Gear Review: Diva Cup
Gear Review: Diva Cup
Value Rating: 10
Durability Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 10
Location of Test: In town, in the woods, at the river
Duration of Test: 3.5 Years
Product Name: Diva Cup
Best Use: All activities that could be halted by menstruation!
Model 0, for folks ages 18 and under who have less experience with periods, and holds up to 0.5oz/17ml of fluid
Model 1, for folks ages 19-30 or who have a medium menstrual flow, and holds up to 1oz/30ml
Model 2, for folks over the age of 30 and/or have a heavier cycle, and holds up to 1.1oz/32ml
The Full Review:
The Diva Cup is a silicone menstrual cup that offers a more environmentally friendly option than pads or tampons. It is made of a flexible, medical-grade silicone material that essentially suctions around the cervix to create a seal that prevents leaks and allows for more comfort. It can be worn up to 12 hours (and honestly, longer) and holds 0.5oz - 1.1oz depending on the size.
I've been using menstrual cups for about 3.5 years now, and I will always prefer them over other options. Personally, I don't notice it's there, but I have heard from people who are able to feel it. Similar to tampons, it is an adjustment at first. There is definitely a learning curve with insertion and removal. Because of the seal created, you have to break the seal before completely removing the cup or it will spring open...which can be...a mess. It does require you to be pretty familiar with your anatomy, which not everyone is comfortable with, but can be a helpful way to get to know your body. You also save a lot of money by making a one-time, long term purchase rather than buying pads/tampons every couple of months.
What I love about menstrual cups is the feeling of security; leaks are a lot rarer than with a tampon and they are far more comfortable than pads. It is a lot easier to be active and to do activities that take you far away from a bathroom. There's also no trash to worry about creating or packing out. It also allows you to have a better idea of your cycle and how light, heavy, or varied it is by day.
The one big downside of the Diva Cup specifically to me is that the stem is rather short, which can make removal a little trickier than with other brands of menstrual cups that have longer stems that can be cut to best suit your anatomy.
The Diva Cup can't do anything about cramps or other symptoms that limit activity, but it definitely allows you more freedom and security than other menstrual products!
Comfort/security/peace of mind
Ability to be more active
The Bottom Line:
An environmentally-friendly menstrual product that allows you more freedom and security!