The DivaCup sits low in the vaginal canal, away from the cervix, and because it is made from medical grade non-absorbent silicone it should not irritate the inside of your vagina, if cleaned and cared for properly. With regards to concerns over infections such as, cervicitis, yeast infections or Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) please consult your physician prior to using The DivaCup. Please Note: The DivaCup should only be worn during menstruation and should not be worn during any other time of the month.
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.). Our blog post IUDs and the DivaCup offers some great insight and tips for new users.
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.
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 1/4 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.
Physically, the DivaCup is suitable for people of all ages as the vagina is made up of very flexible tissue and muscles. The canal is designed this way to be able to stretch to during vaginal intercourse and childbirth. After intercourse or childbirth, the tissue returns to its normal size. Many of our customers are as young as 11 or 12 years old. It is ideal for those who are very active (such as swimmers or gymnasts) who are looking for a reliable and discreet method of menstrual care.
Internally worn products are not recommended if the hymen needs to stay intact. We would recommend that if the hymen is of concern, that you talk with a healthcare provider for additional insight as we are not medically staffed.
We recommend that you consult your physician prior to using the DivaCup if you have been previously diagnosed with TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). Discontinue use of the DivaCup and contact your health practitioner if you experience any of the following symptoms: sudden vomiting, diarrhea, high fever, headache, sunburn-like rash, muscle aches, confusion or seizures.
Also, never use the cup at the same time that a topical medication is being used. The medication may compromise the silicone and ruin the cup. If this happens, please replace the cup with a new one.
The DivaCup should not be used during postnatal bleeding. We suggest you contact your physician before using any internal feminine hygiene product after childbirth.
For further questions concerning vaginal infections and use of a menstrual cup, please contact a physician or healthcare provider.
The DivaCup: One could have sensitivity to any substance, but it is extremely rare to have sensitivity to silicone. Studies indicate that silicone is biocompatible with the body. This is why silicone has been used in healthcare applications for over 50 years. If you do experience skin sensitivity, immediately discontinue use and contact your health care provider.
Packaging: Please note that the packaging for our products of the DivaCup and DivaWash comes from a variety of sources, and because of this we cannot guarantee that the packaging is free of gluten, tree nuts or peanuts; however, the DivaCup itself does not contain any of these ingredients.
Above all, should you have any concerns about allergies, please consult your physician or dermatologist.