What you put into your vagina will determine its overall health, which is why maintaining your vagina’s pH levels is so important. A vagina with a high pH level often leads to discomfort, odor, irritation and even infection.
Many do not realize that the menstrual care products they use are the culprits of their vaginal discomfort. The vagina is self-cleansing and continually produces fluid that “flushes” the vagina. When a tampon is inserted, its composition of rayon and cotton absorbs your vagina’s protective fluid, drying out and disrupting its normal pH levels.
When used as directed, the DivaCup is a better solution to tampons or pads. Latex-free, plastic-free, BPA-free, odor-free and free of colors and dyes, the DivaCup is made from medical grade non-absorbent silicone, which means it will not dry out or disrupt the natural environment of your vagina.
If you are unable to wash the DivaCup after removal (for instance when using a public restroom), wash your hands thoroughly before entering the stall, empty the contents in the toilet and simply use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup. At the next convenient time, clean as per the above instructions. When traveling, or otherwise, always wash the cup using potable (safe to drink) water.
When cleaning your DivaCup be sure to avoid using: vinegar, tea tree oil, scented/fragranced soap, castile/peppermint soap or any other oil based soap, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, pre-moistened wipes, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing soap, bleach or harsh chemicals as some have been known to damage or compromise the silicone (may leave a sticky or powdery film, etc.) and may need to be replaced to avoid irritations, burning, etc. If you have cleaned your DivaCup with any of the non-recommended cleansers, replace the cup if there are any signs of deterioration or if you experience irritation.
We do not recommend cleaning the DivaCup in the dishwasher because chemicals, detergents and residue from previous dish washing could harm the cup.
Please Note: The DivaCup should not be stored in a plastic bag or airtight container as it is impossible for moisture to evaporate without air flow.
It is important to follow the Cleaning & Care instructions outlined in your User Guide to ensure good vaginal health and prevent any damage to the silicone. If at any time The DivaCup is exposed to unsanitary conditions such as a toilet, please replace it with a new one.
According to the guidelines of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, when camping in the back country and with no access to proper disposal facilities, please use standard “cathole” practices. Also, observe the practice of containing your flow in a sealed plastic bag and hang it in a “bear bag” with other trash away from other animals.
Cathole: Catholes should be dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, trails, and drainages. Bring a trowel to dig the hole, and disguise it well after use.
Bear Bag: In bear country, hang “smellables” from tree limbs 12 feet off the ground, 6 feet from the tree’s trunk, and 6 feet below the supporting limb, or store it in specially designed bear-resistant canisters or on-site lockers.