It only took me about nine months, but I finally figured out how to insert the Diva Cup perfectly every time.
Y’all, it’s slightly embarrassing to write a blog post on this topic for all the world to see. But this is valuable information, which is what Yankee Homestead is all about! I shall therefore press on and swallow my pride. All for you, dear readers.
You already know I’ve been using a Diva Cup for over a year now, along with all the reasons why I love it.
In my original Diva Cup Review, I mentioned it can be tricky to achieve a perfect seal. In other words, sometimes the cup sealed well and sometimes it didn’t. And when it didn’t, it was a nuisance.
Friends, my worst case scenario finally happened: while on an out-of-town trip involving lots of walking, my Diva Cup leaked all over the place.
It was terrible! I had to switch to disposable sanitary products for the rest of that trip, which really irked me.
That experience lit a fire under me to figure out the secret to perfect insertion. Why was a perfect seal such an inconsistent phenomenon?
Well, I’m happy to report that the little trick I’m about to share with you has served me well for months now. In fact, I am now confident enough to go without additional protection, especially on lighter days. I definitely require less additional protection (reusable cloth pads or liners) in general since discovering this trick.
When I share the trick, you’re going to laugh. But don’t worry, if you’ve followed my trick, you won’t have to worry about Diva Cup leakage caused by laughing. It’s so simple.
Are you ready?
Here it is: do a Kegel.
Yep, that’s it.
Okay, there’s a bit more, but these were the steps I was already following, with inconsistent results. The Kegel was the missing step for a perfect seal.
- Fold the cup. (There are two options, as outlined in the Diva Cup instructions.)
- Insert, and simultaneously rotate the cup while doing a Kegel until you feel the cup pop open. You should actually hear a sort of squelching sound indicating a good seal. Yes, seriously.
- (Wash your hands, obviously.)
Ladies, you learned it here. I wish you many happy cycles with your perfectly inserted Diva Cup!
Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page