Back in the 1930's the innovative menstrual cup was invented as a form of internal feminine protection. The DivaCup is a modern version of this proven concept that has been redesigned with the latest technology in moulding and materials.
The Diva Cup is approved by the FDA (USA) and Health Canada. It is made of soft medical grade silicone, which is latex-free, 100% hypoallergenic and odorless. For over 50 years, silicone has been safely and extensively used in products for the health care industry.
Since The DivaCup is reusable (although it is recommended by the manufacturer that it be replaced after one year), it is very economical. As well, you can feel confident that you are doing your part in environmental conservation. Landfill and pollution problems are on the rise and continue to be a worldwide concern. In 1998, 7 billion tampons and 13 billion sanitary pads and their packaging made their way into landfills and sewage systems in the USA alone!
How does The Diva Cup work?
The DivaCup is very sanitary, comfortable, reliable and convenient. It holds one full ounce (30 ml). Since the entire cycle is an average of 3-4 ounces (90-120 ml), most women find that the cup is not even half full after 12 hours.
The vagina is continually self-cleansing, washing away dead cells and bacteria. Tampons absorb the natural fluids that we need to keep the vagina clean and moist. The Diva Cup is non-absorbent and simply collects the menstrual flow, leaving the natural moisture level in the vagina undisturbed.
Depending on your flow empty the cup 2-3 times per 24 hour day, wash and reinsert. It can be worn up to 12 hours, even overnight. The DivaCup is ideal for all activities including swimming, camping, backpacking, and travelling. It is suitable for all menstruating women of all ages.
Which model/size should I use?
The Diva Cup is available in two models:
Model 1: for women under 30 years old who have never had childbirth or c-sections.
Model 2: for women who have had vaginal childbirth or c-sections; and for women who are over 30 years old and never had childbirth.
The Model 1 cup is 1 5/8" (~4 cm) in diameter and the Model 2 cup is 1 3/4" (~4.5 cm) in diameter. Both cups are around 2 1/4" in length in the body of the cup, with another 3/8" stem (2 3/4" total length). The stem may be trimmed to adjust to your comfort level.
There is not a big difference between the two sizes (Model 1 is 1/8" (~0.3 cm) smaller), but it is important to use the recommended sizing to prevent leakage.
We recommend Model 2 if you are over 30 years old because as we age, our hips naturally widen and the vaginal muscles lose elasticity. Since it is the vaginal muscles which hold The DivaCup in place, it is important to use Model 2 if you are over 30, even if you have not had a vaginal childbirth or c-section.
How do I insert The DivaCup?
(This is a condensed version of the usage guide. You will receive a full version with your purchase of The Diva Cup)
Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. While sitting or standing in a comfortable position, insert your DivaCup according to the following instructions.
Step 1: Fold Moisten the rim of The Diva Cup with water if needed. Press the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again.
Step 2: Hold Hold the folded sides firmly between your thumb and forefinger. The single curved edge should be facing away from your palm.
Step 3: Insert With the vaginal muscles relaxed, gently separate the labia with your free hand and then push the curved edge of the folded Diva Cup into the vaginal opening.
Step 4: Removal Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. Pull gently on the stem until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinch the base of the cup to release the seal and continue to pull down to remove. The contents should not spill during removal. Simply empty the contents in the toilet, wash it well with hot soapy water and reinsert.
How do I know when to empty The DivaCup?
The DivaCup holds one ounce (30 ml). The entire average monthly flow is around 3 to 4 ounces (90-120 ml). By monitoring the fullness of the cup, you will quickly learn how often to empty it according to your flow.
The Diva Cup must be emptied 2-4 times a day (depending on your flow) and can be worn up to 12 hours overnight. Most women only need to empty it in the morning and again in the evening.
If you have fairly regular flows you can even insert The DivaCup right before your period ensuring no messy leaks. On the occasion you need to empty it in a public washroom, use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup, and wash well with hot soapy water at the next convenient time.
It should not be used as a birth control method and does not protect you from Sexually Transmitted Diseases. It is not necessary to remove it for urination or bowel movements, however, The Diva Cup must be removed prior to intercourse.
Is The DivaCup sanitary?
We have all assumed that since tampons and pads are white, they must be clean and sterile. Unfortunately, they are not. They are bleached white with chlorine, which poses health risks as well as chlorine bleach being a carcinogenic toxin (also known as dioxin).
The vagina is self-cleansing and continually producing fluid (mucous) that carries away dead cells and bacteria. Tampons (rayon or cotton) are absorbing this protective mucous and can disrupt the normal acidic vaginal environment, making you subject to bacterial infections and Toxic Shock Syndrome.
The Diva Cup is made from medical grade silicone, which is 100% hypoallergenic, latex-free and odorless. As well, it is non-absorbent and does not disrupt our natural vaginal environment. The silicone in The DivaCup is also antibacterial, and does not support bacterial growth.
Remember to wash your hands before inserting and removing your DivaCup. Wash your DivaCup well in hot soapy water at least twice a day. The Diva Cup can also be boiled when necessary.
‡ Due to health considerations we cannot accept returns or exchanges of menstrual products, panties or breast pads.