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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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.

  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Overall Score
    10

    Absolutely horrible. After inserting and adjusting a million times the stem was irritating no matter how far in or out I put it. Also within seconds of inserting I instantly felt the urge to pee when I had just gone and this feelimg did not subside. Pulling it out was the worst part. Most painful feeling I’ve ever felt in that area. NEVER AGAIN. Waste of $40.

    + PROS: -Easy insertion
    - CONS: -Discomfort at vaginal opening -constant urge to pee -painful removal
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