If you’re just tuning in, you may want to check out Part I of this series: my post about Lunapads!
We’ve probably all heard the slogan, “Have a Happy Period” by you-know-what pad company. You know what makes me Have a Happy Period?
Oh-em-gee, I am in love with this. I kind of want to tell you to just stop reading right now and GET one, because they are that AWESOME!
DivaCup, how I do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
…nothing in the landfill.
…nothing in my body that’s full of toxic chemicals.
…ease of use.
…nothing for the dog to get a hold of. (C’mon, you know it happens!)
…look Ma, no strings!
I was all “ew!” and “what do you DO with it?!” and “how does that WORK?!” I hemmed and hawed for months about whether or not it would be worth it. So, I decided to just bite the bullet (or maybe drink the Kool-Aid, as it were) and try the DivaCup. The worst that could happen is that my bathroom would look like something out of a bad horror movie, right?
Right. And honestly, while I was getting the hang of it the first couple times I used it, I had a little cleaning up to do. BUT, the second cycle I used it, it was MUCH better. And the third time, even easier. In short: you’ll probably get the hang of it pretty fast.
Now that said, I’m still not going to try and empty it when I’m not at home. There’s about a 50/50 chance that I could empty it in a public restroom and have no mess, or be stuck in a stall with it.
So the emptying it part. This is something AWESOME about it. And it’s also the only not-awesome part. It’s fantastic because you only have to empty it once every 12 hours or so. No carrying around supplies, no ducking into bathrooms, none of that nonsense! Twelve hours is a long time to go about your business and not worry about your period, right?! And when it’s in? Totally comfortable. You put it in and forget it’s there.
When it’s been 12 hours (or so…I empty mine when I get up in the morning and before bed, so it probably works out a little differently, but it works for me). Anyway, when it’s been 12 hours, you just carefully remove it, empty it into the toilet, then rinse & replace it. The trick is to not spill it when you remove it, which gets better with experience.
Tampons are notorious for drying out the vagina and becoming uncomfortable to use. The DivaCup is silicone and so it doesn’t do that. It lets your body go through its cycle and collects the flow; it doesn’t sponge it out of you in an unnatural way. I’m all about letting my body do its thang, so I really like that it’s a passive participant in my period. I’ve found that things down below are a lot more consistent and comfortable since I started using the DivaCup. And after the first couple cycles with it, I’ve found that I have less cramping, too. Bonus!
I love that there are no strings and nothing is going on outside of your body (so also, no funky smells due to blood leaving the body and oxidizing!). The DivaCup pretty much makes it so your period is undetectable by someone unless you tell them it’s that-time-of-the-month. I’ve had only a couple leaks, and that was due to me not inserting it correctly.
For a back-up or for low-flow days when the Cup is really not needed, I recommend Lunapads – they’re like peanut butter to the DivaCup’s jelly or Gayle King to the DivaCup’s Oprah.
No strings. When you’re using it right, less mess. Better for your body. Better for the earth.
Really? Just BETTER.
So you probably want one, right?! I want you to have one, even if you aren’t sold yet. Still have questions? They have answers.
Let’s hook your vaginas up, ladies. They deserve it! You can WIN one here:
To enter, do at least *two* of the following:
- “Like” Just West of Crunchy and/or DivaCup on Facebook
- Follow @UndomesticAmy and/or @DivaCup on Twitter
In your entry comment, please answer the question: What makes you want to try the DivaCup? Don’t be shy!
Winner will be chosen at random via the WordPress plugin “And the winner is…”. Must be a US or Canadian(!) resident over the age of 18 to enter. Banned where prohibited. Giveaway runs 3/30/11-4/12/11, 11:59pm EST.
UPDATE: 4/13/11: Congrats to Amanda J. and Amanda K., our winners!
UPDATE: 5/2/11: One of the Amandas never replied, so we re-drew. Congrats to Katie!
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