The DivaCup Size 1 is designed for women under 30 who have never given birth (vaginally or via c-section), while the DivaCup Size 2 is meant for women who HAVE given birth (vaginally or via c-section) and/or women over 30.
Made in Canada from soft, medical-grade silicone, The DivaCup is another great form of internal menstrual protection. This hypoallergenic reusable menstrual cup collects the flow rather than absorbing it, so the vaginal tissues aren't dried out as they can be by disposable tampons Comfortable and convenient, The DivaCup can hold up to one ounce of fluid and should be emptied several times a day. Detailed usage instructions are included with your order.
Please note: the DivaCup cannot be returned.
Cleaning & Care
Wash your menstrual cup with mild soap and water before reinsertion. At the end of your cycle, wash and dry the menstrual cup before storing it in the drawstring fabric bag provided. Do not store your menstrual cup in a plastic bag or airtight container. At the beginning of your next cycle, thoroughly wash your cup with mild soap and water before using. You may also choose to boil the cup in an open pan for up to 5 minutes.
Always refer to the User's Guide that comes with your DivaCup for specific directions regarding cleaning and care.
How to Use
To use a menstrual cup:
To insert a menstrual cup, press the sides of the cup together to fold the cup in half, then fold in half again. The rim of the cup will now be held in a "C" shape. Gently insert the cup rim-first into the vagina to where it feels comfortable. After some practice you will learn how to most comfortably position your menstrual cup. The cup will pop open during insertion.
Menstrual cups are commonly emptied between 2 and 4 times per day. You will learn how frequently to empty your cup depending on the heaviness of your menstrual flow. Before removal, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. Squeeze the base of the cup between your thumb and forefinger to break the seal. If you cannot reach the stem or base of cup, bear down with your internal muscles to help push the cup downward. Gently pull the cup downward at an angle, holding it carefully to avoid spills. Empty the contents of the cup into the toilet.
Always refer to the User's Guide that comes with your DivaCup for specific directions regarding use.
How do I clean my menstrual cup in a public restroom?
You can simply empty it and reinsert it, or you can wipe it off with toilet paper and reinsert. You might also carry a little bottle of water with you to use to rinse it out over the toilet before you reinsert it. Another option is to take a damp paper towel in the stall with you to use as a wipe. We carry Lunette Wipes, a mild disinfectanct wipe in its own wrapper that can be used to clean off any of our menstrual cup options when on the go.
Can I use a menstrual cup if I have an IUD?
Always consult your gynecologist or primary care provider if you have any concerns before using your menstrual cup. Many women with IUDs are able to successfully use a menstrual cup. We recommend becoming familiar with your body and using extra caution when using an IUD. Additionally, a recent study conducted in Canada concluded that menstrual cups do not increase the risk of IUD expulsion.
Are menstrual cups comfortable?
Some women don't feel the cup at all and rave about how comfortable it is. Others find that the stem may bother them or at least they are aware of it. It is important to try the menstrual cup for a few cycles before deciding what is or isn't comfortable. Sometimes you may think the cup will sit lower inside your body but after a day of hard work you may find that it travels further up in your vaginal canal. If after a few cycles with your cup you find that the stem still sticks out and irritates you, the Keeper Cup and Moon Cup offer you the ability to trim it. We recommend leaving at least half intact.
Are menstrual cups safer than tampons?
The menstrual cup has a lower risk of TSS and is healthier and more comfortable for your body than tampons. The vaginal canal is one of the most porous parts of our body, which makes the absorption of any residual chemicals found in tampons a possibility. If you have ever had TSS, you should consult a medical professional before using tampons or menstrual cups.
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Swirl swirl swirl
By: Lena from New Orleans, LA US on July 16, 2012
"At first I hesitated...for years. But I am glad I finally became a DIVA. I love the Diva cup...so simple...so green...and so worry free...once you master the swirl. Insertion is easy enough, but the swirl guarantees a good fit and no leakage. The cup must be rotated a few times after insertion (the swirl) to assure the lack of the dreaded spill (or as I call it, the cup running over). Heavy flow requires emptying more regularly and a private bathroom are required for greatest cleanliness. Now that I am a DIVA, I will never sit in my monthly puddle in pads ever again!!!! Swirl baby swirl! :)"
So Glad! I won't go back!
By: Cryst from Iliff, CO US on March 14, 2013
"I bought my Diva Cup, Size 2, almost 5 years ago. I had awful, painful, super heavy periods that would make me put my life on hold. I would have to change Super Plus tampons ever 30 to 45 minutes for most of the 6 days of my period. I decided to give the cup a try. This cup has changed my life. My period is down to only 4 days long. I don't have the cramps or PMS like I use to. I do have to empty the cup more often than 12 hours, but my flow certainly isn't as heavy as it use to be.
I am only reviewing the Diva Cup as it is the one I have but ANY cup is worth a try. This one sits comfortably and I forget I even have it in. It is amazing that I almost forget I am having my period. So worth the buy!"
By: Danielle from Lowville, US on January 21, 2013
"I was a little apprehensive about using the Diva, but wanted to stop putting loads of disposable products in a landfill every month. It turns out my fears were unfounded and it worked wonderfully! No leakage at all. The only difficulty came the first time I tried to take it out -- read the directions carefully!"
Good, but Problematic
By: Librarian from DC, US on April 21, 2013
"I love the reusability/environmental friendliness of the cup, and once it's in comfortably, it's great. However, it's difficult to get in comfortably- despite the fact that I've had it for months, I often have to try several times- it often forms a suction before properly opened, making it painful to twist, so that it opens properly. Otherwise, it will leak."
LEAVE YOUR INHIBITIONS BEHIND-- FEAR NOT THIS GREAT LEAP FOR HUMANITY
By: Delia from Takoma Park, MD US on January 20, 2014
I spent about two months googling about menstrual cups, asking my friends, and being generally on the fence about them. However, I have taken the great leap--to be totally honest, I am wearing it right now. I cannot feel it, it does not bother me, there is no leaking, and I love it.
I can give you no reasons not to do it. There are none, it is the most genius innovation of the last however many years. Since sprinklers were invented, probably. I was even worried that the sizing would be wrong, but I did as they recommended and got the smaller one and THEN was even worried it was too big!
I will say give yourself a few practice rounds before wearing it out to just get the positioning right and to make yourself comfortable with your Inner Love Tube.
Enjoy life, fear not death, and rejoice for menstrual cups!! Huzzah,
By: Tracy Ashlock from Berkeley, CA US on March 18, 2013
Never Going Back
By: kmoney from Cedar Rapids, IA US on November 18, 2013
"I love using the Diva Cup, and I hope I never need to go back to using tampons and pads.
At first, it was super messy. However, I got used to taking it out and putting it in.
It is so comfortable that I even completely forgot it was there for a day. Oops! That was the first time I ever leaked with the product. (And I have a super heavy flow.)"
By: E. Marie from Indianapolis, IN US on January 13, 2014
"I've been wanting to try a menstrual cup for a while now and I don't know why I waited so long. I purchased the type 1, even though I'm over 30. Tampons sometimes felt too "big", so I was worried about how something like this would fit/function. It took about two tries to get it inserted properly, but after that it became much easier. Removal took a bit more practice (having some damp tissue on hand is really helpful for any mishaps!). It does sometimes feel "there", but not in an intrusive way. I'm definitely happy with it."