Saturday, May 31, 2008


OK, so I'm going to talk about my period in some detail, so that should turn some of you away. Or maybe that will grab the attention of some of you who are easily sucked in by talk of bodily functions. Anyway, you can't say I didn't warn you.

I have to spread the word about my diva cup. Despite the horrible name (I think it's also been called a keeper too), it's so great that it makes me really angry that I haven't been using it since I was 14. It's basically a cup you insert into your vagina and it collects all the blood! Wow! It's completely eliminated pads, tampons, and even liners because the amazing thing doesn't even leak. Even tampons leak! And the stupid little string drove me nuts! This thing makes me feel like I'm not having a period at all. (Well, except for feeling a little bloated and hormonal.) Getting it in and out is pretty easy, and when you pull it out, you just dump the contents, wash it out with a little hot water and soap, and plop it back in (which I only need to do only twice a day even on the heaviest days). You can take a shower, swim, pee or poop (I don't know if it's because I was tamponically challenged, but tampons would just slip right out whenever I had to poo) without even thinking about it. Serioiusly, if it's inserted right, you can't feel it AT ALL. Another cool thing is, you can actually measure the number of ccs of blood you pass during your period, because the cup has measurements on it. Yeah, how cool is that. And the best part of course is that you can use it over and over again until the day you hit menopause, and never contribute to the landfill with sanitary napkins again. It's truly revolutionary!


Blogger wendy said...

Wow...that sounds good.
Does it do well at night too?

1:56 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

why yes it does. You can wear it all night, no problem.

3:20 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

I've been wanting to go the diva route for years, but my only hang up has been what to do at work.

We have a stalled bathroom, and I'm a big wuss. But your blog today has got me thinking that maybe I should get over that.

btw: I'm going to Chicago this coming week...but after that, I would like some Joanne and Ruby time. It's been a whole week, and I miss you!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Joanne said...

It'll probably take a couple days to figure out just how quickly you fill the thing up, but if you're at all like me, then you won't have to mess with it at work at all. And the thing is medical grade silicone. It takes about a second to wash the blood out and then there's no stains or anything, and as far as anybody is concerned, it's one of those cups you drink cough syrup out of. :) But yeah, I can see how it'd be a bit of a pain in a stalled bathroom. Hey, let me try and pull up my pants and open the stall door with one hand, carry a bloody cup to the sink, wash it out, and get back in the stall, stick it back in, pull your pants up and open the stall with one hand again, and wash your hands again. Sheesh. Just think about the landfill for some strength. :)

8:46 PM  

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