Now, many of you know how I adore this doodad, best invention EVER for women who are menstruating. It's been 3 years since my conversion and recently while out shopping for "feminine products" with a friend I realized that I can't even begin to imagine life back in the tampon trenches. Seriously, how did I even manage myself once a month?? Let's just recap the wonderfulness of the DivaCup:
- Since switching over I have saved over 300$ in tampons and about 720 tampons from going in the landfill. Woot!
- I never, EVER have to worry about being prepared for my moon time (except for this unforeseen circumstance, which I will explain shortly).
- No more leakages, uncomfortableness, needing to "change" something during the day. The DivaCup lasts throughout 90% of my work days and all night.
- No uncomfortable strings or movement during yoga. EVER. LOVE!
- Weirdly, I feel much much more connected to my moontime now that I can see it. I know, strange.
- DivaCups are excellent for traveling; 7ish hours at a time mean less need to change during driving or flights.
- No more worrying about swimming... :)
- General overall awesomeness. All around.
Ummmm.... Uncomfortable moment. After searching every.single.place.ever I had to admit that I must have left my DC in a hotel somewhere. Awkward silence.
OMGoddess, poor poor soul who found that.
In any case, this also resulted in a "Well, now what am I supposed to do?". It has been over three years since I've had to worry about supplies. Ever. You can imagine I was a little panicked.
Sadly, I had to buy a new one. Which I canceled friend yoga today in order to accomplish.
I thought, since it is brand spanking new, that I could actually take pictures and perhaps display them here for all you Yoginis out there who were thinking of buying but maybe a bit nervous.
There are two boxes available: 1. Under 30yrs and no children- the pink box 2. Over 30yrs or have had children- blue box.
In the box you get these four things: A clear silicone Diva Cup, a handy dandy purple flowery lame bag (I mean, just cuz I have a vagina does not mean I like purple and/or flowers...), a weird flower pin and some pretty intense instructions. After opening the package, I promptly stabbed myself with the useless pin and dropped the DivaCup on the floor. Awesome.
I would also like to point out that the instructions actually have a section that states "Do NOT panic if you can't reach the stem and remove the cup..." This is essential to remember. As it happened to me the first time and Andrew was outside the door shouting: "The instructions say DO NOT PANIC! So don't panic, it is OKAY". (I never read instructions... Andrew loves instructions. As a result, he was the one who read up on the DivaCup that first time lol).
Even though I said the purple flowery bag was lame (which it is), I will admit that it can be handy to actually have a bag to store the cup in. Sadly, it doesn't stay all nice and clear (ew, sorry!). So the bag is useful. I just wish it wasn't so stereotypical.
Anyhoo, that is it. My new DivaCup. It has been sterilized in boiling water and will make my moontime so much easier for the next three/four years, while saving me money and the environment pollution.
If you're not a DivaCup yogini yet and still have questions (or are a newbie with some FAQs) check out the following posts:
- DivaCup: An Overshare: my first overshare with a few tips and suggestions on insertion, removal and cleaning.
- DivaCup: An Update! Info (partway through) on how DivaCup recommends replacing it every two years (which I think is utter crap).
- DivaCup: A Love-Annoyance Relationship of Three Years and Counting: some ranting on some aspects of the DivaCup.
What about it? Any tips, suggestions, thoughts fellow Yoginis? :)
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