Monday, June 19, 2017

The DivaCup Review: Clean, Green, and Frugal


If you're not a human being who bleeds once a month, you may want to skip this post. For everyone else, I have good news: a menstrual cup will change you life. No, really. I swear.  

I've been using The DivaCup since January 2016, and my period has never been better. To put it simply, menstrual cups are a cleaner, greener, and far more frugal way to deal with my monthly flow. You might say I've become a bit evangelical about them - after two IPAs, I'm likely to round up every woman at the brewery, stand on an empty keg, and loudly extol the virtues of menstrual cups. (Okay, I did not stand on a keg, but the rest of that sentence is basically accurate.) 

I've been meaning to review The DivaCup for quite some time, and reached out to the company because why not? They kindly offered to host a giveaway (!!!) so now I get to wax poetic about one of my favorite things, and in return you might win your very own DivaCup! Let's get to it. (NOTE: The giveaway is now closed, but the review still stands!) 


First things first: what the heck is a menstrual cup? 


A menstrual cup is a small cup made from 100% healthcare grade silicone which you insert into your vagina during your period. When inserted correctly (I'll get to that part in a minute) the rim forms a seal, and the cup collects menstrual fluids over the course of the day. When you're ready to empty it out, just remove the cup, dump the contents, and clean it in the sink with soap and warm water. 

Menstrual cups are eco-friendly due to the fact that they're reusable - you're not filling up landfills with feminine hygiene products every month. They're also a great way to save money - The DivaCup retails at $39, and you can use the same one for years as long as you take good care of it. Never again will you have to wad toilet paper in your panties while you run to the drugstore for an emergency box of tampons. 

Is The DivaCup difficult to insert? 


I won't lie - it can take a few tries to get it right. The first few times I wore mine, I was nervous, a bit uncomfortable, and full of fear that I'd spill at any moment. Watching some videos helped, as did experimenting with various folding methods. Personally, I've found the taco fold (or U fold) to be easiest, but every body is different. 

Is it comfortable? 


Absolutely. I often forget my DivaCup is in, mostly because you can wear it for up to twelve (!!!) hours. I empty and clean mine twice a day - in the morning and at night - and it only takes a few minutes. I've taken it camping (nothing to pack out!), worn it during a half marathon (flawless!), and popped it in before a cross-country flight (easy peasy, plus saves so much room in my carry-on). Ocassionally it feels as if it's riding low, and in that case I just take it out and reinsert until it sits right. 


Does it ever leak? 


Every once in a while, but on those days it's more a user-error than something The DivaCup did. Even though I consider myself a menstrual cup pro, nobody is perfect. Just last month my taco didn't quite unfold and... well... let's just say I'm glad I only buy black underwear. (<-- a girlfriend offered up this lifehack a few years ago, and I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. Things happen all month long! Why tempt fate with a pair of tighty whities?) I will say that as someone with a lighter flow, I've never leaked due the cup overflowing, and I've never ruined a pair of pants or a dress. 

How do you clean it? 


Warm water and unscented soap is all you really need. The only drawback is if you're using a public bathroom, since you have to wash it in the sink. This hasn't been an issue for me because I'm generally home at least once every twelve hours, and my workplace has private bathrooms. If you're stuck in a stall, you can simply wipe it clean with toilet paper and pop it back in, then give it a good scrub at a more convenient time. 

Are there any downsides? 


It can take a few tries to learn how to insert it, and also how to remove it. I had some trouble the first time and was convinced my DivaCup was lost forever in my body. The DivaCup comes in two sizes. There's a "small" for women under 30 or who haven't had children, and a "large" for women over 30 or who have given birth. I'm 34 but childfree, and erred on the size of small which has served me well. (Thank you, Kegels.) 

Finally, if you're queasy about blood and bodily fluids, a menstrual cup may not be a great choice. You'll definitely be up close and personal with your body, and the insertion and removal process means your fingers are going places. Personally, I don't mind seeing blood and fluids - you get used to it and even appreciate it. After all, it's a natural part of the body and a sign that things are working as they should. 

Where can I buy The DivaCup? 


You can buy it many stores, order one online, or win one by entering this giveaway - the rules are below! 


How to enter to win The DivaCup: 


There are two ways to enter this giveaway, for a total of two chances per person. Leave a comment on this blog post for your first entry; like Better Than Never's Facebook page for a second entry. Log your entries using the widget below, which will help me choose a random winner. This contest will end on Sunday, June 26th, at midnight, and I'll announce a winner on Monday. Good luck, and thanks for playing! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway * I was not paid for this review; all opinions are my own. 
** The giveaway is only open to readers in Canada and the USA. 

52 comments:

  1. Great information. I make my own pads to use and haven't gotten up the nerve to try a cup yet. No pads to wash up afterwards so I'm really liking this idea!!

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  2. It's been many many years, since I tried out the Diva Cup. I had a difficult time with insertion and never felt like I got it right. Perhaps, you've convinced me to try the product again.

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  3. The DivaCup is such a game changer! I've been using one for about 10 years now and can't imagine ever going back to anything else. Its great for travel and for being out in the backcountry because all you have to bring is the one tiny little bag.

    I've tried both the small (in my 20's) and the large (in my 30's, childless) and didn't really notice a difference in fit. I'm curious to see how it's going to fit when I start using it post-baby.

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  4. I LOVE my Diva Cup! It's really a life saver!

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  5. I have been wanting to try one of these and you make it sound really easy to use

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  6. Love that you finally posted this!!! I have been subject to you preaching these and you sell it perfectly! Make it sound like a no-brainer!

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  7. Great product. The manufacturer suggests Size 2 if over 30, even if child free. Just because pelvic area widens with age. Having kids & under 30 ups you to Size 2. Just a slight difference in dimensions, but it's all about that seal. It works!

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  8. I'd really love to try the Diva Cup!

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  9. I absolutely love my diva cup! It's a game changer and recommend it to anyone. Due to health reasons i have a Mirena now so no periods, but so glad i was able to use my diva cup for the last 5 years.

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  10. I'm a Diva Cup user for life!

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  11. I've been wanting to try this but haven't taken the plunge.

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  12. Cups are SO awesome! I rave about them any chance I can to my menstruating friends.

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  13. I LOVE my Diva Cup, it makes travel soo much easier, no extra tampons in my purse yay!

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  14. Absolutely love the Diva Cup. I have never looked back!

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  15. I bought the over 30 diva cup...didnt realize it was if u had kids. I liked it but think i needed the smaller size. Love to win one!

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    1. Model 2 is for over 30. Doesn't matter if you don't have kids, our hips naturally widen and the vaginal muscles lose elasticity. Because the vaginal muscles hold The DivaCup in place, it is important to use Model 2 if you are over 30, even if you have not had children. If a woman is under 30 and has kids, she would automatically go up to Model 2 as well. It's all about placement, low & towards the back, not up like a tampon to be leak-free, you can phone customer support(866) 444 3482 if you need some advice on sizing, they're a great help!

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    2. Jolly, I updated my post slightly to more accurately reflect the sizing recommendations. I still swear by my small, but like I said below, I'm sure I'll have to go up a size one day!

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  16. I'm not sure if my previous comment went through so I figured I would try again :) menstrual cups are awesome and I wish they had taught us about them in health class!

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    1. Whoops! I put the wrong url. Ignore the url in my previous post please!

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  17. I don't see my first comment, and I don't see where to mark that I liked the Facebook page. Hopefully it worked!

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  18. I'd love to enter for a family member. Thanks for the chance.

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  19. I coulnt agree more!! The diva cup is the best thing ever; my period is just not the same anymore!

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  20. Great post! Would love to win for my sister

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  21. The Diva Cup sounds like a great product. I'm past the stage of needing it, but I'd like to get one for my daughter.

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    1. I also liked Better Than Never's facebook page. Cheryl Grandy (cheryl.grandy.9)

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  22. I've always wanted to try one!

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  23. I love my diva cup!

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  24. I just tried the diva cup for the 1st time this month! But I think I should have sized down like you! I'm 33 and never been pregnant. The large is ok but I think I should have gone smaller.

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    1. No, even if you've not had children, Model 2 is best for women over 30 due to natural widening of the hips & less elasticity in the vaginal muscles (sad but true,lol). Call their customer service (866) 444 3482 before you invest in the smaller size, it's not a big difference in sizing, only 1/8".

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    2. Thanks for the info, Jolly! Definitely recommend calling customer service if you have questions. I wear a small with no problems, but I'm sure that won't last forever. :)

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  25. Thank you for the opportunity! I'd love to give it a try.

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  26. I have been using the Diva Cupo for about 5 years now! I love my Diva Cup and I proudly tell other women about it as often as I can!!!

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  27. I would love to win amd try this! I've heard of the Diva Cup before and super curious. Thanks again for the opportunity!

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  28. Thank you for this blog! I really need to get one of these cups. It seems like the best solution for my period. Hopefully I win the giveaway! Thanks again!

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  29. I've been wanting to try the Diva cup for awhile,but with money being tight I'm waiting and hoping I win the giveaway.Good luck everyone. Everyone also have a fantastic day. ����

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  30. I am eager to have this a try. Never used anything for a fever.

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  31. Really want to try this out! And save money!

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  32. I don't think period blood is as gross as poop and pee and I think only misogynists think that.

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  33. I've been wanting to try the diva cup.

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  34. I've been wanting to try a menstrual cup for so long!

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  35. I kind of hate that where I live cups are nowhere to be found and women judge me for wanting to try one out. I just got my period last night and of course the pad didn't hold, I really hate that I have such a heavy flow. Hopefully, I am finally going to find a way to buy one without it costing way too much (salaries are low here so the cup is an investment) :(

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  36. Iv never tryed one if these thanks for the giveaway an info

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  37. I have heard of these before but kind of forgot about it. I'm glad I stumbled upon your post! I like honest reviews by real people :)

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  38. Would love to win, thank you

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  39. I've been wanting to try this. Loved reading your feedback.

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  40. I would love one of these, I hear they're amazing, thanks for the chance!

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  41. been curious to try and had my questions answered by your post, thanks!

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  42. This is a great idea, I can't wait to try it.

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  43. I've used disposible cups in the past and liked how they kept everything in check.

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