I'm back, reporting as your trusty women’s health investigator! I’m now completing my first cycle using the DivaCup and I have plenty to share. Basically, I love it. Don’t worry, I plan to mix emotional gushing with some legitimate explanations.
I purchased my DivaCup (after weighing the options between it and the Keeper) from a Whole Foods grocery store for $39.50 including tax. Glimpsing the price of tampons as I walked down the aisle, I felt good about my investment in a reusable product, as ultimately it will take me about 4.5 periods to make up what I would have spent on tampons.
I arrived home and immediately called a friend and fellow-DivaCup user for some advice on insertion. Once out of the package, the cup looked frighteningly large, and despite my previous enthusiasm, I was suddenly nervous. Luckily, the cup comes with straightforward diagrams and directions, (in addition to a cotton bag for storage and a pin that says “diva”!) which helped me to fold the cup in the correct way to make insertion easy.
I sat at the edge of my toilet and gently pushed the folded cup inside me, spinning it slightly after it was 3/4ths of the way in to create the suction that holds the cup in place. It felt similar to inserting a tampon, though required a little more manual effort and a lot more trust in my body. Of course, being the amazing creation that it is, my vagina adapted to this foreign object, and I felt the muscles and tissues in my lower region stretch and accommodate immediately. Once inserted, I couldn’t feel the cup at all. No string hanging down, no chemicals inside my body, no mess, no stress. I went about my day without thinking about the cup once. (Except to gloat about the fact that I was wearing a DivaCup and didn’t need to think about it.)
Twelve hours after insertion, I admit I was feeling nervous. The DivaCup website cautions against using a menstrual cup with an IUD, as there is the potential to dislodge the IUD by accidentally pulling on the strings that hang down into the vaginal canal during the cup’s removal.