WARNING: This post is about my experience with a silicone cup for menstruation purposes. I’m writing this blog to help other women decide if they want to buy a silicone cup or not. You need to be mature about menstruation to read this blog post.
When I volunteered in Australia a couple of years ago, I asked the leader if she carried any tampons or pads with her because “Aunt Flo” decided to visit me. She said she didn’t use tampons or pads, and I asked her what she used. She said she used a silicone cup called the “Diva Cup.”
Another option for handling menstruation exists? This was news to me.
I know, I know, you’re probably saying “EWW!”
I didn’t have quite the same reaction because I think tampons are gross in themselves. They’re soaked when I pull them out, and the string will get wet after urinating, showering, swimming, or sweating, which feels just gross. I also always worried about not changing my tampons in time or else it will leak through my pants. Females, you can relate, right?
I immediately researched more about the Diva Cup after I arrived back in the states. Well, apparently, many drug stores carry the Diva Cup online, not in stores. After running out of tampons and pads, talking to several friends, and researching it online, I bought a Diva Cup with the Diva wash for $28 on Amazon (on sale at the time).
Okay, so learning how to insert and remove the Diva Cup was NOT easy. I had to read the instructions a couple of times, and I had to practice several times before I could properly insert it. I also had difficulty removing it, and I freaked out so I had to read the instructions even more, but I figured it out.
- Economically smart: Four boxes of tampons a year at $7 for 5 years costs about $140. I only have to buy a new Diva Cup every 5 years, so I’m saving roughly $100. Assuming I reach menopause when I’m 45 (and I’m 23), I’ll probably have to buy about 5 more diva cups, so I’ll roughly save about $500 in the long run.
- Environmentally friendly: Diva Cups are BPA-free and reduce waste whereas plastic tampon applicators can take more than two decades to break down in the ocean.
- Healthier: Tampons absorb all the healthy moisture and secretions that a vagina needs to maintain its pH levels, and you don’t have to worry about the possibility of toxic shock syndrome!
- Comfort: I can shower, swim, TRAVEL, exercise, sleep and more without worrying about it leaking or falling out. I also only need to clean it twice a day instead of taking it out 3-4 times a day like a tampon. The Diva Cup also has two options for women: one is for women who have not experienced childbirth and the other one is for women who have birthed a child.
- Inserting and removing a Diva Cup might be a bit difficult a few times with some spillage possible.
- You have to clean the Diva Cup thoroughly every time you remove it as well as your hands. Cleaning it in a public space can also create some issues. Thankfully, you only need to clean it every 12 hours, so you’ll more than likely be able to clean it in privacy in the morning and at night in a private restroom.
- The Diva Cup isn’t for everyone: if you have an IUD or pelvic organ prolapse, then you need to consult a doctor. Some people may also find the Diva Cup uncomfortable with a certain type of cervix.
Needless to say, I’m definitely not going back to pads and tampons. Tampons are expensive, unreliable, uncomfortable, and wasteful. I found that the benefits of a silicone cup outweighed the disadvantages considering it is healthier, comfortable, economical, and environmentally friendly, so I’m happily sticking with the Diva Cup!
What are your thoughts on a silicone cup for menstruation purposes?