Post # 1
So, right after my last period (back in December) I bought a Diva Cup, super excited for my next period so I could use it. I found out I was pregnant a few weeks later and never got to use it. I found it in the back of the cabinet the other day and I’m curious to hear other’s “real life” experiences with it.
So, horror stories and glowing reviews – bring it.
Post # 3
It’s not for the faint of heart.
Your hands will be a bloody mess when you deal with it since there is no retrieval string. Unlike other “sanitary products” that absorb your blood, a nasty cup of it will dump forth when your remove the diva cup.
Post # 4
I loved mine! I lost it at some point and I’ve been thinking about buying another one. The only thing I didn’t love was that it’s kinda messy when you have to take it out. I don’t know if I was doing it wrong lol, but my hand was a bloody mess on my really heavy days. Also if for some reason it started to leak (too full or something) while I was out, it was tricky to to empty in a public restroom. For that reason, I usually wore a pantyliner when I went out anyway.
The things I loved about it…
Not having to buy Tampons
Not having that dry tampon feeling when my flow was lighter
Easy and comfortable to insert and take out
Felt like I could go longer without changing than I could with tampons
Plus it just felt healthier for me down there lol.
Edit: Melini is right, but I just dumped mine in the toilet as soon as I took it out, so I never really had to stare at a cup full of menstrual blood lol.
Post # 5
I used mine for 2 months and LOVED IT (can get a little messy though). But then out of nowhere, it began to leak. The cup itself wasn’t actually leaking, but blood was getting past it somehow. I tried everything I could but still leaked. I haven’t used it since :(. I was ruining too many pairs of panties.
I just wish I could figure it out because I really loved it.
Post # 6
It is the best thing ever. I usually have a tiny bit of leakage the first day or two, but I just wear panty liners with it. I MUCH prefer the cup/panty liner combo to tampons or pads.
I seem to recall, though, that there are two different sizes, one for women who have never given birth vaginally and one for those who have. I don’t know how your child was born, but that might be worth looking into if the one you have doesn’t end up fitting tightly enough.
Post # 7
I didn’t love the diva cup, but I adore my sponge
Post # 8
No helpful advice to give, but the only exposure I’ve had to a Diva Cup was the horror story my bouncer friend told me. Some girl FREAKED out at a club, yanked out the Diva Cup and started waiving it around Carrie style. freaking. nasty.
However, beyond the random nutso girl, I think they’re an interesting concept and I might look into one as well. But IDK if they’re more enviro friendly than tampons if you have to wear a liner all the time…and while I like the environment, I don’t know that I could do the bloody hand thing.
Post # 9
I’ve been using mine for almost 2 years–I love it more than is appropriate. It’s made periods bearable. I never (knock on wood) leak, I always wash my hands after changing feminine products anyway so a little of my own blood on my hands is not a big deal. I would get blood on my hands dealing with tampons too sometimes so again, not a big deal. I like it for sexytimes too–since it doesn’t soak up anything, there is no worrying about the right time to remove apparatus. With the tampon I would sometimes take it out too early and leak on the bed or too late and would have to get me all excited again because the tampon took all the good stuff.
Also I have not gotten a single yeast infection since I started using it. No cotton soaking up my body’s natural defenses against infection is a great thing.
It’s great for the environment, great for my health and convenient. What’s not to love?
Post # 10
i like mine, but on my 1st heavy day it never seems to work correctly. leaks mcgee! i still use it instead of tampons because i seem to get cramps when i wear them. i’m good for it on the other days, though i try to combine with pantyliners just in case.
Post # 11
I liken it as the equivalent of using cloth diapers over disposables. You are more inconvenienced for sure but you feel better environmentally. Also it seems that my cramps felt better on heavy days but I would say I use it every other month. I can go longer without changing and I also wear a panty liner but I do that with tampons too on my heavy days. I’m not sure how PP did but I never get anything on my hands. Maybe a little on my fingertips getting it out but not enough to gross me out and I’m going to wash anyways.
Post # 12
Thanks ladies! Another question – I’ve heard that some people have a hard time getting it out and even read one lady attached a string to it so she can get it out easier. But it seems like pinching the stem to release suction is a critical step to being able to get it out… thoughts?
Post # 13
I love mine. Although, last month I just didn’t feel like using it so I just used tampons and pads. I guess, I didn’t want to mess around with it. Well, I’m going back to using it next month because using tampons and pads made me realize why I like the DIVA cup better.
Oh, I think there are two sizes, though. One for women who have never been pregnant and another size for women who have. What size do you have? You might need to buy the larger one now that you have been pregnant.
Post # 14
@firsttimemom: to take it out just pee first and then bear down. then you can grab the tip and pull it a bit, squeeze it to release the suction and then remove. i’m with Talishazwi, i never get more than a tiny bit of blood on my fingertips so i’m not sure what other people are doing that they’re getting it all over their hands.
Post # 15
About removal, you’re absolutely right that pinching is key to releasing the suction. Sometimes, if I’ve got it sealed especially well, pinching and a bit of sideways action is needed.
I have been using the Keeper (very similar to the Diva Cup) for several years, and I LOVE it. I occasionally use some liners in case of leakage, but since I switched to the silicone version of the Keeper instead of the rubber one, there’s very little leakage. Sometimes on the first day of my period, I have this feeling like it’s making me more crampy, but that could be purely psychological.
Maybe this is weird, but I’m about to start my period today or tomorrow and just put it in this morning in case it started up during the day. It didn’t, but no harm done!
Post # 16
I’ve thought about getting a Diva Cup, and what @nerdface said about not getting yeast infections with it has me impressed (since I seem to get them often after sexy-time nowadays). :-/
QUESTION: is a pantyliner enough to protect from the amount of leakage you ladies get at first? Or is it embarrassingly too much sometimes for even just a pantyliner? Do you have any “OH NO” days?