Thinking About Using a Diva Cup?

Updated on April 3, 2018
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What Is a Diva Cup?

A Diva Cup is a popular brand of reusable menstrual cups. A menstrual cup is a bell-shaped cup that is inserted into the vagina and opens up to form a seal. Instead of absorbing your menstrual flow like a tampon or pad would do. A menstrual cup works by collecting the material in the cup, that is later dumped into the toilet and flushed away.

Choosing The Right Size For You

The Diva Cup comes in two different sizes. Size 1 and Size 2. It is important to choose the right size for you in order to get the best seal possible and prevent leaks!

So how do you know what size cup you need?

  • Size 1: Generally for women under 30 years old. And those who have never given birth. Whether it be a vaginal birth or a cesarean birth.
  • Size 2: Generally for women 30 years and older. And those who have given birth either vaginally or by cesarean.

These guidelines are used as a general idea of what size is best for you. However, since women come in all shapes and sizes. Most but not all women will follow these guidelines.

Pros and Cons of Using a Diva Cup

Pros
Cons
Cheaper than pads or tampons
Can be messy
Can be left in for up to 12 hours
Takes some practice to get used to
No smell like tampons or pads
May not want to wash in public washroom
Environmentally friendly
May have difficulty with fit
Menstrual flow can be measured
May feel the cup in place
Preserves healthy vaginal bacteria
 
Chemical free
 

Diva Wash

Diva Wash is used to cleanse your Diva Cup.
Diva Wash is used to cleanse your Diva Cup.

Insertion

Diagram showing how a Diva Cup is inserted.
Diagram showing how a Diva Cup is inserted. | Source

How to Use a Diva Cup

Inserting a Diva Cup

Step 1: Purchase the correct size for your body.

Step 2: As pictured below, fold your menstrual cup into a "U-Fold" or a "Push Down Fold". Whichever fold you feel most comfortable with is fine.

Step 3: Get into a comfortable position to insert the menstrual cup. The more relaxed your vaginal muscles, the easier it is to insert. Some people find squatting to be the easiest. While others find standing with one leg up on a ledge (such as the edge of the bathtub) easiest to insert.

Step 4: Hold on to the cup tight between your fingers in whatever fold you have chosen. Insert the cup into the vaginal opening, folded area first and stem pointed out towards the vaginal opening. Push the cup up into the vaginal canal so that the stem is approximately a 1/2 inch inside the vagina.

Step 5: Release the cup and give it a 360 turn with your fingers ensuring that the cup is fully open and sealed. If it's not fully open and sealed it will leak.

Removing A Diva Cup

Step 1: Pull on the stem of the cup until you can reach the base.

Step 2: Squeeze the edges, releasing the seal.

Step 3: The Diva Cup should then be easy to continue pulling downward and out of the vaginal opening.

Step 4: Dump the contents of the cup into the toilet.

Step 5: Wash the cup with warm water and Diva Wash. Or you can use a mild soap with no fragrances or oils. And reinsert.

Menstrual Cup U-Fold aka C-Fold for Insertion

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Mensural Cup Push Down aka Punch Down Fold For Insertion

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Diva Cup Questions and Answers

1. How long can a diva cup be left in for?

Answer: A Diva Cup can be left in for up to 12 hours, depending on how heavy your flow is.

2. What is the Diva Cup made out of?

The Diva Cup is made out of silicone and is completely free of latex.

3. How much does the Diva Cup hold?

The Diva Cup holds up to 30 mL, so don't worry. When you go to empty it, it likely won't be full—even after 12 hours.

4. Can the Diva Cup be used as birth control?

No, the Diva Cup is not a form of birth control. In fact, it must be removed before intercourse.

5. How long does a Diva Cup last?

The Diva Cup can last up to a year. However, it should be replaced earlier if there are any signs of wear and tear.

6. Can I use a lubricant to help insert the Diva Cup?

Unfortunately, no, you cannot use a lubricant as it may damage the cup.

7. What are the four small holes under the rim of the Diva Cup?

These four small holes are what allows the cup to form a seal by allowing air through. Keep them clean and free of debris. Gently stretch them under warm water and give them a rinse if they look as if they are plugged.

8. Where do I store the Diva Cup when I'm not using it?

Your Diva Cup will come with a small fabric bag. You can store it in here until your next period. If you have lost your bag or need somewhere else to store it. Ensure that the storage container is breathable to keep your cup dry.

9. Can I swim with a Diva Cup in?

Absolutely! Just keep in mind that if the cup is not sealed properly it may fill up with water. And should be emptied after swimming.

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      • Peggy W profile image

        Peggy Woods 7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        I am long past the need for such a thing but this was interesting to read. I had never even heard the name Diva Cup previous to reading this.

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