Thanks to one of my readers, I am writing about the safety of using silicone in one’s body— specifically, is it safe to use the Diva Cup which is made from silicone? (In my last post I wrote about my plan to purchase a Diva Cup.)
Many people may have a negative connotation just from the word “silicone” because we mostly associate it with breast implants. Breast implants are made from silicone and while they have made changes to the product over the years there are certainly many instances of its leaking and causing serious damage in the rest of the woman’s body. However the silicone in the Diva Cup is “a solid material, yet flexible and durable, there is no possibility for anything to leak into the body (no leaching).” Whereas the breast implants are made from a silicone gel or oil substance and is not solid.
Babeland, another environmental and feminist organization I trust, also recommends silicone sex toys because it is hypo-allergenic and easy to clean (due to its non-porous texture) and you can easily sterilize by boiling or even throwing in the dishwasher! They also smell less rubbery than latex. Just be sure to use silicone sex toys with water-based lubricants (and not oil) to maintain long-lasting life of the toy.
Diva Cup’s website also states the medical certification, “ISO 13485 is the quality standard for medical devices and is required by Health Canada for all medical device manufacturers worldwide.
Because of our ISO certification and compliance to FDA, Health Canada and Australian TGA health regulations we can guarantee that each DivaCup is made with the same silicone material and grade approved for healthcare applications for over fifty years and that it does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer and polyethylene and is free of colors and dyes.”
It seems to be the most popular menstrual cup out there. But I will let you know once I tried!