Due to its money and Earth saving properties, in my own search for an alternative menstrual product, I am choosing to investigate reusable cups. However, as I stated in my other article, there are disposable options available as well, and if you are interested I highly recommend that you do some research on your own.
In scanning the marketplace, it seems there are two main brands of menstrual cups available for women; the Keeper and the DivaCup. While the function, efficiency and satisfaction gained from the two brands are for the most part identical, they do have three notable distinctions: the material they are made from, their shape and their lifespan.
The DivaCup is made to ensure that it will inflict no negative chemical side-effects to your body upon insertion; a latex-free, plastic-free and BPA-free silicone material with no additives or dyes. (Unlike certain tampons, which can sometimes be made with chlorine, a harmful chemical, or sprayed with an odorizer that causes yeast infections in many women.) The Keeper, on the other hand, is made from natural gum rubber – a clay colored, rawer form of latex. Luckily, the manufacturers of the Keeper accommodate for women with latex allergies who would prefer the Keeper’s shape and have recently developed the MoonCup – a menstrual cup made out of the same silicone as the DivaCup but with the same shape as the Keeper – a great (and often overlooked) compromise! Some women prefer the naturally muddy color of the Keeper to its clear MoonCup/DivaCup counterparts, as the gum rubber cannot discolor.
Due to their difference chemical compositions, care and cleaning of the cups vary slightly. While both require the same washing technique, (a twice daily wash and wipe down with a mild soap – the DivaCup manufacturers offer a specially made, very sensitive soap called DivaWash!) at the end of each period, DivaCup recommends that you boil your cup for 20 minutes, whereas Keepers can be run through the dishwasher or rinsed for three minutes in a mixture of nine parts water and one part vinegar.