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DivaCup Model 1 Menstrual Cup -- 1 Cup


DivaCup Model 1 Menstrual Cup
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DivaCup Model 1 Menstrual Cup -- 1 Cup

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DivaCup Model 1 Menstrual Cup Description

  • Join the Revolution
  • Menstrual Solution
  • Feminine Hygiene Protection
  • 100% Medical Grade Silicone
  • No Latex, Dyes, Rubber, Plastic or BPA
  • Wear Up to 12 Hours
  • Model 1 (One) - Pre Childbirth

The DivaCup is a better, healthier way to care for your period, that offers up to 12 hours of leak-free protection. Made from 100% medical grade silicone, the DivaCup contains no added chemicals (no BPA), latex, dyes, or plastics.

 

Each box contains a DivaCup, user guide and handy cotton storage bag. For best results we recommend pairing your DivaCup with DivaWash, a 100% plant-based, pH balanced cleanser. It’s time for all of us to challenge the period status quo. Join the Inner Revolution and shout it from the rooftops.

 

Sizing:

  • Model 0: You are new to the world of periods and 18 years of age or younger.
  • Model 1: You are between the ages of 19 and 30 and have a medium menstrual flow.
  • Model 2: You are over the age of 30 and/or have a heavier menstrual flow.


Directions

(This is a condensed version of the User Guide. Customers receive a full version with purchase of The DivaCup.)

On your first trial with The DivaCup, make sure you are relaxed and have time to read the User Guide thoroughly beforehand. Insertion and removal will only take a few seconds once you master the technique.

Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. Rinse. While sitting or standing in a comfortable position, insert your DivaCup according to the following instructions.


Step 1: Fold - Moisten the rim of The DivaCup with water if needed. Press the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again.
 
Step 2: Hold - Hold the folded sides firmly between your thumb and forefinger. The single curved edge should be facing away from your palm.


Step 3: Insert - With the vaginal muscles relaxed, gently separate the labia with your free hand and then push the curved edge of the folded DivaCup into the vaginal opening.

Step 4: Removal - Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. Rinse. Pull gently on the stem until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinch the base of the cup to release the seal and continue to pull down to remove. The contents should not spill during removal. Simply empty the contents in the toilet, wash it well with warm, soapy water, and reinsert.

Please note: If The DivaCup is uncomfortable or leaking, then it is not positioned properly. In order to get the best results it is very important to insert it correctly.

 

How do I clean The DivaCup?


The DivaCup should always be thoroughly cleaned. Washing the cup in mild soap and warm water provides sufficient cleansing. The best cleaning agent to use is The DivaWash. We have formulated it as a pH balanced wash that is best for the cup and you, because it does not leave residue. Remember to wash your hands before inserting and removing your DivaCup.

 

The DivaCup’s top quality, healthcare grade silicone can tolerate high temperatures. At the end of each cycle The DivaCup should be washed and rinsed as specified and then submerged in an open pan of boiling water (continuous rolling boil) for twenty (20) minutes. Do not leave the boiling pot unattended and use enough water so that the pan does not boil dry. Do not use vinegar, tea tree oil, scented soap, antibacterial soap, hydrogen peroxide, bleach or harsh chemicals as these may damage the silicone and ruin the cup. 
 
We do not recommend cleaning The DivaCup in the dishwasher because chemicals, detergents and residue from previous dishwashing could harm the cup.

 

After use and proper cleaning, the cup must be placed in a storage that allows for air flow. The DivaCup comes with its own drawstring cotton pouch.

 

The four holes under the rim are of vital importance. They create the seal that secures the cup in place. If the holes or stem need extra cleaning, we suggest that you soak the cup in warm water for a few minutes then use a soft toothbrush (specifically designated only for the cup) for this. You can also use a toothpick (discarding after use). We do not suggest a pin as it may cause damage to the cup.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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What’s Up With This Tampon Shortage? Why It’s Happening, and What You Can Do

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The supply chain is getting personal. Initially, as the pandemic began, it was all about toilet paper, then in the spring of 2022 supplies of baby formula were decimated. Now it has affected tampon supply—grocery store shelves are bare of tampons, giving menstruating women serious pause. According to NielsenIQ, tampon inventory around the country been reduced to 60 percent, while inflation has caused a price increase of 10 percent in the last year.

Woman Holding Menstrual Cups and Tampons to Represent Tampon Shortage Concept

Why is there a tampon shortage?

After months of online speculation about empty shelves, in June, Time magazine declared “the great tampon shortage of 22.” But why the shortage? Theories abound. Increased demand, staffing shortages, raw material shortages all add to the perfect storm of conditions. One reason for the increase in demand is attributed to the comedian Amy Schumer. In July of 2020, P&G, which makes Tampax, America’s most popular tampon brand, launched a new ad campaign with Schumer. As a direct result, the company says, tampon demand went up almost 8 percent over the past two years. In addition, the raw materials necessary for tampon production, like cotton and plastic, have become costlier and more finicky. In April, the raw price of cotton was 71 percent higher than it was the previous year. Interestingly, pads have not been affected, because while both tampons and pads are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, in the US, tampons are considered to be Class II Medical Devices, while pads are not. This translates into tampons requiring greater production scrutiny, hence more staff. The labor crunch has made itself felt in tampon plants, contributing to the supply chain disruption. One potential silver lining of the shortage has been the collective pivot to tampon alternatives. While some women prefer to stick with the tried and true when it comes to feminine hygiene, the supply chain hiccup has catalyzed a wide swath of women into rethinking their period game. Many are considering adopting more sustainable, reusable products. Here are three viable alternative options to conventional tampons.

Tampon alternatives to try 

Period underwear

Period underwear, a complete replacement for pads and tampons, has built in layers engineered to absorb menstrual blood (about four or five tampon’s worth). A single pair usually runs between $20 and $40, and are designed to be reusable, are reusable (you can clean most brands in your washer).

Menstrual cups

Menstrual cups cost between $20 to $40 and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can last for up to 10 years. They are flexible, made from medical-grade silicone or latex, and inserted into the vagina to collect menstrual blood. Note that finding the right menstrual cup can take some trial and error—the learning curve for figuring out how to insert the cup properly is real. Period underwear and menstrual cups are both dependable options that offer up to 12 hours of leak protection, reducing waste and saving you money over time.

Organic tampons

Some tampon brands are in more demand than others and are facing stronger shortages. But many organic tampon brands on the market have not been as affected by the shortage. These organic tampons, free of pesticide residues, problematic coatings, and artificial fragrances are still readily available (Vitacost carries several organic tampon brands). These tampons do cost more, but for many women the peace of mind about what’s going inside their vagina is worth the extra price.

A note on period poverty

One in four women now experience period poverty, meaning an inability to purchase menstrual products, up from one in five before the pandemic. That’s what has motivated some cities and states to mandate that schools provide free menstrual products (this may also be driving some of the demand for tampons). The shortage, alongside inflation, will likely exacerbate barriers to tampon (and other feminine products) access. On a final note, if you are running out of tampons, do not be tempted to stretch your supply by wearing a tampon for longer stints of time. Toxic shock syndrome, albeit rare, is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur when you leave a tampon in for more than eight hours.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title="Featured Products" border_width="2"][vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" gap="35"][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="161194" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css=".vc_custom_1657916876728{padding-right: 7% !important;padding-left: 7% !important;}" link="https://www.vitacost.com/divacup-model-0-menstrual-cup"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="161193" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css=".vc_custom_1657916845510{padding-right: 7% !important;padding-left: 7% !important;}" link="https://www.vitacost.com/top-organic-cotton-ultra-thin-pads-with-wings-day"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="161192" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" css=".vc_custom_1657916784879{padding-right: 7% !important;padding-left: 7% !important;}" link="https://www.vitacost.com/gladrags-xo-flo-menstrual-cup"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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