Product Review.
The Diva Cup. A cup for your menstrual flow.

 
Dear men,

The ladies and I are going to discuss lady things today. And quite frankly I don’t think you men are woman enough to deal with it. So please enjoy this video of a Monster Truck rally.

 

Diva Cup LogoA couple of years ago I was wandering around my local health food store looking for cheese making supplies.  The store is in a very old building in town complete with creaky wooden floors.  It’s the kind of place that, even though it isn’t very big, you can’t help but wander around.  It feels serene, and calm and cozy being in amongst all the bins of coconut flour and raw nuts.  This particular day there was no music playing in the store and the only sounds  were the shuffling of feet, the sound of scoops hitting the bins and  those wonderful creaking wood floors.

And of course my screaming.  My top of the lungs, no holds barred, primal screeching.

You see, as I was wandering the aisle of essential oils and organic soaps I came across a site so shocking that a bunch of terror got all mangled and twisted inside of me until it forced its way out through my mouth in the form of a scream.   A scream was better  than a massive toot I suppose.

What I saw was the Diva Cup.  One of apparently many brands of “Menstrual Flow cups”.  Now, I had no idea these things existed and I can assure you my scream wasn’t a scream of excitement.  It was a scream of horror.

Staring me in the face was a clear silicone cup that was meant to be pushed up your hoo hoo and extracted when it was full of your womanly deposits.  Basically you’re turning yourself into a human Dixie Cup dispenser, only instead of water or Kool Aid the  Dixie cup is filled with the blood of your menstrual flow.

 

Diva Cup 1 & 2

I immediately thought it would make a great post topic but couldn’t bring myself to buy the thing.  I just couldn’t.

Then last week a couple of people, for some reason, mentioned they had used and loved the Diva Cup.  I found this hard to believe, what with it being a silicone cup that held your period blood like a cherry cordial.  So last week I went out and bought myself a Dixie Cup.  I mean Diva Cup.    I did so without screaming, all in the name of science.

The benefits of the Diva Cup are the low cost of $25.   They seem to last for years.  So that’s about the price of a few boxes of tampons/pads.   Even though they’re made from silicone which does not ever, ever biodegrade, the makers still claim it’s better for the environment than flushing/disposing of the thousands of bleached tampons we go through in our lifetime.

Welcome to my menstrual Diva Cup adventure.

And this is how it all went down.

Just days after buying my Diva Cup I felt that tiny little cramp in my gut letting me know I was a grown up lady woman.

Turns out I had just eaten too much Shepherd’s Pie.  But two days later the cramps were back and the main event was on its way.

Since inserting the Diva Cup involves pushing it into yourself with your fingers, I wanted to make sure I got in there before my fingers came out covered in uterine lining.  So into the bathroom I went, armed with the Diva Cup, a full sheet of instructions and very clean hands.

To insert the silicone cup you roll it up until it’s small enough to fit.  There are two sizes. One for women under 30 and one for women over 30. The over 30 cup is bigger.  I’m assuming the makers figure at that age we’re so stretched out down there you could drive a train though us because these cups are BIG.  Intimidatingly so.

But I rolled it up and got it where it’s supposed to be. Once you get it up there you grab the base of the cup and twist it 360 degrees.  This ensures it’s fully open and suctioned to your insides.  I managed to accomplish this on my first try and was desperate to tell someone about it but there wasn’t anyone around.

I wasn’t terribly worried about losing it up there but that seems to be a fear for a lot of women.  Not to worry.  It won’t get lost.

So there it was.  The Diva Cup.  In my vagina.  Wayyyy up in my vagina.  Turns out the Diva Cup is actually more comfortable to wear than a tampon.

Why?  Because it stays in place. Have you ever noticed that after wearing a tampon for a while it tends to decide it’d like a good look at the world?  It slowly starts working its way down towards the door until its just a strong sneeze away from flying out of you.  The Diva Cup doesn’t do that.  It’s obedient.  The Diva Cup stays where the Diva Cup is put and you can’t feel it at all.  There’s no itching, or pulling or attempts at escape.

So far so good with the Diva Cup. Did I mention it has handy measurements on the side of it you can see exactly how much fluid is in there?  Because it does.  Incredibly useful for anyone who likes to keep track of how many ounces of blood they shed a month.  These are probably the same people who keep their scabs in a jar and  have a laminated bowel movement chart.

You can wear the Diva Cup for 12 hours at a time at which point you have to take it out … and empty the reservoir.  This is where the Diva Cup lost me.  Removal is difficult.  Very difficult.  I’m sure it gets easier with time but it was slightly painful and kind of like pulling a a turkey out of your nostril.

But that wasn’t the worst part. The worst part was emptying the blood streaked cup of woman goo into the bathroom sink and rinsing it out.

I know this is where a lot of you will be thinking “How awful for Karen that she’s so out of touch with her womanness that such a thing bothers her. A woman’s period blood is a miracle of life to be revered and marvelled at.”.   I know there are those of you thinking this because that’s exactly how other women who reviewed the Diva Cup describe the experience as.  They liked the cup dumping.  It fascinated them.  You know what fascinates me?  Magic Tricks.

I couldn’t bring myself to put the cup in again and instead put it back in the box and slipped it to the back of the cupboard.

The one other caveat to the Diva Cup that even those who love it say is an issue, is public restrooms.  If you need to empty your cup while at the mall or your favourite local restaurant  you’ll  need to dump the cup in the toilet, pull up your pants, get yourself back together with one hand because the other hand will be holding the blood stained Diva Cup.  Once you’re back together you’ll need to dart to the sink and wash out your cup in the public restroom sink, all the while your face getting hot and your pits getting sweaty worried that someone will wander into the bathroom to a horror show.

Is your cup rinsed?  Good.  Now it’s back into the stall to reinsert the Diva Cup.

I just couldn’t handle it.  But I have to say there are many of you who will be able to handle it.  You’ll think it’s great and life changing like the other women on the Internet.  The women who say they couldn’t live without it.

To you I say, you’re more woman than I.

Do I recommend the Diva Cup?  Yes.  That probably surprises you but it just wasn’t for me.  I  know it wasn’t for me because I got gaggy and almost fainted.  So there’s that.  I know that other women won’t be bothered by it at all.

And to you woman I have one more thing to say.  Please don’t try to change my mind.  Please don’t try to convince me I didn’t give it enough of a shot.  Much like brussels sprouts, it won’t matter how many times I try it  … I’m never going to acquire a taste for it.

Wanna buy a Diva Cup?  Get one here for $25.

 

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213 Comments

  1. Shel says:

    OMG I am laughing so hard! This is one post I have GOT to forward to all of my lady friends. And maybe even to some of my man friends that I don’t like so much.

  2. Laura Bee says:

    Kudos to you for trying it & making me laugh until I almost peed. You are a treasure.

  3. Lucy says:

    My naturopath/midwife recommended the Diva Cup to me. I’d seen it around but never DARED to try it. However, I really trust and like my naturopath/midwife so I went for it. And I’ll never go back to tampons. One small step for woman…

    Glad you reviewed it

  4. Janet says:

    As I was reading this post, I started sweating remembering the ONE time I tried it and thought I might die trying to remove the damned thing. Honestly. Might. Die. I had an absolute panic attack picturing myself having to go to a walk-in clinic to have it removed and Oh the embarrassment! Never again. So glad you didn’t try to convince me 😉

  5. Amber says:

    Ah. Yes. The Diva Cup. I used to manage the Health and Wellness department of my local co-op. My first intro as a newly fledged manager for the cute and innocent young guys who worked for me: “Ahh! What do we do!?!?! She wants to return it because she says it doesn’t fit!!! What does that MEAN??? Ahhhh!!!!!”
    Other fave moments with The Cup:
    ‘I use the blood to fertilize my plants!’
    ‘I don’t like the overflow.’
    ‘I don’t need it. I just clench.’
    My fave moment at the co-op: “I quit.”

  6. Jen Morris says:

    I love mine. Haven’t bought feminine hygiene products since 2008. I tip the contents of the cup into the toilet, reach over to rinse and then reinsert (I can reach my sink from my position on the loo). If I’m in a public toilet I tip the contents into the loo and then give it a quick wipe with TP and reinsert.

    Face it, any which way that you have to deal with your menstrual flow is gross – this way I only have to deal with it twice a day instead of every few hours. And I can swim too, without worrying about what time of the month it is.

    • Kristin D. says:

      Precisely! It was beautiful, while I needed it. I’ve now had an ablation, so I no longer have periods, woo hoo!!! But, I did like the Diva Cup. I did once get it stuck behind my cervix, instead of popped open around it, which required the assistance of my spouse to retrieve it…now you know I have the very best guy on the planet for my very own. BUT– I thought the sizes were in reference to whether or not a person had had a pregnancy/birth or had not, without regard to age? Am I wrong?

      • Cred says:

        I know that is the case for The Keeper. Both my kids were delivered c-section so I use the smaller one.

      • Kelli says:

        Kristin is ablation just not a GODSEND!??? So happy I had it done…literally life changing for me. And no messy cleanup! 🙂

    • Maggie Pitts says:

      1) I also do the quick wipe with TP if in a public washroom.
      2) Don’t necessarily believe the size recommendation; I was happier switching to a smaller size even though I’m over 30 and have had a child. The larger size felt a bit like I had opened up an umbrella inside me.
      3) If some days I don’t feel like using the cup (I love it, but sometimes not in the mood on light days), I use reusable luna pads. I highly recommend also their “buncha farmer” stick stain remover if they still have it. It’s incredible. https://lunapads.com/

    • Right there with you, Jen. I got one in 2006 and haven’t looked back. Unlike Karen, I had a bit of a learning curve at first and it took me a few days to really get the hang of it, but it was worth it.

  7. Auntiepatch says:

    I wish I had known about these 20 years ago.

  8. ruth says:

    What Sara said.

  9. Alisha says:

    Bahaha! Best post ever. I got one a few years ago and won’t ever go back. If someone needs to empty it in a Wal-Mart bathroom then they’re not thinking things through. Chances are it can wait! (Am I the only one that empties it into the toilet before washing it?) In 5+ years I have never cleaned it in a public washroom. But damn, it really IS comfy! And there’s never any leakage which is impossible to say with tampons and pads.

    • ktr says:

      I have using one for about 2 years and the only time I’ve had to empty it in a public restroom was when I got stuck overnight in the airport. I had brought baby wipes with just in case I had to change the cup in a public restroom so I just emptied it in the toilet (like I always do) and then wiped it out with a baby wipe and reinserted it.
      I’m lazy so I only change mine every 24 hours. No risk of TSS so I figure it should be ok.

      • Deb says:

        Ok, question about the TSS. Why is there no risk of that, since professionals (whoever they are) indicate leaving a tampon in for extended periods can cause TSS. I thought about that. I always thought TSS was more from toxins in “old” blood, not the tampon itself.

  10. Stephanie Hobson says:

    Oh. My. Gosh!
    Freaking hysterical.
    Favorite line, “kind of like pulling a a turkey out of your nostril”.

  11. Pati Gulat says:

    This is HILARIOUS ! I’ve heard of the Diva Cup but by the time it was invented I no longer HAD a period ! But I don’t think I would’ve tried it anyway ! Once again Karen, you are more woman than I ! LOLOL

  12. Carole says:

    You kill me girl! Thank GOD I’m finished with that stuff!!! Thank you baby Jesus! No more, no more! Hallelujah! Karen, your day will come ….and it will be pure bliss! Think about – no Dixie cups!

  13. Crystal says:

    kitchen tongs?

  14. Lisa says:

    I agree you Karen – and with Sara.
    And I’m adding: Gag

  15. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Oh I am so happy I am 54 years old and done with all that CRAP! Lol!

  16. Amber says:

    And, yes, the vaginal canal opens and the cervix widens with age, whether you’ve had kids or not. We all get bigger after 30. Hence a larger size, to prevent leakage.
    I’ve never tried it.

  17. michele says:

    Oh MY Goodness!!!

    This kind of post makes me SO VERY GLAD I am post menopause!!

    ***that, and the freedom to have sex without worry of more kiddos***

    LOL

  18. SeaDee says:

    Hysterical. “…keep their scabs in a jar”! “…laminated bowel movement chart”. Made me laugh out loud Karen!

    • Debbie says:

      The concept of saving scabs in a jar was probably funny to me at some point in my life. Until I saw it in person. GASP. My friends Grandma use to save all of her scabs in a jar. Devastating for a 10 year old to see. She also reused her mouthwash. Use. Spit back in the bottle. Use again.

  19. AbracaDebra says:

    One word; Hysterectomy!

    At the age of 30 I was bleeding so heavily on a monthly basis that I couldn’t leave the house! My bloody “woman goo” ran down my legs and that was with tampons and pads at the same time! My Gynecologist finally agreed that this was abnormal. After the total hysterectomy, TV commercials for tampons and pads were reminders of my past life, and I never missed them! However I’m not certain how the Canadian healthcare system manages situations like this!

    • Cred says:

      Yep, this would be covered by OHIP in Ontario. If doctor considers it a abnormal health condition and recommends a hysterectomy. My mom had the same problem and had a partial hysterectomy (just the uterus was removed) when she was 43. Because they left her ovaries, she didn’t require hormone replacement.

      • Lynne says:

        Yep, one of my best friends had a hysterectomy in her late 30s for the same reason. She’d always had problems and they reached the crisis stage after her third child.

  20. Bee-Naz says:

    Oh Karen…. I was laying on my living room floor to relieve my back pain and was in full on giggle fits at this post! My boyfriend was silly enough to ask and promptly left the room when I started explaining! He should have known better…

    I’m glad you tried it. I have had mine for years and love it! I actually had more problems with inserting/removing mine than you seem to have had but I was determined to not use tampons anymore so I didn’t give up.

    I don’t however dump mine in the sink. That may gross me out too. I empty it into the toilet followed by a quick flush and proceed to rinse it in the sink. There was a bit of ‘Eww’ factor to begin with I guess but it doesn’t even phase me anymore. Also, since I can wear it so long without ‘issues’ I have only had to ever use a public restroom to remove, rinse and re-insert a handful of times. The times I have I simply took some wet paper towel into the stall with me and gave it a good wipe then rinsed properly when I got home. All that said, it is NOT for everyone. I’ve had girlfriends thank me for converting them and others who vow to never try it. At the end of the day, my hoo hoo is way happier for it. No more yeasty problems for this hoo hoo!! 😉

    Either way, the giggle fits were wonderful. Please don’t ever stop being you! 🙂

  21. TucsonPatty says:

    I am laughing so hard and reading the comments and laughing and want to see you pull a turkey out a nostril and I think I bought one of these once and if I tried it I now am old enough I forgot the horror you had. I think it might be a reminder of childbirth or something when you pulled it out????
    This is the funniest thing ever and I am so impressed you plowed through the trial and ERROR!! for all womankind.
    I’m kind of a hippie/granola type, but I’m glad I don’t do those womanly bodily function things anymore.
    Yay, menopause!
    Karen, you are the funniest and bravest person I know! You are my hero! (ine!)

  22. Hayley says:

    I am SO with you on this one! I’m all for natural products, composting, reducing carbon footprints, blah blah blah…But pulling a cup of clotty, bloody, uterine excrement out of my lady parts and cheerily sloshing it around my sink is the grossest thing the hippies have come up with. I have NEVER in the 22 years of having periods have understood the “it’s so wonderful to be a woman” part of bleeding out the cooch. Then again, I am one of the rare females who is also repulsed by babies. I’d like to opt out of the whole reproductive business and just keep the pleasure part! 😉

    • Maria says:

      Haley? Exactly! Laughed myself silly, thanks Karen 🙂

      • Maria says:

        Well, not exactly repulsed. They’re adorable, until I decide that they should, nay, MUST return to the people that made and birthed them. 🙂

    • Lynne says:

      I’m with you all the way Hayley. Actually my friends and I often joke about that brochure we received at school when approaching the fateful day. “It’s Wonderful Being a Girl”. Not. It might have been wonderful for the sponsors of that brochure (Kotex, I think) because they envisioned the next 40 years or so of gleefully selling you ever more expensive feminine hygiene products – but for those of us actually afflicted with the annoyance?, not so much.

      I’ve always looked at those Diva Cups somewhat askance – imagining that my experience would probably follow the general trajectory of Karen’s. Pardon the TMI – but I always had heavy periods with heavy cramping and the heavy aspect only increased over time becoming a real pain in the patoot over the last 10 years of it. I would probably have been dumping those cups a darn site more frequently than twice a day.

      No thanks. I was squicked out enough as it was.

  23. Mandy says:

    I have been using the Diva cup for 6 years and love it. Soooooooo convenient. Ditto with what the other ladies have said so far who have used one. When it comes to removal the trick is to release the suction before removing by simply pinching the bottom slightly. Otherwise yes, it will feel like you’re trying to turn you uterus inside out. Measuring you’re menses can be handy, especially for ladies with a heavy flow. It might sound gross re removal, but not as gross as constantly disposing of old pads and napkins. I rinse and repeat twice a day, same routine as brushing your teeth. It’s very comfortable so it doesn’t feel like you have your monthly at all. If you can feel it after insertion then take it out and try again. I have a friend with a very heavy flow who needs to empty several times a day, but she swears it is better than wearing leaky pads that feel like napkins. If you’re worried about public toilets then carry a spare cup in your bag and a little plastic baggy for your original cup to be rinsed out later. No different to carrying around extra pads/tampons. I could not recommend this product more. Having said that, it is not everyone’s cup of tea. You do have to be comfortable with your own body and fluids. It took me a year to decide to use one after a friend had recommended it to me, then wondered why I had waited so long.

    • Darcy says:

      “it’s not everyone’s cup of tea” …lol

    • Laura C says:

      I’d like to see a U.S. TSA agent see that sip lock baggie. Just sayin’.

    • Vanessa says:

      I’ve had mine for 7 yrs and it’s brilliant! Best thing ever when camping and traveling bc it can stay in place for so long and remain comfortable. I found it to be equally as gross as tampons (since those are really covered sponges :S) but over time, no mess. It does get soo much easier to use (it took me 3 cycles before getting used to it). Definitely recommend!

  24. Cred says:

    I’ve used the Keeper brand for nearly 16 yrs. The Keeper is made of natural rubber but for those allergic to latex, they also offer a silicone version. Two of my sisters use diva cup.
    Way more comfortable than tampons and doesn’t need to be emptied as often. To me it feels cleaner- I love it.
    I’ve never had any problem removing it- perhaps the large size is too big, regardless of age- I understand the sizing to be dependant on whether you’ve had a vaginal childbirth or not. Sometimes inserting it can be tricky early in my cycle (I wonder if vaginal tissue is somewhat swollen initially, since it not a problem on the second day) You want to make sure that “your parachute is fully deployed” while rotating it into place- that baby needs to make a good seal.
    Looooved your review!

  25. Kris says:

    Good for you for trying, Karen, but I have to agree with all the ladies that are pro Diva cup. The comments on the ease of use are all true, but no one has touched on how much better they are for your body too. Tampons are bleached cotton that has been sprayed at one time with pesticides, and they actually make it look like you bleed far more than you really do. Ask any diva cup user, there is typically less blood than you would have thought having used tampons. Good for the environment, good for your wallet and really good for your “hoohoo”! Come on Karen, don’t be stubborn, try it again!!!

  26. Agnes says:

    Karen the product link you gave is not for us Canadians! Mine cost me $40 at the local drug store.

    Like many of you have already addressed, I too got over the “gross factor”, and much prefer it to pulling out a slimey tampon or changing big diaper-like pads a few times a day.

    I’ve def worn mine longer than 12 hours with no problems…so public washrooms are never an issue.

    Only thing I would say is that sometimes I can feel it shifting around..anyone else experienced this?

    I am so proud that you gave it a try Karen!

    • ktr says:

      I’ve felt mine shifting on occasion. For me it happens when I haven’t gotten a good seal so I just rotate it a bit more and that usually solves the problem.
      Glad to hear someone else wears theirs longer than 12 hours.
      I’ve been told that tampons aren’t good for septic tanks so that was one of my motivating factors in trying it.
      And as far as grossness – I personally think bloody tampon applicators and pads in the bathroom garbage can are worse.

  27. Agnes says:

    I am also happy to support a Candian company- the Diva Cups are made right here in Waterloo, ON!

  28. liz a. says:

    not a chance in hell! lol! 🙂

  29. Chau says:

    My question is if you can pee while wearing it? I don’t like tampon so this might not be for me.

  30. Judith says:

    Haha!! I had almost the exact same reaction, right from the start, as you. It was a complete impossibility for years. Then one day I just thought why not and gave it a try, and I couldn’t be happier with it. There’s definitely a learning curve, but I love it. Kudos to you for trying it out!

  31. marli says:

    I wish I knew about these when I was younger, but I’ll take my later days with it instead of pads, thanks very much!
    I managed to get my 18 year old to try one a year ago. Imagine, a 17 year old girl using a Diva Cup. Was she thrilled? Absolutely NOT. But I told her I’d not buy her tampons anymore, that was going to be a cost she’d have to pony up…OR…I’d buy her a Diva Cup.
    She grudgingly took me up on my offer and a year or so later, she’s a convert. Actually it only took about two months to convert her, they really are that good. So she’ll have her entire bleeding life to use a cup rather than tampons, minus the one or two years when she first started. Lucky girl. 🙂
    Sorry you hated it so. Maybe you’ll try again. I mean, you DID push it to the back of your cupboard. Had you thrown it away entirely I’d be sure you were done with your experimenting. Now? Not so sure. 🙂

  32. Kathy says:

    OMG, Karen! Last night you had me crying and tonight I am laughing my ass off. This post just might have to get shared on Facebook. If only because I feel selfish keeping you all to myself…… oh…. and the previous 31 women who seem to have discovered you too.
    Love ya, girl.

  33. Stephbo says:

    Am I the only redneck who followed the link to the monster truck videos first? I love monster trucks! Cups of woman goo? Not so much.

  34. dana says:

    Im puzzled by the over 30 & under 30 sizes. Im 43, have a daughter but havee never been preggers. Is that why the size difference? Or did my hoo hoo double in size at 31? Weird. Seriously I WOULD FREAK OUT trying to get it out! I have short fingers, too. Was told by my cousin that with my short fingers I could never play piano. What if I couldnt get it out? I would go to the emerhency room. Reading the rotating it 360* part made my tummy do a flip flop. This product is not for me. Washing it out in the sink wouldnt bother me. Its the in & out thing. And the worrying abt it for 12 hours thing. It sounds akin to what my mother said about babies when i was younger & I got it many years later: Babies are easier to get in than get out. 😉

  35. dana says:

    Oh, by the way, these Diva Cups are mentioned on many of the frugal sites i follow. So are family cloths. I really doubt you want to review that. Its not a product really. Its a way of not spending money ever again on toilet paper. 😐

  36. Cynthia Earle says:

    I’m finished with the whole period thing at 63, but back in the day there was a product called Tassaway that I tried and for all intents and purposes was the exact same thing. The damn thing was an obomination! I’m surprised nobody has mentioned spilling the contents all over your hand, struggling to keep the dripping thing away from yourself as you struggle to pull up your pants with one hand and leaving a public bathroom stall looking like a murderess who dropped her knife down the loo.

  37. gabrielle says:

    I want to point out that this is not a new product that has been conceived by women, for women, new-age or otherwise. I grew up in the States quite a while ago, and can absolutley testify that this product has been marketed once before, in the male-dominated early 1970’s. Well before silicon was what it is today.

    And you know what? My experience was exactly the same as yours. Removal was so unpleasant that I could not bring myself to use it again, especially since tampons (like most things) cost a fraction in the US that they do in good old Canada! But that’s another rant…

    I can’t remember what name the cups were branded as the first time around – I am sure it will come to me out of the blue in two days – but they were an utter failure and vanished from supermarket shelves. So, here we are, a full 40 years later, and someone (probably a guy again) came up with the idea that if it sold at earth-mothery health food stores, it’d be a success.

    Interesting fact: in the sexually permissive 70’s, it was first marketed as an innovation from oh-so-swingin’ Sweden.

    The more things change, the more they remain the same!

  38. Amy in Stl says:

    Every time I read something about one of these menstrual cups I just think, EW EW EW EW! I’m on a birth control pill that reduces my periods to 4 a year and after more than 20 years, my flow is greatly reduced. However, I can’t imagine how gross a cup of blood is! Also not sure how pulling out a tampon and flushing it is just as gross, as some cup devotees say. I can’t fathom the bacteria introduced to your hoohoo if you wipe it out and reinsert instead of washing with hot HOT soapy watery first. That seems unsanitary, but maybe I’m just too fastidious.

  39. kristin says:

    From when I first heard about the cup to when I finally tried one, it took about a year. I had to work up the nerve! Still it took a couple months before I became a convert (it took a while for my brain to adjust to not having to worry about my period all day long for a week). Now I could never go back to pads and I could NEVER even TRY tampons before. The idea of shoving dry cotton up there plus all the potential problems plus the fact that you have to change it every couple of hours turned me right off.

    I agree with what other commenters have said about it. I never empty the contents into the sink. I always dump it in the toilet and then I rinse it in the sink with the hottest water I can stand. I find that I can put it in much easier if it’s warmed up first. The only time I did have to change it in a public place, I was travelling and had been on a plane the whole time and really had no choice. Normally, I would never have to cuz I schedule the emptying for when I’m at home (I empty it in the morning when I get up and in the evening before bed). Even so, when I was travelling, I knew this would be an issue so I planned for it and bought a second cup that I could put in plus carried a little tupperware container I could fill with water and take to the stall with me. I also only had one moment where it felt like I was pulling my uterus out with the cup. It comes out easily if you pinch the top in. I always think I’m going to squeeze the blood out again and defeat the purpose, but it’s surprising how little blood is actually in there! When you’re wearing pads it looks much worse! I just had a baby, so I had to deal with pads again and I can’t wait to get back to the diva cup. Everything else is a nightmare, in my opinion!

    • Traci says:

      Just had a baby too and the return to pads has been so yucky and awful. I can’t wait until I can use my diva cup again. I keep whining to my husband about it!

  40. meg says:

    hahahahaha OH MY GOD

    I am terrified: mouth open, lips curled, teeth bared, nostrils flared. I am also wide-eyed and laughing nervously. Thank you for both informing me of and preventing my use of this product forever. “stuck behind cervix” “hard to get out” “rinse in public bathroom then put back in” -what? no, not for me.

  41. Sara says:

    I bought this thing way back when it was new and cost about $40. It is SO much better than the normal 4 hour jaunt to the bathroom to stick other things up there. I always washed it out at night before bed, and again before work in the morning. I don’t know why in the world you’d dump it in the sink… aren’t you sitting on a perfectly good toilet? A couple times I had really heavy flows and I needed to dump it in a public restroom… but I dumped it in the toilet and wiped it out with TP and reinserted it, and gave it a really good cleaning when I got home. Also, the first time I removed it was painful (but still less pain than a dry tampon…) and then I got the hang of squeezing it a little to release the suction and it’s perfectly fine! Give it another try and follow the comments… these girls (the ones who have used it more than once) know!

  42. Julia says:

    Great post Karen!
    I’ve been using a “Moon” cup (as it’s called in the UK) for 11 years now, and have found nothing but good to say about it!!
    On the subject of cleanliness, it hugely reduces the risk of bacterial infection (eg toxic shock syndrome) that can result from a warm wad of soaked cotton acting as a perfect breeding ground…
    I have also never had to leave a bathroom stall to rinse mine out… I have this thing called a “bottle of water” that I take in with me (think they are available in most countries)!! The cups should be rinsed in cold water anyway during use and then boiled when you finish a period…
    However fabulous I think it is, I still can’t persuade any of my friends to join me!!

  43. Myra says:

    I LOVE my Diva Cup. I’ve been using it for at least ten years (having made the transition from the pre-age 30 to the post-age 30 cup about half way). It is super convenient and I love that I only have to empty it twice a day, never have to buy tampons and am not putting toxic bleached chemicals inside my body. Definitely empty it into the toilet. I will say, the more you use it, the more you develop the little tricks that will make it effortless and *less* gross. I would NEVER go back to tampons and certainly not to pads.

  44. SusaninPeckham says:

    I use a mooncup here in the UK and I love it. I wouldn’t try to convince you to try it again – your choice.
    But for others who are considering trying it – give it a go. I dump the blood into the toilet, not the sink. If I’m at home or in a fancy loo then I reach over and rinse it under the cold tap before re-inserting. But, if I’m at work or at out wherever, then I dump, wipe with a little loo roll if the outside is bloody and then re-insert. It’s unusual for me to get bloody fingers from extraction/insertion, I reckon this comes with practice. On the question, I’ve never found it painful – I reckon you didn’t “break the seal” before you pulled, in which case I guess it would be uncomfortable. I usually slightly squish one side of it to break the seal and then it comes out easily.
    Who ever thought I’d be writing about such a personal thing in a comment on a blog?

  45. Jody says:

    I have an issue with this post. You let the men know what’s coming and offer an alternative but there was no warning to those brave enough to continue to have tissues at the ready for tears of laughter. You are too too funny. Your description of the whole process was so descriptive that I know I would never want to try a menstrual flow cup AKA Dixie Cup.

  46. Danni says:

    No one has mentioned…. you can have sex during your period with these. I used back in the day, loved them, and also loving a healthy sexual appetite, well, hardly missed a beat. Of course a really good romp might jar the thing, but all the foreplay preceding was not compromised, I guess you could say…
    I’m blushing, but this might make those of you anti’s think again.

  47. Codi says:

    Laughing my ass off at this post, but for 1st thing in the morning over my chai, I was not prepared for this. Gagging. Even somehow just associated my teabag with menstruation. I guess I’m even less woman than the rest! Haha!

  48. Tigersmom says:

    Yesterday tears and today I’m blowing coffee out my nose.

    “So there’s that.” Bwahahahahahaha!

    I couldn’t even attempt these. I remember being freaked out by the tampons that didn’t come with an applicator meaning you had to shove them up there with your finger. All I could think about was constantly getting blood under my fingernails. Yuk! Just yuk!

    And I can just picture my husband walking into the kitchen when I’m performing the post cycle boiling of the cup…

    “Hey Babe, what’s that you’re cooking?”

    Once he came to, he’d never eat anything from that pan again.

    And come to think of it, neither would I.

  49. jainegayer says:

    I now have a “visual” stuck in my brain of my hoo hoo being a Dixie cup dispenser!!
    Karen, you crack me up!

  50. sue says:

    Enjoy your posts, especially ones like this, where we all chat and share what we think. When my periods were ending, I had a VERY heavy flow and had to worry about leakage all the time…and finding a bathroom. This sounds like a smart solution. Every woman is different regarding how comfortable she is about dealing with her body and what is happening. I stopped using the pill because I didn’t want to mess with hormones and used a diaphram. Some women don’t want to get that, “up close and personnal” with their bodies, and that’s O.K. But, while some aspects of this sound messy, I think I would use it.
    Oh, and Karen, dump the contents in the toilet, not the sink. What were you thinking?

  51. Su says:

    all I can say is so glad I had my inner woman stuff removed a few years back…

  52. TeePee says:

    Now, This made me laugh. AND I’m a guy. I dated a gal once that loved this product. Swore by it! And yes, she cussed it out once or twice. She also did not use deodorant (two showers a day) did not wash her hair for 3 weeks (cause Sting of the Police doesn’t wash his hair either. I asked her to start after 3 weeks ) and was a total, fulltime Vegan (for ethical reasons). She swore by this product and never did go back to the conventional method. I loved that gal, she was a hoot! AND I did check out the Monster Truck rally.

  53. Laura K says:

    OMG Karen, you had me laughing so hard I was crying and couldn’t see to read anymore. Hilarious!

  54. Lea says:

    I used one while living in Scandinavia where most public bathroom stalls are equipped with small sinks and a handheld bidet. So cleaning up in private wasn’t an issue. But I tipped the contents into the toilet before rinsing my Diva Cup in the sink. They don’t leak or dislodge either. Great device!

  55. Susan says:

    Yesterday’s post made me cry – and today’s post had me crying-laughing .

    I could never use tampons – couldn’t imagine trying to put a plastic dixie-cup up me!

  56. Elizabeth says:

    Oh for goodness sake, you empty it in the toilet not the sink.
    I have had one for years and would never go back to tampons. I heard about these well before I bought one and my first thought was eew no! but a few years later I decided to try it and never looked back. I’m not trying to change your mind I’m just saying you may get that box back out eventually.

  57. Laura N. says:

    I’d rather use washable rags like my grandmother had to use.

    • Mary Werner says:

      I was going to say this! Totally agree. Even drying the rags on the clothes line would be less embarrassing than the washing up bit.

  58. Reg says:

    Very funny, but I wish I had opted for the Monster Truck rally.

  59. Mary Kay says:

    OMG – ummm NO!

  60. CheekyMomma says:

    Thanks for doing this, Karen! I have wondered about the Diva cup for a while now…I might actually try it! I actually used Instead cups for years but after my daughter was born they didn’t fit so well…what was that about trains again? In any case, the Instead cups are disposable but the same concept. That part would at least eliminate the public restroom washup issue. If you were so inclined. And forgive me if someone above commented on Instead cups – I didn’t read all the comments.

    • Karen P says:

      I used Instead cups for years too until I could no longer find them in stores. Guess they just didn’t have enough sales. I would totally try Diva Cup because I think it is healthier for the hoo hoo than tampons, and I like that I don’t have to worry about changing it out as often as with tampons. With Instead you could have sex while it was in and your partner wouldn’t even notice, but it was more like a cap than a cup. Danni (#48.) says you can have sex with these too… so that would sway me to try it out right there even if I hadn’t used something like it before 😉

      • CheekyMomma says:

        They now apparently go by the name “Softcup.” Again, if you were so inclined to begin again. 😉

        http://softcup.com/

        • Kim from Milwaukee says:

          Ok, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t have sex with one in because I’m sure he would ask me what that FANG was that poked his wang!! Maybe you all cut off the stem but I never did since it helped to pull the cup out….

  61. Darlene says:

    All of these comments are just TMI for me –

  62. Erica says:

    Hey Karen, now you have something to hold yogurt in lieu of the yogurt tampon LOL.

  63. Teresa says:

    When I saw the title of the post a huge smile grew on my face because I get to tell you this story. I used a Diva Cup successfully for a few years and really liked it. Except for the first time. I put it in. After wearing it for a couple of hours I started to worry about what it might be doing in there (specifically had it wiggled its way up into my uterus – yes I realize how stupid that sounds). I tried to remove it but I was so panicked and tense that I couldn’t relax the muscles enough to get my fingers on it. At all. Much to my horror I had to enlist the assistance of my husband. And pliers.

    ~takes bow~

  64. Terrt says:

    Hilarious read to start the day, thanks for the chuckles

  65. erin says:

    Kudos for being braver than I! Did you know they make DISPOSABLE cups? If the whole Diva Cup argument is “yay, saving the environment from your tampons!” then WHAT’S THE POINT? (They’re called Softcups. I don’t get it. Do you throw them away with the Dixie cups at the water cooler, or in the bathroom? Also, they sort of look like stretched out condoms. Yup – I’m confused.)

    • Christina says:

      For me, it’s not so much the environment, but putting nasty, nasty chemicals directly on (and in) the most chemical-sensitive part of the body. The Softcups make me squeamish, but not as much as sitting on BPA and BPS and who knows what else for 5 days straight.

      I have a feeling if the law gets passed for companies to have to disclose what is in sanitary products, that Softcup and Diva Cup sales are going to go through the roof.

      • erin says:

        And this is why I love the Internet. I have no idea why, but I’ve never though of it this way. I try to be conscious of what I put on/in my body otherwise…must research this. Thank you for the perspective!

  66. Oh. My. Gosh! I’m so happy I don’t have to even think about stuff like this any more. The doctor asked me if I wanted hormone replacement and I asked if I’d still get my period – the answer was yes and I said, “not bloody likely.” I’m kinda removal-challenged to start with. Tried contacts for several years and had no trouble getting them in but the only way I could get them out was to flush my eyes with eye drops and squish my eyes in every direction until I wrinkled the contact into a removable ball. So I can just imagine the contortions involved with removing a dixie cup from my hooha.
    This post and the comments had me alternating between scaring my dogs with my shrieks and being slightly grossed out. You rock, Karen.

    • Missnicoleo says:

      “not bloody likely” ahahahaha
      I totally thought they were gross too, but all these comments have changed my mind! Thank you TAODS readers!! and Karen for being the guinea pig.

  67. Ev Wilcox says:

    These things were around years and years ago. The were so hard that is was next to impossible to squeeze them small enough to insert! I did think it was a great idea, but not for me! And it hurt, coming and going! it was messy and awful. When you pulled them out, of course they spilled and ewwww! I imagine they are better engineered now. Gives me the shudders though! How brave and modern of you to share, Karen!

    • Claudia says:

      I thought it’s an interesting product to consider, especially bearing in mind all the waste we produce… So, a few years ago, I thought I’d give it a try. Being over fourty and having given birth I thought I needed a “normal”, not a small size. And I thought that I HAD rolled the damn thing quite as small as a tampon. But it didn’t feel that way and I discarded it at once… (Maybe I should’ve tried the small size, but, well, I hope I won’t have to cope with THAT problem for very much longer…).

      BTW: Hilarious intro, Karen!

  68. Melody Madden says:

    I laughed so hard I cried when I read this post …… Big thanks Karen

  69. yipee says:

    Me and Diva have been best friends for many years. Couldn’t live without it. I’ve never had to do anything in a public restroom, you can keep it in for 12 hours people. In the a.m. when you get up, and then in the p.m. Why would you be in a public restroom at these times? I highly, highly recommend it. I even buy it as gifts for friends because they’re too pussy to try it on their own. They always end up keeping and loving it.

  70. Louise says:

    OMG, am I the first one to comment?! Is that because everyone else is cowering in horror? I guess that’s because the rest of you are “so out of touch with (your) womanness that such a thing bothers (you).” Actually, this article, although PRETTY YUCKY, was very informative and I appreciate your courage, Karen, in conducting this experiment. I’m sure, because of the drawbacks you mentioned, I would have come to the same conclusion. But it’s certainly more fun to read about YOU doing it! You are a hoot!

    • Louise says:

      Ooops, I guess I’m NOT the first one to comment on this! I see what happened; I opened my window with this article, then wandered away for hours and hours. When I came back, the window didn’t show any comments because it was still showing the results of when I opened the window. Sorry! (Hangs head in shame)

  71. Jacqui says:

    OMG, that was a three snort read! I so enjoy that nothing is sacred to you Karen. Keep up the good fight to keep us informed. Love it

  72. kari says:

    Great post. I too, have one in the back of my cabinet. Will try again, just b/c of you. Thanks so much for the laughs, I blew coffee when you wrote, “It slowly starts working its way down towards the door until its just a strong sneeze away from flying out of you”. Good times!

  73. Kitten Caboodle says:

    No. Just no.

  74. Erika says:

    I have no words for how disturbing this sounds.

  75. Debbie says:

    I have one and have a love/hate relationship with it. I agree – the insertion and removal of it is really gross. But only having to deal with it twice a day is great, and they don’t leak. Also, don’t forget – if you pee, no wet string hanging around.

  76. Nancy says:

    ewww…glad I don’t have a uterus any more!

  77. Tanya H says:

    Loved my Diva Cup until after baby #3. Think he wrecked me /:

  78. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    OMG! Thank the Lord I don’t have to mess with that anymore. I’ve never, ever, heard of this. Thanks once again Karen for enlightening my morning. And look at all those comments!
    And what about, “people who keep their scabs in a jar and have a laminated bowel movement chart”? Where do you get this stuff??? You are sonething else, keep it comin’!

  79. Mary Werner says:

    Would rather drive a monster truck. Thanks for the alternate view but was so fascinated by the comments that I read every one!

  80. Luanne says:

    I had been curious, and up until now, just assumed I’d never know. My curiosity is sated.

    This had pretty good shock value. And all I can think of is how I wanted to share around the frozen yoghurt tampons post, but didn’t. (Maybe because I’ve tried the yoghurt remedy without the aid of freezing and a tampon.) I think that I’ll just enjoy my tearful laughter at the Diva Cup all on my own, though. And just hope that people I know run across this post.

  81. Sia says:

    I would like to know how a person comes up with an idea like this.

  82. Jen W says:

    I’d heard of these things years and years ago….and thought it was the most horrible and disgusting invention ever. Then about 6 months ago we were going on a backpacking trip, and I expected to be reminded of my womanliness while on the trip. I had to either get used to the idea of carrying around my used feminine products (there aren’t any trash cans in the woods) in a bag in my pack……or try the Diva Cup. Well….the cup was the least horrific of the two choices…so I gave it a try. I didn’t end up having to use it on the trip…but I’ve used it every month since…and am a 100% believer now. (also, in cases where you think a public restroom “changing of the guard” might have to happen..take baby wipes/alcohol wipes…..works to clean it and your hands…..better than in and out of the bathroom stall for sure) 🙂

  83. Marion says:

    BAHAHAHAHA, this is exactly what I needed to read this morning! Thankfully I’m alone in my office right now so I didn’t have to muffle my laughter. I have friends that swear by their diva cups (they’re a bunch of hippy, vegan, home-birth advocating feminists) but I’ve been to scared to buy myself one just yet. I might after reading this though! Excellent review. Also, I’m loving the comments from other ladies!

  84. Tina Marie says:

    Karen – this article is Pulitzer worthy! God how I love you! Refreshing, hysterical and informative!

  85. Traci says:

    I won’t try to convince you Karen, but I will give some tips for other people on the fence or thinking about trying the diva cup. Before I tried it I found a bunch of message boards dedicated to the thing. Yeah, message boards plural–this thing is life-changing and once you get it you want to shout to the hills and tell everyone. What I learned is that most people take at least 2 cycles to get the hang of it, so you’ve got to commit to giving it a good try to reap the benefit. There are multiple folds for insertion that aren’t in the instructions. Look them up b/c one might work better for you. You have to break the seal before taking it out. Push in the side with one finger to break the seal then pull it out and immediately dump in the toilet (that helps lesson the ick factor). Wash in the sink or if you are in a public restroom wipe with a travel wet wipe like these http://www.natracare.com/p102/en-GB/Natracare-Products/Everyday/Organic-Cotton-Wipes.aspx . Then just put it back in. If it gets stuck, the key is to relax and if you are really having trouble just squat down low to the ground and it will come right out. Also the sizes are for if you’ve given birth. No kids go size 1, yes kids go size 2.

    Like I said, the learning curve is steep, but when you hit that moment where you forget you have your period you’ll be a convert for life. And that’s coming from someone who has long, heavy awful periods.

  86. Safetydog says:

    Thank you so much for trying this product and telling us about it! Intellectually, I agree that this sounds safe, hygenic, natural, convenient, etc. I try to be in tune with my wonderful female processes. The flow isn’t a problem. It’s the actual insertion and removal that gets to me. I’ve gotten light-headed using tampons or watching child-birth films. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank goodness I am past the point of needing this product.

  87. Leslie says:

    If these had been invented when I was a teen I’d maybe still be a ballerina. My mom wouldn’t even tell me about tampons.

  88. Amy says:

    Laughing. Laughing so hard.

    I’ve sent this post to my girlfriends, so they too can enjoy the hilarity.

  89. jane says:

    There’s a version called Instead that’s disposable. Also smaller. And easier to wear. Sole drawback was was someone asked you for a tampon; you handed one over … and they said what the blankity blank is this?!

  90. Kirsten says:

    Bahahaha! Hilarious! Love it!
    The first time I heard about these I wanted to puke at the idea but a couple years later after seeing it on a popular mommy flash sale site and reading up on them I decided to give them a try.
    I’ve been using one for a couple of years now and love it! No more running out of tampons or having to make an excuse to stop by my purse on the way to the bathroom every few hours! But my very VERY favorite part is sleeping through the night normally! No more worry of leaking on the sheets or the feeling of wearing a soggy diaper sized pad keeping me up! love it!
    I did find insertion/extraction a little difficult the first month but by the second it was no problem and didn’t gross me out anymore.
    And I don’t recall ever having to change it in public because you can wear it for so long. If you’re worried about it just empty it before you go out and you’re good for another 12 hours. But I have heard of women just bringing a bottle of water in their purse to rinse it off in the stall.
    Thanks for the laughs!!!

  91. Amie says:

    I’ve been using the Diva Cup for 6 years now, and I love it. It does not hurt like tampons do, nor can I push it out while going for a big #2.

    In public restrooms, I dump it in the toilet, use toilet paper to wipe out the cup, reinsert, wipe hands on tp, and exit to wash hands. I rinse it when I get home.

    I also sterilize it every couple months in a pot of boiling water, because I keep it in my purse between flows.

    It is fantastic, economical, and helps ladies get more familiar with a very natural thing.

  92. Katie says:

    Here in the states there’s a disposable one in with the lady-diapers section in the grocery store. It says to throw it away, but I’ll rinse it if I’m in a bathroom with my own sink and stick it back in for a few days’ worth of use, but can also throw it away if I need to…and I do at the end of a cycle. I forget the the name right now, but I’ve got a box at home! They’re more expensive than tampons, but not $25. Like 8 for a box of 10, or something?
    I think they’re fantastic, but don’t use it all the time…

  93. Teddee Grace says:

    A diaphragm always served the same purpose for me short term. No big deal.

  94. Gwen says:

    Coincidentaly, I too bought my Diva cup at my local health food store while looking for cheesemaking supplies but the similarity ends there; my health food store is very ‘judgy’ and my Beava cup cost $40. Additionally, after years of giving up too easily, I now apply a 20 hour rule to any new endevour. At first I had the same negative issues as others have posted here but after giving it my full committment, I now love it. My biggest complaint is the squishy noises but I suppose they’re no worse than the alternative crumpling paper wrappers.

  95. Ruth says:

    As heavy and as lengthy as my menses are, I doubt I could stomach it. Then again…. I don’t have the stomach for tampons or pads either, so I guess I am just going to be stuck between a rock and a hard place, until 55 shows up (15 years to menopause… oh joy).

    However, I must say that I am a bit intrigued by that 12-hour duration. Intrigued… not sold, but definitely intrigued…. If I ever come across them, I may just buy one to use at home.

    One question… can you sleep in it? (I never get proper sleep on my heavy days due to bathroom trips for changing, so THAT would be the selling point)

    • Another Ruth says:

      Cups are much better for heavy flows than either tampons or pads. You might not get the full 12-hrs during the most “torrential” part of your monthly, but it holds more than a pad. And yea, you can sleep in it! If you make sure it’s empty before you go to bed, it will give you the most leeway.

      Many women report less heavy flow and less cramping once they switch to the cup (this was my experience), but of course there’s no way to know if it’s causal.

      As other comments have mentioned, there is a learning curve–the first time you use a cup it is really weird and awkward. But if you think back to when you learned about pads and tampons, that was really weird too! I find it’s much cleaner and less trouble than other options; give it a try!

  96. Fifi says:

    O.M.GEEEEE!!!
    Ok Karen , so now you have a Diva Cup (gross!) sitting in your cupboard….I you are the type of gal who is probably going to repurpose it, so as not to waste a good (?) thing….how bout a slug trap for your garden?……….or if you had a pair of these, they would make a good strapless bra for someone with small pointy boobs (I don’t mean you lol)……or a seed starter…..or plant a tiny succulent ( ew LOL) and hang it from a macramé plant holder……how very chic !
    Why why why did I open this post during my lunch ??
    Why have I never heard of this either? I thought women talked about this kinda stuff……maybe no one I know uses this ??!! As for Moi……..I happen to like tampons !!!!!
    The name for this product is sooooo wrong……what real Diva would use this, surely not Beyoncé !!??? They should come up with another name for it….any suggestions? I got none….. I am speechless and wordless 😉

  97. Amber says:

    I once went to a workshop on having a green period at a sustainable living festival in Fort Collins, CO. We learned how to make pads out of old rags and terry cloth. One of the instructors talked at length about how wonderful the Diva Cup is, and that one should never throw the contents of the cup away. She said she always collected her menses to use as fertilizer for her plants, and as a result grew the best, biggest tomatoes in the area. Needless to say that put me off tomatoes for quite a while. To each her own, I guess.

  98. jeannie B says:

    What an amazing subject! And to find out that so many women actually love this product. Like anything, I suppose you could get used to inserting and removing it. It would become second nature after a while. It also sounds like you could use it for birth control in a pinch.

  99. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    There are some good things about being old..not having to deal with periods is about the best one I can think of..

  100. Luanne says:

    Just a point of interest – do you notice how onerous people find going to the bathroom at four hour intervals? Do you notice how many people pretend they’re doing something else with their purse?

  101. Anna says:

    I’ve used the diva cup for two years and will never, ever go back to tampons again. Ever. I was disgusted by the thought of a menstrual cup at first, but got drunk on boxed wine one night and bought it online. The first month or two were awkward and slightly uncomfortable, but after that it was great. I would definitely recommend cutting the stem either down or all the way off, because that makes it way more comfortable. I would also recommend starting with the smaller size instead of the freight train size (as you so beautifully referenced) – even if you’re over 30 or have given birth.

    My mom and sisters think it is absolutely disgusting and love bringing it up in public conversations. In fact, I’m going to forward this article on to them just to gross them out some more…they’ll love the comments about using the blood to fertilize plants. I would never go that far…although I’d better stay out of the boxed wine or I might change my mind.

    • jj says:

      Hey Anna-
      Thanks for the heads up on cutting the stem off completely, and also the additional sizing info! ! I’ve been using the Diva for a year or so and that pokey nubbin is my ONLY major complaint about it. I trimmed it somewhat but it’s still weird and pokey. I looked at the product info and they said not to trim too much off- so I feared wrecking the thing and having to purchase again…hot damn, it’s getting a trim TONIGHT! Before purchasing, I had contacted the company with tons of sizing questions and I was pretty specific about my age (over 30), not having given birth and even describing myself in terms of in the karma sutra- “hare” not elephant…. they still recommended me the freight train cup. I wish I had stuck to my guns and purchased the smaller one. (Hell, maybe I still will thanks to your review!) And to Karen thanks for doing a community service and trying it out. I do think this little doohickey is a GREAT invention. Sorry it didn’t work for you, but I feel no matter how squidgy it can be it’s benefits outweigh it’s negatives! Also ladies, I tried the Instead cup years ago- Don’t BOTHER with that thing..it is a hot disposable MESS. Diva cup (or as someone aptly typed it “The Beava Cup” is WAY better. And while we are on the subject, I snorted a bit when the lady in Ft. Colins was using her tomato plant as a “cup disposal” to aid in prize winning tomatoes. Now that we have legal marijuana in Colorado, maybe I’ll grown my own strain of legal weed and call it the PMS Express! (just kidding of course.)

  102. Kat says:

    OMG. I am sitting at work and laughing so hard I have had to cover my mouth and bite my tongue so no one hears me. Seriously, I have never ever heard of this (comes from having only sons I guess) as I have no daughters to fill me in on the “latest”. I’m 66 and way too old to need one of these but if I were 30 years younger I’d try it in a heartbeat. Thanks so much for the laughs. I’m still thinking about the husband and the pliers. . . . . . I had to use tongs once to get a tampon out. Forgot I had one in and put another one in. Not a smart thing to do….

  103. Jana says:

    Karen,

    Thanks for reminding me of the fact that I haven’t had a monthly hemorrhage session in 2 years this June… It’s pure delight!

    Yep thats right, threw my self straight the hell into medical-menopause @ the age of 41 when I finally got a doc to remove all the unnecessary & un-needed plumbing of my womanhood aka: babymaking junk and never looked back. No hot flashes or any of the other horror stories you hear from so many women .. Must have been in my destiny lol

    Still wonder actually how in the sam-hell I managed to bleed and deal with all the BS of the monthly gift for so many decades… don’t miss none of it and thanks for reminding me of that fact AND for taking one for the team by giving the Diva Cup a test drive ha!

  104. Liz says:

    cherry cordial!!! LOL. I will be borrowing this reference on a monthly basis

  105. Deb says:

    GACK!!! I’m definitely with you here. Perhaps I’m completely out of touch with my biology and the embracing of my “womanness.” I live in Oregon and I’m pretty sure I’d be run out of the state if anyone knew I’d veto that contraption. I’m just a rebel, I guess. I shave my legs and armpits, hate tie dye, comb my hair every single day, shower regularly, use commercial deoderant, and don’t wear patchouli oil, so it stands to reason this thing wouldn’t be for me, either. Again, gack. But, it’s certainly a good piece of info to have rattling around in my head, I guess, forever, along with mental pictures. LOL.

  106. Teresa says:

    absolutely DYING LAUGHING … why haven’t I ever heard of these before … I love your posts, Karen!!!

  107. Dana says:

    Ha! I’ve been toying with the idea of trying these out for years now. Frankly, I probably never will BUT… I find it quite amusing so many women are worried that wiping it with TP is not enough. Washing it with hot water, boiling it, what’s that all about?? I’ve never -ever- boiled men’s penises (or any other part of men for that matter) prior to insertion… Just sayin’…

  108. Kelli says:

    Not just no, but HELLto the no. Uh uh. Nope. No thanks. And just plain: EEEW.

    These are for people like Sheryl Crow who think that one sheet of TP per use will save the world.

    They have more time, patience, and manual dexterity than I ever will. And I plan to keep it that way.

    I’ll stick with good old Dixie Cups. Tho I may never be able to look at them the same way again.

  109. Liz says:

    My girlfriend was in the restroom getting ready to change her bloody tampon, and her 3 year old daughter happened to walk in at the exact moment she yanked the bloody mess out. Her daughter ran out screaming, “Daddy, Daddy, Mommy has been shot!!! True story!

  110. Cynthia says:

    I knew with the mention of it, you’d eventually try it! Kudos to you. Like I said I work with nurses who don’t get pee breaks because so busy, working 12 hr shifts. They love it. I guess better than bleeding all over uniform. Anyways, they said if out and have to empty, ( like at the mall) they carry a water bottle in purse dump it and rinse it and away you go.

    Cynthia.

  111. My daughter is 26, and lives an all organic lifestyle and SWEARS by this…well, the organic version of this, anyhow. (Just for clarification, she buys all organic litter for the all organic kitty poop and I see in my future cute little toe-headed grandchildren romping around in homespun organic cotton jumpers.)

  112. Elaine says:

    My daughter brought one home from the American College of Obstetricians and Gyne conference held in Chicago. She had tried a similar product in her teens. No word yet as to the Diva’s success or whether she likes it enough to use regularly.l

  113. Jeannie says:

    I am so grateful I had a hysterectomy. And no more tomatoes from the nice hippie lady at the farmer’s market!

  114. kardan says:

    Imagine an infomercial for this product. “Ladies, are you sick and tired of years of messy tampons and pads?” Queue a silly fed-up woman tossing tampons and pads around her bathroom. But don’t worry it won’t be gross because the stuff on the pads and tampons is only water coloured blue. And this woman has no idea how to insert or stick the product properly. But she has totally figured out the cup. Now she can swim with sharks, hike with bears and wear white pants everyday of the month. She’s sooo happy now. And all her friends want to know her secret.

  115. Kari says:

    Oh man. My diva cup changed my life! I bought it after my daughter was born (and had to get the over 30 size since pushing humans out of your hooha does irrevocable damage that only a 30 year old woman would understand) and I LOVE it. I love knowing EXACTLY how much fell out of me so I can drink the equivalent ounce-age in liquid (water, wine, whiskey, out of a different cup of course). I also love not putting bleached cotton in my va-jay. Not having a mattress sized pad between my legs at bedtime which “Always” inevitably leaks. Not having to carry said tampons or pads around in my bag that my now two year old repeatedly dumps in public for all to see. In short, I tell everyone with a vagina about this amazing product. If it wasn’t for you, no big deal, but at least you tried. Also, thank you for reviewing it, hopefully more ladies will give it a go with your endorsement!

  116. You forgot the disclaimer:

    “Do NOT replace the DIVA with a Dixie Cup. Comparison was for humour only”

    I shared this on my FB wall… funny stuff.

  117. My sides are hurting from laughing so hard all throughout reading this post and the subsequent comments. I have now laughed so hard that my husband has sat down and read this post and laughed almost as much as I did. I warned him and tried to discourage from reading, as he has a bit of a sensitive gag reflex, but alas he did. While being grossed out probably forever at the thought of this, he loved your writing wit and will be reading more of your posts. Who’d a thought this post would gain you a male reader! LOL! 🙂

  118. Chris says:

    Karen, this may be your greatest post ever. Ladies, your responses only augmented the laughter. I would never take the monster-truck bait, but I feel sorry for all the other guys who did. They’re missing out on some of the greatest humour ever. I’ll absolutely be sharing this with my girlfriend since I have no idea whether she knows of this or not and also to observe her reaction 😛 Anyway, if I was a woman… I think this post would convince me to give it a shot at least. I like the sound of not having to deal with leakage and inserting something dry inside me 🙂

    -Chris in Blacksburg, Virginia

  119. Sabrina says:

    I never went full monty and bought the Diva Cup, but I did use the Instead Softcup up until I had my ablation. The concept of sterilizing the Diva Cup at the end of my cycle wigged me out a bit, so I went with the one-time use Softcup. Its a silicone ring with a plastic baggy hanging from the bottom. Fits the same way as the Diva Cup though.

    I loved the Softcup, right up until I moved and our new house “master suite” with a “water closet” with the toilet, and the sink was about 25 ft away. With no door between the master bedroom. Yea, not waling across the bathroom with my pants around my ankles every time I needed to empty the dang thing.

    So, I started showering twice a day. Once in the morning, pulled out the cup, emptied and rinsed it in the shower. Once in the evening or before bed, pulled out the cup, emptied and rinsed it in the shower. Plus the looks from the hubby while I’m squatted in the shower digging at my girly bits are pretty priceless as well.

    A few other notes – I had worse cramps on my first day while wearing my Softcup. But my uterus is cranky, so I may just be a special case. I couldn’t feel it in there, but I could turn wrong and get a quick cramp. Similar to how I feel about my Fallopian tube plugs. I also wore a pad for the first 3-5 cycles after I started using the cup, just incase of any leaks, or if I didn’t get it in there right. I still continued to wear a pad or panty liner on my 2nd day, because I preferred to stick to my 2 showers a day plan, and didn’t empty between.

    You can also learn to “burp” a Softcup. Basically you’re pushing on your “pooping” muscles. It breaks the seal on the edge of the cup. Hold it, let it drain, and release. It’ll seal back up on its own and you can continue on your day, with clean hands. Really handy for public restrooms. Just don’t freak out if you hear the burp. That part is a little weird.

    Also bonus – You can have sex with the softcup in. Fits just like a diaphragm does. I purchased mine on Amazon. Around $15 for a 24 pack. 1/month, for 24 months. Sounds like a good deal to me. No idea what I’m going to do with all the ones I have left since I no longer have a period.

  120. Robert says:

    I know you told me to go look a monster truck rally video but i just had to read this post, now i feel the need to ask if it’s weird that I talked to some of my girl-friends about this? and if it’s even weirder that i feel more comfortable talking about this than they are? because the general reaction of my 20 year old girl-friends was “gross”, “I didn’t knew that” and “why are we talking about this??”

  121. Noelle says:

    I’ve been using them for 18 ish years. I would never use anything else. Public washrooms are not that big of a drama, due to the 12 hour thing it’s rare I’ve had to empty it in one. I still use the smaller one, the big one used to be labelled for after child birth, but clearly my nether yaya didn’t get that big so the big one is pristine in my bathroom cupboard in the Little House on the Prairie bag it came in.

  122. kate-v says:

    Hmm…periods are in my distant past, but it does sound like a good alternative to sanitary napkins or tampons. Next time BEFORE you to ‘try’ alternatives to personal products maybe you should ask your readers how such products work to get an idea of what to do and how to do it and what your expectations should be — especially for a first time trial. Many of your readers have written thoughtful advise on what to expect and how to use the cup – so next time maybe it won’t be and ‘only’ one try but an actual trial.

    • Karen says:

      Hi kate-v – I was actually as informed as I needed to be to try the Diva Cup. I did my research and read up about it. I knew everything the readers had to say. It just wasn’t/isn’t for me. Nope. Not for me. I really felt that pouring a cup of blood into the sink/toilet was vile. Not objectionable for others .. I get that … I just couldn’t stomach it, lol. Nope. No ma’am. ~ karen!

  123. Mindy says:

    I don’t know which was better, your post or all the comments. Hilarious!!!! I was laughing so hard I nearly peed myself.

    First of all, never. No, no, and no. I won’t even use tampons, so there’s no way in hell I’d be shovin’ one of these things up my crotch. Just say no to foreign objects. Well, unless it’s attached to another human.

    Second, the first thing I thought of when I saw your post was this: http://www.butterfly.com/our-product
    A girlfriend saw a print ad for it and had to show it around like we were giggly teenagers. And we turned into giggly teenagers. Um, now “knowing” you, THAT would make for the best product review ever.

    By the way, the sink? Really? Please tell me it wasn’t your new shiny kitchen sink.

  124. Lemurific says:

    Hilarious!!! So glad you gave it a go.

    Removing it in public restrooms is still an issue for me, but overall, I am still pretty happy with it.

    As someone with a very long heavy cycle, I appreciate not having to buy a zillion tampons. Plus those things get heavy. For some reason, a full cup doesn’t weigh me down as much.

    Thanks for honestly reviewing it and spreading the word to your readers. I think it is definitely worth a try for many women!!!

  125. Natalie says:

    For me, a menstrual cup is way better than tampons or pads (or natural sponges . . . anyone tried those?) but since having kids I lost all squeamishness. (Before kids I couldn’t even handle a tampon without an applicator – pretty much the only kind here in Germany!)

  126. dana gault says:

    I think they’d make great shot classes for a bridal shower.

  127. toekneetoni says:

    Hilarity!!!

  128. Nicki Woo says:

    I tried to read all the comments, but couldn’t (there’s 171!!!), so I’m sorry if someone already asked this…..what is the chance that your Diva cup will spill when u take it out? Like all over the Walmart floor….or will it spill when you tug and take it out and it flies out and spews onto the bathroom walls? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • jj says:

      I just saw your question- I’ve been using the cup for about a year. I would agree with previous commenters about the rarity of having to empty it in a public place. I suggest getting familiar with it at home before having to face the “public restroom dilemma”. I found using the cup to be a quick learning curve and it’s pretty likely you can use it without incident in a public place without spilling it. (that being said some folks are more flexible/ dexterous than others) but it’s a pretty well designed system. None of the leaking nonsense of tampons and pads, no wet string, no escaping tampon issues. It’s a great product. Hope this info helps.

  129. Kim says:

    I didn’t like it at first either. I used it once and then it sat in the cupboard for a year. (cleaned, that is). You are right – removal gets much easier with time. I also hold it upside down in the toilet so I don’t have to see anything for a good 30-60 sec, then stuff it with toilet paper to absorb a fair amount. Then the rinse in the sink is much less…weird. I also now work at a place with multiple private bathroom/sinks, so for the most part I am safe for changing. If not, I wait beyond the recommended 12 hours.

  130. Rose says:

    Thankfully I no longer have to deal with “the curse” as my mother used to call it. I used the Diva Cup for several years and loved it. It was always a hard sell to my friends, but those who did try it, still thank me.
    It was one of those very very heavy days, and I was wearing white shorts. It was late in the afternoon and I felt I needed to empty it. I was in a public restroom, the type that only has one toilet and sink. I thought I had locked the door. Here I was with my pants around my ankles, waddling over to the sink. The mostly emptied Diva Cup was in my hand, and yes there was blood on my fingers. All at once the door opens and there stood a poor lady with the most horrified look on her face. I think I might have scarred her for life.

  131. Amy Watson says:

    Oh dear GOD, thank you for putting me thru full menopause 10 years ago!!!!!! Not that l would…could….or ever even consider trying this….it sounds totally disgusting and envolves way to much close hand to bloody vagina contact….oh hell no,

  132. mayr says:

    Just. So. Funny.
    Strangely enough, I happened to think of your yogurt tampon research recently.
    Thanks for sleuthing.

  133. Diane says:

    {Note to self…don’t read your posts at work!} Trying to explain to the men around me why I am laughing so hard I almost wet myself is a bit difficult with this one! An I must admit, I likely would be a bit disgusted to see you washing out your woman fluids in the sink at a public restaurant. Thanks for the laugh…thank God for hysterectomies! One lingering question I have {because that is how my mind works} is if anyone has ever tried to return a cup after one use?

  134. Tried it says:

    Weird. I just heard about this and tried it last week for the first time too. Karen, just like you I used it once and then put it away. I could not bring myself to use it again. I’m over thirty and have two kids so I bought the larger one. I’m debating trying again with the smaller one, as my main issue was that it was just way too big for my *ahem* needs, but I would not dream of returning the one I already have, (to the lady who worked in a health food store, WHO DOES THAT!!) and I don’t know if I want to spend $50 on a period experiment…

  135. Lisa says:

    I. Cannot. Stop. Laughing!

    I came upon your blog through a Pinterest post on your orb lights. And found this thread. When my husband got home I was howling with laughter and he just HAD to ask why…..

    Oh. My. I need to find a Kleenex for my tears.

  136. Julie says:

    i’ve used mine for a couple of years now and have not looked back! i don’t know what happened that it hurt coming out tho’…that shouldn’t be happening. and the public washroom thing isn’t even a thing…you dump it, wipe it and your hands, pop’er in and then use hand sanitizer that i always carry with me. even if you don’t , you can open the door with toilet paper and then just wash your hands in the sink.

    no wet tampon strings, no smelly tampons, it’s awesome! although i am thoroughly fine with the fertilizer i currently use and that comes out of sheep butts 🙂

  137. Beth says:

    You are hilarious. So enjoyed this post. No diva cup here. Ablation was the best thing ever! But now I have a teen daughter who just started hers —- sigh.

  138. dahn says:

    OMG. I am so glad I am in the start of menopause and don’t need products anymore. I had heard of this, but would never have tried it. I don’t think I ever even looked at a used product. Yuck and gross. More power to you earth mothers who can or have tried alternative methods. (I once used moss while in the high Arctic and I worried all the whole while that I would get crabs or mites or worms).

  139. Chelsea R. says:

    I loved the part about the tampon being one sneeze away from escaping. I haven’t snort-laughed in ages! It reminds me of that joke about the waitress who is on her period. She goes to get an order at a table and pulls her writing pad from her apron and a tampon from behind her ear. “If this is my tampon,” she says, “where’s my pencil?”

  140. Tina R. says:

    That was the best! A great laugh! And I am so glad my boys did not come up here and ask what I was laughing so hysterically about! I am so incredibly glad I do not have to worry about that anymore for more reasons than one now!

  141. Cussot says:

    I used to use a cervical cap a zillion years ago for birth control. Loved that thing. Kept me depregnatized, too.

  142. Trish says:

    good grief!

    I’ve been using one for 3 years? 4 years? And the worse thing that ever happened was the day I dropped it in a public toilet and I had to debate trying to fish it out or flushing it. Flushing won.

    I compare it to laser eye surgery. I forget I ever wore glasses, yup those 25 years were just a glitch, and yes, I forgot I had to remember to buy, carry and deal with tampons. Yippeeeee

    Way better dealing with a bit of mess. And you do kind of get the hang of it it pretty quickly. And yes there’s a trick to pulling it out without feeling so much pressure. On an ANGLE!

  143. Victoria says:

    I’m late to the party but have to share my thoughts. I was a skeptic but am now Diva Cup’s number one fan!

    Don’t dump it in the sink; dump it in the toilet. After every dump I rinse it with water and re-insert. If I’m in a public bathroom then I make sure to have a bottle of water with me in the stall. Once a day, usually in the shower, I give it a good cleaning with soap and hot water. The directions say to never use antibacterial soap, however. And after every cycle I give it a really thorough cleaning with a small brush and hot soapy water.

    There are numerous benefits. One, you don’t have to change it often. You insert and forget about it. Second, unlike a tampon, you never get that dry, scrapey uncomfortable feeling down there. And the best reason for me is that there is no smell. Let’s face it. No matter how clean we keep ourselves during period week there can be a smell. The smell is from the blood that has been exposed to the air. But with the Diva Cup the blood never makes it to the air. Hence, no smell. None whatsoever. My cousin found a fourth benefit. Her dog no longer tries to dig the dirty tampons out of the trash (they should never be flushed contrary to what the box says). And she no longer has to answer her inquisitive sons’ questions about what those white sticks with strings are for.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. You know you’re the second person to recommend some sort of peeing product for me to review. ~ karen!

  144. Jenn says:

    I tried the Keeper back when Y2K was a worry to me. The last thing I ever wanted to consider was a world without girl stuff. I would be jumping off a bridge if I could not find a box of tampons. Seriously. When it arrived in the mail I was not too worried. I had already had a baby so I felt confident enough that this little thing would not be a problem. I used it a few times. I experienced a strange farting feeling around the little air holes at the rim. I assume that it was releasing air because the cup was filling up. Not a real pleasant feeling in the hoo ha region. The removal was like removing a small Japanese car from the nether regions. The suction was unbelievable. The sound it made was beyond disturbing. If I had been in a public restroom…OMG I don’t know what I would have done! What would anyone think was going on in my stall!? Really, what makes that kind of sound in the potty? NOTHING NORMAL! Y2K has come and gone. I still have that thing some where. My daughter found (around age 15 or 16) it one day. I explained the many benefits of the thing and she got real pale. Seriously. She looked at it like it was something out of her worst nightmare. There have been very few times that she does not have some off hand comment about something. This was one of those times. She spun around and left me standing there holding it and never came back. To this day it is still a topic too taboo to even hint at discussing. She’s 23 now. I’m thinking therapy may help.

  145. Meme Moody says:

    I have to say that you are absolutely hilarious! I enjoy your witty humor immensely! Thank you for the laughs

  146. An says:

    oh come on girls-broaden your mind out on the diva side of this product 😉 I feel like a Diva when I use it because I can wear my thong while on my period and not wear any liner or have strings hanging out all over. Not to get to graphic, but I have to remind my man that I’m not available because he forgets what’s going on in there because there are no tell tale signs. I always have baby wipes with me for the public bathroom issue because I like to use them for better clean up even when not on my period if I can help it which I think is rather diva like and not necessary. I even got hooked on boogy wipes for babies because they are saline solution soaked and keep my skin happier. I know…pretty ridiculous. Plus….dumping blood in the toilet may seem gross…but pulling a tampon out every three hours and wrapping it in TP is gross too ladies…we just got used to it along the way. I prefer dealing with this thing once a day and only in a public bath if I feel like it’s on the verge of leaking or something from heavy flow. I never leave the stall with bloody hands…come now come now…with toilet paper right there to help yourself out? And I wash my hands really well…like the whole ABC song like I tell my kids too after which is rare for me otherwise. And no more ripping a not very wet tampon out on light days when I refused to wear a dumb panty liner. THAT was the worst. Something I never want my daughter to experience. 🙁 so lame.

  147. Maggie says:

    I have been using Diva/keepers for 18 years, since I was 19, and I love it! Other than post-partum, the only time I didn’t use it was during tree planting. I started using it with an impressive routine involving holes in the dirt and water bottles and wipes, but then learned that bears are attracted to the smell of menstruation. I opted out of becoming bear-bait and used the carry-out-tampons system for the rest if that summer. One huge advantage of the cups is how all that regular mucking around makes you very familiar with that zone. Also, you get really good at it so you don’t worry about spilling it all over as
    some commenters worried about. Tonnes of good tips above so I won’t repeat.

  148. janice says:

    I dont know how I ended up on this golden blog nugget again but it was a good laugh while at work. Going back reading older blogs is fun. You make me howl….not laugh. I will buy your book….oh thats how I got here….2.0….I think I have ADD….I am not doing math right now just drifting in my large cranium….I want to go fishing now.

  149. Lola says:

    I’ve been using the Diva Cup for 6+ years and I can’t imagine another way. It’s amazing.
    You really only have to fiddle with it max 3 times a day. I’ve never had an issue with it once.

    These comments are funny.

  150. j says:

    Oy Yoy Yoy—
    If I read all your blogs will I have earned a Masters Degree in Ask Karen?
    Thank you for sharing.

  151. Corinna says:

    I know this post is over a year old but I’m way behind on reading my blogs because of school lol.

    I hated wearing tampons there was always a dry spot that would hurt coming out or they would leak, and hated the empty applicators in the garbage can or heaven forbid the toilet plugged and that tampon just spun around aimlessly in the rising water. Worse if at a friends house and they didn’t have a plunger.

    Pads I found were noisy and sweaty because of the plastics.

    So I bought and tried the diva cup nine years ago. Used it for five months. Hated it the whole time, couldn’t get it in leaked all the time because I didn’t put it in right then trying to take it out… Hated it!!

    A year later got fed-up with the dog getting into the bathroom garbage if I forgot to empty it and spreading chewed up chunks of pads everywhere throughout the house. EWWW!

    So decided to give it another try but this time went onto you tube to see if I was doing something wrong. I now absolutely love it. Have been using it for eight years straight. I can put it in a day or two before my period because there is no risk of bacteria cultivating in the medical grade silicon. (I still take it out ever twelve hours to rinse it off and see if my period has started). I have left it in for twenty four hours with no issues. I now have to empty it a few more times during the day as I am older now and my periods are getting heavier but it always gives me a “burp” warning that it is getting full and I can get to a washroom in time.

    I don’t have to carry a bunch of pads with me or tampons and by the way for those of you worried about bacteria and thinking “how unsanitary and gross” just so you know tampons and pads are not sterilized and besides chemicals they can contain mold and bacteria.

    Oh and as a plus when I started using the Diva cup I had less cramps to no cramps (was previously on prescription pain meds for those nasty cramps) and my periods went from ten days to only four!

    Love my Diva cup and love your posts Karen. I do miss seeing you on T.V. though.

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