The Keeper

The #1 eco-friendly period fad, circa 1996. Sort of better in theory than practice. Who’s with me?



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12 responses to “The Keeper

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  2. Christi

    I have the diva cup (same thing only made out of silicone) and I used to love it. It was awkward at first, but after I got used to it, I couldn’t fathom going back to tampons.

    However, after a birth control pill slowed my periods down to minor spotting for 3 days, I had no need for it and stopped using it. I was on this pill for nearly a year when I switched back to condoms ’cause my emotional state was all wacky. When I got my period full on for the first time in a long time I tried to use my diva cup again and I could not get used to it. I was sooo frustrated. It was super uncomfortable and pressed against my bladder so I had to use the toilet every 10 minutes. Not fun.

    So yes, totally agree. Better in theory than practice (at least after not using it for a year).

  3. I have one and I used it a few times. It was great once it was in – but the thing is, it was almost impossible to GET it in and have it pop back to it’s normal cup shape. It was so frustrating I once threw it across my bathroom and it bounced off the walls.
    Anyway, I haven’t used mine in years. Now I just use biodegradable pads and tampons.

  4. Holly

    I’m a big fan of my diva cup. I’ve been using the cup for 4 years and I haven’t had any issues with it.

  5. dbee

    totally disagree. I love my diva cup way more than heinously chemically treated tampax or kotex or whateverex. There’s a learning curve, but there were with other products and it ain’t like we’re born knowing how to use crap like that…

  6. I got a Diva Cup in 2006 and I love it. I’ll never go back to Tampax. Like others have said, it took some getting used to, but it was really no trickier than when I had to learn how to wear contact lenses.

  7. Meghan

    I wanted to love it and tried last year, but it just kept poking out, even when I got a smaller size (after first buying the larger one based on my age, 30) and trimmed the tip, so I had to give up on it. I’m around 5’3 and have pretty short legs, torso and apparently vaginal canal?! It really seemed to be suctioned up against my cervix so I felt like I really did give it my best shot!

  8. I LOVE MY DIVA CUP. I never have to remember to bring tampons. Your worries about changing your tampon are over. The stupid little string is not there to annoy me.

  9. What? No! COMPLETELY AWESOME in practice!! I love my diva cup, my lunette, and my moon cup!!! Never shoving wads of chemically treated cotton up my vag again, only to flush them to a place where they will never ever biodegrade. 🙂 Not only is it eco friendly it’s vag friendly – so comfortable, no leaks, stands up to my heavy paragard days, yeah!

  10. OK, clearly I have been missing out. Thank you, readers, for setting me straight!

  11. kianso

    I’m with you! I remember a dramatic scene from my dorm room, 1997. My friend had proudly purchased one of these, whatever they were called then, but they didn’t have that handy-looking knob, they were just bowl shaped and purple. Anyway, my friend was in the bathroom for awhile and began hysterically crying out into the room because it was “stuck”. I don’t know what she expected anyone to do about it, but other girls from the floor drifted into the room to learn what the yelling was about. My friend couldn’t maneuver it out and began hyperventilating when it was suggested she go to the hospital. After much commotion she eventually got angry and kicked everyone out. I guess it was eventually resolved- she probably just needed to calm down- but it sure as hell kept me from trying the thing. I’m so surprised they continued to make it. I thought for sure it was a fail.

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