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The Diva Cup

January 1, 2010

Ok. So I don’t normally blog about products but this one is just so great that I’m gonna!

The Diva Cup. It’s this silicon cup made right here in Canada that takes care of all of your menstrual cycle needs in one easy to use, environmental, cost effective, tidy and comfortable way.

Some of you already know that I make an effort to reduce my environmental impact where I can. I cloth diaper, recycle, reuse, compost and all that. I thought about what to do around the whole monthly period experience. While actually I hadn’t really thought about it for a long time, seeing as I went from pregnant to nursing and back and forth for the past 6 years. But I’m finally off that wagon. Well almost. Markus is still nursing. But my menstrual cycle has returned and that got me thinking about the kind of product that I wanted to use.

I discovered the Diva Cup and I’m just soooo happy with its performance. It is neat and tidy! No messy pads! No strong smell. And it’s totally comfortable too. Plus it’s not associated with toxic shock syndrome which gives me some nice peace of mind. The form of silicone used in the product is odorless, has antibacterial properties, is latex-free, plastic-free and BPA-free. And this type of silicone is approved for use as feminine hygiene protection by the FDA and Health Canada. Sounds pretty good’eh! Think of all the pads and tampons you use in a year and then think of all the women in Canada who also use those products. It adds up to a lot in the landfill over time. It’s easy way to be “green”.

On top of it all, it’s cost effective, because you pay once and reuse again and again. Plus it would be great for traveling. Actually I’ve been so excited about this thing that I have been telling everyone including my brother (we are a pretty open family), and he surprised me by launching into this big speech about how this is the best thing since sliced bread. Apparently his backpacking travel companion Michelle used it throughout their trip, loved it and she also could not shut up about it… so hence my brother’s surprising awareness of the Dive Cup.

Essentially it’s a little cup that you fold in half, insert and your vaginal muscles keep it in place and it collects all the fluids. Two or three times a day you pull it out using the tap at the bottom of the cup and dump the contents in the toilet, wash and reinsert. Easy peasy!

If you really want to find out more, visit their website…. www.divacup.com

Cheers,
Marie

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Melinda permalink
    January 5, 2010 9:29 pm

    Marie,
    How timely is this post? I was just having a discussion about this with my girlfriend the other day and she RAVED about it too!!
    Are you going to start stocking them??
    Happy New Year!
    CHEERS!
    Melinda 🙂

  2. Megan permalink
    January 5, 2010 10:12 pm

    This is definitely a product worth promoting! I’ve been using a menstrual cup for about 10 years, first the Keeper then the Diva Cup and love them. They last for years. It’s great for traveling in other countries and off the beaten track; it’s handy to pack with you where ever you go; it’s discreet; it’s easy to clean; it pays for itself quickly… the list goes on.
    Enjoy the freedom!
    Megan

  3. Nicole permalink
    January 7, 2010 10:41 am

    Hi,
    I think these have been around for awhile. There is also a similar rubber product called The Keeper. I got mine in Edmonton at Earth’s General Store back in ’97 or something like that. I think that the Diva Cup is available at Groovy Mama – at least that’s where I think I saw it…. I like mine. But I think I have to change over to the post-pregnancy model. They come in two sizes!

  4. January 10, 2010 7:42 am

    I think that you can get them at all the Old Fashion Food stores. I got mine at Body Fuel Organics and I think Groovy Mama might carry them, but I’m not.

    Marie

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