Wednesday, August 01, 2007

No boys allowed!

All of the men in my life can feel free to look away from this post (of course, we all know you're a bunch of nosies, so you'll lurk anyway just because I said that!).

Anywho, I'm finally a Diva. I bought my Diva Cup last month, and am now kicking myself that I never got one sooner. I'm crazy about it ... absolutely CRAZY about the silly thing!!

So, for all of my very squishy friends (meaning: the opposite of crunchy friends), who just clicked on the link and are thinking, "Ewwwww!" -- get over it. It's amazing. Amazing, I tell you! After the first day of a cycle, I can go twelve hours under the care of my new, little silicone friend. I'm putting less waste into the environment. Hmmm ... and did I mention that I went TWELVE HOURS!!??!!

There are many other pros to using one of these things, but I think I've gone into enough details (Still lurking, guys? That's what I thought!). If I was independently wealthy, I would buy hundreds ... hand them out at church; at parties; when I go to vote!

Wouldn't you like to be a Diva, too?

17 comments:

Summer said...

You're such a diva. ;)

Amy said...

ok, i am completely clueless about this thing. never heard of it. now, i got the jist of what this thing is for, but, how does it work? and for the guys out there, sorry, this is obviuosly a women's post.

Amy said...

christine, you can e-mail me if you don't feel up to putting it on your site.

Christine said...

Nah, we can get grungy in the comments. I don't mind (although, I'm sure my brothers do, but they know better than to keep reading after a warning!).

The best place to find out the nitty-gritty details is to click on the word "Diva" in my post to link to their website, and read the "Q & A" section.

It basically is a better alternative to tampons and pads (although some people have a learning curve with it, or an extremely heavy flow, and still use pads as a back-up temporarily or permanently). I, apparently, am Queen of my vagina and got it right the very first time (bow to me, the Vagina Queen!!).

There are directions that come with your Diva Cup, and there is also customer service, if you're having problems.

Basically, you pinch it up to insert it (you use your hands - nothing disposable or wasteful). Once it's up in there, you grasp the bottom portion (it doesn't go as far as a tampon, so don't freak out - you're not excavating for gold or anything). You twist it a full turn to make sure it has popped open and is in place. Once or twice I had to spend more than a minute or two doing this, but once it was fully open, it turned easily. That was my clue that I had finally gotten it in properly. However, after two days, I was quite a pro!

On the first day, I pulled it out and dumped it about every three hours, just to gauge how it was working with my own personal flow. Removal is easy. Just grasp the bottom portion and gently ease it straight out. If you turn it just slightly it will slowly release the natural seal that has occured. Dump the contents in the toilet. Wipe off, rinse or wash (depending on your access to a sink and soap). Reinsert and go boogie!

I'm not as much of a psychotic "menstruator" since I'm older. So, by day two, I only had to dump my little pal in the morning and at night. FABULOUS!

cammie said...

You have got to be kidding me! There is no way I would have used this! There are just some things that need to be quick and clean...sorry environment.

Of course, I chose the hysterectomy route, so I am saving the environment and staying clean...best thing I ever did :)!

Christine said...

Ignorance is bliss.

Yanking the wet, drippy "oil filter" (as I liked to call my tampons) creates MUCH more yuck than you will ever experience with the Diva Cup. The cup, itself, actually keeps everything contained. Tampons are squished on the way out, dragging along every little bit with it. BLECGH! This is soooo much cleaner.

And don't even get me started on toxic shock ...

"Remember that the vagina is continually self-cleansing washing away dead cells and bacteria. The DivaCup� is non-absorbent and is only a receptacle and does not disturb the natural moisture level in the vagina. The DivaCup� has never been associated with TSS."

Amanda said...

haha...I had never heard of this before! Wow, and I almost forgot I had a period (sigh) one upside to pregnancy!

oh and by the way, you've been tagged! Head on over to my page and check it out!

Paul said...

Ummm....... I know you warned us guys about this post, but I had no idea what a "diva cup" was. All I can say is, I'm sorry I didn't heed your words.

Christine said...

Oh, Paul, you're just not comfortable with your vagina yet. You should work on that! :)

Rose said...

I can't believe I have never heard of the DIVA cup before. I just might be checking it out myself. I already googled for a store nearby that sells them. Amazing!

Teri said...

I just got mine- and can not wait for my period! I am excited and giddy to use my Diva- and the fact I am excited about my period is sick and wrong.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great information! I had never heard of it, but I'm ordering mine today.

Johanna said...

I love the concept however the diva cup specifically isn't for me cuz I'm built smallish. Mine hurts me. I am hoping to get a lunette which is the same concept but smaller. I actually make cloth menstrual stuff too (http://www.phoenixsoapcompany.com) But in general, yeah, for those who hate pads the cups are AWESOME. I just need one that fits me. Ugh. Good luck with it. It might take a cycle or two to get used to it. But its SOOOOOOO much better than dry icky tampons that fill landfills and the sewer. YUCK!

Susanlee said...

I found you through Amanda. I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your posts...I don't know however, how well passing out Divas at church would go over...

I'm going to check this diva thing out, currently, I use sea sponges, which i love love love, but they don't quite make it 12 hours, and, as they are a little squishy, if it gets too full and you sneeze...uh...yeah. bleh.

Sam said...

Oh I think I'm going to have to try this.

Hillary said...

Susanlee - haha... ew! Gross!

Christine - a friend of mine just told me about these, and yours was the second prod I needed to think about maybe getting one. But I hear that it DOES take some getting used to. Apparently the natural seal sometimes is hard to break, and my friend couldn't get hers out the first time. Basically she said it felt like she yanked out her cervix with a suction cup. That makes me a wee little bit TERRIFIED.

But still pondering...

Hillary said...

ok, Christine... you CRACK ME UP! That comment. Oh my goodness. *I* had no idea what you were talking about there, either, for a minute.

However, being that it's on a post I specifically asked boys to comment on, and being that there are about 4 guys from my dance class that have just found my blog, I may have to move that comment to the post before. Not cause it's not AWESOME, just I don't know that I want my dance partners pondering my menstrual choices! Ha!

But yeah. You rock! SO funny!