Female Travel Product Review: Diva Cup
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 two years ago in Africa (and actually still use monthly)… 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 leakage, but it can be 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 cup cleansing 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.
Pro tip: Do not rinse in airplane bathroom sink (these are notorious for not draining)!!! Rinse over toilet with a bottle of water or wipe with tissue/baby wipes.
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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 Diva 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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