Diva Cup‘n It Up!

October 31, 2012By 9,899 Comments

First of all, let me express to you how annoyed I get when someone is against the Diva Cup. We live in a society that tells us that menstruation is embarrassing, gross, and something that shouldn’t be talked about. Keep your “periods” private. This is such bullshit! Menstruating is a natural process the lets you know that your lady parts are functioning properly. Every woman has a period and it isn’t something that should be frowned upon or embarrassed about.

It also isn’t something that necessitates tons and tons of cotton and feminine toiletry that’s not exactly environmentally friendly and is very costly.

If you’re not following me, let me back up a bit. A Diva Cup (or as my best guy friend likes to call it, “The Holy Grail”) is a reusable bell-shaped menstrual cup that is inserted vaginally and worn while menstruating and collects your flow. You empty it out as needed and reinsert. It’s totally healthy, no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, and its soooo much better for the environment. Not to mention, it’s way cheaper than tampons and way cleaner than pads!

I first purchased my Diva Cup back when I was interning for peta2 because I was fed up with having to rush out to get tampons or not being prepared when my menstrual cycle came. Tour life is rough and Mother Nature shows no mercy. This cup of awesomeness is definitely life-changing and convenient.

Once again, let me express something: if you ain’t down with the Diva Cup, then you ain’t down with me. This invention is one of the best as of late. When people deem it “gross” or “icky” it seriously irks me! Like, this is gross, but tampons and pads are alluring and appealing? Puh-lease! Nothing about menstruating is gross or icky. It’s totally natural and beautiful.

I’m currently sitting here menstruating excessively while wearing a hoodie and yoga pants, and prepared with an arsenal of chocolate and peanut butter… yes, I’m having cramps that are making me want to fill the tub full of hot water and go under and never come up… yes, this beautiful disaster comes unannounced and messes up all of my fancy panties… yes, I’m currently grumpy with every human being that possesses external genitals… yes, I’ve been whining to my boyfriend all day about how much pain I’m in and how he doesn’t understand me (I’m the biggest baby ever—hey, I gotz belly rubs out of it!) 😉 … it’s still some beautiful shit! Embrace it… don’t be embarrassed by it. But while you’re embracing it, why not go a little easier on the environment (and your wallet) and try out the Diva Cup?

I’ve never met a woman that’s tried it that didn’t like it.

Now pass along some chocolate/peanut butter recipes to ya girl! I’m dyin’ over here!

*Resumes watching reruns of Girls and eating all of the chocolate*

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A woman of many hair colors, lover of all things yoga, believer of tea as a cure for anything, Buffy the Vampire Slayer enthusiast, health food freak, constantly searching for the fountain of youth or comparable makeup. :)

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  1. Alison says:

    I love love love my Diva Cup. I’ve been using one for about 7 years now. It’s not wasteful, it’s easy to use, I don’t have those “uh oh, I need to run to the store NOW” moments, it holds a lot – I usually only have to empty it once each day, and my cramps disappeared when I started using it. What’s not to like?

  2. Melissa says:

    I find it comical that people use this nasty thing.
    And think it’s safe?
    Hello, that blood is supposed to EXIT your body not sit in some nasty cup in your vagina.
    Add to the fact I couldn’t even fit this thing inside me.
    This who concept seriously grosses me out on so many levels.

    • Tori Tarantino says:

      If you couldn’t fit it in, then you either weren’t folding it correctly or inserting it in far enough. And the blood sitting in a cup is much less risky to your health than being soaked and exposed to the air in a piece of cotton with string attached to it. If your argument is honestly over the fact that the blood doesn’t exit immediately, does that mean you don’t wear pads, tampons, underwear or pants during your period? Because all those things do is hold onto it as it soaks and sets into absorbable material. I get it, blood’s gross, but it’s the same amount of blood being held in a much safer way lol.

  3. Hi Sunny & Christy! Do either of you use the Diva Wash?

  4. Jen says:

    I’m new to the diva family and am absolutely in love.
    I purchased it last month and have been anxiously waiting for my period. It finally came and I am totally impressed with this cup. After reading so much about it I was prepared for a major learning curve (I have had little to no problems from the start) I have been sharing my joy about my new friend with my hubs lol I’m sure he is getting sick of hearing about my period. Major bonus that I love is no nasty trash! How cool is that. I don’t worry about changing it every 2-4hrs. I am totally converted. Only problem now is I don’t know what to do with all my left over disposables (I feel bad about pushing them off to someone else) because I love my diva cup life.
    P. S. Love the e card, that was me and my hubs this month lol

  5. April K says:

    I purchased a diva cup about 2 months ago and I love it! My mom thinks i’m crazy and asks me why I don’t wear pads. Ummm mom, id rather not sit on a diaper of blood all day. I was a tampon wearer before the cup and I can honestly say that I will never go back. I have told friends about it and they seem interested but haven’t made the switch yet. I’ll just keep trying to convince them!

  6. Hanna says:

    I love my Diva Cup! It’s completely worry free, CHEAP, and I love how much better it is for the environment than other feminine products. 🙂

  7. Staci says:

    There are so so many different types of cups now! I had the original Keeper (the old brown, stiff, rubber one) and hated it. Then I started hearing about all these new cups. I did lots of research and determined that the Lunette would be best for me. Some people who don’t like the Diva Cup prefer the Lunette, and vice versa. There are so many different types out there now! If one doesn’t work for you, you don’t necessarily have to give up on them all. There is a wealth of information (and many reviews and comparisons) here: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/

  8. K says:

    Please keep in mind that the Diva cup (and other cups from different brands) are not for everyone. I bought one, determined to end the endless disposable feminine hygiene-buying cycle, and try as I might, it did not work for me. I read articles, looked at diagrams, watched video tutorials, tried every tip and trick I could find. I’ll spare you the long story. It simply did not work for me. I know several other women who’ve had similar experiences (my mother, a few co-workers, and several friends).

    My experience with the cup was very negative, and I personally harbor nothing but hatred for the damn thing now. Needless to say, I’ve stuck with other methods. I’m glad it works for some women, but I will never go near one again.

    I think it’s great that you’ve found a solution that works for you, but the whole “use the cup or else you suck” attitude isn’t helpful for women who cannot use it. No one thing works for everyone.

    • Christy says:

      When I stated in the review that “if you’re not down with the Diva Cup then you’re not down with me” I was referring mostly to men. I’ve met many men that think the Diva Cup is gross and disgusting and I’ve even heard GROWN MEN say they wouldn’t date a girl that uses a Diva Cup. That was so absurd to me!

      I was not referring to women that couldn’t use it. Sorry if it came off that way!

      Another commenter suggested this link: http://menstrual-cups.livejournal.com/

      maybe it can help you find a better cup if you’re still unhappy using tampons?

      Also I have a lot of friends that use Sea Sponges. that could also be an option?

      Sorry you have trouble with the Dive Cup and sorry if my post came off as if I had negative feelings towards women that still use conventional feminine toiletry methods.

      Best of luck!!



  9. Bekah says:

    I bought a Diva Cup a year ago after I went vegan, and I feel like the only woman who has had issues with it even after trying multiple times over a few months and re-reading the instructions more than normal. I just can’t insert it correctly for some reason and it ends up feeling too big and uncomfortable. I want this to work so badly, but I assume it doesn’t work with my body for some reason.

    • Christy says:

      There is definitely a “sweet spot” for me. I have to get it in a certain place and I have no issues with it. This may sound strange but I always have to think about inserting it straight back as opposed to “up”. Does that make sense?

      Best of luck! <3

  10. Staci says:

    I’ve been using a Lunette cup for years and I won’t go back to tampons or pads! People don’t believe me but I swear, once I put it in I frequently forget it’s even there!


  11. Ari says:

    I LOVE my Diva Cup! I will never, ever go back to using tampons again. I just wish everyone realized how clean and convenient it is. I never thought I would say this, but if I could get rid of cramps, I’d barely even notice that I was on my period. It is so much more comfortable than tampons, and it never leaks. Plus I am saving so much money and reducing so much waste. Thanks for the awesome article sharing the Diva Cup love!

  12. Glauce says:

    You made me wanna try it, i’m still a cotton slave. I’m gonna purchase one for me.
    Sorry I don’t speak english.
    Great blog, thank you!

  13. Kristin says:

    THANK YOU. I’ve been sharing my testimonial about the Diva Cup with my friends for ages, and they always just shrug me off as a crazy tree-hugging hippy because they don’t want to hear about having to “put something up inside you with your fingers”. And these are nurse friends of mine… we talk about bowel movements over dinner and no one bats an eye. Go figure! So putting a medical-grade silicone cup inside you — that only gets MORE comfortable as it warms up and becomes more flexible — is gross, but sticking some over-bleached, processed, uncomfortable, chemical-laden tampon up there with a piece of plastic is so much better?! They’re crazy.

    I wish I had a good peanut butter/chocolate recipe to share with you, but I’m fresh out. Anyway, keep preaching!

    • Christy says:

      Ugh, like putting your own fingers in your own vagina is repulsive? I hate that! It’s YOUR vagina and it’s JUST a period. Haha, oh society…making women uncomfortable with themselves since the beginning of time.

      Glad you appreciated the post and I’m glad you’re rocking the Diva Cup! You go girl! <3<3<3

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