Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Diva Cup Fever

Hot water bottle, bar of chocolate and Diva Cup on white wooden background

I should warn you now: if you aren't okay with period talk or vaginas, you should probably not read this post, cause this post is full of 'em.

The first person to ever introduce me to the idea of a menstrual cup was Stoya. I follow her on Instagram (for the cute cat pictures, obviously) and she posted a couple of times about using her menstrual cup. I did a bit of research, and I honestly had no idea how a menstrual cup would even work.

I was raised with tampons and sanitary towels, like most girls. The idea of literally using a cup to hold my menstrual blood was utterly bizarre, and I just couldn't wrap my head around how it would even work or be comfortable? I'd read all kinds of horror stories of people getting it stuck, leaks, cups slipping out - how the fuck was this supposed to compete with my go-to tampon?

At LivHelps, we all were gifted a Diva Cup in our goodie bags. Still baffled, and slightly terrified I'll admit, it leered at me from the drawer in the bathroom for a number of weeks. I don't have regular periods, so when Aunt Flo finally decided to grace me with her fucking presence, I figured it was time to grab this opportunity by the proverbial balls and learn how to use a menstrual cup.

The Diva Cup looks a little intimidating, to be honest. It's a little cup made of silicone, probably about an inch and a half wide at the rim. On day one of one of my recent periods, I sat on the edge of my bed and read the instructions cover to cover.There are two folds that they recommend; a 'U Fold' and a 'Push Down fold'. Personally, I find the Push Down fold easier to control for an easy use. So, after reading all the instructions, I went for it. It took a little while to figure it out, but I got through my first day leak-free.

I don't know why I haven't tried a menstrual cup sooner because I am legit never going back to tampons. Honestly, I can't stop talking about them. I'll tell literally anyone that'll listen to me (which is everyone, because I make them). I drink a lot of water, so I'm always having to toddle off for a wee. So, when I used tampons, I was going through them like nobody's business. With the Diva Cup, it's easy to just forget about it. I just put it in after a shower in the morning, go about my business all day, and sort it out when I get home! It comes with markings to measure your flow if that's something you track too.

If I had any advice to anyone thinking of trying a Diva Cup, it would be: Do it, but definitely don't try to take it out and clean it in public. I don't mean whipping it out in a crowd, obviously. Don't bother messing about with it in a public toilet unless you ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO. When I first tried using it, I was more curious than anything to see what it was like half way through the day. Not only was it a fucking nightmare to clean, and reinsert because I wasn't used to it, I started to drop it. I managed to catch it, but not before flinging fucking blood everywhere. I ended up spending like twenty minutes cleaning up, and whacking in a tampon because there was no way I was spending any longer in there.

So yeah, just don't do that and you'll be fine. Don't stress about it getting stuck either. In my few short months of using it so far, that has only ever NEARLY happened once, because I have short and stumpy fingers. If you think that's happened to you, just relax. Don't get worked up, because that will only make it more difficult to get it out. Either pinch the base and ease it out or grab the stem and ease it out.

You can pick up a Diva Cup in Superdrug in Size One and Size Two. There are only two different sizes. Size one is recommended for women under thirty, who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarian section. Size two is recommended for women over thirty, and/or women that have delivered vaginally or by caesarian section.

If you have any questions that I haven't answered, please let me know! Good luck!

If you liked this, you'll love My Experience with the JuJu Cup.


  1. Thank you for sharing this, Samantha! This was a really informative post! I've always been a bit nervous about trying moon cups, as I'm scared of leeks, but you've given me a lot more confidence to give it a go! I hate using tampons so this seems like a fab alternative!

    Abbey 😘

  2. This is super informative, I know a few of my friends who have tried them and loved them and there so much better for the environment too x

  3. I loved reading this!
    I've always wanted to hear a (to be frank) graphic review of menstrual cups because the ones knocking about online don't really answer the things you wanna know (like getting blood everywhere).
    Maybe if I got one for free I'd be tempted to try one - I'm also morbidly curious about my own flow ���� xxx