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I hesitated on getting a diva cup for a loooong time. What’s the holdup? I was scared of:-insertion/removal-blood in a cup-cleaning out a menstrual cup anywhere but homeFirst, insertion/removal is SO MUCH EASIER WHEN YOU KNOW THE TRICKS!- Inserting:1. The instructions come with two modes of insertion. The first is the normal one you see, and the second has been my go-to. (See picture for reference.) You place your finger on the edge of the cup and push it down towards the center of the cup, this creates a triangular shape. Now, the top of the cup is the size of a tampon, and it’s far easier to insert. I also think it makes it easier for the cup to unfold correctly when placed.2. Don't worry so much about the shape of your vagina- if you have inserted a tampon, you’ve got the idea. Same goes for relaxing your vagina muscles- I never focused on it, and it never became a problem.3. Checking if the cup is fully expanded is hella hard for me. I twist it as much as I can, then I usually give up. You can feel when the cup expands just from the base, and this has been enough for me to tell. I haven’t had a single problem with leaks.- Removal: now this was interesting. My first removal felt like I was giving birth to a lime sized baby. The suction truly does exist. By fear not! As soon as I figured out the right way to do it, it was smooth sailing on USS Menstrual Cup. The trick? Push it out. Literally. The first time I tried to remove the cup, I thought I had forever lost it to the seas of the female body. The moment I discovered I could push it out, the stem would beautifully present itself without any trouble. Wow! You’ll still want to pinch the cup to break the seal, but that’s the easy part. Getting the thing within pinching distance was a really simple but for whatever reason completely unintuitive thing to me *facepalm*.-Blood in a cup sucks. You’d be amazed at how unappealing it looks. Prepare yourself. If you’re queasy, this might be a struggle for you.- Where/when?? Every 12 hours is SOOO NICE! Trust me, you’re usually home within 12 hours. If you’re not, find a private bathroom, take it out, rinse it off, stick it back in. One reviewer mentioned she does this in the shower at night- genius.Overall, this has been really exciting! Pads suck! Tampons turn your precious ecosystem into a desert! The diva cup isn’t perfect, but it’s the best menstrual product I have ever tried.*I would not recommend this product to someone who isn’t ready to go digging in their vagina quite yet.
I have been using this for 3 cycles now and I love it! Here is a little bit about my experience with it so you can get an idea of what it's like: First of all, I have an IUD, and I haven't had any issues with it at all. That was one of my biggest questions before buying the cup, so based on my personal experience, I think it's safe when used correctly. On my heaviest days the cup might last me around 6 hours but the other days it can last up to 12 hours. And I can't feel it at all. I know some people complain that the stem at the bottom bothers them but I haven't noticed it. Another complaint I read about before I bought the cup was that some people felt like they couldn't pee with the cup in, like it was pushing on their urethra, but I haven't experienced that at all. I often sleep with it, and that way I never have to get up in the middle of the night, which is really nice. The first time using it is kind of weird, but I think it's easier to learn how to use than tampons were. I'd recommend trying it for the first time on a moderate or light flow day, because things can get messy if you don't know the technique. The first time I used it I worried it was going to get stuck inside me, but just remember that the vagina is a muscle--if it can push a baby out, it can push the cup out! Also, the vagina can stretch a lot so it's very possible to reach multiple fingers up there to get the cup down. I know that might gross some people out, but it's just biology. As far as leaks go... I've had a couple, but I think they were mainly because I put the cup in wrong. The key is follow their instructions (e.g. "Insert the cup straight back towards your tailbone"...I was thinking like, what? My vagina goes up, not sideways... But when I ignored their instruction it leaked. I don't get it but I know they're right.) So my advice is wear a panty liner the first several times you use the cup just in case, and after a while you'll get the hang of it! Also, I do use the cup at work. Sometimes I can go all day without having to empty it but other times I just go in at a time when the bathroom's empty. Yes it can be messy, but it's not that bad. Just remember, periods are natural and nothing to be ashamed of. I feel like it's sort of empowering to be unafraid to get up close and personal with my period. All in all, I love this product and I'm never going back!
YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS THING.Okay, so nearly everyone with a period will tell you NO UNDERWEAR IS SAFE. No matter what you use, no matter what color the underwear is, the blood will find a way to destroy it... UNTIL TODAY.I wore PRISTINE WHITE AS LILIES PANTIES the other day. And as I was getting ready in the morning I was like "Wait, I'm going to get my period soon. Better cup up to be safe."I went through my day living my life with no hint or indication that I was bleeding from below, that is until I emptied my cup.THAT MOTHER WAS FILLED TO THE BRIM. Apparently I had not only gotten my period but the entirety of a Quentin Tarantino film had taken place under my skirt. I'm talking elevator-of-blood-from-horror-masterpiece-The-Shining levels here.And my snow white panties? NOT A DROP ON THEM. You would have never known my vagina was the battle ground for Freddy Vs. Jason. Needless to say this is the BEST THING for people with periods to avoid holding another mourning session for their favorite pair of undergarments.Never using pads or tampons again. THANKS DIVACUP!
I'm on my third day of my first period using the Diva Cup and I think I love it! The first day I felt a little like a mad woman in the bathroom with a bloody cup and fingers...there was some cursing. My cervix sits pretty low on that first day so the stem and some of the textured bottom poked out a bit which wasn't the most comfortable thing but it was kinda reassuring that I could feel it there. It wasn't falling out so I left it alone and t was fine. Removal was a bit messy and I probably fiddled with it more than I needed too because I was nervous about it leaking. The upside to all my fiddling was I learned how to put it in and remove it quickly.The second day my cervix had migrated a bit further up so the entire cup sat up inside me and was pretty comfortable. I had to push a bit to get the stem to pop back out so I could pull it down and break the seal, but I never leaked. I went to bed that night wearing just the cup and underwear. No backup pad for me cuz I'm a rockstar. No leaks at all.This morning my cervix was ever more up there, but again, super easy to bear down and grab. I was paranoid the cup was going to get sucked up into my vagina and be lost in some void never to be seen again, but I see now that was quite silly of me and not very logical.So far I love it! This far into my period I would have used at least half a box of super nighttime pads (Allergic to something in tampons so I can't use them, and I tend to bleed towards the back. My crack seems to make a nice blood funnel so I need my pads to cover my whole booty or else the blood goes right around the pad and to the back of my underwear. ) I've probably only filled this thing maybe 2 1\2 times so far which isn't much blood...makes me wonder why pads always get so damn soggy?? What gives they're always a soggy crime scene.I loved sleeping comfortably, no diaper rash from a pad, no smell, no mountain of garbage in the bathroom...I was able to step out of the shower like a normal human instead of racing around frantically trying to shove something between my legs so I didn't bleed all over my legs, towels and the floor. I'll be able to go swimming on my period which I couldn't do before because of my tampon allergy... It's been blissful. All hale the diva cup.
I'll start off this review by stating that I am not a hippy. I am not an earth mother or a goddess or even a back-woods trekking girl. I'm a 25 year old ex programmer that sits on her ass a lot and doesn't really care about the environment.However, I, like any other sane female, hate my period and have dreamt of it becoming easier to deal with for as long as I've had it. I've heard whispers of how great the Diva cup is and how many problems it solves, so I grabbed one online.There are a lot of reviews talking about 'a learning curve' and how it's 'difficult to master'. I'm going to say that I did not have such difficulty. I found it easy to use simple to get started with. I've had no major leaks since the first insertion. Mine's still new though and out of mistrust, I wore a big pad for backup the first two days. I've now downgraded to a little pantyliner.If there are two big beginner tips I'd have to give right off the bat, it'd be:1. Cut your friggen nails. I learned this the hard way, learn from my pain.2. Everyone seems super confused about how far to shove the thing into their bajingo. It does not need to hug your cervix, it's not birth control. Just fold it over like all the pictures, shloop it in, give it a little push, and it's in the right spot when you have a second artificial and much less fun clitoris. Have that nub just shy of the curtains and you're golden.As for how it's been working for me, I have to say I'm pleased as punch. I hear girls who haven't tried it whining and crying about having to empty the cup and see their own goopy surprises, but you don't even have to look at it really. Just tip it over when you're still on the can, say goodbye to the scaries, then give it a rinse. It's really no more disgusting than pulling out a soaked cotton wad from a cotton rope that was hanging out of your crotch dangling around in your sweat, not to mention getting peed on every time you go and then flushing it and slowly destroying your house's pipes. In fact I'd say it's quite a lot better than that.I'm personally loving the feeling of nothing. I hated the closed off dampness of being stuffed with cotton and wearing a pad, keeping all my sweat on me and just ugh. It was like having to change my own diaper constantly ( I have a very heavy flow that needed both a super tampon and overnight pad every two to four hours ). Now I just clean my cup every six hours on my ultra heavy days and my life is practically normal and happy, if a little crampy.Also, I'm cheap and didn't buy the hippy vagina wash. I use regular hand soap and it's working fine. I mean it's silicone, it doesn't absorb anything so just rinse it off properly and make sure it's clean.I give it two fingers up.