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Madame Bonheur
22 July 2008 @ 09:39 am
Has anyone else repurchased a DivaCup? I see a lot of posts about women who use menstrual cups from two different lines, but I bought a new DivaCup yesterday after leaving my first one at school. I bought the first one in 2005, and the new one is, like...squishier. The holes are larger, and the outside seems more textured, which don't concern me as much because I guess I'll just get used to them.

Does anyone know if the Diva people changed the materials they use to make the cup? I ask because I did a lot of research before buying one the first time and I'm not sure how comfortable I'd feel using a cup made of something I don't know about :/ I was looking on the website, though, and I found this:

Due to government standards and the personal, hygienic nature of the product, a menstrual cup should be replaced once a year.

I feel kind of gross now for using the same one for three years :|
another revolutionaryjennifer19 on July 22nd, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
I noticed that when I got a new one a year ago.

They have to put that warning on the website now. It really, in real life, doesn't need to be replaced every year but they have to put it up to keep their US government certification. Same reason why they stopped their return policy.
another revolutionaryjennifer19 on July 22nd, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
PS- don't feel gross. I used the same one for five and a half years with no problems (no infections, nothing). I bought the new one thinking i'd lost the old one when it turned up. Used it until the 5 year mark and decided to give the new one a spin about 6 months ago.
bookwormsarah: Trevs Womanbookwormsarah on July 22nd, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about the replacing every year note - I am sure this is a disclaimer. I plan to use my mooncup for as long as I can!
Rohaarohaa on July 22nd, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Don't feel gross, it's probably just a marketing ploy as, really, how much are they gonna sell if everyone replaces their cup only after 10 years? As far as I've heard, no cracks = no problems.
elenita83 on July 22nd, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
The Divacup has definitely changed in the last year or so: there are posts around here from women who say the new cups feel different.

And don't feel dirty: the Divacup website added that one-year line after they started putting out the new cups. They didn't give a timeline before, but said that there were women who used their cups for up to ten years.
ladygreyyladygreyy on July 22nd, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I was disturbed by that one year replacement line because really, one of the big draws of using a cup is saving money, and if you're spending $30+ every year on a new cup, while there is still savings depending on what you use, it's just not that big. So I'm glad to see it's not necessary to do so!!!
Lorienblueberryeyes17 on July 22nd, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if they may be weaker than the older cups? More prone to breaking down? I boiled my cup after each period (5-10 mins - that might be a little long) and it developed a crack after only owning it for 6 months. Stillllll waiting to hear if it was my fault or a faulty cup. I'll let everyone know if/when I find out.
Madame Bonheuramitabhbachchan on July 22nd, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)

In the DivaCup website FAQ, they mention 20 minutes as the recommended time for boiling. I really hope you just got a faulty cup, I'm not in love with the idea of something falling apart in my vagina :/
Melissaprincessy on July 22nd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
20 minutes seems sort of long to me when the other cup companies typically recommend about 5 minutes.
crystal: marriedtothesea.comjust_a_spark on July 23rd, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
I wouldn't even bother boiling, to be honest with you. hot, soapy water should do the job just fine. think about all the other shit you put of your vag and it's still there. it's a self-flushing part. you'll be fine not boiling it.
Dina Clare: seattlelintilla on July 23rd, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
Well, I try to avoid soap in my nethers because it makes me sore.
crystaljust_a_spark on July 23rd, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
that's why you rinse it off, doll.
Dina Clare: bro & sislintilla on July 24th, 2008 10:48 am (UTC)
I'm very sensitive, so even a little residue bothers the heck out of me. Boiling = no residue at all!
neurotic_orchidneurotic_orchid on July 22nd, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
They have to put that note on their website due to Canadian regulations. It's totally okay to use the same cup for years and years.
I like Bugs.jlygrnmigt on July 22nd, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
yep, I emailed them about it and they gave me some line about the regulations without ever actually saying that it was bull...though I got the impression that they were not happy about having to put that line in there.
Angela's Ribbonsthought_ribbons on July 22nd, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
it;s still 100% medical grade sillicone, just a bit of a different design :)!
Blogging Sarabloggingsara on July 22nd, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
Once a year? WTF! Yeah, I noticed the different feel too.
Moriahacrophilia on July 23rd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
That's to cover their asses. I plan on using mine for ten years, just as I did when I bought it a year ago. The company made it clear in FAQ that there was no redesign and that retailers have used "2008 Model" as a marketing ploy.