This is one especially for the ladies.. or guys who never want to have to be asked to make a run to the store to pick up "feminine hygiene" products for their wives or girlfriends ever again. i apologize to any guys who happen upon this in advance for the subject matter, but some things just have to be shared. Yes, kids.. we're talking menstruation here, it's not pretty, but it's a fact of life. First, I'm gonna get a little personal and just tell you that I am one of those women who suffers from really heavy flows, and sometimes using a tampon and a pad I still end up with messes.. until I found the Diva Cup. If you've never heard of them before, they are little cup-shaped devices made of soft medical grade silicone, which is latex-free, 100% hypoallergenic and odorless and sold under names like Diva Cup and Moon Cup. I've been using mine for almost 2 years and I love it! I'd never go back to pads or tampons and I tell all my friends about them too.
What do they do, you ask? you insert the Diva Cup according to the directions, and they collect the blood inside the cup. When you're ready to empty it, you just pull it out, again according to the directions, dump the contents in the bowl, rinse or wipe out the cup, and reinsert it. No messy pads, no leaks or messes to clean up!
The Diva Cup has tons of benefits you just will never get with more traditional methods:
You will never have to buy tampons or pads again - just think of the money you'll save! You can purchase one from Divacup.com some stores like Whole Foods for about 35.00, and I've seen them selling on Ebay for around 18.00. Plus, you'll never have to remember to buy tampons again, one Diva Cup lasts for 10 years!!! Unless..like me.. you have to replace it because your Great Dane got hold of it and decided to use it as a chew toy...but for most people, one will do ya for a long time!
They are so much better for the environment - The amount of waste generated each year by feminine products being thrown out in the trash is phenomenal. Think about it. How many pads or tampons do you use on an average day x how many days of your cycle. Not to mention the wrappers and boxes they come in.. multiplied by the number of menstruating women.. not good! With the Diva Cup you do your part to save the environment, which is one of my favorite parts.
They're pretty simple to use, once you get the hang of inserting them, and you only have to empty them once every 12 hours in most cases. There is a little learning curve at first, learning just the right way to insert them, but I got the hang of mine after 2 or 3 tries and haven't had any problems. Once they're in, you don't even know they're there. Unlike tampons, they don't absorb the natural moisture along with the blood, so no dryness or pain! You do have to be pretty comfortable with your body, but if you can use a tampon, you probably wouldn't have a problem with inserting and taking them out. There are other benefits as well. It comes with it's own little drawsting pouch to keep it in between cycles, so if you think you might be going to start, you can just pop it in your purse or stick it in the pockets of your jeans. No more embarrassment when you open your purse and your tampons fall out in front of your coworkers, and since it's rubber, nobody has to know it's there and it won't poke you when you bend if its in your pocket. This thing really is the best thing since sliced bread!
In discussions about these before, I've heard people say things like, "It sounds messy, I don't think I'd like it", or "I don't like the idea of having to insert it and having to reach up to pull it out"... or even.. "I'm used to what I'm using...It's easier to just stick with that".. but, really, it's a lot less messy than tampons or pads, especially when there's a mess to clean up. You will never stand up from your chair and feel that yucky "gush" again and have to run to the bathroom. Even overnight, even on your heaviest days, you won't need a pad with it. No more waking up to a mess. It's really not any worse than inserting a tampon, and taking it out sometimes requires going a tad further than just grabbing the string and yanking, but there's no leaks, so there's no mess.. so00 not the case with tampons.. and if you just don't like change, do yourself a favor and just give it a shot. Sometimes change is a really, really good thing. So, I hope this helps some of you.. and if you have any further questions they have a FAQ section and I think even a video on the Divacup.com site.