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.”
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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