Internal Matters

Physically, the DivaCup is suitable for all ages (even if you cannot wear tampons) as the vaginal canal is made up of very flexible tissue and muscles. After being stretched, after vaginal intercourse or childbirth, the tissue returns back to its normal size.

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: As we are not medically staffed, the following is informational in nature and is not offered as medical advice, nor does it substitute for consultation with your doctor. Please consult your doctor if you have any gynecological/medical concerns or conditions. If at any time during your use of The DivaCup you experience any discomfort, discontinue use and contact your physician.

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.). 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.
Low Cervix
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 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.
We are sorry to say but Shakespeare had it all wrong when he referred to the hymen as “The Virgin-knot”. Like tampons, the DivaCup does not affect the state of a person’s virginity. While the DivaCup may stretch the hymen, it is important to remember that someone is a virgin because they have not had sex. You may be interested to know that some are born without a hymen and activities such as horseback riding, biking and gymnastics can stretch the hymen without someone even knowing it happened.

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.
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare, but serious disease caused by toxin-producing strains of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. In extremely rare cases, the strain may present itself with infection linked to the use of internal menstrual care products or as a result of surgery or burns. When exposed to the strain, TSS may affect a small number of people (including men, women and children). As we are not medically staffed, we recommend talking to your doctor with regards to any gynecological/medical concerns or conditions. Our user guide and website include detailed instructions for use and maintenance, and it is important to use the DivaCup pursuant to these directions. Use caution to thoroughly wash your hands prior to insertion and removal and wash the cup with warm water and the DivaWash at least 2-3 times a day (every 10-12 hours). It is also recommend that you boil your DivaCup in between cycles.

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.
When Not to Use
There is no known increased risk of yeast infections with the use of menstrual cups. However, if you have a vaginal infection, it is best to discontinue use of The DivaCup until the infection has cleared up completely. It is unknown if yeast (Candida albicans) can be completely eliminated with boiling, therefore we suggest replacing the cup with a new one if you had a yeast infection while using the DivaCup. Please refer to your User Guide and visit our Care and Cleaning page for detailed instructions on boiling your cup.

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.
Synthetic latex rubber and natural latex or gum rubber contain a protein called “nitrosamine”. This is the chemical that produces the allergic reaction that many people have to latex. The DivaCup is made from durable top quality, medical grade silicone that is suitable for use by those with latex allergies, because it is nitrosamine and latex-free. You can learn more about the manufacturing process of the DivaCup here.

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.