Answering questions about menstrual health and providing a sustainable solution for period care is what Diva International is all about. That's why we have taken the time to answer some of your questions and help you through your period experience.
The fact is, menstrual cups have been around for 90 years, but the truth about them has been lost in the frenzy of disposable tampons and pads. Like anything new, the DivaCup may take some getting used to as the experience of wearing the DivaCup is totally different than the sensation of tampons. Even those who are used to wearing pads as their preferred method of period care (because they cannot wear tampons or are not comfortable with internal menstrual care products) are finding great success with the DivaCup!
Please Note: The DivaCup should only be worn during menstruation and should not be worn during any other time of the month.
12 Hour Leak-Free Protection
According to consumer research, 60 percent of women experience leakage every month when using tampons and pads! Rest assured, with the DivaCup your days of racing to the washroom to survey the leak damage after a sudden “surge” are over. The DivaCup can be worn up to a maximum of ten (10) – twelve (12) consecutive hours and should be emptied, washed and rinsed a minimum of two (2) – three (3) times daily. The DivaCup is made of soft silicone that actually softens with body heat. Because of this, the cup forms to your body.
The “Ick” Factor
A common response we hear when we tell people about our product is “Ewww! That’s gross!”. With our culture’s fascination with disposables, it’s no wonder this response prevails. However, once you take the time to learn about the DivaCup, and actually try it for yourself, you will be surprised at how clean and comfortable it really is. Plus, unlike tampons and pads, by catching your menstrual flow in its unique bell-shape, the DivaCup gives you the opportunity to learn about your monthly flow, educating and empowering you about your body and your health.
Don’t let your imagination get the best of you. Removing the DivaCup is not at all like a scene from a horror movie. DivaCup models 1 and 2 conveniently hold one full ounce of menstrual flow (30 ml). DivaCup Model 0 holds As the average monthly flow is approximately 1 to 2 ounces (30-60 ml) per cycle, the DivaCup is the ideal menstrual solution to care for your cycle. Many are surprised at the amount of flow and expected that there would be much more!
The convenient ounces and millilitres measurement feature of each DivaCup helps you keep track of your flow and report details to a health care provider if needed. Tampons and pads are not a reliable or scientific method of determining flow, because they come in many absorbencies, contain surfactants and moisture control agents.
Menstrual flow only begins to develop an odor when it is exposed to air. As the DivaCup is worn internally, your days of worrying about period odor are over. Menstrual fluid on tampons and pads is exposed to air which creates odor throughout the day. For the first time, the DivaCup will leave you feeling fresh and confident the entire day!
Ideal for all Shapes and Sizes
The DivaCup is suitable for all ages, sizes and lifestyles. When most are first introduced to the DivaCup they are surprised by its size and often ask us “will that even fit?”. Unlike the cylinder shape of tampons, the DivaCup is shaped like a bell. We assure everyone, whether age 13 or 33, that there is nothing to worry about.
The vaginal canal is an elastic, muscular tube only about four (4) – five (5) inches (10.2 – 12.7 cm) long and is designed to stretch and return back to its normal size. We know this to be true because our vaginas do just that during childbirth or vaginal intercourse.
For those concerned about the hymen, please consult with a health care provider before use of any internal menstrual care product. As for all other gynecological concerns, we suggest you consult with your health care provider. This will help you make an informed decision!
Sex, Birth Control and Anatomy
It is not necessary to remove the DivaCup for urination or a bowel movement; however, as the DivaCup sits low in the vaginal canal, it cannot be worn during vaginal intercourse. The DivaCup is not a birth control device and should not be used for this purpose. The DivaCup is regulated by the US FDA, Australian TGA and Health Canada solely for use as menstrual care protection and should only be used during menstruation.
Please note the following when using The DivaCup with an internal birth control device such as an IUD or NuvaRing®.
The DivaCup is worn low at the base of the vagina and away from the cervix. This means that it should not interfere with an internal birth control device. However, please use caution when using any internal menstrual care product with an IUD as there is the possibility that they can be dislodged. When using the DivaCup, it is important to carefully follow the directions in our User Guide, paying close attention to inserting the DivaCup low in the vaginal canal and breaking the seal (suction) before removal. Many of our customers use the DivaCup with an IUD or NuvaRing® simultaneously, but we recommend that you become familiar with your birth control device’s risks (such as the body expelling the IUD, etc.).
As with any gynecological concerns, please consult with your health care provider prior to using any kind of internal menstrual care product, including a menstrual cup
Silicone is very durable, but we recommend that you inspect your cup regularly for signs of deterioration such as a sticky or powdery film, severe discoloration or odor, etc. If you detect any of these signs or if you experience irritation we recommend you replace your DivaCup with a new one. Depending on factors like vaginal pH, how well and often the cup is cleaned, what cleansing agents are used, etc., the lifespan may vary. Since the DivaCup is regulated a personal hygienic product, a general guideline is to replace it once a year, but ultimately, it is up to the consumer to decide when it is necessary to replace the cup.
Our Care and Cleaning instructions can provide you with some helpful tips for caring for your DivaCup.
Many with a low cervix find great success with the DivaCup as the cup is designed to sit low, at the base of the vaginal canal, away from the cervix. However, as every body is unique, we recommend speaking with your health care provider before trying the DivaCup if you have concerns about cup placement and low cervix.
There is not a big difference between the three sizes (Each cup is 1/8” (0.3 cm) smaller in diameter than the next size up), but it is important to use the recommended sizing to prevent leakage. Model 1 and 2 are approximately the same size in length (2 ¼ inches (5.7 cm) with another 3/8 inch (just under 1 cm) stem for a total length of 2 5/8 inch (6.7 cm). Model 0 is 2.30 inches (5.84 cm) with another 2.7 inch/ 0.7 cm stem for a total length of 2.57 inches (6.54 cm). The stem may be trimmed to adjust for comfort.
Will the DivaCup Get “Stuck” or “Lost”?
The vaginal canal is an elastic, muscular tube only about four (4) – five (5) inches (10.2 – 12.7 cm) long! This means that the vagina does not connect to other parts of the body so the DivaCup cannot get lost. When inserted correctly, the DivaCup should sit low at the base of the canal, away from the cervix.
Colors and Dyes
The DivaCup is exclusively available in a natural un-pigmented silicone. We considered manufacturing the DivaCup in colored silicone but decided against it because the skin, including the sensitive skin of the vaginal walls, should not be exposed to dyes, chemicals, etc. Although colors are fun, adding other components such as pigment particles, along with chemical additives required to bind the particles to the silicone, create additional risk to the base chemistry of the silicone. Diva International feels that this is an unnecessary risk to take as there is still a possibility that the particles or other chemicals may not bind properly and could leach into the body.