The DivaCup ® Menstrual Cup Full Review

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Diva Cup Sizes and Models

The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup that is manufactured in Canada. It is made of Silicon and comes in 3 different sizes/models:
Diva Cup
Model 0 (S)
40 mm
67 mm
56 mm
11 mm
17 ml
23 ml
3.5 /5
4 /5
3.5 /5
Diva Cup
Model 1 (M)
43 mm
67 mm
56 mm
11 mm
20 ml
27 ml
3.5 /5
3.5 /5
3.5 /5
Diva Cup
Model 2 (L)
45 mm
67 mm
56 mm
11 mm
25 ml
30 ml
3 /5
3 /5
3 /5
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Introduction

The Diva Cup originates from Canada and hit the market way back in 2001. It’s been a reputable brand that has been registered with the FDA since. It can be easily found in big chain stores in the USA or worldwide at a local pharmacy, chemist, or specialty health store, as well as online for around $35-$39 USD.

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The DivaCup Model 0

What’s Included:

When purchasing the Diva Cup Model 0, you will receive the narrowest version of the Diva Cup, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a box.  The original Diva Cups (models 1 and 2) also came with a Diva Cup pin but it’s unsure if it is still included.

Who is it Meant For?

Although all of the Diva Cup sizes are the same length, the Model 0 is the narrowest version that the Diva Cup has to offer.  It has been dubbed the “teen” size because of this.  However, you don’t have to be a teen to use it.  Model 0 is also great for new users and individuals who experience bladder or bowel pressure.

Personally, as an individual with a medium to high cervix, I found that the Diva Cup was a good length.  However, model 0 was too narrow for my liking.  Although it was easy to insert, it was difficult to place the rim correctly near or around my cervix.  It also did not have the capacity I needed for heavy flow days.

Features:

Capacity:  The Diva Cup model 0 holds 17 ml to the air holes and 23 ml to the top of the rim.  While these aren’t considered high capacity, those who have a light to moderate flow might find it sufficient for all-day wear.

Body:  Its body shape is that of a “V” which tapers to a point and may be easier to reach for individuals with a medium to high cervix.

Stem:  While the stem is not very long, it is hollow for easy trimming and features grip rings down the length.

Because the stem is hollow it moves easily in all directions.  It is fairly short and I found it comfortable to wear without trimming.  My one issue with hollow stems is that blood can become trapped in them.  Make sure to pay close attention during cleaning.

Rim/s:  All Diva Cups have two rims.  The secondary rim adds firmness to the mouth of the cup so that it will open with ease as well as softening the transition from the body to the upper rim.

Base/Grip rings:  The base of the cup features four grip rings for secure contact with your fingers.  This is important when maneuvering and removing the cup.

Silicone:  As previously mentioned, the Diva Cup has been registered through proper channels including the FDA.  The silicone quality is excellent for years of use.  It is smooth but frosted and doesn’t create drag while inserting.  The company forewent all unnecessary additives, including color pigments. Which means it is only offered in opaque white.

Firmness:  The Diva Cup is considered medium firmness.  It is often used as a baseline when comparing the firmness of other cups.

I found the firmness of the model 0 easy to hold, insert, and open without any coaxing.  If you have a sensitive bladder or bowel you may still find this cup a little too firm.  However, because it is a very narrow cup, it may lessen that extra pressure and still be a good option.

Air Holes:  There are four small air holes just under the upper rim.  Although four holes normally allow good airflow to release any suction the cup may have created, the ones on the Diva Cups are considered small.  Therefore, some individuals may find that it creates a strong seal and that it may need some extra pinching to release and remove it.

Flashlines:  While the Diva Cup has a flashing (joining line/seam) on the side of the rim, it has been cleaned up well and can barely be seen or felt with a fingertip.

Markings:  The Diva Cup is branded with their name, “The Diva Cup” and “Made in Canada”.  It also includes number size indication, and measurement lines and numbers in both oz. and ml. All on the inside of the cup.

Colors:

The DivaCup Model 1

What’s Included:

When purchasing the Diva Cup Model 1, you will receive the middle size that the Diva Cup has to offer, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a box.  The original Diva Cups (models 1 and 2) also came with a Diva Cup pin but it’s unsure if it is still included.

Who is it Meant For?

Although all of the Diva Cup sizes are the same length, the Model 1 is considered their medium size.  This size would be compatible with other small-sized menstrual cups on the market.   Model 1 is great for new users and individuals who experience bladder or bowel pressure who also want a little more capacity than their “teen” cup but need the extra length for easy reach.

Personally, as an individual with a medium to high cervix, I found that the Diva Cup was a good length.  Although it was easy to fold, insert, open, and place correctly, it didn’t have the capacity I needed for heavy flow days.

Features:

Capacity:  The Diva Cup model 1 holds 20 ml to the air holes and 27 ml to the top of the rim.  While these aren’t considered high capacity, those who have a light to moderate flow might find it sufficient for all-day wear.

Body:  Its body shape is that of a “V” which tapers to a point and may be easier to reach for individuals with a medium to high cervix.

Stem:  While the stem is not very long, it is hollow for easy trimming and features grip rings down the length.

Because the stem is hollow it moves easily in all directions.  It is fairly short and I found it comfortable to wear without trimming.  My one issue with hollow stems is that blood can become trapped in them.  Make sure to pay close attention during cleaning.

Rim/s:  All Diva Cups have two rims.  The secondary rim adds firmness to the mouth of the cup so that it will open with ease as well as softening the transition from the body to the upper rim.

Base/Grip rings:  The base of the cup features four grip rings for secure contact with your fingers.  This is important when maneuvering and removing the cup.

Silicone:  As previously mentioned, the Diva Cup has been registered through proper channels including the FDA.  The silicone quality is excellent for years of use.  It is smooth but frosted and doesn’t create drag while inserting.  The company forewent all unnecessary additives, including color pigments. Which means it is only offered in opaque white.

Firmness:  The Diva Cup is considered medium firmness.  It is often used as a baseline when comparing the firmness of other cups.  However, those who have a sensitive bladder or bowel may still find it a little too firm.

I found the firmness of the model 0 easy to hold, insert, and open without any coaxing.  If you have a sensitive bladder or bowel you may still find this cup a little too firm.  However, because it is fairly narrow, it may lessen that extra pressure and still be a good option.

Air Holes:  There are four small air holes just under the upper rim.  Although four holes normally allow good airflow to release any suction the cup may have created, the ones on the Diva Cups are considered small.  Therefore, some individuals may find that it creates a strong seal and that it may need some extra pinching to release and remove it.

Flashlines:  While the Diva Cup has a flashing (joining line/seam) on the side of the rim, it has been cleaned up well and can barely be seen or felt with a fingertip.

Markings:  The Diva Cup is branded with their name, “The Diva Cup” and “Made in Canada”.  It also includes number size indication, and measurement lines and numbers in both oz. and ml. All on the inside of the cup.

Colors:

The DivaCup Model 2

What’s Included:

When purchasing the Diva Cup Model 2, you will receive the largest-sized that Diva Cup has to offer, a user manual, and a cloth storage pouch, all packaged neatly in a box.  The original Diva Cups (models 1 and 2) also came with a Diva Cup pin but it’s unsure if it is still included.

Who is it Meant For?

Although all of the Diva Cup sizes are the same length, the Model 2 is the largest size in diameter.  This size would be compatible with other large-sized menstrual cups on the market.   Model 2 is great for experienced users and/or those who need a slightly higher capacity than model 1.  That is not to say that new users can’t use model 2.  However, the diameter is wider and new users may feel more comfortable starting with a narrower cup.

Personally, as an individual with a medium to high cervix, I found that all sizes of the Diva Cup were a good length.  Model 2 – the largest size available was the best fit for me in terms of diameter.  It felt comfortable, was easy to place correctly, and had a larger capacity than the other two sizes.

Features:

Capacity:  The Diva Cup model 2 holds 25 ml to the air holes and 30 ml to the top of the rim.  While these aren’t considered high capacity, those who have a light to moderate flow might find it sufficient for all-day wear.

Body:  Its body shape is that of a “V” which tapers to a point and may be easier to reach for individuals with a medium to high cervix.

Stem:  While the stem is not very long, it is hollow for easy trimming and features grip rings down the length.

Because the stem is hollow it moves easily in all directions.  I did end up trimming the stem on the model 2 since I used it more often and found that it would leave “stamp marks” on my underwear.  This is before I got into the habit of wiping excess blood away from the stem and base of my cups.  My one issue with hollow stems is that blood can become trapped in them.  Make sure to pay close attention during cleaning.

Rim/s:  All Diva Cups have two rims.  The secondary rim adds firmness to the mouth of the cup so that it will open with ease as well as softening the transition from the body to the upper rim.

Base/Grip rings:  The base of the cup features four grip rings for secure contact with your fingers.  This is important when maneuvering and removing the cup.

Silicone:  As previously mentioned, the Diva Cup has been registered through proper channels including the FDA.  The silicone quality is excellent for years of use.  It is smooth but frosted and doesn’t create drag while inserting.  The company forewent all unnecessary additives, including color pigments. Which means it is only offered in opaque white.

Firmness:  The Diva Cup is considered medium firmness.  Iit is often used as a baseline when comparing the firmness of other cups.  However, those who have a sensitive bladder or bowel may still find it a little too firm.

After using model 2 for a couple of hours I started to experience some cramping.  I thought that maybe it was just normal cramps and went on using it for the duration of my period.  In the meantime, I purchased another cup.  During my next period, I used the new cup without any issues – no cramping.  I switched back to the Diva Cup model 2 and the cramping continued.  The two cups were very similar but the new cup was slightly softer and had a wider secondary rim.  Although I think the Diva Cup is an excellent cup, it just wasn’t the right combination of features for me.

Air Holes:  There are four small air holes just under the upper rim.  Although four holes normally allow good airflow to release any suction the cup may have created, the ones on the Diva Cups are considered small.  Therefore, some individuals may find that it creates a strong seal and that it may need some extra pinching to release and remove it.

Flashlines:  While the Diva Cup has a flashing (joining line/seam) on the side of the rim, it has been cleaned up well and can barely be seen or felt with a fingertip.

Markings:  The Diva Cup is branded with their name, “The Diva Cup” and “Made in Canada”.  It also includes number size indication, and measurement lines and numbers in both oz. and ml. All on the inside of the cup.

Colors:

Diva Cup Model 0 vs Model 1

The Diva Cup model 0 holds 17 ml to the air holes and 23 ml to the top of the rim and has a diameter of 40 mm.

The Diva Cup model 1 holds 20 ml to the air holes and 27 ml to the top of the rim and has a diameter of 43 mm.

According to the company, model 0 is for those who are 18 years of age or younger.  While model 1 is for ages 19-30.  However, both sizes have been considered to be good for new users and have been found comfortable to wear and easy to reach for those with a medium to high cervix.

If you are a young teen or have never experienced any type of penetration (including a tampon), model 0 might be the better option to start with.

Diva Cup Model 1 vs Model 2

The Diva Cup model 1 holds 20 ml to the air holes and 27 ml to the top of the rim and has a diameter of 43 mm.

The Diva Cup model 2 holds 25 ml to the air holes and 30 ml to the top of the rim and has a diameter of 45 mm.

According to the company, model 1 is for those who are ages 19-30 and have a medium menstrual flow.  While model 2 is for those over the age of 30 and/or have a heavier menstrual flow.

Although the diameter of these cups isn’t too far off, those who have previous experience with bladder or bowel sensitivities may find model 1 more comfortable.

Detailed User Manual

Inserting:

Wash –  Always wash your hands before inserting or removing the DivaCup.

Relax – Stress can tighten your muscles and make for a more difficult experience.

Folding the Divacup – They suggest using the “U” fold or the “Push-down” fold.

Insert the Diva Cup – Sit on the toilet or stand with one leg up on the bathtub and gently separate your labia with your free hand.  Hold the folded cup between your thumb and forefinger and push the curved edge of the folded cup into your vagina horizontally.  Once the DivaCup is in your vagina, grip the base of the cup (not the stem), and turn the cup one complete rotation – 360 degrees.

For more folding options, detailed instructions, illustrations, videos, and FAQ on how to insert the Diva Cup, visit:  https://divacup.com/insertion/

Removing:

Wash – Always wash your hands before inserting or removing your DivaCup.

Relax – Stress can tighten your muscles and make for a more difficult experience.

Get comfortable – Sit on the toilet or stand with one leg on the bathtub and gently separate your labia with your fingers.  With your forefinger and thumb, gently pull on the stem until you can feel the base of the cup.

Pinch & pull – Pinch the base of the cup, not the stem, and gently move the cup from side to side while pulling down.

Dispose – Dispose of your flow in the toilet.

For more folding options, detailed instructions, illustrations, videos, and FAQ on how to remove the Diva Cup, visit:  https://divacup.com/removal/

Alternatives to DivaCup

Venus CupLooking for a higher capacity? The large Venus Cup is the same body length as the largest Diva Cup but holds a whopping 47ml to Diva Cups 25ml.  Even the small Venus Cup holds more than the large Diva Cup at 29ml.  This cup is of medium firmness in both sizes and is offered as a single cup or take advantage of some savings by ordering a Starter Pack.

Casco Cup – While the Casco Cup is very similar in shape and size to the model 1 & 2 of the Diva Cup, it is softer and therefore may be more comfortable for those with a sensitive bladder or bowel.

Eva Cup (USA) – The Eva Cup from the USA (not Italy) has a soft body but a wider secondary band.  The wide band spreads out pressure points and helps the cup open easily.  While the soft body also eases extra pressure for a sensitive bladder or bowel.  Unlike the Diva Cup, the smaller Eva Cup is shorter than its large sidekick.

Summary

The Diva Cup is a reputable cup that has provided excellent protection for many users over the years.  It can be easily found in a store near you or purchased online.  While these cups aren’t considered high capacity, they may be a great option for individuals who need a longer cup due to a medium or a high cervix.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you get toxic shock syndrome from Diva Cup?

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a very rare, but serious disease caused by toxin-producing strains of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium.  Use caution to thoroughly wash your hands prior to insertion and removal and wash the cup with warm water and the DivaWash at least 2-3 times a day (every 10 – 12 hours).

How does the Diva Cup work?

The Diva Cup sits below the cervix to collect menstrual flow.

How much does a diva cup hold?

Model 0 holds 17 to 23 ml.
Model 1 holds 20 to 27 ml. 
Model 2 holds 25 to 30 ml.

Can you go swimming with a Diva Cup?

You can wear the DivaCup for any activity you participate in while menstruating, except for vaginal intercourse.  This includes swimming, scuba diving, camping, sleeping, running, yoga, weightlifting, gymnastics – you name it!

How do I dispose of Diva Cup?

Thoroughly wash the cup, cut it up into smaller pieces, and dispose of in the trash. Silicone starts out as sand and degrades over time, which means that your DivaCup will eventually break down.

Are you supposed to feel a diva cup?

Using the correct size and position, you should not feel the DivaCup.

Can I leave my diva cup in for 24 hours?

To avoid foul odors and infection, you should remove and wash the DivaCup at least 2-3 times a day (every 10-12 hours).

How do you know if your Diva Cup is in right?

If the DivaCup is the correct size and in the correct position, you should not feel it or experience any leaking.

Why does my Diva Cup smell?

An odor could develop if you wear the DivaCup longer than the recommended 12 hours without removing and cleaning.

Can I poop with a Diva Cup in?

Yes. The DivaCup should not interfere with your ability to urinate or have a bowel movement.

Can the Diva Cup stretch you out?

The labia and vagina canal are very elastic and should return to its normal shape after the cup passes through the area or once removed.

Are Diva Cups better for the environment?

Since the DivaCup is reusable, it will keep waste out of landfills.

What happens if you leave your diva cup in for over 12 hours?

Leaving the DivaCup in longer than recommended allows more time for bacteria to produce and cause foul odors.  It can also put you at a higher risk for infections.

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  1. Overall Score
    10

    I wanted to love it. I’ve been using it for 6 months now and I think this just isn’t the cup for me. I tried all the folds, twisted it, did kegals, and even turned the thing inside out to make it shorter but I still leaked every day I used it. I have a low cervix so this long cup would be right next to it, not under it, catching little to nothing. If you have a low cervix like me don’t get this, it doesn’t work.

    + PROS: reusable eco friendly saves money
    - CONS: too long for low cervix expensive compared to the average cup lots of trial and error
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  2. Overall Score
    100

    I can’t begin to tell you how much money I’ve saved on tampons since purchasing the DivaCup. I don’t know how well it works holding menstrual blood because I place them in my rectum on days I experience explosive diarrhea and I don’t have any leaks at all like I did with tampons. Overall great product! I recommend it for any gender. I might even change my gender to female just so I can use the DivaCup on a more regular basis Five stars hands down!

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  3. Overall Score
    80

    Switched to Diva Cup recently and I will say it is probably the best menstrual cup I have used. First time it was little difficult to choose the model type. Got model 2 and it perfectly fits now.

    + PROS: Soft, easy to insert, comfortable, no smell
    - CONS: Difficult to choose the correct size/model, little hard to clean
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  4. Overall Score
    90

    Funny story. I bought a Diva cup and tried it out the days before YouTube videos. I gave up after having inserted it improperly and shovedo it to the back of my medicine cabinet. Came across the channel”put a cup on it” I tried it again with success. I am almost done having a period but I really wish I had started out with these and period panties and I might have not had such a terrible impression of periods. GO FOR IT☺☺☺

    + PROS: Perfect alternative to tampons & pads. Comfortable after you practice practice and try different folds etc. Try laying down really helped. No order or feeling like wet diapers from monster sized pads. Ideal for heavy flow
    - CONS: Just trying to get it to fit perfectly without leaks. It takes practice and finding the right cup. It's kinda like dating. Lol
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  5. Overall Score
    100

    I absolutely adore my Diva model 2! I’ve used other menstrual cups, so when I purchased the Diva I was an experienced cup user. I was hesitant about the Diva bc of all the mixed reviews. While all of the cups I’ve tried worked, meaning they cough my flow, none were the perfect cup I was looking for. They were either too short, too firm, too soft, too round, or a combination of these things. I purchased the Diva one day bc my period surprised me at work and I refuse to ever use a god awful tampon again, so I ran to the pharmacy and the Diva cup was all that they had. I’m over 30 and have had children, so I went with the model 2. I ran back to work to remove my toilet paper pad and insert my new cup (after sterilizing in the microwave in the lunch room). It was so COMFORTABLE! It opened well with my favorite fold (labia fold) and it sealed with a quick spin. I have quite a heavy flow, and I forgot about my period for the rest of the work day. At about 8pm I remembered my cup and now the real test came, removal. I have quite a high cervix and most cups are short for me. They ‘work’ but they can take a lot of bearing down to remove. The Diva was literally right there and so easy to reach! It was the easiest cup I’d ever removed! I was so happy I could cry (period). I inserted it for the night and at 6am I removed again and it was quite full but didn’t leak. On my heavy days (day 2-4) I do have to empty every 3 ish hours so I don’t overflow, but I have a copper IUD so that is expected (with tampons I was lucky to go an hour). If you have a regular flow, the diva cup should absolutely get you 10-12 hrs without overflowing.

    Now what I realized. The mixed reviews are bc the Diva is so widely available. Most stores that I’ve been in that carry menstrual products, carry the Diva cup. It is definitely the easiest cup to get. A lot of people buy this cup before doing any research and before knowing things about themselves that they should know before investing in a cup, like cervical height and pelvic floor strength! It you buy this cup and have a low cervix, it is NOT going to be comfortable as it is one of the longest cups. If you buy this cup and have a weak pelvic floor, it may not be the best cup for you!

    If you have a high cervix and find that most cups are just too short, I can’t recommend it enough!

    + PROS: -shape -firmness -comfort -availability -length -$$ -easy to insert -easy to remove
    - CONS: None!!!
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  6. Overall Score
    10

    It’s hard to insert, it hurts like hell when it’s in and even though I just took it out I’m still feeling like shit, it hurts so much to take out, seriously do not get this product you will be in pain

    + PROS: Non, I thought that it was going to be great when I got it that it was going to solve all my problems.
    - CONS: it fucking hurts
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  7. Overall Score
    100

    I absolutely love my diva cup!
    Inserting can take a couple of times to get used to & found the U fold to work well for me with no leaks.
    I don’t feel it & don’t need to worry about a tampon string showing at any time anymore.
    Now, taking the cup out can be hard ONLY IF YOU DONT DO YOUR RESEARCH.
    You need to use your myscels to get the cup to move down (as if your trying to do a number 2) after a couple of pushes/tenses the cup will be moved enough down so you can grip the base (not the stem) & by moving/wiggling side to side a couple of times you will have successfully removed your cup 😀

    + PROS: No strings present Comfortable Easy to use Only need to change twice a day (once in the morning & once at night) No more odours No bulky padding
    - CONS: None! I love it!
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  8. Overall Score
    40

    I have the first model and I’ve tried to use it about three times, first two times the cup was too low and uncomfortable but easy to remove which I was happy about. Now, the third (and probably my last) time, I put it in the correct amount for me and it was amazing! I couldn’t feel it, it felt more comfortable than a tampon and it didn’t shift at all
    Then when it came to the 11 hour mark and I tried to get it out to switch it…. I was in hell. I couldn’t grasp it because the nub at the bottom was so small and slippery. I spent about an hour trying to get it out, it was awful! I has just trying to coax it out and in the process hurt myself (and cried over not being able to get it out of course).
    I really don’t recommend this to anyone who hasn’t used a menstrual cup before, everyone says it takes a bit to get used to but I’m not going to put myself in more pain than I already am just to take the cup out. I am still in pain a couple hours after I took it out, and now going to the bathroom hurts.

    If I do have to use this product again in the future, I will see if tying a string to the stem works because that was a long and stressful hour I spent in the bathroom trying to get it out and don’t fancy a repeat.

    + PROS: -comfortable -no leaks -can wear it for longer than a tampon -can actually do things and it doesn't shift or move
    - CONS: -EXTREMELY hard to get out
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  9. Overall Score
    100

    Diva Cup is amazing!! I was very reluctant for a long time because all the pros and cons about the product. Finally bought one and i cannot express in words the freedom I feel after introducing Diva cup in my life. I have no problem putting it in, dont feel anything while using it, cleaning is no big deal, and i only clean it up every 12 hours. Go ahead and get one. You will not regreat it!!!I

    + PROS: easy to put in no leais no smell easy clean up no trash very comfortable
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  10. Overall Score
    10

    This doesn’t work for everyone. I would like to warn others if you have a long cervix.
    I did my research and thought a menstrual cup . What a great idea. So I purchased a Diva cup . Read all the instructions and felt confident this could be for me. I inserted the cup first time no problem felt comfortable , no leaks. Went to empty it, I could not get a grip of the stem . The cup had moved up high into my cervix. I had to go and get the cup removed by a doctor. I will never be using this product again.

    - CONS: To hard to remove
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