A Review of the Diva Cup: Not for the faint of heart. (Men, avert your eyes.)
A few weeks ago a reader asked if I would address feminine hygiene issues as they relate to preparedness and survival in less-than sanitary conditions. So here we go.
When I first began storing a bit of extra foods and other essentials, I stocked up on numerous boxes of tampons and a few boxes of sanitary pads. I watched for coupons for my favorite brand and tried to buy them when they were on sale.
This wasn’t a bad strategy.
However, when I started using the Diva Cup, all that changed. A single $30 purchase made all those other products obsolete, and I’m a 100% Diva Cup girl from here on out.
First, here’s the concept behind this product. A small-ish silicone cup is inserted in about the same location as a tampon and it collects “fluid” over a period of time. (No pun intended.)
Once inserted, I forget the Diva Cup is even there. It’s doing its job quietly, which is all I ask of a feminine hygiene product. It continues doing its job for up to 12 hours.
Did you hear that? Up to twelve hours!! I don’t have to rush to a bathroom multiple times during the day or wake up to deal with “issues” during the night. The Diva Cup is leak-proof.
I absolutely love this product and will never go back to using anything else.
The one drawback
When the Diva Cup is removed and emptied into the toilet, it has to be washed before being re-inserted. When I’m at home, this isn’t an issue but I can see that it could be a little complicated if you were using a public bathroom.
One solution is to buy 2 Diva Cups and alternate them, placing the cup to be washed in a ziploc bag until it can be properly washed.
By the way, I just use Ivory soap and warm water, not any special type of cleaning solution.
What I’m about to say next is going to sound pretty close to crazy, but…I kinda, sorta look forward to my period every month because I get to use the Diva Cup! Wheeee!
Crazy, but this product is so worth every penny. I wish I had known about it years ago.
For those of you wishing to stock up, I’d think that buying maybe 4 or 5 of these could last for many, many years. You might even want to buy one or more for the younger female members of your family.
It’s small enough to tuck into an emergency kit, so you’ll be prepared anytime, anywhere.
Also, here is the official Diva Cup website with tons of information.
Did I mention that I really, really like the Diva Cup? By the way, it comes in 2 sizes: pre-childbirth and post-childbirth.
If you give it a try, let me know what you think!
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