NEWS: I now sell menstrual cup at my new store:
I got my Divacup from iherb.com. After receiving my discreet delivery box in the mail, I opened it and removed the DivaCup product box. I ordered model 1, which is for women under 30 years old, and have never given birth.
The box was attractive and well designed– pink and purple, with silverfish trim, and a clear window on the front, displaying the cup itself. This I liked, because there was no guess as to what exactly was inside. If I were to see this product on a store shelf, it would be something that would catch my eye, and my curiosity.
My cup with the stem trimmed off:
A simple photo diagram on the left side clearly depicts how easy the product would be to use, and where it would sit in the body. Written on the back were a few key product features and benefits, as well as a quick description of use.
When I got into the actual DivaCup box, I found a multi-lingual instruction/information pamphlet, a small purple cloth pouch with a matching drawstring bearing the Diva logo (for storing the cup in), and a dainty, tasteful “Diva” blouse pin to be worn in support of the product.
After removing everything and handling the cup a bit, I noticed that its firmness and flexibility reminded me slightly of a baby bottle nipple. Although the texture of the cup’s material was very soft and smooth, and it was of course thicker than a bottle nipple. At this point, I could definitely see how it could be firm enough to hold its shape, yet flexible enough to be comfortable and gentle on the body, all at the same time.
Use Of The Cup
Before my cycle arrived, I had done a few practice insertions/removals (which I suggest all first time users do), just to get the knack of the techniques. And I must say, it was easier than I expected! My body took to it right away. The first time, I did have to insert a finger about 1/2 an inch, to allow air to open/unfold the cup all the way. It was soft, so it needed some coaxing. But that and twisting/spinning it pretty much did the trick. Also, inserting the C-fold or punch-down fold with the creased part facing sideways or downward, helped a lot.
Now, I am a bit “short” up inside. So Diva does ride a bit low with me, and I could feel the grip rings on the stem of the cup. So I ended up having to trim the ENTIRE stem completely off. However, you should be careful about doing that unless you are 100% sure that you can still reach the cup without the stem. I was surprised how comfortable it was, because when I first saw it, it looked big. But there I was, wearing it, and it wasn’t bothering me. The cup was not painful to remove either, however, I tend to ease out one edge of the rim from the side, rather than from the front. Its just a lot more comfortable for me.
By the time my cycle finally arrived, I was quite eager to give DivaCup a go! I admit, I was a bit nervous about the possibility of leaks, as this was my first try. So I wore a panty liner for backup.
After my practice runs, insertion went very well. I remember, I kept going in the bathroom a few times throughout the day, to check for leaks, but… I never did leak. I waited about 3 hours before my first removal and cleaning, as I wasn’t quite sure of my own flow just yet (outside of absorbent products, of course). Surprisingly, it was only 1/4 full! I always thought I was a heavy bleeder, but it was very educational to see that it was nowhere near what I was thinking. I also found that, with removal, it is best to begin moving the cup into an upright position BEFORE it is completely out, to prevent any spilling.
I am basically very pleased with this product, and I have absolutely no intention of ever using a disposable feminine hygiene product again. I have also written a separate review on the company’s DivaWash, which is used for daily cleansing of the cup. It can be found on my main page.