Debating the Diva Cup: Can I Really Do It?

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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 — comfortable, even — 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 — well — 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!

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

11 comments

  1. I would say I have a pretty low threshold for ickiness and I endorse the Diva Cup. It’s really not any more difficult to use than those applicator-free tampons but if those creep you out, you probably wouldn’t like it much. My flow is heavy (super plus heavy, if you know what I mean) but I never had any leakage, although you might want to use a pantiliner until you get used to it. The one issue I had was when I thought it had gotten stuck and I freaked out, thinking it was going to be lodged up into my cervix. Umm, no, but when you clench those freakout muscles, it makes it harder to get the thing out. Awkward. Once I mellowed out, though, it was fine.
    .-= Naomi´s last blog ..Big Sister =-.

  2. @Naomi Thank you SO much for the info. Eventually, my green guilt is going to get the best of me and I’m going to do it. It just helps to know that other women have tried it and what they liked or didn’t like. And for the record, I’m already freaked out over here by your “stuck” experience, but I’d rather hear it now than panic if it happened to me. Thanks for your candor!

  3. I am still using the Diva cup and as Naomi suggested, I still wear pantiliners. With practice using it gets easier and easier but there is a learning curve. You have to be relaxed to insert it and remove it. If you clench up that sucker will never come out! Generally speaking I find it to be a great alternative, a money saver and of course green!

  4. @Christie I know exactly how you feel. That’s why it’s taking me so long to make the leap…

    @Renee You are my biggest inspiration, and I just pray that the learning curve isn’t bad for me. I keep having visions of clenching and getting stuck, but I’ll try to relax and hope for the best…lol

  5. I completely understand the reluctance to jump into the switch. I made the change over six months ago from organic cotton tampons to the Diva Cup and I am so happy! At first, it was a little interesting dealing with the thing especially at the office or out and about (moist TP or paper towels come in handy). I thought, seriously how am I supposed to get this thing in and out..as neatly as possible. I did have some mishaps. But as someone else mentioned there is a learning curve. Give it a couple cycles and you won’t even notice it. I have a fairly minimal period, but always experienced some leakage. Well, not with the Diva cup, as mentioned by someone else, once that thing is suctioned in there it is difficult to lodge. Actually, that is part of the learning curve.

    Best of luck on your decision and kudos for tackling this via the webosphere. Its ridiculous but I’ve been a little shy to share this fabulous find with the women in my life. –agcg

  6. I switched from organic cotton tampons to the Diva Cup earlier this year and will never go back! It is a little weird at first… but the freedom of 12 hours is well worth the initial “ick”. I recommend checking out the youtube video put out by Lunapads, DivaCup 101: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5eC-7nUnog&NR=1 Lunapads.com also offers lots of other non-disposable (reusable) feminine products.

  7. I have to admit that it was a bit like arm-wrestling my lady bits for the first few months, but I have saved a fortune over the past 5years. It used to be a $7+ box of tampons every month. I’ll never, ever go back!

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