuse.
- Diva International Inc is an ISO 13485:2016 certified medical device manufacturer, and DivaCup products are deemed safe for use by all major international and state-level regulatory approvals including Health Canada, US , TGA (Australia), COFEPRIS (Mexico), DIGEMID (Peru), the K (Korea) and the state of California.
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Diva Cup Model 1 is for Pre-Childbirth and/or Under 30 Years of Age.The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent. Many women feel uneasy about changing their menstrual care routine. Years of dealing with the sights and odors of disposable tampons and pads cause the familiar reaction: “ick!”. The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. Perfect for all activities (on air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry.
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Spend less time worrying about leaks and looking for bathrooms. The DivaCup can be worn for up to 12 hours, depending on your menstrual flow.
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2) you must be comfortable getting a bit messy
3) have a sink nearby
If you are dry it can be a bit of a pain to get situated. There are a few ways to fold the cup to get it in and have it pop open but not all will work every time. I have had to insert and reinsert this a few times because the cup wouldn't open.
I will push my vaginal walls out with my fingers in hopes to open space up enough for the cup to pop open - this works about 50% of the time.
I will spin the cup to make sure nothing is pinched in still - this will cause leakage, and spinning helps prevent a vacuum seal which will make removal difficult.
I insert and remove at home - where I have a squatty potty. This, I have found, helps everything immensely! I have tired to insert in the tub while squatting, sitting on a regular toilet in a public bathroom, and while standing with a foot up. Using the squatty potty is the easiest, followed by the tub.
Public bathroom is the worst due to fear of germs, dropping it, getting to a sink etc. This should not discourage anyone tho! I have had years and years of practice with tampons and have been using this for not even a year! Learning curve is there, but once you know how to get it in and get that down it just becomes practice.
Tips: you should NOT leak, if you are leaking it is not in right or you have the wrong size in. I am 32 with no children and use Cup 1 - I have purchased cup 2 to see what the difference should be. There are also different brands - if Diva doesn't work another style may help based on the depth of your cervix.
These cups wont be too big - the vagina is like an umbrella and will open to accommodate the 'girth'. You should not feel this at all (unless you kegel). Tampons you can sometimes feel - they are long, or are poking something in an odd angle, and they dry you out - this, you should not feel at all as the vagina itself has no nerve endings. However, if you are uncomfortable the stem could be to long, you could have a shallow cervix, or it is in at an odd angle and poking at the wrong angle. If so, take it out and re-insert.
You must fold this to insert it!
Tip 2: Before you insert clean yourself up, insert it, and clean yourself up again. This will help you figure out if you are leaking truely or it is just blood caught around the cup after insertion.
Tip 3: know your flow! I have overflowed this cup once - I noticed leaking and removed the cup; it was full!
If you have mucousy flow it will 'fall out' as you remove the cup. Be prepared!
Sanitize in boiling water after your cycle. This should last you YEARS!
I purchased DivaCup Size 1 as my first menstrual cup. My cat has a rubber and now silicone fetish and proceeded to run off with it after I rinsed and put it on the sink before insertion.
Figured I would buy some of the 'generic' or less expensive options, try them out and compare since DivaCup is on the pricer side.
DivaCup $28 ish
Anigan EvaCup 2/$35 dual pack
I chose the LARGE or Size 2 for each cup except my original Diva
To start all cups are the same in height - about 2.5" high - you can see in the image with the yard stick
I used each cup for a few days of my cycle, both light and heavier/mucusy flow. All worked perfectly, there were zero leaks
DivaCup Size 1 is for prebirth/under 30. Size 2 is postbirth/over 30. The difference is the overall width through the entire cup, the difference is slight.
DivaCup is by far my favorite except that the stem is open - that collects blood/fluid and it is difficult to clean. The wider stem does help it with removal but not all the time. It also only comes in clear, it will eventually discolor since blood stains.
DivaCup has a moderate firmness and a thin edge. It is easy to fold and insert and opening is not an issue most of the time (suction is to blame the times it is difficult)
Blossom Cup is my second favorite. It is visually similar to Diva, comes in funky colors which is a bonus for the staining. I got Red which is really a salmon color, should have chosen lime green. It has a thin edge just like Diva and is moderate in firmness. Easy to fold and insert, opening is not an issue. The body is slightly softer than Diva which may make removal difficult. I tend to grab the base just above the stem to remove.
My least favorites are a tie between EvaCup and Athena Cup for different reasons.
Athena Cup is SOFT - very flimsy, the edge and body squeeze too easily and they just feel inadequate. The softness of the cup makes it hard to have the edges pop open inside you. These cups were the ones I had the most difficulty with.
I just could not get these to open without a lot of internal manipulation (pushing the vaginal walls out to give the cup room to expand). I also had a tough time removing the cups - because they are so soft when you grab the body of the cup it squishes, I couldn't get a good grip. They do come in funky colors and I love the black and teal.
EvaCup has the exact opposite problem, they are FIRM. The edge of Eva is thicker than Diva and the rest, not in width but in length down the cup. This edge is very firm, much firmer than the body which is firmer than Diva by far. This makes folding the cup much more difficult and insertion harder. It does help with popping the cup open but I found if I didn't have a really good firm grip on the cup it opened before I had it high enough. I could feel the cup and had to remove and reinsert a few times before it was high enough and in the right spot to do its job. Eva also comes in some funky colors - the two that came in the dual pack were pink and purple.
Any of these will work, the best is to pick one and figure out what you like/dislike. Too firm, not firm enough, hard to remove?
Firmer go with Eva, softer go with Athena, somewhere in the middle Diva or Blossom
Colors - go with anything but Diva
-blood in a cup
-cleaning out a menstrual cup anywhere but home
First, insertion/removal is SO MUCH EASIER WHEN YOU KNOW THE TRICKS!
1. The instructions come with two modes of insertion. The first is the normal one you see, and the second has been my go-to. (See picture for reference.) You place your finger on the edge of the cup and push it down towards the center of the cup, this creates a triangular shape. Now, the top of the cup is the size of a tampon, and it’s far easier to insert. I also think it makes it easier for the cup to unfold correctly when placed.
2. Don't worry so much about the shape of your vagina- if you have inserted a tampon, you’ve got the idea. Same goes for relaxing your vagina muscles- I never focused on it, and it never became a problem.
3. Checking if the cup is fully expanded is hella hard for me. I twist it as much as I can, then I usually give up. You can feel when the cup expands just from the base, and this has been enough for me to tell. I haven’t had a single problem with leaks.
- Removal: now this was interesting. My first removal felt like I was giving birth to a lime sized baby. The suction truly does exist. By fear not! As soon as I figured out the right way to do it, it was smooth sailing on USS Menstrual Cup. The trick? Push it out. Literally. The first time I tried to remove the cup, I thought I had forever lost it to the seas of the female body. The moment I discovered I could push it out, the stem would beautifully present itself without any trouble. Wow! You’ll still want to pinch the cup to break the seal, but that’s the easy part. Getting the thing within pinching distance was a really simple but for whatever reason completely unintuitive thing to me *facepalm*.
-Blood in a cup sucks. You’d be amazed at how unappealing it looks. Prepare yourself. If you’re queasy, this might be a struggle for you.
- Where/when?? Every 12 hours is SOOO NICE! Trust me, you’re usually home within 12 hours. If you’re not, find a private bathroom, take it out, rinse it off, stick it back in. One reviewer mentioned she does this in the shower at night- genius.
Overall, this has been really exciting! Pads suck! Tampons turn your precious ecosystem into a desert! The diva cup isn’t perfect, but it’s the best menstrual product I have ever tried.
*I would not recommend this product to someone who isn’t ready to go digging in their vagina quite yet.