I recently decided to try out the Diva Cup because I thought it might be good to bring backpacking. I hit up the company and asked them to donate one to me, which they so kindly did. I actually ended up liking it a lot, and I’ll probably use it monthly, not just when I’m backpacking.
I must admit, since it’s February in Colorado, I didn’t actually get to try this out while backpacking. I did wear it everyday while working, running errands, and doing yoga. I’ll be sure to update all of you this summer when I actually do get a chance to take my Diva Cup with me to the mountains.
- The first one is a no brainer: No trash! You don’t have to deal with used tampons. You just empty the cup, wash it out, and put it back in.
- You don’t have to change it as often as you would tampons. I find myself changing tampons four or five times a day. The Diva Cup only needs to be changed every 12 hours. I was worried that it would fill up with too much blood and leak, but the cup holds an ounce of liquid and I do not bleed anywhere near that much in half of a day.
- You can avoid the whole not having tampons when you need them thing. It’s bad enough to start your period at home and realize you don’t have tampons, then have to go to the store to pick some up. Imagine forgetting to resupply on tampons in town, then starting your period in the woods and not being able to get to a store for two days. Good luck with that.
- Save money. The Diva Cup will last for years if you take care of it, whereas you have to buy a new box of tampons or pads every month. Check out these links to Buy It Now or use the Store Finder.
- OK, the first time I used it was tricky. I really had no idea what I was doing. It got a little easier each time I changed it, and by the last day of my period, I was fairly confident in my ability to insert it.
- Master that 360 turn. I found out that not spinning the Diva Cup 360 degrees means that it might not seal. One day I wasn’t sure if I did the turn correctly or not, and when I pulled it out at the end of the day, the whole cup was covering in blood. Not cool. If it’s sealed correctly, then the outside of the cup will stay clean and I can avoid getting blood on my hands all together!
- I for one like not having to worry about changing tampons while I’m busy during the day. I like not having to pull out a tampon that’s too dry. Now that I think about it, shoving a bleach covered wad of cotton into my hoohah probably isn’t very good for my health either.
- There are multiple techniques for inserting the Diva Cup, which are illustrated in the instructions. You can also stand, sit, or squat while putting it in. I would recommend trying out every different way possible to see what you like best and what feels the most comfortable.
- Also, it’s probably a good idea to buy the Diva Cup ahead of time and try it out for at least one cycle before you take it backpacking with you.
Are you convinced? Great, time for the giveaway!
There are two different sizes, which you can read about in full here. Basically, Model 1 is for women under 30 who have never had a baby. Model 2 is for women who are either over 30 or have had a baby.
Sorry to my international readers, but this giveaway is only open to readers in the U.S. and Canada.
*A few Canadians have told me they had trouble entering. If this is a problem for you, just enter your email in the comments and I will enter your name at the end of the contest and email you for your info if your name is selected.