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.

 

213 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. Meme Moody says:

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

  3. 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.

    • Karen says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. Cussot says:

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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?”

  9. 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).

  10. 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.

  11. 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 :)

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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?

  15. mayr says:

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

  16. 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,

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. toekneetoni says:

    Hilarity!!!

  21. dana gault says:

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

  22. 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!)

  23. 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!!!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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??”

  28. 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.

  29. 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 :P 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

  30. 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! :-)

  31. 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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

  34. Jeannie says:

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

  35. 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

  36. Suzanne @ Le Farm says:

    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.)

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

  40. 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’…

  41. Teresa says:

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

  42. 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.

  43. Liz says:

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

  44. 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!

  45. 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….

  46. 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.)

  47. 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?

  48. 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..

  49. 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.

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