DivaCup ® Review – Is it a Hit or Miss?

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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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The Divacup is one of the first menstrual cups to ever be manufactured, and is actually the only brand of its kind to receive the ISO 13485:2003 certification (a regulatory standard for quality of medical devices that is difficult to achieve.)

It has earned a viable reputation for being a safe medical device, has earned countless awards, and received the highest accreditation for being a quality-certified, feminine hygiene product.

Ever since the beginning of time, women have been plagued when their monthly time comes to pay a visit. Although menstrual cups have been around for nearly a century, it was only recently that they started becoming more recognized as an ideal option for personal female hygiene purposes.

“Divacup Made for Women, by a Woman”

The Divacup works simply as a shield that is easily placed into the vaginal canal to collect menstrual fluid and can be used as an alternative to tampons and sanitary napkins by women. It is economically sound, eco-friendly, convenient, and a most reliable solution to the common “period woes” we experience time and time again.

 

Divacup Models

The Divacup Comes in two sizes for your convenience.

1. Divacup Size 1- Pre-baby or for women under age of 30

The first Divacup model (Size 1) is specifically for women who have not had a child, teenagers (who already use tampons), and women who are under the age of 30 years old. The bell on the Size 1 Divacup is shaped a tad smaller than the (Size 2) which is made for women who have reached the age of 30 or had a child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Divacup Size 2- Post-baby or for women over the age of 30

As you know women who have had children previously or that have been more active sexually may be shaped a bit differently internally as a result. There is a special model (Size 2) for women of this category who are either 30 years or older or have had a child. The bell and shape on this size allows for a larger expansion and is constructed a bit bigger than Size 1 to accommodate (the natural after-process of childbirth, sexual activity, and aging.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divacup Special Features

The Divacup boasts a number of features that makes it unique when compared to other similar products:

  • Tested and Certified for Safety and Quality
  • Non-Toxic, Silicon Based, and Latex Free
  • Original “Menstrual Cup”
  • Developed and Created by a Woman
  • Sold and Highly Acclaimed All Over the World
  • Easy Grip Feature for Seamless Insertion and Removal
  • Extra Durable for Longevity of Use

 

Divacup Benefits for Women

The Divacup is designed so that it may be used beneficially, comfortably, conveniently, and safely. It supplies a number of benefits including:

Cost-Sparing: The Divacup in comparison to other feminine hygiene products (used for the same purpose) is economically ideal, because it is initially inexpensive and is reusable.
Eco-Friendly: Tampons and sanitary pads are not environmentally friendly and are difficult for the eco-system to break down. However- with the Divacup being reusable, it saves the environment from the paper-waste that accumulates from use of other non-recyclable hygiene products.
Safe to Wear up to 12 Hours: The Divacup has been thoroughly tested and is strictly silicone-based and is not made up of anything toxic that may pose health risks. You can wear it safely for up to 12 hours without the hassle of bathroom breaks every two hours.
Odor Inhibiting: The Divacup boasts the attribute of capturing odors before they become air-born, so wearing one can help you to contain the unpleasant scents that menstruation can cause.

 

Down-Side to the Divacup

Difficulty With Insertion at First – Although the Divacup is made to conform to any woman’s body (both sizes pre-baby and post-baby), some users have reported feeling a squishy sensation or like it is going to fall right out.This is a common complaint of using any menstrual cup that will occur when the cup is not inserted correctly. You may also experience leakage when the placement of the cup is not ideal. It may take a few times before you get the hang of inserting it properly all the way up to the cervix, but overall once you learn the trick- it will become a cinch to use.
Manual Cleaning of the Divacup – Another negative attribute to using the Divacup is the cleaning aspect of it. Since the Divacup is reusable, one must wash it regularly between uses. The care and washing of the Divacup may be a deal-breaker for some who are squeamish about stuff like this. But when the overall advantages of sparing harm to the environment, decreasing feminine hygiene expenses, and saving hassle & time are considered- for most the cleaning part is hardly anything to scoff about.

NOTE: The manufacturer of Divacup also offers a like-quality product- DivaWash, which you can purchase to keep your Divacup clean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Divacup

The premise behind using Divacup can be intimidating for people who are unacquainted with menstrual cups as a sanitary option. This skepticism can garner a number of questions that prevent a person from trying a menstrual cup on for size for themselves. We have addressed a few common questions that typical consumers have regarding Divacup:

“Is it painful to use a Divacup?”

No. Divacup is specifically designed with a soft-silicone to gently envelope your cervix. It can be easily and most comfortably be inserted. Most users bar no complaints about discomfort with Divacup use.

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“Can the Divacup get stuck inside me?”

Divacup consists of ridged-like that enable it to be removed easily and safely.

“How long does a single Divacup last?”

The general life-span of a Divacup is one year. This is an average and is solely dependent upon individual circumstances.

“Can I use the Divacup during intercourse?”

No. The Divacup can be worn during urination and while having bowel movements safely. However, it is advised to remove it before having intercourse. It also should not be used as a method of birth control.

“Can the Divacup Cause Toxic Shock Syndrome?”

Unlike tampons, the Divacup does not cause Toxic Shock Syndrome. There is no BPA, toxins, or dyes in the Divacup which pose any health risks to you.

“Is the Divacup easy to care for?”

Yes. the Divacup care instructions make it very clear that the maintenance and care for the Divacup are very simple.

“How Does the Divacup Work?”

The Divacup is a bell-shaped cup that collects and captures menstrual fluid. It is unlike tampons and pads that absorb fluid. It is placed on the inside of your vagina.

 

 

What Divacup Consumer Reviews Say

The Divacup has become a firm “monthly sanitary solution” for thousands of women all over the world, and comes highly recommended by countless consumer reviews that consistently rate Divacup with 4-5 stars.

 

 

 

 

Here is one of many customer reviews that we found that demonstrates a more than positive consumer experience with the Divacup:

 “Once I was up to speed on how to use it, I FELL IN LOVE with my menstrual cup!  I always used to be forgetting to tuck a couple tampons in my purse, or panicking because I’d lost count of the hours since I put one in.  Because it’s always with me, and only needs changing once or twice a day, I never have to worry about it anymore!  More than anything else, I just feel freedom!  I don’t have to worry about my period anymore.”

Source for Comment- http://www.greenideareviews.com/2012/05/27/using-the-diva-menstrual-cup-review-does-it-work/

 

About DivaCup® Company

The Divacup company and its products were founded and developed by Francine Chambers, a woman on a mission to provide a sound feminine hygiene product alternative to tampons and sanitary napkins. Francine became a strong advocate for menstrual cups, and partnered with her daughter, Carinne, to design her own models. In 2001 the company and the Divacup was established making Francine’s dream a reality.

In the 14 years since the innovative release of the Divacup, Francine and Carinne succeeded in pioneering the Divacup, menstrual cup. It has become as a feminine hygiene staple all over the world, and is the only menstrual cup that can sold in Canada. The Divacup is now one of the most recognized brands of menstrual cups of all others as it continues to be a premium-quality, menstrual hygiene solution for women and to deliver unprecedented satisfaction to women who like Francine, wanted a viable alternative to the “ick factor” of tampons and pads.

 

The Divacup: Is it a Hit or Miss?

The Divacup is one of a thousand menstrual cup types & brands that are produced these days. However after extensive research, it can be safely said that it is a top-notch feminine hygiene product. The rave reviews from women all over the world along with the company’s outstanding reputation speaks volumes about the product’s overall ability to deliver satisfaction on a multitude of levels.

At first the concept of using a menstrual cup may come foreign to you, but more and more women are choosing Divacup as their choice feminine hygiene option above all others- because it delivers innumerable benefits, is manufactured by a credible company, is proven safe & effective for its purpose, and carries very little adversities.

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  1. Overall Score
    100

    This cup has been a lifesaver for me! I have endometriosis so trust me, I know what it means to have cramps. With this product, I have no cramps at all. Couldn’t believe it at first that it could make such a huge difference. I’ll never go back to other ways of dealing with my period. Thanks, Divacup!

    + PROS: No smell Easy to use No cramps Convenient
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  2. Overall Score
    100

    I was a bit skeptical at first, but I loved the idea of reducing my waste and avoiding the ongoing cost of feminine hygiene products so I gave it ago. Firstly since having my kids, I’ve hated the feeling I get wearing tampons, so I was doubtful about a cup but wearing the Diva has been so easy and comfortable for me. I don’t have to worry about when i’m going to the bathroom or how long its been to change it, I just empty the Diva morning and night and its all taken care of. Easy, clean and cheap.

    + PROS: comfortable, clean, reusable, longer wearing,
    - CONS: the bag it comes in is a bit garish, it would be nice if it was a bit more discreet
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  3. Overall Score
    50

    I bought the Diva half way through my last period and am now on my second cycle with it. I have so much leakage that I just don’t know if it’s me or the cup. I get leaks on heavy days when the cup barely has any fluid, reinsert and continued leakage. I collect fluid to capacity but HAVE to wear pads with it. I have no idea if my cervix is high or low. I’m disappointed with my experience so far as I’m tired of tampons and pads in the “home stretch” as I approach menopause. I’m 45, two vaginal births, no bladder complaints, and, apparently, very heavy flow. Who knew? I will try one more cycle then try another brand.

    + PROS: Easy extraction Easy cleaning
    - CONS: Major leakage. Me or the cup? IDK
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  4. I hateee it! I have been using it for 7 months and I still cant figure the thing out. It leaks so much and I twist it, turn it, try a different way of folding it, push it in more, pull it out more, pretty much every technique I have tried but nope…no luck. What I do loveee is Thinx panties! Its such a life saver and it saves so much time and theyr comfortable af. I hope to one day figure out the diva cup so I still continue to use it but I HAVE to wear these undies with it because the diva cup has failed me soooo many times. I actually thought of going back to tampons just to make things easier for me but I feel bad about contributing to so much waste….oh the misery of being a woman.

  5. Overall Score
    90

    First time trying the product and I love several things about it. I love not having to worry about leakage on my underwear. I love I can sleep in any position. I love that it is reusable. I finally confirmed I’m a heavy bleeder(just nice to prove). I did have some difficulties. Sometimes it’s hard to get it to open. If it doesn’t open it leaks. If you have to use a public bathroom you will have to go to the sink with blood fingers. All in all, I love it and will use again.

    + PROS: Less waste, less leaks, can't feel, good for heavy bleeder, reusable
    - CONS: Doesn't open at times, hard to use discreetly in public restroom,
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  6. Overall Score
    90

    Made my period so much easier. Went in easily on the first try. Didn’t wear a liner with it and not a single drop got on my panties. Doesn’t even feel like I’m on my period. Taking it out caused no mess whatsoever. No wet string, can’t see it from the outside, can’t even feel it in. Swore off of tampons and pads immediately after trying it, well worth the purchase.

    Gave me cramping the first time using it, my body got used to it after one cycle and now I don’t cramp from it. Also had a difficult time getting it out the first time, all the times after that have been easy but it does hurt a little to take out. Smells a little icky but what can you expect?

    + PROS: Made my period so much easier. Went in easily on the first try. Didn't wear a liner with it and not a single drop got on my panties. Doesn't even feel like I'm on my period. Taking it out caused no mess whatsoever. No wet string, can't see it from the outside, can't even feel it in. Swore off of tampons and pads immediately after trying it, well worth the purchase.
    - CONS: Gave me cramping the first time using it, my body got used to it after one cycle and now I don't cramp from it. Also had a difficult time getting it out the first time, all the times after that have been easy but it does hurt a little to take out. Smells a little icky but what can you expect?
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  7. Overall Score
    100

    The Diva Cup literally changed my life … well, my period life. About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with HPV and pre-cancerous cells/lesions resulting in required treatment. After this time I decided to really take a hard look at my … vagine regime… and cutout all things unnatural. (Birth control, tampons, even pads as many seemed to be made with terrible products). For a while I resorted to using “organic paper towels” and just lining my panties with them. LAME. Then one day … I got a Diva Cup. And the rest is history!

    It is the most convenient, easy to use, comfortable, and durable period-product on the market. The almost-free-bleed nature of it has drastically reduced cramping and period pain. As someone who is pretty in tune with their dietary choices, I find that being able to see the blood of my period allows me insight into my choices and how they are affecting my flow.

    I literally go around telling people about it – friends, family, strangers, even my male friends who should tell their girl friends. People ask if it’s hard to get in and out (at first, yes, there was a learning curve, but now it’s easy as pie). People ask if it’s inconvenient to change it in public (sort of, though it just takes a bit of planning, and frankly, the cup holds enough liquid that I typically do not have to change it in public unless it’s a really heavy flow day and I am stuck at the office). I sleep with it overnight, no spillage, no ruined sheets. The couple of times that I got my period and didn’t have my cup with me, I was totally bummed and couldn’t wait to get home and get it. Yep, I love my Diva Cup. GET ONE, It’ll change your life!

    + PROS: Convenient, easy to use (slight learning curve at first but you'll get it), durable, reduces my period-cramps and pain, no spillage or leakage, discreet. AMAZING.
    - CONS: None.
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  8. Overall Score
    100

    I am a 20 year old virgin with PCOS. The Diva Cup has changed my periods in a very positive way. With my PCOS I have to use all natural pads and tampons, which are both not very absorbent and also smell. I could easily bleed through a tampon and a pad in two hours, if not earlier. My periods will also last for months at a time, my longest being 5 months without a break. I got the Diva Cup about 6 months ago and instantly fell in love with it. There was a learning curve for the first week (and I was a little sore from not putting in correctly at first and also never having anything that big in me before). Taking it out was easy, but I did find the stem to be uncomfortable so I cut most of it off. Since I started using it I haven’t had any “accidents” and only have to empty it three times a day. I rinse with warm water every time I empty it and will boil it once a week (since my periods last so long). It is also very cost effective. My PCOS symptoms have also seem reduced and I overall feel better verses when I used pads and tampons. I am so glad I made the switch!!

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  9. Overall Score
    90

    Overall, I love the divacup. I was skeptical at first, but after my first day of using it I see why so many love it! Now, I never have to worry about making sure I have a spare tampon in my purse!

    + PROS: Easy, sanitary, re-usable, eco-friendly, cost efficient
    - CONS: Had trouble putting it in the first time. Also, cleaning can be a little messy.
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  10. Overall Score
    90

    This is my 3rd cycle with my Diva Cup, and I’m extremely happy. I really hate tampons, and I always feel like they are a hassle. I work in an office setting, and I enjoy not having to worry about going to the bathroom anymore. It doesn’t last 12 hours on my heaviest day (I’d say 8 hours), but its worth it. It’s saved me money too!

    + PROS: Easy to use Convenient Lasts longer than tampons No waking up at 4:00am to change
    - CONS: Messy
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