DivaCup Model 1 Menstrual Cup
- Between the ages of 19 and 30 and have a medium menstrual flow? Meet the Model 1. The Diva cup is to be kept in a cotton bag and away from perfumes or anything scented
- No more monthly spending on period products. Buy the DivaCup once, use for up to a year.
- Enjoy secure, comfortable, leak-free protection for up to 12 hours.
- No harsh chemicals, no single-use plastics. Look after your body and the planet. Boil your cup - before your first use, boil the DivaCup for 5 – 10 minutes
- Low maintenance. Simply remove, wash, and reuse.
- Diva International Inc is an ISO 13485:2016 certified medical device manufacturer, and DivaCup products are deemed safe for use by all major international and state-level regulatory approvals including Health Canada, US FDA, TGA (Australia), COFEPRIS (Mexico), DIGEMID (Peru), the KFDA (Korea) and the state of California.
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Why switch to the DivaCup?
300 lbs. 300 bloody pounds – that’s how much waste the average person creates in a lifetime using disposable period products.
Want to save that money? The DivaCup can be used for up to a year, and sometimes longer. So, do the math and switch to the DivaCup.
Spend less time worrying about leaks and looking for bathrooms. The DivaCup can be worn for up to 12 hours, depending on your menstrual flow.
Diva Cup Model 1 is for Pre-Childbirth and/or Under 30 Years of Age.The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent. Many women feel uneasy about changing their menstrual care routine. Years of dealing with the sights and odors of disposable tampons and pads cause the familiar reaction: “ick!”. The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. Perfect for all activities (on air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry.
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100% medical grade silicone, with no latex, dyes, rubber, plastic or BPA.
Model 1 - For women under 30 years old who have never delivered vaginally or by c-section.
Model 2 - For women over 30 years old and/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by c-section.
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2) you must be comfortable getting a bit messy
3) have a sink nearby
If you are dry it can be a bit of a pain to get situated. There are a few ways to fold the cup to get it in and have it pop open but not all will work every time. I have had to insert and reinsert this a few times because the cup wouldn't open.
I will push my vaginal walls out with my fingers in hopes to open space up enough for the cup to pop open - this works about 50% of the time.
I will spin the cup to make sure nothing is pinched in still - this will cause leakage, and spinning helps prevent a vacuum seal which will make removal difficult.
I insert and remove at home - where I have a squatty potty. This, I have found, helps everything immensely! I have tired to insert in the tub while squatting, sitting on a regular toilet in a public bathroom, and while standing with a foot up. Using the squatty potty is the easiest, followed by the tub.
Public bathroom is the worst due to fear of germs, dropping it, getting to a sink etc. This should not discourage anyone tho! I have had years and years of practice with tampons and have been using this for not even a year! Learning curve is there, but once you know how to get it in and get that down it just becomes practice.
Tips: you should NOT leak, if you are leaking it is not in right or you have the wrong size in. I am 32 with no children and use Cup 1 - I have purchased cup 2 to see what the difference should be. There are also different brands - if Diva doesn't work another style may help based on the depth of your cervix.
These cups wont be too big - the vagina is like an umbrella and will open to accommodate the 'girth'. You should not feel this at all (unless you kegel). Tampons you can sometimes feel - they are long, or are poking something in an odd angle, and they dry you out - this, you should not feel at all as the vagina itself has no nerve endings. However, if you are uncomfortable the stem could be to long, you could have a shallow cervix, or it is in at an odd angle and poking at the wrong angle. If so, take it out and re-insert.
You must fold this to insert it!
Tip 2: Before you insert clean yourself up, insert it, and clean yourself up again. This will help you figure out if you are leaking truely or it is just blood caught around the cup after insertion.
Tip 3: know your flow! I have overflowed this cup once - I noticed leaking and removed the cup; it was full!
If you have mucousy flow it will 'fall out' as you remove the cup. Be prepared!
Sanitize in boiling water after your cycle. This should last you YEARS!
I purchased DivaCup Size 1 as my first menstrual cup. My cat has a rubber and now silicone fetish and proceeded to run off with it after I rinsed and put it on the sink before insertion.
Figured I would buy some of the 'generic' or less expensive options, try them out and compare since DivaCup is on the pricer side.
DivaCup $28 ish
Anigan EvaCup 2/$35 dual pack
I chose the LARGE or Size 2 for each cup except my original Diva
To start all cups are the same in height - about 2.5" high - you can see in the image with the yard stick
I used each cup for a few days of my cycle, both light and heavier/mucusy flow. All worked perfectly, there were zero leaks
DivaCup Size 1 is for prebirth/under 30. Size 2 is postbirth/over 30. The difference is the overall width through the entire cup, the difference is slight.
DivaCup is by far my favorite except that the stem is open - that collects blood/fluid and it is difficult to clean. The wider stem does help it with removal but not all the time. It also only comes in clear, it will eventually discolor since blood stains.
DivaCup has a moderate firmness and a thin edge. It is easy to fold and insert and opening is not an issue most of the time (suction is to blame the times it is difficult)
Blossom Cup is my second favorite. It is visually similar to Diva, comes in funky colors which is a bonus for the staining. I got Red which is really a salmon color, should have chosen lime green. It has a thin edge just like Diva and is moderate in firmness. Easy to fold and insert, opening is not an issue. The body is slightly softer than Diva which may make removal difficult. I tend to grab the base just above the stem to remove.
My least favorites are a tie between EvaCup and Athena Cup for different reasons.
Athena Cup is SOFT - very flimsy, the edge and body squeeze too easily and they just feel inadequate. The softness of the cup makes it hard to have the edges pop open inside you. These cups were the ones I had the most difficulty with.
I just could not get these to open without a lot of internal manipulation (pushing the vaginal walls out to give the cup room to expand). I also had a tough time removing the cups - because they are so soft when you grab the body of the cup it squishes, I couldn't get a good grip. They do come in funky colors and I love the black and teal.
EvaCup has the exact opposite problem, they are FIRM. The edge of Eva is thicker than Diva and the rest, not in width but in length down the cup. This edge is very firm, much firmer than the body which is firmer than Diva by far. This makes folding the cup much more difficult and insertion harder. It does help with popping the cup open but I found if I didn't have a really good firm grip on the cup it opened before I had it high enough. I could feel the cup and had to remove and reinsert a few times before it was high enough and in the right spot to do its job. Eva also comes in some funky colors - the two that came in the dual pack were pink and purple.
Any of these will work, the best is to pick one and figure out what you like/dislike. Too firm, not firm enough, hard to remove?
Firmer go with Eva, softer go with Athena, somewhere in the middle Diva or Blossom
Colors - go with anything but Diva
-blood in a cup
-cleaning out a menstrual cup anywhere but home
First, insertion/removal is SO MUCH EASIER WHEN YOU KNOW THE TRICKS!
1. The instructions come with two modes of insertion. The first is the normal one you see, and the second has been my go-to. (See picture for reference.) You place your finger on the edge of the cup and push it down towards the center of the cup, this creates a triangular shape. Now, the top of the cup is the size of a tampon, and it’s far easier to insert. I also think it makes it easier for the cup to unfold correctly when placed.
2. Don't worry so much about the shape of your vagina- if you have inserted a tampon, you’ve got the idea. Same goes for relaxing your vagina muscles- I never focused on it, and it never became a problem.
3. Checking if the cup is fully expanded is hella hard for me. I twist it as much as I can, then I usually give up. You can feel when the cup expands just from the base, and this has been enough for me to tell. I haven’t had a single problem with leaks.
- Removal: now this was interesting. My first removal felt like I was giving birth to a lime sized baby. The suction truly does exist. By fear not! As soon as I figured out the right way to do it, it was smooth sailing on USS Menstrual Cup. The trick? Push it out. Literally. The first time I tried to remove the cup, I thought I had forever lost it to the seas of the female body. The moment I discovered I could push it out, the stem would beautifully present itself without any trouble. Wow! You’ll still want to pinch the cup to break the seal, but that’s the easy part. Getting the thing within pinching distance was a really simple but for whatever reason completely unintuitive thing to me *facepalm*.
-Blood in a cup sucks. You’d be amazed at how unappealing it looks. Prepare yourself. If you’re queasy, this might be a struggle for you.
- Where/when?? Every 12 hours is SOOO NICE! Trust me, you’re usually home within 12 hours. If you’re not, find a private bathroom, take it out, rinse it off, stick it back in. One reviewer mentioned she does this in the shower at night- genius.
Overall, this has been really exciting! Pads suck! Tampons turn your precious ecosystem into a desert! The diva cup isn’t perfect, but it’s the best menstrual product I have ever tried.
*I would not recommend this product to someone who isn’t ready to go digging in their vagina quite yet.
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Last week I realised my period was going to coincide with my holiday to Spain and the month before that was at a festival (nightmare) so I decided to go for it.
I am 34 and had 2 c-sections but I decided to go for the smaller size to see how it goes because when I have smear tests etc. they always have to use the smaller size.
Upon unboxing I was surprised to find it was bigger than I imagined and I struggled with getting it in place at first. I could still slightly feel that better stem but it wasn't uncomfortable as such. I found laying down to put it in for the first time helped.
Removing it is a strange sensation. It's not painful but a little bit uncomfortable but it's only 2-3 times a day so it's fine.
Not having to bring tampons on towels on holiday has been fantastic and as I am in Spain (can't flush things down loo) and staying with family I haven't had to worry about disposing of such items either. I've been swimming every day and sleeping in pure white sheets and not had a single leak. The first 2 days I was removing it every few hours as I was paranoid about leaking but once I got familiar with the amount of liquid I realised I only really needed to do it morning and evening (may be different for some women).
My period has been shorter and less painful and just less hassle and I will never be going back to disposable sanitary products again.
Slept with it in wore it the next day and everyday until Aunt Flo had gone. No leaks no issues.
I'd recommend to anyone who has periods!
So much less junk to throw away no tampons no pads no smells no paranoia. You can't go wrong.
Emptying doesn't have to be messy either just take it out carefully and tip the waste into the toilet/plughole and give it a rinse or use wipes/tissue if the tap isn't available. I deffo recommend turning it inside out though that was a lifesaving tip for me.
- War on waste - the environmental benefit of not having endless sanitary products down the toilet or landfill
- Only having to empty and replace the cup every 12 hours (more if a very heavy flow)
- Health benefits - no risk of TTS from tampons
- Being able to comfortably sleep without worrying about leakages
- Saves money (yes there is an initial outlay but mine paid for itself very quickly
- Once you get used to the 'fit' there is no worry about leaking
- Comes in its own little pouch that can be carried around in a bag ready for that 'time of the month'
- Honestly, it is fascinating to see how much of a flow you have. With all the tampons we use we probably imagine it to be huge. I promise, you will be surprised
Con's (not really downsides - just things you need to be aware of)
- You really have to be comfortable with your body. You WILL get messy at times. If the sight of the red stuff sets you on edge, you better stay clear
- You kinda gotta be flexible to be able to reach in and do the necessary to get this sucka into place. I have a bad back and sometimes it can take 10-15 minutes to get it to fit right
- There are sometimes where it just won't play ball. You think it's fitted and sealed correctly but noooooo. Hey, you live and learn
- There are two methods for fitting. Trial and error will help you find the one that works for you. And listening out for the 'suction' sound - get one of these and you will know what I mean
- There are other brands of cups on the market. I was fortunate to find the Diva Cup worked for me so didn't have to try others. You may not be the same.
- It will discolour overtime no matter how much you clean it. Just accept it.
All in all this is probably one of the best things I have ever purchased
As others have mentioned it really helps with cramps, there are no nasty smells, no waste to throw away (or try and find a bin for), and you feel SO clean and free!
It's quite hands on and a tad messy on day one, which can seem unpleasant to some, but just embrace it and it will give you a new respect and understanding for your body. I found inserting this really simple and comfortable, and couldn't feel it at all once it was in. Removing it the first time was a bit scary as I was surprised just how far up it goes, but this makes it really comfy once in. Just relax, get into the right position and have faith that it can't go anywhere and it will come out with ease after a couple of tries.
I've heard that some sanitary products contain ingredients that make your cycle last a little longer to use more of their products - now I don't know if that is true, but one of the other bonuses for me with the Diva Cup is that it has knocked two days of my usual cycle time, so maybe there is some truth to it!
If you're hesitant to get one of these just jump in, give it a try and find the right cup for you.
Having had a c section and a normal delivery, and being over 30 I definitely fall into the category of needing the larger cup, however because the diva cup is a very stiff silicone material it is very unforgiving fit wise, so being someone with a high cervix and no residual stress incontinence this cup may be a bit too big, evidenced by the fact that often I can feel the cup when it’s inserted.
I’ve used it for two months and felt I was getting the hang of it using the punch down fold to insert, but even now on month 3 there have been occasional issues with discomfort. Having said that when I can finagle it into a comfortable position it does not leak.
As for only changing 12 hourly, maybe if you are a light flow or for the rest of us on day 3-4 that may be possible, but for medium heavy flow I would say it has to be changed 8 hourly, and overnight there were some leakage issues.
This is a good cup, and for lots of women it will be their perfect fit, but not for me.
Also it’s really expensive compared to a lot of other options.
I got this because my periods are irregular and I wanted something I could throw in my bag and have with me at all times that wouldn't end up full of crumbs like towels do.
I was a bit weary about using it as I have never been able to wear tampons without a lot of pain.
Of course onceI got this I had to wait almost three months to give it a try, but it was worth the wait.
It took maybe two of three attempts to get it in and right. I find turning it while holding the bottom of the cup easier than trying to turn it using the stem.
Once I got insertion right, I didn't feel it at all. not when I wentto the gym, or when I slept, or even when using the loo.
I found it easy to adjust if the stem was irritating me, and getting it out was easy enough, too.
Emptying and cleaning it at home was really simple. Out and about not so much. But I did find that giving it a wipe with some loo roll solved most of the problem until I got home.
I haven't been able to go a full 12 hours without emptying it, but thatis because when I do have a period it is generally very heavy. However, I empty it by far less than I would changr towels (which was every hour to hour and a half).
And now for the tmi bit.
The bits I loved most about this is the feeling. When I cough or sneeze or fart, there isn't a horrid sensation of leaking. There also isn't the constant horror of wiping blood away every time I pee (i can't stand the sight of blood, even when it is my own).
Overall, I love this product, and am no longer dreading all the horrible parts of my period, because this pretty much sorts them out.
Not to mention, helping the environment, which is always a plus.
I bought it eventually, read the instructions and sterilized it as instructed.
Waited for my period to start and I dreaded to put it in.
As I read the instructions, I felt pretty confident and plucked up the courage to do it. Glad I did.
1) Easy to insert, please read instructions before trying it, thats where most women go wrong. I also practiced the technique in with my hands (how to insert not actually doing it) before I sterilized. It did not hurt.
Also if it leaks its not the product, you need to make sure that when it’s in you turn the bottom of the base (not the stick) to make sure its round shaped, that means its suctioned in properly. If its still like an oval turn it round slowly until it reaches circular shape.
2) Comfort. I was expecting it to be somewhat uncomfortable, nope, It doesn’t fee like you have anything inside at all. It feels wayyyy better than a tampon. Its like its not there. I slept in it, cleaned in it, and went shopping with it in. All good, felt invisible.
Changing was quite messy, you need to get it out, empty it in the toilet, and wash it under the tap, then re insert. Takes about 3-5 minutes. I don’t use soap on mine because I’m very sensitive down there so I just thoroughly wash it under the tap until spotless clean.
I empty my cup every 4-5 hours in the day, but leave the cup in overnight without changing it during the night, the cup is very full when I wake up and if it has overflown it’s literally 1cm of blood. I sleep roughly 10 hours.
After period is finished I sterlize, put it in the bag it comes with, ready for next time- however I still re sterilize just before I insert again just in case theres and germs in the bag etc. I personally don't sterilize during period, just wash very good and thoroughly under hot water.
I have had 2 children via vaginal birth and 2 c sections. My oldest who I had given birth to are 17 and 16 years old. My periods are heavy. I got a size 2.
Wish I had bought this years ago. No more spending money on pads and tampons and no irritations off it either which is a bonus. Pads made me itch and tampons leaked all the time after an hour of putting them in.
I feel more relaxed with the menstral cup and definitely recommend.
Today is a heavy day and After 3 hours my cup was 3/4 full!! The only reason I took it out was because I hadn't put it in properly and I was leaking but thought I'd see what would happen anyway. The second time inserting was much easier and felt more comfortable so I'm going to give it a go wearing to bed. Don't think I can wear this on heavy days outside the house though, it's not the kind of thing I'd want to deal with in a public toilet but will continue to use on my lighter days.
I did find it easier to reinsert on the toilet rather the in the shower which is where I tried it first and you definitely need to try both techniques for folding as the first one I tried caused the leakage.
The whole process is messy but if prepared you will soon get used to it. Easy to remove, feels like taking out a large tampon and once in properly can't feel it.
The first time it gave me mild stomach pain which is another reason why I thought I should take it out.
Not bad for a first try of a menstrual cup, will keep looking now for one that holds more fluid.
If I can, will update on how the night went, I'm used to getting up and changing pads once or twice through night so will do the same to compare.
But after a rocky first month, Im hooked! And I"m never going back!
The first month was rocky: Got stuck up there once (that was fun.. not!), leaked a couple of times, and the thing at the end kept poking me. Since then, I've learned to bear down to bring it within reach (will help with childbirth!), I learned what it feels like when its fully open and secured, and I cut off the whole stick thing at the end (I advise you not to do this until you learn to bear down you will find it hard to grab and get out).
Now that I"m an expert, I cant imagine using anything else! Holidays and, just life!, have been so much better. Feels so comfortable I forget its that time of the month!
Loved so much I bought it for my friends!
I saw so many good reviews about this so decided to take the risk and buy it. I normally switch between pads and tampons depending on my cycle but wanted something a bit “easier to use.”
I cannot for the life of me insert this. Every time you fold it how it says on the directions as soon as you start to insert it pops right open again, I cannot get a good enough grip to keep it folded. Move your finger once and that’s it, the cup will pop open and you have to start all over again.
Not to mention the mess of god knows how many failed attempts. Wish I’d never bothered.
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