Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Diva Cup Review and Giveaway!

* Disclosure - I was provided items for review but was not compensated for this post.  Opinions are 100% honest and my own!

** Double Disclosure - This post is all about periods.  If you are a man or are a squeamish woman, avert your eyes now.  

So, after almost four years of either being pregnant or having no monthly cycle due to breastfeeding, Aunt Flo decided to make her grand entrance once again.

Of course, she decided to join in the family gathering while we were in North Carolina visiting DH's parents for Thanksgiving - when I had to run out to CVS in the middle of the night in my pajamas for supplies.

Lovely.

After that week, I realized I am completely done with pads and tampons.  Like, done.  I remembered very quickly why I hated pads and tampons for so many years when I was younger almost immediately.  Pads - for me - are like walking around with crinkly diapers on.  Tampons?  Well, I've always had problems with leaking - and then there's this issue where mold on tampons was summarily dismissed as normal by a tampon company.

Yep, that's disgusting.

A few of my crunchy mama friends had recommended the DivaCup to me {as well as reusable menstrual pads, which I'll be reviewing in March!}, and I was intrigued.


If you're not familiar with the DivaCup, it is a reusable silicone menstrual cup used in place of a tampon or pad.  The company boasts 12 hour leak-free protection, no harmful ingredients in the silicone of the cup, and the fact that the cup is eco-friendly in nature - as you're not throwing away countless menstrual products and their packaging each month.

Honestly, after receiving one, my first thoughts were: could one little cup handle my period with no leaks?  Would it be really gross emptying it throughout the day?  Would I feel it as I was wearing it?

Well, after two cycles of using the DivaCup - I am hooked.


By the end of my second cycle with the cup, I was using it with no backup pad underneath with absolutely no leaks and could not feel it in the least.  Other than emptying the cup, I actually had a few moments in which I kind of forgot I was on my period!

But let's backtrack juuuuust a moment.  Let's talk about the first cycle.

Initially, the DivaCup does have a learning curve.  I kind of remember {oh lord, is this embarrassing} a moment long ago in my past when I first got my period in 5th grade where I asked my sister's help in learning how to insert a tampon.  While I didn't have to ask anyone for help with the DivaCup, it definitely took a cycle or two to figure out the correct placement and insertion of my {size 2 - for those 30+ and who have had babies} cup.


During the first cycle I had a few leaks and a bit of initial discomfort because I wasn't inserting the cup correctly.  Once I figured out the fold of the cup and the insertion {I was inserting it too vertically, like I would have with a tampon - when I needed to insert the cup horizontally}, I've been leak-free ever since.

On my heaviest day, I do have to empty the cup every 6-8 hours - but that is way less frequent than my typical every 2-3 hours with a tampon or pad.  On all other days of my cycle, I can go a full 12 hours - which is amazing!

And I can do everything and anything while wearing the DivaCup - exercising, swimming, babywrangling, and leak-free sleeping.

Can I get a happy dance and high five's all around?

Other benefits of the cup that I've found?  I don't ever have to run to the store for extra pads/tampons, saving me both time & money.  Whenever I start my cycle, the cup is right there.  When we're going on a trip, I don't have to spend valuable packing space on menstrual products.  Apocalypse?  I'm covered.  Lol.  I don't have to stop as often to run to the bathroom, which is fantastic with a baby and a toddler who don't stop when I have to run to the bathroom either.  One of the biggest ones?  You don't EVER have to do that awkward walk to the bathroom in public after you've gone to grab your purse or a tampon out of your purse.

You know, the period Walk of Shame?

I seriously cannot put into words how amazing this little cup is - and how I wish I would have found it years ago.  This will for sure be a gift I give to Little Lady when she hits this stage with her own body.

And because I would love to share all of the amazing that the cup is with all of you ladies - DivaCup and I are giving one away!  Enter below and let me know if you have any questions!

{If you're looking for more information on DivaCup - you can find where to purchase the cup in person here or online, their Facebook page here, and their Twitter page here!}

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76 comments:

  1. I love my menstrual cup! I seriously wish more woman knew of this option. So simple to use (once you do it a few times and get the hang of it), better for you, cheaper in the long run, sustainable/no having to run out to pick up products, etc. Seriously awesome.

    I've used a Lady Cup for a few years now and I will definitely never go back to disposable products.

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  2. I definitely want to go reusable once my friend starts visiting again! Would love to try this!

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  3. I have not tried a cup yet, but I like the idea of them!

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  4. I've been wanting to try a cup, just waiting to finish cooking this baby

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  5. I've been wondering about this, but I was a little too shy to talk about it. This review helps! Thanks!

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  6. I've been wanting to get one of these... Tampons and pads are super yuck, but I've been just moderately hesitant. Thanks for the review, I'm sold!

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  7. I haven't tried one yet, but after reading several reviews I want to!

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  8. I've been meaning to try the Diva Cup, but haven't been able to find one locally. Hope I win--thanks for the chance and for the review!

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    1. Kari, I swear by the diva cup. I wish I found it years ago. I got mine on Amazon. com and it was a bit cheaper then in the store. But it should also be in Whole Foods, if they are around you. You can't go wrong.

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  9. That's crazy! Never heard of it before. I'm intrigued! Leave it to you to find stuff like this! :-)

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  10. I haven't tried one yet. I didn't even know about them until recently and would love to have an option that doesn't irritate my skin once my period returns. Pads feel like diapers and I'm always afraid I'll leak with tampons. It's nice to know that there is another option out there.

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  11. I have never tried one and been meaning to. Not sure I would like it so hope to win and try it.

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  12. I haven't tried one, but I've been doing research and it's something I want to try!

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  13. I haven't tried one and I would like to. I'm tired of pads and I hate tampons.

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  14. Once you've tried the Diva cup, you can never go back!

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  16. Ive been meaning to try a menstrual cup, so ill keep my fingers crossed :)

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  17. I have used an Instead cup in college but thy are disposable. I have been without a period for almost 2 years. We use cloth diapers and it made me think there has to be a reusable option out there. I want a diva cup before my period arrives!! I also want some mama cloth!!!

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  18. I totally want to try one!

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  19. I really would like to try one but I've never been good with tampons :P

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  20. I've never tried one but have heard wonderful things the DivaCup from many different women.

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  21. I'm trying softcups for the first time right now and I'm in love with them!

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  22. I found this review to be very helpful & encouraging. I've always wanted to give it a try & now I think I just might!

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  23. Beware...I bought my Diva Cup last summer, but haven't had the chance to use it yet as we found out we were expecting our second child shortly after it arrived! ;-) Hehe.

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  24. I have indeed used a Diva Cup and LOVE it. I have only used the size 1 though and anticipate needing the size 2 when the 'aunt' visits again.
    me_juliet AT hotmail DOT com

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  25. I just discovered this existed and I am intrigued. Your blog makes me want to try it more. "Period walk of shame". haha too true

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  26. I have not tried one, yet. I switched to cloth pads about a year ago and still need to try out cups!

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  27. No I've never tried one but would love to!

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  28. I would love to try one out! I haven't gotten my period back since baby was born but I am sure it's return will be soon as little one is starting solids!

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  29. I have been meaning to buy one for years! The way I burn through tampons, it would make sense!
    msmaryjenkins@gmail.com

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  30. Never tried one, but I have heard great things!
    lelamarie18 AT hotmail DOT com

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  31. I have never tried a cup but I would like to

    -Rachel N

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  32. A friend of mine uses a DivaCup and loves it, but I keep holding off and buying haybales of pads instead. Why? No idea. I'd love to give the DivaCup a try.

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  33. Never tried one, but I've heard they're great.

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  34. I heard about the menstral cups a few months back and thought about getting myself one, just have not done it yet. Now that my daughter has started her cycles 2 weeks ago I have been looking at all the different types out there and compairing what I have read and reading others compairisons. I have heard a lot of great things about the Diva Cups, I think I have found the match for my daughter finally.

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  35. Yup! Used a Diva cup but still need a liner for extra back up :)

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  36. Not yet, bye I will be starting this next cycle :)

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  37. No, I've never tried one but would love the chance!

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  38. Yes, I currently use the Keeper cup. It's natural rubber latex, and I've heard it's a bit more tough/rigid than silicone cups. The only thing I don't like about it is that I start to get sore towards the end of my period from inserting and removing this cup, I'm hoping a silicone cup will fix that.

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  39. Just a few day ago, my first try. Not very successful. I hope for the next try it gets better

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  40. I have tried a menstrual cup and love mine! If I win, this would be for my friend who wants to try a cup. :)

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  41. I have never tried a menstral cup. I want to try if I win!

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  42. I havent tried one but would love too!

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  43. Yes I've tried one and love it!

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  44. I'd love to try one but I haven't yet!

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  45. I have not tried a cup yet, but I'd love to!

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  46. I have not tried but would like to.

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  47. No, the idea always kinda creeped me out.. however, your review has me sold. If I don't win, I'll be buying one.

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    1. That's fantastic! Thank you for letting me know :)

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  48. I love using a menstrual cup! It is so much better than tampons!!

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  49. I've never used one. But I've been looking into them for awhile now, and would love to try one

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  50. I have never tried one but am wanting to.

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  51. i have not tried one but would love to! thanks i read alot of great reviews on these

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  52. I haven't tried one but really want to. I refuse to use tampons and it would be nice to be able to swim.

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    1. It's perfect for swimming or working out - I've done both with complete comfort since having my cup! :)

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  53. no not yet but i have read about these and would love to try it

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  54. I have never tried a menstrual cup before

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  55. Never used one, but Id love to try one out!

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  56. I just started using the Diva Cup. Love it, so much better than tampons!

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  57. I have never used one, but would love to try one out!

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  58. I have used softcups, but I keep meaning to buy a Diva.

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  59. I haven't... just cloth pads so far!

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  60. I had a size one I used once. I admit it took me a while to figure it out. Now I have a daughter but I don't have the size 2.

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  61. I have always been interested in trying one, just haven't done so yet!

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  62. I have not -- I've researched all kinds.

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  63. i had never even heard of them before. i would love to try one out. im not for cloth pads but this i would try.

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  64. I have not tried a cup, yet! I had all the issues you did with tampons, and I'm intrigued.

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  65. I have not tried yet. Too afraid to order and it not work for me

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