Using The Diva Menstrual Cup Review – Does it Work?

5 out of 5 leaves

5 out of 5 leaves (seriously!)

Note: In this post I am going to talk about my period, and use grown-up anatomical terms.  If you are a guy and you know me, just stop reading now to avoid future awkwardness.  You too Dad!

Menstruation is one of those facts of life that comes and goes each month without any mention in the public spaces. With today’s large selection of disposable products, your flow can be managed tidily and discreetly, without any extra clean-up on your part.  But a green girl starts wondering if there’s a better solution to highly bleached products with chemical absorption that are destined for a landfill.  Could a reusable menstrual cup be an easy way to green your period?

The Good

  • Better for the Earth – menstrual cups are reusable and can last up to 10 years
  • Better for you – no more need for chemically treated material which can absorb all moisture from your delicate tissues
  • Saves Money – the price of a reusable menstrual cup is repaid after several months of not buying pads or tampons
  • Large (and safe) capacity – menstrual cups can safely collect even the heaviest flow all day without risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Super convenient – because it’s already with you, no need to remember to stick a tampon in your purse before you go out
  • Very discreet – you no longer have to worry about sneaking a pad into the bathroom without others noticing
  • Odor Free – because the flow is not exposed to the air, it does not develop an odor
  • Shortens your period – I have one day less of bleeding due to the mild suction of the cup drawing the flow out faster
  • Easy – super quick and easy to use once you get the hang of it

The Bad

  • It takes a few months to really get the hang of proper insertion
  • You must be okay with getting up close and personal with your menstrual flow
  • You must be okay with getting up close and personal with your vagina, with your bare hands
  • Polite society dictates that you can’t really talk to people about how great using a menstrual cup can be

My Experience

I heart my menstrual cup!

I got my first period when I was 12.  I was prepared, having seen “the movie”, and already received my “welcome to womanhood” free maxi pad in the mail from the leading feminine protection company.  When the time came, I started using sticky-backed disposable maxi pads, and then moved to disposable tampons as I got older.  As far as I knew, disposable pads and tampons were the only tools available when Aunt Flo came to visit.

After moving away to college, and getting on the internet for the first time, I ran into The Keeper online.  This was the first commercially available menstrual cup.  I was fascinated by the concept of collecting my period using a little rubber cup inside my vagina.  The testimonials were glowing, and it just made sense to me.  Unfortunately, as I was just out on my own for the first time, I didn’t have a credit card or car, and couldn’t figure out how to get my hands on one.

Fast forward ten years and I started following some crunchy mama blogs (and became a crunchy mama myself).  I ran into a blogger talking about “greening her period”. She spoke about cloth pads (new concept to me) and also the menstrual cup.  It turns out there were even more, better options on the market now than there were ten years ago.  Around the same time, a friend randomly mentioned to me that she uses a menstrual cup and LOVES it. I was sold, and ordered one online that night.

My new Diva Cup arrived mid-period and I couldn’t wait to start using it.  I was so excited that after a quick review of the directions, I totally went for it: escaping for a second to the bathroom, doing my best try insertion, and getting right back to look after the kids.  That was a mistake.  I could feel the cup squishing around with every step, and was pretty sure it was falling out of my vagina.  The stem on the cup was long, and pokey, and generally making the whole situation worse.  And on top of that it leaked all over my panties.  (Note: thinking I’m super smart and jumping right into things unprepared is something I tend to do regularly.  It usually doesn’t go well at first.  Case in point.)

The Diva Cup: Best thing to happen to periods since tampons!

So it turns out there’s a learning curve to using a menstrual cup.  Mine was about three months.  It takes a good amount of practice to get the fold, insert, and twist just right so you don’t get any leaks.  My biggest discomfort was that I found that the cup sits very low in my vagina (maybe I’ve lost a little tone since pushing out two 9lb babies…).  I spent the first month on a hardcore pelvic strengthening routine, but didn’t notice a difference the next time I used it.  Trimming the stem completely off went a long way in aiding in my comfort.  Eventually I got used to the feel of the cup to the point that I didn’t even notice it was there anymore.

Once I was up to speed on how to use it, I FELL IN LOVE with my menstrual cup!  I always used to be forgetting to tuck a couple tampons in my purse, or panicking because I’d lost count of the hours since I put one in.  Because it’s always with me, and only needs changing once or twice a day, I never have to worry about it any more!  More than anything else, I just feel freedom!  I don’t have to worry about my period anymore.  It comes, I use the cup, it goes until next month.  My period is no longer a big deal!  I will be a menstrual cup user for life!

A few notes on logistics:  When the time comes, I dump the contents into the toilet, and rinse it out with hot water.  If in a public place, you can just wipe the cup out with toilet tissue.  Once a day or so, I wash the cup with a mild fragrance free soap (my kid’s all natural baby shampoo).  At the end of my cycle, I sterilize the cup in boiling water for 5 min, and keep it tucked in a clean tissue in the corner of my lingerie drawer.

This is the Diva Cup I use (Amazon affiliate link).  Other popular brands are the Moon Cup and The Keeper.

Still have questions? Here’s tons more information about when, where, why, and how to use a menstrual cup.

So, would you, could you ever try a menstrual cup?  Or do you already use one?  I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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133 Responses to Using The Diva Menstrual Cup Review – Does it Work?

  1. Marlo says:

    Thanks for the good info. I’ve been wondering about these and couldn’t find anyone who’s tried one!

    • Victoria says:

      Try it out, Marlo! Give it a few cycles to really learn how to use it, but I think you’ll fall in love!

  2. Catherine says:

    I’ve been using a mooncup for about 5 years now. I love it. Yes, it does get a bit messy sometimes, but it’s great not to have to stock up on sanitary products and worry about getting caught short! I started using it for environmental reasons, but I’ve also saved myself a lot of money so far, and I really believe that my menstrual cramps have hugely reduced since I started using it – a great bonus!

    • Victoria says:

      Less cramps is certainly a big bonus! I haven’t noticed less cramps, but I’ve definitely seen a shorter duration of bleeding. You can’t argue with that!

  3. Misty says:

    I’ve wondered about this idea….I’m not sure it’s for me, but thank you for the great review! Stoppin by from the link up :)

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Misty, thanks for reading. If you decide to go for it, I recommend using it for three full cycles before making your final decision.

  4. Yep! I love mine too! It took me about 2-3 cycles to perfect insertion, but now it’s a breeze! I wrote a post about it a while ago… you can check it out here.
    Again, another great post, Victoria :)

    • Victoria says:

      Jasmine! Are we twins separated at birth?! Thanks for reading, dear sister :)
      And thanks for the link to your post. It has tons of great research and information that I left out!

  5. Carly says:

    I loved seeing this post Victoria! I have been using my Diva Cup for years and LOVE it! I save so much money not buying pads and tampons and also just promote Earth wellness. Many of my female friends and family are not convinced about this product when I rave about it but a few are coming around! I think the success of a menstrual cup user comes from an open mind and being willing to make a non-traditional change! Thanks for the post.

    • Victoria says:

      Isn’t the Diva Cup great? I have a hard time not gushing about it! How could something period related be so wonderful?!

      • Rebecca says:

        I too looooove my Diva Cup. I can’t imagine what periods were like before. The only downside is that when a friend is in need, I can’t help her out by supplying a tampon.

        I was wondering why my period seemed so short the past couple years but your explanation about the suction makes sense. Thanks for sharing and hopefully getting more people on board!

      • Andrea says:

        I love my Diva cup and now have some friends hooked on the idea. I don’t even mind having my period anymore, no more feeling gross, and dirty from pads, or nervous of tss from tampons just a peaceful period. Oh Diva cup you have made my time of the month so much easier to deal with:)

  6. I love my Diva Cup, too! For all the reasons that you mentioned. And I love your last point under “the bad” – it’s so true! I wrote a post about menstrual cups and cloth pads last year because I want more people to know how great they are!

    Regarding the large capacity, I did want to mention that a day or two into my period I fill the cup up much sooner than the allowed twelve hours. It’s always at night, so I don’t get up to empty it or anything, but I just make sure to wear a good cloth pad because the cup nearly always overflows while I’m sleeping. I guess I must just have a really heavy flow at times. To anyone starting out with a cup, I’d recommend also wearing pads at night until you figure out whether the cup’s capacity will last you through the night.

    • Victoria says:

      Thanks for adding your thoughts Meghan! I usually use a panty liner on my heaviest day too, just to make sure.

  7. Megan says:

    THANK YOU for talking about this. I have been thinking about taking the Diva dive as well and am so glad to hear about what to expect in a little more detail. You are a brave woman to put it all out there on the world wide web. You are a blessing!

    Found your blog via Women Living Well.

    http://www.increasemyhunger.blogspot.com

  8. Elise says:

    Thanks for the great review! I’ve been thinking about getting some re-useable pads for when the time comes to start using them again (nursing mom here :) , which got me to thinking about the diva cup. I’m about 95% persuaded to try – especially since I don’t want to wash pads – Ick!

    • Victoria says:

      Try it!! Don’t give up if the first couple months are rough… Once you figure it out it’s totally worth it!

  9. I have the keeper cup and LOVE it. It did take me 2 or 3 months to get the insertion right, but now it is the best thing that has ever happened to me related to periods. It’s so much easier, not having to worry about feminine products/if I have a tampon in my purse or not, and I really like that I”m not throwing away tons of paper/plastic every month. My periods are a day shorter and way less inconvenient than they were before.
    I recommend it to my friends (if the subject ever comes up-why is period talk taboo? we all have it!)
    Thanks for the great review!
    Found you via Frugally Sustainable

  10. Oops, I actually found you via Mind Body and Sole…I’m reading too many link-up parties at one time! lol
    Hey, the important thing is I found you, right? ;)

  11. I LOVE mine and you’re right, it took a few months for it to be “just right”, but now I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

  12. Amy says:

    I have bought two different kinds of cups and they are just not for me. I am only 23, and every time I try to put in it, oh its horrible pain. The diva cup is too thick for me, I cannot find a way to insert it comfortably. I also found another, the Lunette brand, and it is much thinner than the diva cup, but I still cannot find a way to insert it without pain. I wish they worked for me because I would love not to have to worry about my tampons overflowing everyday.

    • Victoria says:

      I’m sorry to hear that Amy!

    • Amy B says:

      Amy: I, too, got a Lunette cup. The reviews I read said it was better than the Diva (I can’t remember why now, but previous Diva users liked it better). I have a huge learning curve on using mine since I’ve only used tampons with applicators, and still don’t use it consistently. However, one reviewer of the Lunette mentioned that she’d cut the applicator tip off the cup & it was still really uncomfortable. She finally tried turning it inside out & found it was comfortable. I decided for the get-go to just turn it inside out and have found it to be very comfortable once I’ve finally got it in. You might try that.

      • Alex says:

        I am using a Lunette as well, I am not a mother but I asked for size 2 because I have a heavy flow the first days. I think one should also consider one’s size when buying these cups.
        At the beginning I have to say that the experience was bad, inserting it was not an issue but taking it out after 8 hours was complicated. I tried until my fingers felt numb, but I finally removed it. I cringed at the idea of inserting it again but ended up deciding to try one more time. Next time I removed it after 4 hours, it was easier. This is the first time I read about the learning curve and I think I am still learning since I have had it since May.
        I have no problems at night and my period is shorter than before, so I think it’s working. There is also no smell after the period is over, so that is very positive if one wants to consider sexual activities. I am not sure I can leave it there for 12 hours, maybe with time I will learn how to but for now I prefer to remove it every 3-4 hours.
        Now I like it very much, I dont feel it’s there, sometimes I even go to the toilet to check if I inserted there on the first place. I tend to forget things.
        I am 30 and have no problem with dealing with my private parts – I never had – but I can imagine that for a younger girl it might be hard, but that would depend on her environment and how she was brought up.
        I have spoken with some friends and some would like to try but sadly this stuff is not as easily available in Paraguay as in other areas of the world. When one friend called to a well known Drugstore there and asked about these cups, the seller was very shocked and replied “we do not sell THAT” xD So, these cups can be better and more environmentally friendly but are still quite unknown

    • Cathy says:

      You may want to try a brand that has a softer cup. Yuuki brand has a soft cup that makes it easier to fold. Try to vary the fold as well. The “c” fold doesn’t work for me (a virgin) but I have found the “7″ fold to be easy to insert. Also, keep trying, it took be a while before I could put them in with minimal pain.

  13. I love the Diva Cup! Been using it for about 8 years now! (Well, at least when I’m not pregnant! LOL!)

    Our daughters are about to come of age and have been pondering what to do with them. Curious as to what you recommend for young girls. I certainly don’t want her using a cup yet, but am not real keen on traditional pads either. Any recommendations?

    • Victoria says:

      Wow, I haven’t thought about this much as my daughter is just 18 months! I suppose I’ll start her on cloth pads. Then we’ll see how it goes.

      • Bobbi says:

        I just have to say that if my mom tried to get me to use cloth pads when i was younger I would have been mortified. Like i would have understood the environmental part but you have to think about how awkward you were at that point in your life. Its just a thought from someone who was there not so long ago.

    • 'Becca says:

      If I were advising a girl (I only have a son), I’d show her some of the cloth pads that are available online and encourage her to pick out a few different styles and sizes. They are so much cuter than disposable pads, as well as more comfortable. My new favorites are New Moon Pads and Mimi’s Dreams.

    • Tina says:

      My daughter is 13, but hasn’t started yet. (I’m sure it will be soon though) She has cloth pads to use at home and disposables to take to school or when she’s away from home. I want to make things a little easier for her until she’s more comfortable with what’s happening to her body, but she is also aware of the environmental impact of disposable pads.

  14. I’ve been using a Diva Cup for over 10 years. I’m on my second one (my first had an unfortunate meeting with our puppy). I love it. I keep a few pads as back-up but I prefer the cup. It does take some getting used to and I still have moments when I have discomfort but that usually tells me I rushed putting it in and didn’t get it in quite right or that it’s time for it to be emptied. It’s messy but I don’t mind because I know how much I am keeping out of the landfill.

  15. Gracie says:

    I’ve used cups for several years. Both Keeper and Diva. I use Keeper during the day because it sets higher inside and I find the insertion easier. I use Diva at night because it’s less prone to leakage, though my flow is heavy enough the first couple days that I do get up between 2 and 3am to empty it on at least one night.

    I also find the Diva more difficult to get opened up. The Keeper will open right up for me and is very quick to deal with. I have to fool around with Diva to get it to fully upen. I think the difference is that Keeper is made of rubber so it is more rigid than the silicone Diva.

    If anyone is looking for info from lots of gals about cups there is a monster thread at thelonghaircommunity.com. It’s on the private boards so you do have to join to see it. Also check out the monster IUD thread for good info on non-hormonal bc. Also lots of good info on natural haircare, things like water only and sebum only methods, shampoo bars, soapnuts, baking soda washes, herbal washes and hair and scalp oiling.

  16. Thanks for being brave enough to share your experience with the rest of us. I’ve really been seriously considering these for a while now.

  17. 'Becca says:

    Thanks for being brave enough to speak up about this wonderful invention! Here is my article about how much I love the cup. I also started using one for environmental reasons but discovered that it’s just a better method.

  18. I am so excited to try a menstrual cup! I haven’t gotten my period again since having my baby, but as soon as I get it again, I am so there!

  19. Marie says:

    I have a Diva 2 and a small Yuuki. I find the Diva better on heavy days and Yuuki for light.
    I switched to cloth pads a year ago and now with the cups I feel a smug freedom walking down the hygiene aisle (No thanks, I don’t need colored plastic to make my period happy!) and also when headed to toilet (No thanks, I don’t want everyone to hear me crinkling and leave a nasty wad of wrapped bloody plastic in the trashcan!)

    • Victoria says:

      Thanks for you comments Marie! I hadn’t heard of the Yuuki before. I haven’t progressed to smugness yet, but I can certainly see how you get there!!

  20. Thanks for the awesome up front post! I had heard of these from a girlfriend and now am totally sold on the idea with your help!

    • Victoria says:

      Do it Erin! Stick it out for three months, and then glory in the freedom of a no-fuss, no-worry period!

  21. Erika says:

    Omgoodness! I needed to read this review! Thank you so much for posting this. I keep seeing the ad for this menstrual cup and I don’t know anyone who uses it…so I was kind of afraid to try it! LOL! I will def. give it a try. I appreciate you taking the time to give such a detailed post on this topic!

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Erika, everyone I’ve talked to who’s tried it and stuck it out through the first few months, LOVE using a menstrual cup!

  22. I have always been intrigued by this idea… yet afraid. You might have convinced me to go for it… :)

  23. Jelli says:

    Thanks for shedding some light on this. I love my cloth menstual pads, and have a box of disposable cups, but have only had the chance to use them once, as I soon after got pregnant, much to my delight. Glad to know it’s a long learning curve, because that first trial was pretty messy and kind of discouraging. Once my hormones give me back Aunt Flo, I’ll be sure to try again. Meanwhile, I’m oh-so-excited that even 8 months into breastfeeding I am still free of those worries.

  24. Chelsea says:

    I would love to try one! I’ve considered it before, but I’d been too embarrassed to ask anybody about details… in addition to that, because no one talks about them, I wouldn’t even know who to ask that uses one! This was super helpful to me, thank you. :)

  25. Ellen says:

    Although there are so many positive responses my experience has been quite different. not so positive. I rarely write comments or responses on sites or blogs, but this is one of those personal for women and health situations that is unique so here goes.

    A few years ago I bought the Diva cup all excited as I had wanted to try one for a long time. As a woman around 41, and with my menstruation having gotten so much lighter and cycle shorter than it used to be, I wondered if it would be economically that much of a savings if I waited any longer as peri-menopause seems in my family to start around the 44-45 yr mark. As far as the health and environmental part of the issue, I have been using ecological types, and it has been practically ‘forever’ since I stopped using the junk from the typical large companies.

    So after careful reading, thoughtful pondering about all the instructions and ‘warnings’ about proper insertion, and as all others have commented making sure it opens properly etc., trimming the stub or what ever it was called now I was able to successfully put it inside for use. Now, I have worked hard to forget the pain of the next part so forgive me if it is slightly fuzzy now (mercifully for me) but I will do my best. The first time or 2 or 3 and after again carefully re and re and re-reading all the info. I was still having EXTREME pain to remove the darn thing. I made sure to not have suction etc. I made sure to get my finger inside along it to release it properly and I would have it 1/2 out of my vagina, and properly released and would have to pop that VERY thick edge past the opening of my anatomy and they yelp of PAIN would bring my husband to see what was wrong. I cant imagine doing that in a public washroom or in the earshot of our (now grown) then late teens son.

    I at my age do not have sloppy anatomy like the lady in the personal care dept of our Natural foods co-op assumed due to the fact that I have had a child, & now was buying one at @ 40, advised me saying I needed the SIZE 2 and handing that one to me from the drawer. (They kept the demo models out and kept the rest Having one child a long time ago at 22, and after years of squeezing on my husbands slightly less than generously endowed physiology, (but likely the average regardless of all the exaggerations out there) if you get my drift, has allowed me to maintain very good muscled pelvic floor. I thought of getting a refund and getting my over $40 Canadian back but….. thought if I waited and tried again I might get it to work before the year was up, or whatever the money back guarantee time was. So after trying to block out the pain, as I just flinched and shuddered every time I thought of using it, the time ran out and it never worked for me.
    I often thought of phoning the company and asking them if they ever thought of better instructions to sellers, or better info on choosing the right one, or truthful info about the chance that it may be painful for a number of women to remove…. But for most companies that might deter to many sales??? I realize the women who started it had an amazing idea, and that it works for them and many others, and they had great intentions for what it can do. But realistically I wonder how many women (and there must be others) who have experience what I did, and just want to forget. I know for about 2 years I could not even think about (and I had natural, no medication, midwife only, assisted birth. So I am no wimp) talking about it, not to mention I would get too upset about it. I still have it in a drawer somewhere, and it finally does not scare me to look at it, or pick up its cute fancy little purple fabric bag then I toss it back in or maybe now in the garbage now that this is in print to help others. It has taken at least 4 years to be ready to do this review and except for a fast beating heart at first, there is now barely any emotional attachment. Maybe all the EFT and other Energy Medicine work has cleared the charge on all that. :) So some of you might want to consider carefully and ask very personal questions of any of your girlfriends of family who might be using one before deciding if you want to try it. All the best, with all care and respect for us all as dynamic women!

    • Victoria says:

      Oh Ellen, thank you for sharing your story and your heart with us. I am sorry that your experience was such a difficult one. I know that trauma to our most sensitive areas can linger for a long time, even after the pain is gone. I’m glad that you have found some healing, and I hope sharing with us helped in that process. All the best to you!

    • Klaartje says:

      I’m so sorry you had such a bad experience. I wish someone had told you that you can actually refold the cup for easier removal. No need to take the whole rim out at once!

      The size guidelines are just that:guidelines. They’renot set in stone (although they work most of the time). We usually know our own bodies best.
      Most of us can use a large size when we are over 25. That doesn’t mean we have a ‘sloppy anatomy’, thank you very much.

      • Ellen says:

        Hi Ladies,

        Klaartje I did have the edge tucked in and folded as I recall, each time when removing the cup. I remember it kind of folds in half. I would get one half of the cup edge outside my body, but the other half still felt like it was ripping something. The darn thing is so bulky and thick it is just not made for a smaller petit person like me. I have read on another blog, I believe of someone who commented above, (or a link from theirs….lol) that there are smaller more comfortable alternatives for teenagers, and those like me. I even don’t find the bigger tampons comfortable and buy the smaller sizes.

        On a note of encouragement to others, if accurate Dr. Oz’s sex survey found that many women are not getting to climax all the time, regularly, or even very often. Alluding to some of my comments above….years ago when I learned to put all my muscles ‘down there’ to proper use and get good and strong and toned, I started ALWAYS having a climax and still do, and I don’t even remember to do Kegals very often anymore. It is very important. :) Although in peri-menopause now I have no problem if I have to wait a long time to find a washroom, and can sneeze without worrying etc.
        Thinking of Julia and Becca’s comments below, I have had a box of Instead Soft Cups in my cupboard. I think they came along around the time of the Diva cup. I wonder how they may or may not work for me. I will at least have to give them a try since they are there and use them up. Thanks for the comments on that.

        • Iryna says:

          I bought the Diva cup after all the rave reviews and had pretty much the same expeerience as Ellen (except I am age 28 and no children, so I used size 1). It was very painful to insert and remove, even while meticulously following all the instructions and tips.

        • Klaartje says:

          I do agree that the Diva has a pretty bulky rim. There are cups with softer and thinner rims these days, so obviously it’s not how it needs to be… maybe it’s time for Diva to update their design?

  26. Julia says:

    I love my Diva cup. Years ago I was only using Insteads, which I liked better for my body, PLUS they provided a mess-free option for sex while menstruating (partners didn’t even know it was there). However, I didn’t like the idea of adding all that plastic to landfills, and they were impossible to get while living overseas, AND they’re really expensive.

    So I bought a Diva cup. The first time I used it it was uncomfortable. I constantly felt it. I cut the end off and it was much better.

    I still consistently use it, however I sometimes find that on occasion for whatever stupid reason, I have trouble. Maybe once every 1-2 months. Like for some reason it won’t quite sit right, or it’s not quite far enough up and I feel it. Or just that my insides feel “tired” of having it in me, so I’ll often leave it out one night during my period. But only one night.

    Totally worth the money.

    • Victoria says:

      Thanks for your thoughts, Julia! I’d not heard of Insteads before. Are they still on the market? How did they work?

      • 'Becca says:

        “Instead Softcups” are still on the market, but the Softcups part of the name is now more emphasized–some marketing thing, I guess. They are disposable and are a very different shape and texture from the reusable cups–more like a diaphragm with a floppy middle.

        My experience has been that they are barely usable, but I am someone who was not able to use the smallest size diaphragm because it was so uncomfortable; evidently most women are able to tolerate a plastic ring that size. It must be close to 3″ diameter! It’s very flexible for insertion, but then it does spring open to its full size. I feel it as a constant mild ache that’s worse when I bend over. For me and my partner, sex with it in is a ludicrous idea as the lower edge of the ring is so obvious and hard.

        I know several women who have found them more comfortable, but all of them agree with me that it’s difficult to remove a softcup without dumping the contents onto your wrist, and it often leaks suddenly if you sneeze, etc.

        I feel they are good enough to use occasionally when my period starts away from home and I don’t have my Diva Cup with me, but once I’ve used up the package of softcups I won’t buy more.

  27. vanessa lamb says:

    I was so excited when I found out about the Diva cup so I ordered one as soon as I could. Unfortunately I had to change it every half hour…not a fun task-every time the cup was totally full. I have a heavy flow…so I was really excited at the prospect of not having to change my tampon every 30-45 minuter. No such luck. So bummed out:(

  28. Mary says:

    Wow… I can’t believe I’ve found websites about the Diva Cup! Some of my friends told me about it and at first I was totally grossed out and couldn’t even imagine that being “comfortable” and “wonderful”. I am one who hates wearing tampons, find them very uncomfortable and the thought of inserting a plastic cup in me was unimaginable. Finally, being very curious (at 49) I decided I would get a Diva Cup and find out for myself what it was about, and if it’s so great then I should be on board. Let me tell you, the first 3 cycles were a disaster. I was downright angry that I was unable to get this right. I left it in my drawer for a few more cycles and figured that was the end of it. However, it was always in the back of my mind and I was determined to get it right as I hated wearing pads also. During a cycle I opened the drawer, pulled it out and was determined to get it in and get it right! With a little fiddling I actually managed! I wore a panty liner (previously it leaked) and was shocked everytime I went to the washroom that there was nothing! I wore it all day and the dreaded time to take it out was upon me. Yes it always hurt. This time I got right in there after pulling it out 1/2 way then folded it while inside me to be able to wiggle it out without pain. I didn’t care if I got anything on me, I was home and I would deal with it. It came out just like that (with a little back and forthing). OMG! To my surprise it wasn’t full to the rim as I imagined. I rinsed it and prepared myself to re-insert. Propping my leg on the side of the tub opened me up a little more which helped to get it in right. I also twisted it a bit to make sure that it was well adjusted and again was shocked that I got it right. I even slept with it! Keep at it, if I can do it you can too. It is worth it!! I’m sorry I didn’t do this sooner.

  29. Sierra says:

    I really want to buy a diva cup but I am afraid because when I bought the instead softcups it worked the first time then it began to leak and it really upset me because I had to go out and buy.tampons again and u thought I wouldn’t have to use them again!!!

  30. Melissa says:

    I would really like to get a Diva Cup … however the cost is $42.00 just for one and there is no guarantees its going to work for me. Is there coupons or something that can reduce the cost for first time buyers? I am a Momma of 5 girls and this would go a long way to teaching and promoting Green within my Family.
    Thanks for the Review…

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Melissa, If you click on the Diva Cup link on this post you can purchase for $23.97 from Amazon, with free shipping if you are an amazon prime member. (That link is an affiliate link, which means if you purchase from Amazon, I get a small commission, which I use to keep this blog up and running). A quick Google search should also give you other options around the web for less than $25. Good luck!

  31. Jess says:

    I’ve had one for a few years now and it’s pretty awesome. I would recommend wearing at least a panty liner to avoid stains/leaks until you figure your “groove” sort of speak.

  32. Elizabeth in CA says:

    I just wanted to share my experience with the Diva cup. It’s been wonderful so far! I’ve been using it for three months, and yes the first time I used it, I had a little trouble adjusting to it. I couldn’t figure out how to insert it and remove it properly, so I re-read the instructions and realized I wasn’t “breaking the seal” properly. After that it’s been smooth sailing.
    My experience has been similar to yours Victoria in that my period is a day shorter than it was while using tampons and pads. Cramping is less intense compared to using a tampon.
    I remove mine twice a day at home so I don’t have to change it in a public restroom. I take it out, rinse it, and put it back in. I’ve never had any leaking issues with the Diva cup. When I was using the super Tampax and the heavy flow overnight pads I always wore “period undies” because I frequently had to deal with leaks. I do wear a light cloth pad because I made some when I switched and so darn it, I’m gonna wear them! But so far, I definitely could go without a back up pad and be totally fine.
    I’m glad to see this review and so many positive comments! Now, if only we could start teaching girls about menstrual cups in sex ed. :-)

  33. andrea says:

    Thank you so much for your post! I have been using my Diva for three years. At first it was uncomfortable but like others I cut the stem and I also turned it inside out. I no longer even know it is there. I tell people it changed my life. I never have problems leaking and my period is definately shorter. I have a young daughter and I know periods will be arriving soon. Many posts say the Diva is not for small people or youths. I want her to know the freedom I have, any suggestions?

    • Victoria says:

      Sorry Andrea, my daughter is still years away from menstruation, so I don’t have any tips there. I imagine I will start my daughter out on cloth pads, and then move on to try the Diva when she feels ready for it. (Still though, this is easily 10 years away for me…)

    • CK says:

      I would go with a much thinner walled cup that is very flexible. I gave my daughter the option. She used tampons for awhile. She had a lot of trouble getting the Keeper in. It didn’t work for her. I later ordered a silicone Lunnette. We chose to get both the small size and the adult size. She actually found both just as comfortable, but has heavy periods, so uses the bigger one.
      I had to physically show her how, and then also physically help her a couple times. If you are squimish about your bodies or talking about them, that would never work for you. But, I felt it was very important to my daughter’s health to move her off the tampons as quickly as possible. I didn’t tell her that, but she was very into the environmental aspect of it – and I also stressed the long-term saving to her when she had to pay for things herself. I don’t know if that mattered to her – but the environment did. After several months of trying without any pressure from me, she got it and has used it since age 12 or 13.

  34. Sarah says:

    Hi- I’m so glad that the word about menstrual cups is spreading, but I feel very deeply that Diva Cup has started to take advantage of consumers by advertising that menstrual cups must be replaced every year. I bought the Diva Cup in 2008 and at that time, their website advised that one cup could be safely used for up to 10 years (Mooncup and The Keeper both also advertise a 10 year lifespan). Now suddenly, their website has started to advertise that women need to buy a new menstrual cup every year! The only thing I can think of is that Diva Cup is trying to increase their profits by making women believe that they need a new Diva Cup every year- this is not true! Mine is nearly 5 years old and still works perfectly with no irritation or other problems. When it is time to replace, I will buy a Moon Cup or Keeper this time- I have no tolerance for companies that lie to buyers to increase profits!

  35. Abigail says:

    I’m really glad I found this post. I recently ordered a diva cup after a particularly frustrating night fighting with the risk of making a mess or wearing a tampon for the night. The tampon won and I set my alarm (for 430am :( ) to change it. Even though I always set my alarm to change in 7 hours wearing tampons to sleep hasn’t felt safe since one night where I was exhausted and trying to stay awake to put a new one in. I ended up falling asleep and waking up 5 hours later (2 hours longer than was safe) and completely freaking out. Thankfully nothing bad happened after that.
    Anyway, this most recent night the little voice in my head was being snarky about how I might sleep through an alarm and not be so lucky this time. Then the idea popped into my head “I wonder if those cup things I read about in yoga journal are safer to wear over night?” Some quick research said that they were and they are better for the environment! I was so excited when I ordered the diva cup that I had to tell my mom. (I’m 22 and at the point where my mom is becoming important in a whole new light) she thought it sounded gross….then I told her a bad joke that made tampons look worse…. I’m really excited to try it out and maybe convert a few of my friends too :) they claim to be open minded and one is the self proclaimed “tree hugger” of our group. I’m willing to put it to the test.

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  37. mary says:

    I was wondering if these work during dance? I take ballet and we do a lot of turns, moving upsidedown, jumps etcc. thanks

    • Abigail says:

      They should work if inserted properly. I’m still fairly new to using mine but I’ve done quite a bit of yoga to ease my cramps and had no trouble with it so far. Before you wear it into class though I suggest doing a bit of barre and center work on your own to really get the hang of inserting it correctly.

  38. Charli says:

    You have convinced me to try it out. I’ve been rather leary about the diva cup but I have a lot of issues with sensitivity to chemicals and I try to stay natural, now I can go even further. Thanks for the info!

  39. Jill Foley says:

    Here from TALU. I love my diva cup, too! I’ve been using it 3 or 4 months now and won’t ever go back!

  40. You thumbnail picture was intriguing. I had no idea what I was looking at. I’ve honestly never heard of this and just based on your review I am inclined to try it.

    I had to laugh at your beginning. I have to put a disclaimer on the ones I don’t want my dad to read. ;-) He doesn’t usually listen but if I wrote one like this I bet he would learn his lesson.

    Thanks for the info – TALU

  41. I tried it once. I got it in, but couldn’t get it out. Actually I couldn’t reach it because of my tilted uterus issue. It was so scary for me and I began to panic thinking I would have to go to the doctor to get help. It took about 10 minutes to get it out and I was crying and sweating at that point. Also – I had horrible cramps and having to stick it way up over my cervix about made me throw up. So no, not for me. I can’t handle it.
    It’s a great concept though but it just makes me hurt to look at it.

  42. Sophie says:

    Just inserted it for the first time 45 minutes ago and all is well so far!
    I got the Diva cup as I was walking randomly along the drugstore isles…
    No leak so far! And I haven’t tried removing it of course…
    Thank you for all the tips so I don’t have my neighbors running when I squeal!

  43. Jennifer says:

    I’ve know about the diva cup since 2006, but never really had the guts to try it, first of all it looked painful because t it was quite big in size.
    Secondly, something in the back of my head told me it was unhygienic as you are using it month after month. Thank you for this review, you definitely answered a lot of my questions.

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  44. Alana says:

    Please remember to consider the risks. All menstral cups increase risk
    of endometriosis in women who use them. Although the cause is still unsure an increase of endometriosis cases have increase since the cup was release. The package should be labelled with this information. In most cases a warning is marked on the package in regards to this. But everything comes with a risk.

    • Victoria says:

      Hi Alana, I’ve never heard this before. Do you know if there is any published scientific data to support this? Or are you just saying that as menstrual cup use has increased, so has endometriosis in the general population (which my be coincidental or caused by something else entirely?).
      As a biologist, I can’t imagine a mechanism in which menstrual cups could cause endometriosis any more than anything else that in inserted into the vagina.
      If you have any scientific evidence to share, please do!

      • Paige says:

        I have just come across the whole concept of menstrual cups (and wondering why it has taken so long) and have been doing a fair bit of reading over the past month.

        This is the only reference I can find to endometriosis:

        “One case report in the journal Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation noted that menstrual cups could increase the likelihood of endometriosis and adenomyosis.[11] However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to remove menstrual cups from the market, saying that there was insufficient evidence of risk.[12]” from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menstrual_cup

        I purchased a Mooncup (UK) cup and am so happy with it I almost can’t believe it. I am 49 years old & have two adult daughters. I have no issues with my body or the idea of “mess” or any of the thoughts that seem to put many women off. I have found it very easy to use (I am an obsessive instruction reader and had read everything I could get my hands on first, including a lot of reviews) and I feel it’s actually cleaner & simpler than disposable products.

        I almost feel like this has been a too-well kept secret from the majority of women of the world and I just wish I had discovered these years ago.

  45. sarah says:

    Hi do you have any tips on avoiding leaks? I’ve had a diva cup for a while, but I never use it because it’s always leaking! The problem definitely isn’t looseness because I’m only 16, so is there anything about insertion you figured out that stopped leakage?

    • Victoria says:

      Hmmm – after insertion are you able to rotate the cup a full 360 degrees? This was the trick for me – that twisting helps the cup to completely unfold so you get a good suction against the cervix.

      • sarah says:

        hmm I’ll try that next time – thanks!

        • I’ve found that you have to feel it “pop” open. otherwise it will leak. When I insert it, I push the folded side until I feel it pop open. The twist method didn’t work for me. Or I would gently tug the stem a bit and it would pop. If it’s still folded, it will leak.

      • Melanie says:

        I am on month 3 of using the diva cup and I’m still experiencing leaks all the time. I’m 28, it’s very tight in there, so much so I had trouble even getting my fingers around it to be able to turn it a full 360, but even once I got the hang of that, the leaks persist. Very annoying, very frustrating, as I can feel the suction when I try to take it out, and I have to release the suction before removing it, and there are STILL leaks. UGH!

  46. Melinda C says:

    Words cannot express how much I love my Diva cup. When I first heard of it, I thought it was disgusting and that I would never in my life use one. However, with the reviews, I just decided to try one. Best leap of faith ever!! After reading reviews online with the best insertion techniques, I mastered it fairly quickly and never had any leaking. I no longer feel like I smell when I have my period…I feel so much cleaner. And I never get that uncomfortable feeling with tampons towards the end of my period, and I never have that uncomfortable diaper feeling of a pad. Yeah, it can get a little messy..but I just empty it in the shower and it’s mess free that way.

    I’ve tried to tell other people I know about it but, of course, they all think it’s downright disgusting!

  47. Tiffany Nguyen says:

    After getting fed up about buying tampons constantly, I decided to try the diva cup! I’m on my first cycle right now and I’m enjoying the Diva Cup.
    The first time I inserted was hectic though! I had just gotten out of my class and I ran to the bathroom to find that I didn’t have any tampons or pads on me! Luckily, I packed the diva cup. Though I spent 15 minutes in the public bathroom with my pants off before getting it in, I finally made it work and it lasted me all day! It doesn’t last me as long the second day (it’s the bloody climax of my personal shark week!), I only change the diva cup an extra time during the day!
    I will agree though, it is pretty hard to insert because of the thick rim, but I’m getting a little faster each time!
    How do you remove it “cleanly” though? I find that everytime I take it out, a good amount spills on my hand. There’s still stuff in the cup, but in my hands too!

    • Jen says:

      When you remove it, rock it front to back slightly as you pull gently. This helps break the suction (unpleasant, to say the least). Once the suction is broken, tilt it downward and pull it out. Just make sure you don’t pinch the bottom of the cup too much, as it could make it overflow as well. If you find that the cup is very full when you remove it, you may want to empty it more frequently so there is less to spill on removal.

    • Victoria says:

      Slow and easy does it is my only tip on this one. Very. slowly. And have some tissue in the other hand to catch any drips.

      BTW “bloody climax of my personal shark week”?! HILARIOUS!!! :)

  48. kate gold says:

    Mine just came in the mail and I cant get it in…its made for young,unexperienced gals but its like the size of a beach towel… well no really.
    Any advise so that I can use it?

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  50. Lauren says:

    I have the UK Mooncup and I love it! I’ve been using it now for almost 2 years. I love passing the feminine isle right by! I had a diva cup as well, but I didn’t like it at all. It’s not as soft and flexible as the UK Mooncup. I wish more women would give it a try. So much better for our bodies than chemicals. After my first year mark I bought myself some new cloth liners to celebrate all the money I had saved! Lol

  51. Jen King says:

    I am using my new Diva Cup for the first time with mixed reviews. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of installing it sooner or later! But… the part I was most excited about was only having to change it 2-3 times a day and no leaks! The no leaks part works, but I filled the cup within 3 hours the firt day. So much for it holding as much fluid as is passed during the entire period!

    • On my heavier days I have to empty it a few times, but on light days I only empty it in the morning and then before bed. It’s amazing! You just have to figure out your flow. I thought I was very in touch with my cycle, but it’s really a learning curve! Also, I no longer dread getting it.

  52. Nikki says:

    How do you know when it is full? My worry is the leaking……I have a very heavy flow the first 48 hours so I wondered if these hold more than super-plus tampons? I have to change my tampons every hour the first day and a few times through the night (the first night). This cup sounds like it may be a better choice for me but again, how will I know when the cup is full?

    • Victoria says:

      Nikki, usually if you empty in the morning or night, it will be enough to keep it from getting full. I’ve never filled mine all the way up, but I imagine it would start leaking when filled to the brim. However, my understanding is that the cup has enough room for almost every woman’s flow when emptied once or twice a day. I never saw mine more than half full, even on my heaviest days.

  53. Biljana says:

    Bought mine a few weeks ago just as my period ended.So, I have been waiting patiently to give it a try. First try, went great! Insertion went very well, and no leaks. I am going on my second day now and I haven’t had an issue with putting it in or taking it out :) I am so glad to be rid of tampons that leak no matter what they advertise and bulky pads that can’t keep up with my flow!

  54. Megan J-D says:

    I absolutely love the diva cup! How I ran across it… I am a flight attendant and absolutely hate having to remember to switch out tampons during my flights… Worrying about accidents… And changing tampons during flight in the nasty lavs. I had wishful thinking and started googling other options for dealing with my period less and ran across diva cup! I was a little grossed out by the thought of dealing with a cup of blood… But it really isn’t as bad as I thought. It is so great not having to think about changing things out for 12 hours. Most times I can, make it through my entire workday, flights/airports and all without having to worry and deal with my period until I’m at my hotel. So fantastic! I love it and highly recommend this product! Plus it’s good for the environment and saves you money!!! It was easy to use, figured it out my first day of use and it helped to trim up the stem a bit so you don’t feel it walking/sitting. Love this product! What else can you ask for ;) !!!

  55. Annis says:

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  56. Judyj says:

    I used little rubber (not exactly sure of the material) cups in the ’70s!! I think that you used one a day. Can’t really remember, my roommate used them and she gave me a few. They were kind of expensive and I’m sure I didn’t use them long enough to really get the hang of it.
    When I saw your article, I thought excitedly, “I can try those!”. And then remembered I’m 63, lol.
    When I was a teen I used those horrible sanitary pads and elastic belts! The first belts had little METAL tabs that the pad’s “tails” fit in. Later they were plastic, but they would jab you, and your pubic hair would get caught in them. What fond memories!

  57. Jeni says:

    I was really excited to try the diva cup for the first time I was actually excited about getting my next period lol. Upon insertion once it got opened up all the way there would be so much air in me that it pushed it right out. I have tried over 30 times. It got to a point where it hurt that I had to stop. Any ideas?

  58. Lovely lisa says:

    I had my second child just 6 months ago & find that things are not the same down there anymore! Tampons literally fall out & I hate pads. I tried the Instead menstrual cup & it felt great but it leaked all over the place. I have given the Insteads 3 months, to no avail. I fear that the walls of my vagina are so shot that the diva cup is just going to fall out too. They are expensive & I’m 46 so it just seems a bit hopeless. Any suggestions?

  59. Angel says:

    I just bought the diva cup an this is the first time I am using it…. It does take a bit to first put it in but I’m sure I will get use to it…. It took me a month reading over reviews and information about the diva cup before buying it… A coworker uses it and swore by it…. I have had 2 kids and since my youngest I was bleeding trough tampons and they leaking….. So I’m hoping this helps that situation…. It almost great hearing from you and everyone else that it works and helps with certain issues like the flow Oder ad leaking….. I sometimes never have the time to rub to the bathroom to have a pad or tampon so knowig as hearing I’m covered for a long period of time is amazing……. I will forsure wrote back an give more feedback once I use it more…. Thank you to all the ladies for sharing ur feed back it does help alot……

  60. Alicia says:

    I saw a diva cup for the first time a few purchases ago and read the box, but since I had never heard of them before I was…suspicious. Now I think I may try it. My only concern is I am a tampon user and can not stand the diaper feel (or the possibility that others can see it) associated with feminine pads. I heard that a tampon company has created a completely biodegradable tampon (inserter and packaging included). Have you heard anything?

  61. Biddles says:

    I started using the diva cup over a year ago before I relocated to teach in a little village in South America with no running water and really no legit trash disposal options. Because of these circumstances it was such a relief to know that I was covered from the time I left home in the morning to the time I got home at night. Greatest investment I made before my year abroad. One of the volunteers with me was so envious of the ease I had with my period and so fed up with how difficult her period was to handle, that she called her mom after her first period and told her to send her a diva cup immediately. I will say that I’ve noticed my cramps are a bit more intense when I use it besides that I have nothing bad to say. I swear by it and highly recommend it to all. I’ve converted quite a few family members who love it now as well!

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  63. Kisha R Justice says:

    This is probably a silly question…but if you don’t ask, youll never know! I drive a fork truck for a living, up and down on the truck and do some substantial lifting. Would these activities cause leakage or issues? Anyone know from experience?

    • Grackle says:

      Not that sort of experience specifically, but I am pretty active and I have never had any problems with the cup as a result. It stays in place just fine and I really can’t imagine it being an issue for you either.

  64. Janice says:

    Sounds absolutely gross having to dump out menstrual blood and get it over your hands and have to clean out a stinking and bloody cup. As well I would not want a plastic object stuck up inside of my most delicate “lady parts”. I am no longer menstruating but am glad we had disposable and clean pads and tampons in my day. (As a senior lady I now have to wear light incontinence products which are also disposable.)

    • Abigale says:

      When I first heard about it I was skeptical too. Its easy to turn up our noses at things we will never have to try, and I admit that not everything is for everyone. The purpose of this blog is to share “green” ideas. Despite being labled biodegradable pads and tampons still take a very long time to decompose in a landfill. As for the “stinking” bloody cup…reusables don’t stink because the blood never comes into contact with the chemicals used to bleach the cotton and rayon white. It is the combination of contact between chemicals and air that makes the blood stink. My friend got very sick from TSS and she is lucky to be alive after using “clean” tampons and pads.
      If you one day find an interest on greening your lite incontinence there are many reusable cloth pads that are designed to help with that. I never understood the pros and cons of this debate until I tried it for myself.

      • Janice says:

        Well, for myself being post menopausal my period days are over thank goodness. What I am using now are light incontinence products i.e. non period panty liners. These are made differently than period pads and there are no “green” alternatives. (I most certainly don’t intend on wearing cloth diapers as I did as a baby.)

    • Andrea says:

      I have been using this product for over a year now, and can honestly say the diva cup is far less gross than stinky pads and tampons. There is no Oder and you don’t touch blood when you dump the cup. I think pads and tampons are disgusting and i will never go back. It is very unfair to judge a product before you try it. This is an awesome product and I know a lot of people who use it and they ALL love it. Hope this helped.

      • Janice says:

        Well, my time to try it is long past. As for pads and tampons being disgusting, I can’t think of anything more disgusting than having to actually dump blood into the toilet and handle a bloody plastic cup. You say there is no odour, I say you are not being honest because menstrual blood has a distinctive odour that is a product of evolution by which our primitive ancestors attracted a mate. As I said, having a piece of plastic up inside me that may or may not have been cleaned properly and could be harbouring bacteria that could lead to infections or something worse. Have any studies been done re this plastic cup being linked to cervical cancer or sterilization?

        • Abigale says:

          There are many resources on the internet discussing the safety of products such as these. Both the negatives and positives. But if you choose to do the reading you will also need to read the health concerns of conventional tampons and pads. We can’t automatically reject something because it goes against the norm. Many of the women commenting here have experienced using both.
          And…I think you might be under the impression that a diva cup is hard plastic. Its actually medical grade silicon that is very flexible and cannot be felt once it is inserted properly. If the cup doesn’t open properly and you need to take it out and try again it won’t feel like its ripping out your insides the way a dry tampon will.

          • Janice says:

            As I said, I have no need of any of these options thank goodness that’s over for me. I never had a problem with tampons as I only used them for daytime for cleanliness. I know all about toxic shock syndrome. If you young women want to use this odd thing rather than the old tried and true methods, go right ahead. Just make sure you are cleaning them properly every time you use them, not just “wiping it with toilet tissue” as one person noted. An infection in your reproductive organs is not something you want to deal with and could cause future problems.

        • Andrea says:

          Well I guess we will have to disagree. I have used all of the above and love the diva cup. I had abnormal cervical cells when I used pads and tampons and have had no issues since switching to Diva cup. But each to their own.

  65. Abigale says:

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