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The DivaCup chronicles (TMI warning) Irish Housewife [AP] 1 child; Texas 3449 posts
12th Jun '11

So I purchased my DivaCup a few days ago. I wanted to share what I have experienced so far. This is day 2, I will update more as I go on. For those who don't know what it is, it's an alternative to tampons and pads, a device used for your menstrual period. I will include a link to the website, below.



DivaCup website



So far, my complaints are few and far between though, and while I can see why it's not for everyone, It's a product I reccomend. I had a TON of issues using tampons after the birth of my son and pads feel so uncomfortable and just remain a hygene issue in my eyes. Oftain, I had to wear the large tampons along with a pad on my heavy flow days and found the tampons painful most of the day, I also had to change them every 2 hours.



My opinions on the DivaCup:
Rather expensive I will say, but I am cirtain going green (no more tampons or pads) will be more economical in the end since I won't be buying them.



Day 1: It took a while to get adjusted to inserting the cup. At first it was very difficult to grip properly and even then, it felt like it was not completely open. After 4 trys, and useing a few different methods I found what is easiest to me. Folding the cup like a triangle, turning it completely while it is half-way in and then guiding it the rest of the way up with my finger. I did not experience any leaking, after that. Prior, there was a very slight spotting. My pelvic muscles are pretty strong, so it was a breeze to withdrawl, and the grooves on it miraculously prevented any spills *so far*. I inserted and removed it in the sitting position and that seemed to work for me.



Day 2: I decided, quite bravely to go swimming today and had no problems. This is also a heavy flow day for me. I waited a bit to remove it afterwards and it was still doing it's job. I am not really sure if I will ever 'get used to' having to fiddle around in there with my fingers. lol I always worry if my hands will still be dirty afterwards, no amount of washing can assure me otherwise. I will update as time goes on, but so far I am rather pleased. I can not feel it there when inserted properly, though I was quite skeptical at first as tampons do cause me pain. The cup is very flexable and conforms to the body.



Anyone who uses the DivaCup that has feedback, it is greatly appreciated. I am still experimenting with the most effective ways to use it.

MommyCaroline 1 child; California 19978 posts
12th Jun '11

I can't use tampons because they HURT, and I am allergic to disposable pads... I switched to cloth pads and I am NEVER going back! I doubt the cup would work for me. I am tiny, and even the smallest tampon hurt. :oops:



Glad to hear the cup works for you! :D

Irish Housewife [AP] 1 child; Texas 3449 posts
12th Jun '11
Quoting MommyCaroline:" I can't use tampons because they HURT, and I am allergic to disposable pads... I switched to cloth pads ... [snip!] ... I doubt the cup would work for me. I am tiny, and even the smallest tampon hurt. :oops: Glad to hear the cup works for you! :D"


It is made of medical grade silicon, so it conforms to your anatomy. I could not use tampons for the same reason, I am rather small down there, and I feel like after my son the doc sewed me up even tighter.

MommyCaroline 1 child; California 19978 posts
12th Jun '11
Quoting Irish Housewife [AP]:" It is made of medical grade silicon, so it conforms to your anatomy. I could not use tampons for the ... [snip!] ... use tampons for the same reason, I am rather small down there, and I feel like after my son the doc sewed me up even tighter."



same here! I'm stuck on my cloth pads though. And my flow is never heavy, so a cup wouldn't really be needed. Just a liner. :wink:

Irish Housewife [AP] 1 child; Texas 3449 posts
12th Jun '11
Quoting MommyCaroline:" same here! I'm stuck on my cloth pads though. And my flow is never heavy, so a cup wouldn't really be needed. Just a liner. :wink:"


You are lucky! The organic options really are the best way to go... I would try anything. I just wanted to find something so I could feel 'comfortable' when I am on my period. Pads were awful for me- I have to stand on my feet all day and I ended up chaffed and just felt really 'icky.' all day, like I was wearing a diaper. :(

MommyCaroline 1 child; California 19978 posts
12th Jun '11
Quoting Irish Housewife [AP]:" You are lucky! The organic options really are the best way to go... I would try anything. I just wanted ... [snip!] ... I have to stand on my feet all day and I ended up chaffed and just felt really 'icky.' all day, like I was wearing a diaper. :("


Yeah, I HATED wearing disposable pads. I had some BAD bleeding issues with my cervix, and I was bleeding 24/7 for about 3 years straight, so I built and allergy to the pads. I switched to cloth about a year ago, and I am so much happier! Especially now that the bleeding has pretty much stopped... I've noticed with cloth that my periods are lighter, shorter and less painful too! :D YAY!