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The DivaCup (Size 1)

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.

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Includes 1 DivaCup, storage pouch, and complete instructions for use and care.

The DivaCup is an internally worn reusable silicone menstrual cup that can be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing and reinserting for use for another 12 hours. It can be used for light or moderate flows and is emptied more often to accommodate heavy flows. Perfect for overnight use, and a great alternative to tampons!

Size 1 is recommended for those under 30 years old who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.
Need a Size 2 DivaCup? Order here.

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Construction and Performance

The DivaCup is made of a high quality, soft healthcare grade silicone that starts as a liquid. Then the molecules are bound together (or vulcanized) with very high heat to form a solid stable piece of silicone (similar to the feel of soft rubber). The DivaCup is cured after production in an oven at a very high temperature to make sure all the molecules are bound and “chain linked” together. Since the end product is a solid material yet flexible and durable, there is no possibility for anything to leak into the body (no leaching).

This form of silicone is odorless, latex-free, plastic-free and BPA-free. It has been used safely in healthcare applications for over 50 years and is approved for use in The DivaCup as feminine hygiene protection by the FDA and Health Canada.

Wash and Care

The DivaCup should be thoroughly cleaned at least twice a day (do not wear continuously for longer than 12 hours at a time.) 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 DivaCup’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 then submerged in an open pan of boiling water (continuous rolling boil) for twenty (20) minutes. Do not leave the boiling pot unattended and use enough water so that the pan does not boil dry.

Do not use vinegar, tea tree oil, scented soap, antibacterial soap, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, rubbing alcohol or harsh chemicals as these may damage the silicone and ruin the cup. We do not recommend cleaning The DivaCup in the dishwasher because chemicals, detergents and residue from previous dishwashing could harm the cup.

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 of the 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 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. You can use a toothpick (discarding after use), as well. We do not suggest a pin as it may cause damage to the cup.

How to Use

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.

Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. Rinse. While sitting or standing in a comfortable position, insert your DivaCup according to the following instructions.

Step 1: "U" Fold - Moisten the rim of The DivaCup with water if needed. Press the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again. You can also do the "Push Down" fold by placing a finger on the top rim of the cup and pressing it down into the center of the inside base to form a triangle.

Step 2: Hold - Hold the folded sides firmly between your thumb and forefinger. The single curved edge should be facing away from your palm.

Step 3: Insert - With the vaginal muscles relaxed, gently separate the labia with your free hand and then push the curved edge of the folded DivaCup into the vaginal opening.

Step 4: Removal - Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. Rinse. Pull gently on the stem 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. The contents should not spill during removal. Simply empty the contents in the toilet, wash it well with warm, soapy water, and reinsert.

Body Petite, Average, Plus Size
Absorbency Light, Moderate, Heavy
Length 2 1/4" (5.7 cm)


Customer Reviews (25)

Not just for women! Decreases my dysphoriaReview by Non-binary Owl
So long as my body cooperates, I -love- this menstrual cup. I've been using it on and off for close to 4 years now.

I'm transgender (non-binary) and in my experience, using the cup decreases my discomfort and dysphoria when I'm on my monthlies. When it's in, it's like I'm not even on my thing and I can go about my life as I normally would. It decreases how often I have to go out and buy menstrual products from the store, which makes me extremely uncomfortable to do. I love using it.

My monthlies are variable and can last around 15 days sometimes. When I'm bleeding really heavily, this cup isn't really the best option for me because I'll overflow if I'm not careful and so have to check it regularly, which can be a hassle. However, once my flow is medium to light, it's just the thing! I only have to empty it morning and night and I don't have to worry about TSS or whatever other issues. Plus, I no longer have to deal with the internal chafing of tampons or the external chafing and discomfort from heavy pad usage. Once my period is light enough to cooperate, I don't even need to wear a panty-liner.

If I suspect my period is going to start in a day or two, it does no trouble to put my Diva Cup in just in case and check it that night, with no damage to my underwear when it starts. It's a very satisfying feeling to take the precaution of wearing it and then find that you were right and you started your thing without any new stains to wash out.

The only downside, in my experience, is that it can be a little uncomfortable to insert and remove (but only for a moment, and yes, I'm doing it correctly). Once you get used to the process, it's easy, though can still be a little uncomfortable for a moment for those who are a bit sensitive. That, and that it's a little difficult if you have disabilities that limit your mobility/ability to use your limbs - it might work for you, and it might not be worth it for you. It's not for everyone, but it's certainly not -just-for women.

When I can use it, though, I do. And it helps so much. (Posted on 11/30/2017)
BeneficialReview by D
I felt uncomfortable buying cotton tampons every month that I knew we're conventionally grown. I switched to organic cotton tampons but they were painful at times for me. I tried the sponge and the diva cup and found the diva cup to be the best fit for my lifestyle. It is easier to measure how much I bleed which gives me a better feel of my health and connects me more to any imbalances in my body. I also had frequent yeast infections when using tampons, but I never connected the two. After switching to the cup they went away. I love no longer having to support conventionally grown cotton every month just because I am a female. I use organic cotton reusable panty liners in addition to the cup. (Posted on 12/12/2016)
came to see it as heaven sent!Review by Megan
I first tried the Diva Cup a couple of years ago, and it took a while for me to get used to it. I wasn't too uncomfortable inserting or removing the cup as I had previously used NuvaRing birth control, but it definitely takes a while to get used to. Initially I found that the stem of the cup was digging in which was fairly uncomfortable/painful but after I trimmed it (take care not to trim too close to the base, but there are some lines on the stem to guide you) I couldn't feel a thing.

I was also so used to changing tampons every 4-6 hours that I caused myself a lot of inconvenience and discomfort by removing it frequently out of fear it would overflow. Once you get used to actually seeing what your period looks like, however, you'll have a much more realistic idea of how often you need to remove it - for example, I empty it in the morning when I shower and once in the evening. It can be a little messy so I really try to avoid having to take it out outside of home. Another thing that can take some getting used to after using tampons is "feeling" your period.

After disposing of my last one after the recommended period, I switched back for a while to tampons. Although many people who haven't used the DivaCup or had a bad experience with it may see it as a hassle, I came to realize that once you are used to using it tampons are the real pain! Always making sure you have enough on you, guessing which absorbency is best (I've often found that my period isn't a predictable heavy-to-light flow) changing them frequently and the monthly expense of buying a new box - all a lot more work than buying your DivaCup, removing and cleaning it in the comfort of your home, and carrying on with your day without worrying about it! It's true that the DivaCup isn't for everyone, but I really encourage you to give it a few cycles as sometimes time is all you need. (Posted on 10/28/2016)
AMAZING!!!Review by Ness
Best thing ever! I started wearing the cup when I was 16 and have worn it for about 5 cycles. I definitely recommend you get comfortable with tampons first before you try this out as it is a little tricky at first. I spent a few months "practicing" with it before I finally got it in and it does take patience but once you get it in and get comfortable with touching yourself down there you'll have no problems! If it hurts when you're trying to insert it you're not aiming for the right place although at first you might feel a bit of discomfort it should go away once you get used to it and soon you wont feel anything at all. I love how I can keep it in there for so long and only change it morning and night. I also don't have to worry about it during school and have even gone cliff jumping and tubing with it in with no leaks! You just have to make sure you turn it around a bit and make sure its securely in place. Overall highly recommend. Its more hygienic, and you'll save money with it. (Posted on 8/13/2016)
let me start of by saying the diva cup is not for everyone. Knowing your body and how high or low your cervix sits will be a huge help since its pretty long. if your cervix sits low i would suggest looking into other cups that cater to those with a lower cervix. also soft and firm cups, light medium and heavy flows play a role too. its a learning curve but worth it in the long run. i didn't have any issues with the cup - cleaning it out in public restrooms wasn't a big deal. i carry wipes cause i do not like toilet paper so i just dump it out and wipe really good, insert and go. ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL. if you're reading comments and see a negative one don't let them scare you - do your research and find out which is best for you. now if you're one to dislike and cringe at the sight of blood, stick to pads and tampons. other than that nothing to fear. i have nothing but good things to say about this cup its like its not even there. if you insert correctly you will not have any problems. No leaks on my end. Everyone is different down there - what works well for one may not be best for you. its all about what the twinkle likes lol .. it is pricey but its worth it once you find one that works great for you. if you are confused i suggest Youtube, it helps .. but my experience was and still is great. (Posted on 8/7/2016)
DivaCups are a life changerReview by Aidan
I made the switch a few months ago and it was the best decision ever. So much easier for traveling, I always just leave it in my overnight bag so I never have to think about what to do when I get my period.
It is very comfortable, doesn't dry you out, and you can have oral sex with it (mess free sex on your period - yay).
I don't really get cramps anymore compared to when I wore other menstrual products.
Definitely worth the purchase. (Posted on 1/1/2016)
JUST TRY IT. (even if you think you're too young)Review by Grace
I first got the Diva Cup when I was 14. That might sound super crazy, but I had just heard about it, and I felt like trying it. It does take a while to get the accustomed to, but I pretty much had the hang of it after a couple of cycles. Don't give up after just one cycle! I actually got it without telling my mom, because I thought she might think it was weird, but I told her after I was convinced I liked it. I forced her to try it, and she LOVED it. We're super crazy about it and we tell everyone that will listen to us. I have been using it for 3 years now, and I have a system and I am used to it. I totally take it for granted at this point because I find it hard to relate to my friends when they talk about their period problems.

Now for the nitty gritty details:

The first question that people have is something along the lines of "how does it like, fit in there?" Um, it just does. When you fold it, it's about the size of a tampon, and yes it's different, but when you get the hang of it, it's not harder to put in than a tampon.

It's also not that hard to deal with in a public restroom. The first reason is, unless you are super heavy, you shouldn't have to change it until you get home. If the restroom has stalls, just dump it, wipe it out, and put it back in. If you're in a one-room type of restroom, you can rinse it out in the sink. Easy! Also, you never run out of tampons/pads if you have the Diva Cup with you.

The stem of the cup has been a bit of an issue for me, and it makes the cup seem a little long. I read somewhere to turn the cup inside out, and it WORKS. I wear it like this all the time now. My mom has the same issue, and she just trimmed her stem almost completely off. This might seem concerning if you've never used the Diva Cup before, but she hasn't had any trouble removing it.

The best stuff:

The cup is totally different than anything else I have tried because of how it feels. My mom says all the time that it "just doesn't feel like you're having your period." There is no feeling when you put it in right. I'm warning you: you'll forget that it's even in. There is also no smell, and yes, it's a little gross at first, but we had no trouble getting over it and we now love it.

I just want to encourage you to TRY IT. Be spontaneous and get a Diva Cup, because you might just love it. Also. if you aren't sure about it for one cycle, persist and try it again. It takes time to get used to and get a good "system" down, like anything. There are so many benefits to this, I think that they certainly outweigh any cons. (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Persevere and it's THE BESTReview by Eve
It took me a little less than a year to make this work, or at least 5 cycles!! Just because you use it once and it's not comfortable, don't give up straight away! I have had this thing get stuck too far up, turn upside down, and had all kinds of issues. But I flatly refuse to use disposable sanitary products because they are expensive and disgustingly environmentally unfriendly (can take hundreds or thousands of years to break down..ew).

I also read up on lots of tricks on the internet about trimming/removing the stem so it doesn't stick into you, running your finger around the sides of the cup after insertion to remove fluid and make sure it doesn't leak, emptying it in public bathrooms, etc. etc.

I also LOVE that you can leave it in up to 12 hrs.
Super glad for this little invention :) :) (Posted on 7/5/2015)
Keep an Open MindReview by Danielle
If I have a choice, I'm a pads girl... I just prefer external protection. But, for those times when a pad isn't an option (swimming, for example), the Diva Cup is definitely my favourite alternative. It requires a learning curve and some relaxation, but when you've mastered the technique, it is very comfortable and NEVER leaks. I've had mine for about 2 years and I'm very pleased with my purchase. Give it a try! (Posted on 6/14/2015)
Worth a try!Review by Ashley
I love Lunapads, but I missed the ability to wear Tampons to work (they just work better for me when on the go) - but didn't miss how they made me feel. After many recommendations, I finally warmed up to the DivaCup. Cass is right, and the Diva Cup is not a one-size-fits all. It's a little too long for me, but I was able to correct this problem by inverting the cup (flipping it inside out) which a friend suggested. It loses a small portion of its capacity, but this way it works! And I can't imagine going a month without it now. I wore it all day to work, and LOVED it. (Posted on 6/13/2015)
Love it!Review by A
When someone first told me about menstrual cups I thought it was gross and a bad idea. I decided to use them after hearing about the success that some of my friends had with them. I tried a different brand first and did not like it, not sure if it was the learning curve, the brand or I got the wrong size. So I tried the diva cup next. I got size 1 even though I am 33 because I had not had any babies. This size has worked well for me, so I don't know if sizing up would be even better. I like it because my flow is light enough that I can change it and wash it in the morning and then again when I come home from work in the evening and that's it. Pads always left me feeling less than fresh and needing multiple changes through the day, and I was never able to wear back to back tampons because they would dry me out. Yes, the cup does take a few cycles to get the hang of, but once you do it's great. I never have any leaks even though I do use the Vesta lunapanties as back up just in case. The main downside for me is just that emptying the cup can be gross, not too messy really, just gross if you are squeamish. I also think it would be more difficult to coordinate in a public restroom or camping situation than it is to deal with at home. (Posted on 5/23/2015)
awesome!Review by chellsbells
I love mine! I always hated the gross feeling of wearing pads and tampons did not work for me- and I did not like the odor left behind for a week after my period. The divacup gives me comfort in knowing I don't feel "wet" all day long and no more smells! I just wish the cup would hold more fluid because my first 2 days I find myself having to empty every 4-5 hours but other than that I would recommend to anyone!!! (Posted on 5/18/2015)
Re-usable for the win!Review by Lord of the Menstruation
I've been using the cup for nearly 2-3 years now and it is a blessing. I understand that some people are squicked out about taking it out/rinsing it, and it can be a hassle, but I feel like my consumption of disposable menstrual products plummeted when I began using the cup and the benefits far outweigh the negatives. I do tend to have a heavier flow, so leaks do happen, but I'm investing in some reusable pads, and the leaks are nowhere near as bad as when I used tampons. I am also one of those people who finds it interesting to see how much blood is in the cup when I empty it :P

I honestly wish everyone would give reusable menstrual products a try. I understand that there are other alternatives to the DivaCup that might fit others better (my sister uses the DivaCup and another brand of cup), but it doesn't hurt to give the cup a try! :) (Posted on 2/25/2015)
The best option out there!Review by Stephanie
I've actually had the opportunity to try a few different kinds of menstrual cup, and this is the one that works for me without ANY leaks. I find the design to be the best out there. I've been using it for years now and love it!

I find that menstrual cups in general trump tampons because they do not dry you out (they catch the flow rather than absorbing your natural moisture), there are no strings dangling, they are SO EASY to travel with (you just need the cup; not a huge box of tampons), you don't forget to buy new ones and then have to go searching last-minute, and they don't get bloated out of shape and become uncomfortable after a few hours like tampons inevitably did for me. There's also the money you save and the disposable waste you avoid, which are both very important to me.

I highly recommend that you invest in a DivaCup! I like to have a little assortment of re-usable cloth pads and lunapanties available as well in case I'm not in the mood to use a cup, such as on a particularly crampy day/night. However, I've met some people who use nothing but the DivaCup and get along great. Whether you're a tampon person or a pad person (or somewhere in between), give it a try! (Posted on 1/9/2015)
WORTH EVERY PENNYReview by CrystallyWhite
I'll be honest the first couple times I used it were AWKWARD but hang in there! I've been using it for about 6 months and I'll never go back. With the Diva Cup I have no leaks (it does take practise to get it in there right), never rushing out to buy tampons, I can sleep naked, wear a bathing suit or heck even walk around naked and you'd never know I was wearing it. HECK sometime I forget I'm wearing it! I clean it once in the morning and once at night and thats it! I tell all my friends about it - a little gross to hear for the first time but don't knock it until you try it!

-- A true believer (Posted on 12/12/2014)
love it!Review by Lauren
My sister in law recommended I try the Diva Cup. I will never go back to pads and tampons. Ever. My first 2 days of my period are quite heavy - I always end up with leaks in the super plus tampons within only a couple of hours. I also have a really busy job, and I volunteer - I sometimes forget to change tampons on time. I started using the Diva Cup during the first day of my period which fell on a day off. Insertion seemed tricky at first, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. I removed it every two hours during that day expecting leaks or overflow - but it was perfect. Second day, I removed, cleaned and reinserted just 3 times. No leaks, no overflow. I can sleep with it in, I can pee with it in, my cramps are even less severe. I don't need to keep a bunch of tampons and pads in my purse. I can honestly almost forget Im on my period. I freaking love this thing. (Posted on 12/12/2014)
Pleasantly SurprisedReview by The Teacher
About 6 months ago I moved from the USA to Thailand to be an English teacher. I tried to pack as many pads and tampons as possible because I was told that finding the same quality might be a challenge. I also purchased a Diva Cup at Whole Foods as an emergency back up plan (per a friend's suggestion). The reviews had me nervous and the cup appearance did not exactly woo me.

I finally ran out of what I brought with me and decided to try the Diva Cup. I planned a day at home just in case there was crazy leakage or discomfort. This is a great product! It leaked a little, but I flow heavy. I hate the clean up but I know I will use this product for a long time! I never felt it, it came out easily, there wasn't any pain, and it will save me money. (Posted on 12/12/2014)
When I Heard Of It, I Had To Have It!Review by Ashlee
Love the diva cup, inserting takes some getting used to, but PLEASE don't give up after your first couple of leaks. It is so easy to get the hang of! Never using tampons again!!!! (Posted on 12/11/2014)
NO more tampons!Review by TJ
I normally don't leave reviews but I thought I would with the diva cup. I originally had doubts about the cup and read a lot of reviews. With my job and lifestyle sometimes tampons are just not an easy thing to use so I decided I had nothing to lose to try the diva cup. So I chose the diva cup 1 even though I was over 30, but I didn't have kids. I had some issues with leakage and getting it in properly. I thought that it was just normal. But I decided to take a chance and try the cup 2 that was recommended over age of 30 and/or kids. Im a small person 5'4 and 130 pounds so thats why I thought the cup 1 would be better. I was wrong. Stick to the recommended size. It makes a world of difference. I saw an immediate improvement. No more leaks! Super easy to put in and no twisting around to get it just right. It sits up better so nothing is hanging down. I can't believe how easy it is, and the best part is I don't even notice its there. Having a period is sooo much easier! (Posted on 12/11/2014)
I don't understand why everyone loves this thingReview by No Thanks
After hearing/reading so many great reviews, I finally bought myself a DivaCup. I used it for 1 cycle and I really don't think I'll ever use it again. What sounds more appealing (and less time consuming) to you: tampon out, new tampon in, or squatting, bearing down, pinching the cup out (the cup is not that small either), emptying it, washing it with the special soap, then re-inserting it (again with the squatting and the pinching of the cup)? You can't do that in public. And because it has to be taken out at least every 12 hours, you kind of have to plan to be home (or somewhere you can wash your cup in the sink) for a certain time. Oh, and then at the end of your cycle, you have to boil it in water for 10 minutes. Because I live with roommates, I have to plan it so that nobody else is around.

I had never really had problems with leaking in the past (tampon + panty liner have always worked fine for me), so maybe I don't appreciate it as much as others. But really, it is SO much more of a hassle than pads/tampons.

The ONLY time I would ever consider wearing the Cup again is if I wanted to go swimming on my period. (Posted on 12/11/2014)

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