The Diva Cup
The Diva Cup is a $40 reusable cup that is inserted vaginally to catch menstrual flow. It can be kept in for up to twelve hours at which point you remove, empty, rinse and re-insert. I began using the Diva Cup about five months ago and I have what I would call a Love/Hate relationship with this particular product. The first time I tried it I basically thought... "there's no way". All the instructions given with it I felt were practically impossible from "turning" it after it was in, trying to get it to fully pop open, and as far as removing goes... let's just say in short that I panicked, thinking how in the world was I going to get this thing out. Well... needless to say after relaxing, bearing down as it tells you to do, and reaching farther up in there than I ever imagined I'd ever have to, it came out... so if you find yourself in this situation... don't panic ;). When I read that it takes about three to four cycles to get it "right", I continued to try it and lo' and behold by the fourth cycle I was in-love! It felt great to have the freedom of no pads and no tampons. I've completely mastered the part of taking it out and I have my little routine of how I remove it, empty it and drop it in my bathroom sink as I finish my business... but the hate part of the relationship come in my periodic struggle that still remains to get it to fully pop open once inserted. At the beginning part of my most recent cycle I took out my Diva Cup, inserted it, made sure it popped open and was on my way and continued to do this for the next couple of days. However, when I was re-inserting it about midway through my cycle... I COULD NOT get it to pop open... I tried and tried but there's only so long I'm willing to have half my hand that far up there if you know what I'm saying! That's when I removed it... washed up... and went downstairs to grab my sample pack of Instead Softcups that came in the mail.
The Instead Softcup
The Instead Softcup is a disposable cup that is also inserted vaginally to catch menstrual flow. It too can be kept in for twelve hours but is then disposed of once removed and a new softcup is inserted. They come in a 14 count box for around $10. Today is my very first day in trying the Instead Softcup and I was INSTANTLY in love. I inserted it with complete ease and didn't have a single leak all day long. It too was comfortable and worry free and there was no hassle of having to lug around pads or tampons. Remember they are disposable... so if you plan on being away from your personal restroom for more than twelve hours you need to carry with you however many necessary for the time you will be away. I only ran some random errands and came home sporadically throughout the day so I didn't need to carry any with me. Unlike the Diva Cup, which has to be removed for sexual intercourse, the Instead Softcup doesn't let Aunt Flo ruin any possible date nights you have planned with your hubby! It stays in while doing the deed! A BIG plus for those who completely avoid sex due to it being that time of the month. The only downfall I noticed with my first use of the Instead Softcup was the removal process, although quite easy, was quite messy. I found the diva cup, even with it's emptying and rinsing, a much cleaner task than when I removed the Instead Softcup and had to wrap it up in tissue and discard. Keep in mind though... that was my first time removing it and like the Diva Cup will probably take me a few tries before being a pro at it.
And The Winner Is...
Both! I truly think there is a time and place where one will work better than the other given the specific situation. I had a friend mention she went camping recently while using the Diva Cup and it was great! I would have to agree with that... if I went camping I would not want to deal with the mess of having to somehow dispose of the Instead Softcups. However if Aunt Flo came to visit during a romantic weekend away with hubby... The Diva Cup would only turn into a hassle and the Instead Softcup would be my best friend! With that said I think the Instead Softcup wins the majority of the time because of it's ease of use... and the Diva Cup will win if ever I foresee not being comfortable needing to dispose of anything in a given situation. And last but not least I will say that the menstrual cup concept has been a godsend to me as a homemaker... trying to keep up with my little man is difficult enough without having to factor in bathroom breaks every few hours to change a pad or tampon and I certainly don't need anything else in my purse or diaper bag! So if you haven't tried one yet... give them a try! You will seriously think back to the days in high school and find yourself saying... "If ONLY I had one of these then!! I could have gone to so many more pool parties and gone with my class to Breakers and I wouldn't have been so self conscious and paranoid on our Disneyland trip!". Oh and remember... in order to try the Diva Cup (or any of it's competitors) you'll have to fork over the dough and just hope you like it... but with the Instead Softcup just go to their website and order a sample pack for just $2.50!
~ Be Magical!
PS... "Breakers" was a water park where I am from... just in case anyone was wondering ;).