The DivaCup Features:
- 12 hour leak-free protection!
- Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
- Does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes.
- Reusable and eco-friendly â€“ no waste, no chemicals.
- Features extra grip ridges for easier removal.
- Cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada.
- Diva International Inc. is the only ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office in the world!
The DivaCup is a small, internally worn, bell-shaped silicone cup that collects, rather than absorbs, your menstrual flow. It is folded and inserted in the vagina and sits at the lower base of the vaginal canal. It is worn internally, but because it is soft and smooth, it cannot be felt nor will it leak when inserted properly.
The DivaCupâ€™s expert, proprietary, patent-pending features make it comfortable and assures ease of use and reliability. Perfect for traveling, running, biking, hiking, dancing, camping, swimming, diving, scuba, yoga, extreme sports and more
The DivaCup is the only menstrual cup allowed for sale in Canada by Health Canada. It also holds market approval by the U.S. FDA, and is the only menstrual cup to achieve the rigorous ISO 13485 certification.
Size 1: For those under 30 years old who have never delivered vaginally or by ceasarean section.
Size 2: For those over 30 years old and/or for who have delivered vaginally or by c-section.
The Size 1 cup is 1 11/16" (4.3 cm) in diameter and the Size 2 cup is 1 13/16" (4.6 cm) in diameter. Both cups are approximately 2 1/4" (5.7 cm) in length in the body of the cup, with another 3/8" (1 cm) stem (2 5/8" total length). The stem may be trimmed to adjust for comfort.
Absolutely! The DivaCup holds one full ounce, which is about twice as much as many high absorbency tampons. Those with heavy flow simply need to empty their cup more often than those with lighter flow. For most, the cup is not even half full after 12 hours.
The convenient ounces and milliliters measurement feature allows you to actually keep track of flow and accurately report flow details to their health professional.
Not if youâ€™ve established a proper seal upon insertion. When inserting the DivaCup, remember the twist to get a proper seal. Run your finger along the top of the cup to check for folds and creases. If you feel one, remove and reinsert till you can tell the cup is fully opened and sealed against your vaginal walls.
If you can â€śfeelâ€ť the cup, it has probably not been inserted properly. Because The DivaCup is made of soft silicone that actually softens with body heat, you really should not feel the cup at all. The DivaCup is totally different than the sensation of tampons. The DivaCup will not dry out the vagina, making it much more comfortable.
It is highly unlikely that The DivaCup will become â€śstuckâ€ť, because the vagina is only approximately 4 or 5 inches long. If The DivaCup moves up and becomes harder to reach, simply push down (or bear down) with your stomach muscles (similar to having a bowel movement). Reach inside the vagina and pull on the stem until you can reach the base of the cup. Squeeze the base to release the suction.
Make sure that you are relaxed while doing this so that your vaginal muscles do not become tense. Once you have squeezed the base to release the air, pull the cup out at a sideways angle. This allows more air to enter the vagina, and it will then be able to be removed easily. If you still cannot reach The DivaCup, squat on the floor. This will automatically lower the cup because this position shortens the vagina.
The important thing to remember is not to panic as this will make the vaginal muscles very tense and can cause the cup to be harder to remove. If the stem feels â€śslipperyâ€ť, wait a bit, relax, and try again by bearing down on the muscles. This will push the cup down to the lower part of the vagina, then you will be able to pinch the base and remove.
By following the instructions: rotating 360 degrees to make sure it has fully opened and creating the seal, and by wearing it low in the canal (not pushing it up high like a tampon), the cup should be very easy to remove.
Physically, The DivaCup is suitable for menstruators of all ages as the vagina is made up of very flexible tissue and muscles.
It is ideal for those who are very active (such as swimmers or gymnasts) who are looking for a more reliable method other than tampons or pads. For those concerned about the hymen, please consult your physician before use of any internal menstrual product. As for all other gynecological concerns, we suggest you consult your physician.
Everyone is unique and there are many variables. Please read and understand all of the FAQs; and consult with your physician and parent or guardian. This will help you make an informed decision.
Absolutely. The DivaCup can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing and reinserting for use for another 12 hours. Perfect for overnight use.
The DivaCup is ideal for active menstruators. Use it running, swimming, dancing, working out, climbing, hikingâ€¦ any activity you can think of (well, one exception â€“ see below)! It's great for trips because you don't have to pack pads or tampons, and you'll never run out of it. And there's no waste to deal with when you're out in the woods on a camping trip.
No, The DivaCup is bell-shaped and worn low near the vaginal opening, making intercourse uncomfortable. The DivaCup is not a birth control device and should not be used for this purpose. The DivaCup is regulated by the FDA and Health Canada solely for use only as feminine hygiene protection.
Please use caution when using any internal feminine hygiene product with an IUD as there is a rare possibility of dislodging it. Many of our customers use The DivaCup and an IUD simultaneously and have not reported any problems, but we recommend that you become familiar with your particular IUD risks (such as the body expelling the IUD, etc.).
As with any gynecological concerns, please consult your physician prior to using a menstrual cup.
Most users find that they do not have to remove The DivaCup more often than every 12 hours, and that taking it out in a public restroom does not occur very often. However, for those with heavier flows, or on the occasion you need to empty it in a public restroom, simply remove the cup, empty the contents and use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup and reinsert. Make sure your hands are clean before going into the stall. Wash your DivaCup well with warm, soapy water at the next convenient time.
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 person, 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.
On your first trial with The DivaCup, make sure you are relaxed and have time to read the User Guide thoroughly beforehand. Insertion and removal will only take a few seconds once you master the technique. If you have any questions or issues regarding insertion or removal, please contact Diva Inc. via email or phone at 1-866-444-DIVA or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Step 1: Fold|
Prior to insertion, thoroughly wash your hands and The DivaCup with warm water using The DivaWash or a mild, unscented soap. Hold the cup with the stem pointing down.
|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 4: Seal & 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.
Note: If the cup will not rotate easily, will not fully open, feels uncomfortable, or pinches when you are sitting, it is positioned incorrectly. Please review these instructions again. If the stem irritates the vaginal opening once it is positioned correctly, you may remove the cup and trim the stem slightly. Only trim the stem after removal. Cut the stem so the remaining stem is no shorter than one-quarter (1/4) inch (0.6 cm). Cutting the stem completely will make removal difficult.
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.
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 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 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.
The DivaCup should always be thoroughly cleaned. Washing the cup in mild soap and warm water provides sufficient cleansing. The best cleaning agent to use is The DivaWash. We have formulated it as a pH balanced wash that is best for the cup and you, because it does not leave residue. Remember to wash your hands before inserting and removing your DivaCup.
The DivaCupâ€™s top quality, healthcare grade silicone can tolerate high temperatures. At the end of each cycle The DivaCup should be washed and rinsed as specified and may be boiled by submerging in an open pan of boiling water (continuous rolling boil) for five to ten (5-10) minutes.
Do not use: vinegar, tea tree oil, scented/fragranced soap, castile/peppermint castile soap or any other oil based soap, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, pre-moistened wipes, hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing soap, bleach or harsh chemicals as some have been known to damage or compromise the silicone (such as a sticky or powdery film, etc.) and may need to be replaced to avoid irritations, burning, etc. If you have cleaned your DivaCup with any of the non-recommended cleansers, replace the cup if there are any signs of deterioration or you experience irritation.
After use and proper cleaning, the cup must be placed in a storage that allows for air flow. The DivaCup comes with its own drawstring cotton pouch.
The four holes under the rim are of vital importance. They create the seal that secures the cup in place. If the holes need extra cleaning, we suggest that you fill the cup with warm water. Cover the top with your palm, sealing it up. Turn it upside down (still sealed by your palm) and then, apply pressure to the sides of The DivaCup pushing the water out through the sides. This removes residue left in the holes. To clean the stem and/or holes, 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.
Yes. The DivaCup is made from top quality, healthcare grade silicone, which is 100% latex-free, plastic-free, BPA-free and odorless. It is non-absorbent and does not disrupt oneâ€™s natural vaginal environment.
The vagina is self-cleansing and continually producing fluid that â€śflushesâ€ť the vagina. Tampons (rayon and cotton) absorb this protective fluid and can disrupt the normal acidic vaginal environment.
Remember to wash and rinse your hands before inserting and removing your DivaCup. Wash your DivaCup well with The DivaWash or a low or balanced pH, unscented soap and warm water at least twice a day. The best cleaning agent to use is The DivaWash. We have formulated it to be pH balanced at 5.5, which is best for the cup and you, as it does not leave residue. Also, it should be boiled for five to ten (5 -10) minutes at the end of each cycle.
Calculate your own personal care savings: 1. Estimate your monthly spending in disposable feminine hygiene products. 2. Multiply by 12 months. 3. Subtract the cost of The DivaCup 4. This total is what you will save each year by using The DivaCup.
Worldwide, billions of pads and tampons are disposed of annually, filling landfill space, and letting the harmful bleaches and dioxins to absorb into the soil. Disposable pads and tampons are also the number 1 product that gets washed up on beaches. Using The DivaCup reduces your impact on the globe.
The DivaCup offers all the convenience of tampons without the:
- Waste (no more tampons in the garbage)
- Dryness (who hasnâ€™t felt a bit uncomfortable taking out a tampon towards the end of their cycle?)
Plus, you donâ€™t need to change it as often (you can safely leave your DivaCup in for up to 12 hours), and no more last-minute trips to the drugstore! The DivaCup is a quality, healthfcare grade silicone menstrual cup that contains no dyes or chemicals. It is latex-free, plastic-free and BPA-free. Tampons are typically manufactured from rayon, and may also contain absorbency-enhancing gels, perfumes, bleaching agents and other chemicals.
The DivaCup is made from soft, healthcare grade silicone. Some other menstrual cups are made from natural latex rubber (gum rubber), which contains a protein called nitrosamine. Those who have allergies or sensitivities to any form of latex should not use menstrual cups which are made from latex rubber.
The DivaCup also features extra grip ridges for easier removal. The stem of The DivaCup is shorter than other cups to allow for added comfort and a more secure fit with less leakage.
The DivaCup is designed to be worn lower than other menstrual cups. Therefore, the stem has been designed shorter and the rounded edge on the stem is designed for more comfort. We use the highest quality silicone (there are many grades) to assure comfort and durability.
The silicone used in The DivaCup is 100% plastic-free, BPA-free, latex-free, odorless, and the same material and grade approved for healthcare applications.
The DivaCup holds current Medical Device Licenses with both the FDA and Health Canada, and Diva International Inc. is ISO 13485 certified to meet medical device requirements of Health Canada. This certification ensures that The DivaCup is manufactured, packaged, and sold following specific procedures that assure the highest quality, safety and effectiveness of the product.