There are a lot of people that seem to be interested in the Diva Cup. I love my cup and love talking to others about it. I decided to make a FAQ that anyone can check out for some questions that Im asked often. If there are any others that you want to know, but arent in here, please ask and Ill add them to the OP. I will be linking this in my profile, so feel free to link people here if you see them asking questions about it.
Some reasons why I love my Diva cup:
-It saves money
-It doesnt leave behind fibers like tampons or pads would
-It doesnt smell
-It collects more blood/I can use it for longer periods of time
To check out the actual Diva Cup website, CLICK HERE
1. What is the Diva Cup? The Diva Cup is a menstrual cup that you insert, kinda like a tampon, and it collects the blood.
2. Does the Diva Cup leak? Once inserted properly, the cup will not leak. If you can feel the cup, take it out, re-insert it until you dont feel it and you should have no leaking issues.
3. Is it messy? IMO, its no messier than a tampon or pad. I actually feel cleaner with the Diva cup then I do with anything else. The only "mess" you have to deal with is during removal. When you remove it, there will be blood in it. You dump the blood in the toilet, rinse the cup with water and re-insert the cup.
4. Is there an odor? There is no odor. Your flow only develops a smell once it begins oxidizing from being exposed to air. Since your flow isnt exposed to the air, it develops no smell.
5. Can you feel the Diva Cup when its inserted? If you can feel the cup, its not inserted properly. Take it out, and continue re-inserting it until you no longer feel it. When its in all the way and you dont feel it, its in properly.
6. How much does the Diva Cup hold? The cup holds 1 oz. On my heavy days using a tampon; I would have to change it every 1-2 hours. On those same days, with my cups; after 4-5 hours the cup was no where close to being full.
7. What if Im out in public? Chances are, you arent going to have to remove/rinse out your cup if you are in public. If you do end up having to, just dump the cup the same way you would normally, wipe it out with a dry or damp tissue and re-insert normally.
8. Can I wear the Diva Cup during sex? No. Unlike the Instead Soft cups, the Diva Cup is not to be used during sex.
9. Can I wear the cup with an IUD? Id always consult your physician, but there are many women Ive talked to that wear the cup, along with the IUD and have no issues.
10. Where can I buy the diva cup/ how much are they? Here are some links to online stores you can buy the cup. There may be other sites that offer it cheaper. If you know of any, please let me know and I can add them here Mothernature.com Luckyvitamin.com - Search Diva Cup. It wouldnt let me link the page
Drugstore.com Lunapads.com Amazon.com - Search Diva cup. It wouldnt let me link the page
As for price range...Id say the average price is from $25-35 depending on the site you find them on
11. How big is the cup? Here is a picture to give you an idea about how big the cup is.
As for actual measurements:
The Model 1 cup is 1 11/16" (~4.3 cm) in diameter and the Model 2 cup is 1 13/16" (~4.6 cm) in diameter. Both cups are approximately 2 1/4" (~5.7 cm) in length in the body of the cup, with another 3/8" (~1 cm) stem (2 5/8" total length). The stem may be trimmed to adjust for comfort.
There is a small difference between the two sizes (Model 1 is 1/8" (~0.3 cm) smaller), but it is important to use the recommended sizing to prevent leakage.
12. Does the Diva cup hurt? Not at all. It may feel uncomfortable if it has been inserted incorrectly, but Ive never felt pain from my cup. If the cup does feel uncomfortable, just remove it and re-insert it until you dont feel it
1. How do I insert and remove the cup? First, relax. The more relaxed you are, the easier it will be to insert. Here are 2 of the most popular folds used for inserting the cup.
I personally, prefer the "push down"
2. How do I know when to remove the cup? This info, Im taking directly from the Diva cup website. For myself...When I started using it...I just randomly checked after so long to see how full it was and gave myself more or less time, depending on how full my cup was.
The DivaCup holds one ounce (30 ml). The entire average monthly flow is approximately 1 to 1.4 ounces (30-40 ml). By monitoring the fullness of the cup over a couple of periods, you will quickly learn how often to empty it according to your specific needs. Most women find that the cup is not even half full after 12 hours. For those with heavier flows, the cup is simply emptied more often.
The DivaCup is emptied, washed and reinserted 2-3 times per 24 hour day. It can be worn up to 12 hours at a time, but it must be emptied, washed and reinserted at least 2 times a day (twice in a 24 hour period). It can be worn up to 12 hours overnight. Most women need only to empty it in the morning and again in the evening.
It is not necessary to remove it for urination or bowel movements; however, The DivaCup must be removed prior to intercourse.
If you have a fairly regular cycle, you may insert The DivaCup right before your period to avoid spotting.
On the rare occasion you need to empty the cup in a public washroom, you can use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup. Wash it well with warm, soapy water at the next convenient opportunity.
1. Which model/size should I use? I chose model 2, because I have delivered vaginally.
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.
2. Is the model number printed on the cup? The cup should have a number 1 or 2 stamped into the cup on the rim
3. How big is the Diva Cup? Here is a visual for you. The DivaCup is all the way to the left, the Instead cup is in the middle and all the way to the right is a standard deck of cards.
1. Is the Diva Cup sanitary? Yes! Its actually more sanitary than tampons and pads, when used correctly.
The DivaCup is made from top quality, healthcare grade silicone, which is 100% latex-free, plastic-free, BPA-free and odorless. It is non-absorbent and does not disrupt one’s natural vaginal environment.
Some info from the site:
The vagina is self-cleansing and continually producing fluid that “flushes” the vagina. Tampons (rayon and cotton) absorb this protective fluid and can disrupt the normal acidic vaginal environment.
Remember to wash and rinse your hands before inserting and removing your DivaCup. Wash your DivaCup well with The DivaWash or a low or balanced pH, unscented soap and warm water at least twice a day. The best cleaning agent to use is The DivaWash. We have formulated it to be pH balanced at 5.5, which is best for the cup and you, as it does not leave residue. Also, it should be boiled for 20 minutes at the end of each cycle. Please review the Cleaning and Caring category in the FAQs for boiling instructions.
2. How do I clean the cup? Water and mild soap is best. There are actual cleaners out there for the cup, but mild soap works well. Do not use vinegar, tea tree oil, scented soap, antibacterial soap, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, rubbing alcohol or harsh chemicals as these may damage the silicone and ruin the cup.
To sterilize the cup, you can boil it for 20 minutes.
Quoting MzDENISE:“ Thanks for posting this! I've been thinking about it but I feel like I would accidentally drop all the blood upon removal for some reason.”
Most people are scared of removing it the most. When removing mine, the cup, with blood in it, never really got a chance to come above my lap. Once I took it out, I just dumped it and then brought it over me.
Quoting Heather[Drama+.5]:“ Whats funny, is that someone PMed me cause they made a thread about it and someone linked me ... [snip!] ... someone linked me Then I went through recent topics and I saw Denise's thread. I was like wow, thats going on today haha”