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 silicone 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
    100

    Have been using the Diva cup for 15+ years; I have very heavy periods and could not function with out it. It does require comfort and knowledge of your body and can get a little messy, and planning in public restrooms is a must.

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  2. Overall Score
    100

    It’s my 2nd day using the Diva Cup and I’m LOVING IT!!!! I purchased the Model 2 Diva Cup since I’m over 30yrs and have a toddler.
    For me it was very easy to insert and remove. So comfortable I forgot I had it in!! No leakage even throughout the night of sleep. For me it was NOT messy when I removed it, perhaps because I read the manual instructions a few times and watched a YouTube video on insertion and removal.
    Really happy I FINALLY gave it a chance. Now I can live and enjoy my sports, work, mommy hood, and even date nights with my husband all worry free while I’m menstruating 🙂 Thanks for such a great product!!

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  3. Overall Score
    30

    This cup…really ticks me off. It is not the softest cup and yet at times it refuses to pop open for me, I twist it, pull it, etc and it will not open up. When it does open up, it migrates so high up there that getting it out is a feat of engineering that is frustrating and frightening as well. I have tried both sizes, thinking that size must have been the issue, but that did not solve the problem. This cup also presses on the urethra in a very uncomfortable way, making urination difficult if not impossible whilst the cup is in place. I suppose it could work for others, but at present, I cannot imagine how.

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    • Overall Score
      40

      Hi Mandie,
      I read your rview and it’s exactly the way I felt, I paid $55 for it, but it was hard to urinate with the cup in and just didnt pop open, which was so uncomfortable in oublic toilets! My family had to wait for me outside the toilets so I could get that cup in properly, just a nightmare!
      Have you bought a cup that you feel works for you now?

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  4. Overall Score
    30

    I wanted to love this product, and I still do, but the leaking was impossible. I always had to wear a pad heavy enough for a full flow to compensate. I could pinch and twist to get it seated, but two hours later, my body was shoving it out. (Full disclosure: my body does this with tampons, too.) I cut the stem down twice (older model), but it always (always!) poked me. Maybe the rim was just too heavy… I could always feel it in there. I gave the product four years and in the end resigned myself back to tampons (less waste than pads).

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  5. Overall Score
    20

    This thing is awful. It feels like it’s trying to escape periodically throughout the day. I hacked off the handle because it kept poking me. I am 42 and have never been pregnant so i got the cup for women under 35 who’ve never been pregnant?? Is that the problem? There wasn’t an option for over 35 and never been pregnant (marketing fail) so I had to choose and this thing is so big it sticks out. I’m 5’10”, tall I’m not a little person. Help? I’m trashing this cup and trying another brand. Very unhappy. And I won’t mention the time the suction failed in yoga class…

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  6. Overall Score
    80

    I really like the Diva Cup! Much better than pads or tampons. Pretty comfortable. I really didn’t feel it while I was wearing it. Shoving my fingers inside my Va JJ while I was mentruating took a little getting used to, but other than that it was awesome.

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  7. Overall Score
    90

    Before I write my review I would like to add some info about myself so that this review may be a little more helpful for those like me.

    Age: 19
    – Never given child birth
    – Never had sexual intercourse

    This is my second time using the Divacup. The first time using it is a little weird. It shouldn’t hurt as long as you relax your muscles and follow the directions that come with the cup, same thing for removal. If you’re like me and you’ve never had sex or given birth it may feel kind of funny and like something is stretching your vagina but the more you wear the divacup the more you get used to it and it sorts of molds to your body. This cup is the best thing because it doesn’t smell, you don’t need to check it every 3 or 4 hours like with pads or tampons especially for those who have heavy periods like myself. You don’t need to buy it every month, it’s one purchase that lasts a long time, way cheaper than pads and tampons in the long run. It’s also a lot more comfortable, you don’t feel anything or see it because it’s inside of you. So all those things you don’t wear on your period like thongs, leggings, yoga pants etc you can now wear without the fear of leaking or your pad being visible. The only downside is changing it in public can be a little challenging but you can wear it for 12 hours, for my heavy days I wear it for 7 hours, so you can plan ahead to bring a bottle of water with you to wash it in the stall or reinsert the divacup before you go out so by the time 12 hours has passed you are home and don’t have to worry about that. I’ve tried one other cup and that didn’t work at all, you had to hook it around your cervix and it was uncomfortable, leaked all the time etc. Overall the divacup is worth and works the way it is supposed to and is a totally worth the investment.

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  8. Overall Score
    80

    This is my first cup, and it took me a couple of months before I finally got used to it. I have noticed that my cramping is less with the Diva cup, and I do not have to change as much as I did with tampons. I still have to emptied out every 3-4 hours on my heaviest day (the 2nd day) compared to 1-2 hours with tampons. All other days, I empty morning and night, with another empty mid-day earlier in my period. Most of the time, I do not feel it, but every once in a while I feel pressure from the cup on my abdomen. I had one day one month where it was leaking and I had to adjust it several times that day. This was a couple of months ago, and most recently, I did not have that problem. Getting it in and out is not a problem, even on the first try. It does take practice, but if you follow the directions as far as folding and twisting it once getting it in, it should be fine. Getting it out is also easy by pinching the bottom of the cup (not the tab) to undo the suction, but very messy. Overall, I like the cup because I do not have to change as often and I have less cramping. I do think the silicone is a little hard which causes pressure. I may try a different cup with softer material and less leaking/easier to empty such as the Lily Cup.

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  9. Overall Score
    20

    Just too hard. Loved it otherwise, it was my first cup, but I never got used to how violently it popped open for me. Getting it out was an absolute pain, because the firmness of it caused it to not fold well at the rim as I took it out, which lead to a lot of uncomfortable moments. If you have a low cervix, this cup is really long- not a problem for me, as my cervix is very high, so cup length was never a problem. The ridge is also quite pronounced, I could feel it when it was in place fairly easily

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  10. Overall Score
    20

    This cup was a problem for me. Very uncomfortable, leaked and even came out once by itself. It is well made and I can see the quality of the cup but it just was really bad for me. Some find it to long and that wasn’t the case for me. I actually need a cup similar in length. My problem was the actual shape of the cup and the firmness. It was to firm and the shape was all wrong for me. I needed a cup with straighter sides. The Si bell cup was perfect for me and its just about the opposite of the diva cup except in length. I can see how it might be great for some and the cup is high in quality, just not for me.

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