The DivaCup is a soft cup made of medical grade silicone that is worn internally.
Unlike tampons which absorb menstrual blood, The DivaCup collects it, eliminating drying and chafing. Since it is reuseable it makes an ecological and budget friendly choice.
The DivaCup now comes in three sizes! Model zero is for those who are 18 or under and have not had a child. Model one is for people between 19 and 30 who have not had a child and have a medium menstrual flow. Model two is for people over 30 and/or those who have had any type of childbirth and/or those who have a heavy flow. The diameter of the cup increases by an 1/8 of an inch as you go from model 0 to model 1 and from model 1 to model 2. In accordance with government regulations all sales of The DivaCup are final. Please choose your size carefully. If you need help check out our FAQs or contact us.
It is safe to leave The DivaCup in for up to 12 hours. On heavier days you may need to empty your cup as often as you change a tampon or pad, although it is usually less frequent. The DivaCup is not associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome and has FDA and Health Canada approval.
Wash your hands with natural soap and hot water. Get comfortable either sitting or squatting with legs spread. If you are just learning, choose a time and place where you feel comfortable and can relax. Tensing up may constrict vaginal muscles and make inserting the cup more challenging.
Squeeze the cup together and then fold so it is quartered, holding between your thumb and forefinger. An alternate method of folding is to push one side of the rim down into the cup. Hold it in this position at the base.
Using your other hand spread your labia. Insert the cup with the unfolded side down. Push the cup upwards with your fingers until the tab is about even with the vaginal opening. Rotate and/or tug on the cup to get it to fully open. When it fully opens you will become less aware of it. You can also check that it is open by running a finger around the top edge.
Wash your hands with natural soap and hot water. Get comfortable either sitting or squatting with legs spread. If you are just learning, choose a time and place where you feel comfortable and can relax. Tensing up may constrict vaginal muscles and make removing the cup more challenging.
Use one hand to spread your labia and the other to reach for the tab or base of the cup. You can use your stomach muscles to push the cup down far enough to grab the base. Squeeze the base of the cup to release the seal and and pull it out, keeping it upright. Empty, wash with a natural soap and hot water, and reinsert.
Cleaning and Storage
Wash The DivaCup with a natural soap and hot water at the beginning and end of each cycle. Rinsing with water is often adequate during your cycle. You can boil The DivaCup to completely sterilize. If your cup becomes discolored you can soak it in hydrogen peroxide.
Store in a breathable cloth bag. Keep it away from dogs and cats (and other nibbly pets). They will find it and chew it up and you will be sad.
Why haven’t I heard of this before?
Without the repeat sales that disposable products generate, cup manufacturers cannot afford the amount of advertising that tampon and pad makers can. In addition, negative attitudes about menstruation and blood are common. A reusable product that involves closer contact with menstrual fluid is a harder sell. As attitudes change and people realize the benefits both personal and ecological, the popularity of menstrual cup continues to grow.
What’s so bad about tampons?
Most tampons are made of synthetic materials that dry and abrade the delicate tissue inside the vagina. In addition to absorbing menstrual fluid they also absorb the natural fluids that keep the vagina healthy. Tampons are associated with vaginal infections including the rare and sometimes deadly Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).
Buying tampons and disposable pads is like throwing money away. An estimate for the cost of disposables over a lifetime is around $1700.
The amount of trash generated by disposables is around 300 pounds per person over their menstruating life. That’s about 12 billion tampons and pads thrown away each year in the US alone.
I’m having trouble learning to use the cup. What should I do?
There is a learning spectrum when it comes to the cup. Some people get it the first time, others need more practice. A number of factors can contribute to success such as how comfortable you are touching your vulva, general body awareness, previous trauma, and how confident and relaxed you are about learning.
First make sure you have a place to practice that you feel safe and comfortable in, and no time pressures. If your vaginal muscles tense up it can make insertion and removal challenging or painful. Learning to relax your muscles can be a process; practice and patience will eventually connect the loop between your mind and your muscles.
Be kind to yourself! If you are having trouble there is nothing wrong with you. Learning to use a menstrual cup is an opportunity to become more comfortable with your body. If you’ve gotten frustrated it can help to put the cup away for a month or so to allow yourself time to get over any negative associations you might have with it. Feeling excited to learn and having positive feelings about the cup are important ingredients for success.
If you have questions or want help please contact us.
Can I use a menstrual cup if I have an IUD?
Yes. However it is possible to dislodge an IUD by removing the cup too quickly or failing to release the seal. This can tug on the IUD thread in the vagina and pull the device down into the cervical canal or completely out. If this happens it can be painful and will require reinsertion of the IUD.
To avoid this, break the seal by squeezing the base of the cup firmly. Wait a moment and gently remove the cup. It is also possible to ask your doctor to cut the IUD thread a little shorter to lessen the chance of dislodging it.
The Diva cup was the first and only menstrual cup I've ever used (now going on 10+ years). It's hard to imagine going back to living without it. No waste. No drama. Very rarely leaks. AND I can easily feed my garden with some of the best nutrients around.
Once you crest the learning curve of using it, it will change your life! Great Product! I feel LIBERATED!!!!
Why did it take until I was 30 to learn about this product? What can I say, it's a game changer. I've been using it for a few months and it is especially nice when traveling long distances on a bus where you may not have access to a bathroom to change a tampon, but the diva cup can stay in place for a long time without the risk of TSS. I barely notice when I have my diva cup in it is so comfortable. and I don't feel like I get the horrible "period smell" that comes with using tampons and pads.. I do however still use a thin panty liner to protect my underwear in case of leak but for the most part, it does its job really well! I never meet a gal without telling her about diva cup and try to convince them to liberate themselves as well !! and how sustainable this product is, wow, we should be sending them to third world countries.
I have been using my diva cup for almost a year now and I really love it. I did have to trim the stem a bit and learn how to insert it so that it opens properly and feels comfortable. Now, it is so easy to use. I like being able to see how much blood is being released each month and interesting to me that it varies a bit. I've only had one time it leaked on me but it was my fault--overnight, first 24 hours of cycle, just too much for it to hold. Other than that, it really works well.
Makes menstruation a million times better. I frankly do not know what I would do without this product! A year and a half in and loving it so much!
I tell every female I have a conversation with about this product. I think it is the biggest money saver in the world. For $40 women don't have to pay to be women for another 10 years (that's how long menstrual cups last). My only advice: wear pantyliner with it until you have mastered its proper insertion.