Only Silicone & Latex in My Vagina

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 09:18
Submitted by Carlin Ross

I ordered my diva cup on Amazon after the last day of my period. After liberating myself from the pill, it was time to liberate myself from tampons. I even threw out all my tampons so I didn't have a choice.  My next period would be a diva cup period.

As luck would have it, I got my period at Betty's during the first day of the Bodysex workshop. Really...I went to the bathroom right before we assembled in the circle and there she was...and it was heavy. Thank god I had my diaphragm with me or I wouldn't have been able to do genital show & tell or penetration with the barbell. I had to empty it several times but it worked like a charm.

When I got home Sunday night, I couldn't wait to take a shower. I was covered from head to toe in almond oil and orgasm sweat. I removed my diva cup from the packaging and glanced at the instructions. There were three line drawings explaining how to insert it into your vagina. It looked easy enough: squeeze the cup so it flattens out and then fold it in half.

I got out of the shower and went right to it. I've learned that it's much easier to insert your diaphragm while you're squatting over the floor so I used the same technique with my cup. I spread my labia open with one hand and inserted the cup with the other. Then I took my finger and ran it along the sides of the cup to make sure it was in place. There's this little tapered end and as long as it's in the center of your vagina the cup is fine (you pull the tapered end to remove it).

This product has changed my life - it's the best $25 I've ever spent. I went to bed that night a little worried that I would have some bleeding but there wasn't a drop of blood in my panties. I don't even feel it inside me. For my entire adult life, I've struggled with pads and tampons. I'm always bleeding through them or rummaging through my handbags trying to find one. And they're fucking expensive at $10/box - don't get me started on the chemicals in all feminine hygiene products.


From now on it's only silicone and latex in my vagina. And can I say that emptying the cup is super sexy. When I removed it for the first time, I was squatting on the floor pulling at the tapered end when I realized that it would simply slide out if I pushed out with my pc muscles (also helps during penetration). It slid right out and nothing spilled on the floor. It was all right there in my cup.


I looked at how much blood I'd released from my made me feel so connected to myself. Then I poured my blood into the sink. The crimson red against the white sink was beautiful. I rinsed out the cup and watched my menses run down the drain. It was so different than dealing with a cotton pad/tampon saturated with blood. It felt pure. God, I love my new menses ritual.


Today, I ran 6 miles in the gym and my cup performed perfectly. I've had issues with tampons during work outs. I can't tell you how good it feels to have found a period solution that's so convenient and economical. In a way, I'm kind of pissed that menstrual cups aren't given out in schools. There's always so much mystery around your period when you're a young girl.   Why?

If we taught girls how to use menstrual cups, they would be the ones penetrating their vaginas for the first time...they would feel more connected to their bodies...they would feel more secure about being a woman.

I can't wait for my next period ;)

Editor in Chief & Keeper of All Things Betty Dodson

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I loved reading this post

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 15:34
bliss2345 (not verified)

I loved reading this post Carlin, thankyou. I believe strongly that due to the lack of profitability, menstrual cups have been ignored by the women's health companies and the media. It's also sad to see that this extends to health services as well, I've yet to see any promotion of menstrual cups with the NHS here in England. Do you think that fears exist about hygiene and possible infection? As far as I can tell, these cups are more hygenic than tampons and carry less risk of toxic shock etc. I have also read reports from women saying that their menstrual cramps were less pronounced when they used a cup.

I want one of those

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 17:19

This review from Carlin encourages me to get my own diva cup. I have been checking out where I can get one and here in my country these devices are not very common. But finally I have contacted a pair of places that have some of these cups in stock, the only thing is that they are a bit expensive...much more than Carlin paid...I have to pay about 50 bucks for it!!
Anyway I think it's a good and clean (and cheap in the medium and long term, and ecological too) solution for those menstrual days and  I hope that the cup will help me decreasing the cramps and the fuss with my heavy periods, there are days that I don´t stand tampons and pads are uncomfortable. The best part of using the cup is that you can go to the pool or the beach without any kind of inconvenience .
Thanks Carlin


Wed, 10/03/2012 - 22:54

i agree, the cup is genius. I can sleep in it, with it I often forget I have my period. Playing with the blood is fun, check check check. I promote them as often as I can.
here is is really informative blogpost about different kinds in different countries.

I've been using a mooncup for

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 07:33

I've been using a mooncup for over a year now and haven't looked back. When my period's heavy i'll add a sanitary towel at nighttime though just in case.

Menstrual cups

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 11:16
Lady Grinning Soul

I remember a long time ago a friend of mine in Germany asking me to get her a Mooncup because at the time Boots (chain of chemists here in the UK) seemed to be the only place that sold them. When I asked in the shop the assistant had no idea what they were, but we eventually found them nowhere near the rest of the menstrual products. Unfortunately my friend never got on with the cup and that pretty much put me off trying one myself. I bleed very heavily and I never thought the cup seemed big enough to hold it all!

Recently, however, I've been thinking more about getting one. I'm not so much bothered about the price of tampons ($10 Carlin! I'm not sure how much that is in pounds but I pay £1 for mine) but I really dislike the dryness they cause towards the end of my period, plus I've never had a tampon that doesn't leak a bit. Having got my period this morning I nipped into Boots at lunch to see how much the cups are now (£21) and I think I'll invest in one once I've got through the boxes of tampons I've already got stocked at home.

Just ordered a ladycup

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 17:34

I've used a MeLuna for about three years and orderd a Ladycup last week. Love my menstrual cup, so much more comfortable than tampons!

Cups of Blood

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 17:41
Marisa Black

Hooray!  I love my Diva cup.

Someone above asked about hygiene, and I boil mine when my period is over, and it's all sterilized for the next go-round.

The first FB commenter above also mentioned saving the blood for houseplants, and I wholeheartedly agree. My plants *love* the rich nutrients that my body sheds every month, and I like that I'm giving it back to a bit of earth, even earth in a pot in my window.

Happy cupping!  xo