Saturday, March 21, 2015

6 Reasons To Try a Diva Cup

I got my first period on December 27, 2002. My whole family was staying at my grandparents' house for the holidays. I was asleep on a blowup mattress in the basement, next to all four of my younger brothers. That morning, I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know what until I was in the bathroom with my pants around my ankles. When I saw the blood, I was angry. Not because I was having my period - I knew I was approaching that stage in my life. Not because my favorite pink pajama pants with purple crescent moons were ruined (RIP, pj pants). No, I was mad because for years my health teachers, my girl scouts leaders, and my favorite authors had led me to believe that my first period would be some quaint red dot on my underwear, a cute little crimson blossom, a beautiful emblem of womanhood.

Instead, it looked like I had shit my pants and filled them with a pound of brown-red goop. It was disgusting. And I felt lied to.

Where were the dainty flowers I was promised? WHERE?

I was so mortified by what my body had done, that I refused to talk about my period with anyone other than my mom for years. I hid pads, and later tampons, and remained silent even when my closest friends brought the topic up at sleepovers. Period talk was always a tremendously uncomfortable topic.

My comfort level with periods has improved dramatically since 6th grade. But 18 months ago, I found myself knee-deep in the same sort of shy embarrassment as I considered buying a Diva Cup (affiliate link). I was desperate to know who among my friends had tried one. But I was also far too mortified to actually ask.

Knowing that there might be 1 or 2 or 100 more people in that same situation, I want to go ahead and save you the discomfort of asking around to find someone who has tried the cup. So, without further ado, here are the reasons you should use a menstrual cup.

1. You can wear it for 12 hours at a time. 

That means you only have to take it out twice a day! That's it!

This is actually the main reason that I switched to a Diva Cup. On my period, I bleed a lot. Like, A LOT. On the first few days of my period, I would fly through super tampons. Sometimes they would barely make it an hour. I was happy if one lasted two. With my Diva Cup, even on the heaviest days, I usually only change it every six hours or so. On normal days, it can stay in for 12 hours. No more spending the whole day in and out of the bathroom!

2. You will save so much money.

One Diva Cup costs about $30, and it can last years if you care for it properly. In the year and a half that I've owned mine, I've already saved well over $100 just because I don't need to buy a box of tampons once a month. I do, however, still buy pantiliners occasionally because even Diva Cups leak sometimes.

3. You'll never stain underwear (or sheets) again. 

Once you get the hang of it, a Diva Cup will rarely leak. Though I usually wear pantiliners on the heaviest days of my period, I almost never need to. The cup has four tiny holes which allow it to create a suction seal in your vagina (don't worry, you can't feel it), preventing any blood from seeping through.

Also, you can put the cup in before you period starts (no TSS risks here!), so no need to worry about a period happening overnight and staining your sheets. Sometimes, I'll wear mine for a full day or two before my period starts just to avoid any early-period surprises.

4. It's so comfortable, you'll forget you're wearing it. 

The cup is super comfortable. When I first saw the cup, I thought that there was no way the thing was going to fit inside me, much less be comfortable. But the cup is made out of flexible silicone, so it bends easily and doesn't poke or pinch once it's in. I often forget I have it in or that I'm even on my period.

I should note that menstrual cups generally have a knob at the end that help you pull them back out. When I first started using my cup, I had a hard time positioning it so that the knob didn't bother me. But by the end of the first cycle, I had the hang of it. Now I never notice it's there.

5. It can be a little gross. But it's kind of cool?

Okay, yes. It can be kind of gross. More than once, my bathroom has definitely looked like a murder scene. But I've tried tampons and pads, too, and of the three , I think cups are the least gross option available. Sometimes the cup comes out at a weird angle, and blood can spill a bit. Or a lot. That's true. But I honestly prefer that to walking around with a blood-soaked pad rubbing against my nether regions. I mean, really.

And in a weird way, it's kind of cool to see the blood that was in your body. Kind of.

6. You will learn so much about your body. 

This is hands down, my favorite thing about my Diva Cup. Because the Diva Cup has measurement lines, I know exactly how much I've bled every month. I have learned so much more about my body since I started using the cup. I know which days I bleed the most, what an average flow looks like, exactly how long my periods last. I just have such a clearer picture of my body and my health. And I love it.

Please, please, please feel free to ask any questions you may have about menstrual cups below. Or share this with friends who may have questions.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for that! I'm 42 and didn't even know these existed! I'm off to the chemist to check em out :)


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