The Diva Cup
★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)
The Diva Cup is made out of medical grade silicone which means that it has been tested and approved by the FDA for biocompatibility. Because of this material, the cup is hypoallergenic, latex-free, contains no toxins and resists bacterial growth. This is what makes it safe to be worn for long period of time.
The Diva Cup Model 1 (the one I have) has a length of 53mm from rim to base (not including the stem). The average ‘small’ menstrual cups comes in 48.5mm in length, placing them once again on the longer side of the spectrum.
Personally, I found some discomfort wearing this cup. On heavy flow days, the length of the cup would be of no bother to me. I would even completely forget I was on my period! But when the flow starts to come to a trickle, walking around would sometimes feel a little painful. I cut majority of the cup’s stem off, which helped for a while but did not change much at the end.
Image from @thedivacup (Instagram)
Talking to other friends who use this cup, it seems like I’m the only one who has this problem. It may just be that I have a naturally shorter cervix than the people I’ve spoken to, but this has shown me that this isn’t a model I would recommend to first-time users or other precautious wearers such as virgins or teens. If you fall under any of these groups, I recommend you try Model 0 or buy a cup of 48mm (rim to base) and under.
One thing to note is that The Diva Cup has a hollow stem, which can make cleaning a little bit more challenging, but if cared for properly, it should not be a problem.
Though research is still unclear, menstrual cup brands have been led to believe that colours and dyes added into silicone may leech into the bloodstream and cause issues. Because of this, most brands have chosen to take a precautious stance, and are refraining from adding colour to their cups. Among these brands is The Diva Cup.
Call me naïve but despite this knowledge, I would still prefer my cup coloured. Mainly because, after using the clear Diva Cup for only six months, it started to stain and looked a bit murky. In the time I used the cup, I made sure that it was properly cleaned so this was definitely not the result of laziness on my end. Also the cup itself should last up to at least 2 years – I can’t imagine what it’d look like by then!