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I have really been making an effort to widen the content and span of this blog to help you travel as affordably and authentically as possible. This means I will candidly share with you my experiences as a female traveller so you can make the most of your own travels. With that said, I wanted to share my reviews of the feminine product I tried while living and travelling for 3 months few in Africa… The Diva Cup

 

Diva is not only environmentally friendly and helped me SAVE money, but it’s so practical for long term and off beat travel.

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Tanzania’s remote Gombe Stream National Park is only accessible by boat- you’d better bet there’s no pharmacy to buy tampons here!

 

I was interested in trying a menstrual cup due to the obvious benefits of it being reusable. For someone who travels light, this is a huge advantage (to not worry about packing months worth of supplies, or to have to hunt down your preferred product in a foreign country).

 

Plus, the impact on the environment is extremely beneficial.

 

But to be honest, at first I was hesitant to try it…I wasn’t sure what to expect or whether it would be practical to maintain it in a context where there may not be clean water or public washrooms. Finally curiosity won.

 

In my experience, here are the pros and cons …

 

 

Pros:

-Cost friendly (let’s say a box of tampons is $9.99… over one year you would be saving approx $120)

-Environmentally friendly

-Takes up virtually no room in luggage/ purse

-Comfortable once in place

-Customizable (you can order your preferred size – A= pre-birth, B= post-birth)

-No worries about how/where to dispose product during times when a garbage or toilet is not accessible  (i.e. camping, squatter style toilets) because the cup is reusable – simply rise and repeat

-Never have tampon string hang out of bathing suit bottoms again

-Less dehydrating than tampon use

-No risk of toxic shock due to silicone material so you can use for longer periods of time (up to 12 hours)

 

Cons:

-Very strong suction ..this means no leaks, but it’s difficult to get out with the shorter stem

 

Frequently asked:

 

 What do I do if I’m travelling in areas that do not have access to clean water?

I was worried whether this could lead to infection if I rinsed the product with water in Tanzania that could be contaminated. I resorted to either using boiled water or rinsing thoroughly with tap water and soap. I did not have any issues with these strategies (but you can always buy the diva brand soap if you are concerned)!

 

lake victoria at ekewere island, tanzania
The rural island of Ekewere, Tanzania is the perfect example of an isolated place where you will want a cup.

 

What do I do if I need to use a public restroom?

In public washrooms (i.e. at airport, campsite etc) I simply brought a bottle of water with me into the stall. Rinse the cup in the stall with the bottled water and reuse. An alternative idea is to carry a small package of baby wipes.

Campsite tested in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

 

Is it okay to swim with?

Yes, in fact I used it while scuba diving 130ft down the blue hole in Belize

The ultimate diva cup test.. fool-proof at 130ft below

Overall Opinion:

I liked the cup enough to continue to use it even during the times I’m not travelling. I recommend for any model that you try, don’t give up – it’s a learning curve that is so worth the effort!

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Xo,

Stephanie - the pink backpack travel blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 Comments

  1. I’ve tried a menstrual cup and it just wasn’t for me. Plus, combined with my IUD I was always terrified about somehow suctioning out my birth control. I agree that they are tricky to get out too! I’m REALLY glad it works for you though, and I’d kill to be able to use them and save space and money!

  2. It sounds really convenient to use and I’ve read a lot of good reviews about it. I’m still skeptical to try it though. Glad it worked out for you.

  3. These things are an interesting concept, however I’m just not sure I could use one. Your review is very thorough and helpful though! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for sharing this. It sounds so cost effective. I’ve been caught out a few times while travelling when I have not had the money for sanity products. This would be an investment for sure. Hm, perhaps it is time for me to seriously consider this as an option.

  5. Thanks for this info. My pal and I were wondering how it works, how messy it can be, and what if you have very heavy flow, leakages etc especially during long trips. What’s your opinion on this?

  6. This is interesting, i have never tried the Diva Cup but i love the fact that it is comfortable, easy to use and more importantly it is environmentally friendly.

  7. I’ve used a similar item for the last two years and haven’t looked back since… it saves me SO MUCH drama and money!

  8. I went the Mirena route and it hasn’t worked out as expected. It’s probably time to look into the Diva Cup. I’d especially like something that works well for swimming/snorkeling. Seems like there are more pros than cons

  9. I just made the switch to cloth pad, but am still looking for something to go swimming with, so a menstrual cup is on my list of things to try. Thanks for presenting the pros and cons!

  10. I have really been thinking about getting one of these lately! It really is inconvenient to try and find stuff you like when traveling abroad and this would possibly solve that problem for me!

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