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I’ve been promising for months now that I’m going to write about my Diva Cup for travel. I know I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m OBSESSED, but I haven’t gone into the details. Well, you ask and you shall receive. Here’s why I think you should
throw your tampons in the trash gift or donate your tampons and pads and never go back.
Men, if you can handle the blood and gore feel free to read this if you’re curious. Otherwise come back next week for some fresh new content on getting my advanced scuba certification in the Philippines!
What the Heck is a Diva Cup?
If orange is the new black, then Diva Cups are the new tampons. Seriously, I’m never using a tampon again in my entire life.
A Diva Cup is a medical grade silicone cup that you can insert during your period. It’s re-usable, comfortable, leak-proof and it comes in a cute little bag.
How Do You Use the Diva Cup?
The cup is very flexible, so it folds right up and you can insert it easily. Don’t worry, they have directions for this online. Once it’s in you can leave it for up to 12 hours, at which point you pull it out, dump it in the toilet, wash the cup in the sink and re-insert. You can keep this up for your entire period if you want. It’s leak-proof and, unlike a tampon, you can wear it overnight.
Trust me, I know! Everyone is grossed out by the idea of dumpling their own blood in the toilet and then washing it off, except me apparently. I was actually somewhat morbidly curious about the whole ordeal.
What I can tell you right now is that the Diva Cup is mess free. Honestly. Unlike tampons they don’t leak, so you stay perfectly clean. All you have to do is pull it out without accidentally dropping it (did that once…. it was like a crime scene), and dump it in the toilet. Do a quick rinse in the sink and you’re done!
No blood on your underwear or sheets. No bloody toilet paper. No embarrassing bloody pads or tampons in the trash.
Seriously, my life has changed forever.
Is the Diva Cup Safe?
Yes. The Diva Cup is made with medical grade silicone and no dyes or harmful chemicals. Can we just talk about what’s in your average tampon for a second? Legally, tampons do not count as medical products and are not regulated as such. Because of this you can find chemicals and pesticides in your tampons!
Tampons also cause vaginal dryness. They absorb 65% menstrual fluid and 35% natural moisture. Every girl knows pulling out a dry tampon is literally one of the most awkward and uncomfortable feelings in the world. Tampons also leave behind fibers that stick to your vaginal wall even after you take the tampon out!
The Diva Cup doesn’t have any of these issues. It’s nonabsorbent and merely collects the liquid in a little medical-grade silicone cup.
Finally, there have been zero cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome with the Diva Cup. That’s because the cup acts as a barrier between your menstrual fluid and your vaginal canal, preventing harmful bacteria from causing TSS.
Will the Diva Cup Get Stuck??!
This was literally my worst fear after reading a few posts about people who had issues getting theirs out. After trying the Diva Cup myself I don’t understand how it’s even possible for the cup to get stuck. It can only go in so far!
The cup can’t physically go past your cervix so it will never get “lost inside you”. Actually, they make the stem a bit too long for most women just so that the girls with long vaginal canals can always get the cup out.
If you feel like your Diva Cup is stuck, my tip would be to relax. You’re probably just clenching your muscles because you’re nervous.
Is the Diva Cup Hard to Insert?
I had heard from many people that the Diva Cup has a learning curve. Honestly… I don’t know what other people are finding so difficult about it. It only took me a few tries to figure out how to insert it properly.
My biggest issue was the stem poking out, which I cut off when I realized I didn’t actually need it. Just be 100% sure your cup is inserted all the way before you make the snip.
The stem only exists to help you get the cup out, especially if you have a longer vaginal canal. It’s actually meant to be cut depending on your personal length. Without the stem, I get mine out by grasping the bottom of the cup with my thumb and middle finger.
I can only see the Diva Cup being difficult for a young girl who has just started her period and isn’t comfortable with her body yet. However, after a few years, I think switching to the Diva Cup should be no problem.
Why You NEED the Diva Cup for Travel and Life
Now that we’ve gotten the most pressing questions out of the way. Here are a few solid reasons why you should make the switch.
1. It saves you money
Think of how much money you spend on pads and tampons every month. The Diva Cup is reusable and can last for years if used and cleaned properly. A cup costs about $28, but saves a woman roughly $100-$150 per year, or $4,000 – $6,000 in the 40 years the average woman menstruates.
2. It’s good for your health
We already talked about the health benefits of not using tampons above, but I’m going to say it again: it’s better for your body and it feels better too. Also, if you think you have an unusually heavy or light flow, you can actually use the Diva Cup to measure how much menstrual fluid you produce (there are markers along the side). No more guesstimating: if you have concerns about your flow you can give exact measurements to your doctor.
Some people are grossed out by this, but personally, I think it’s really great to know. To be honest, I was shocked by how little fluid is in the cup after 12 hours. I was expecting much more!
3. It’s good for the environment
Just think about all the pads and tampons you go through in just one year… now multiply that by the number of women in your country. Holy cow that’s a lot of bloody garbage!
4. Convenience, Convenience, Convenience!
Tampons suck (literally). They leak, fall out, and can even kill you if you leave them in for more than seven hours. Pads are even worse. Who wants to feel like they’re wearing a diaper all day?
Periods are awful, period. But imagine if all the hassle was gone? Imagine you could just go through a normal day without wondering “Oh my god, is my tampon falling out?!” right when you’re in the middle of something.
No more checking your butt in the mirror to make sure you didn’t bleed on your dress. No more packing 5 tampons in your bag before you head out the door. No more freaking out and running to the bathroom to check your tampon. No more ruined sheets and underwear.
Diva Cup for Travel
Remember that one time I accidentally forgot to pack tampons for my trip to the Philippines and I couldn’t find them ANYWHERE?
Remember that one time my tampon soaked through at TBEX and I got blood all over the back of my dress and had to wash it in the sink and for the next hour I walked around strategically covering my backside with my bag so no one would see a giant wet spot on my butt? Yeah… that happened.
To make matters worse, it took me another two hours before I could find someone who had a replacement tampon I could use. I spent half the conference panicked I was going to bleed all over my dress and every seat I sat in. It’s hard to focus on learning and networking when you’re mildly concerned you might be sitting in a tiny puddle of blood.
Not only is the Diva Cup amazing for everyday life, it just makes travel SO MUCH EASIER.
1. No more packing a ton of tampons
If you travel long-term, especially in Asia, tampons can be a huge issue. What are you supposed to do? Pack a giant ziplock bag full of them? With the Diva Cup you have just one small cup that fits in your makeup bag.
2. Perfect for Expats
Speaking of packing a ton of tampons into multiple giant ziplock bags…. that was my life for the past few years. This Christmas I went home and returned to China with one small cup and a bottle of Diva Wash. It made all the difference in my luggage.
3. Great for Hot Weather Climates and Water Activities
On this last trip to the Philippines I got my period in the absolute worst place. I was staying in Bohol on the Loboc river doing activities like swimming and paddle boarding. I was also staying at a hostel with a squat toilet and a bucket shower.
What do you do on a four-hour paddle boarding trip if you need to change your tampon? Uh Oh.
Thankfully the Diva Cup kept me clean and leak free for my entire period. While I wasn’t able to wash my cup with hot water as recommended, I did rinse it out with potable water (drinking water) before reinserting it.
Are There Any Other Brands?
There are actually tons of different types of menstrual cups, but Diva Cup seems to be the go-to beginner cup. At first I thought I might prefer the Lily Cup’s flexible design because I was nervous about how firm the Diva Cup might be. After doing a ton of research, I decided to go with the Diva Cup because everyone seems to be recommending it for first timers.
There is also a disposable brand of menstrual cups called Soft Cup that you can actually wear during sex. These cups last the duration of one period cycle and then are thrown away.
Where Do I Get a Diva Cup?
Unfortunately, it’s actually really hard to find a Diva Cup in most stores. I needed to grab one before heading back to China and I was shocked by the fact that no stores seemed to carry them! I had to call three Targets before I found a store that had one.
People seemed somewhat confused about what they were and would give me a weird look while saying, “I guess they’re just not that popular…” when I asked for them. Why is the Diva Cup so taboo??!
I mean seriously, people made me feel like a teenage girl asking for a pregnancy test. What is wrong with society that I’m made to feel awkward for managing my period? Will someone please tell these so-called adults to grow up?
Until society gets it’s act together and stops being weird about periods, you can get your Diva Cup online at Amazon for $27 USD. There are two models: Model 1 for women who haven’t given birth and Model 2 for women who have.
Next up: I also ordered a pair of THINX period panties and I’ll be filling you in on using THINX for travel! (Use the link for $10 off your first purchase)
What do you think? Have I convinced you to give up pads and tampons forever?!
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