Girl Talk: The DivaCup

Whenever I tell someone I use the DivaCup, they freak out a little bit. I get this weird look and then all the questions start. “How do you put it in? Isn’t that uncomfortable? Why would you use that?” Slow down… I can explain everything.

 

First of all, I discovered the DivaCup quite by accident. I was deep into a Pinterest search of ways that I could be more sustainable when I found myself looking at alternatives to tampons, pads and panty liners. I was intrigued. The next day, I went to CVS and payed about $40 for a DivaCup. Pro tip: CVS is always overpriced; Target has them for $30.

 

 

I had a huge learning curve the first few days. It’s just like learning how to use tampons and getting used to how they feel. I ruined a pair of sheets and PJs the first night and had extreme discomfort throughout the second day. But by the third day, I figured out exactly where it needed to be, and it was amazing! I couldn’t feel it and it worked exactly how it was supposed to for 12 hours. It was a dream come true.

 

The whole process is really fairly simple:

1.       Insert and make sure it’s secure

2.       Live your life like normal for (about) 12 hours

3.       Pull it out and dump it

4.       Rinse and wash with DivaWash, the special DivaCup soap (there are alternatives)

5.       Repeat steps 1 and 2

6.       After your period, wash and store your DivaCup in this adorable bag that comes with it!

 

 

Yes, it is a bit more hands on than using a tampon with an applicator. Personally, the more hands on stuff doesn’t bother me. If anything, it’s made me feel more comfortable with my body and my period. Another bonus is that I won’t have to visit this aisle for a very long time.

 

 

The DivaCup website is very helpful and contains FAQs, directions and helpful advice. If you’re curious about the DivaCup, visit http://divacup.com/how-it-works/your-first-questions/