As someone who is no stranger to the use of the menstrual cup, I was excited to partner with DivaCup for both the latest giveaway as well as the free one to test out and review.
See, back in the day, I used another brand of menstrual cup. Before setting off on my extended travels, I wanted something that made sense to the pack snob within – the one that didn’t like the idea of stock-piling tampons (I had studied abroad in Italy in college and was never happy with my tampon selection in that country) and one who was just curious as to whether or not the menstrual cup would work better for me.
And it did. I loved the menstrual cup and used it for several years until I one month misplaced the cup. Blame it on me being lazy, but I just never got around to ordering a new one, and instead explored the world of Australian tampons (uhm… so they don’t believe in applicators here), which was fine. But, when I started thinking about longer-term travel again, I wanted a cup – which is where DivaCup came in.
I’ve now had a couple of cycles with the Divacup, and I’m just so happy to have this little item in my arsenal again. For me, it just takes a lot of worry out of that time of the month – mainly because with tampons, I always fear leakage. Instead, with my cup, I barely have to worry. In fact, I know that if I’m on a long, long trip, or traveling in the countryside with lame toilet facilities, I am still going to be OK.
Sure, the process of using a DivaCup might be a bit more invasive than tampons (well, not for the women Down Under who don’t use applicators!), but the peace of mind I receive is more than enough to outweigh that negative. I also really enjoy that I usually only have to attend to it 2, maybe 3, times per day. So, I empty in the morning, and again in the evening when back from my city tours, and again before bed — and that’s all!
Plus, it holds little to no risk of causing TSS. Win!
In comparison to my other brand of cup I used in the past, there are a few reasons why I enjoy the DivaCup a little more:
- The stem on the DivaCup is shorter. So, while the older cup I used to use had a long stem that made it easy to grab and pull out for emptying, the stem would often poke and prod me in places I wished it hadn’t. The smaller stem is nice in that regard, and I find that if I can’t reach the stem very well, it only takes a few clenches of the muscles (like pushing down) before it is accessible.
- The clear color of the DivaCup has not been affected by the menstrual fluids. My older cup had a tendency to turn colors until I was able to give it a proper boil or scrub down – and even then it still had a yellowish appearance. Not cool.
- The cup itself feels more flexible than the other brand I used in the past. It makes it easier to fold and insert.
From one female to another, I would say that the DivaCup is worth a try. It doesn’t cost much, and if you love it, you’ll have a monthly feminine product for many years to come.
Again, I’d like to thank Diva Cup for providing me with the review product. Thanks!
*The product was provided free for review, but all words expressed are my own.