Reader Submission: My First DivaCup Story

Posted on December 28th, by The Period Blog in Divacup, Period Stories, Reader Submission. 6 comments

M writes:

I had read a lot of information online on the Diva Cup before purchasing it ($40 at London Drugs! But now the UBC Womyn’s Centre sells it for $19). Most of people who reviewed it, loved it. Naturally, I assumed I would as well. 

I bought Model 1 which the product information states as for “women under 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarean section”. I had watched Youtube videos on the different ways that it can be inserted; the two main ways are the U fold and the Push-Down fold. The Push-Down fold is infinitely easier because of the scoop-like shape it creates; it’s much easier to ‘slide in’. Unlike a tampon, I couldn’t insert it standing; I had to crouch down. As someone who’s always used pads, I found that an awkward position to be in. I couldn’t insert it with the U fold but the Push-Down method got it in on the second try. You have to not be squeamish about your blood because it will get on your fingers during insertion.

“The removal was a bit messy at first — I still haven’t gotten the hang of it. It’s easy enough to pull out and again, your fingers will get bloody but the cup sort of ‘pops’ when you pull it; I ended up spilling some blood on the floor.”
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Maybe women who regularly use tampons would find this more comfortable but I felt a little discomfort. I felt like I could feel it. But I also attribute some of that discomfort to the fact that I was consciously aware that there was a cup of silicone inside me. My main problem with the cup is the stem. I could feel it poking me when I sat down (of course, you can always trim it with manicure scissors).
I didn’t have any problems with leakage. Much better than tampons in my opinion. I always leak with tampons.
The removal was a bit messy at first– I still haven’t gotten the hang of it. It’s easy enough to pull out and again, your fingers will get bloody but the cup sort of ‘pops’ (the suction is what makes it leak-proof) when you pull it; I ended up spilling some blood on the floor.

I haven’t been using the Diva Cup, mostly out of laziness and a conscious desire of not wanting to stick things up my vagina. However, I would recommend it for friends who are tampon-users and are more accustomed to insertion. For everyone though, the process of insertion and removal will take getting used to. I haven’t given up on mine yet! Will wait for next month (at least, I’ve trimmed the stem this time!).

Thank you M for sharing your story! I hope you will have a better experience with the DivaCup! Keep us updated and let us know how it goes.

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6 thoughts on “Reader Submission: My First DivaCup Story

  1. M, did you have the cup in for a full 8 hrs or longer, or how long? It sounds awful risky with the removal, as you mentioned in your spill. I would be afraid I would spill all over my pants with as clumsy as I am sometimes, and everything would be so wet…not sure I’m brave enough.

  2. I see this is an older blog, but I wanted to add my 2 cents. I have been using a Diva Cup for about 9 months now. I started after the birth of my second daughter. I immediately stopped using tampons and it’s so effective that I only use very thin pads mainly when I leave the house or overnight. If the seal is broken before pulling it all the way out it will not spill everywhere. I do not get blood on my hands when removing it, only inserting (that can’t be helped). If you get past the whole “eww factor” of inserting something and removing it from your vagina then it is completely worth a try. I find it less gross than when I used NuvaRing birth control. I find it a million times more comfortable than tampons and pads. It’s a lot less to bother with and a lot less to worry about. Sometimes I forget I’m even on my period! I love, love, love my Diva Cup.

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