My Xtranormal Diva Cup Review – Why Should You Ditch Your Tampons?
Written by Helga
Tuesday, 1 November 2011 01:19
(NOTE: I bought the Diva Cup with my own money to try out & review. No one asked me to review this product.)
Earlier this year I decided to make the leap.I wanted to try out a Diva Cup.
I was doing research on tampons, because as innocuous as they sound, are more than just cotton. They are bleached to look snowy
white and pure, there are chemicals added to make them extra absorbent.They can leave behind chemicals in your body called dioxins, an incredibly harmful toxin that can wreck all sorts of damage on our system.
The vagina, while being mighty enough to birth a baby, has a lining that is quite porous and rich in blood vessels. With the repeated insertion and removal of tampons, microscopic tears in the lining can take place. It is through these tears that bacteria and viruses can easily enter, as well as chemical absorption. Dentists warn us that if we do not floss properly, unhealthy gums can be a gateway for bacteria that can lead to heart disease, stroke and pneumonia. Doctors tell us that torn cuticles can be a pathway for infections as well. So it shouldn’t be difficult to believe that microscopic tears in the vaginal wall cannot be good for your health.
(Tampons used to be even more absorbent than they are today, but when there was a link made between Toxic Shock Syndrome and high absorbancy tampons, they were removed from the market. Toxic Shock is a potentially fatal infection caused by either staph or strep bacteria and can lead to total organ failure. I have seen first hand how awful it can be, my sister contracted TSS when she was 14. She almost died from it; I remember my mom telling us we needed to be prepared, and the hospital even brought in the clergy. She recovered but it was a horrible, horrible time for the family.)
Now, how did the Diva Cup work for me? It works great! Once I figured out the best way to insert it and make sure it was in place, it is like it isn’t even there. Works fine overnight, no problem during sports. I wish I had tried this sooner.
I will say it took me a few attempts to get the whole removal and cleaning process down. I work from home and would change out about 2-3 times per 24 hour period. And I am not going to lie, if I had toddlers and was out & about and had to deal with the Diva Cup in, say, the Target bathroom, I would be overwhelmed. I work from home so for the most part, the Diva Cup fits my needs perfectly. I can go eight hours before needing to take care of it, so for me, this is a great alternative to using tampons. I do still use tampons for those times when I know I won’t be home in time to clean the cup properly between uses.
There is so much information out there about the link between tampon use and potential health risks. I can’t list it all here. A little research and some common sense should tell you that it’s good to have more than one way to maintain your period.
Would love to hear from others who use the Diva Cup!
Update, May 29, 2014 – still love it! Still recommend it!