Friday, 18 August 2017

Have You Heard of the DivaCup?

Have you heard about the DivaCup?

The DivaCup is an alternative menstrual product to tampons and pads. It is a silicone cup that you insert into the vagina that collects blood. The DivaCup is 100% plastic-free, BPH free and odorless. It comes in two sizes; one for women who had children and/or are older than 30 years old and a smaller size for women who have not had children or are under 30 years old. It is a product you can use on land, air or sea, meaning anywhere.



This is a product that I use and I will share my reasons for using it but will also present the cons.

  1. I use this product for its eco-friendly nature. You use it, wash it, and re-use it. There are no plastic wrappers to dispose of and no waste is produced other than the original packaging.
  2. It is cost effective. It is a one time purchase, or you may by a 2nd size after a baby.
  3. I can wear for a longer period of time, especially during a busy day with clients up to 12 hours.
  4. It increases confidence in the water.
  5. It is great for travel: less to pack, don’t have to worry about running out of products.

Here are some cons:
  1. It can be messy when removing to clean. If you are more sensitive to handling blood, this product may not be for you
  2. It can be finicky getting the diva cup in. I recommend this instructional video to help (see below) 
  3. Pain, if you find tampons uncomfortable, the diva cup may be uncomfortable for you. You have to fold it to get it inside and then it expands open once inside.
  4. Trouble pulling it out. I have read/heard some women find it difficult to pull out because the tab is small to pull on. I don’t find the diva cup difficult to remove, but others do.
  5. Diva cup falls out. This could be a sign of pelvic floor weakness and I would suggest a consult/assessment with a pelvic floor physio close to you. Find one in Canada @ www.pelvichealthsolutions.ca

I find it important to state now… you cannot lose the diva cup in your vagina!.

These are the main pros and cons I know and heard of. I would love to hear what you think of this product simply out of curiosity. If you want to get one, I have seen them at some Shoppers Drug Mart or www.well.ca.



Thanks,

The Pelvic Health Lady 

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