For all the ladies.... I just wanted everyone to know about the Diva Cup! It's an awesome way to make an environmental impact and stop throwing all those tampons and pads in landfills and our water system! From use of disposable feminine hygiene, an estimated 12 billion sanitary pads and 7 billion tampons are dumped into the North American environment each year (1998). The Diva Cup is a a non-absorbent menstrual cup that simply collects menstrual flow. AND... it is approved by the FDA. I urge all of the ladies who want to be a "green diva" to check out the website.. divacup.com! I have used the Diva Cup for about a year now and it is way better than any tampon or pad! Happy Earth Day!
Lauren; just checked out the website...had no idea this item existed. I then searched on the site for locations in my area who cover it and the whole food store I shop has it. I would like to try this.
I was wondering is it hard to fit? Uncomfortable? I have problems with some tampons being uncomfortable. But the Natracare is good. So i'm really scared to try it. Also I've heard there are some removal issues. I want to try it but I am hestitant for these reasons.
It's not hard to fit at all! It's flexible and way more comfortable than any tampon. It take a few times using it to get the hang of the removal.. but once you do.. it is well worth it! dont be scared! definitely give it a try :)
I loveeeee the Diva Cup. I've been using it for quite a while now, and it's really only troublesome the first couple days you use it. Plus, you can leave it in for up to 12 hours if your flow isn't super heavy, meaning no nasty pads during sleep. It's absolutely wonderful and I recommend it to everyone!
I boil mine for 20 minutes before use every month, you don't need diva wash. Otherwise just a good rinsing whenever you remove it to dump it out.
I have used mine for a couple years. I only like to use it at home and work. I guess I feel that it is not very sanitary removing it and reinserting it in public restrooms. I am lucky, in that I have a light flow, so I only use it about 2 days during my cycle.
Removal is easy. It's putting it in that will take practice.
I don't think you need Diva Wash either - I rinse mine pretty much every time I empty it, wash it in soap and water a few time during my cycle (rinse saop out very well!), and I boil it before the first use every month like imblissful.
I do get feeling like its not the best to remove/reinsert in a public restroom, but I've done it many times over the years with no problems. I find the best way for me is to wash my hands before going into the stall and taking a dampened paper towel in with me. I empty the cup, wipe down with paper towel a bit, and reinsert it. This summer I actually did a modified version of this while camping. Rinsing and reinserting and keeping it sanitary was a challenge, for sure!