It’s that time of the month again… For most women getting our periods is an exhausting, annoying process. Between changing applicators, wearing dark colored pants and cramping, needless to say, it’s not our favorite thing to go through. But, all this can be changed with a new hygienic product called “The DivaCup.” For those who don’t know, the idea has been around since the 1930’s. Yet many women have disregarded the cup concept because of the popularity tampons and pads have in the media. Yet, this simple device can make those grueling days seem a little less terrible.
According to the DivaCup website,
“The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. Perfect for all activities (on air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry.”
For many of you who are reading this you are definitely thinking eww that’s gross! Actually, it’s more sanitary than using a tampon or a pad. Think about it. When women use tampons, the tampon is like a tissue being suck up our private triangle sand lets what naturally needs to go out stay in. Tampons have to be changed every 3 to 4 hours, so good luck peeing in the morning if you fell asleep with one. A pad creates moisture and breeds unwanted bacteria. Since our bodies sweat, pads keep all that moisture locked in creating unwanted smells in our private triangle area. This is an easy way to get an infection.
Now with that being said, The DivaCup rests inside of vaginal canal and creates suction along the walls. It is made out of silicone and is colorless. The creators decided to make it this way because our private triangles do not need to come in contact with foreign chemicals and dyes. Since, women tend to menstruate between 1 to 1.5 ounces per cycle, the cup lets you see how much you are actually menstruating teaching you more about your menstrual health.
When asking a fellow NCSU student she said
“In the long run I think it’s cheaper. I mean think about the amount of money you spend on pads or tampons a month, $5-6 right? Well the diva cup is reusable and yeah, it’s $20, but in the long run it’s cheaper. I can wear it all day and I don’t even feel it. You can put it up as far as you want cause when [menstruating] it will make the cup sink down a bit. So you never have to worry about putting it in wrong. I used to hate my period. It’s messy and I hate dealing with changing pads and stuff. With The diva cup I don’t feel it, and I actually don’t mind periods anymore because I can wear it longer and it’s cleaner and easier.”
This just may be what our pockets need. Especially for those girls who get their periods for weeks at a time or multiple times in a month. The cost for the DivaCup can range from $20 if bought online, to $40 when you buy it at your nearest Walmart.
Now the question remains, will or won’t you venture into the unknown and try the DivaCup? You be the judge. For those women on the fence learn more about it at http://divacup.com/. Being a woman may have just gotten easier. As for me, I think I’ll give it try. There seems to be more pros then cons. Do your research and see if you’re a DivaCup kind of girl. Happy hunting!