The Diva Cup. I’m going there people. I’m going where the ocean ebbs and the moon wanes. I’m going where the crimson wave has little to do with surfing and where the cotton pony has nothing to do with ranch life. Yes people, I’m going there. I’ve decided to rag on so called “feminine hygiene” products.
I’ve never been comfortable with the cost or environmental waste associated with tampons, pads, and other menstrual gear listed under the banner of “feminine hygiene”. I’ve always felt cramped when dishing out big bucks for a wad of cotton on a string and I’m grumpy with the garbage created. To me, it’s just bad financial cents to bleed my bank account and rot the earth when there’s a much better way.
1. Cost: Diva Cup vs tampons or pads.
A menstrual cup like the Diva Cup costs about $25 and can be used for a year. The company behind the Diva Cup, Diva International, suggests cups should be replaced annually, but I’ve used mine longer — just be sure to keep it clean. But seriously, $25 bucks for a reusable device is not a heck of a lot when you consider the cost of disposables over the year.
Before buying a menstrual cup, be sure to check if the brand carries different models sized by age or based on childbearing. For example, the Diva Cup Model 1 is for gals under the age of 30 who have not had children and the Diva Cup Model 2 for gals age 30 and over and/or for women who have delivered vaginally or by caesarean section.
Now I’ve done the math ladies. The amount of money we spend over our lives on disposable pads and tampons is mind boggling. If I roughly guesstimate a woman’s fertile life ranges from age 13-48 (seems like a good average to me), that’s 35 years!
- Tampon Pack: $5
- Pad Pack: $5
- Monthly Cost: $10
- Yearly Cost: $120
Bottom Line: Lifetime 35-year cost: $4200This number does not account for inflation or taxes either!
Basically, we’re making the companies behind Always and Tampax rich. Especially when you consider about 50 percent of the population needs this stuff. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather save thousands of bucks by buying a couple of Diva Cups or menstrual cups over my lifetime. That’s just good financial sense. Period.
I’ve discovered a few health benefits since using the Diva Cup. Seriously.
- No harmful substances. Pads and tampons can contain bleaches, absorbing chemicals, perfumes, and other irritants or allergens. The Diva Cup is made of medical grade silicone which cannot be broken down or absorbed into the body.
- No Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).Tampons have been shown to have a connection to TSS, a rare but sometimes fatal disease caused by bacterial infection. No such connection exists with the Diva Cup since cups do not function though absorbency.
- “Down There” Health. Upon removal, tampons can scratch and leave tiny thread fragments. Pads can cause rashes. The natural balance “down there” is not compromised through the Diva Cup.
I’ve mostly mentioned the Diva Cup brand since it’s available in North America, and that’s where I live. Other menstrual cup brands are available around the world, so I’ve summarized them below:
- DivaCup (Canada, USA)
- Mooncup (United Kingdom)
- Keeper (USA)
- Moon Cup (USA)
- LadyCup (Czech Republic)
- Lunette (Finland)
- Miacup (South Africa)
- Femmecup (Far East)
I went there people. I went where cutesy advertising campaigns tell me to “Have a Happy Period,” and annoy me. I went there and provided a real solution to environmental concerns and cost considerations. I went there. I went there ’cause I want you to go there too. Would you consider it?