The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

diva-cupToday I wanted to switch things up a bit and share a way that you can save on feminine products at the drugstore by buying something that is not available at the drugstore. Confused yet? If you are male, you will definitely want to move on to another review. Might I recommend Excitebots Trick Racing or a Roku Digital Video Player instead of a feminine product discussion?

I had heard about the DivaCup a few years ago, but only recently decided to try this alternative to disposable feminine products. I have always tried other alternatives though and used Instead for many years, but did not like that the product was disposable. I am really kicking myself for not trying this DivaCup alternative sooner and I couldn’t wait to share it with my readers.

The DivaCup is made of soft medical grade silicone, which is latex-free, 100% hypoallergenic and odorless. It is a cup with a tip at the end that can be grasped for removal and is used instead of disposable products like disposable pads and tampons.

This cup is sturdy, but can be folded together for insertion. The package comes with instructions which offer a step-by-step process for insertion. What I have discovered is that it takes awhile to master how it should be inserted for it to work properly. After a few missteps along the way, I am seeing how unbelievably awesome this product is.

Once the cup is inserted, it catches everything eliminating the need for pads or tampons. Until you get the hang of it though, a pantyliner is a must because if it is not properly inserted, there can be some leakage. Even people who have heavy periods no longer have to worry about running to the bathroom all of the time because this lasts so much longer with effective results.

To clean the cup, you dump out what is inside and give it a rinse with hot water and mild soap. My worry was that I would be somewhere that this would not be convenient, but the beauty of this product is that it can be worn for (up to) 12 hours before you need to remove it. It can be worn to bed, it can be exercised in, you can even swim in it with no issues at all or bulky pads to wear or change.

Cleaning the DivaCup is very easy.  After each use, you should rinse it with mild soap and water. The company also recommends at the end of each cycle ,  to submerge the Diva Cup in an open pan of boiling water (continuous rolling boil) for twenty (20) minutes. Do not leave the boiling pot unattended and use enough water so that the pan does not boil dry. That’s it! You then store it in a small cloth bag that it comes with.

Here is who could benefit from this product:

- Anyone who has heavy periods. You may not be able to go twelve hours at a time, but I guarantee that you will go much longer than you would if you were wearing a pad or tampon.

- Anyone who is sensitive to feminine products. This product is latex-free, 100% hypoallergenic and odorless.

- Anyone who is trying to make an effort to be more green. This is so much better on the environment because there is nothing to throw away.

- Anyone who wants to save money. This small investment will recoup itself within a few months. They do recommend replacing this item once a year, due to government standards, but that is entirely up to you.

Have you tried any feminine product alternatives? Please share!

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  1. 1

    Amy – I see from Amazon that there are those for whom this is uncomfortable and no one has anything positive to say about DivaCup’s customer service. LOL Do you have any other of their competitors’ brand names so I can cross-check?

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    Beth- There is the Moon Cup & The Keeper as other alternatives. I think the issues with discomfort happen from improper insertion. When it is inserted incorrectly, it is not comfortable, but if you follow the directions it should feel okay. I think all of them look about the same though in design.

    I hope that helps!

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    I Agree; DivaCup does have pretty lame customer service. It’s probably because they don’t sell directly to the consumer, you can’t actually buy a DivaCup on Divacup.com you have to go to another site. If you order from a place like Lunapads.com or Gladrags you will get way better customer service from them.
    I agree with Amy, that most women experience discomfort with the DivaCup because they aren’t inserting and removing it properly. It doesn’t have much to do with the product itself as all the different menstrual cup brands are relatively similar in shape and design.
    Also there are a lot of women out there who just aren’t very familiar with their own anatomy. Sad but true!
    That can cause a lot of problems when trying to use a product like the DivaCup which requires some self-knowledge.

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    After our conversation on Twitter today, I bought one. :) We’ll see!

    They recommend replacing it every year? Is there a reason? If you’re boiling it every month, I don’t see why you’d need to replace it.

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    Tara- Those are government regulations. I have not replaced mine and it is over a year old! Let me know what you think!! ((Hugs))

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    I have a DivaCup and LOVE it!! (Well–I’m 20 wks pregnant with #2 so I haven’t used it in a while.. lol but am looking forward to using it again, though I’ve heard you can’t use it after the baby *sad*)

    I walk by the “feminine product” aisle and want to put up signs that THERE IS A BETTER WAY! SAVE YOUR MONEY!! lol

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    I adore my Diva Cup. Gretchen, you can use it after having a baby. My kid is 10 minths old and I bought the larger size right after my daughter was born.

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