Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Be a Diva

As my friends (and acquaintances) will attest, one thing that I’m an expert at is preaching about Diva Cups. Male readers and squeamish ladies, this might get a little rough, but stick with me for a moment because this is important.

Most ladies have grown up knowing that there are two ways to deal with periods: pads and tampons. The “feminine hygiene” aisle at most stores reinforces this, and each month we drop up to $30 on an assortment of items with wings and strings to be strategically packed into hidden pockets of purses. There is a better way...Diva Cups (my brand of choice, but there’s also The Keeper, Moon Cup, and other brands) are a complete game changer. Buy it once for about $35, and use it for 10 years. You can leave it in for up to 12 hours, and it will hold quite a lot (even for those of us who are blessed with ‘extra super plus’ volumes of fun each month). Rinse it out in the sink, pop it back in, and you are good to go.

Think it’s too gross? Nope. You can handle it. And if you can’t, just do it while squinting and saying, “Ew, ew, ew, ew.” The actual amount of liquid involved in all of this turns out to be less than you might expect, once you see it in a little cup.

Ever have one of those times where you choose a tampon that’s a little too intense for your particular situation that day and it doesn’t feel quite right? Never happens with the Diva Cup. One size fits all of your flows, and you don’t have to worry about packing up your bag with five different products just in case. Diva Cups have also never been tied to toxic shock syndrome.

I recently read that we each throw away 7 pounds of trash per day, so this is one small way to decrease your waste.

The package comes with a flower pin that says “Diva” in pink on it, too, which you can wear to flaunt your menstrual strategy anywhere from business meetings to school dances. Or you can leave it at home, like I do.

Since people only need to buy this product once every 10 years, the manufacturers don’t have the same marketing budgets as the tampon companies, and many people have never heard of menstrual cups before. So in short, please spread the word. Buy it for yourself, buy it for your sister, buy it for your wife. It works better, it’s cheaper, and it’s better for the environment--It’s really so awesome, and available at Whole Foods and other fine crunchy stores.

Thanks and good luck!

Sincerely,
Adrienne Stortz
Brooklyn, NY
Diva Cup enthusiast since 2009

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