Diva Cup REVIEW...or rant...

WARNING: TMI- like loads of TMI below, don't say I didn't warn you. If you don't want to read about my girlie parts, then I advise you close this window immediately.

Ok- so it arrived and I used it and I can honestly say that I was on the fence about it for a day or two. Not because I didn't want to like it- because I did...but because it hurt and it felt like it was going to fall out. However, I've figured out the trick to it and I can honestly say, I'm never going back to pads or tampons...eva!

So- the evil AF (read: Aunt Flow) arrived and I was all excited to try my Diva Cup. I've never anticipated the arrival of a period as much as I did this month- no lie. So anyhow- she arrives, and I'm all ready to try it out. I read and then reread the instructions- because I don't want to do this wrong. I mean, not that you can really do it wrong, but I didn't want to hurt myself or make it impossible for me to have more children- so I read the instructions like 10 times.

Sounds easy enough. So I did it, got it in and went on my business. Only, it didn't feel right...and I was worried that I'd done something wrong, so I removed it and tried it a few more times. Again, it never felt right, so I removed it and went online to ask my FP ladies WTF was up.

So there is this little tab thing on the end...

...why it is there is beyond me, because it rubs and it's irritating, so I cut it off. I tried it again with the little tab removed- and it felt a little better UNTIL it started feeling like it was going to fall out. All I can say, is that who knew your cervix was so high up- holy cow!!

Ok- so I'm still kind not liking this, and I was starting to doubt my decision to try it and then a friend suggested that I flip it inside out so that the tab and the outer ridges are on the inside. So I give it a try...and WHAM!

I'm in LOVE.

Not only is it easier to insert...(hehe, that's a funny word) but it's much easier to rotate the 365 degrees you need to create the seal...but it is a little smaller, so it sits up higher meaning it doesn't feel like it is going to flop out. Win and Win.

I wore it all night with no problems. None! We are talking 10 hours- with no leaks and no squishy diaper feeling...BONUS!

Now what turns people off the most is the blood. I get faint around blood- so I wasn't really looking forward to it, BUT seriously, it isn't bad at all. If you empty it regularly then you have no problems. Just be careful removing it if you've been wearing it for a while (especially on your heavy flow days) because it might be full and you don't want to spill it. Just imagine...blood everywhere...haha- GROSS.

So- my final word? Give it a try. It might take you a few cycles to get the hang of it- but when you do you will be instantly converted and you'll never go back. I'm. Not. Kidding.

You not only be benefiting yourself and your health *who doesn't like that?* (click here to read up on tampons) but you'll also be saving our environment *who doesn't like that?*. You might also want to click here for more information regarding disposable menstrual products. Clicking here would also provide you with some useful information regarding whats in them and why they are bad. We all need to take little steps towards creating a better and healthier future for our children and ourselves! I know at least 10 women who have switched from traditional feminine protection to the Diva Cup, that is saving our landfill from hundreds of used maxi pads and tampons. That is taking steps in the right direction.

I want my baby to see this...

...and I want our Earth to look like this...

...so I'm going to do my part.

Give the Diva Cup a try and say BYE-BYE to pads and tampons and WASTE that will kill our earth.

Preach Preach Preach...you're welcome.
Frugally Yours,
Erin B.


  1. Yay for the environment! Glad to hear you like it- waiting very excitedly to try mine :P

  2. Way to go! I switched to homemade cloth pads over a year ago...cost me the thread...got old pj's (flannel) off freecycle. Free pattern off the internet. However, I've heard MANY good reviews of the DIVA cup.

  3. Sandra- I highly recommend a Diva Cup! Good job making your own though. I've considered it, but I don't think I'd like washing them (not much different from CDs though I guess). I think it is great! I'm definitely a convert to the DC though- that is for sure! :)

  4. Erin, have you tried the crystal deodorant? It's a crystal rock, minerals, all natural, and it actually works great. It's about $4 but lasts a whole year. No white residue, no scent, and it really works for 24hrs, even if you're dealing with sweaty pregnancy hormones lol! I have been using it for a few weeks and am really impressed.
    Diva Cup is my next challange, though I'll be waiting quite a while to try it out lol

  5. Sara- I am definitely going to have to give that a try ASAP. I hate normal deoderant because of the smell..so this sounds perfect for me. My favourite part is the $4 for a WHOLE YEAR! Ideal. Thanks for the tip.