Let’s talk about periods. (It’s about to get descriptive . . . you’ve been warned!!) Most of us (women) have had a period at one time or another. They’re bloody, painful, smelly, tiring, and a bit of a drag when it comes to staying on top of changing a tampon or pad every several hours.
I’ve always been a tampon girl, as I hate the feeling of a wet pad between my legs. My mama taught me how to use one and since then, I haven’t gone back. So, why a period cup you might ask? I’ll tell you why:
- Period cups are cost effective. At most, you should only have to purchase one period cup a year (about $25) as opposed to one box of tampons/month (about $7).
- Period cups helps maintain the pH of your vagina by not drying it out, which is a side effect of inserting rayon or cotton tampons into the vaginal canal. Disrupted pH levels can lead to irritation, odors, and infection. (YUCK.)
- Period cups are less fuss, as they only have to be changed 2-3 times in a 24-hour period rather than every 2-3 hours like a tampon does.
I first heard about the DivaCup in high school; it was a completely new invention to me and I was intrigued. I told all my friends about it, but never tried it myself. Flash forward to about 8 months ago, my husband finally persuaded me to pull the trigger, knowing I had been talking about it for years, so to Amazon I went. Lucky for me, it showed up only two days before my next period (thank you, Prime!!), and I was eager to try. I followed the directions in the package and up it went . . . although not as easily as I thought it might.
It took several tries, positions, and folding methods to get it in, but it finally felt “right.” Several hours later, however, I was leaking, so I decided to try again. I was mentally cringing, as I had always pictured the removal being a blood bath (#sorrynotsorry). Much to my surprise, it was as clean as dumping blood out of a cup into a toilet can be, definitely not any messier than a tampon or a pad. I rinsed it in the sink, studied the diagram in the directions once more, and tried again.
With each attempt, the process became smoother. And with each period, my ease of using the DivaCup increased. I was able to go an entire 12 hours without having to empty it which was perfect for my mama lifestyle, and I stopped having to think about my period several times a day (which may have lead to a 24-hour oopsie, but that’s a story for another day). It only took a few months for me to become a die-hard, period-cup-loving mama!!
In case you’re still unsure of whether or not to make the switch, here are a few more details:
- While it may not seem like it, the DivaCup is sanitary. According to instructions, it should be boiled prior to initial use and then again as needed to sanitize. I personally use DivaWash to clean my cup after each cycle which is a pH-balanced, plant-based cleanser.
- I have a moderate to heavy flow and have never had to empty my cup more than twice a day. I typically empty it prior to getting in the shower in the morning and then again before going to bed at night. After I take it out, I rinse and re-insert.
- There are many different brands of period cups. I personally chose the DivaCup because I’ve known about it the longest. From what I’ve read, most of them are silicone-based, which reduces the chances of bacterial infections that can occur with tampons. You can check out other varieties here.
- Most period cups have various sizes based on flow, age, or whether or not you’ve had children. Since I use the DivaCup, I have Model 2 which is for women who are a) 30 years old and/or b) have had children. When I first received the cup, it looked HUGE, not to mention the silicone was somewhat firm. However, after using it for several months, I felt more comfortable with the size and my ability to insert it. If you’re have difficulty inserting your cup properly due to size or are finding that you’re having leaking issues month after month, I would recommend trying a different model.
- And, last but not least, my favorite part of the period cup: it’s completely unnoticeable. As opposed to tampons, which I always felt no matter how well they were inserted, the DivaCup is invisible to the senses, which is a huge relief when everything else in your body is raging.
Have you used any alternatives to the traditional tampons/pads? I’d love to hear about your experience!!
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