22nd March 2007

It’s Just Crazy Enough to Work…

This one’s just for the girls in the audience. The ones that aren’t squeamish.

It’s not exactly good dinner conversation, but this sure as hell ain’t dinner. Consider this your last TMI warning.

The Diva Cup

A short time ago, I’d never heard of menstrual cups, and now I’m wondering if I’d been living under a rock. I first heard about them via a post on Jonniker‘s blog, and my initial impuse was similar to hers: something along the lines of OH DEAR GOD NO.

The Diva Cup's packaging

The names of the brands don’t help any — scratch that — the names of the brands are nearly an insurmountable problem. The leader appears to be the Diva Cup. Ugh. I do not want my “sassiness” affirmed by anybody, much less by menstrual products. As if that isn’t bad enough, the Diva Cup packaging is so bad, so juvenile, that I think even Mattel’s Barbie packaging designers would reject it as being too little-girly. And — get this — it comes with a lapel pin that says “Diva.” Oh hell no.

The other contenders trying to get into your cooter are the Moon Cup and the Keeper. The whole thing smacks of hippy-dippy-ism — I’ve known and loved plenty of hippies in my life and they’ve got all kinds of great ideals, but when I think of hippies & menstruation, I think of sea sponges and cloth pads and yuck yuck yuck.

But here’s the thing — as long as you aren’t too squeamish about your own anatomy (and really now… if you are, you’ve got bigger issues to deal with than figuring out a menstruation solution), and dealing with fresh blood, this thing is the anti-yuck. It’s plastic! Long live plastics! Long live indeed — as a matter of fact, these suckers are supposed to last for up to ten years. They can be sterilized by boiling in a bit of hot water. It’s a whole lot more sanitary than having a bunch of moisture and rotting blood in your knickers. And that gross tampon string that’s always trying to get into your butt. Jeebus, they just make a hell of a lot more sense.


  • You only have to change it twice a day. On my heaviest flow day, I did have to change it every three hours, but ordinarily I would have been changing tampons every half hour. HUGE improvement.
  • No odor. Turns out that the odors that develop are due to the blood oxidizing. The blood doesn’t hit the air until you’re removing the cup, so there’s no smell, whatsoever.
  • It’s very comfortable — I don’t feel it at all. 90% of the time, I don’t feel tampons either, but sometimes that damned string gets tucked somewhere weird, or the tampon rides down funny.
  • It’s cheaper. It cost me about $30, and I don’t have to buy any more tampons ever again. In theory.
  • No more loading up my handbag with an assortment of different sizes of tampons & pantyliners. No more taking up half a bathroom cabinet with boxes of same. No more going “argh!” in the grocery store when the only way I can get light-flow tampons is by buying a massive assortment pack.
  • I don’t feel like there’s a swamp in my underpants.


  • There’s a learning curve involved. Insertion, I learned, is no cake walk. Or at least it wasn’t for me — I’m a very undersized woman, and I’ve got some pretty seriously cramped quarters to contend with. I think if I had a more standard-issue anatomy, it might have been easier. Regardless, I got it figured out, and after a few days I feel pretty confident about using it.
  • I hear tales of leaks. I had none, not even a little, not even when the cup was full to overflowing. That may be the plus side of my freakishly small anatomy, I don’t know. It sounds like any leaks that occur can be minimized by trying a different manufacturer or a different size, or just getting better at making sure it’s seated properly.
  • Taking it out is messy, especially when it’s full. Yep, you’re going to get blood on your hands. But seriously — it washes right off, and it was just inside you. It’s not that bad.
Harry and his menstrual cup dress
Harry and his menstrual cup dress

If you want to learn more, here’s the Diva Cup website, the Mooncup UK website, and the US website for the Moon Cup and the Keeper. There’s a Live Journal group for menstrual cups that has a ton of useful information (though some of it gets a bit weird — people there actually wear their Diva lapel pins. And not ironically.). And then there’s this webpage at Roadside America about the Museum of Menstruation, which I’m only including because I found this awesome picture of an old guy holding up a dress made out of menstrual cups.

If nothing else, the fact that I’m willing to not only readily admit, but ANNOUNCE that I use a product with as dippy a name as the Diva Cup should tell you that it’s worth considering.

I’ve renamed mine the CooterMatic 3000.

There are currently 11 responses to “It’s Just Crazy Enough to Work…”

  1. 1 On March 22nd, 2007, ChadSpacey said:

    I should have not read this… uggg

  2. 2 On March 22nd, 2007, Humuhumu said:

    I warned you! Three times!

  3. 3 On March 23rd, 2007, MrBaliHai said:

    I dare you to wear your “Diva” pin to Forbidden Island. I double-dog dare ya!

  4. 4 On March 23rd, 2007, VanTiki said:

    Man, this one killed me! My wife went through all the stages of shock, denial, suspicion, and eventual acceptance (and love) that you describe. The only think you didn’t mention is the horror of finding the cup bobbing about in a briskly boiling pot on the stove. “ooo – whats for dinn – OH GOD!” :)

  5. 5 On March 23rd, 2007, Humuhumu said:

    I’ve already taken to wearing the Diva pin on my pajamas, because it doesn’t take much to make Hanford laugh.

    VanTiki — that’s too funny. I’ll be sure to give Hanford some advance warning so he doesn’t get his hopes up at seeing me slaving over the stove.

    Okay, how is it that every single commenter so far (‘cept for me) has been male? I’m not complaining or anything. It’s just… unexpected.

  6. 6 On March 23rd, 2007, Tiki-Kate said:

    Words fail me.

  7. 7 On March 24th, 2007, Tiki Avengers said:

    Quote: Okay, how is it that every single commenter so far (’cept for me) has been male? I’m not complaining or anything. It’s just… unexpected

    Well for one, you said this was just for the ladies, which to me meant, girl secrets and tickle fights.

    You used the word ‘Squeamish’ which meant something cool was going to happen, and thirdly, you warned us not to read it.

    This is probably why there is a warning on your hair dryer as to NOT use it in the shower…Sometimes men will do exactly the opposite of what they are warned NOT to do.

    The word “menstrual” was almost the deal breaker, but you re focused our short attention span with the word “Cooter”.

    After that I kinda blacked out, and woke up writing this response.

    I have to say, this article really unlocks the mystery of what goes on behind those bathroom doors.

    Somehow I always figured it was as simple as a Moist Towelette, a quick reload, so to speak, and ‘Boom’ off to your spin class you go…

    But now all I can picture, is it being more like gutting a greased pig while wearing oven mitts.

    My life is changed now. I will never be able to reclaim the innocence I had just a short 15 minutes ago, as I was laughing at you in the bacon costume.

    I have to go now…the fire department is here to help remove my foot from the toaster (again)…

    But I will leave you with this…you women are a mystery that men should NEVER try to solve, even IF it is possible…

  8. 8 On March 25th, 2007, Humuhumu said:

    Haha… I’m sorry I stole your innocence, bp. :) Have some more bacon, bacon makes everything better.

  9. 9 On August 22nd, 2007, Botias said:

    I’ve renamed mine the CooterMatic 3000.

    So much heee! It was worth the $30 for this review alone. :)

  10. 10 On March 31st, 2010, botias said:

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  11. 11 On July 26th, 2011, Sabrianna said:

    I had the exact same reaction when I saw DIVA cups *shudder*