|Miles thinks it’s a toy.|
I promised a follow-up to my preliminary opinion of the DivaCup, and just haven’t yet. On the plus side this gave me another period to work with, and get my feelings in order.
I’m glad I got it. It was comfortable, effective, and took some of the burden off of my pads during the cycle. Usually I have to wash my pads once in the middle of my period, not having quite enough for an average period, but with the addition of the DivaCup I didn’t even use them all. Winning.
I haven’t quite perfected the process yet; I’m still trying to figure out the right position and depth for it sit perfectly, but I only had one major overflow on my heaviest day during my first period, and another minor leak the next day. I’ve not yet found the fit that makes it invisible, but I after a moment I always find it forgettable; it’s not frequently on my mind the way the disposable cup was.
So, I think I’ll put it like this. You’ll probably like the DivaCup if:
× You’re looking for an alternative to tampons that reduces waste. I realize that’s a gimme, but I admit that I’m not as dedicated to reducing waste as I should be — I tend to forget when it’s convenience, though I’m trying. When looking at the DivaCup I was all about curiosity and having something to use when I’m swimming. I think someone more dedicated to the cause would be really big on this.
× You’re looking for an alternative to tampons that’s healthier and does’t wreak havoc on your vagina. I don’t know about anyone else, but tampons did a number on the natural balance of my lady bits.
× You’re curious about what’s going down during your period. I didn’t think I’d be as interested in seeing exactly how much blood there was. The DivaCup has measuring marks — looks like it handles a bit over a half ounce — and lemme tell you? It seems like so much more until you’re like “Half an ounce? That’s all? Really?” Turns out my heaviest day was about 3/4 an ounce, give or take some spillover.
× You want to switch to reusable menstrual supplies, but don’t want to deal with washing pads. I remember reading this review and being surprised at what a production the writer made of washing pads — and I say that as a fellow coin-opper. But that’s okay, because the DivaCup just gets dumped into the toilet, washed in the sink, and that’s that. No one has to know.
You might not like the DivaCup if:
× You’re squicked out by blood, or your period. I have friends who have considered reusable pads by shied away from the idea of having to handle the blood. While I’m not personally bothered by blood and never felt especially squicked by my period, switching to reusables made me more aware of my body and really made me realize that there’s nothing wrong with the whole process.
× You’re uncomfortable inserting anything into your vagina — getting the thing situated the first couple times was a trial and error, so you’re going to spend some time in there. I know people who don’t use tampons for the same reason; then again, I imagine if this is you, you’re probably not considering the DivaCup.
For me, the pros far outweigh the cons. I’m glad — my biggest concern was the cost if I ended up not liking it, but considering that I used tampons a lot until I was pregnant with Miles I knew the concept worked for me.
I’d say go for it, because you know what I like best? Not having to go to the store for pads or tampons when my period sneaks up on me.