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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.
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 …
-Cost friendly (let’s say a box of tampons is $9.99… over one year you would be saving approx $120)
-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)
-Very strong suction ..this means no leaks, but it’s difficult to get out with the shorter stem
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)!
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.
Is it okay to swim with?
Yes, in fact I used it while scuba diving 130ft down the blue hole in Belize
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!