Hey readers! Victoria here! This post is going to be written solely by me because I’m the period having person in our little travel blogging duo. I’m not shy when it comes to talking about my period because more than half the population has them, they are nothing to be ashamed about, and a healthy discussion surrounding our bodies is helpful to society. That being said, buckle your seatbelts for a candid account of my experience and review using The Diva Cup.
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What the heck is a Diva Cup?
A Diva Cup is an eco-friendly “natural feminine hygiene alternative” that you can use instead of pads or tampons. Basically, a Diva Cup is a silicone cup that is inserted in the vaginal canal during your period and it collects blood. Ew, you say? More like BEST INVENTION EVER! Menstrual cups have actually been used for 80+ years, but we live in a disposable society so obviously big companies now force tampons and pads on us so we have to continue to buy. YOU HAVE OTHER OPTIONS.
Why I decided to try the Diva Cup
Even though I am a small girl, I have a super-heavy period. When I mean super heavy, I mean that I lose over a cup of blood in less than 12 hours on the first day of my period. Not only that, my periods lasted a week or more. Before the Diva Cup, I would use tampons. I would buy giant containers from the bulk store and go through almost an entire container [90 tampons] in a 5-day span. Not only is this wasteful and hurtful to our environment, it is costly too!
I decided that trekking hordes of tampons around the world during my travels would be silly and wanted to seek out other alternatives. What would I do if I was on a long hike and needed to change a tampon with no bathrooms in sight? What if I was swimming and the tampon decided to slip out yet again? I had heard of the Diva Cup but had been a little scared because trying new things is scary! Take it from me, I wish I had tried the Diva Cup as a 12-year-old. BEST. DECISION. EVER.
A few reasons why the Diva Cup is the best travel invention ever:
1. You can wear it for up to 12 hours
Uhhhh…what?? YEP! You heard that right! I can wear my Diva Cup for up to 12 hours! Of course, if my flow is heavy, I need to change it a few times but on other normal days, I change it once in the morning and once at night. This is EPIC news for travelers because it means you don’t have to deal with nasty bathrooms, tampons getting lost in your bag, or discarding used applicators. You can deal with the thing in the comfort of your own home before heading out and won’t have to worry about finding the potty.
2. You can literally do anything while wearing it
Those pretty tampon ads with swimmers and dancers don’t apply to me. Tampons get waterlogged and soggy when I swim and it isn’t pretty. The Diva Cup’s perfect seal keeps the thing in place for as long as I determine. Hiking, biking, swimming, photo shoots in $10,000 white gowns…you name it…I do it on my period with my Diva Cup.
I bought the WORST pads ever at a store in Budapest and they were practically falling apart when I took them out of the packing. The Diva Cup will save you buckets of money and can be used for years without replacement. Check out their store finder and where to buy online if you are ready to revolutionize your period!
4. It’s good for the earth
As a traveler and global citizen, being kind to the earth should be a priority for you. The Diva Cup is made out of long-lasting silicone and there is ZERO waste per period! I couldn’t believe the amount of plastic applicators I would throw away so this gives me peace of mind!
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DIVA CUP
YES THE DIVA CUP WILL LEAK BUT IT IS YOUR FAULT
Not going to lie, the cup is going to leak. This is totally operator error on your part as the cup is a piece of silicone and cannot think. The cup will leak because it was inserted improperly or it is overflowing and needs to be emptied. Wear a panty liner if you think the cup may leak and ALWAYS check it before you leave your house to ensure there is no blood leaking. This can be accomplished by wiping with toilet paper. If it isn’t in properly, a leak will be apparent pretty quickly. When inserted correctly, the cup won’t leak and will stay perfectly dry. Here is how to use the Diva Cup.
YES YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR HAND UP YOUR VAGINA
A vagina is a body part, just like your leg or your nose, but we are so scared to talk, look, or even touch it. Guess what? it’s totally okay!! When using the Diva Cup you are going to have to put your fingers in the opening of your vagina. Vaginas aren’t scary and getting familiar with yours isn’t such a bad idea. The cup goes IN YOUR VAGINA so BLOD DOESN’T COME OUT. Get used to that. Get over yourself. Give it a try.
YES IT CAN GET MESSY BUT DON’T BE DRAMATIC
Let me be frank, changing a full Diva Cup has the potential to get messy. I’ve literally looked like I’ve performed a full surgery on myself in some restrooms because there was a ton of blood. Do you know what is even worse? Blood sitting in your panties on a pad for who knows how long or blood chilling in a tampon and then GOING DOWN THE STRING into your underwear and who knows where else. That is WAY worse and more inconvenient than less than a minute of clean up in the bathroom. It’s your blood anyway. The same blood you see on a pad or tampon. The Diva Cup just makes cleanup a whole lot easier and cleaner.
I was determined so my learning curve only lasted a few days and a cycle at best. I struggle every so often with keeping the cup in place correctly, but other than that, things have been a breeze! Before purchasing, check out this sizing guide to see which fit is best for you! Listen to your body, because I know some mothers in their 40’s who needed to use the smaller size and some girls who have never had kids who needed the larger. It’s all about you! My best advice is to fully commit to the experience with an open mind!
YES YOU MAY HAVE TO CHANGE IT IN A PUBLIC RESTROOM WITH NO SINGLE STALL OR IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Some people decide it is necessary to create a large bathroom stall and not put a sink in it because they want chaos for period having people and disabled humans alike. You will probably come across such a stall but don’t worry. Roll your eyes in annoyance and then suck it up buttercup! I hate doing it too, but all you have to do is dump your cup and use some toilet paper to clean it out before putting it back. If there is no one in the bathroom, you can hobble to the sink to quickly rinse it out before anyone sees. Just don’t give an old lady a near-heart attack in the fast food bathroom like I did.
LET US REVIEW:
- You can wear it for up to 12 hours
- You save tons of money by only buying the product once instead of the $200+ per year you are already spending on period products
- You help save the earth
- You don’t have to pack a bazillion tampons or buy foreign menstrual products
- You can do any physical activity while wearing it
- No smell/odor because the blood doesn’t oxidize
- No blood in your panties from a tampon string/pad
- No leaks when worn properly
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Have you ever tried the Diva Cup? What are your thoughts? I want to hear from you because I’m obsessed! I would particularly love to hear from those of you who DIDN’T love it!
Disclaimer: I was provided with this product for the purpose of review and was not paid. Clearly, by my candid writing style, The Diva Cup company didn’t tell me what to write/say. I’m just that charming 😉
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