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Everything To Know About The DivaCup

I know I can’t be the only one that’s heard people talking about the DivaCup lately—it’s the reusable cup women can use in lieu of tampons and pads. I did some initial research (I Googled it) and after making my way through this list of funny Tweets about the menstrual cup phenomenon I found myself with a lot more questions than answers. One of my best friends made the switch to the cup about 7 months ago, so I decided to ask her everything I wanted to know about the DivaCup, how it works, and why someone would want to use this over traditional feminine hygiene products.

First of all, how does this thing work?

“It’s a lot easier than you might think—you squeeze the walls of the cup into a U shape, and insert it just like you would a tampon—but it sits lower than that. Once it’s inside, you open it and it’ll create a little bit of suction, so it stays put and won’t leak. I usually twist and adjust it a bit until it’s comfortable, but then it’s good to go! After that, you just empty it every 5 hours or so, depending on your flow. Then you rinse and repeat!”

So how often do you personally have to empty it?

“Like I said, it depends on your flow. I typically can go about 5 hours on my heaviest day—other times, I can go about 8-12 hours.”

What made you want to switch to using the cup?

“I’m really health conscious, so I’m always on the lookout for products that will help me be healthier and take better care of my body. The cups have zero chemicals so you have no risk of Toxic Shock—plus, there’s zero waste. Once I read up on all of the benefits, it was kind of a no-brainer for me that I needed to give it a try.”

Have you noticed any changes since making the switch?

“Well, I used to go through about 15 tampons each cycle—so almost an entire box each month. The cup I use cost me $30, so I’ve already saved about $20 in the last 7 months on tampons alone. I’ve also noticed that my cramps seem less painful, but I don’t know if I can attribute that to the cup or not. The best part is not having to run last-minute to the store for tampons—that’s the absolute worst.”

Did it take some “practice” to get the hang of using it?

“It took a little bit of practice—but there are lots of different folds you can implement so it will work for you—everybody is different! Once you figure out the fold that works for you, you can’t even tell it’s there.”

Do you feel like it’s sanitary?

“Totally—I feel so much cleaner when I use it than I did using tampons or pads. I like the idea of everything getting flushed or dumped instead of sitting in the trash.”

Speaking of, how do you clean it?

“During your period, you just rinse it in the sink between uses with warm water and a mild soap. At the end of your cycle, you boil it in a pot of water for about 10 minutes to kill all of the bacteria. They give you a nice pouch to store it in so it stays clean and gets air circulation.”

What about when you’re in public?

“Yeah, that’s kind of tricky. I try to plan around it and make sure I take care of it at home before I leave—or, I find a family bathroom with a single toilet where I can have some privacy to rinse it.”

So, 10/10 would recommend to a friend?

“Yes! Honestly, I don’t see myself ever going back to tampons—I think every woman should use it, or at least give it a try!”