Alright, ladies, we are going to have a chat. Sorry fellas, this post will probably gross you out if you keep reading.
Running on your period is a complete pain in the ass. Pads chafe, tampons leak and Heaven help you if you have a heavy flow and a long run scheduled.
When I first got serious about training for a half, I began to look around for some magical menstrual product that wouldn’t annoy the crap out of me. I stumbled on to a Runner’s World forum where a number of women suggested the DivaCup. The reviews were glowing, everyone loved it. I figured it sounded kind of squicky, but worth a try, especially since the DivaCup only costs $40 and is reuseable for abou a year. Money saved!
I went to my local Whole Foods and invested in the DivaCup and the DivaWash (you don’t have to buy the special soap, but I thought it was worth it for the sake of my lady bits and it’s only $11 and lasts forever). The first time I inserted it took about 5 minutes, but once it was in, I was set! At this point, I can insert the cup in about 30 seconds with no difficulty. There is a stem on the cup that can be trimmed to fit the individual woman and the cup comes in 2 sizes, size 1 for under 30 and no children and size 2 for over 30 and/or have children (even if you had a c-section).
Care of this thing is super easy. You take it out about once every 12 hours (and this is probably TMI, but I NEVER get blood on my hands because all of the blood is in the cup), wash it with DivaWash or mild soap and water and put it back in. I wear mine for my entire cycle with no problems or discomfort. Right before my cycle is due, I boil it for 10 minutes and I’m ready to go for my entire cycle.
I have never noticed my DivaCup while running and it has never leaked. I was so miserable using pads or tampons that I considered skipping runs on my period, but no more! Also, the DivaCup hold A LOT more than disposable menstrual products, so no need to interrupt a long run to deal with my business.
For those of you crunchy types, the DivaCup is great for the environment and is made of 100% silicone so it is phthalate-free, latex-free, plastic-free, and BPA-free and, of course, none of the products are tested on animals.
Health wise, the ounce markings on the DivaCup were how I could tell my gynecologist exactly how much blood I was losing the last time I had to go to the hospital. It’s so much easier to tell heavy from light with this thing because you see the volume collect. It sounds gross, but my doctors really appreciated me being able to tell them exactly what was going on.
So, on to the giveaway! DivaCup has delightfully agreed to send a DivaCup to one lucky winner! To win, you must be a follower (leave me a comment telling me how you follow and what size cup you would require). Optional entries:
1. Tweet this giveaway and leave me a comment telling me that you did. Make sure to tweet to @RunningonWords and @DivaCup so I know you did it!
2. Blog about this contest and leave me the link in a comment
3. Check out the FAQs page on the DivaCup site and tell me one interesting thing you learned.
4. Follow me on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me that you do.
5. Follow DivaCup on Twitter and leave me a comment that you do.
Edited to add: I’m leaving the giveaway open until July 19 at 7 PM. I’ll draw a winner the next day. Good luck!
Note: DivaCup did not solicit this review. I happened to buy a DivaCup and contacted them for a giveaway because I love it so much. And I must add that the customer service was delightful and the person I talked to was very helpful and sweet!