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DDL Hits The Road- MommyCon or Bust!

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2015 is a pretty exciting year for me because it is DDL’s MommyCon debut.  MommyCon is a convention for parents and parents-to-be that focuses on natural parenting that combines an expo atmosphere with brands on hand to educate on their products, educational workshops on parenting topics, plus inspirational speakers on topics ranging from breastfeeding to car seat safety.  Several months back MommyCon’s organizer, Xza (a name you can get away with leaving off a last name!) approached me with the idea of joining the event as part of the Cloth Diaper Resource Center.  After making sure the travel dates would work I signed on and the CDRC became the Cloth Diaper Resource Center with Dirty Diaper Laundry (that’s me!)  We also dreamed up a new session that I am so thrilled to be teaching at 7 events in 2015 called “Turning Red to Green- A Menstruation Workshop on Switching to Reusables Presented by TheDivaCup.”


Chicago’s Schedule 2015

I have to say it is extremely gratifying to know that out of the many other resources and blogs about cloth diapering DDL was asked to join the Resource Center.  It has been a 5+ year journey- my skills have grown, my outlook on life has grown, my children have grown- all right before the eyes of my readers.  I’m most excited to meet many of you at each event!  Each time I see a reader suggest my website to others I’m always grateful and it’s amazing to know that what I am doing here is helping.  If you will be at a MommyCon event this year please stop by for any help you need with your cloth diapering questions, bring your cloth curious friend over so that I can hopefully bring them to the cloth side,  or just come by to say hi!  I love seeing the light turn on when a family realizes cloth diapering is something that they want to do, and that they CAN do.  I love playing a small part in that.  If you love the history of cloth diapering as much as I do and want to chat about it or ask questions please do that too!

As much as I love talking about cloth diapers the Menstrual Session is kind of a dream come true.  Ever since switching to a menstrual cup I have felt the need to convert other women (I am a #vagangelist after all) with my blog, social media, and videos.  It is definitely working!  I know I am not the only person responsible for more women switching over but the word is spreading like wildfire and as more women switch they tell their friends, and so on!  Like cloth diapering, seeing cups in person and hearing real women discussing their triumphs and failures is really key to summoning enough courage to go against the mainstream and try something on the fringe.  I am coming very prepared to this session with my clear vaginal-tube stand in named Virginia, TheDivaCup demo cups, and a pretty snazzy uterus and vaginal canal with cup work of art.  Visuals are everything.  There will be a Q&A at the end or attendees can ask questions about the session or reusable menstrual options in the CDRC after.


I’m thrilled to be joining the MommyCon family, consisting of so many amazing and inspiring individuals who have made it their mission to educate parents in their field of expertise, and excited to get face time with all of you able to make the events.  I’ll be at Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Orlando, DC, Columbus, and Newport Beach locations this year with my sparkly unicorn poop and vagina tube.  You can find all of the dates listed on MommyCon’s website: http://mommy-con.com/events/

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What to expect when switching to menstrual cups

What to Expect When Switching to Menstrual Cups

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The topic of the moment in social media has been menstrual cups- how they can impact the lives of women in third world countries, how they could be the answer to the prayers of homeless women without regular access to restrooms, and how women in the US are making the switch too.  Not only are menstrual cups a wise choice for your health but there are longer term benefits that can make your period week no different than any other day of the month.  If you are looking to make the switch you can expect to go through these phases, just be sure to hang in long enough to experience #periodnirvana.



You almost talk yourself out of it.

There are some great videos out there about using cups and there are some that can turn you right back off from it.  I can’t tell you how many times a particular “horror story” video has been referenced in the comments of my videos about cups as evidence to why they would “never put that thang up there.”  Well, what if I told you that there are way more good stories than bad?  It can be frightening to try something new (I was scared too!) but when you consider the future advantages there is nothing to lose and lots to gain.  Lesson?  Avoid the bad videos.  Don’t let other people’s ignorance and fear of new experiences hold you back from a switch that will change your life for the better.  You can do this.


You stare at the cup and wonder “will that really fit?”

Menstrual cups looks intimidating, but when folded they can be about the size of tampons or slightly larger.  If you also think about the amazingness that is your vagina you will remember that it can accomodate a baby being born through it and can also make room for other activities.  You work up the nerve to try it after folding and re-folding for practice after watching those good videos I told you about.  You’ve already made the small investment, there is no turning back now.  Have a glass of wine and get to it.


You’re locked in the bathroom for 10-15 minutes.

It can take time when you first begin using a cup to go through the process of inserting (you might go through a few tries at first before you find the perfect folding technique and angle for your body) and you might find yourself going through and washing your hands a few times more than usual.  This is ALL NORMAL.  You can’t expect to get it perfect the first time and that is OK, but maybe to prevent your significant other or housemate from worrying run the shower or take a bath so they don’t think you are having a medical emergency.  You’re ok and this is working, it just takes a little practice, relax!


You leak… at first.

Just like when you learned to ride a bike, learning how to use your new menstrual cup can have some bumps along the way.  Instead of wearing a protective helmet and knee pads you should wear disposable or cloth liners to protect your underwear and leave you feeling confident for the first cycle or two.  Even if you *think* you aced it on the first go it’s better to be safe than sorry!  Don’t worry though, it will get better!


You magically use all of your toilet paper a week early.

Sh*t!  You just bought toilet paper but you’re already out, where did it go?  Well, when you use menstrual cups there is a higher amount of toilet paper used.  You use it to wipe out the cup before washing in the sink.  You use a bit to sit it on while you do what you need to do.  Plus when you’re on your period you tend to use more TP because you tend to use the bathroom more- this is a proven side effect of menstruation.  They don’t call it shark week for nothing… still… an extra roll of TP is a small price to pay for the positives of using menstrual cups.


You forget about it.

The first time you forget you are on your period and that you’re wearing a cup you have made it to #periodnirvana.  Go to a theme park with just a small bag (without 15 tampons as back-up that the guy at Disney has to pretend not to see when rifling through your bag) and live in the moment the entire trip.  Your mind won’t be on finding the bathrooms at each section of the park or wondering if you brought enough products and if not what the hell will you do?  Sun up to sun down you can ride rides and be carefree… just like those tampon ads but WAY F*CKING BETTER because tampons can’t last for 8-12 hours can they?!


You stop going to the “pink aisle” at Target.

There is a lonely half a box of tampons under your sink that you haven’t looked at in months.  You can’t remember the last time you had to make that stroll to quickly grab a box of tampons and you’re hoping to never do it again.  You’re there, you are free from disposable feminine products!  Treat yourself to a venti at Starbucks with the money you’ve saved this month.


You start recruiting.

Cup users almost always begin converting their friends and family once they have made it past the early adoption phase and into #periodnirvana.  They share links about cups on Facebook, tag their friends in the comments of stories about them, BUY them for friends because they HAVE to try one because “IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.”  Now go forth, #vagangelists, and convert your friends!  Drag them to a MommyCon near you for my menstrual products sessions in 2016!

Menstrual cup usage is increasing rapidly thanks to these women who are courageous enough to speak up about the unspoken taboo of menstruation.  Women are learning there is more to periods than wasteful and uncomfortable disposable products.  There is a life outside of the tampon box that goes camping for a week even though it’s that time of the month.  There is swimming without checking for tampon strings, there are 10 hour days at work without easy access to a restroom and no worries about leaks. There is true freedom, comfort and peace of mind.  Without even adding the health, environmental, and financial benefits cups already beat the pants off of tampons when it comes to comfort.

Ready to make the switch?  Find past articles and videos on how to use menstrual cups in the Reusable Feminine Care section of DDL.  Then buy one and find out for yourself.  



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Lily Cup, Diva Cup, and Lily Cup Compact

Lily Cup Compact Review (The Collapsible Menstrual Cup)

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The Lily Cup Compact has gone about as viral as a menstrual cup can- it was featured in news stories, posted to major news websites, raised way over their asking amount via Kickstarter, and got the world interested in menstrual cups! That’s always a good thing in my book. Why did it get so much attention? Because it took the menstrual cup, something that’s been around for more than a hundred years, and reinvented it. The Lily Cup Compact does what the name says- it collapses and fits into a small clamshell plastic case that’s not much larger than a tin of lip balm.
Lily Cup Compact

The collapsible cup works much like those collapsing colanders you may already own that save space in your cabinets. It folds into itself and unfolds for use. The idea is novel, sure, and it got a lot of attention, but does it work and does it have a function beyond just being neat? Before we go there lets talk about the size and compare it structurally to other cups since I know this is helpful for you.

Lily Cup, Diva Cup, and Lily Cup Compact

This isn’t Lily Cup’s first menstrual cup so they have experience in the market. Their brand is Intimina and they have two cups, the standard Lily Cup that comes in sizes A and B, and the Lily Cup Compact that also comes in sizes A and B. These are the softest menstrual cups on the market and the silicone is very unique.  The cups, size wise, couldn’t be farther apart. The standard Lily Cup is quite large, larger even than the Diva Cup. The Lily Cup Compact is far more petite in length and girth. For a baseline I am using Diva Cup Size 2, a cup many women and cup users are familiar with.

Lily Cup and Diva Cup Length

I used Size B’s for my photos but the Size A’s will have the same growth curve from brand to brand for the most part. For me as a cup user, the Diva Cup is slightly longer than what I need so I trim the stem to use it.  If you dislike the idea of having no stem the Lily Cup Compact’s stem is just about to the tip of the Diva Cup without a stem.


The shorter length is a bonus for any woman with a lower cervix (this means the cup can’t go as far into the vaginal canal so for it to be comfortable you need a shorter cup and/or to trim the stems.  It could also work for women with a tilted cervix who need to wear their cups lower (I don’t have one so this is speculation, not speaking from experience).

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The obvious drawback to the shorter length and the way the Lily Cup Compact tapers is that it holds less volume than the standard Lily Cup or another cup like a Diva Cup or Lunette Cup.  Those cups are more bell shaped, and hold more.  The visual above shows how the shapes differ from the Diva Cup and most other standard cups, and even though the Diva Cup isn’t pushed all the way down (they have roughly the same diameter) you can see what I’m trying to illustrate.

Lily Cup Compact Firmness test

I’ve been testing it out for 2 menstrual cycles and I can’t say it will become a favorite.  The main reason is that it won’t work for me on the heaviest days of my cycle and that the lack of firmness in the rim and the cup body don’t work well for ME.  That being said, a softer cup and rim can be a good thing for women who find a more rigid cup uncomfortable.  Personally, I like having a rigid base to push on (means going less “up in there” to adjust if my seal isn’t right or of the cup isn’t opening I can turn it a bit which helps).  A firmer rim can also aid in the cup opening easier since the firmer it is, the more force it exerts to pop back to original form from whatever fold you have used.  For the above photo where I have compared the Diva Cup Size 2 to the Lily Cup Compact Size 2, I used books weighing the same exact amount (7.5 ounces each per my scale, they are Anne Rice novels, The Vampire Lestat and Memnoch the Devil for curious minds), and placed each on the cup at the same place to demonstrate the difference in the firmness of the rim and cup.  You can also see this in action in the embedded video.

Softer cups are easier to fold and keep folded verus firmer cups, and the Lily Cup Compact holds a push down fold beautifully.  This is the fold you will want to use when inserting from my experience, the C Fold doesn’t gives and bends when inserting the cup.  Firmer cups want to pop back open before or during the insertion process and for this reason it can be a bonus for a new cup user to try a softer cup. Rubber cups (Keeper Cup) tend to be the firmest.

As explained fairly spastically in my video, I could only use the Lily Cup Compact on my lighter days and it took some time for me to find the best method for making it work on those days.  On my heaviest day I still needed a back-up medium flow pad and the second to heaviest day I had what I call “wiping leaks” and these I can have even with my most reliable cup.


I wouldn’t say the collapsible feature is totally for show, having a small cup that fits in a discreet place can be useful.  I plan to use this as a backup cup and will keep it in a zippered section of my purse along with a few Lunette wipes.  Shown above, you can see how small it is compared to my other carrying case (it’s a Paci-Pod from Jujube now known as the Vagi Pod) so it can still fit in my favorite tiny Calvin Klein wristlet.  Since most women while on their period don’t have a need to carry a cup (it is conveniently located in your vagina at all times except during washing) the compactness of a cup then matters very little.

As a final thought, another friend of mine who is a fellow #vagangelist (Amanda of The Eco-Friendly Family) has been testing this cup and found it to work without any leaks.  Like flowers and snowflakes, all vaginas are unique and beautiful so while this cup didn’t work as well as I had hoped for me I know it can work well.  Hopefully you are now  armed with information so that you can decide if the Lily Cup Compact will work for you.  I want to thank Intimina for sending both cups for me to try. I tested their standard Lily Cup after this review was posted and had a much more positive experience with it (Lily Cup Review).  If you need general menstrual cup help and information you can see all of my past videos and posts in the Reusable Feminine Care section.


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Menstrual Cups: What Every Woman Should Know

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 menstrualcupsfbAfter publishing my post about how much I loved my Diva Cup I was surprised how many of you wanted more information about menstrual cups.  At the time I wasn’t prepared to answer many of the questions because I had so recently started using one myself.  Since then I have tried a few more brands and have had enough time to get very comfortable with using a cup.  Enough so that I took out my video camera and filmed myself inserting one…………………………. into a wine glass.  I hope at least a few of you were shocked for a millisecond on that one.  In all honesty using a cup can change your life for the better.  All women should know this is an option, especially teenagers who have decades of periods to look forward to.  This video will answer all of your questions about how and why menstrual cups are the greatest things since sliced bread.  If not I have some more information for you to read in this post and links to even more helpful resources.  I’m also hosting a giveaway for 1 Diva Cup and 1 Lunette Cup (and extras) at the end of the post.

There are several brands of menstrual cups on the market even beyond the five featured in the video.  I showed you the Diva Cup, Lunette Cup, Keeper Cup, Fleur Cup, and the Moon Cup, and MCUK.  Other brands to consider are Meluna (the most customizable with options for soft/med/hard and different stems), LadyCup, and Yuuki.  Another option is the Softcup that is less bell shaped.  You can find a chart comparing several of these brands at The Eco Friendly Family.

Choosing a Cup

Choosing a menstrual cup can seem as overwhelming as picking a cloth diaper system.  Unlike diapers for your baby it makes more sense to pick one to try and hope it works, then if you find it isn’t the best fit for you, use what you know about the first cup you tried and work based off of your likes and dislikes to pick the next one.  For example, I started using a Diva Cup with great success with only one complaint- it felt a TEENY bit too long and without getting a very perfect insertion I would need to remove and replace it or else I would feel the end of it- even with removing the stem.  Knowing this I looked at other cups and read reviews and experiences from other women who, with the same issue, tried a Lunette cup which is slightly shorter.  I still prefer the Diva Cup and Lunette to the Keeper cup, mostly because they are more flexible.  I haven’t tried any others just yet.  If you are wondering if your vagina is short you can reach in; if you can reach your cervix easily with a finger then you might want to try a shorter cup or possibly use a Size 1, although most women who have given birth would be best to start with a size 2.

Other factors to consider are how soft or hard the cup is.  The Keeper cup is harder which can be better for women with stronger pelvic muscles or who have not given birth.  With the Meluna you can choose from different styles that would be a softer cup, regular, or hard.  With cups averaging about $30 each most people won’t buy multiples to try so being a vigilant researcher and informed consumer as well as learning more about your own body (even your vagina and your pelvic muscles) will save you money in the long run.

Using the Cup

A cup has a learning curve but most women will get the hang of it within 2-4 cycles.  Expect to have some amusing moments in the bathroom as you transport back to the first time you used a tampon and studied the booklet showing a line drawing of a teen going “Captain Morgan” over a toilet seat.  Seeing a cup you might expect that it is too large to insert and be comfortable but remember that you will be folding it, and even though it still has a wider circumference than a tampon it isn’t by too much and it is much smaller than a vaginal ultrasound wand and *ahem* other things.  You can find several different ways to fold a cup which is handy if you try one fold and it doesn’t work, try another!


Benefits of Using the Cup

There are so many benefits to switching to a cup.  I have my reasons, in order of importance.

Comfort- When I wear a cup I cannot tell it is there.  There are no strings, no weird cramps, and no pads that can be very uncomfortable.  I have forgotten I was on my period several times.  Some women report fewer menstrual cramps and a lighter or more regular flow after using the cup for a while.  Unlike tampons and pads, cups do not pull any moisture away with them and only hold your flow.
Less changing- I used to change tampons at least 4-6 times a day.  They just weren’t comfortable to wear any longer than that no matter how heavy my period.  I can go all day without changing my cup and usually change first thing in the morning and then before bed.  You could go an entire day of work or school without having to rummage for a tampon at the bottom of your purse in the public restroom.
Less waste- Since switching I have not purchased or wasted any more plastic packaged tampons.  No more applicators, packaging, or actual feminine products being tossed or flushed.
No more chemicals- Feminine hygiene products are exposing you to more than just cotton.
Stop the midnight Target run and save money- I haven’t had an “oh shit” moment when starting my period since using a cup because my cup is always right where I left it.  Running out of tampons and making my husband run to the store late at night is no longer an event we face.  If I only had one cup it would have paid for itself twice over since starting to use it.  Maybe even more.  You’ll need to replace your cup every few years but that is nothing like buying a box or more of disposable products each month.


Troubleshooting the Cup

Common problems when inserting the cup include the cup unfolding too early, the cup not unfolding when already in place, and the cup not creating a seal that can lead to leaks.  From personal experience I use a “two-handed” method to place the cup inside since my biggest problem has been the cup unfolding too early.  I hold it together with two hands, as I place it in I remove one set and keep the other on the end until far enough that I can let it open.  Twisting the cup will help if you have issues with it not unfolding and will help with your seal.  Trying new ways to fold the cup before insertion can affect how it goes in.  Each woman will find a fold that works best for them.

Other potential problems with the cup involve it sliding down which could mean the size is too small for you or that you need a softer or harder cup.  Sliding can also be a sign that you didn’t get a proper seal and it is moving down because it wasn’t placed in properly.

Leaking is also normally related to how it was placed and has little to do with your flow.  Most cups have ample room for an average flow.  On your heaviest day you might need to change an extra time or two than normal.

Getting over the ICK factor and “Owning it”

Cups admittedly involve more “face to face” time with your lady parts than tampons or pads.  Tampon applicators mean that even though you are inserting something you don’t have to touch it.  People- there are sinks.  Also, that vagina belongs to you and touching it every once in a while is OK!  You won’t go elbow deep, but you will have to go further than when using a tampon.  In reality it isn’t that far.  I just want to be real here and tell people that you will have to “go there” because everyone should know what they are getting into when switching to a cup.  There are good reasons to be familiar with your lady parts, how strong your muscles are or aren’t, and what is actually happening during your period.  You never know when this information will help you when a health issue arises.  Own it.

Where to buy?

You can find cups on websites like Amazon.com or buy from smaller businesses locally or online.  Many cloth diaper stores carry them like Kelly’s Closet, Diaper Junction, and Sweetbottoms Boutique.  I’ve included affiliate links in this paragraph only for anyone interested in making a purchase after watching such a fabulous video!  A small percentage of purchases will go back to Dirty Diaper Laundry and might just reimburse me for the 500 (okay, 5) cups I had to buy to make the video!

All products used in this video were purchased by me.  No promotional products or monetary compensation was received and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.  

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There Will Be Blood. Alt title- The Most TMI Post Ever About The Diva Cup

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As if the title isn’t foreboding enough here is the skinny: this post is all about my new best friend- The Diva Cup.  The Diva Cup is a tiny magical silicone cup that you insert into your womanly cavity during your magical monthly visit that catches your nutrient rich menses.  See?  TMI.  What I really hope to get across with this post is how LIFE CHANGING switching to a reusable menstrual cup can be.  Consider these things:  You only have to change your cup 1-2 times a day.  You will never have to buy disposable feminine products again or make a midnight run to Target when your period starts.  Some women even find that using them eliminates or reduces cramping and regulates their periods.  Oh, and there are no visible signs of your period- no strings, no pads, nothing.  You might even forget you are on your period- I know I have!

It took me a solid 21 months to get my period back after having Everett and I loved every minute of it.  I really dreaded having a period again because they suck.  Not because of cramps, headaches, or mood swings because frankly I don’t get those.  I just hate dealing with it.  Now that I have become more aware of the chemicals contained in tampons I don’t want them in my person anymore and pads are not my thing.  It was time to own up to it and switch over to a reusable and chemical free option.  I went with The Diva Cup but there are several other brands of reusable menstrual cups on the market and they all have their own pros and cons.  The Eco Friendly Family has a nice chart comparing many popular brands.

Image via Divacup.com

I was transported back to being a young teen as I had to actually read the directions that came with the Diva Cup.  Sitting on my toilet I studied the diagrams on how to fold it before insertion.  I had a few unsuccessful attempts because the folds in the booklet didn’t get the opening of the cup small enough.  A small vagina?  I’ll live with that curse…  Online there are more “fancy” folds and I tried a few out including one called the Origami.  There is an origami fold in the cloth diaper world too so I picked it.

After my first go I was on top of the world because it was in there!  I tried and succeeded at something that, although seemingly difficult, wasn’t so bad after a few attempts.  After my first period was over I was definitely getting better at it and was a total convert.  The Diva Cup was LIFE CHANGING.

Now I can’t imagine using tampons again.  Ever.  I remember the strange uncomfortable feeling they gave me when I left them in too long (and not like TSS endangering long, just over 4 hours) and the weird non-cramp cramp it induced.  It was as if my body was warning me that it wasn’t good for me.

Now for a few FAQ’s:

Is it comfortable?

YES!  The most amazing thing is how non existent the Diva Cup is while wearing it.  Assuming you have it inserted correctly you will not feel a thing.  I have even forgotten I was wearing it for over 20 hours.

How do I get it out?!

PUSH!  Just imagine that you have your cup inserted properly and it is snugly in place.  You can either reach in to grab the stem (if you are lucky enough to be able to reach) but even then have you been in a vagina lately?  They are kinda slippery…. Instead of getting your hands dirty just push the cup out using the same muscles many of you have used to push your baby out.  Your muscles don’t know the difference, plus it’s good to give them a work out!  Once the cup has been moved down and the stem is at your vaginal opening or lower you can grab the stem (with TP if you prefer either for cleanliness or non-slip reasons) and pull.  You might have to squeeze the actual cup some to break the suction or break the seal by going in farther and poking the rim if this doesn’t work for you.

What do I do in public restrooms?

PANIC!  Just kidding… The best thing about the Diva Cup (and all cups) is that you aren’t required to change it nearly as often as a tampon.  I can wear mine a solid 12 hours with no leaks but usually change it when I wake in the morning and before bed.  That means I go my ENTIRE DAY without having to change it.  My whole day I can pretend that I am not on my period.  Due to that you might not have to change in a public restroom.  If you do have to it isn’t as scary as it sounds.  Just this once you can get away with dumping the contents, wiping the cup out with TP, and re-inserting.  I have one tip for you.  Use the handicap stall since many also have sinks built in.  I wouldn’t use their soap since you don’t know the contents but you can rinse with warm water.  And after having to change my Diva Cup in a small bathroom stall while straddling a double stroller which contained my two boys I can honestly say that the act of changing the cup is less stressful in public than having your son ask {loudly} over and over “Mommy what is that cup?  Are you pooping in the cup?  Mommy what is that thing for?  Are you going to get a drink with your little cup?  Where did the cup go?!”  THAT was a challenge.  Let’s just say that wearing a skirt made it possible to hide the disappearing act from my sons and that they now think I am a magician.  The Diva Cup is magic!

Because no one asked I am handing out some very TMI tips and tidbits I’ve picked up after using the Diva Cup for a few months.  Most would apply to any menstrual cup (probably) as well.

1. Consider a SHAVE.  It will make insertion and removal so much easier.  I’m not a 1970’s porn star but I don’t keep things empty either.  I was in between sessions when I first attempted using my Diva Cup.  It was right then that I knew I needed to shave.  After I did things were much easier and less ouchy.

2. Cut the Stem.  The Diva Cup comes with a long stem meant to help you get it out.  Out of the box it is too long for most people I’ve talked to and if you can feel it you won’t be comfortable.  Definitely consider trimming down or completely.

3.  You can’t be squeamish.  We all have a vagina (everyone reading this has one, I don’t have a slew of male readers and if they started this they probably won’t get this far) and we all have to interact with it every once in a while.  A menstrual cup does involve more interaction than tampons but it is so worth it.  And since becoming a mom I’m used to touching bodily fluids… although FYI insertion isn’t going to be as interactive as removal.

4.  Pooping is the worst part.  Everybody poops… so we can talk about this like adults.  Since you push to poop you might also be pushing your Diva Cup out or at least moving it down from where it should be.  This means you will likely need to remove it and put it back in after a good wash.  Now that I know this I will often remove beforehand, wash it,  and have it ready for after.  You can certainly leave it in however and maybe you will be luckier than me and not have this issue.  But if you do then know that you are not the only one.

5.  It is additively fascinating.  I thought I might be grossed out by seeing my menstrual blood collected into a cup.  Instead I ended up being fascinated by it.  Most women will never see their blood collected and know what it really looks like.  The most amazing thing is dumping the contents in the toilet and seeing the thick blood make pretty red patterns in the water like a lava lamp.  I told you this was all about TMI.  Oh, and if you are into this sort of thing you can find uses for you blood, maybe for an art installation, a practical joke,  or to paint with?  Is there a market for selling menstrual blood?! (just kidding…)

6.  Sink or toilet?  Towel or TP?  Counter or bag?  So you dump out the blood in the your toilet then wash in your sink, but there is still some blood left in the cup around the walls.  Do you rinse and dump it on your sink?  I don’t… I run water in it, walk it to the toilet, dump that, and then wash in the sink with soap and warm water.  Then how do you dry your Diva Cup?  There is just something weird about using the towel you dry your hands on… but then again you just washed the thing.  I will use a square of TP to dry the outside, I don’t bother with the inside.  And if you need to sit it down while you use the toilet or shower, where do you store it?!  The bag is a good place to store your clean cup… I have contemplated putting it down on the counter but talked myself out of it.  Don’t lose your drawstring baggie!

The learning curve is a small price to pay for something that will most definitely change your quality of life in a significant way.  After my first full day of using my Diva Cup I couldn’t hide my giddiness and finally told my husband about it.  His face was priceless.  My periods have been the happiest periods I’ve ever had in my life.  Sure, I’ve had some frustrating moments from time to time with getting the Diva Cup in perfectly but that is nothing compared to the peace of mind and comfort that it has brought into my life.  And forgetting everthing else- you will save so much money!  And never again will you have to drag yourself out of bed in the middle of the night after starting your period and realizing you are out of tampons.  I know I would never have attempted using a menstrual cup if it weren’t for hearing from friends.  Pretend I’m your friend (maybe I am!) and take my word for it.  I’m not endorsing one particular brand of cup; it just so happens that I bought a Diva Cup.  They are now sold in major drug stores, health food stores, and online on places like Amazon and cloth diaper stores (Kelly’s Closet, my affiliate, has them too.)  You might also like the post by Cloth Diaper Geek about her Lunette cup.

I did not receive any free products or incentives to post about the Diva Cup. I purchased it for myself after having my son and didn’t get to use it until almost 2 years later but the good news is that it was still fresh in the box.  I’ll probably try other brands soon just to see if I can improve my experience but already using a cup is way better than tampons.  

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