Nudism and Riding the Crimson Wave Naked: Diva Cup Review and A Giveaway!
Diva Cup - This post is for women, especially those who like to go nude! Men, if period-talk makes you uncomfortable, then keep reading
Well I came across a little menstruation (Yeah it’s like 6th grade health class all over again) product awhile back called the Diva Cup. I was definitely interested to try it, and when I saw it on the shelf in my local health food store, I snatched it up! The Diva Cup is a silicone-based menstrual cup that is inserted into the vagina just like a tampon. However, instead of absorbing everything, it’s all collected in the cup. You can wear it for up to 12 hours at a time (as opposed to changing a tampon every few hours), and it doesn’t leak! (Given it is properly inserted, and it might take some practice.)
Do you fear the “crimson wave” crashing your nakation? I know many women do, especially those new to nudism. Well I was excited to review this on my blog because this is great for nudist women! It’s so discrete, you no longer have to worry about an awkward, visible tampon string. Ladies, this is a better way to enjoy going totally nude during your period and be more relaxed and comfortable doing so. It took me a few days to get used to it, but the cup is really very easy to use. I remember hearing about this type of product a long time ago, thinking it sounded messy and a little gross, but it’s not. Plus it’s so much more convenient than tampons. (Ever been to Sandy Hook nude beach and had to trip back and forth to the bathroom a mile away?) It also might take a little bit of practice, but it really won’t leak when it’s properly inserted.
The other advantages of using the Diva Cup instead of tampons and pads are that it’s eco-friendly and saves a lot of money. The Diva Cup people did some calculations, estimating that the average woman will use 10,000 tampons and pads in her lifetime. That’s a lot of resulting waste and money. They also quote some research: “More than 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999.” There is so much plastic and garbage that washes up on beaches, and I’d prefer not to add my tossed tampon applicators to it. Ick! If properly cared for, the Diva Cup will last for 1 year+ and costs around $30 to $40, making it more cost-effective than tampons/pads bought in a year. (I found mine for $33.)
The drawbacks? For one, I was bothered by the long list of soaps that you shouldn’t use to clean it, aka every kind of soap I had at home. But really any mild, unscented soap should be fine, or you can get the Diva Wash, specially made for it. Another issue is if you end up trying to take it out and wash it privately in a public bathroom. Nobody wants to take that up to the sink. The solution is simple though: empty it into the toilet, clean it off with some tissue, and good to go until you get home.
For further questions or concerns I recommend heading over to the Diva Cup FAQ page.
And I liked it so much, I’m doing my first giveaway! Enter to win your very own Diva Cup, of either size, before midnight on Monday, April 9th.
How to Enter (Each earns you 1 entry):
1.Leave a comment saying why you’d like to win it. I’d also love answers to this question: Ladies, does your period ever stop you from going nude or going to naturist places?
2.Blog about my giveaway, and comment here with a link.
3.Tweet about my giveaway with a link, @FelicitysBlog
4.Reblog my post on Tumblr
5.Find my post on my Facebook page about the giveaway and click “Share” to share my post
6.Share my post from my Google+ page
Good luck ladies! (Or guys, who are so comfortable with periods that they’ve read this whole thing and want to win a menstrual cup for their partner
(Disclaimer: These are my personal opinions, and I was not paid for this review or endorsement.)
About the Author (Author Profile)I'm Felicity, author of Felicity's Blog and co-founder of Young Naturists America. I write about nudism and naturism in today's world along with issues like top-freedom and body acceptance, and various naked topics. Enjoy, and please leave a comment when you've got something to say! :)
I'd love to win so I could try it out. It sounds like a great alternative option and environmentally friendly
I've been trying to convert people for years!! I've been using one for 11 years now! They actually used to say they were good for 10 years+....so dont know what the packages say now. there are also other alternatives to cleaning them such as sterilizing with boiling water. I started using this in university and have never looked back. the other great thing is you can insert it a day before you expect your period to come and not have to worry about TSS or the absorbency of tampons. I've used it camping, traveling, 12 hours shifts at work...they're amazing! It takes a month to get the hang of insertion and removal, but persevere and you'll never regret it! cheers
I shared it on Google+ (sorry, I don't have the direct link because I'm mobile and I don't think it'll give me the correct address)
I reblogged http://www.tumblr.com/blog/imsorryiforget
Great review! I've always had reservations about the Diva Cup too due to "the ick factor", so I'm glad to hear you love it so much! I would love to win because tampons give me horrible cramps and pads make me feel disgusting. I also have irregular and often heavy cycles and seem to constantly have to buy tampons and liners or pads. I would rather spend that money on my kids. Plus, it'd be nice to not have to constantly worry about leakage and having to carry around all the extras just in case.
Actually, menstrual cups have been around since the 1930's and there have been no reported cases of tss in connection with a menstrual cup. This is from another reputable company that makes menstrual cups and they have some great information on their site. http://www.lunette.com/index.php?id=12
I would love to win this and get away from tampons and pads. They are just so expensive and not very comfortable. During that TOM I don't like being nude.....but hey it really isn't any different than any other TOM for me. LOL
I'm hoping to win to replace mine...it's time...and to the ladies that haven't tried...you're in for a life of freedom...you'll find you've never been soooo confident...and, yes, you can go naked! I'm not for a public display, but do spa naked with my hubby...and the DivaCup is heaven sent!
In to response to Dave's comment. Toxic shock syndrome is directly related to tampons and their absorbent nature. As the Diva cup does not adsorb the menstrual flow, it catches it, women are not at risk of getting Toxic Shock Syndrome. It is a very safe alternative to women who cannot use tampons. I have been using one for month now and am a complete convert. I wish I knew about them when I hit puberty at age 10!
What a cool product! I've been interested in menstrual cups for a while for their environmental benefits, but the disposable Insteads didn't really work out for me, so I really want to try a DivaCup.
I want one because mine was lost in a move and then my period started and I had to use tampons. After being a divacup user, the switch back was excruciating. This is funny timing--just a couple weeks ago I asked someone who was going on a nakation what they would do if their period started and they didn't have an answer for me (since they were tampon users and I was thinking about that pesky string)....Now I know!
I prefer to sleep in the nude and there's nothing more uncomfortable then having to wear pjs for a pad or embarrassing when hubby looks at me and says 'Your string is showing'.
Thanks for the thoughtful review, Felicity! I heard about the DivaCup pretty early on from a hippie friend of mine in college, and while attracted to the idea - especially the waste-reduction part of it - I was admittedly too weirded out by the implied insertion process to try it myself. Now, six years (and three summers of clothing-optional beaches) later, I think I'm finally ready to give it a serious shot. While I can't say that Aunt Flo has ever prevented me from going to the beach or attending a naturist event outright, she is certainly a nuisance. I'd love not to have to worry about whether that dratted little string is poking out or whether it's been long enough since the last switch to have to worry about leakage on my towel or - heaven forbid - blooming out into the surrounding water. (Because a) nothing more mortifying and b) sharkbait.)
Interesting. Alternatives are always good. Glad I'm not a woman and have to deal with this every month, let alone the hormonal challenge. As men we try to understand, but we just can't. Options for you are good.
I only wonder about medical problems. When man/women change the normal course of nature, there are usually problems and may be minor, but may also lead to death. Toxic shock syndrome comes to mind. The product may be too new to have a history of use and to accumulate a database of adverse reactions, so if it was me. I would use it with consultation with a doctor to monitor affects. The doctor would have access to more information on after effects that they could tell you about. Do your DD. Don't be reclous? with your body. I'm just saying....
Thanks for the great review. I've seen similar products on the market but have been afraid to try them due to terrified of a mess. It seems my "TOM" (Time Of the Month) has gotten heavier over the past year to where I have to double up with pads and tampons and if I don't change every 30 minutes I'm leaking everywhere which created a very embarrassing situation for me at Work recently! I would love to win one of these to try! I will be at a C/O resort in May and have already begun fretting about the fact that I will be Due to start the same week I have reservations. I can't change the date I go, because I'm going for a specific event which is another reason I'm disappointed, if I have to miss out on the nude 12k with my fellow Bare to Breakers Friends for the 2nd year in a row! I had to run clothed last year because of the same bad timing! :( I'd like to go find a couple more reviews before I go find one of these to purchase.
I would love to win this because I have been having menstrual irregularities for the past 8 months and am spending a lot of money on pads. My body has completely rejected tampons since my problems began and it is very troublesome to be at a nudist resort and have to wear clothes because of a pad.
Wow! Fabulous review and SO needed!!! I've tried a similar product with less than stellar results, so I'm excited to seeing something that sounds much better than what I tried! Like many nudist women, I do plan many nakations around Aunt Flows visits. Not that she totally prevents nudity, but she is something to keep in mind for places with few or no bathrooms. This might very well be the perfect solution and I truly hope I win the contest!!!
Oh, crap. I forgot to update my post. Thank you for entering Daiva, but as I say above, the deadline was this past Monday (April 9) so I picked a winner already! Thank you for sharing it anyway, and you can find more links to giveaways on the DivaCup facebook page! :)
Thanks Maegan! All good reasons to switch to the cup! :) I got your other entries, no need to link when I'm mentioned in the tweet or when my own posts are reblogged/shared as I can see it (as a note to others). :)
For the record, pads and tampons are hardly "the normal course of nature." As a woman who's been using the DivaCup for more than a year, I can say that I've never had a single issue with it. I feel much healthier and cleaner since making the switch (as do the many other women I know who use it). The cup collects the blood instead of absorbing it, so the chance of dangerous bacterial growth is far less than when using a tampon. Also, unlike tampons, the medical-grade silicone won't dry out the vagina or leave behind bits of cotton. And it won't leak bleach and other chemicals into the body like pads and tampons can. Really, unless a woman is using an IUD (in which case, she should consult with her doctor), there's no good reason NOT to use a cup!