My Xtranormal Diva Cup Review – Why Should You Ditch Your Tampons?

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(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

There are two sizes of the Diva Cup

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.)

The Diva Cup

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!


  1. Oh how I love my Diva Cup. I only bought mine only 2 & 1/2 months ago *so 2 cycles* but like others, I wish I would have done it YEARS ago. There is a definite learning curve as well as total shock by the 2nd day. Shock because it’s SO EASY! Comfort, no leakage, no need for an oops pad. That being said, it wasn’t until my last period that I confidently went without a backup pad both day & night. Also, I’ve never felt cleaner while on my period. And that my friends, is worth more than all the others! I think the biggest thing to get over is the actual changing it. For whatever reason pulling out a tampon seems cleaner to most vs. dumping out a cup of your own blood. You quickly get over it, as the pros win out! I would recommend buying a Diva Cup to everyone reading this…and have definitely started telling friends. Great post!!!

  2. I have been using it for a few months. I have a 1 year old and a 3 year old. I started using it when my monthly returned after having my youngest. OH how I wish I had known about this years ago. I don’t use anything but the cup, I never use tampons. I sometimes use fuzzibunz cloth pads as supplement. I admit with two littles sometimes I try hurry through inserting and I will leak. When I have to go somewhere I just check it right before I leave and if I have to change it when I am out, I find a way to rinse it. Thanks for reviewing this awesome product!! I could not go back!!!

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  4. I started using the DivaCup this past year, and like many, I regret not trying it sooner. It took me a couple tries to get it just right, but I’ve never had a problem with leakage. Fortunately, I can go the full 12 hours without needing to empty it. The closest I came to reaching the fill-line was when I had a very busy 16-hour day, so I was pushing the limits. I was still below the fill-line and it didn’t leak, but I wouldn’t recommend breaking the 12-hour rule. If nothing else (though the benefits are many) it’s just nice not having to purchase products every month.

    1. That’s so great to hear! I know it can be intimidating the first few times using it, wondering if you are gonna be leaky, but after you get the hang of it…I think most women wonder why they hadn’t tried it sooner! I also wonder why it isn’t taught as a viable option for managing your period. Why just pads & tampons? Ridiculous! Thanks for reading & commenting!

  5. I’ve wanted to try the diva cup for a long time. Of all the cups, I’ve heard the most and best about DivaCup. I’ve been a little afraid of the learning curve, but considering the money I’ll save and the benefits of not using tampons I think I’ll get myself one soon :3 thanks for the extra bit of inspiration!
    Love and faerie dust,

    1. Kait, I would love to hear how it works out for you! I had a bit of a hard time at first, but once I learned what insertion method worked for me, I was a convert! If you felt like writing a mini-post on your experience I would love to publish it here, too.

  6. I’ve always wanted to try it. Maybe when my period comes back…!

  7. Thanks so much for writing this brave review on the Diva Cup. I have one. It’s been sitting in it’s box my cabinet for months. I’m afraid! I just can’t stand using tampons (organic tampons!) anymore. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Go for it Lori! Just do it when you know you will be at home a lot so you can get the trial & error part down…

  8. I also tried it for the first time this spring, and while it takes a bit of getting used to, I really like it. At first I had a hard time getting it set just right and had some leakage problems, but after a while I feel confident with it. I agree with you on tampons, for years I have used natural unbleached ones, but I am constantly worried that I will leave it in too long or get an infection of some sort. The Diva cup gives me an extra sense of well-being! Thanks for reviewing it, more women need to know this is an easy and affordable option!

    1. Some periods I can use the diva cup the whole time, though some I have to have some tampon back ups. i love knowing it is a reliable way to manage my period! Thanks for reading & commenting.

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