Nudism and Riding the Crimson Wave Naked: Diva Cup Review and A Giveaway!
The Diva Cup Reviewed By Felicity:
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.
UPDATE!! The Giveaway has ended! Thanks everyone for entering, and congrats to Kristi, winner of my DivaCup giveaway! :)
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.)