Have you tried the Diva Cup?

Ali de Bold
on Jul 21, 2008 @ 06:09 pm

I just noticed this review:

I have heard about this but am too afraid to try it. Anyone else had good/bad experiences?

29 Replies

and I really should reply anonymously... on Jul 22, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

oh what the heck.

I plan to try this soon and will post my take on it when I do! Gross - yes, but I think it's a great idea for those who are trying to be less wasteful.

! on Jul 23, 2008 @ 12:31 am

I'm scared

I know ... on Jul 23, 2008 @ 10:57 am

I know a couple girls who swear by them and others who've had bad experiences so it's sort of a toss up as to how it's going to work for you

As much as I don't want to be wasteful, I also don't see myself picking one of these up.. but that's just me!

... on Jul 23, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

Working at a women's centre, I had a lot of people coming into the centre interested about the diva cup. Although I am too chicken to try it, I have friends who actually find it comfortable. The only problem is that you probably need to frequently change it during those heavy days. Otherwise, I would say its environmentally friendly and saves money, too. There's also The Keeper which is all natural rubber if anyone is allergic to silicone.

I'm actually more interested in trying out the Luna pads (washable). My friend got a bunch before heading overseas and I think she likes them.

oh yea... on Jul 23, 2008 @ 10:26 pm

from what I remember, Ryerson Women's Centre sells diva cups for $15. Great price considering Grass roots sells them for $40.

instead cup on Jul 24, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

I've been meaning to write a review on the Instead Cup. It's the same idea, except their cups aren't meant to be reused, though I think you could very easily and safely do so.

This is my 3rd period using the Instead Cup. The reviewer of Diva Cup is right. It takes a few tries to get it right and comfortable. But when you do, you know it.

Yes, you have to get intimate w/ yourself, but come on. Is that really a problem? If a woman doesn't know her body, its time she learned. I'm not even talking about masturbation, here. Its generally important to know how your body works and understand the female anatomy. So your finger gets messy. That's what a sink and some soap and water are for.

Putting the cup in is pretty easy. I usually sit on the toilet and proceed just as though I was inserting a tampon (sans applicator). The seated position helps you properly place the cup against the back of the vagina and get is nestled up behind the pubic bone. Trust me, it sounds more difficult than it really is. There really is no other place for the cup to go. My first few times I didn't get it up behind the pubic bone well enough. When this happens, your body sort of pushes it out.

Pulling the cup out is a bit more difficult. I take it out while in the shower so that if I do spill it just washes away. While in the shower I can also rinse off and clean the cup. Taking the cup out can be tricky your first few times. I take my middle finger (longest) and wrap it up and over the rim of the cup to pull it out. Your body kind of "suctions" the cup in there, so it takes some good pulling to get it out. My first attempt I hadn't yet learned the middle finger up and over the rim technique so I was totally panicking! I was like "Am I going to have to go the ER to get this $(%*ing thing out!?" But I just calmed down, was patient, and tried again.

Now onto leaking. Excuse me if this is too much information, but I figure if you guys are interested, you should know. Quit reading now if you're worried. I have no leaks when I use the cup except for when I'm peeing or pooping. What happens is when you "bear down" and push to expel waste, it causes the rim of the cup behind the pubic bone to release a little bit. So in a sense, a little bit of the trapped fluid is spilling/escaping.

We have yet to try sex while I'm wearing the cup. I'm curious but a bit hesitant. So I have yet to report on that aspect. But personally, being able to have sex while on the rag, clean sex, is a super PLUS!

Now that I'm proficient at using the cup, I never use tampons or pads (an occasional panty liner). The cups are just waaaay too convenient not to use. I'll have to look into the diva cup as an approved renewable option.

Wow, that was long. I guess I'll just copy and paste this content into a user review! :-)

thanks, Spotty! on Jul 24, 2008 @ 04:09 pm

I for one applaud you for your openness! If anything, I'm even more sold on it now than before. Thanks!

So jealous... on Jul 25, 2008 @ 09:49 pm

Glad you are having a healthy sex life. I am so freaking jealous!!!!!

Hunter on Jul 26, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

I have to say I've read a number of your comments in the forums and it seems you really want a girlfriend. It is pretty obvious. Please take this as some free and friendly advice. The more you talk about it the more desparate you will come across to other women even if you aren't. I'm sure you are a nice guy and all but you should focus less on trying to find a relationship and more on just being a friend. Nothing scares women away more than someone who comes off as desparte and the more you talk about it the mre it seems you are. It will all eventually work out for you and I hope it does. :]

Thank you on Jul 27, 2008 @ 06:18 pm

Thanks for the advice. I am actuallly not looking for gf here. I just like to chat like one of you here. Just not able to use all these different cup gadgets. Anyway I thanks your advice again. But i don't meet much people usually. I try taking dancing class but its not easy to talk to the people there.

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