This post is brought to you by our friends at DivaCup. All opinions are our own. 

I don’t fit in the same jeans I wore in high school. I don’t have the same friends. I don’t want the same things. I’ve grown up a lot and my values have changed. Girl, I used to have BANGS and a PERM. My period has changed too (and the way I deal with it.)

I used to be a pad girl, light or heavy flow there was a pad that took care of what needed to be handled. My metabolism was different and I could hang out with a pint of ice cream and not worry even a bit. Ah, memories. I could just sneeze and burn off all of those calories. Those were the days. Then I became sporty and started running and swimming and a tampon was a better choice for my lifestyle. That did the trick for a while. My track days are long gone, but I do make the occasional run to the grocery store when we run out of milk.

Life is different now. After I had my kids, I started thinking more and more about the earth and what I would be leaving behind for them (and their kids even.) I worried about global warming, carbon footprints and inconvenient truths. As my kids started needing braces and college funds, I started thinking about the math of menstruation, I knew it was time to make a change. That’s why I chose DivaCup.

They are reusable and eco-friendly, with no waste: no strings, wrappers, plastic etc. There are no added chemicals, plastic, BPA, latex or dyes. The healthcare grade silicone it’s made from is better for your vaginal health than the surfactants, adhesives, and additives they use in tampons and pads – and it saves you money! The average cost of having your period for the year is $150. The DivaCup costs $39.99/year. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to spend $150 a year just to deal with my body and what it does every month. I like to call it “The Math of Wrath” because it’s what being cranky for five days costs me, not including bags of potato chips. Basically, the DivaCup is “woke” and it won’t leave you broke.

It’s also kind of a hipster thing. It’s like bringing back what’s great about the typewriter but for your period. Menstrual cups have been a thing since the 1930s when women wanted a better solution, but they have really become popular again lately. We’re bringing it back, ladies.

Other than being trendy, they are great for me in that they recognize I’m an individual. The DivaCup is available in two sizes, Model 1 and Model 2. Model 1 is recommended for women under the age of 30 who have never delivered vaginally or by caesarean section. Model 2 is made for women like me – age 30 and over/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by caesarean section. I am a mom and I know the value of letting someone pick their own cup, so I’m glad I get to pick the DivaCup that’s right for me. It always made my kids happy and it sure makes me happy.

No matter which cup is better for my body, what I’m getting is consistently awesome for when I’m not feeling awesome. DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped silicone menstrual cup. The leak-free protection lasts 12 hours. It’s got way more stamina than I do when I just wanna wear my jammies, watch romcoms, eat salty carbs and Facebook stalk that guy who didn’t ask me to the prom because it is suddenly REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME RIGHT NOW OKAY? Don’t judge my life choices. Beyond that, it’s clean, comfortable and convenient, and it’s a better option than tampons and pads.

You don’t even really need to think about it.  If you have a regular cycle, you can pop it in the day your period will start. Easy peasy! And you don’t have to worry leaking or the cup overflowing. The average monthly flow is between 1-2 oz and the DivaCup holds 1 oz over the course of 12 hours. Most women find the cup is not even half full when they go to remove the cup. Your “life cup” might overflow with blessing but your DivaCup’s got you covered. Half full, half empty, however you look at it, your panties won’t be a mess. Winning at life! Plus I’m the one who has to do the laundry so it’s an investment in my sanity. That’s what’s important to me now.

I don’t fit in the same jeans I wore in high school and that’s okay. I don’t have the same friends (unless they want to sell me leggings or mascara or invite me to buy expensive candles because that’s when they pop up in my in-box.) I don’t want the same things. I’ve grown up a lot and my values have changed. I don’t have BANGS or a PERM. My period has changed and so have I. I raise my glass to the woman I was in the past, but when it’s time for Mother Nature to remind me I’m a woman, now I reach for my DivaCup. Cheers!

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26 Comments

  1. I would love to win a diva cup because I am so over tampons! I hate using them, buying them and the drain on the environment.

  2. I heard so many good things about it and watched some videos. Would love to experience the freedom that all the ladies are talking about.

  3. Truthfully I’ve been a Diva Cup user for years but I’m up for a replacement and thought I’d enter to win, thanks!! LOVE MY DIVA CUP!

  4. melanie h.

    I’d love to try one because I’ve never felt that tampons are really a healthy option and I’d like to try something new.

  5. I’ve been recently thinking about trying one of these out. I just had my mirena removed, and they no longer make the tampons I formerly used — and I’m having trouble finding a new kind. Perfect timing for a bigger switch!

  6. I want to try a DivaCup because I keep hearing about them. I like that they’re more environmentally responsible than the disposable products. I also like that it can be used up to 12 hours without leaking.

  7. I myself don’t need one anymore beings as I had a complete hysterectomy but would sure love it for my daughter. SAVE the earth!!

  8. I had one in the past, but it got lost on a trip.. it was amazing.. I had occasional leaks and issues here and there, but these things happen.

  9. Jenn vanOosten

    I have and LOVE the Diva cup – but honestly, I’d love to have a backup to keep in my drawer at work – because you never know!! (And who wants to use those terrible vending machine tampons?!)

  10. I would love to try divacup, it’ll make traveling much easier!

  11. Angella Richards

    I would love to try the diva cup it seems so natural and a ckean way of dealing with a seemingly unpleasant situation for woman

  12. Christina Almond

    It sounds a lot easier to deal with and I’m all for anything that makes day-to-day life more eco-friendly!

  13. Brandi Gail

    I’ve been interested in trying one for a while now. I would love to win ♡

  14. Annmarie W.

    I actually would like to just try something new & see if it works better for me!

  15. Valorie_2015

    I need a diva cup. Hear great things about it! This would be an awesome win!

  16. Megan Wilson

    I definitely want to start using these after I have my baby. The fact that they save money and are better for women and the environment are win, win situations!

  17. I hear good things about this brand, and it seems like such a step forward in comfort, ease and less waste.

  18. Cheryl Grandy

    I’m too old to need a diva cup, but I love that it is reusable and helps protect the environment. I’d like to win one for my daughter.

  19. Candace Galan

    I want to try it because there’s less waste.

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