Well, everyone… personal time. Some of you may even consider this TMI time (aka overshare time), but nevertheless, I have something to share with you. I use a menstrual cup instead of tampons and pads! And to any of you who are now picking up their jaws off the floor, I want you to know that it’s GREAT! I bought it about three or four years ago based on concerns about tampons and their toxicity for my body, their high cost, and their environmental impact, and I’ve never looked back since. The brand I have is the DivaCup, which is the main one available in North America (a nearly identical product is available in Europe called the MoonCup). It has been a fantastic investment that has not only saved me money, protected me from exposure to toxins, and reduced the amount of waste products flushed into our sewers, but it has played a huge part in me getting over any squeamishness or ignorance I previously had about my body. Thumbs up.
But this post isn’t about my period or my newfound feelings of appreciation for the workings of my uterus. It’s about how much I hate the name DivaCup. Particularly, the word diva. It grates on my nerves (in this context, at least). I mean, do I really want to associate the experience of having my period with thoughts of sassy “don’t go there girlfriend”-types singing power ballads? To use a very applicable quote from Will & Grace, “as Aretha said to Gloria, Celine, Shania, and Mariah during Divas Live, ‘Are you trippin’?’ ”
All this is to say that I love the DivaCup but can’t stand the tiny drawstring bag it came with, because, unfortunately, it has the word Diva written all over it. So I made a new one. (There, three paragraphs in and I finally get to the point. Oof.)
The original DivaCup bag (left) and my new one (right).
It’s basically the exact same as the original (minus the unpleasant product name and general falling-apart-ness). So if you’re as disheartened as I am with the word diva, and yet really love this product in all other ways (as do I), know that you do not have to suffer in silence. You can make your own replacement, and it’s really easy. Check out what I did after the jump!