Be aware: another TMI subject heading your way today! And we are well aware that period-talk isn’t the mot sexy of all subjects. But it’s an important one. Over the last couple of months more and more horrifying stories came up on what is in our sanitary products and how they can influence our body negatively. So Natalia and I made the switch to organic cotton tampons without all those nasties, you can read our review here. But apart from that, there are also environmental issues. If you think about most woman having her period every month for about 40 years, thats a hell lot of sanitary products, which eventually end up as waste. So Natalia and I did some online digging and came across the Diva Cup.
It’s a reusable grade A silicone cup that is both friendly to the environment and to the pocket. Is it worth it? Isn’t it…weird?..How do I..do it? If these thoughts have been running through your mind, keep on reading, because here we describe our ‘first times’. We had exactly the same thoughts running through our minds at first.
Day 1: Sticking it in has not caused a problem, although I did wear a pad in case. The company claims 12 hours of leak free fun, which I decided to test. Needless to say, this turned out to be 5/6 true (10 hours!). To be fair, once I pulled the thing out (in the comfort of my home – I yet have to figure out how to do this procedure in public restrooms), I realised that this was because it was full. Decided not to risk overnight. Felt like…nothing. The kind of nothing you feel when you have a tampon in.
Day 2: Pad still in, but much more comfy! This time I braved and cleaned out (into the public toilet) the cup after 9 hours of usage, and reinserted it, spending the rest of the evening in comfort. I must say, I am becoming a convert! Even braved it overnight! It is amazing how you can insert the cup in the morning and have no sign of leakage for most of the day, not even feeling a thing. Nothing compared to changing tampons every 3/4 hours. Once you figure out how to fit it, the rest goes like a breeze. Must admit, it is fascinating to see how much is produced and is measured in a cup.
Day 3: After cleaning it (one of those ‘intimate’ soaps), spent a good 12 hours wearing the cup. No leakage, no problem, but probably due to a lighter day. At the end of the day there was so little that I decided to not leave it overnight and just stay with a pad.
Consensus: Will use again for sure, with a pad as a second line of defense. Very comfortable, especially since you do not have to change it as often as tampons. I figure it takes some time to get used to (how to stick it in, how to pull it out, how to clean…) but towards the third day I already started to get the hang on it. Give it a go!
Five out of five melons for me!
My experience with the Diva Cup is very comparable to Natalia’s period story 😉 I first was a little skeptical if the cup would keep it’s promise of being 12 hours leak free. So I used a pad, just to be sure. The instructions given on the package are very clear so inserting wasn’t a problem at all. And once it’s in, you do not feel a thing. Whenever I was in the comfort of my own home I would clean the Diva Cup with a pH-neutral vaginal soap. Be careful not to use just any cleanser but instead a wash that is designed for your lady parts- a very delicate area that could be irritated with harsh soaps. Once I mastered that craft of plugging myself leak tight I skipped the pad. Overall I am really content with how the Diva Cup works. It is much less of a hassle than replacing tampons constantly, not to mention the environmental impact these sanitary products have. It doesn’t contain any chemicals or artificial colours either. It is a great cruelty free and vegan product that makes your periods easier and helps the environment at the same time. We suggest giving it a shot.
The Diva Cup get’s 5 out of 5 melons from me!