Menstrual Cup Benefits (Diva Cup Problems Later!)
Menstrual cups (including Diva Cups) are an alternative to pads or tampons when you’re having your period. There are many brands of menstrual cups, but the Diva Cup is the most popular one and so it’s the brand that most people know. There are so many benefits to using menstrual cups over tampons or disposable pads that we’ll detail below. However there are also a few menstrual cup dangers, which we’ll talk about later in this article. But, as you’ll see, it’s mostly due to wrong sizing, not a fault with the actual product.
Let’s check out some of the reasons why we love menstrual cups so much!
Great for the Environment
Think about how many boxes of tampons and pads you use in a single year. It’s likely that you use a box of each one every single month. That’s a ton of waste! You only need a single menstrual cup, which will last you for years if you take proper care of it. This is a huge reduction in the amount of waste going to the landfill in even a single month.
A feminine hygiene product that’s easy on the environment? We love that here at Reusable Menstrual Cups.
Saves you Money
Think about that box of tampons or pads again. How much does it cost? At least $5? Now, think about how much money you spend over the course of a year. Probably way too much! Most menstrual cups cost between $15-30, so you can recoup your initial costs in only a few months. Most menstrual cups last at least two years with proper care, so you’ll just keep saving money, for years.
See: Are Menstrual Cups Expensive? for even more details.
It’s way easier to deal with your period when using a menstrual cup. The average tampon holds around 5 ml of fluid, while a jumbo tampon holds around 10 ml. The average size menstrual cup, like the Diva Cup holds 30 ml. Some high-capacity period cups hold almost 40 ml. That’s almost four times more than even a jumbo tampon! This means having to deal with your period a 1/4 as much. Love it!
Menstrual Cup Problems
Despite these significant benefits, you may wonder whether or not there are any negatives. Or more specifically, are there are any diva cup problems that you should be aware of before making the decision to use them, or not.
Overall, Diva Cups are an excellent product and there really aren’t any Diva Cup problems that you need to be aware of. Diva Cups are approved by the FDA (see: FDA approved menstrual cups) and are perfectly safe to use for just about any woman. They are manufactured in Canada by a very reputable company and are made from the highest quality medical grade silicone. They are certainly safer than tampons when considering the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
Beyond safety considerations, some Diva Cup problems include things like:
Diva Cup Leaking
A possible reason for this is that the Diva Cup is quite stiff. The theory is that it’ll just “pop” open once inside your vaginal canal. However, if the Diva Cup is too big for you, it may never do this and will leak terribly. We recommended a smaller size menstrual cup if this is the case. Check out our comparison chart to find a menstrual cup that will work for you.
Diva Cup Cleaning
The Diva Cup has some ridges (to aid in removal), as well as tiny holes in it (to aid in suction). This can make the Diva Cup a bit harder to clean than other menstrual cups which are perfectly smooth (for example, the Lunette Cup). However, if you follow this menstrual cup cleaning advice, it should be no problem. It’s handy to keep an old toothbrush for this very purpose.
The Diva Cup is Long
One of the most common Diva Cup problems is that some people find it uncomfortable. Even the smallest size Diva Cup is quite long at 70 mm. This makes it not a great choice for those with a low cervix. You’ll probably find it quite uncomfortable because the stem will be sticking out of you a little bit, irritating your labia and vaginal canal opening.
Diva Cup and Cramps
There have been reports of the Diva Cup (and other menstrual cups too) causing what feels like menstrual cups. This can occur for some people, although it is rare. It seems like most of the problems occur when using a cup that is too wide in diameter for your body type. The menstrual cup pushes too strongly on the vaginal canal walls, causing some serious discomfort.
The way to solve this problem is to try a smaller cup, paying careful attention to the diameter. The FemmyCycle Teen Model might make a nice choice for you, if you’re a smaller person, or a teenager.
Infections with Diva Cups
Some people experience more yeast infections (and other similar things) when using a Diva Cup as compared to tampons. This is indeed one of the most common Diva Cup problems. Most people, however, experience fewer of these kinds of problems. This is because menstrual cups don’t contain chemicals and pesticide residue, like non-organic tampons and pads do. Those who do experience infections may get them as a result of improper hygiene. Here are a few tips:
- Always wash your hands before inserting or removing your menstrual cup. You don’t want to introduce all those germs into your vaginal canal.
- Be sure to wash your Diva Cup with soap and warm water during your cycle, or with something like the Diva Wash. Make sure you wash all the soap residue off well.
- Sterilize your cup at the end of your cycle. Boil it in a pot of water on the stove for 5-7 minutes. Be sure that the cup doesn’t stick to the edge, or bottom of the pot.
- Store your Diva Cup in the cloth bag that came with it after your period is done. The key thing is to allow air circulation. NEVER, EVER store your menstrual up in an airtight container.
The Takeaway on Diva Cup Problems
Overall, the benefits of Diva Cups far outweigh any of the Diva Cup problems you may hear about. If you’re thinking about buying a menstrual cup, a Diva Cup is a great choice. The best place to buy one is on Amazon: