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The DivaCup Menstrual Cup
The DivaCup Menstrual Cup
The DivaCup Menstrual Cup
The DivaCup Menstrual Cup
The DivaCup Menstrual Cup
The DivaCup Menstrual Cup

The DivaCup Menstrual Cup

$29.99 + Free Shipping With $40 Order was $39.99

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ABOUT THIS ITEM

We've All Been There...

  • Using toilet paper from a public washroom as a temporary measure.
  • Swapping supplies with a girlfriend while the dates weren't looking.
  • "Conveniently" dropping a pad or tampon in front of a curious male audience.
  • Tucking a pad under your sleeve, in your shoe, knee highs or waist of your pants.
  • Racing to the washroom to survey the leak damage after a sudden “surge”.

Since 2003, Diva International has believed that menstrual care products should offer health and convenience for women, while easing up on the environment and pocketbooks. Find freedom from the harmful products of the past and embrace a greener, healthier future with The DivaCup and DivaWash.

Many women feel uneasy about changing their menstrual care routine. Years of dealing with the sights and odors of disposable tampons and pads cause the familiar reaction: “ick!” All the tossing and flushing every month can make you believe you must hide and dispose of your menstrual flow in shame. As a result, landfills are overflowing with disposable products that risk the future of our planet.

A Better Period Experience!


It goes where? I have to do what? Yes, you wear The DivaCup in "there", in your vagina...but we promise, it is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, your body will thank you for giving it the period care it deserves.

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent.

Many women feel uneasy about changing their menstrual care routine. Years of dealing with the sights and odors of disposable tampons and pads cause the familiar reaction: “ick!”. The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. Perfect for all activities (air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry.

Features


  • 12 hour leak-free protection!
  • Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
  • Does not contain any latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes.
  • Reusable and eco-friendly – no waste, no chemicals.
  • Features extra grip ridges for easier removal.
  • Cleared for marketing by the US FDA, Australian TGA, COFEPRIS and the first reusable menstrual cup approved for sale in Canada by Health Canada.
  • Diva International Inc. was the first ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office.
  • First menstrual cup to receive MDSAP (Medical Device Single Audit Program) certification.
  • Comprehensive guide to help answer more of your questions here.

Discover the healthy, "non-ick" alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products. Join women worldwide by switching to The DivaCup today!

The Diva Q & As

This is a condensed version of the full user guide that you will receive with you will receive with your purchase. See full instructions here.

Step 1: Fold

Fold Option 1 "U Fold": Press the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again forming a tight “U” shape.


Fold Option 2 "Push Down": Place a finger on the top rim of the cup and press it down into the center of the inside base to form a triangle. This makes the top rim much smaller to insert.




Step 2: Hold

Hold the folded sides firmly in place between your thumb and forefinger so that the curved edge is facing away from your palm (or so that the stem is facing your palm).

Step 3: Insert

In a comfortable position and with your vaginal muscles relaxed, gently separate the labia with your free hand and then push the curved edge of the folded DivaCup horizontally into the vaginal opening so that the tip of the stem is no further than a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) into the vagina. Inserting The DivaCup too high in the vaginal canal may cause leaks, and may also make removal more difficult. Not sure where to find your labia or vaginal opening? Visit our All Things Period page for a brief overview on vaginal anatomy.

Step 4: Seal and Rotate

Grip the base of the cup (not the stem) and turn the cup one full rotation (360 degrees) in either direction or insert the cup about half way, turn the cup one full rotation and then push it horizontally in the rest of the way. The DivaCup must rotate easily as this ensures that it is fully open and that it is positioned horizontally towards your tailbone.

Step 5: Removal

To remove, pull gently on the stem of The DivaCup until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinch the base of the cup to release the seal and continue to pull down to remove it. After the cup has been removed, empty the contents in the toilet, wash The DivaCup well with warm water and The DivaWash, or a mild unscented water-based (oil-free) soap, and reinsert.

When to Empty

The DivaCup must be emptied, washed and reinserted at least 2 times a day (twice in a 24 hour period) and can be worn overnight without concern of leaking. Most women need only to empty it in the morning and again in the evening.

By monitoring the fullness of the cup over a couple of cycles, you will quickly learn how often to empty it according to your specific needs. Most women find that the cup is not even half full after 12 hours. For those with heavier flows, the cup is simply emptied more often.

If you have a fairly regular cycle, you may insert The DivaCup right before your period to avoid spotting.
Whether you’re a junior in high school, junior associate or a coach of your daughter’s junior little league team, The DivaCup will fit into your life, not the other way around.

The DivaCup is available in two sizes, Model 1 and Model 2. Your cup size is stamped on the inside rim of the cup. There is a small difference between the two sizes (Model 1 is 1/8" (~0.3 cm) smaller), but it is important to use the recommended sizing to prevent leakage.



Model 1:


Recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.







Model 2:


Recommended for women age 30 and over and/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.




There is not a big difference between the two sizes (Model 1 is 1/8" (~0.3 cm) smaller), but it is important to use the recommended sizing to prevent leakage. We recommend Model 2 if you are 30 years old or older even if you have not had vaginal childbirth or a c-section because as we age, our hips naturally widen and the vaginal muscles lose elasticity. Because the vaginal muscles hold The DivaCup in place, it is important to use Model 2 if you are over 30, even if you have not had children.

Please note: if you find tampons and routine pelvic/vaginal exams to be uncomfortable, it may be best to first consult with your health care provider as the Model 1 cup may be right for you. Our model sizes are recommended, but since women come in all shapes and sizes, it is difficult to determine the vaginal size.
What you put into your vagina will determine its overall health, which is why maintaining your vagina’s pH levels is so important. A vagina with a high pH level often leads to discomfort, odor, irritation and even infection.

Many women do not realize that the feminine hygiene products they use are the culprits of their vaginal discomfort. The vagina is self-cleansing and continually produces fluid that “flushes” the vagina. When a tampon is inserted, its composition of rayon and cotton absorbs your vagina's protective fluid, drying out and disrupting its normal pH levels.

When used as directed, The DivaCup is a more sanitary feminine hygiene solution to tampons or pads. Latex-free, plastic-free, BPA-free, odor-free and free of colors and dyes, The DivaCup is made from healthcare grade non-absorbent silicone, which means it will not dry out or disrupt the natural environment of your vagina.

Just like your vagina needs regular care, so too does your DivaCup. By following our care and cleaning tips in our User Guide and the tips below you can ensure a pleasant DivaCup experience.

Care During Your Cycle

The first thing you must always do before removing or inserting your DivaCup is to thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and soap. Before insertion and after removal, you must also wash your DivaCup using The DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented, water-based (oil-free) soap. Remember to empty and wash your DivaCup at least twice a day, a minimum of every 12 hours.

If you are unable to wash The DivaCup after removal (for instance when using a public restroom), wash your hands thoroughly before entering the stall, empty the contents in the toilet and simply use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup. At the next convenient time, clean as per the above instructions. When traveling, or otherwise, always wash the cup using potable (safe to drink) water.

What Not To Do

Never use a lubricant to insert The DivaCup. The ingredients in lubricants can damage the silicone, so we suggest using only water as a lubricant!

When cleaning your DivaCup be sure to avoid using: vinegar, tea tree oil, scented/fragranced soap, castile/peppermint soap or any other oil based soap, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, pre-moistened wipes, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing soap, bleach or harsh chemicals as some have been known to damage or compromise the silicone (may leave a sticky or powdery film, etc.) and may need to be replaced to avoid irritations, burning, etc. If you have cleaned your DivaCup with any of the non-recommended cleansers, replace the cup if there are any signs of deterioration or if you experience irritation.

We do not recommend cleaning The DivaCup in the dishwasher because chemicals, detergents and residue from previous dish washing could harm the cup.

Cleaning Your DivaCup Rim and Holes

The four holes under the rim of your DivaCup are of vital importance. They create the seal that secures the cup in place. If the holes need extra cleaning, we suggest that you gently stretch each hole under warm running water to remove any debris. You can also soak the cup in warm water for a few minutes then use a soft toothbrush (specifically designated only for the cup) for this. You can use a toothpick (discarding after use), as well. We do not suggest a pin as it may cause damage to the cup.

End of Cycle Care

At the end of your cycle, wash The DivaCup as you normally do with either the DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented water-based (oil-free) soap. As needed, you can boil The DivaCup in an open pot of boiling water for five to ten (5 -10) minutes with plenty of water. Do not leave the boiling pot unattended. If you accidentally burned your cup when the pot boiled dry, your cup may be ruined and should be replaced.

Storage

After use and proper cleaning, The DivaCup must be placed in something that will allow for air flow. For this reason each DivaCup you buy comes with a breathable drawstring cotton pouch. After proper cleaning, place your DivaCup in your carrying pouch, in a safe place, where it can stay until your next period.

Please Note: The DivaCup should not be stored in a plastic bag or airtight container as it is impossible for moisture to evaporate without air flow.

Discoloration

Over time, menstrual cups can discolor for various reasons. If The DivaCup starts to discolor, you can try boiling it as per the instructions in the User Guide. A discolored DivaCup does not mean you need to replace the cup.

Odor

Silicone itself is odor-free, but if your cup does develop an odor, depending on what cleanser was used, and a number of factors unique to each woman, the silicone may be compromised. You can try boiling the cup as per the instructions in the User Guide, however if an odor remains after boiling and thoroughly washing your cup, you may want to consider purchasing a new cup.

Disposal

Silicone is not recyclable, but, since it starts out as sand, it degrades over time depending on the temperature, anaerobic activity and moisture in the landfill. This applies to all products made from silicone, like baby bottle nipples and toys. To dispose of your DivaCup, thoroughly wash the cup, cut it up into smaller pieces, and dispose in the trash.

General Care

We recommend that you inspect your cup regularly for signs of deterioration (such as a sticky or powdery film, severe discoloration or odor, etc.) or if you experience irritation. If for some reason your DivaCup starts to discolor or develop an odor you may want to consider replacing it or giving it a thorough cleaning by boiling it and washing it well with the DivaWash.

It is important to follow the Cleaning & Care instructions outlined in your User Guide to ensure good vaginal health and prevent any damage to the silicone. If at any time The DivaCup is exposed to unsanitary conditions such as a toilet, please replace it with a new one.
No one expected you to ride your bike without training wheels on your first try. Likewise, finding the right fold, routine and time of use for your DivaCup may take a few cycles. Once you’ve got a handle on it, you’ll be inserting and removing the cup without even thinking about it.

Every woman’s body is unique in shape, and flow, which is why some women manage to have success inserting The DivaCup on their first try, while others may require a couple tries (or even a few full cycles) to experience all its wonderful benefits!

Below are a few helpful tips to help you find the right fit and feel of your DivaCup.

  • Read your User Guide!
  • Remember to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water before insertion and removal. 
  • To maintain the integrity of The DivaCup clean thoroughly with warm water and The DivaWash or use a mild unscented water-based (oil-free) soap. 
  • Unlike tampons, be sure to insert the The DivaCup horizontally (toward the tailbone). 
  • Be sure to not push the tip of the stem further than a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) into the vagina. Inserting The DivaCup too high may cause leaks, and may also make removal more difficult. 
  • After insertion, ensure that the cup is fully open by rotating it a full 360 degrees in either direction. 
  • Practicing Kegel exercises will help keep your vaginal muscles strong and may help The DivaCup stay in place better and prevent leakage. 
  • Do not insert The DivaCup while lying down as this may result in the cup being positioned improperly, leading to discomfort and possible leaking. 
  • If The DivaCup does move up in the vaginal canal and you are experiencing difficulty removing it please refer to Section B of the User Guide for assistance. In the rare case that you are still unable to remove The DivaCup after more than twelve (12) hours, seek medical advice. 
  • If your cup does leak, it has not been inserted properly; it has not been rotated; it is not inserted at the right angle (horizontally); or the muscle tone of your vaginal muscles may need to be strengthened with Kegel exercises (usually necessary after multiple vaginal childbirths). 

The Mystery Behind Kegels

Kegels are exercises that many women practice to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles which are the muscles that hold The DivaCup in place. If you are a candidate for Kegel exercises, they are great exercises that any cup user can practice. And the best part about them is that they can be done anytime, anywhere (on the bus, at the office, watching TV etc).Kegel exercises are not for everyone and in some cases, can cause more harm than good so to ensure that Kegel exercises are the correct mechanism for proper DivaCup fit, we recommend a visit with a pelvic health physiotherapist.

How to Kegel!

To practice Kegels, you must first identify your pelvic floor muscles. These are a group of muscles that extend from the pubic bone in front to the tailbone in the back, and from sitz bones on either side. The pelvic floor muscles are the shape of a kite with a front triangle and a back triangle. The front triangle has the urethral and vaginal openings the back triangle, the rectal opening. The muscular action of the pelvic floor will use both areas together and you must ensure that both triangles are contracted equally.To contract the front triangle, visualize a ping pong ball being drawn upwards and into the vaginal opening. To contract the back triangle, visualize a marble being drawn upwards and into the rectal opening. Once you are engaging your triangles equally, you will be ready to contract the whole pelvic floor as a unit. No other part of your body should move when performing a proper Kegel (pelvic floor muscle contraction) which is why these exercises can be done anywhere.

NEVER practice these exercises while on the toilet and NEVER stop the flow of urine mid-stream. Most importantly, remember that Kegels may not be the correct way to ensure proper fit of The DivaCup so if you are having difficulties, you may want to consider a pelvic floor assessment

***Practicing Kegel exercises may help keep your vaginal muscles strong and may help The DivaCup stay in place better and prevent leakage. If you are having issues with leaking or the cup moving out of place, it is important to determine if pelvic floor muscle weakness is the problem before trying Kegels.
Comfort, ease and menstrual awareness are positive attributes that come with using The DivaCup. In some cases, customers have reported that the comfort of the cup makes for a less-painful period experience and some women even forget they are menstruating altogether!

We have found that women who use The DivaCup are more aware of their menstrual health than women who do not. This is because when using The DivaCup, a woman, literally is able to connect with her flow and body.

We've put together some important medical information you may have questions about.

Please Note: The following is meant to be informational in nature and is not offered as medical advice, nor does it substitute for consultation with your physician. If you have any gynecological/medical concerns or conditions regarding the use of internal feminine hygiene products, we encourage you to consult your physician.

Internal Matters

Physically, The DivaCup is suitable for women of all ages (even if you cannot wear tampons) as the vaginal canal is made up of very flexible tissue and muscles. Women's bodies are designed this way to be able to deliver a baby. After being stretched, after intercourse or childbirth, the tissue returns back to its normal size.

Please Note: The DivaCup should only be worn during menstruation and should not be worn during any other time of the month.

The DivaCup sits low in the vaginal canal, away from the cervix, and because it is made from healthcare grade non-absorbent silicone it should not irritate the inside of your vagina, if cleaned and cared for properly. With regards to concerns over infections such as, cervicitis, yeast infections or Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) please consult your physician prior to using The DivaCup. If at any time during your use of The DivaCup you experience any discomfort, discontinue use and contact your physician.

Birth Control and STIs

Menstrual cups are regulated by the FDA and Health Canada for use only as feminine hygiene protection. The DivaCup should not be used as a birth control device and will not protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Remember, because of its placement, low in the vaginal canal, The DivaCup must be removed prior to intercourse.

When Not to Use

There is no known increased risk of yeast infections with the use of menstrual cups. However, if you have a vaginal infection, it is best to discontinue use of The DivaCup until the infection has cleared up completely. It is unknown if yeast (Candida albicans) can be completely eliminated with boiling, therefore we suggest replacing the cup with a new one if you had a yeast infection while using The DivaCup. Please refer to your User Guide for detailed instructions on boiling your cup.

Also, never use the cup at the same time that a topical medication is being used. The medication may compromise the silicone and ruin the cup. If this happens, please replace the cup with a new one.

The DivaCup should not be used during postnatal bleeding. We suggest you contact your physician before using any internal feminine hygiene product after childbirth.

For further questions concerning vaginal infections and use of a menstrual cup, please contact a physician or healthcare provider.

Allergies

Synthetic latex rubber and natural latex or gum rubber contain a protein called "nitrosamine". This is the chemical that produces the allergic reaction that many people have to latex. The DivaCup is made from durable top quality, healthcare grade silicone that is suitable for use by women with latex allergies, because it is nitrosamine and latex-free. You can learn more about the manufacturing process of The DivaCup here.

The DivaCup: One could have sensitivity to any substance, but it is extremely rare to have sensitivity to silicone. Studies indicate that silicone is biocompatible with the body. This is why silicone has been used in healthcare applications for over 50 years. If you do experience skin sensitivity, immediately discontinue use and contact your health care provider.

Packaging: Please note that the packaging for our products of The DivaCup and DivaWash comes from a variety of sources, and because of this we cannot guarantee that the packaging is free of gluten, tree nuts or peanuts; however, The DivaCup itself does not contain any of these ingredients.

Above all, should you have any concerns about allergies, please consult your physician or dermatologist.
You have so many demands on your time – period care shouldn’t be one of them. The DivaCup offers up to 12 hours of hassle-free menstrual care, giving you ultimate comfort without putting you on a schedule.

With The DivaCup you don’t have to worry about where to tuck that tampon string when swimming or if your tampon or pad can handle the various angles of your body movement during a yoga pose or when dancing, swimming, hiking, skydiving, camping, etc.

From business trips to family vacations to backpacking across the world, The DivaCup is all you need! With its 12 hour leak-free protection, The DivaCup lets you pack that extra pair of shoes, instead of the armful of tampons and pads that previously took up precious room in your luggage. Plus, that ten hour canoe ride will be an easy feat as you won’t need to worry about finding a bathroom to switch your product every four hours or so.

Remember, no matter where you are in the world, The DivaCup only needs to be washed well, with clean, potable water, twice a day (every 12 hours). If you need to remove your DivaCup in a public restroom, just wipe it with a damp tissue and reinsert. At the next convenient time, wash The DivaCup with the DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented water-based (oil-free) soap. The most important thing to remember is to make sure your hands are clean before you insert or remove the cup.

Extreme Sports

For ultimate comfort and protection during your next skydive or jet ski ride, ensure your DivaCup has been inserted properly, that the cup is fully open, the seal is in place and that you can easily rotate the cup in either direction. Refer to Tips for Success for more insight.

Traveling Tips

The best way to avoid infection when cleaning The DivaCup while travelling or camping is to use potable water. This means that if the water is safe to drink, it is safe to use to clean your DivaCup.

Camping Tips

Depending on the type of camping trip you are on, your method for cleaning your DivaCup will vary. Remember that when you don’t have access to a bathroom, The DivaCup can be wiped out with tissue and washed and rinsed at the next convenient time. Always be sure to wash your hands before inserting or removing The DivaCup.

According to the guidelines of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, when camping in the back country and with no access to proper disposal facilities, please use standard “cathole” practices. Also, observe the practice of containing your flow in a sealed plastic bag and hang it in a “bear bag” with other trash away from other animals.

Cathole: Catholes should be dug 6 to 8 inches deep at least 200 feet from water, camp, trails, and drainages. Bring a trowel to dig the hole, and disguise it well after use.

Bear Bag: In bear country, hang “smellables” from tree limbs 12 feet off the ground, 6 feet from the tree’s trunk, and 6 feet below the supporting limb, or store it in specially designed bear-resistant canisters or on-site lockers.
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