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The DivaCup

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent.

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Your First Questions, How It Works, Tips For Success, Care and Cleaning

All Things Period, Medical Questions, Extreme Sports and Travel

Your First Questions

Answering questions about menstrual health and providing a sustainable solution for period care is what Diva International is all about. That’s why we have taken the time to answer some of your questions and help you through your period experience, The Diva Way.

The fact is, menstrual cups have been around for 80 years, but the truth about them has been lost in the frenzy of disposable tampons and pads. Like anything new, The DivaCup may take some getting used to as the experience of wearing The DivaCup is totally different than the sensation of tampons. Even women who are used to wearing pads as their preferred method of period care (because they cannot wear tampons or are not comfortable with internal feminine hygiene products) are finding great success with The DivaCup!

Please Note: The DivaCup should only be worn during menstruation and should not be worn during any other time of the month.

 

12 Hour Leak-Free Protection

According to consumer research, 60 percent of women experience leakage every month when using tampons and pads! Rest assured, with The DivaCup your days of racing to the washroom to survey the leak damage after a sudden “surge” are over. The DivaCup can be worn up to a maximum of ten (10) – twelve (12) consecutive hours and should be emptied, washed and rinsed a minimum of two (2) – three (3) times daily. The DivaCup is made of soft silicone that actually softens with body heat. Because of this, the cup forms to your body. Our Tips for Success segment below has lots of information to help ensure you are getting the most out of your DivaCup.

The “Ick” Factor

A common response we hear when we tell women (and men) about our product is “Ewww! That’s gross!”. With our culture’s fascination with disposables it’s no wonder this response prevails. However, once you take the time to learn about The DivaCup, and actually try it for yourself, you will be surprised at how clean and comfortable it really is. Plus, unlike tampons and pads, by catching your menstrual flow in its unique bell-shape, The DivaCup gives you the opportunity to learn about your monthly flow, educating and empowering you about your body and your health.

Your Flow

Don’t let your imagination get the best of you. Removing The DivaCup is not at all like a scene from a horror movie. The DivaCup conveniently holds one full ounce of menstrual flow (30 ml). As the average woman only flows approximately 1 to 2 ounces (30-60 ml) per cycle, The DivaCup is the ideal menstrual solution to care for your cycle. In fact, many women are surprised at the amount of flow and expected that there would be much more!

The convenient ounces and milliliters measurement feature of each DivaCup allows women to keep track of their flow and report details to their health professional if needed. Tampons and pads are not a reliable or scientific method of determining flow, because they come in many absorbencies, contain surfactants and moisture control agents.

Odor

Menstrual flow only begins to develop an odor when it is exposed to air. As The DivaCup is worn internally, your days of worrying about period odor are over. Menstrual fluid on tampons and pads is exposed to air which creates odor throughout the day. For the first time, The DivaCup will leave you feeling fresh and confident the entire day!

Ideal for Women of All Shapes and Sizes

The DivaCup is suitable for women of all ages, sizes and lifestyles. When most women are first introduced to The DivaCup they are surprised by its size and often ask us “will that even fit?”. Unlike the cylinder shape of tampons, The DivaCup is shaped like a bell. We assure women, whether age 13 or 33, that there is nothing to worry about.

The vaginal canal is an elastic, muscular tube only about four (4) – five (5) inches (10.2 – 12.7 cm) long and is designed to stretch and return back to its normal size. We know this to be true because our vaginas do just that during childbirth or intercourse.

For those concerned about the hymen, please consult your physician before use of any internal feminine hygiene protection. As for all other gynecological concerns, we suggest you consult your physician. This will help you make an informed decision!

Sex, Birth Control and Anatomy

It is not necessary to remove The DivaCup for urination or bowel movement; however, as The DivaCup sits low in the vaginal canal, it cannot be worn during intercourse. The DivaCup is not a birth control device and should not be used for this purpose. The DivaCup is regulated by the US FDA, Australian TGA and Health Canada solely for use as feminine hygiene protection.

Please note the following when using The DivaCup with an internal birth control device such as an IUD or NuvaRing®.

The DivaCup is worn low at the base of the vagina and away from the cervix. This means that it should not interfere with an internal birth control device. However, please use caution when using any internal feminine hygiene product with an IUD as there is the possibility that they can be dislodged. When using The DivaCup, it is important to carefully follow the directions in our User Guide, paying close attention to inserting The DivaCup low in the vaginal canal and breaking the seal (suction) before removal. Many of our customers use The DivaCup with an IUD or NuvaRing® simultaneously, but we recommend that you become familiar with your birth control device’s risks (such as the body expelling the IUD, etc.).

As with any gynecological concerns, please consult your physician prior to using any kind of internal feminine hygiene product, including a menstrual cup.

Lifespan

Silicone is very durable, but we recommend that you inspect your cup regularly for signs of deterioration such as a sticky or powdery film, severe discoloration or odor, etc. If you detect any of these signs or if you experience irritation we recommend you replace your DivaCup with a new one. Depending on the factors unique to each woman, like vaginal pH, how well and often the cup is cleaned, what cleansing agents are used, etc., the lifespan may vary. Since The DivaCup is a personal hygienic product, 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.

Our Care and Cleaning instructions below can provide you with some helpful tips for caring for your DivaCup.

Low Cervix

Many women with a low cervix find great success with The DivaCup as the cup is designed to sit low, at the base of the vaginal canal, away from the cervix. However, as every body is unique, we recommend speaking with your health care provider before trying The DivaCup if you have concerns about cup placement and low cervix.

There is not a big difference between the two sizes (Model 1 is 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller in diameter than Model 2), but it is important to use the recommended sizing to prevent leakage. Both cups are approximately the same size in length (2 1/4″ (5.7 cm) with another 3/8″ (just under 1 cm) stem for a total length of 2 5/8″ (6.7 cm). The stem may be trimmed to adjust for comfort.

Will The DivaCup Get “Stuck” or “Lost”?

The vaginal canal is an elastic, muscular tube only about four (4) – five (5) inches (10.2 – 12.7 cm) long! This means that the vagina does not connect to other parts of the body so The DivaCup cannot get lost. When inserted correctly, The DivaCup should sit low at the base of the canal, away from the cervix. For more information please scroll down to Tips for Success.

Colors and Dyes

The DivaCup is exclusively available in a natural un-pigmented silicone. We considered manufacturing The DivaCup in colored silicone but decided against it because the skin, including the sensitive skin of the vaginal walls, should not be exposed to dyes, chemicals, etc. Although colors are fun, adding other components such as pigment particles, along with chemical additives required to bind the particles to the silicone, create additional risk to the base chemistry of the silicone. Diva International feels that this is an unnecessary risk to take as there is still a possibility that the particles or other chemicals may not bind properly and could leach into the body.

Product Cost

At first glance it may seem that The DivaCup is expensive compared to buying a box of tampons or pads. However, every DivaCup user will attest that it is worth every penny, and more. Plus, The DivaCup pays for itself in just a few months since it is a reusable product.

 

How it Works

We’ve put together some simple, easy-to follow directions to make your DivaCup experience as comfortable as the cup is to wear.

Please Note: This is a condensed version of the User Guide. Customers receive a full version with purchase of The DivaCup

Step 1:  Fold

 

Fold Option 1 “U Fold“: Press the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again forming a tight “U” shape.

 

Fold Option 2 “Push Down“: Place a finger on the top rim of the cup and press it down into the center of the inside base to form a triangle. This makes the top rim much smaller to insert.

 

Step 2: Hold
Hold the folded sides firmly in place between your thumb and forefinger so that the curved edge is facing away from your palm (or so that the stem is facing your palm).

Step 3:  Insert
In a comfortable position and with your vaginal muscles relaxed, gently separate the labia with your free hand and then push the curved edge of the folded DivaCup horizontally into the vaginal opening so that the tip of the stem is no further than a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) into the vagina. Inserting The DivaCup too high in the vaginal canal may cause leaks, and may also make removal more difficult. Not sure where to find your labia or vaginal opening? Visit the All Things Period page for a brief overview on vaginal anatomy.

Step 4:  Seal and Rotate
Grip the base of the cup (not the stem) and turn the cup one full rotation (360 degrees) in either direction or insert the cup about half way, turn the cup one full rotation and then push it horizontally in the rest of the way. The DivaCup must rotate easily as this ensures that it is fully open and that it is positioned horizontally towards your tailbone.

Step 5:  Removal
To remove, pull gently on the stem of The DivaCup until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinch the base of the cup to release the seal and continue to pull down to remove it. After the cup has been removed, empty the contents in the toilet, wash The DivaCup well with warm water and The DivaWash, or a mild unscented water-based (oil-free) soap, and reinsert.

When to Empty

The DivaCup must be emptied, washed and reinserted at least 2 times a day (twice in a 24 hour period) and can be worn overnight without concern of leaking. Most women need only to empty it in the morning and again in the evening.

By monitoring the fullness of the cup over a couple of cycles, you will quickly learn how often to empty it according to your specific needs. Most women find that the cup is not even half full after 12 hours. For those with heavier flows, the cup is simply emptied more often.

If you have a fairly regular cycle, you may insert The DivaCup right before your period to avoid spotting.

All Things DivaCup

DivaCup has provided this great video to answer all your questions

Purchase your DivaCup today!

Choose between Model 1 or Model 2

Model 1:  Recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by C-section.

Model 2:  Recommended for women age 30 and over and/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by C-section.

Tips for Success

No one expected you to ride your bike without training wheels on your first try. Likewise, finding the right fold, routine and time of use for your DivaCup may take a few cycles. Once you’ve got a handle on it, you’ll be inserting and removing the cup without even thinking about it.

Every woman’s body is unique in shape, and flow, which is why some women manage to have success inserting The DivaCup on their first try, while others may require a couple tries (or even a few full cycles) to experience all its wonderful benefits!

Below are a few helpful tips to help you find the right fit and feel of your DivaCup.

  • Read your User Guide!
  • Remember to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and warm water before insertion and removal.
  • To maintain the integrity of The DivaCup clean thoroughly with warm water and The DivaWash or use a mild unscented water-based (oil-free) soap.
  • Unlike tampons, be sure to insert the The DivaCup horizontally (toward the tailbone).
  • Be sure to not push the tip of the stem further than a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) into the vagina. Inserting The DivaCup too high may cause leaks, and may also make removal more difficult.
  • After insertion, ensure that the cup is fully open by rotating it a full 360 degrees in either direction.
  • Practicing Kegel exercises will help keep your vaginal muscles strong and may help The DivaCup stay in place better and prevent leakage.
  • Do not insert The DivaCup while lying down as this may result in the cup being positioned improperly, leading to discomfort and possible leaking.
  • If The DivaCup does move up in the vaginal canal and you are experiencing difficulty removing it please refer to Section B of the User Guide for assistance. In the rare case that you are still unable to remove The DivaCup after more than twelve (12) hours, seek medical advice.
  • If your cup does leak, it has not been inserted properly; it has not been rotated; it is not inserted at the right angle (horizontally); or the muscle tone of your vaginal muscles may need to be strengthened with Kegel exercises (usually necessary after multiple vaginal childbirths).

The Mystery Behind Kegels

Kegels are exercises that many women practice to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles which are the muscles that hold The DivaCup in place. If you are a candidate for Kegel exercises, they are great exercises that any cup user can practice. And the best part about them is that they can be done anytime, anywhere (on the bus, at the office, watching TV etc).Kegel exercises are not for everyone and in some cases, can cause more harm than good so to ensure that Kegel exercises are the correct mechanism for proper DivaCup fit, we recommend a visit with a pelvic health physiotherapist.

 

How to Kegel!

To practice Kegels, you must first identify your pelvic floor muscles. These are a group of muscles that extend from the pubic bone in front to the tailbone in the back, and from sitz bones on either side. The pelvic floor muscles are the shape of a kite with a front triangle and a back triangle. The front triangle has the urethral and vaginal openings the back triangle, the rectal opening. The muscular action of the pelvic floor will use both areas together and you must ensure that both triangles are contracted equally.To contract the front triangle, visualize a ping pong ball being drawn upwards and into the vaginal opening. To contract the back triangle, visualize a marble being drawn upwards and into the rectal opening.  Once you are engaging your triangles equally, you will be ready to contract the whole pelvic floor as a unit. No other part of your body should move when performing a proper Kegel (pelvic floor muscle contraction) which is why these exercises can be done anywhere.NEVER practice these exercises while on the toilet and NEVER stop the flow of urine mid-stream. Most importantly, remember that Kegels may not be the correct way to ensure proper fit of The DivaCup so if you are having difficulties, you may want to consider a pelvic floor assessment
***Practicing Kegel exercises may help keep your vaginal muscles strong and may help The DivaCup stay in place better and prevent leakage. If you are having issues with leaking or the cup moving out of place, it is important to determine if pelvic floor muscle weakness is the problem before trying Kegels.

Care and Cleaning

What you put into your vagina will determine its overall health, which is why maintaining your vagina’s pH levels is so important. A vagina with a high pH level often leads to discomfort, odor, irritation and even infection.Many women do not realize that the feminine hygiene products they use are the culprits of their vaginal discomfort. The vagina is self-cleansing and continually produces fluid that “flushes” the vagina. When a tampon is inserted, its composition of rayon and cotton absorbs your vagina’s protective fluid, drying out and disrupting its normal pH levels.

When used as directed, The DivaCup is a more sanitary feminine hygiene solution to tampons or pads. Latex-free, plastic-free, BPA-free, odor-free and free of colors and dyes, The DivaCup is made from healthcare grade non-absorbent silicone, which means it will not dry out or disrupt the natural environment of your vagina.

Just like your vagina needs regular care, so too does your DivaCup. By following our care and cleaning tips in our User Guide and the tips below you can ensure a pleasant DivaCup experience.

 

Care During Your Cycle

The first thing you must always do before removing or inserting your DivaCup is to thoroughly wash your hands with warm water and soap. Before insertion and after removal, you must also wash your DivaCup using The DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented, water-based (oil-free) soap.

Remember to empty and wash your DivaCup at least twice a day, a minimum of every 12 hours.

If you are unable to wash The DivaCup after removal (for instance when using a public restroom), wash your hands thoroughly before entering the stall, empty the contents in the toilet and simply use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup. At the next convenient time, clean as per the above instructions. When traveling, or otherwise, always wash the cup using potable (safe to drink) water.

What Not to Do

Never use a lubricant to insert The DivaCup. The ingredients in lubricants can damage the silicone, so we suggest using only water as a lubricant!

When cleaning your DivaCup be sure to avoid using: vinegar, tea tree oil, scented/fragranced soap, castile/peppermint soap or any other oil based soap, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, pre-moistened wipes, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing soap, bleach or harsh chemicals as some have been known to damage or compromise the silicone (may leave a sticky or powdery film, etc.) and may need to be replaced to avoid irritations, burning, etc. We do not recommend cleaning The DivaCup in the dishwasher because chemicals, detergents and residue from previous dish washing could harm the cup.

If you have cleaned your DivaCup with any of the non-recommended cleansers, replace the cup if there are any signs of deterioration or if you experience irritation.

Cleaning Your DivaCup Rim and Holes

The four holes under the rim of your DivaCup are of vital importance. They create the seal that secures the cup in place. If the holes need extra cleaning, we suggest that you gently stretch each hole under warm running water to remove any debris. You can also soak the cup in warm water for a few minutes then use a soft toothbrush (specifically designated only for the cup) for this. You can use a toothpick (discarding after use), as well. We do not suggest a pin as it may cause damage to the cup.

End of Cycle Care

At the end of your cycle, wash The DivaCup as you normally do with either the DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented water-based (oil-free) soap. As needed, you can boil The DivaCup in an open pot of boiling water for five to ten (5 -10) minutes with plenty of water. Do not leave the boiling pot unattended. If you accidentally burned your cup when the pot boiled dry, your cup may be ruined and should be replaced.

Storage

After use and proper cleaning, The DivaCup must be placed in something that will allow for air flow. For this reason each DivaCup you buy comes with a breathable drawstring cotton pouch. After proper cleaning, place your DivaCup in your carrying pouch, in a safe place, where it can stay until your next period.

Please Note: The DivaCup should not be stored in a plastic bag or airtight container as it is impossible for moisture to evaporate without air flow.

Discoloration

Over time, menstrual cups can discolor for various reasons. If The DivaCup starts to discolor, you can try boiling it as per the instructions in the User Guide. A discolored DivaCup does not mean you need to replace the cup.

Odor

Silicone itself is odor-free, but if your cup does develop an odor, depending on what cleanser was used, and a number of factors unique to each woman, the silicone may be compromised. You can try boiling the cup as per the instructions in the User Guide, however if an odor remains after boiling and thoroughly washing your cup, you may want to consider purchasing a new cup.

Disposal

Silicone is not recyclable, but, since it starts out as sand, it degrades over time depending on the temperature, anaerobic activity and moisture in the landfill. This applies to all products made from silicone, like baby bottle nipples and toys. To dispose of your DivaCup, thoroughly wash the cup, cut it up into smaller pieces, and dispose in the trash.

General Care

We recommend that you inspect your cup regularly for signs of deterioration (such as a sticky or powdery film, severe discoloration or odor, etc.) or if you experience irritation. If for some reason your DivaCup starts to discolor or develop an odor you may want to consider replacing it or giving it a thorough cleaning by boiling it and washing it well with the DivaWash.

It is important to follow the Cleaning & Care instructions outlined in your User Guide to ensure good vaginal health and prevent any damage to the silicone.

If at any time The DivaCup is exposed to unsanitary conditions such as a toilet, please replace it with a new one.

All Things Period

It’s not called a “flower”, “muffin” or “va-jay-jay”. It’s called a vagina. We know that talking about your vaginal health can be a tad uncomfortable, but we bet you won’t be able to stop talking about it once you discover all the benefits of The DivaCup!

After talking to teens and moms about their menstrual cycles, and from the feedback of our Diva Community, we have learned that many women don’t really understand what goes on while menstruating and many others have forgotten the names to “all those parts down there”. By taking the time to learn about your body, and your menstrual cycle, you will be able to better care for your period and the women in your life.

 
 

The vagina and all its wonderful parts

Menstrual empowerment starts with knowledge. The best way to learn about your vaginal health is to actually look at your vagina. That’s right; you need to look at the one thing you’ve probably never looked at before. The easiest way to do this is to put a mirror on the ground and look down. It’s not as complicated or scary as you may think. Plus, the first time you insert The DivaCup, you may want a visual of your vaginal area to ensure you insert it properly.

In order to insert The DivaCup there are a few things you need to know. First things first, there is only one opening to the vagina. Second, The DivaCup sits low in the vaginal canal, which means it will not get lost in your uterus, irritate or even come in contact with your cervix. Lastly, because The DivaCup is worn internally it is important for you to know where to find both your vaginal canal opening and your labia. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to look for these. Figure 1 will show you everything you need to know!

Using The DivaCup is easy, and once you’ve found a method that works best for you, it only takes a matter of seconds to insert and remove. And remember, before beginning, wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap and be sure to carefully read over the detailed instructions found in your User Guide.

The Menstrual Cycle

We are all familiar with the popular 28-day menstrual cycle formula. On day 1, you get your period. Then on day 14, you ovulate, which means this is the day you can get pregnant. By day 28, if an egg has not fertilized, your body gets ready to start your cycle all over again.

Although convenient, this 28-day formula doesn’t really fit into many women’s menstrual cycle experience. In fact, unless you are on an oral contraceptive (The Pill), it is very unlikely that your menstrual cycle will be consistently 28 days in length. Even more interesting to know is the fact that while on birth control, you don’t actually experience a period, but rather your body is made to believe, through the help of a number of synthetic hormones, that it is going through the monthly motions. Find this interesting? Keep reading to learn more about what actually goes on during your menstrual cycle (See Figure 2).

Follicular Phase

Your menstrual period begins when progesterone and estrogen levels are low and the lining of your uterus begins to shed, resulting in menstrual flow. Menstrual bleeding can last anywhere between two to seven days. Following your period, your uterus begins to rebuild its lining and your ovaries gradually begin to produce an egg. This process is triggered by a chemical signal to your pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland in your brain. When this happens, the ovaries enlarge, and anywhere from 8 to 15 eggs start to mature. In most cases, only one egg fully matures (or in the case of twins, two eggs) while the rest dissolve.

The egg is formed in a sac near the ovary where it rests until the pituitary gland releases the luteinizing hormone responsible for releasing the egg. While the egg is maturing, the lining of the uterus is thickened and nourished by the hormone estrogen. When released, the egg makes its way through one of the fallopian tubes. The follicular phase lasts until ovulation occurs.

Luteal Phase

The luteal phase begins when ovulation occurs and lasts for approximately 12 to 14 days. After ovulation, and if an egg is not fertilized, estrogen levels drop and the hormone progesterone starts to increase, preparing the thickened uterine lining to be shed along with the egg.

Note: Although ovulation occurs 14 days before your cycle begins, it does not necessarily mean it occurs on day 14 of your cycle. You can ovulate on day 19, which would mean approximately 14 days later (day 33) you will get your period. By being able to identify when you ovulate, you can better predict when you will get your next period. Paying attention to your temperature, vaginal fluid and the position and firmness of your cervix can also help you to better identify when you are ovulating.

Menstrual Care

Over the years we have discovered some healthy alternatives to traditional menstrual care. While these may not work for everyone, they are at least enjoyable and relaxing.

Please Note: The following is meant to be informational in nature and is not offered as medical advice, nor does it substitute for consultation with your physician. If you have any gynecological/medical concerns or conditions regarding menstrual or vaginal health we encourage you to consult your physician.

Choose Right!

The best thing you can do for your vagina is to stop using conventional feminine hygiene products. Tampons and pads are full of perfumes, chemicals and materials that can cause internal abrasions as well as irritate your vagina. The non-absorbent, healthcare grade silicone of The DivaCup is reusable and leaves no trace or residue after use. Plus it’s comfortable and when inserted properly does not leak.

Pain Reliever!

We all hate cramps. They have a way of creeping up on us, when we really don’t want to hang out with them. Sipping on some raspberry leaf or chamomile tea can help ease the pain caused by menstrual cramps. We’ve also found that limiting your intake of dairy, wheat, meat, refined sugars and caffeine may help reduce cramping, nausea, acne and mood changes related to your menstrual cycle.

A nice soak in a hot bath with sea salts will not only nourish the sensitive skin around your vagina, but also help soothe muscle cramps. Be careful about soaking in scented bath bubbles, salts or melts as the ingredients found within many of these may irritate your vagina. If you suffer from heavy and painful periods, we suggest you talk to a registered health care practitioner about supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals specific to balancing and maintaining good menstrual health.

Work it Out!

Your vagina is no different from the other parts of your body. This means that the most important thing you can do for your vaginal and menstrual health is sleep well, eat well and exercise often.

Medical Questions

Comfort, ease and menstrual awareness are positive attributes that come with using The DivaCup. In some cases, customers have reported that the comfort of the cup makes for a less-painful period experience and some women even forget they are menstruating altogether!

We have found that women who use The DivaCup are more aware of their menstrual health than women who do not. This is because when using The DivaCup, a woman, literally is able to connect with her flow and body.

We’ve put together some important medical information you may have questions about.

Please Note: The following is meant to be informational in nature and is not offered as medical advice, nor does it substitute for consultation with your physician. If you have any gynecological/medical concerns or conditions regarding the use of internal feminine hygiene products, we encourage you to consult your physician.

 

Internal Matters

Physically, The DivaCup is suitable for women of all ages (even if you cannot wear tampons) as the vaginal canal is made up of very flexible tissue and muscles. Women’s bodies are designed this way to be able to deliver a baby. After being stretched, after intercourse or childbirth, the tissue returns back to its normal size.

Please Note: The DivaCup should only be worn during menstruation and should not be worn during any other time of the month.

The DivaCup sits low in the vaginal canal, away from the cervix, and because it is made from healthcare grade non-absorbent silicone it should not irritate the inside of your vagina, if cleaned and cared for properly. With regards to concerns over infections such as, cervicitis, yeast infections or Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) please consult your physician prior to using The DivaCup. If at any time during your use of The DivaCup you experience any discomfort, discontinue use and contact your physician.

Birth Control and STIs

Menstrual cups are regulated by the FDA and Health Canada for use only as feminine hygiene protection. The DivaCup should not be used as a birth control device and will not protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Remember, because of its placement, low in the vaginal canal, The DivaCup must be removed prior to intercourse.

When Not to Use

There is no known increased risk of yeast infections with the use of menstrual cups. However, if you have a vaginal infection, it is best to discontinue use of The DivaCup until the infection has cleared up completely. It is unknown if yeast (Candida albicans) can be completely eliminated with boiling, therefore we suggest replacing the cup with a new one if you had a yeast infection while using The DivaCup. Please refer to your User Guide and visit the Care and Cleaning section for detailed instructions on boiling your cup.

Also, never use the cup at the same time that a topical medication is being used. The medication may compromise the silicone and ruin the cup. If this happens, please replace the cup with a new one.

The DivaCup should not be used during postnatal bleeding. We suggest you contact your physician before using any internal feminine hygiene product after childbirth.

For further questions concerning vaginal infections and use of a menstrual cup, please contact a physician or healthcare provider.

Allergies

Synthetic latex rubber and natural latex or gum rubber contain a protein called “nitrosamine”. This is the chemical that produces the allergic reaction that many people have to latex. The DivaCup is made from durable top quality, healthcare grade silicone that is suitable for use by women with latex allergies, because it is nitrosamine and latex-free.

The DivaCup: One could have sensitivity to any substance, but it is extremely rare to have sensitivity to silicone. Studies indicate that silicone is biocompatible with the body. This is why silicone has been used in healthcare applications for over 50 years. If you do experience skin sensitivity, immediately discontinue use and contact your health care provider.

Packaging: Please note that the packaging for our products of The DivaCup and DivaWash comes from a variety of sources, and because of this we cannot guarantee that the packaging is free of gluten, tree nuts or peanuts; however, The DivaCup itself does not contain any of these ingredients.

Above all, should you have any concerns about allergies, please consult your physician or dermatologist.

Extreme Sports and Travel

You have so many demands on your time – period care shouldn’t be one of them. The DivaCup offers up to 12 hours of hassle-free menstrual care, giving you ultimate comfort without putting you on a schedule.

With The DivaCup you don’t have to worry about where to tuck that tampon string when swimming or if your tampon or pad can handle the various angles of your body movement during a yoga pose or when dancing, swimming, hiking, skydiving, camping, etc.

From business trips to family vacations to backpacking across the world, The DivaCup is all you need! With its 12 hour leak-free protection, The DivaCup lets you pack that extra pair of shoes, instead of the armful of tampons and pads that previously took up precious room in your luggage. Plus, that ten hour canoe ride will be an easy feat as you won’t need to worry about finding a bathroom to switch your product every four hours or so.

Remember, no matter where you are in the world, The DivaCup only needs to be washed well, with clean, potable water, twice a day (every 12 hours). If you need to remove your DivaCup in a public restroom, just wipe it with a damp tissue and reinsert. At the next convenient time, wash The DivaCup with the DivaWash or warm water and a mild, unscented water-based (oil-free) soap. The most important thing to remember is to make sure your hands are clean before you insert or remove the cup.

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Choose between Model 1 or Model 2

Model 1:  Recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by C-section.

Model 2:  Recommended for women age 30 and over and/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by C-section.