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Summary of the features of 
The DivaCup™:

  • Made of flexible medical grade silicone 

  • Hypoallergenic and Latex-Free

  • Satisfaction guaranteed for one full year

  • Raised ridges on the outside bottom of  The DivaCup for easy removal

  • Measurements printed inside the cup (in ounces and millilitres), for monitoring your flow

  • Ability to sterilize The DivaCup by boiling for 2-5 minutes in an open pan of water; therefore more hygienic and sanitary

  • Very comfortable, discreet, convenient,  and easy to use

  • Environmental and economical since      The DivaCupis reusable

  • Reliable protection

  • Great for all sports including swimming, hiking, travelling, biking, backpacking, etc.

  • Not tested on animals

  • Made in Canada

 

 

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  • Which model should I use?
  • How do I know when to empty The DivaCup™?
  • How do I insert The DivaCup™?
  • Can I use The DivaCup™ with an IUD
  • Can a young girl or virgin use The DivaCup™?
  • How soon after childbirth can I use The DivaCup™?
  • What about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)?


    Which model should I use?

    The DivaCup™ is available in two models:

    Model 1: for women under 30 years old who have never had childbirth or c-sections. Model 1 is 1/4 " (0.6 cm) smaller in diameter than Model 2

    Model 2: for women who have had vaginal childbirth or c-sections; and for women who are over 30 years old and never had childbirth.
    We recommend Model 2 if you are over 30 years old because as we age, our hips naturally widen and the vaginal muscles lose elasticity.  Since it is the vaginal muscles which hold The DivaCup in place, it is important to follow the sizing guidelines.


    How do I know when to empty The DivaCup™?

    The DivaCup™ holds one ounce (30 ml). The entire average monthly flow is around 3 to 4 ounces (90-120 ml). By monitoring the fullness of the cup, you will quickly learn how often to empty it according to your flow. If you have fairly regular flows you can even insert The DivaCup™ right before your period ensuring no messy leaks.  The DivaCup™ must be emptied 2-4 times a day (depending on your flow) and can be worn up to 12 hours overnight.

    On the occasion you need to empty it in a public washroom, use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup, and wash well with hot soapy water at the next convenient time.  

    It should not be used as a birth control method and does not protect you from Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  It is not necessary to remove it for urination or bowel movements, however, The DivaCup™ must be removed prior to intercourse.


    How do I insert The DivaCup™?

    (This is a condensed version of the usage guide. You will receive a full version with your purchase of The DivaCup™) Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. While sitting or standing in a comfortable position, insert your DivaCup according to the following instructions.

    Step 1: Fold
    Moisten the rim The DivaCup™ with water if needed. Press the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again.

    Step 2: Hold
    Hold the folded sides firmly between your thumb and forefinger. The single curved edge should be facing away from your palm.

    Step 3: Insert
    With the vaginal muscles relaxed, gently separate the labia with your free hand and then push the curved edge of the folded DivaCup™ into the vaginal opening.

    4: Removal
    Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. Pull gently on the stem until you can reach the base of the cup and remove. The contents should not spill during removal. Simply empty the contents in the toilet, wash it well with hot soapy water and reinsert. 


    Can I use The DivaCup™ with an IUD?

    The DivaCup™ is worn low at the base of the vagina and is away from the cervix, it should not interfere with your IUD.
    As recommended, always check your IUD cord after inserting and removing your DivaCup™ to make sure that it has not been dislodged. Many of our customers are IUD users as well and have not reported any problems.



    Can a young girl or virgin use The DivaCup™?

    Physically, The DivaCup is suitable for women of all ages as the vagina is just a flexible muscle designed to give birth. Very young girls seem to be afraid of using internally worn products because they are not knowledgeable enough about their body and think that internal products can get lost up there or will hurt them. As a parent/guardian, this is an ideal time to review the anatomy with your daughter and answer her questions and to visit our website and read it together.
    Since The DivaCup is worn internally, there is a chance that it will break the hymen. If she is already using any internal products such as tampons, the hymen has already been broken.
    Many of our customers are as young as 12 years old.
    Below is a testimonial from a young DivaCup user:

    Dear DivaCup people,
    "I just wrote to say thanks and tell you what I think about your product. I am 14 and have been using your cup since I was 13 (a little over six months) when I first started my period my mother told me I could use pads for now and just to tell you I HATED them since I always got my period when I was planning to go to the beach. So after begging my mother she let me use tampons and I will admit I loved them but one day my mother got an e-mail that told the horror of tampons and other diseases besides TSS that women have been known to get (one of which she had) and made me throw away all my tampons (which I was happy to do because I did not want to get sick) and back to pads and back to misery. My mother told me one day about your cup and to be honest it kind of grossed me out but once I saw your web page and did some research on other alternatives I thought that this would be my best choice (my family has been known to go cross country in a car not fun with a pad) so I ordered it and tried it and it does take some practice but I LOVE it. I never have to worry about anything leaking? It rarely leaks and if it does I did something wrong but I got the hang of it and it never leaks. I only wish I found your cup sooner. I think not only every women should use your cup but every girl as well and I will try to spread the word about your wonderful product. Thanks so much." Heather Idaho



    How soon after childbirth can I use The DivaCup™?

    After childbirth, you can wear it right away. Since it is the vaginal muscles that hold The DivaCup in place it is important to do Kegel exercises daily, especially after childbirth. Unfortunately, as we age, the vaginal muscles tend to get softer as well. If you find that your Model 2 DivaCup (the larger one) leaks or rides up, Kegels are recommended and will make a big difference to ensure a better seal.
    To find your vaginal muscle, sit on the toilet with your legs parted. As you start to urinate, tighten your vaginal muscles if to stop the urine. Hold for a count of three and then relax and then repeat ten times. Since these exercises can be done at any time throughout the day we recommend that you do at least 100 Kegels a day.
    Like most muscles in our body, once it gets toned up, you should notice an improvement when wearing your DivaCup.



    What about Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)?

    Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is considered a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by toxin-producing strains of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. TSS has been linked to high absorbency and prolonged use of tampons. There are now regulations in labelling for tampon absorbency to decrease the risk of TSS.

    Symptoms of TSS often mimic the flu and can include sudden high fever, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, fainting, or a rash that looks like a sunburn during your period or a few days after. If you experience any of these symptoms while using The DivaCup™, remove it and immediately contact your physician.


    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.

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