After reading dozens of reviews of Diva Cup, I decided it was time to give it a shot. Some of the benefits are pretty obvious, they’re cheap, environmentally friendly and really portable but are they actually comfortable? And as convenient (or more) than tampons? Does the type of sex you have as a queer person effect how you the cup works or fits?

The biggest thing I learned was that Diva Cup users definitely have to be comfortable with your body and being all up in yourself. When the package arrived and Lindsay saw the physical size of the cup she said “There’s no fucking way that thing could fit inside me, but you should be fine.” I wasn’t sure what exactly she was implying but I rolled with it.

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Pros:

  • I kept playing with the silicone cup trying to fold it and contort it to make it seem smaller. It seemed like it was way too large to wear comfortably and way too small to not change it for 12 hours. It took me a few tries to get it to fit right, but once I did I couldn’t feel it at all.
  • I’m on the go all the time, I don’t want to travel with a ton of extra tampons just in case. Diva Cup is lightweight, discreet and tucks right into your bag without a million tampons flying out when you’re searching for your keys.
  • Last year I started my period when I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand and had a tough time finding tampons at a local pharmacy. In some countries they’re more uncommon than others. Having a Diva Cup completely alleviates that issue.
  • The Diva Cup is a lot more discreet to travel with than tampons and is not as easily identifiable for many people. It could be a good option for masculine of center people and transmen who are menstruating and are concerned with being outed.
  • WAYYY cheaper than buying tampons every month. At $40 it’s a bit of an initial investment and I’d say it’s ideal to have two or three if you’re planning on going 100% Diva Cup 100% of the time, but even at $120 for three cups it’s still way cheaper than the $10-$15 a month you’d pay for tampons and pads.
  • No risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Environmentally friendly, let’s be real an entire box of tampons or pads each month for half the population isn’t doing the environment any favors.
  • It’s not chemically treated like tampons are which makes it better for your body.
  • Doesn’t dry up your vag. Which is cool if dryness makes you uncomfortable or if you’re into period sex.
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Cons:

  • It has a weird kind of vacuum sound when it comes out which made me laugh but might not be that cool for folks on the more shy side. Particularly when you’re in public places.
  • I struggled with changing it while in public. Sure if it’s a restroom with one sink and one toilet it’s not that big of a deal but I always felt like I should wash it after I emptied it and my hands would be covered in bloody mess. It seemed a little uhhhh… unprofessional…. to be doing a rough impersonation of Lady Macbeth while having casual office chatter next to a coworker. You could alleviate this issue by having more than one cup and tucking one into a ziplock in your bag after it’s been used. While that’s still kinda gross it works better than having to awkwardly explain to your coworker why your hand is covered with blood.
  • The box says that it’s cool for 12 hours, but I bleed like an extra in a Tarantino movie for the first two days of my flow sooo I had to empty it several times. Each time it looked like a horror movie scene. Blood on my hands, thighs and toilet seat seems kind of expected but I shit you not it was everywhere.  If your flow is lighter it may not be a problem for you, but there is definitely a learning curve.
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A few things to keep in mind about The DivaCup:

  • The kind of sex you have will not impact your ability to use a Diva Cup. Someone who’s experienced fisting or large scale toys will not necessarily need a larger size cup. The exception to this may be for people who have not been penetrated or cannot be penetrated. For a more detailed discussion on this, Ariel Goldberg at Wanderful wrote an excellent article discussing Diva Cup for fat and/or queer people.
  • The DivaCup can be worn for up to 12 hours at a time and needs only to be cleaned 2-3 times a day with warm water and DivaWash or a mild, fragrance-free and oil-free soap
  • Since The DivaCup is a personal hygiene medical device, a general guideline is to replace it once a year, but ultimately, it is up to the consumer to decide when it is necessary to replace the cup
  • There are specific sizing guidelines so be sure to check them out before you buy so you can find the right size!
  • The DivaCup can be found in store and online in 26 countries around the world. The Store Finder and Buy Online web page can help your fans purchase The DivaCup.
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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Diva Cup and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.