Rocking the rag with reusable cups

Disclaimer: To my male readers, I apologize but this post isn’t for you. Dang. Although you might want to pass it along to your wife, sisters or female friends.

Ladies, are you sick of fearing “the string” peaking out when wearing swimwear when on your period? Or maybe you are fed up with avoiding swimwear all together? What about the clogged toilet scares or the dirty looks from the septic guy? Or how about the shame of shunning your thongs, g-strings and c-strings for famine undies during that time of the month? Or maybe you are like me and sick of the tactical tampon carrying techniques we have to employ? Most of the time, I feel like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible sneaking to the bathroom with my arsenal of period protection gear?

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Well NO MORE!

Move over tampons, back off pads….HELLO DivaCup!

The DivaCup is a non-absorbent cup that you insert into your hooha during your menstrual cycle to collect the flow. It can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing and reinserting although for heavier flows, one may need to empty more often.

Shut UP!?!?!?! I know!!

But…how do I get it in there…and then BACK OUT?!?!?!

According to the DivaCup website, to insert you simply fold it in half twice and with your vajayjay relaxed (cause mine is always super mellow and relaxed when inserting an object), you push the curved edge into the opening. It has little holes around the top edge to aid in suction. Hmmmm….

To remove, you pull gently on the stem until you reach the base of the cup at which point you pinch to release the seal and continue to pull down. They claim the “contents” shouldn’t spill and you simply pour them into the toilet, wash, and reinsert. You are good to go for another 12 hours.

Now…I gotta tell you. I wasn’t really sold on the product the first time I read about it. Ok, it’s cool. I knew I’d definitely blog about it but BUY it and TRY it? Hmmmm…not so sure…

That was until I met someone, in person, who uses it and LOVES it! We were at a girls-only party a few weeks ago and after much wine, the topic of Aunt Flo came up (do not ask me how…) This friend of mine SWEARS by the DivaCup and said she’s never going back to tampons or pads ever again. She said it’s soft and smooth and when inserted properly does not leak. And she said it’s COMFY! MORE comfortable than a tampon. So comfortable, she said she forgets it’s there entirely.

Best yet, she said you’d be surprised how “easy in and easy out” the thing is. After the first time or two, when you get more used to it, she said it takes all but 2 seconds to pop it in. And it’s worn low in the vagina so it’s not difficult to “find”. Removal was a bit trickier but she said that once you get the hang of it, it’s a snap. Her advice; be sure to use the middle finger and DON’T PANIC.

DivaCup makers say it can be worn during all activities like traveling, running, biking, camping, swimming, diving, yoga, extreme sports and more. About the only sport you can’t do when wearing the DivaCup is have sex.

This would be great for me considering our high propensity to engage in redneck activities that usually involve a lot of banging, bumping, and bouncing. I don’t know how many times after hitting a wallop of a washout in the Rhino that I’ve said to hubby “I feel like my tampon just catapulted up my vag and into my throat…” NOT FUN!

Not to mention the “Green” factor here, which is a total double whammy. Whammy #1) think about the billions of tampons and pads that are dumped into our environment each year. Gross. Whammy #2) think of the green staying in my POCKET not having to buy an arsenal of feminine products each month!

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The DivaCup gets great product reviews all over YouTube. I found quite an extensive one:

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Check out the DivaCup’s YouTube channel for more videos.

And this revolutionary period product ain’t new ladies. Can you believe the menstrual cup has been around since the 1930’s?

Back in the day, they were made from rubber latex and millions were sold. However, over the years companies shut down and the cups got hard to find. A mother in search of the product actually ended up reintroducing the menstrual cup back to the world about 15 years ago. And in 2003, her and her daughter revamped the rubber/latex version to the current DivaCup, which is made from soft, top-quality silicone. It’s patent-pending and ISO certified.

Why am I only hearing about this fabulousness now?!?! I’m going to have to go have a chat with my mother.

Have you heard of and/or tried the DivaCup or a menstrual cup? Does it work? Good or bad? Would you try one? Come on ladies…share the wealth…

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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  1. Okay, I may need to add my own disclaimer, as in, I am about to impart waaaay too much info, here goes: How do you wash it out and re-insert if you’re in a public restroom? Yikes! That aside, I would definately try this — I can barely make it 30 minutes w/o a switcheroo on some days — and I’m talking OB super plus (I long for the good old days of “ultra” OBs) and an overnight maxi…see, I told you it was TMI.

    • Well, as for the public restroom thing…I think the idea is with a 12-hour window, you’d likely do most of the rinse and repeat at home but…with a period that heavy…yikes?!?!?! Maybe not…I guess you’d have to try it to see how long you could last to see if it’d be worth your while.
      Girl….that totally SUCKS!!!! Seriously…

    • Amy, you fertile girl, you! I’m completely impressed. I know that doesn’t help you, but really, as someone who barely squeaked a baby in at 41 due to early menopause, I think you rock. :-)

      • amyskennedy says:

        Ha! Jenny, isn’t it amazing — the differences in we females? thank God my husband had a vasectomy, I had my last at 40 too! They’ll keep us young… but I’m done now. Please.

        • I would have loved to have another one but…you know – that Menopause Bitch slowed me down. :-) Still my Baby Girl is a gem, at least for now…

  2. amyskennedy says:

    P.S. Now Toby Kieth’s song, Red Solo Cup! is playing in my head…

  3. Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

    I’m sorry – I gotta heckle this post!

    After reading this post – all I’m picturing in my head is a women’s washroom full of women bursting out the long line of stalls, running madly, in 9-1-1 fashion for the nearest available sink looking like they just got their hand stuck in a wood chipper! Trying not to wave to their co-worker or friend with their dominant hand!

    • O.M.G!!! ROLFMAO!!!!
      I never even THOUGHT!!!!
      Guess we’ll now have to take hand sanitizer in the stall with us…LOL!!! BUT, with a usual 12 hour window, I think the idea is that you’d normally be home to rinse and repeat!!!

  4. I’m not trying to introduce a whole other topic, but the “installation” of this product sounds like a birth control diaphragm. If so, plenty of women have done that successfully for years. It sounds like it would work!

  5. Wow, Natalie, I love all the…uh, interesting…things you find. :)

    I’ve never heard of this product or idea before, but it sounds interesting. Julie makes a good point though. Was it easy for your friend to handle because she’d already had lots of diaphragm practice? Would it be just as easy for an insertion newbie? Inquiring minds… :)

    And thanks for the link!

    • LOL!! I try Jami. :-)
      Nope, my friend had never used a diaphragm before. She said that she was shocked at how easy it was to put them in and take them out. Although she said she panicked the first time a bit…but she said after a time or two, it was easier than putting a tampon in and out! Imagine?!??!

  6. As usual Natalie, your life lived out loud is one of the delights to my day. Being a father of daughters and a fan of feminine, I definitely see the appeal.

    As a creative ad guy, I can’t help but want to suggest some better names than DivaCup. You know, something that promotes the features and benefits while saying what the product does.

    Without taking a crude turn, “Flow and Go” comes to mind first. The small cup shape does suggest something like “The Cooter Shooter.” Throw in some basic alliteration and we have the “Period Plug”, “Lady Levee” or maybe “Menstral Mitt”. Or perhaps there is no need to depart too far from the original name in order to say what it does, like “Diva Dam” rather than the obvious Beaver Dam.

    And, the humor opportunity shouldn’t be under rated with such great one liners as the “Giner Liner.”

    You know I mean no disrespect, and I empathize with the monthly dread… I just think there is a dramatic branding opportunity pouring out here.

    • ROFL!! Stellar Barry!! Love it….I think my favs would have to be the Cooter Shooter or the Period Plug. LOL!!! I am all for dramatic branding all the way…squeee!!
      Thanks so much for the visit and the FAB comment. I’ll be chuckling over this one for days to come. LOL!!

      • Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

        I know! DivaCup doesn’t quite hit the mark!
        Sounds a bit like a women’s hockey trophy!

        Great product names – I’m still laughing! The Cooter Shooter!!! I’m dying!
        I bow in the presence of genius!

    • Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

      I was just going to stay quiet on a couple other product branding ideas I thought up – but I could not hold them back – that’s just being selfish!
      I apologize the comedically challenged in advance – in case I offend anyone!

      Beaver Beaker
      Twat Tumbler
      and my fav – Muff Mug!

      I’m sorry ladies – I’ve been dying all morning over here!!!!
      The warning should have read “MEN MUST READ!!!”

      • Muff Mug! *lying in a heap* Stop it, I say…I just can’t take any more alliteration this morning….

      • @ Hubby…. you know, I was on my best behavior, but you just pulled the cork on any restraint. Kudos to you brother. Again apologies in advance to ladies with such poetic machinery.

        I too am a big fan of the Muff Mug…

        Let’s not leave any on the table such as, “Vulva Vessel”, “Magenta Martini” ,”Snatch Catch” , “Yoni Bowl” or the oh so insert-able “Twat Pot”…the larger cousin of the Twat Tumbler.

      • Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

        Barry those are priceless – one more for the road “Labia Ladel”

      • I am DYING!! OMG you two are INSANE but totally made this post THAT much better. LOL!!
        Snatch Catch….Muff Mug….TWAT POT!!! WAHAHAHAHAA!! LUV IT!!!

    • I’ve heard them called “moon cups” and on Ravelry you can find all sorts of little cute patters for crochet and knit “Moon cup holders.” So, I was dubious, but this blog has me thinking….maybe, just to try one time..
      Thanks!

      • Moon cups….OMG!! And you can crochet and knit little holders?!?!? That’s amazing…I could totally bedazzle my own little pouch…LOL!!
        But seriously…I think they are known by a zillion different names but all operate much the same. Definitely something worth giving a wee bit more thought to trying!

    • OMG, these are killing me!!! I am dying over here from Barry and his ad terms. Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

  7. I’ve heard others rave about the DivaCup, and I gotta say—did not sound comfy. But once again, you may have sold me on a find worth using, or at least trying. (Wearing a cup stimulates such an awkward picture… LOL) Kind of you to deter the guys!! ;)

  8. So you post this right after I am finished my monthly at the age of 52… haven’t have one since last fall and don’t miss it one bit!!!!! On the other hand, the hot flashes I could do without! But a little FYI for those women whose body temps go from 98.6 to what feels like at least 126 in 0.2 seconds, I found a product at Ford’s Apothacary called Chaste Tree! Ladies, it helps!!! I can/will pass the Diva Cup information along to others though! Love the post, Natalie and let me know how that conversation with your Mom goes! LOL! xo

  9. Hilarious comment by the only male brave enough to jump in!
    Thankfully I haven’t needed such devices for several years, but I will pass this on to my daughter. Relieving some of the monthly “I hate being a woman” angst would be awesome! Thanks, Natalie! You always find the best stuff!

  10. O.M.G. Um, yeah.

    The whole eco thing kind of sold me on this, but the comments have me cracking up! Flow and Go sounds like your Go Girl peeing cup thing, but Cooter Shooter wins my vote!

    Dying here. Literally can’t type I’m laughing so hard. I apologize for any typos or incoherency. Blame the Cooter Shooter!

  11. It does sound interesting…. Maybe I’m weird (okay, I know I am), but I always ‘know’ when it’s time for a fresh tampon. My question would be, what if the 12 hour ‘cup’ only lasted…say, seven and a half hours, and you’re walking around Macy’s, located in the mall…about twenty miles from the restrooms? Would you instinctively ‘know’ when it was time to empty, rinse and clean…or would the only warning come from snickers from other shoppers?

    Dang…this reminds me of a joke my brothers used to tell about a vampire in a bar requesting a glass of hot water because it was…tea time. :)

    • Hmmmm…well my understanding is that it’s sealed so if it was full, your “tunnel” would just sort of continue to fill so when you did your removal, it might be a bit messy?!?! But I don’t know and can’t say for sure having not tried it. And I am not a heavy gal anyway so I’d likely never know but good question Kristy…I may go search the FAQs of the site to see if they have an answer for that.
      Tea time…LOL!!!

  12. Coleen Patrick says:

    I remember reading about this a few years back and thinking it would’ve never worked for me–i needed something with the strength of the Hoover Dam. LOL. Love all the names in the comments, so funny!

  13. Too funny Natalie. You find the best stuff!!! Loved all the comments.

  14. Jackie Sproull says:

    Natalie, I have been rocking one of these for a couple years now. Found out about it websurfing one day and went to our local Jean Coutu Pharmacy & picked one up. I love it! Easy to use and no messy garbage and no waste! Super!

  15. Okay. At first sight I was taken back, but you may have sold me. OMG, the comments were cracking me up! Maybe my body will agree to get along with said DivaCup. It’s always trying to expel the tampons early. :-|

  16. Natalie, send these comments to the manufacturer! They can’t find better advertising anywhere! Hilarious plus personal testimonials = S A L E S

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