DivaCup Model 2 Post Childbirth -- 1 Cup
I recently started using the Diva Cup and I am loving it! My first cycle was a little rough, but after figuring out how to insert and remove it, things are going smoothly now. I love not having to worry about having tampons and pads with me and it is also better for the environment.
Experiment with the fold-one may be easier for you to insert than the other.
Relax! If you tense up when removing it is harder to get out.
Use some lubrication (coconut oil is great!) for insertion to prevent irritation.
Wear a pad as a backup during the first few cycles until you figure out how often to empty it.
August 18, 2013
Worth the try & the buy
I purchased this product after I read a medical article about all the dioxins and carcinogens we are exposed to through tampons and maxi pads. I am 46 years old, have had two children through drug-free home births, and am comfortable with the functions of my body. Since I am still menstruating as regularly (if not more so) as I did in my twenties, but am now very interested in getting prepared for menopause, I like to chart my periods and flow in order to be on top of any changes that might signal the "change". I am also very concerned about the landfill and waste problem within our culture (avid environmentalist). For all these reasons, I decided to purchase the Diva Cup.
It came in a pretty little patterned purple bag with a swirled purple pin. It seemed large to me at first. The silicone is medical grade and very smooth. I set it aside until the day my period came.
Nervous about insertion, I had carefully read the instructions several times and looked at images to help me visualize the correct location and placement of the cup. I really had nothing to worry about. It was so easy to insert that I got the hang of it on my VERY FIRST TRY. Obviously, I ordered Model 2, and I folded it as directed. I used it at the first sign of my period, so even though there wasn't the same amount of lubricating flow that I need for tampon insertion, it slid in very easily.
Over the next couple of days, I had to get the hang of where in my body it was best "seated". I noticed that, when it was full, the added weight made it "ride low", which I could feel. This was a helpful indication that it was time for a bathroom visit. My first day and night wearing it, I noticed that my cramping seemed to be worse than usual, so I went back to the internet and found out that lots of women had the same issue, which was fixed very easily by pushing the cup in farther. I think, ideally, it should be higher than the enclosed instructions recommend. The manufacturer insert says that the stem should be no more than 1/2 inch away from the opening, but it is most comfortable if it is an inch up or higher.
I liked how clean the process was. During my entire period, I didn't have to mess with bloated tampons, wrapping them and the pads to dispose of in the garbage (if you don't already do this, you should, because despite conventional wisdom, tampons are NOT biodegradable in septic systems, even city ones, and cause all kinds of problems).
While wearing the cup, for the first time in my life, I actually felt like I didn't have my period. You never realize how conscious you are of a tampon inside you (even though you don't feel it) and a pad on your undies until you use a menstrual cup like this. Also, tampons always leaked on me, so I always had to pair them with a sanitary pad. This cup never leaked. And since the menses flow never comes into contact with air while the cup is worn, any odor is now nonexistent!
It is most convenient in your bathroom where you can wash your hands and the cup before re-insertion, but I used it on a hiking trip where I had to use a port-a-potty as well as an outdoor campground toilet, and I never had any problem. After emptying it, I just wiped it clean with a piece of toilet tissue and popped it back in.
I liked how I could actually see and keep track of exactly how much menstrual flow was being collected. I think this is another helpful way of managing one's health and being able to catch symptoms of reproductive issues like fibroids, endometrial problems, and the like early on. It made me feel proud again of my body's functions and my health and appreciate the wonder of my period.
I discovered that, yes, like other women have found, the cup's stem is sort of useless and can be annoying because of how long it is, so I trimmed it with scissors. For example, I couldn't feel the cup during wear while I was walking to standing, but once I began squatting during weight lifting, sitting, or doing yoga, I could definitely feel it poking around, and that was bothersome. Since our canal is not much longer than our finger length, we don't need the stem, anyway. It is super-easy to just reach in there and grasp the narrow base of the cup when needed to twist it for engaging the seal or pinch it for releasing the seal when removing it. Before I trimmed it, I also experimented with turning the cup inside out -- something that had helped others -- but this made it a little too slippery for me during removal. It otherwise solved the problem, though.
I like this thing so much that I want to buy another. I highly recommend it as yet another gift that we women can take advantage of in order to be better to ourselves, be healthier, be more at ease during our monthly cycles, and be happier.
June 27, 2013
This is my 4th Diva Cup and I love it. It's super easy to use. The first one I purchased gave me some trouble in the beginning but that's only because it takes some getting used to in order to wear it properly. To those afraid of using it, just give it a try and don't give up with your first period. I never leak and can't feel it once it's in.
April 6, 2013
I wish I hadn't bought this. After reading all of the rave reviews, I really wanted to try it. I have used Instead Softcups before and liked them, although they leaked. I am a tampon girl and wanted to try something else to get away from the chemicals. I never could get this in my body no matter how I folded it. It is way too big. I understand the method of using this, but it's gigantic. Sorry Diva Cup, I wanted to like you, but I will have to use Natracare from now on. The cup and it's little purple bag went in the trash can.
February 26, 2013
What can I say that hasn't already been echoed by many other women? I definitely agree that there is a learning curve and it will take a few cycles before you get the true hang of using this product, but when you do, you'll be amazed at how wonderful the DivaCup is. I also agree that you need to be comfortable with your body and all it's processes. It's a bit hands-on to use and insert properly and it might take several tries before you find the insertion method that works best for you. I personally do not feel comfortable cleaning the cup when I'm not at home or in a private bathroom, so I use tampons when I know I'll be out for many hours, but my tampon usage has been drastically reduced. If it's inserted properly, you won't feel it and there's no irritating dried-out feeling! It's comfortable, well-constructed, easy to use once you get the hang of it and it's re-usable. Remember, don't give up if it doesn't work properly right away. Many other women have stated that it took them a few cycles to be comfortable using the cup and I wholeheartedly agree. A+ in my opinion.
January 26, 2013