I REALLY wanted to like this product.
When I first heard of the Diva Cup it sounded like both a huge money saver and something really incredible for the environment.
The Diva Cup is a silicon device that is made to use in place of other feminine hygiene products, such as tampons or pads. It is shaped like a small cup and has a stem at the bottom.
The idea is to find a fold method (there are actually websites that have several methods to try… I have visited them!) that works best for you so that you can insert the cup… Then you remove it at intervals that work best for you, empty, rinse and re-insert. The cup is something that should last for years.
It took me a few months to make the purchase… but only because of the initial cost of a little more than $30. I figured that if I did not like it, it was a big loss… but eventually I talked myself into it as both my personal financial savings and the environmental impact were too great to ignore.
Over the time that I had been contemplating my purchase I visited a few website forums where women have discussed their use of it and found that very few women are unhappy with it. Unfortunately I was to become one of those few.
One of the problems that I had was the stem of the cup can be painful. The people at Diva Cup say that the stem can be trimmed… but for those of us with back issues that means that a shorter stem equals a more difficult time removing the cup. Insertion wasn’t that easy either…. But eventually I did get it in there and things seemed OK until it was time to remove it… Yeah…. Um…. Right-o! Good luck with that.
Basically the idea is phenomenal… and while my experience was not a positive one (my rating was based on my experience alone) I would say that if it were not for my disability it is most likely that I would still be using this product.