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Why Every Woman Should Own a Diva Cup By Now

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Disclaimer: Men, if you’ve gotten so far as to Googling what a diva cup is used for and you’re still convinced that this is something you should read, I’m not sure if I’m impressed or creeped out. Either way, you’ve been warned. Today, you can’t sit with us. This read is for my ladies. Thank you, come again, bye.

So ladies, as a VIP member of the monthly uterus warzone, I’ve somehow been cursed with heavier flows than the average woman should have.

So much so, that when the Bible refers to Moses parting the Red Sea, it’s actually just a reference to my vagina.

And the Lord saith unto [wo]man, the struggle beith real.

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But unreasonable abdominal pain and murder scenes in our panties aside, (seriously, if you’re a guy, that would’ve been your last warning to bounce), there’s a fundamental need to have a product that acts as our friend during this lonely monthly period (t’hehe).

Not to mention the fact that your little friend doesn’t take a vacation even when you do.

You could be pacing the streets of Brussels on your way to a date, only to let them know you have to make a pit stop, but that pit stop is actually a visit to Hell, and that Hell is the volcanic eruption of blood from your vagina. True story, yo. 

Or hiking up Machu Picchu. Or on a 4AM bus to Seville. Or camping in a desert in Jordan.

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I’ve been recommended the Diva Cup on so many occasions, but I just couldn’t get myself to fork out almost $30 to stick a cup up my vagina.

I mean, what has my life come to? Why can’t I just have a penis? Or like a 3rd boob — down there. Or any other type of body part where a stream of ketchup couldn’t come out of. Willing to negotiate here, God.

So I finally took this puppy for a spin, (sorry to bring innocent puppies into this visual by the way), and 15+ countries later of experimenting with this divine invention, I think it’s time the rest of womanhood joined me in this natural world wonder. But let’s answer some basic qusetions first…

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In short, it’s a menstrual cup made of silicone used to catch blood inside your vagina, rather than a tampon or maxipad that just absorbs it.

It’s environmentally-friendly and super convenient for frequent travelers who don’t always have access to tampons or pads right away.

And while the photo above makes it look like sorcery (it actually kinda is), you’d be surprised how natural it feels, and how active you can be while wearing it.

Let me try and cover some common concerns and questions…

Can you pee without taking it out?

100%. While my first time using it was on St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin (VERY STUPID, I DO NOT RECOMMEND), I broke my seal and was ready to unleash the waterworks, but had this flawed illusion that my diva cup would splatter out in sync with my urine, and just ricochet off the toilet and into another stall, because what is gravity and logic when you’re inebriated?

While basic anatomy failed me at the time, just remember that your urethra (where your urine comes out), and your vaginal opening (where your diva cup is inserted), are two separate areas, and one doesn’t interfere with the other when nature calls.

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Is it hard to insert it?

Yes. It’ll take at least two cycles before you’re fully comfortable with the process, and you’re going to have to try a few positions (that’s what she said) before you figure out the best angle that works for you.

It’s important to note, however, that it is not inserted like a tampon. A tampon goes straight up, while the cups should more or less go back, rather than upwards.

Even weirder, you’ll know it’s in correctly when you stick it in there, can give it a slight twist, and then gently pull down so that you hear a small *POP* which lets you know the opening of the cup has been expanded.

How often should you empty it?

This will vary and depend on your flow. If you’re heavy like me, you should be able to go up to 8 hours without worrying. On my heaviest days though, I try to empty it every time I use the toilet. It’s best to at least check it and rinse it out every 12 hours to help with the life span. And every time you sneeze of course. ‘Cuz bloodbath.

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How comfortable does it feel?

Once you learn how to adjust it to your body, you shouldn’t feel a thing! You will arguably feel a tampon more than you will feel a diva cup.

Funny story about tampons — the first time I tried one, my period came in the middle of a high school basketball game. I had always used pads prior to that, but my coach gave me a tampon to use since that was all that was available, and I legit had no idea what I was doing and inserted it with the cardboard still on the outside, thinking how the entire hell do women wear this?! Ha, good times. Been scarred by tampons since. Literally.

Will it spill?

During the day, it shouldn’t if you insert it correctly. But overnight, more than likely. You should wear a pad your first few times trying it out just in case you’re still learning the best position for it. But the spillage overnight will be minimal if anything.

Can you do vigorous physical activity with it in?

Vigorous physical activity such as HIKING MACHU F*CKIN’ PICCHU?! Absolutely. Does it look like my uterus is erupting in this photo? No? Because it was. But my diva cup had my back. And uterus. It always has my uterus.

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No big deal, just hiked Machu Picchu while WWIII is quietly taking place in my vag.

Is it hard to take out?

Again, that’s what she said. But also, sometimes. I have fond memories of reciting 911 calls about how my vagina swallowed my diva cup and that I might die because of it. Not melodramatic at all.

You may have to pinch, twist, and cry a few times before you’re completely comfortable with the process. It can be tricky, but nothing a bit of practice can’t perfect.

And in case you’re still struggling, here are 75 things to do when your menstrual cup is stuck inside of you. Thanks, Buzzfeed!

How do you clean them?

Each time you empty out your cup, you should rinse it out with warm water. Yes, this gets tricky in public restrooms –*envisions me waddling down a restroom, pants straddled around my ankles, hovering over the sink, hiding my cup, spilling my dignity simultaneously*

And after your cycle is finished, give it a good boil for 5 minutes in hot water. The only kind of soap you should apply should be unscented, water-based, and oil free.

Which type should you buy?

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There are two models of the Diva Cup — model 1, for those who’ve never given birth, and model 2, for those who have. The main difference between them, is that model 2 is a bit wider and shorter, but essentially, they work exactly the same. You can click the photos below to go directly to Amazon to purchase.

Did I mention how long these last too? While some switch them out every few years, it largely depends on your unique vaginal pH, diet, and body acidity or alkalinity, to know when it’s time to replace it.

It’s recommended that you treatchoself vag to a new one each year, but the better you wash and take care of it, the longer it will last. And think of all the tampons/pads you’d buy in that timespan, and then imagine the pile of garbage from all that too.

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If you enjoyed this review, head on over to Amazon here and getchu one!

Anybody else swear by their diva cup? Feel free to share your experience below! And if you’re struggling with your diva cup like this gal, curious to hear from you as well!

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  • Nana Halager Mikkelsen

    I have been using this cup for years when it all started and I love it! Its genious and I Will never go back to tampon. Best regards, Nana

  • Dari Calamari

    I tried the diva cup, mainly because I wanted to save the environment and money but like, the way my aversion to blood is set up… There was nothing appealing about fishing around inside myself to capture a vile of my own blood. I tried it though! Once. I’ll try it again, someday, but I haven’t built up the courage to do it. Everyone else seems to swear by it! I just need to get to Gloria’s level. Gloria is #cupgoals. I was going to explain more of my struggle/experience here, but I wrote about all about it shortly after I peeled myself off the bathroom floor in defeat.

    http://daricalamari.com/2016/04/04/i-thought-i-was-a-diva-im-not/

  • Melissa Clement

    The best thing I ever did was get an IUD. At the very most I get spotting every few months, but never an actual period. Was fantastic for the month I spent in my bikini in the Mediterranean. They can be pricey though. I think they run about $300 if you don’t have medical coverage, I only paid $60 with my medical though (I am Canadian, so take this with a grain of salt if you’re from somewhere else). But it’s amazing for travelling! Check with your doctor first of course, I know it doesn’t work with everyone’s bodies

  • Many women say they love the Diva Cup, but I’ve been slightly hesitant. I appreciate your honesty about application and insertion, I’ve often had questions regarding these concerns. I’ll have consider giving this a try sometime soon, thank you for the helpful links too.

    • Gloria Atanmo

      Definitely! The hesitance is normal! I was super skeptical before I tried it out. It only took the 10th person to finally get me to at least TRY it, and there was no looking back since! I’ve found the light! Lol

  • Sounds invasive…as someone who hasn’t done so well with the tiniest of tampons it’s a nopety nope..won’t even try this diva-cup thingy…I cringe each time I hear/ read about it! hahaha

    • Gloria Atanmo

      LOL! Invasive is putting it nicely. It’s definitely a bonding experience with yourself, LOL.

  • Jamie

    So I JUST tried one during my last cycle. Holy dear god, what a hot mess. I watched a few YouTube videos though and hope to have it down within two more cycle! Ha! Super loved this. Makes me not want to give up on my diva cup!

    • Gloria Atanmo

      Hahahahaaha *reminisces on the top I dropped it in a public restroom while emptying it out* Seriously, you almost need a couple disasters to really humble you so that when you overcome this, you can truly appreciate it, LOL. Best of luck! Keep fighting the good fight! 😉

  • Travels of a Bookpacker

    Thanks for the entertaining and informative read. I’m definitely getting one of these for our travels this year. Sounds like I’ll need to get some practice in before we go! But definitely worth it in the end. Especially the environmental factors since we’ll be living out of a van.

    • Gloria Atanmo

      Thanks for reading, and wow! How neat for your adventure. You’ll definitely be thanking yourself in the long run 🙂

  • Such a funny post, I love how you write! I was a late adopter of tampons even, so the cup is well scary. How do you deal with washing it out in public, isn’t that really awkward? I just can’t imagine doing it in a restaurant or (even worse) at work 😯

    • Gloria Atanmo

      Hahahahaha! OMG, I literally have to time when I empty it out, so that I’m never in a public place when it needs emptying.

      If I know I’m going out partying for the night, I’ll empty it before I leave, and I know I’ll be good for at least 6 hours.

      It definitely takes some planning around at first, but when in doubt, run, be shameless, and if someone sees you in public, remember they share your anatomy, so they probably know what’s up, lol

  • Loved to read this post! 🙂 Before we left on our trip around the world in 2015, my boyfriend suggested to buy a diva cup as well. He’d come across a few female travel bloggers basically worshipping this thing and thought it would be great for me too. I was like: no way, how disgusting is that, collecting my flow in a cup?! You’ve got to be kidding me! Wasn’t going to try that.
    At the end of our round the world trip in August last year I’d finally gotten used to the idea and bought myself a diva cup. Now every time I use it, I regret not listening to him the first time round. When I think back, I’m not sure why I thought a diva cup is more gross than a tampon. 🤔 Anyway, I’m loving it now! Had no struggle learning how to insert it and never really had a leak. Definitely a better fit for water sports too if you ask me!

    • Gloria Atanmo

      Hahahaha! OMG, I love the fact that it was your boyfriend who eventually convinced you. So good! He sounds like a keeper 😉

      And glad you’ve had success with it! It’s very hit or miss with most!

  • For countries where the water isn’t “safe” do you rinse out with bottled water? Either way, definitely planning to buy the DC, gonna give it a whirl around the city before embarking on my next overseas adventure.

    • Gloria Atanmo

      Good question! Yes, just like you’d have to use bottled water for brushing your teeth in some countries, rinsing it is the same.

      Although the water you would shower with probably isn’t that much cleaner, so I wouldn’t be too concerned. As long as it’s getting rinsed off somehow!

  • Rimsha

    Okay I have to admit, I had no idea what a Diva Cup was until I read your post. And now I feel like my life can’t go on without it 😮 I’m not sure how I can get Amazon to deliver where I live but I’m definitely going to give it a shot. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Gloria Atanmo

      Haha! YAY! I barely found out about it a few months ago and felt betrayed that no friend every let me in on this cup goodness earlier! Best of luck with your first couple cycles!

  • Loooove it. Menstrual cups have got me traveling the world with FAR fewer lady probs. Just last month I was on a ten day camping trip and was on my period for the first few days. It would have been terrrrrrrible without my cup. Never going back. You’re right about the adjustment, but hey, I think that is true for tampons and pads too! It takes a few cycles to learn how to insert and how it works with your flow, but from there, so much better. Thanks for spreading the word. Happier women and happier environment are the outcomes. 😉