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  1. I switched to a Diva Cup two years ago and I proudly call it one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. It did take some getting used to, but now I’m completely disgusted by the idea of disposable products. The idea of leaving them to rot in a bathroom trash really grosses me out… I’m single at the moment, but I have a feeling that future boyfriends will really appreciate the “out of sight, out of mind” feature.

    I must say that I’ve had the same cup for the entire duration. I know they recommend that you replace it, but if you care for it properly it doesn’t seem to need replacing. The staining can be unsightly, but I have a feeling it can be removed with a baking soda scrub. I also wash mine with castile soap, which hasn’t seemed to harm it in any way.

      • Why would you replace your cup if it’s still fine? Because Diva tells you to?
        You might want to keep in mind that Diva is the only cup manufacturer (out of over a dozen!) that says that a cup only lasts a year. They have a reason to tell you this, and it’s called money.

        I’ve had my Fleurcup for five years now and it’s fine. I toss it in a glass with a denture cleaning tablet after each period, and it comes out looking like new.

        Turning the cup is actually optional, it’s just one way of getting a seal. Don’t believe the hype 😉

    • I have been using a menstrual cup for a few years now and I LOVE it. I wish I had known about it earlier. I really like it for all of the reasons you mentioned, but particularly because I can wear it for confidence that I will not have blood leaking on clothing or sheets, etc. and can wear it swimming and no more messy tampons and pads and disposables and also, a BONUS–> it reduces menstrual cramps. I don’t know if there is much difference between brands, but I like the Keeper and the MoonCup. Thanks for the informative website.

  2. I switched to a cup 4 years ago now and I will never go back. I originally bought it on the suggestion of a woman at REI for a solution while backpacking and kayaking (kayak=water in and around my pants area and I was a pad user… you can see the inherent issues there.) I wanted to practice with it before taking it out in the wilderness as you would with any gear and so I tried it out for a few months. I haven’t bought a pad since. I did upgrade to a moon cup a while back as it was “time to replace” and they are MUCH cheaper. I don’t think I’ll be buying a new one until I see an actual need. I think the replacement thing might be something to avoid issues with someone saying it caused something because it wasn’t clean.

  3. I’ve been using it for a few months now – it’s taken some getting used to – very messy on day 2 and 3 as those are my heavy days, and at first I wasn’t sure if I got it in correctly – I still wear a panty liner on heavy days for a little extra security. I was actually wondering about washing it – they sell a wash but it’s $$$ – I’ll try the baking soda.

  4. I have used my DivaCup twice now and I love it. I appreciate how it keeps that nasty period “smell” away from your body and your trash. Unfortunately, I have still experienced some leakage if I didn’t put it in correctly, so a word of caution – if you insert your menstrual cup improperly, be prepared for a small leak. For first time users, I do recommend wearing a pantiliner to protect your underpants!

  5. Don’t worry about not getting it out…. it’s not going anywhere. Plus, you could leave it in for a whole day and keep trying as many times as you need. Squatting sometimes help push it into the right position for removal.

    I first bought one when I was 18 and it took a couple of years for me to be totally comfortable with it, but since then, I haven’t used a single disposable product. I didn’t even love it at first but I was so adamant about not using a disposable product that I just used LOTS of Lunapad backups. Then I switched to the bigger size, even though I was only 20 and had never had kids, and then I really loved it! It worked just like it was supposed to. So even if you don’t fit into the size specs, if it’s not working perfectly, size could be an issue. Now it’s been a little over four years and I think I JUST bought my fourth one. For people who think it’s gross…. just think about all those disposable products in a landfill. A related question…… can you recycle them?

  6. Ah, menstrual cups. I have 3 sisters and they all think I’m crazy, but my Diva Cup has changed my life. I will never go back to tampons. It wasn’t easy. I am – *ahem* – unusually small in that area, and while I might not have locked myself in the bathroom for two hours the first time, it was at least one hour and a few tears of frustration before I was able to get the blasted thing in. Taking it out was just as terrifying. I decided then and there that I would never have children. It was a couple months before I really figured out a pain-free system and stopped dreading changes. But it was definitely worth it. It is now far more comfortable to insert than a tampon, and it feels cleaner. The best part, for me, is that it has taken a whole lot of stress out of my life. I can leave the house without thinking about whether I’m ‘prepared’ or not. I don’t have to watch the clock, thinking about it all the time and making sure I have access to a washroom, because I only need to change it in the morning and in the evening. And for a somewhat absent-minded person, this is of ultimate importance.

    Oh, and Elle – don’t worry about getting it out. It doesn’t go very far in, so it’s not like it could get lost in there. Nothing like a tampon if the string gets lost (which may have happened to me – horrifying, absolutely horrifying). It’s super easy to pinch the end and pull it out. If it is a little farther in, you just – and this is a little gross, but we are discussing menstrual cups – push, kind of like you’re pooping, and it will come down, trust me. I have to kind of fold mine, while it is still in, and then pull it out. But there is nothing to be afraid of.

    • OMG…. Just used my new cup for its first cycle…..OK, so I was skeptical, so I wore a backup pad for the whole cycle, but I can say after all the how to videos and instructables I got the hang of it pretty quickly. And I am usually a heavy bleeder and clotter, and it got so bad that i started wearing adult pullups at night and still leaked out on heavy days, so it did shock me at how little blood actually was in the cup. With no clotts, and no leakage, WOW, just wow. And may I say, I am 38 with 3 kids, wish I would have found this year’s ago. And I just got a generic cup from eBay for under $2.00, and love it.

  7. The Diva Cup has changed my life too. I haven’t haven’t bought tampons/pads in years. And no more worries about night leaks (nights were always the worst for me) . I nominate it the best invention for women ever.

  8. I use Softcups. They are offered in reusable (for one period) and disposable versions. They’re made of safe, non-toxic materials. Like the Divacup, you can leave them in for up to 12 hours. You can also safely use it if you and your partner are feeling a little… frisky, during that time of the month. I originally picked them up from Whole Foods, but I have recently seen them in Walgreens as well. They are not exactly the same as the Divacups, but they might be a nice transitioning product for women interested in eventually trying the Divacup.

  9. I also use the Softcup and LOVE it. I have never been able to comfortably wear tampons and I hate the period smell. Can you have s*x with the Divacup in place? Is it much different from the Softcup? I hate that you throw them away so often when there really isn’t anything wrong with them when you trash them.

  10. After having my first baby, I decided to swear off all disposables and try the DivaCup when my period returned. For all the reasons you mentioned, I was determined to make it work, no matter how rocky the beginning would be. I took time to read about others’ experiences, which helped incredibly. I’ve only used it one cycle so far, but I am a convert. It is amazing! There is a learning process for sure, but if you’re willing to get through it, the rewards are beyond worth it.

  11. Another one vote for Diva cup for all the reasons above

    Sadly, no frisky time when using it because it takes up a bit more space than the soft cups. But you can enjoy non-penetrative play without any problems

    • On the subject of play while on your period, with Diva cup–just like any other form of menstrual protection–you can just excuse yourself, go to the bathroom, and remove it. Of course, you and your partner have to be comfortable with intimacy while on your cycle, but that’s a completely different issue.

  12. I bought one about a year ago. And I tried to insert it but it just didn’t work out no matter how hard I tried. I bought the smallest one but it just didn’t want to fit and I felt terrible.
    Even though I feel really bad about the waste, I figured out that stress and pain aren’t really healthy either. So I decided to stick with unbleached tampons and pads for now. I have some washable pads too but for some weird reason they leak on stronger days.

    I’m actually really jealous because I really want to use one. But who knows. Maybe this tight spot will become a little more flexible in the future 😉

    • Bettina, I just read this post and came across your comment. I have the same problem! I’ve bought a couple of different types of these cups and I can’t get them to go in no matter what. I can’t even get the stupid things to stay folded while I’m inserting them. It just doesn’t work for me at all. I have cried over this it’s upset me so much. I’ve spent HOURS trying to get it to work. Now I just feel angry and a bit jaded about the whole thing, because everyone else seems to be able to use them and I can’t. I’ve been using tampons for many years, so it’s not like I haven’t used internal menstrual products before. I have a feeling I’m smaller than usual down there, and there’s not much hope for me with these 🙁

      • The Diva didn’t fit me well either, but I liked the idea, so I tried the Lunette. There are even smaller cups on the market, I think the Meluna has the smallest one.

        There are also all sorts of different folding techniques, not just the C (or U) and the Punch down that can make the insertion smaller.

        If you’re still interested, look into the Live journal community about menstrual cups. They have sizing and capacity comparisons, troubleshooting, pretty much all the info you need to make it work for you.

      • I have a similar issue. I use the smaller size of the latex rubber one called The Keeper. Got it from Gladrags.

        I don’t have a heavy flow but sometimes I need to not have to think about my period, like when swimming or during busy/active days. First I wetten the end of the cup with a little water so it will slide in better. Then I flatten the cup, then fold it in half. In this smaller position, I gently twist it back and forth until it’s in. Once it’s all the way in, I try to get another twist inside so it’s opened up somewhat.

        Hope this helps. Even though I’m sexually active, my yoni doesn’t like having things inside it all day, so I usually wear washable Gladrags and my Keeper occasionally. Once it’s in, I don’t really feel it. But when I take it out, my vagina thanks me that it doesn’t have the stress of holding an object in it any longer. It’s supposed to last 10 years+. Even if you don’t wear them all the time, it’s much more sustainable than using cotton tampons. There’s a learning curve but you can do it!

    • Bettina, I’ve used the smaller DivaCup for nearly four years now, and while I definitely recommend finding an even smaller size for your issue, I also recommend trying the hot water trick I use. The first day I insert it is always the hardest, and I often have a little leakage or discomfort for the first 30 minutes.

      I’ve learned to solve this issue with three techniques. A pantyliner, for 1st-day leakage; rotate or wiggle the cup once inserted to fully open and “seat” it for protection and comfort; and most importantly, hold the cup under HOT tap water before inserting it. If you fail to insert it before the rubber cools down, try the hot water again. It provides a little lubrication, and the heat softens the rubber and reduces the temperature shock (thereby reducing cramps). Also, if you can still feel the cup inside you, wiggle the end and push it further inside (it can’t get lost or stuck; your un-stretched vagina is shorter than your fingers), and even try rotating your hips while standing (like you were club dancing). The rotation often “pops” it loose from where it was stuck and allows it to seat properly.

      I also don’t bother washing it with soap between emptying, I just rinse with hot water and reinsert. I’ve never had any issues with infection from doing so, and I don’t see why I would. I’m not putting anything inside my body besides the rubber that wasn’t there already, and with an air-tight seal, oxidation and growth of bacteria is practically eliminated. I lost both my Divas recently, and my first day I had to use a tampon… for the first time in years! Oh, it was so gross and uncomfortable, and it leaked! I can’t believe I ever used those things regularly. I would never go back. 🙂

  13. I have had a Diva cup for years (8-10, I think). I’m not sure why they recommend replacement every year (except maybe to stay in business!) They used to advertise that it would last for years. I have *never* replaced mine. Its made of silicon, after all, which surgeons put permanently into people’s bodies. The only sign of age is a slight discoloration. I do clean it well, of course!

    My period is not terribly even, so I have to empty a couple times on days 2 and 3, but that’s just me. I also wear a panty liner those days because I do get a little leaking. Some days it takes a little maneuvering to get it settled in right–depends on the state of my bowels….

    Bettina, I recommend you try again every few months. It’s SO worth the learning curve.

    • I’m the same, I’ve had a moon cup for 10-12 years and never replaced it – kind of thought that was the point! Hadn’t had children at that point but since had 2 and not needed to change to the post-birth one. I love it, I do use thin pads as extra security at times but rarely needed (on heavy days I need to empty it every 2hrs in the day so pad just stops me clock-watching! I used to need to replace tampons that often on heavy days if not more often!)

  14. I am kind of obsessed with my menstrual cup and really feel like there needs to be a PSA about these babies. Using one has cut the grossness factor of my menses by at least 80%…It’s so clean, reliable, safe and… CLEAN. It’s amazing to me that they aren’t more popular.

    • Meluna makes a cup specifically for prolapses. Meluna shorty I believe. I know this is like a year later than your post– I hope you found a cup for you, but if not, Meluna makes one.

      • Thank you for this comment, I have a frontal prolapse, which I can’t wear tampoons, I have therefore been using towels but would like to use a product that is discrete & if on holiday can go swimming etc

  15. I wanted to save money and not have the hassle of tampons and I am glad I switched. It took 4 months of frustration and trying different insertions methods before getting it right. I love it. Inserting it in the shower helps a lot: I lean against the wall in a seated position. After four years’ of use, I would never go back to string tampons. I also attribute it to a reduced cycle length.

  16. I started using the disposable Instead Soft Cup withmy last cycle. It worked better for that cycle than for this one. I’m coming off my birth control pills so my flow is heavier this month. I’m bleeding about an ounce in 12 hours this cycle. So with this cycle I’m leaking pretty heavily and went to a tampon for the day only because I’m at work and I’m very physically active as a nurse. I can’t be lifting a patient and have my cup slip.

    And that’s the thing, it slips out of place. It won’t stay completely hooked behind my pubic bone! I’ve read all the avaliable forum posts that I can find and I know I’m inserting it as it is recommended. Part of my issue, I think, is I have a very well developed and long G-Spot and I think the tissue is getting in the way of getting a perfect suction seal.

    I just can’t figure it out. Most days I LOVE this cup and others I worry about it constantly.

    I’m thinking I might have to switch to a Diva Cup since it is softer and I think it might suction to my tissues better than the Instead Cup even with the developed G-Spot.

    Any thoughts or advice?

    • Try a Sckoon cup. They are the softest/.most flexible cups on the market. the Diva Cup is actually one of the most stiff/inflexible cups. I’ve even heard they are so stiff they can cause cramps in some people. I got my Sckoon cup on Amazon. They have a lot of colors to choose from. I highly recommend that brand!

  17. I’ve been using cups for 6 years now. You don’t need to rotate the cup to make sure it’s open, just ‘sweep’ around it with your finger. And it isn’t necessary to replace them every year. Some cups can last 5-10 years. Check out for more information and community support!

  18. A new cup every year or 2. Whaaaa?

    I bought my Lunette in 2007 and see no need to replace it yet. I still use the small size even though I’ve given birth vaginally, and yes it’s discoloured after 7 years but even on a heavy day there’s no leaking. Love that thing!

  19. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve never heard of a menstrual cup before, but I’ve been really uncomfortable about the toxins in the pads and tampons and have been looking for an alternative. Just ordered mine and so excited to get started! You and your blog share such wonderful information…thank you for all you do!

  20. I switched to the Diva cup two years ago when I got tired of rashes by the end of my period from using absorptive products. It took me a long time to get used to it and in a way, I am still getting used to it. I rinse it a couple times a day during my heaviest days and wash it at the end of my cycle and again before my cycle starts. I’m still using the same one I bought two years ago. Baking soda does a great job reducing the stain build-up when I feel inspired to spend extra time with my cup between flow weeks.
    To be honest, I do have leaking issues with the cup and they are not with insertion problems. I have given birth so I am using the larger size, so I have thought of trying the smaller size to see if I get better results, since I have a small frame.
    One of the things I like best about the cup is that the volume of the cup is greater than an average woman’s total flow for a whole cycle. The Diva cup has markings on it to help you monitor your flow. Just recently I actually overflowed my cup overnight, so I knew I was *really* having a heavy period. If that day had continued to be a heavy day and I felt that I needed any medical assistance, I could have told my provider very specific information that I had a flow of an ounce every so many hours.

  21. I finally transitioned to a cup about 2 months ago. It was not as easy of a transition as I thought it would be! I started off with the small Diva cup. At first it seemed like all was going well, but I would start leaking before the cup was even halfway full. I was not able to get through the night without emptying it, and had to empty it about 4 times on my heaviest day, which was just as much, if not more, than with super heavy tampons. Thankfully there is a wonderful community of very helpful women over that helped me troubleshoot my issue.
    I next went with the Sckoon, which I liked better than the Diva, but I ended up having the same issue – leaking when the cup wasn’t even half full. The ladies over at Live Journal clued me in – I have a dangly cervix. It takes up part of the space in my cup, which is why it overflows before it’s full. They gave me a few suggestions of other cups to try, and what to look for. I ended up with a large Fleur cup. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, so I don’t know if it’s my Goldilocks cup. If not, I don’t think another cup is the solution. I’ll just have to use panty liners on the heavy days and accept that the cup will need to be emptied a few times. I have no problems on my lighter days. But I’m not going back to tampons.

  22. In the 1960’s, there was a rubber cup out the same as the new siicone ones. I used it for over 10 years, just cleaning it well after each cycle. I was very active, and it saved a lot of accidents. I did not have to wear a pad with it, it never leaked. Only came in one size, as one size fits all, so I am fortunate I had no problems. Then for some reason, they were off the market, about 2 years after I bought mine. I felt it was a great idea, just waiting for someone to invent.

  23. I have had such a frustrating experience with menstrual cups! First I tried the Diva, but it leaked on me after only having it in a few minutes. I thought it wasn’t wide enough to cover my cervix, and it was too long, so I bought a large Lunette even though I have never had kids. It’s too big, and it leaks. Then I bought a small Lunette. It fits better, and leaks less; but it still leaks on my heaviest days. It is in the proper position with my cervix in the cup. I try it every cycle, but end up giving up after few days out of frustration. And I have tried each cup for several months each. I have been trying to figure this out for over a year and a half now. Ugh. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    Right now I use organic tampons and pads (some reusable). Because I have had such bad experiences with cups, I can’t wear them in public for fear of them leaking and me having to change it in a public bathroom (uh, no). So I can only use them at home.

    • I use a large lunette because I have a really heavy period the first few days. I have to empty several times a day on those days (I used to go through a super tampon in an hr or less!!) but I never leak if I am diligent in emptying regularly on those days. The rest of the days it gets emptied and cleaned in the shower in the morning, put back in, and left until bedtime when I empty it again. That’s it! It is so brilliant. LOVE LOVE the lunette!

  24. I started using a Keeper about 12 years ago and loved it! Then I started having a hard time getting it in. It was really strange. Anyway-I am thinking of trying a diva cup this time round…But speaking from experience-the cups are awesome. I wore it backpacking and never had to worry about packing tampons in and out of the forest 🙂 And I even gave a little back to my garden. Creepy? Maybe…but I guess a lot of women do it <3

  25. I am so happy to have found your blog and to have found this POST! I have been using my Diva Cup for about 2 years now (the same one), and like many of the other commenters, it is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Hands down – this little baby is seriously life changing.

    It’s so amazing that still, almost 2 years later, I find myself thinking about how happy I am to have found menstrual cups – even when I’m nowhere near my period!

    I love that it’s saved me so much money, lessened my impact on landfills, lessened the possible toxins seeping into my body and made my periods so much more enjoyable, and not to mention cramp-free (they literally never happen ever anymore, how on earth does that work? I don’t quite understand that perk, but I’m not complaining). And one of the absolute best aspects of the cup is that I have not had a single “accident” or bed sheet mess since switching.

    A “crunchy” girl I worked with originally told me about this wonderful device. She boasted about it, and now I do as well (to anyone: new coworkers, strangers in the pharmacy, my Dad, my boyfriend…I can’t help it – I’m happy)! I think I’ve transformed about 5 different women in the last year – I hope this post and all these comments help to convince some more curious and thrifty ladies who are sick of expensive, bleached, toxic tampons!

  26. I first got my diva cup when traveling around South America for a year. It was great to not have to worry about finding supplies abroad. when i came back, i shelved it, but have since started using it again. I love the lack of smelly trash created. I do have to change it every few hours on my heavy days. My only problem is that when the cup is inserted, it seems to constrict my bladder and i have trouble peeing. Has anyone ever heard of this?

  27. I’ve been warned by my trusted ob/gyn to be careful with the menstrual cup because the suction that occurs when you remove it could dislodge my IUD. I figured I should share this info so anyone with an IUD using a menstral cup at least has some forewarning of a potential issue >=/

    • I had an IUD while using a menstrual cup (Sckoon cup) and I had no problems whatsoever. It probably depends on a variety of factors, like the stiffness of the cup, the tightness of the seal, the position of your cervix etc. But I would not let having an IUD scare anyone from at least trying a menstrual cup- they are amazing!

  28. I have been using a DivaCup for 10 months now. All I can say is…i’m never going back! All the women I know think im crazy but I say to anyone who hasn’t tried it…make the’s life-changing! Its ha changed my periods drastically. I never worry about leaking, I empty once in the morning and once in the evening and I can feel safe about using it.

  29. I’m just gonna say it — I am lazy!! It’s hard being a person who menstruates, you know? That’s a lot to manage. On top of that I’ve always had both irregular and extremely painful periods. I’m 22 and it’s been like this since my first period at 12. Originally I only used pads, then I used tampons for a while in high school. During college I went back to only pads due to issues with it feeling like tampons were “falling out” of me, and then this last year back to tampons again — Same issues though! I may never find out why my tampons, no matter the brand or size, always feel like they are poking out of me because then I decided to buy a cup, which I’ve recently started using.

    I had heard that after a lot of use of menstrual cups it can somewhat diminish cramping due to not having the bad chemicals in it that tampons do (I get my worst cramps with tampons, but due to my heavy flows I blow through pads easily). Also, the benefit of being able to put something in even if my period hasn’t started yet “just in case” was of huge importance to me. I’ve always been irregular, but thank god I usually feel a tell tale warning cramp a day or so before things ‘might’ get started. When this happens I know to start using my cup (at least when I am not in the house) just in case.

    I got a Diva and will eventually get a Ladycup because I have heard they are smaller. While I am not a virgin I am an extremely tiny person and my cervix is pretty low. Women love to insist that the vagina is made to “stretch” as it can fit penises/dildos and babies through it. While this is true remember that one of those things you should be sufficiently aroused for, and the other thing is………childbirth!! My point is, if it’s not comfy try a smaller size. I cut my stem off completely on my Diva cup, it hurt like a bitch and stuck out. Now it goes all the way in, nothing sticking out.

    I do get awkward cramps the first day using the cup…I think it is touching my cervix but until I get a smaller cup I am not sure what to do. All in all though the benefits out-weigh the minor inconveniences. Hands down better than pads or tampons.

  30. ok so i bought a menstrual cup i have tried may folds but i cannot insert it. it pops open before it is even in the vagina and vacuums to the labia!!! lol i know im doing something wrong!! how do you keep it folded to insert? i am over weight so im thining that may be the reason?? please help…

    • You have to compress the cup firmly with your fingers. Lubricant also helps significantly. Fold the cup the way you want it, then place water based lubricant on the top and sides of the cup. It makes it a lot easier to insert. I try not to get the lubricant where my fingers are holding the cup, otherwise your fingers will slip and the cup will open before you get it in.

  31. I’m 27, sexually active, and have never been pregnant. This is like the 3rd or 4th cycle I have used my diva cup. I love that it is a natural option for what is usually a miserable week for me. I love that I don’t have to buy pads or tampons anymore. I DON’T love that I am still struggling with leaks on my heavier days. Today, I have already had to change it three times. This last time I just took it out completely and put on a pad. Ugh!! I have read about “finding my cervix” so, I’m gonna try that, but I am thinking I need to try the larger size. My question is, should I get another Diva, or should I try another brand? I want so desperately to make this work! Help!!

  32. I haven’t tried any of the cups yet, although I want to because I have REALLY heavy period with clotting on my heavy days. I am afraid that the large clots will over fill the cup and I will have a disastrous mess. Anyone else who has this issue ever tried a cup?

  33. I switched from tampons and pads to a menstrual cup about 10 years ago, when I started with cups the options were Divacup, Keeper, or Mooncup UK – I use a Mooncup UK and still like the brand as it’s a good medium sized cup with good customer service.

    I would leak constantly with tampons and pads, they cost me a small fortune as my flow was so heavy and long, I had chronic vaginal infections too. With cups I don’t worry about leaks, my flow has reduced, I save a small fortune, I save a lot of waste, and not a single infection since making the switch either!

  34. The universe works in mysterious ways…literally bought a cup online five minutes ago and then visited your site to see what you had to say about menstrual cups! Looks like you just posted this article!!

    Did some pretty thorough research and ordered the Lunette cup in blue. According to user reviews it’s flexible, easier to clean and the ridge isn’t too raised, which would otherwise cause unnecessary discomfort. Free shipping and currently 10% off! The Fleurcup did come in a close second though, but no cool colors on there very sketchy website.

    On lighter days I like to use a pad, but I’ll see how the cup works (probably not as uncomfortable as a less-than-well-lubricated tampon on light days) before exploring reusable pads. I often wear liners during my period too because of leakage but I’ll see if the cup can help prevent that.

    Currently going through Shark Week right now but actually looking forward to my next one because of this new purchase! I was thinking of cleaning it with a very diluted Dr. Bronner’s soap between uses, and then boiling it in a glass jar filled with water.

  35. Yes I completely agree that menstrual cups are the safest and most comfortable way of having menstruation protection. It becomes easy to do all the physical activities during periods as well with the help of menstrual cups. Check here for some useful information about cups at .

  36. I bought my first menstrual cup-sckoon cup in small size, 34 never had kids, physically active. I have no issues getting it in or out. I however can’t urinate with it in and have to constantly take it out to do so. I think the sckoon cup is supposed to be one of the softest… I’m at a loss. As a nurse when I do get to pee during my shift I don’t really want to have to take this out all the time. PS… No leaks ever.

    • I have read that the Sckoon varies a lot in firmness. I can’t remember where exactly, but it was a cup community. The poster had 3 Sckoons and they all had a different firmness. Maybe you were out of luck and got a firmer one?
      Do you feel it when you wear it? that would indicate it being too firm.

      That post was the reason why I haven’t bought a Sckoon. I definitely want a soft cup without a chance to get a firm one.
      I got a Fleurcup instead. It gave me a bit pressure, too, but I fixed it by wearing it inside out. Maybe try that, if you think you can take it out without the stem.

  37. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I am 46 and have two kids (many years ago). My flow is very heavy and even using super tampons each hour I was leaking on pants and furniture, so I read about alternatives and came across Menstrual Cups. The Whole Foods near me sold the Diva Cup so that is what I bought. I actually slept without underwear last night after taking a bath ALL WHILE the cup was in! I have had to empty it 3 times today but yesterday it was only needing to be emptied at the 12 hour mark. No spilling as blood is not water and the viscosity is not as tricky, so that was neat. I am trying to make sure my hands are clean clean clean as you are a little more involved with the insertion, pinching, etc. than other feminine products. Insertion was tricky and I don’t think I am doing it perfect but I am willing to keep at the practice because the alternative of tampons and pads leaking is so awful. I talk to everyone about this kind of stuff AND currently work in a medical office and have found NOONE with experience with these which is a shame. AND truly I had not heard of them before which I find really crazy! I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it so far!

  38. I just switched to the Diva Cup 5 months ago and LOVE it! I would be appreciative for any tips on washing it though, as their website specifically says not to use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and all oil-based soaps (which would include glycerin, jojoba, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, castille, olive oil, etc.) I’m at a bit of a loss as to a natural cleaner to use as a wash during my cycle? I’d love to try Branch Basics foaming hand soap on it….although it is a coconut-oil based soap:( Has anyone tried this? Any other ideas on natural washes?

  39. I recommend the Ruby Cup ( as for the same price as the others (actually a little cheaper I think) they give one away to a girl in need! Also they sell sanitizing tablets and wipes to clean your cup!

    Best decision ever, right?

  40. I used the Diva cup larger size because of heavy periods and had issues getting it out (small and a deep cervix, didn’t help matters). I gave up on using it, in fact. Are there any with longer ties or better options that are latex free out there?

  41. I just bought a diva cup and this is day one of me using it. So far I love it (about 7 hours in). I am just wondering if anyone has used it while lifting heavy weights. I squat heavy and I’m afraid of it falling out or leaking while I squat. Anyone have any experience with that? thanks!

  42. I misplaced my usual Diva Cup which I’ve had for years with no problems some time before my last period and thankfully CVS had it in stock because pads are so messy. When I wear pads somehow it gets beyond them in both the front and the back. I never trusted tampons due to toxic shock syndrome. I do have to wear a pad (plan to get a reusable one from Domino Pads or Talulah Bean soon) as back up though on nights 2 and 3 (my heaviest days) as I won’t wake up in time to empty it when I’ll need to. The great thing is when I do leak while wearing it overnight the blood stays in the center of the pad like it should. To insure it’s in correctly I spin it until it’s a full circle and then feel around a bit to make sure it’s not folded.

  43. I’m 28 and have had a baby; I tried a Diva Cup after my cycles returned. I love the idea and had no trouble getting it in, but getting it OUT is tremendously difficult! Seriously, it reminds me of giving birth. The Diva Cup works its way so far up inside me that I have to really reach to even feel the tip of the stem, and then push and push and push to get it to work it’s way down so that I can just barely grab the stem and pull it out. And, I can only actually succeed at pulling it out this way after it’s been in for 24 hours and is full enough for gravity to help it come lower enough so that I can actually feel the tip of the stem, begin pushing, etc. I really, really want to like using a cup, but seriously, that is too much trouble to go through each time changing it. I feel like I’m not giving up early, either; I’ve given it a good go for 3 or 4 cycles already. Anybody have any tips? Is there another brand that would work better for me? Thanks!

  44. My menstrual cup experience is quite new, and also not so rosy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to keep on with it since it’s clearly a better alternative, but learning to use something new for your period while your still cramping, and have all the bloating and hormonal issues is definitely NOT the way to . The learning curve is steep anyway, so combine that with all the other monthly discomforts, made my first cycle using the cup a nightmare. And on top of that, there was chaos at my house because our goat was in labor, and DH was yelling at me to come outside and help him with one issue after another,all day long. So I’m constantly running to the toilet to reposition and manuveur an uncomfortable cup/stem, having chaos around the house with husband needing me and hormones, cramps and headaches. I see its potential, which is why I am sticking this out, but it hardly makes me forget I’m on my period.

  45. I just recently decided to switch from using sanitary pads to a menstrual cup after I read a lot of positive feedback about the product. Out of curiosity, I bought a cup from one of the top brands (Eva Cup) to try it out. But before I bought the product, I searched how to properly use the cup here which I find it really helpful because it’s very detailed. So, I finally bought the cup and received it in just 2 days and I really like it so much because it’s so comfortable, and 100% safe as well.

  46. Hey Lauren! For me the biggest thing about the move to menstrual cups was the affordability – I used my original moon cup for like, 4 years. Yeah it’s discoloured, but that’s never bothered me. I actually lost it eventually, which spurred me on to try a different cup! I recently trailed out the Diva Cup, which I didn’t get on on with, then moved on to the Lunette – Which I now love! I wrote a review on my site, would love to know what you guys think 🙂

    Thanks Lauren!

  47. Ok this is maybe a stupid question from someone who’s never used a cup before but how does wearing the cup and urinating work? Can I leave the cup in do I have to take it out. That’s what came first to my mind. Thanks in advance for your information ladies!!!!

  48. A big note about using cups, if you have an IUD, you cannot use a re-usable cup, the suction will dislodge the IUD.

    I had a diva cup pre-IUD and loved it, but for me having a non-hormonal method of birth control (I have a copper Paraguard IUD) that wasn’t condoms was more important to me.

  49. Thank you for this post because I recently got my first cup and an currently using and loving it. Especially during the heavy days (which are quite bloody in my case) I just enjoyed my first relaxed night. I just have one question if I may. Is it normal after inserting the cup that it may take half an hour to fully unfold? It’s properly inserted and nothing is leaking but it takes ages it to unfold. I’ve bought a popular brand with tons of great review so I doubt it’s the product. And the insertion technique is correct. Thanks!!! Btw. Love your blog!! Greetings from Austria.😊

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