First of all, if you've never heard of the DivaCup before you might be a bit confused. To put it simply, the DivaCup is a menstrual cup and it's an alternative to tampons. This bell shaped device is made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone and it's the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada. To use, fold the cup (pictured below), and insert it into the vaginal canal, grip the base of the cup (not the stem) and turn the cup one full rotation (360 degrees) in either direction. You need to rotate the cup to create a suction, which means you won't get any leaks!
The DivaCup can stay in for a full 12 hours, and there is absolutely no chance for TSS. To remove, pull gently on the stem of The DivaCup until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinch the base of the cup to release the seal and continue to pull down to remove it. Then simply empty the contents of the cup into the toilet, sink, shower, etc. Clean the cup with a mild unscented water-based (oil-free) soap, and reinsert. The cup also has measurement lines, so if you really want to get to know your cycle, you can track your flow! I think that the DivaCup allows you to become more comfortable with your body, which is great because menstruation is such a normal art of being a woman!
Like I said, I've used the DivaCup for 2 cycles now, and I'm completely impressed! I haven't had any issues with leaking, which was always a problem with me while using tampons. I absolutely love that I can keep the DivaCup in for a full 12 hours - I empty it once in the morning and once before bed. Doesn't get much easier than that! To be honest, since I've been using the DivaCup, I almost forget that I'm on my period. No more having to remember to pack extra tampons in my purse, or having to ask friends for tampons. I also love that the DivaCup is a one time purchase - gone are the days of running out to Shopper's (or sending your boyfriend out!) to pick up an expensive box of tampons. DivaCup does state that you should replace your cup once per year, but I've heard of people keeping their cups for much longer without any issues - it is made of silicone after all! You'll also be lowering your environmental impact, as you won't be using disposable pads or tampons anymore. Ultimately, I can't find any faults in the DivaCup! I know that some people have a hard time wrapping their heads around the idea of a menstrual cup, but I think that it's something that every woman should at least be aware of. You can easily buy online, or use the store locator to find out where to purchase a DivaCup!
So, do you want to try out the DivaCup for yourself?! One of my Canadian or American readers has the chance to try out this incredible product for themselves. Even if you don't win this giveaway, please at least consider purchasing a menstrual cup, I don't think you'll be disappointed! If you've already tried out the DivaCup, or any other menstrual cup, I'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!
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Disclaimer: I was sent the DivaCup to try out and review, but I was not paid for this collaboration.