Menstrual cups have been a woman's best kept secret for over 80 years. A completely different notion that is foreign to most, this cup collects the menstrual flow rather than absorbing it. It is worn internally, at the very bottom of the vaginal canal. A good menstrual cup is made with a soft healthcare-grade silicone that is un-pigmented to minimize the possibility of the pigment particles leaching into the body. The vaginal wall is sensitive and very vascular and should not be exposed to chemicals, dyes and additives. I'm a huge fan of the DivaCup
. The Diva Cup is free of latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, colours, chemicals and dyes, making it just perfect for every woman of all shapes and sizes.
It provides 12-hours of leak free protection during even the most extreme sports. Holding 1 full ounce, you'll only need to empty and rinse the DiveCup two to three times per day.
The DivaCup is guaranteed to last one full year but can last you five times as long if cared for properly, leaving the softest footprint on the environment and your wallet - a real win-win. Proper care is key as the porous silicone is vulnerable to deterioration when exposed to certain compounds.
Clean the DivaCup using water-based soaps only. Do not use lubricants, oil-based soaps, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, pre-moistened wipes, hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing soap, bleach or harsh chemicals as some have been known to damage or compromise the silicone. Do not place your cup in the dishwasher as the chemicals and detergents from previous uses could harm the cup as well.
As we age, our hips naturally widen and the vaginal muscles lose elasticity. If you're over 30, use the Diva Cup Model 2. The DivaCup Model 2
is specifically designed women who are 30 or older, or who have given childbirth (vaginally or cesarean).
The cup itself is odour free. If an odour develops you can boil your DivaCup in hot water and let it air dry. The porous nature of the silicone needs to breathe and let the moisture out, so never store in an air-tight container. Use the small breathable pouch it came with until your next cycle.
It is recommended that you inspect your cup for signs of deterioration, such as a sticky or powdery film, severe discolouration or odour. If you notice any of these or experience irritation, it's time to replace your DivaCup.
The vagina continually produces a fluid that flushes and cleanses itself. Tampons absorb your vagina's protective natural fluid, drying out and disrupting the normal pH levels that are optimal for good health. The DivaCup is a more sanitary option that your body and your wallet will thank you for.
Elle is a nutritional researcher, professional athlete, obsessed yogi, and the founder of Elle Fitness. Passionate about living a powerful life, Elle dedicates her time sharing her latest discoveries with women of all ages. Follow her blog for her latest tips, reviews, and articles for women.