I am presently using the Diva Cup right now—in my vagina! Pretty amazing, considering I basically don’t feel a thing. A few weeks ago I wrote about planning on buying a menstrual cup. And now I have finally done it! It was a little tricky, but only took me 15 minutes to read the instructions, relax and just do it.
There are two ways to try inserting the cup:
1. Fold it in half and in half again so it’s like a ‘U’ shape.
2. OR push down on the rim so most of the lip is folded in and just a little of the rim is showing. It’s a bit smaller surface area to insert. (What I chose.)
It really wasn’t too bad. Although taking it out was equally if not a bit more tricky. Because there is a suction component, you need to bear down your vaginal muscles until you can pinch the bottom of the cup. Simply pulling on the stem doesn’t work because of the strong suction. I’m sure it will be much quicker after a few more times.
I also purchased the Diva Wash as well, which is non-scented and 100% plant-based. Seemed like some women felt it wasn’t absolutely necessary, but I figured since it is going in my vagina I may as well, for just a few extra bucks, and make sure it’s the best thing I’m using.
I have been an avid tampon user and advocate for the last 17 years.
I ran cross-country in high school and always loved swimming and have naturally always hated using pads. Never liked that bulky feeling and always paranoidally imagined other people could hear the squishy sound as I walked. However, a few months ago since I quit taking birth control pills (after 12 years) I have been trying to be more thoughtful about my body and my menstrual cycle. Sure I had heard about TSS (toxic shock syndrome) before but who has time to worry about that when tampons were so convenient? I certainly couldn’t wear pads during my daily swim at the pool.
I had heard about the keeper a long time ago— a former roommate had used and loved it— and I always said I’d look into it but never seemed to get around to it. But hey, it’s never too late. And now finally a decade later I am forever swearing off tampons.