NOTE: Understand upfront that this post is about…umm…female issues. Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you’re not comfortable talking about, or reading about, menstruation, now is the time to click away.
I’m a little bit of a wuss when it comes to certain things. I admit it. I’m terribly phobic about eating food with a mushy or gritty texture, and I hate having my period. I’ve never been fond of the constant trips to the bathroom, worries about staining my clothes and, in general, having to deal with the messes. I am so squeamish about this, in fact, that I don’t even use tampons. I’ve used pads my whole life, and it’s hard for me to imagine using anything else.
Understand I do have a green conscience about this. I know how much waste it created when I have to throw away pad after pad, and I genuinely feel bad about it. So much so that last year, I began looking into alternatives to disposable pads.
The first thing I found was cloth pads. Umm…what? I’m tempted to throw away my underwear when they get soiled during my cycle, so it’s unlikely I’d be comfortable about reusing cloth pads or be able to stomach the maintenance process. So that’s out.
Next, I found the Diva Cup. Looked promising. If you’ve never heard of it, the Diva Cup is essentially a flexible, reusable cup that is inserted to hold the menstrual flow. Other similar products exist, including the Moon Cup. The cup can simply be emptied, rinsed and reinserted. I went through my mental checklist. Reusable? Check. Creates no waste? Check. Has to be inserted? Hold up just a second.
The “insertion” aspect of it is what has given me pause. I’ve read from other women that the Diva Cup is great â€” comfortable, even â€”Â and easy to use. But I just can’t wrap my mind around walking around all day with this cup inserted. Not to mention my worries about spillage when I try to remove it and the act of â€” well â€” having to insert it. It’s all just such a foreign concept to me that I’ve been sitting on the information for months trying to convince myself to take the plunge. My bloggy buddies Renee from Cutie Booty Cakes and Amy from Mom Advice have both said the Diva Cup changed their lives. It’s not that I don’t believe them. These are two women whose opinions I hold in high regard. It’s just…well…I’m a wuss.
The Diva Cup comes in 2 sizes: size 1 for women under 30 who have never given birth and size 2 for women over 30 and/or who have give birth. The cup holds approximately 1 oz. of liquid. With the average cycle, it is anticipated you’d have to empty it twice a day. Given that I’m currently working from home, that doesn’t sound like it would be a problem, since I won’t really have to worry about using a public bathroom. That puts my mind at ease a little. My sometimes heavy flow still has me a little concerned, but I’ve read that the Diva Cup is exactly what the doctor ordered for women whose flow is heavier than average. And to be sure, it is a little pricey at the outset at about $25 on Amazon, but I’m not really concerned about spending that much one time when it will save me at least a year worth of pads.
In case you couldn’t tell, what I’m really trying to do here is convince myself to woman up and just order the darn thing. I really need some sisterly support on this one. Ladies, have you ever used the Diva Cup or a similar device? What has your experience been like? Would you recommend it to other women? I can’t wait to hear what all you lovely eco-divas have to say about this one!