Buying a DivaCup, for me, was a decision I never looked back from. Reusable period products can really be life-changing! Making the decision to switch to a reusable menstrual cup means you can have more hours of continuous protection, fewer fears of leaking, and the kind of comfort that makes you forget you’re on your period.
Whether you’re feeling close to taking the leap, or still a little hesitant, here are the top five reasons to make the switch to a reusable menstrual cup.
1. Live More Freely with a Reusable Menstrual Cup
As people who menstruate, we can feel restricted by our monthly bleed. Pair challenging and uncomfortable side effects with the physical effects of losing up to 80ml of blood (up to 170 ml of fluid)
— and that’s no simple feat!
The DivaCup — a reusable menstrual cup that is safe for up to 12 hours of continuous period protection — was designed to make your life easier. You can rock-climb, swim, run, weightlift, do yoga, go camping, or simply sleep through the night. And never have to think about planning around your flow days.
You don’t have to change it as frequently as pads or tampons, and when you do, it’s one reusable period cup – meaning fewer items to have on hand. One cup for lighter days, medium flow days, and even the heavier days. The DivaCup holds between 20-32 ml at a time. Plus, removing your cup to empty, cleanse and re-insert can be done pretty much anywhere!
A DivaCup means you can live your period week as if it were any other week. For me, that means long cycling trips, busy days at work, or even getting a solid night’s sleep that doesn’t get interrupted by tampon changes. I feel as clean, confident, and in control as I would during any other week of my cycle.
2. Less Worrying
With a DivaCup, you get more confidence, knowing that you’re covered by comfortable and leakproof protection. The long wear time paired with superior flow collection means fewer leaks and less stress.
The DivaCup comes in 3 different model sizes. Model 0 holds up to 20 mL of flow. Model 1 holds up to 30 mL and Model 2 collects up to 32 mL of flow. For comparison, the average tampon collects only 5ml of menstrual fluid.
– If you’re a student, you can sit through class and focus without having to excuse yourself early.
– If you’re a teacher, you can focus on your students and worry less about when you can get away to change your tampon.
– And if you’re perimenopausal or have an unpredictable period, you can use one product regardless of whether you’re experiencing a light flow or heavy flow. Stop trying to predict the unpredictable!
3. Reusable Menstrual Cups are Eco-friendly Alternatives
The DivaCup supports a more sustainable period. The average menstruator uses 12,000 – 15,000 disposable pads and tampons, or 250-300 lbs. of disposables over the course of their lifetime. Reusable silicone cups, however, last several years, when cared for properly. And when you’re done with your DivaCup, it can be recycled through our partnership with TerraCycle.
A DivaCup is made of 100% medical grade silicone which is body safe, non-toxic, BPA and phthalate-free. This means that it’s safer for your body and for the planet. Using a DivaCup can help avoid vaginal irritation and infection.
Using a DivaCup gives me the peace of mind that I’m doing what I can to reduce waste with my monthly period. On heavier flow days, I pair my DivaCup with washable period underwear, allowing me to also save money not having to replenish sanitary pads every month!
Take it wherever you go, without worrying about leaving behind waste. You can pack lighter and lighten your environmental footprint as well.
It’s lighter on your wallet too! The average menstruator in Canada will spend close to $1,000 in the time that one $35 DivaCup would last them. That’s a small fraction of what you would be spending on menstrual products — and who can argue with that?
There is a learning curve to inserting and removing a reusable menstrual cup. Getting more in touch with your cycle increases body awareness. Being in tune with your body, its cyclical changes, and how you take care of it all month long can feel incredibly empowering.
When I started cycle tracking, it was daunting. But now that the patterns have emerged, I’m left with no surprises!
For far too long, we’ve been taught to feel shame about our periods. But as the #1 biological function of our species, we can reclaim the power of our bodies by embracing safer and more comfortable ways to menstruate. Because we deserve to feel confident, comfortable, and in control all month long.
If you’re thinking of making the switch, remember that we’re here to support you! Our Consumer Experience Team is on hand to answer any questions you might have as you get to know the DivaCup more.