We’re about to get raw.

So if you’re a guy reading this, it’s in your best interest to stop. Seriously. Stop reading now.

If you’re not sure what a menstrual cup is, it’s basically a little silicone shot glass you wear during menstruation to capture fluid. It’s an eco-friendly alternative to tampons that keeps Aunt Flow in check.

The menstrual cup:

  • Is reusable – no need to buy tampons every month
  • Can be worn for 10-12 hours
  • Is made of BPA-free medical grade silicone – BPA mimics estrogen and messes around with your hormones, which can lead to a multitude of health problems

There are a ton of positive reviews online of women expressing their love for the DivaCup, proclaiming it changed lives.

So I bought one with high hopes.

As a woman who’s fascinated by the inner-workings of her body, I was approaching this with an open mind.

My thoughts:

The entire process is much more invasive than simply using a tampon.

The Cup requires a more hands-on approach, if you know what I’m saying. More than I’m used to when dealing with Aunt Flow.

I experienced no problems inserting, though it requires both hands and some awkward maneuvering and balancing to get in the right position, but I was willing to accept this part. It was comfortable once it was in. 

Then came time for removal. I don’t know if I’m the only one who experienced this, but it hurt to remove. It was so painful I wanted to leave it in and call the whole thing off. Maybe it was the wrong size? There are other brands that make smaller models, but I wasn’t about to play Goldilocks until I found one that fits just right…

Reviews said the process gets easier, but after 2 months of using the DivaCup it didn’t get any easier. I dreaded the removal each time; it was just as awkward, uncomfortable, time-consuming and messy.

With tampons, I like how quick the process is, you know. You’re in, you pull on a string, you wash your hands and you’re out. 15 seconds max. But with the Cup it’s a 5-minute ordeal.

If you’re at work or out running errands you have to wash the Cup in a public sink. That’s not something I’m willing to do.

When it comes to cleaning, the Cup is supposed to be boiled in hot water. I don’t want the DivaCup anywhere near my kitchenware, thanks.

Many women love using menstrual cups, finding they work well with their lifestyle. That’s great if you’re one of them. I encourage you to try one if you haven’t, maybe you’ll be surprised. But they’re not for everyone.

I just can’t do it.

I missed organic tampons.

I can see the benefit of using the Cup if you’re travelling. For example, if you’re hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro a menstrual cup is probably easier to use than carrying around new and used tampons in your backpack.

But since there’s no mountain climbing in my near future, I’ll stick to organic tampons.

Have you tried the DivaCup? If so, tell me your thoughts! Was the experience amazing? Traumatizing? Share!