Disclaimer: I’m going to get real graphic in this post, I want to give a honest review and when it comes to periods and menstrual cups the only way to be honest is to get very TMI. So if you’re squeamish, know me personally and don’t want to read about my vagina or are male I’d recommend clicking away now. Ok so now that’s sorted let’s get to it.
I bought my diva cup on a sunny autumn day and was fairly underwhelmed by the packaging, I’d hyped it up as this big exciting thing but really it was no different than every other pharmacy purchase I’ve made. That being said I didn’t get up the courage to try it until 5 days later. I’d watched a few videos and read a few blogs about it and all recommended trying it and getting accustomed before you’re actually on your period so that’s what I did.
I read all the information on the outside of the box then finally opened it and was surprised by how soft the (medical grade) silicone is. In the box is another big informational pamphlet and a little cotton drawstring bag for storage. I then scanned the pamphlet and figured out how to fold it and pop it out. As with anything going into your body you have to make sure it’s clean so a quick wash in hot water then it and I were ready. The c fold is the most natural first way to fold it so that’s how it went. I won’t lie, even folded it’s quite a bit bigger than a tampon and you do have to physically get situated to get it in position. The c fold allows you to hold it easily when it’s right in front of your face and you can easily see it but once it’s down between your legs it has the tendency to pop out and I had to refold a couple of times before even getting it anywhere near my vag. After figuring out how to simultaneously keep it folded and guide it in it wasn’t much different than a tampon. Once it’s actually in there it has to pop out to suction in place and ensure no leakages. This is where you have to become quite familiar with yourself and wriggle things around to ensure it’s all popped out.
Getting it out was a little different. Again you have to wriggle things around to break the suction then simultaneously pinch and pull to ease it out. It’s imperative here that you keep it pinched and try to get it back in that original folded shape to ensure you don’t do yourself an injury. I didn’t get this right the first few times and I won’t lie, it hurt. Easing it most of the way out is fine and no different than a tampon but getting the widest part of the cup out through the more sensitive opening where the skin is thinner it’s not all essentially elastic muscle is where things can get fairly painful. This is why it’s so important to keep it folded during insertion and exit. Because I hadn’t got the hang of this the first time I tried it it was a bit uncomfortable for a few hours after I’d taken it out, nothing crazy just a bit erm tender.
I originally started writing this post (everything you just read above) back in April and it’s now June – sorry I’ve gotten so slack – and I’ve gotten so used to the cup. I had to trim the stem right back to the base of the cup because – and this is something I wouldn’t know if I didn’t have a cup – I have a fairly short vagina (apparently that’s a thing) but now it’s so so comfortable and once it’s in place I don’t have to think about it again until 12 hours later when it needs emptied.
I wouldn’t go back to using tampons and though I still stick a liner on while wearing the cup it’s the most convenient and comfortable method I’ve ever used. The worst happened a few weeks ago and I accidentally dropped it in the toilet (to my absolute horror) but that was one minor setback and though I had to buy a new one – I couldn’t bring myself to wash it so it went straight in the bin – we’ve become accustomed to each other again. Yes it can be a bit gross to empty and rinse but I feel like I know my body so much better and have a better grasp of how everything works down there during my period. And once you’ve used it for one cycle it doesn’t even really seem all that weird. If you’ve been curious about a menstrual cups or wanted to try one I would absolutely recommend it. There’s so many brands on the market now and they’re a great option not only for your personal health but also for the environment, so shop around, find one that you like and that works for you and if you’re anything like me you won’t look back.
I feel like we know each other so much better now, hope this all wasn’t too confronting, it’s only taken me 2 months to complete because I wasn’t sure about posting this on the internet but if you’ve read this far obviously I have.
As always, thanks for reading!
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