It's Time to Switch from Tampons to the DivaCup—I Did, and I'll Never Go Back

I'm sure you've heard of the DivaCup by now as it's been growing in popularity within the last few years, but in case you haven't, it's a menstrual cup that's used in place of other disposable feminine hygiene products. I used it for one cycle and instantly knew I would never use another tampon again.

Here's Why I Made the Switch

Like many women, I used to dread getting my period each month, but then I discovered a secret weapon that was life changing—literally. The DivaCup is a menstrual cup that replaces tampons and pads. It's available in three sizes to ensure the best fit and can be reused up to 10 years (yes, you read that correctly). It's also made with BPA-free, medical-grade silicone that can be inserted for up to 12 hours, depending on your flow.

I was 21 years old when I first learned what a menstrual cup was, and let me tell you, that was about 10 years too late. Before that, I had been relying on generic tampons and pads for protection, which didn't always work out to my advantage considering they caused irritation and only lasted about two hours on a good day. After hearing about an influencer's success with the DivaCup, I decided to dig a little deeper to see if the almost $40 price tag would actually be worth it.

After extensive research and finding out from my doctor that I am allergic to tampons, I finally decided it was time to make the switch. I ordered the model 1 cup and a bottle of DivaWash, and it came with everything I needed to get started, including instructions on how to safely insert, remove, and clean the cup, along with a small storage bag. I was a little nervous to use it at first, but once I trimmed the stem to the right length and successfully inserted the cup using the "push-down fold," it was smooth sailing thereafter.

Unlike other products, I was able to leave it in all day without having to worry about leaks or irritation, and take it from me, the barely-there feel is no joke. During the first two days of my period when I have a heavy flow, I empty my DivaCup in the morning, during my lunch hour, and at night before bed, but as it decreases I only empty it twice a day in the morning and at night. Before and after each cycle, I make sure to cleanse my cup using DivaWash to ensure there's nothing left behind. After all, "down there" is the most sensitive part of a woman's body so keeping your sanitary products clean is essential to good hygiene.

Not only has this small change made a big difference in my health, but it has saved me time and money, and has helped reduce my carbon footprint. As if it's not obvious, the almost $40 price tag was totally worth it and after my 10 years are up, I'll be purchasing another DivaCup.

The DivaCup can be purchased in store or online at various retailers including Walmart and Target.