About a year ago, I shared with you the wonder of Thinx underwear, in one of my most popular posts of all time. Apparently you guys are open books like me and really like talking about the #NotEw topic of vagina care. So instead of just letting that post be a one time box talk, I thought that it would be fun to include a new little series called “Vajayjay Talk”. This will not be a routinely posted series, but as topics arise I will do my best to cover them and if you have any ideas of things you would like to chat about let me know in the comments!
Anyways, back to the topic that we have yet to start talking about: the DivaCup. So some of you may be asking “why I would need a DivaCup if Thinx works so well?”. Well, here is the thing for me. Thinx are magic. I love them to bits. They feel relatively dry all day and I can free bleed which makes me feel like Mulan or a warrior princess of some sort. Buuuutttttttt, they can be a little bulky. I have yet to try out the thong version, but I know that they hold significantly less blood than the one’s I wear, which means that I could not wear them on my first/second/third day. This rules out skinny jeans and bodycon dresses/skirts.
My second issue is swimming. When I was living in Columbus Ohio, I never went outside (too hot, too cold, too humid or too rainy all the time) so it wasn’t a problem. But, now that I live in the magic sunny land of Austin, Texas, we spend a TON of our free time swimming and paddleboarding. Certainly not ideal for wearing Thinx.
So a few months back I was using tampons again and feeling extra guilty about all that ecological waste. That was when I remembered that waaayyy back in college my roommate Kaila had told me about the DivaCup. For those of you who are not familiar with the DivaCup, it is essentially a silicone, bell shaped cup that is inserted into the vajayjay. This proceeds to catch all of your monthly flow and can be left inside you for roughly 12 hours. I immediately decided to order one so that I could share my experience with ya’ll.
Remember that this is NOT a paid or sponsored post. This is just my sheer curiosity and me wanting to share my experience with you. Here are what I found to be the pros and cons of using the DivaCup:
PRO: You know exactly how much blood you are losing during your cycle.
The first thing that I noticed, was that it was really cool that I could keep an exact measurement of how much blood I was losing. When I pulled my cup out, I could clearly see that the side of the cup had a marker for the number of millimeters of blood inside. I realized immediately that I was actually losing significantly more than what was considered “normal” and it gave me a chance to take control of my health and chat with my doctor. If I had still been using tampons, I would have just been chucking them without thinking and be more concerned with the state of my cute pants than my health!
CON: It is not for the Hemophobic Folks out there.
I am not the type to be offput by gore. I have never been afraid of getting stitches and Lord knows my body is constantly covered in lacerations from our remodel. That being said, the first time I pulled out my Diva Cup I definitely gagged. In my defense, like I said above, I was bleeding way more than I should have been so may have just been shock related. If you have a normal healthy flow, you can leave the cup in for 12 hours. I can only leave mine in for about 6. The point is, when you pull out your cup, brace yourself to be…well….looking at several milliliters of your own blood in a cup.
It sounds obvious, but actually seeing it can be a bit gross. It is not like the elevator scene from The Shining or anything, but it is certainly worth noting. On the bright side you only have to do this once a day (at most twice if you have a bad flow like me).
PRO: It is soooooo much better for Mother Earth.
Oy vay, when you think about how many plastic applicators sit in landfills every year!!! The average woman uses 11,000 tampons in her lifetime and the time it takes for a tampon to degrade in a landfill is centuries longer than the lifespan of the woman who used it. In addition, the process of manufacturing these products – turning wood pulp into soft, cotton-like fibres – is both resource- and chemical-intensive. So what better alternative than a silicone (very eco friendly material) cup that is reuseable!? All you need to do is wash it in between your cycles and boil it if it begins to discolor. Your DivaCup has a very long lifespan and therefore significantly reduces waste!
PRO: There is no odor.
I was surprised that a few people asked me about if there was a smell to it, something that I had never even thought about. Fortunately I can report that there is not. Since the DivaCup is worn internally, unlike pads, the blood inside of it is not exposed to oxygen and therefore, no odor forms. Worry not, your “no no swimsuit area” will remain odor free!
CON: It can be tricky to insert the first few times.
The first few times I tried to insert the cup I was a little baffled. It was larger than I had expected and even as someone who uses super tampons, the size was intimidating. Then I got smart and found some really helpful diagrams online that explained the most effective way to insert. It has been leak proof since, but I would recommend wearing your Thinx as well the first few times, just in case. If it is not sealed properly, then you can get leaks. I am always sure to twist mine around a bit first to ensure that it is sealed. Also, be sure to break that seal with your finger before you pull it out!
PRO: It helps to detox your box.
I was shocked when I found out about all of the chemicals that are found in tampons (which are then inserted into the most delicate area of our bodies!). Lola is the only brand that I am aware of that focuses on organic, chemical free tampons (best option for those opposed to Thinx/DivaCup), but they are expensive as hell and still create waste. DivaCup is the best way to rid your vaj of chemicals and toxins. PLUS there is no risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, which is something that routinely terrified me when I wore tampons.
PRO: It is shockingly comfortable.
For how large the cup looks, it is amazing to me that once I get it in, I feel…well, nothing. I have never noticed it inside me and this is coming from someone who definitely noticed tampons inside herself.
In summary, yes it can be a bit gross and a little tricky at first, but you only have to deal with it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Plus, you can safely wear it all night and not wake up to the murder scene that some of us have experienced. Final say: DivaCups are pretty awesome. I now switch back and forth between DivaCup and Thinx, depending on my mood, daily activities, and what I plan to wear that day! I am greatly enjoying the freedom that these two options provide.
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