Friday, May 18, 2012

DivaCup Review and Giveaway



Hey girls - I've got a cool product to share with you. It is called the Diva Cup. This post could go under the category of TMI for some. So if that's the case - sorry.

But if you want to read on about this product - which is a menstrual cup, then I hope you find this post informative.



First here is some information from their website:


The DivaCup is a non-absorbent menstrual cup that simply collects menstrual flow. It is inserted in the vagina and sits at the lower base of the vaginal canal. It is worn internally, yet because it is soft and smooth, it cannot be felt nor will it leak when inserted properly.
The DivaCup is the most clean and convenient method of feminine hygiene protection. No need to touch the flow. It is worn low in the vagina, not near the cervix, so it is easy to remove. No mess!
The DivaCup ends hassles with unreliable disposables in endless absorbencies, shapes and styles. It is perfect for all activities – giving women true freedom without the worry, guessing and unreliability that disposable feminine hygiene products pose.
The DivaCup can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing and reinserting for use for another 12 hours. It can be used for light or moderate flows and is emptied more often to accommodate heavy flows.  Perfect for overnight use.
The DivaCup’s expert, proprietary, patent-pending features make it comfortable and assures ease of use and reliability. Perfect for traveling, running, biking, hiking, dancing, camping, swimming, diving, scuba, yoga, extreme sports and more...

  • Latex-free, BPA-free, plastic-free
  • No dyes, colors or additives
  • Comfortable, reliable
  • Clean, convenient, easy-to-use
  • Worn for up to 12 hours at a time


My thoughts on product:

 I contacted Diva Cup in hopes they would approve me to do a review/giveaway for them. And was happy when they did. I received the Diva Cup actually a week after I had just finished my period. So had to wait another cycle.

I just successfully finished my menstrual cycle using the Diva Cup. Here is a breakdown of my experience.

Day 1 - after reading the instructions a few times and getting over my initial reservations, I decided to go ahead and give the Diva Cup a try. the first day is still somewhat of a light day, so I noticed I only had to change about every 5 hrs.


Day 2 -  the second day is my "heavy day." I had to change the Diva cup probably every hour. There was about a a 5-8 hr time span where I was changing it every hour.


Day 3 - I was able to go for about 5-6 hrs without changing the Diva Cup.


Pros:

  1. stopped using tampons - didn't use one the whole time.
  2. great for the environment
  3. save money
  4. no toxins
  5. easy to use
Cons: 
  1.  had to change as frequently as a tampon
  2. still had to use a pad - but mostly only a pantyliner 


Final thoughts: 


I waited for that ah-ah moment - like when you could keep the Diva Cup in for 12 hrs and not worry about it, but that didn't seem to happen - for me anyway. I think my period is too heavy at one point for that. But I would have to do that with tampons anyway, and just think of the toxins I saved & the environmental consequences I saved not using tampons. I will continue to try this, and as I have read - like with anything - there is a learning curve with the Diva Cup, so maybe after a few more months I will get the hang of this. 


One more side note: I didn't read anything on this, but I feel like the Diva cup may have shortened my period. I have not seen anything on their website mentioning this, I may have seen one other review mentioning this, but I feel like maybe that could be true? One thing to consider & be happy about!


As always please visit sponsors  website to get more specific information and to read all instructions carefully before using for yourself. 


Buy It: Please visit these links to see where you can purchase your own Diva Cup:  Store Finder and Buy Now pages.


Win it: One lucky reader will win a Diva Cup of their own - in size of their choice (see website for size determination) Open to US & Canadian Residents. Use Rafflecopter below.


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Disclosure: I received the above product for the sole purpose of a review/giveaway. No other compensation was given. My opinions are my own & yours may vary. 

55 comments:

  1. It's the only menstrual cup approved for sale in canada.

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  2. I saw that it's made from silicone, which I prefer to the rubber cup I used before.

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  3. Menstrual cups were first developed in the 1930's!

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  4. I`m trying to be more green, I cloth diaper my baby and would love to try this!

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  5. Diva cups are made from silicone.

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  6. Some women have reported having lighter periods with menstrual cups, so things might get easier for you with time. I thought it was interesting that they are available at Whole Foods.

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  7. I learned that it's latex free and made from the same type of silicone used in breast implants. (entered Rafflecopter as Brandi Elam)

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  8. I learned that it is latex-free, BPA-free, plastic-free and can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time!
    Beth Rees
    beth.rees333 at gmail dot com

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  9. I had heard about them before but the fact that you can leave them in for 12 hours at a time is a great plus

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  10. The menstrual cup was first developed in the 1930’s... That's weird that they have been around that long. I use the Diva cup and have been telling my sister how I love it. I would love to win this for her.

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  11. I learned that they are latex free

    kport207 at gmail dot com

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  12. It was developed in the 1930's. I think great to save the money.

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  13. I think that it is really interesting that menstrual cups were developed in the 1930s and are not more popular today.
    all4moonlight at hotmail dot com

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  14. Its just a great "green" product. I am working on greening up my lifestyle and would love to try this product.

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  15. I find it interesting that these type of items were first invented in the 30's!

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  16. As you also posted above, I think it's neat they can be worn for up to 12 hours.

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  17. What I found interesting is that the menstrual cup was developed in the 1930’s & I thought it was a brand new concept.
    jglaframboise at eastlink dot ca

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  18. The menstrual cup was developed in the 1930’s. It was first made from latex rubber.

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  19. I learned that disposable tampons and pads create billions of units of disposable waste that is dumped into landfills each year.

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  20. I love that this product saves so much waste from entering the landfills!

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  21. It can be used overnight! LOVE that!

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  22. I just learned they started making these in the 30s!??? Why did we stop using them as a society?

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  23. an estimated 12 billion sanitary pads and 7 billion tampons are dumped into the North American environment each year-WOW
    masugr at yahoo dot com

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  24. There are two sizes. One for us "older" ladies and one for those under 30.

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  25. I found it really interesting that they mark 30 years old as the point where our bodies start changing!

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  26. Learned that the menstrual cup was originally invented in the 1930's from rubber latex.

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  27. The DivaCup is the only menstrual cup allowed for sale in Canada by Health Canada jtwark@mail.com john mains

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  28. I found it interesting that they use medical grade silicone and that it has no coloring, dyes, or additives.

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  29. The divawash is pretty cool

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  30. I have heard a lot about these and would love to give it a try!

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  31. I had no idea menstrual cups have been around since the 30's!

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  32. I too find it interesting that menstrual cups were created in the 30s, especially since I've only known they were an option for a couple years.

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  33. The silicone in The DivaCup does not contain Bisphenol A (BPA).

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  34. The DivaCup is the only menstrual cup allowed for sale in Canada by Health Canada.

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  35. It's interesting the menstrual cup was created in the 1930's!

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  36. I found it interesting that the diva cup was invented by a mother/daughter pair.

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  37. Diva cups are made from silicone.

    contestcrow at gmail dot com

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  38. The company was founded by a mother and daughter

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  39. I had no idea they existed until about 6 months ago & now I see they were developed in the 1930's!

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  40. I learned that Diva Cup is the only menstrual cup that holds international ISO 13485:2003 manufacturing certification- that is huge! I always wonder about plastic products that go inside the body and having something be so rigorously tested puts peace in my mind!

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  41. they don't use animal products or test on animals

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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  42. The cup was developed in the 30s! Crazy!

    kstrycker787@gmail.com

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  43. i have never heard of any of these before bt how neat and was made way back in 30s candaceswoveland@yahoo.com

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  44. I didn't know the cup was created in the 30's. I also like that it is latex free!

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  45. I have done a little research on these but I also have a heavy flow I feel a little more confident now and may get one

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  46. I was surprised to learn it's the only one approved for sale in Canada

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  47. I learned they actually created the cup in the 1930's

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

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  48. Menstrual cups were first developed in the 1930's

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

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  49. I didn't know the menstrual cup was invented in the 1930's, I had never hear about it. I just moved somewhere where you can not flush tampons--found out after embarrassing visit from a group of male plumbers. This would be great.
    Thanks!

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  50. I like that it's environmentally friendly since it's reusable. BTW, I remember reading something similar about periods being shorter with the cloth pads too - I think they said it had something to do with the toxins they use to bleach our products. Scary, isn't it? :(

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