Tuesday, July 4, 2006

DivaCup Rave

Well I did it. I broke down and got a DivaCup today. I didn't really need another menstrual cup, but I felt it was time for a new one.

I have been using a Keeper for ages and ages, well about 8 yrs anyway. It is made out of gum rubber and I've been 'feeling' it lately, so I'm worried that extended use might lead to a latex allergy, and I have enough allergies already. The DivaCup is made out of medical grade silicone which is awsome! The Diva is also made in Canada so I'm supporting my own country and saving the planet at the same time *Grin*

I just love the idea of a menstrual cup. It's a bit pricy up front, about $30, but the long term savings are amazing. I figure I was spending at least $5-10 a month on tampons and panty liners just in case the tampon failed, which it always did. With the Keeper I've used a light cloth pad 'just in case' but it's usually still clean at the end of the day. I remember the first time I used the Keeper, all I could think was "WOW, this was the cleanest cycle I've *ever* had!" Even with the cup collecting all the fluids instead of absorbing them and the potential for spills and leaks. I was amazed at how easy it was to use, how simple to avoid leaks and how little blood I actually got on my fingers compaired to using tampons. I would totally recommend them to any woman! I love how I can leave the house in the morning and not worry about supplies or finding a bathroom to change a pad or anything. Just do my thing and empty the cup when I get home. If I'm on a *really* heavy day I might empty it once in the bathroom at work, wipe it down with some TP and put it back in. I just make sure to give it a good rinse when I get home. Too easy! And the absolute best thing is that I don't feel it at all. It's just as easy to use on a light day as a heavy day and I never have to worry about it 'drying' me out like the tampons did.

I was thrilled to find the DivaCup in a local health food store so I didn't have to wait the week or so for it to arrive in the mail after ordering it online. They only had size 2 instock, which was perfect cuz that is the size I need. :) The first thing I found interesting was how soft the Diva is, I expected more resistance when I folded it for insertion but it just wasn't there. It went in nice and easy with none of the complications I've read about on the menstrual_cups list. I decided to leave the tail on and see if it needs to be trimmed. At first I thought it would need some surgery to make it so that I couldnt feel the tail anymore. But after about 5-10 min the sensation went away and I think I'll be able to use the cup just as it came from the box. This amazes me because the Keeper is shorter than the Diva and I had to cut off all but 1/4" of the tail to get the Keeper to fit right. I don't really care why it works, it just does.

I am a very happy camper today. :)

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