Diva Cup Review UPDATE! My Horror Story!!

What do you think about this video?

Mica Bella: Thank you for sharing. It takes a lot of bravery. You're an inspiration

Raquel DeCastro: I'm using the diva cup for the first time. Im glad I read your review, and will take this info into consideration. I work in an obstetrics/GYN hospital. Oddly, I might be likely to disregard any odor, and assume its just old blood/vaginal secretions, and everything else our body is shedding. Thanks for being so open!

alexandra moore: 3% hydrogen peroxide douching after your period will solve bv

Divine Hag: Just a comment for the comments. If you suspect BV or a consistently reoccurring yeast infection go to a gynecologist and explain your problem in detail. Planned Parenthood gets a bad rep sometimes but they do offer services and information for free or low cost female reproductive care. If you are having intercourse your partner needs to see a doctor to to make sure they are not reinfecting you. You can develop sensitivity to condom material including latex and lubricants. A completely separate medical condition that is not directly related to your female reproductive system could be effecting your vagina. There is only one you to love.<3

Dei'Dra Beard: I have chronic BV. I appreciate this video because no one else is mentioning this. I'm about to use my first menstrual cup (the diva cup) today. I'm trying to stop using tampons because of the BV symptoms. Thanks for posting the full disclosure.

Jessica Hood: I want to thank you for sharing as well. I used to run a women's health forum and I could see a lot of women having troubles with these cups and infection and/or odor. I just started using the Diva Cup yesterday. So far, I am not thrilled about it. I find it awkward and uncomfortable so far. But I am not here to complain about that.

I just wanted to add for others reading that a foul, offensive, or "fishy" odor is almost always an indication of bacterial vaginosis. You did mention that early on and said you weren't sure if you had it. What you describe sounds exactly like that. BV is nearly the only infection that will produce that really bad smell and continue to get worse over time. Yeast infections do not even do that. They produce a mild yeast odor, but nothing like BV.

I also wanted to point out that BV does not cause itching, redness, or irritation. It primarily causes foul odor, increase in discharge, and the discharge can turn more yellow than normal, grey, or green. Normal discharge is usually white, clear, or only slightly yellow. Some women normally have a little discharge and some have a lot. It also changes in color, texture, and amounts as you go through monthly cycles and as you get older. So it is not really the amount of discharge to be concerned about, but more the color and the smell.

A yeast infection could also be a common problem with these cups. For the same reasons that BV could be a problem. The difference with the yeast infection is that it DOES cause itching, redness, and irritation. It can cause a mild to severe smell of yeast. Yeast is what is in bread and can often be smelled when baking bread. So a smell of yeast is not usually unpleasant, but it can be noticeably different. You may have more discharge than usual. It might be a little more yellow than usual. The most common symptom is redness and itching though.

If you have really foul odor, plus redness and itching, it is possible that you have both BV and a yeast infection. It is not uncommon to have both. Both need medication to get rid of it. If a woman suspects they have BV, it needs to get treated right away. It is something that often will not go away on its own. Taking things in and out of the vagina will make either infection worse.

The problem with these menstrual cups is that they are blocking the release of bodily fluids that your body uses to help cleanse and flush out bad bacteria. If you keep it contained in there all day, the bacteria just grown and the problem becomes worse.

The other problem is that the Diva Cup, your hands, your underwear, and anything else that touches your vagina becomes contaminated with the infection. As you said, it is not an STD. It is a bacterial infection that women can get regardless of sexual activity. So with the cups, your hands, and your underwear... you can keep recontaminating yourself over and over if you are not properly cleaning everything.

I used to get BV when I was younger. It was not fun. But I learned a lot between my own experience and running the health forum. Never wear the same underwear for more than one day. If you have a lot of discharge, change them more often. Wipe from front to back when going to the bathroom. Wiping back to front, touching the anal area, or not washing properly can get fecal matter into your vagina and it WILL cause BV. Always wash your vagina first and then your anal area at least once per day. Wear cotton underwear instead of silk, satin, or nylon. Cotton allows airflow and is more absorbent. It will reduce bacteria growth. If you are sexually active, your partner or toys could also be infected and may need cleaned or treated.

As for the cup smelling really bad, it should not, unless you have an infection. The cup should smell like your normal bodily fluids and silicone. Normal vaginal fluids DO have a normal odor. Period blood also has an odor. That odor is not always pleasant, but it should not be overwhelming. I would guess that boiling the cup would eliminate some of the odor. If you have an infection, you absolutely must boil the cup and only use it after the infection is gone vaginally.

I hope this helps someone. :)

honeybee484: I really was thinking about buying a diva cup but hearing about your experience with it I may pass on it. Bacterial vaginosis is very common for many women but it will have your cooch smelling like pure trash can. Thanks for sharing your experience with it.

Sandra Sutton: I know I'm just seeing this but you wear this for a while also, and its just the same to me as wearing a pad. You can change a pad a lot quicker and freshen up quicker than pulling this out and dumping blood then washing it. Not for me. What is this made of and please don't be allergic to it. Very informative. Vaginal bleeding has an odor. Thanks for your information.

Shawnee Lucero: Girrrll!!!!!! Thank you soooo much for sharing this video!!! I used my first period cup on my last cycle and experienced the 12-week-old collard green smell of DEATH!!!!!!!!! I have been so embarrassed I asked my boyfriend about the smell and he confirmed I smelt horrible! So here I am at your video, the first video that actually mentions this issue! I will be getting checked for BV tomorrow!   sobs Some of the most embarrassing feelings ever is thinking others can smell you....

the freshest: Thanks for your honesty....plp need the truth good or bad.

Cori D. Coleman: Proud of you. Not so graphic btw

That Creepy Family: I have BV and use a luna cup when i menstrate, i wash it with hot water and antibacterial soap, also the luna cup tells you to do that or boil it. If yall still want to try one and have BV then use the luna cup, it is surgical silicone and is easier to clean. I have seen so many reviews of the diva cups obsorbing odors that i went with the luna, also the holes on the luna are slightly bigger and easier to clean, those holes are supposed to help adhear it to the walls AND allow for proper removal.

saffanat: I was so excited to try the Diva Cup and was really hoping it was the answer to my prayers. Unfortunately it turned into a nightmare for me. I followed all the instructions to the tee and put it in with the seal and was good to go. No leaks, really comfortable, until I went to remove it. It had gone so far up I could not get it out at all. I could get my fingers around the base and tried pinching it to break the seal with no luck and then tried grasping it to pull it down. I couldn’t get a grip on it even after washing the area. I kept trying to bear down, in the shower and it wouldn’t budge. I googled for help and to tried everything. At this point I was a hysterical mess and ready to go to the hospital. Luckily I have the best husband who tried and even he battled and told me there was no way in hell that I would have gotten it out by myself. After a lot of pain and embarrassment he managed to pull it out. Even he could not break the seal by pinching it! He was traumatised. I read the instructions and thought maybe I had put it in to far the first time. Silly me thought it was user error and put it back in so far down that it was sticking out and would be easy to grab. It sealed and I went to bed hoping that all would be good. I was so wrong. It had gone all the way back in again by morning. So after a few hours of doing that all again, my poor husband had to fish it out again. I will never try using this cup again as this was one of the worst experiences of my life. I had been in tears all night and then all morning again. For some women, it just won’t work and when I tried to comment the above on their page, they wouldn't put it up and just ignored it. No refund or even sympathy. Never again!!

cookieinpalmbeach: Ill pass! This might be great for homeless women bc they won't have to buy pads or tampons.

SassyQ87: Thank you for this video. Very informative and good job on being open. Most women won't mention the ugly lol but most of us have experienced bad odor one way or another.

Golshad Darroudi: Bravo for not being shy and u were great in that video by the way

ivy blue: thank you for sharing so helpful my sister from another mother :)))

Google User: I wish she just got straight to the point dang.

Anandalaila Eam: How did I get from makeup tutorials to goth and tongue splitting to this?

Naturally Beautiful: Thanks for Sharing..... I think i might try one

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