Would you consider using an eco-friendly reusable menstrual cup? My first response to this question was “That sounds gross and NOT for me”.
Once I tried the Diva Cup though, I found it impossible to go back to conventional pads and tampons which are host to a variety of issues including exposure to toxins and environmental problems such as landfill build-up.
Did you know that the average woman will use over 16,000 tampons or pads in her lifetime, the majority of which are not bio-degradable and often made with chemicals that can be harmful to the endocrine system.? A great solution to this problem is to try a Diva Cup.
The Diva Cup is a soft cup that sits low in the vagina to collect menstrual flow. The cup provides protection for up to 12 hours a day, perfect for long school or work days. It is formulated to hold 1oz of liquid at a time – a woman should technically not bleed more than 1-2oz during the entire course of her period. This highlights how the cup can also be a good barometer for vaginal health – if you are filling the cup during a single day of your period there might be a greater health issue. With the cup being allergen and toxin free, it is made of healthcare grade silicon that is highly durable and hypoallergenic. Many women find that when they switch to the cup they will get a reduction in both cramping and bleeding.
The Diva Cup is also very affordable – in contrast to the $100-150 per year that can be spent on disposable products. Once you have purchased the Diva Cup it can be used for well over a year. I personally have used one for more than 6 years and have replaced it once. I often recommend that if you purchase a Diva Cup that you also purchase the accompanying Diva Wash. The Diva Wash is a botanical pH balanced formula that will not disrupt the vaginal balance or cause any irritation; I only use my Diva Wash for my cup and find that it lasts me roughly 6 months at a time.
While it might seem intimidating to start using a menstrual cup I can say with experienced certainty that you will not regret the decision. The Diva Cup provides comfortable, leak-free protection for the entire duration of your period. If you have further questions about the product or how to use it, feel free to visit us down at Nature’s Vibe and we will be happy to answer all Diva Cup-related questions.
By Liz Buck, Nature’s Vibe Store Manager