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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

DivaCup Challenge 2008

DivaCup Challenge 2008It's been almost a year since the first DivaCup Challenge started. I love, love, love my DivaCup and cannot imagine going back to disposables.

To be honest, I was completely abhorred by the idea of this little piece of silicone at first, but once I took the plunge (so to speak) I was immediately enamored. I only hope that other women will try it for themselves. It's been totally life changing. And I don't say that about just anything.

At this time, about 43% of the almost 500 people that answered my latest poll used the DivaCup or the Keeper. The total for reusable menstrual products is 57%. First of all, I must say I am astounded that the percentage is as high as it is. It is probably due to the crunchiness of my readers, but even still. That's wonderful! Consider the savings to the environment, the sewage treatment plants, the landfills and to your bodies!

If I had any influence on the number of DivaCups being used I would be quite pleased, yet I'm not sure if I can take much credit in these numbers. Either way, I hope to increase that number even more if I can.

As such, I'm holding another DivaCup Challenge and giveaway for those who do not want to risk spending the money on something they are not sure about. But I'm not giving away just one DivaCup but five.

What's the catch? Well, to sign up to win a DivaCup you must pledge to use it for 3 months regardless of whether or not you win one. (For those of you participating in the Buy Nothing Challenge, since this replaces a whole bunch of disposable "necessities", it's an acceptable purchase.)

The challenge starts May 2008 to coincide with the Extreme Eco Challenge for those trying to eliminate their usage of paper products. To join the challenge, sign up in the comments. To enter the giveaway, you must have signed up by April 25th.

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Green Bean said...

Actually, I'm not signing up to win one. I already have one and just wanted to say I love the fact that I can go through an entire period with no waste! No plastic. No paper. Nada. And, you were the one I first heard about them from so thank you!

Hippy- Dippy Ness said...

I def. pledge to use the diva cup 3 months or more regardless if I win one or not! I was planning on buying one anyways, but needed a bit more coaxing!

SIGN ME UP!! :) :)

Sarah said...

sign me up! I've been wanting to get one - winning one would be even better. I solemnly swear I will use it three months.

Kate said...

Sign me up! I've been meaning to get one anyway.

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

I'll try it. It'd be better if I won one! Either way, I can't use it right away because I'm still breastfeeding and haven't gotten the old "friend" back yet.... I've always hated pads and tampons, so when I do get it back I'll try the cup whether I win or not.

zip said...

I've been using a Lunette (the Finish cup) since December. I have a question, though, maybe someone here can answer it. I go to yoga classes, and I was wondering if anyone had done shoulder stands and head stands with a diva cup in. I start yoga with an empty cup and don't bleed much, but the idea still seems a bit weird.

Robj98168 said...

I think I will sit this one out Crunchy, and wait for the Devo cup.

Niffer said...

I've been running down my disposables in anticipation of buying one, so sign me up. I'm glad this is an "acceptable purchase."

Lacey said...

Zip,

Remember that they do not recommend women do inversions during their menses. Unless you are only doing short inversions <1 minute, I would say sit it out until next week.

Burbanmom said...

Hey Crunchy, My birth control method doesn't leave me with much... ummmmm.... output, so I will join your ditching the disposables and switch from Natracare pantyliners to reusable (Glad-rag style) pantyliners for my low-flow TOTM. Just the kick in the pants I need to start sewing up stuff for Goods 4 Girls! :-)

The Green Panther said...

If you're givin' em away I'll definitely try it!

I was planning to get one eventually but haven't found one locally, so this will be quality inspiration.

Laura said...

I just bought one!! I've been lurking on your site for a while now and had never even heard of a diva cup or anything like it until reading about it her. i just got it on monday at my local health food store! i'm so excited to try it. so i pledge to use it for 3 months!!

Rachel said...

Sign me up for the challenge! I've been reading your posts for about a month now and just last week I read last years Diva Cup Challenge and have been mulling over the idea since then. Mulling over. I am ready.

Wendy said...

Well, just so you know, I use the DivaCup, and it is all your fault! I also use cloth pads (as a back-up), and that's your fault, too ;).

And, I LOVE them both. I was a little apprehensive about the DivaCup, because I was never a tampon user, but I actually feel "cleaner" during that time of month with the DivaCup ;).

Please don't sign me up, as I'm already a convert, but I did want to give credit where credit is due ;).

Lindsey said...

I just started using the DivaCup--this is my second month using it. I can't believe how much I love it--the idea kind of creeped me out at first, but now... It's sooooo much more convenient than tampons or pads. You never have to worry about whether you brought enough tampons for the day--you've got the DivaCup, you're all set! (Ick... I sound like a commercial. Anyone feel up for running on the beach in soft focus, now?)

kssnflwr said...

I've been holding off on buying a diva cup because I can only find them on-line. I also thought you might send one to Rechelle I could pilfer it from her in her grossed out moment:) Anyway, I'm up for the challenge, but I have a question. I'm taking a pill where I only have a period every three months, so do I commit to nine months(or 3 cycles)?
Thanks! Melissa

vickycp said...

Hi! I'd like to sign up. We just bought some snaps to make pads for my nearly-pubescent daughter and Goods4girls and while talking about which old towel to cut up, I mentioned the diva cup and my interest in getting one (after reading your blog). She was appalled! She said something to the effect of "Never stuffing anything up there!" So, I'd like to win one to use and prove my little darling wrong...and save her a menstruating-life of pad washing :). Oh yeah, I wouldn't mind not washing pads either.

hedgeshappenings said...

Hi Zip,

I'm not Crunchy, but I do yoga and have used a Keeper for years.

All my yoga stuff says not to do inverted poses while having a period. Yoga Bible, Gaia DVD's (4), and a friend who got me started -- my references.

Kim H

maryann said...

I bought one after reading about on your site also. I have to say I was a little aprehensive at first but - Oh my god, I wish I discovered this thing 20 years ago, what a difference. Definitely recommend to anyone who doesn't have one.

LisaZ said...

Okay, I'm signing up. I have not tried the Diva Cup yet because of the cost. Would love to win one! I pledge to use it for at least 3 months!

Lisa

susan said...

don't sign me up, I already have one! I had started using it back in 2006, but got pregnant and my diva cup wandered off to some dark corner of the house, never to be seen again. After 22 months, my period came back, so I went bak to the co-op to buy a new diva cup (not planning another baby, so should be able to keep track of this one). I stood in the aisle deciding between the diva cup and the keeper (I eventually chose diva, for no particular reason) and saw about 3 of my friends from the local moms club. Turns out I'm a diva cup missionary or something, because I spent about half an hour talking to various acquaintances about it in the middle of the store. I think I even convinced one of them.

And to think, I was shy as a child.

Jennifer said...

LOVE the Diva Cup! LOVE it! It's so much cleaner than tampons... and way more convenient than pads.

If you had held this a month earlier, I would have signed up for the drawing, as my dog dragged my diva cup out of my luggage and proceeded to decimate it... but I have already replaced it. It was almost 4 years old, though, so it was perhaps time.

I'll join to give moral support to those starting out for the first time... you'll never go back once you figure it out! I absolutely HATE when I forget to bring it on a short trip and have to use something else!

laurel said...

I really hate the waste I cause every month with disposable products. I have wanted to try the diva cup (I read about your last diva cup challenge, but didn't participate). Honestly, I am cheap, and didn't want to spend the money on something I didn't know if I would like (and obviously, can't return. Gross). But, even if I don't win one from you, I am ready to bite the bullet and give it a try. I have heard such good things...

mel said...

Yes, Crunchy, I think you CAN take credit for the high percentage of DivaCup users here... your challenge and the comments from readers were my reason for taking the plunge (ha!).

I've already gone through three cycles with it (I can't imagine going back!) and have already converted one friend.

For all of you on the fence: it is definitely worth it! A GREAT investment that you'll be thankful for every month. Or 35 days, in my case. ( ^_^ )

mary-jo said...

Please sign me up! I've been considering a diva for awhile. The 'learning curve' I've heard about with it has been intimidating me a little, though. So, it's time to get over that.

I've been lurking and benefitting from your spend nothing challenge. So, now I'm out in the open!

Lora said...

Alright sign me up. I have been contemplating this since I first found your blog and read the old posts. I found them at Whole foods and at 30.00 I was afraid that I would hate it and waste my $. Don't think they would take a return (yuck) even for store credit. My stash of the unfriendly products is nearly gone so I may as well commit. Here to hoping I win, but knowing the environment will win either way.

noradawn said...

Definitely count me in! I want to win one! I have been planning to use one for ages, but between breastfeeding and being pregnant, I've only had two periods since May '03. At least I haven't used anything disposable! Anyway, since my second child is 16 months old now, I'm totally expecting my cycle to restart at any given time. I will use the Diva for 3 months from the time my cycle starts up again, whether I win one or not.

FrugalWannabe said...

sign me up! Your subtle influence has finally convinced me I should at least try it out - and if I can win one, so much the better! I swear to use it for at least 3 months.

Tracy said...

I have several friends who have switched to the Diva and love it. I haven't tried it yet - worried about the cost and not liking it but I'm getting closer and closer to trying it all the time. So if I won it - that would be perfect!!

SIGN ME UP!I needed this coaxing!

Ellen said...

I already use the Keeper, so I am on board for moral support. It ROCKS and I can't imagine ever going back either.
Zip, you're not supposed to do 'inverted' poses when you're menstruating. So no problem!

Jessica said...

I am a big fan. I have used the Keeper for years, but haven't tried the Diva Cup. Count me in.

Jessica
www.practicalnourishment.com

shellyg8r said...

Sign me up, too! I promise, cross my heart..., to use the Diva Cup for three months or more!

Blue Collar Crunch said...

I'm not signing up, but just chiming in to say that diva cups rock! I just finished my first cycle using one and already can't imagine going back to anything else.

Jenn said...

Ok, I'll try again. I already have one and I tried it after reading about it here. I like the idea, and I feel much guilt for going back to disposable pads. But I had some trouble getting it in and comfortable. And there's something about spending an hour in the bathroom with my 5-year-old outside the door constantly asking if I still want privacy that just takes all the fun out of this.

yielded heart said...

I feel like I'm missing out or something...

But hey, when you're pregnant and nursing, the diva cup has to wait.

I'm just glad that you're doing this again.

Jenna said...

Okay, sign me up. I've been on the fence about it because with my birth control my periods are really very light (maximum of three days), so the cost seemed a little excessive. But if I could win one I would definitely use it... and if I don't win one it might be a few months before I can buy it, but I will and will use it (I'm guessing by everyone's glowing recommendations) for more than three months.

Danielle said...

This was one of the few New Year's resolutions I kept. I bought a mooncup and have been using it ever since. I'm also trying to make some pantie liners to protect against leakage (and to send to you!), but I'm still working on perfecting the design.

Thanks for all the work you do for positive change in the world!

Chile said...

I'm using mine anyway, so you can list me if you want. No need to include me in the drawing, however, since I can only use one at a time. (Doesn't that just bring up a pretty little picture?!)

And I'm getting rid of lots of crap around here....far more than just 1/4 of what there was...hint, hint!

Anonymous said...

Does a diva cup work for someone with excessive flow and clots during their period?

AleciaMarie said...

OK ok you got me. I have been planning on switching over to the DC for a while now but my procrastination has taken the drivers seat. BUT yes, I will pledge to get off my sorry butt and start to be a Diva ;)

S.N. said...

Sign me up. I have been letting my disposable products run low thinking of trading up for a diva cup. The prospect of winning one is just the push I need! Three months using it either way (though Im sure it will become permanent once I try it out).

Nature Deva said...

Ok, sign me up, too. I have been hesitant to use this since I had a bad experience with the sea sponge years ago (in place of a tampon) but I don't like using all the disposable stuff every month. I'm basically a fence-sitter on this but I think it's time to commit and do the diva cup!

Stephanie said...

Okay sign me up. Even though I am still apprehensive, I pledge to use the diva cup for three months.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, please sign me up! This is just the push I needed. I have used Instead before and I am guessing it is the same other than not being disposable. I pledge to try it for 3 months as soon as I start again, I am still nursing at the moment.
Jo

Kristin said...

Sign me up! I have never tried the diva cup, but am totally intrigued by everyone's glowing reviews. I will buy one and use it for 3 months. Thanks for the challenge!

Erikka said...

i am going to sign up, and if I win, I pledge to use it for 3 months regardless if I like it or not.

I have not been swayed yet to try the diva cup. for some reason, i can't get how it actually works with out leaking. this is going to be graphic, but, how does the blood manage to go exactly into the cup and not around it? i can't see how it works...

reading about the reuseable cloth pads, I was going to try making some of those, to at least cut down on waste. as of now, I use ob tampons, so at least there is no applicator collecting in some trash heap somewhere.

Heather said...

Alright, alright. You ladies are very convincing! I have been wanting to try one of these things for awhile now anyway, and a freebie (that comes with a mandatory use period) would be just the motivator I need.
So please sign me up, Crunchy! I do hate all the paper products I go through every month. Change is good!
(And yet, this is one contest I'm a little scared to win!)

katherine said...

Wow. I thought we were a pretty "green" family since we use cloth diapers, shop with canvas bags and recycle or freecycle almost everything. Then I stumbled upon your site last week. Little did I know there was SO much more we could do. I think that your cold-turkey challenges from yesterday could be a recipe for a "whole lot of arguments" right now in my family, though I'd like to work towards all of them, but the Diva cup is something I can do even though I'd never even considered it before. Sign me up. I'd love to win, but I'll try it regardless. Thanks!

ruralaspirations said...

DIVA CUP HAS A ONE YEAR GUARANTEE RETURN POLICY.

Yes, you read that right. You can return your cup to Diva within one year if you don't just love it.

So jump in to the challenge, ladies! I'm already a convert but wanted to cheer you all on...

ms_quoted said...

This is the first time I have visited your site... found it while researching Goods4Girls. And boy am I glad I found you today... I've been wanting to try the Diva Cup and will if I win one or not... but I'd really like to win one ;-) So please sign me up. Thanks!!!

Gracie :) said...

My Dearest Crunchy,

I think you underestimate yourself! I am using a diva cup and reusable cloth pads as backup, and it's definitely due to your influence. I do love them, and would not go back, even if they were equally impact friendly. Not to sound weird, but it feels more respectful of my feminine self not to view my cycles in terms of "waste". Just my $0.02 (USD).

MissAnna said...

I already have one but I'll definitely sign up for the challenge! Sometimes the idea of it is a bit overwhelming (it definitely takes more planning than the disposable options) but this'll motivate me to stick with it!

Jill said...

Sign me up, please. I 've been thinking of going Diva, but they're not available around here. I know I can order one online, but I'd so much rather get one for free!

Victoria said...

I keep hoping I'll stop having periods so that I won't need any products any more (turning 50 soon) but so far the cycle keeps on cycling. Please sign me up! I promise to use it for at least 3 months--or until I don't need it anymore!

Thanks for all your good energy!

loving green said...

can we beg?!?!?! pick me, pick me, pick me. ha, ha, ha :)
let's give it a go ;)

pnwmom said...

I already have one! I pledge to use it more often. I like my gladrags a bit more.

Cheap Like Me said...

ooh, sign me up please! I wanted to buy one locally and got frustrated after calling every store around and getting the runaround ... and becoming too lazy to order online. Great idea!

Cheap Like Me said...

@anonymous, re: heavy flows, the Diva Cup site says:

The DivaCup™ works very well for women with light or heavy flows. The DivaCup™ holds one full once and the average women only flows about three to four ounces in her entire cycle. For most women the cup is not even half full after 12 hours.

Women with heavy flows will simply need to empty the cup more often. The convenient measurement lines in ounces and millilitres will allow women to actually keep track of how much flow there is, and will finally be able to tell their doctor what is really happening in their cycle.

Many women who suffer from heavy painful periods from conditions such as endometriosis have reported wonderful results with The DivaCup™ as well as less cramping. Since The DivaCup™ sits low in the vaginal canal it does not block the flow from coming out like a tampon does, but allows the flow to come out naturally and simply catches and stores it in the cup.

arduous said...

I am not signing up. I already have a diva cup and I love it. I just wanted to tell you that it is entirely because of you that I use my diva cup. So thanks, Crunchy! You rock. As usual.

JenRob said...

Sorry, but the Diva is out of my budget for the moment. I will promise to use nothing but my reusable cloth pads for three months though so I'm not totally left out. ;)

caress said...

i'm dying for a diva cup, sign me up.

Random Steph said...

How did you know I was going to go pick one of these up today!?!

Sign me up!!!
I'll wait a day and see if I win before I go buy one. Thanks for the added push. I probably need it. :)

MelinMi said...

If I win, I know who I'm giving it to. A college student friend of mine who would love to try it.

I love mine. I can't tell you how great it is not to have to worry about carrying around various sizes of tampon. Plus there is no dryness or discomfort.

ajoyfulmama said...

Please sign me up! I've been nursing/and or pregnant for the last three years, so I haven't needed one. But I planned to buy one as soon as things got crackin' again! I pledge to use one for three months once my period starts again! (Does that count?)

IdlePalaver said...

I couldn't live without my Diva Cup! Shortly after purchasing my cup I got a nasty stomach flu, and thought I'd use my standard tampon - because it was familiar and easier... or so I thought. One night of return to tampon use was enough to convince me that I never wanted to use anything but the Diva Cup ever again!

I pledge to never return to Tampons again!

shamrockmom said...

I would love to try the Diva cup--I had something like it 15-20 years ago but don't know where it went....it worked great, but my periods were not that heavy. I also remember it being flatter(?) Now I am an old granola mommy in perimenopause, and my period is much heavier and the time between each is shorter. Hormones are not an option for me--family breast cancer history. I will be interested to see how it works given my current circumstances.

MtnCanary said...

I would *so* love a Diva Cup - sign me up! I'm not cycling yet since the birth of my son, but am planning on getting a DC. I hate hate hate spending $10+ every month on tampons and pads.

lamamanaturale said...

I've been lurking your site for quite some time now- I'm so inspired by your posts!! Finally, a challenge I can sign up for. I've been hesitant to purchase a Diva Cup after a scare 10 yrs. ago with a similiar cup- forgot the name but it was one of the first cups! It had to be retrieved by my now husband. I'd love to win not one but five! I pledge today. Thx.

Jean said...

OK Chicken, I'm in. I've been using my cloth pads, but since I have a vacation at the beach planned during that time, I think I need to try the Diva. Thanks!

PKJ said...

I'll try it. I've been using cloth pads and have heard really good things about the Diva, but have yet to try it.

MamaBird said...

I use a keeper (for the past 5 years or so) w/cloth pads as backup (new, thanks to you!). What's the difference between a keeper and a divacup? I'm happy w/ what I have got so don't enter me.... Thanks!

ls said...

No need to sign me up; I'm already a convert courtesy of Crunchy.

For all you potential new users: I highly highly recommend checking out this link for various folds you can use (beyond what is described by the DC packaging):

http://community.livejournal.com/menstrual_cups/453392.html

This is also a great site for finding answers to your questions (beyond what us Diva-users have already posted in Crunchy's comment stream).

Allison said...

I pledge to use one and if I win to pass them out to other ladies I know!

Theresa said...

Don't sign me up! I have one already, courtesy of the first Diva Cup challenge. I use it every cycle, although I do revert to tampons on heavy flow days that coincide with work days, because, well, the cup has 'runneth over' in a couple hours on those days. But otherwise, the Cup is fantastic! And I'm hooked on Luna Pads now too. My whole outlook on menstruation has changed since using the Cup and the LunaPads - I don't see it as "the curse" anymore, but part of the natural cycle of things. (Damn you, feminine 'hygiene' industry for making me feel 'unhygienic' in the first place!)

You are unfailingly generous, Crunchy. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I promise to give it a good try if I win. I bought a Keeper last year, tried it two different times over 2 months and had a hard time with it. I could never get it comfortable, and I know this is strange, but I got an UTI each month I tried it. I think things like that press on my urinary tract in a strange way and cause problems. I've wanted to try the Diva to see if it's better, but have not wanted/been able to spend the money.

Sign me up!

Erin

asrai said...

In regards to yoga and menstration, inverted poses are not recommended because it can stop your flow temporarily because of the whole gravity thing. I dunno if that's a problem or just an oddity. Anyway, it's not recommended by the yoga powers that be.

JennJenn said...

All the glowing reviews have convinced me to give it a try. Sign me up!

pricklymom said...

I'm willing to give it a try. I use Gladrags now, but would love a non-bulky, tampon-free solution. Sign me up!

Jenni said...

I've used mine off and on for over two years and finally gave up on it entirely a couple months ago. It's painful to remove, leaks a lot and it takes forever to get a good seal (that still leaks). I've always wondered if I should have bought the smaller size but I don't want to spend $30 and have the same problems.

Not the glowing review others have but I've heard a couple similar complaints about it now and again, so I can't be the only one.

Anonymous said...

I don't have one, and I have to admit that I'd rather deal with disposable pads. I know, I know. BUT, should I be chosen, I cross my heart promise to use the diva cup for a full three months. I promise to give the diva cup an honest try.

Kimberly :)

Samantha said...

The DivaCup, sadly, does not work for me. I think my body is too small for even the smallest DivaCup. Anyhow, I use sea sponges instead. They work like a charm, and can be reused tons of times.

Janell said...

Sign me up! I've been curious about these and now I have a good reason to commit. Sounds like freedome!
We are avid tent campers; it would be great to avoid the hassle of a bag full of used sanitary supplies when we're camping for a week.

ANewDay said...

I'll sign up. I am very reticent. I know, I know but I just have weird hangups. BUT I do pledge that if I win one, I will try it for 3 solid months even if the first month freaks me out, I will go the full 3 months.

I'm just iffy but I trust Crunchy Chicken.

Krista said...

Just chiming in here to say how great the Diva cup is. I agree about the life changing thing. I can't believe I went so long without one. I'd be lost without it, and would recommend it to anyone! I don't need another for myself, but if I win, I'd give it to a good friend of mine who suffered a terrible loss recently and can't afford one but wishes to try it. So I guess I'm signing up! And I'll be using my Diva cup regardless!

Got the book prize in the mail a couple of weeks ago ("What to Eat"), btw, thanks!

Stefanie said...

Please sign me up! I kept meaning to try one out after reading your last challenge, and this will be the kick in the butt I need to go buy one ( or win one!)

Thanks for being so inspirational!

Jenn said...

I'm in. This is great incentive for something I was starting to plan for anyway - thanks!

Melissa said...

Just the nudge I needed. Sign me up!

carole said...

I would sign up but already have a Diva Cup and just LOVE it! I got mine at South Coast Shopping for only $16.99 and received it in 2 days. No more tampons!!!

Dawn Marie said...

I will pledge to use the diva cup for my next 3 cycles. I have often pondered these, and the pearl sponges I saw at my old organic grocery.

kai said...

I'm in - I'll use a diva cup / keeper for 3 months (unless, of course, I am lucky enough to get pregnant "on schedule" - in which case I'll resume the challenge when appropriate). I don't have one, although I'll probably get one now (via internet). If I WERE to win, though, I would gladly give the new one away to someone who I could convince to use it (anyone who knows me wouldn't be surprised - us cyclists are a bit 'free' with the biological info). I've been meaning to do this for years now, so maybe this will finally get my butt in gear.

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

Don't sign me up; you've already converted me! I would never have tried the Diva Cup if it weren't for your posts and your readers' comments. Oh, and the poll. That was informative, too. :)

Thanks for making crunchiness a little more fun!

okmosa said...

I finally got one a few months ago and tried it, multiple times, without success. I'll do this to try again. I can get some practice in this week... I really, really want this to work.

Rachel said...

I wanted to add that I use a Keeper and love it too. I was keen but hesitant and it was definitely your blog that finally decided me. I tell every girl I know about what a great thing it is!

trmbmom said...

Please sign me up - I would have bought one this month, but, well, you know... keeping an iron grip on my wallet this month! Thanks!!!

Tara said...

This is the first time I've heard about this. Please sign me up - I can't wait to try it.

melanietai said...

sign me up for the challenge but not the contest. it's not really a challenge for a happy user for 9 years, but i just like to see haow many people are doing it. like a lot of ladies here, i am never going back!

heavy flow/clots: i have one heavy flow day (80% of total flow)that i need to empty my cup every 4 hours or so, so i just do it every time i pee, no biggie. clots are no problem, just emptied out with the rest.

Anonymous said...

Ok, all your talk has convinced me. I think I can handle three months. Please sign me up!

-Megs

kimberly said...

i'm definitely down for the challenge. i was going to get one anyways once i got myself out of debt. this works well, since i can't afford one anytime soon... in case anyone is wondering: i spoke to a saleperson at grassroots in toronto who said that diva cup has a 1yr waranty, so if you use it and don't like it, you can still return it (washed and in the box, obviously). that might be an incentive for those who are worried that they might not like it...
awesome promo crunchy! :)
(p.s. out of curiosity - how will people with the same name know if they won? for example, there are several kim/kimberlys on here)

HurricaneCandice said...

I am so happy with the diva cup. I don't know how I lived without it.
P.S. Sorry for the crap link. Here's my site:
http://hurricanecandice.wordpress.com/

Sue in the Western Great Basin said...

OK, sign me up too! I've been wavering since your last challenge, because I mostly use cloth pads already, with just a few tampons used each month. In fact, your earlier challenge inspired me to use the cloth pads more each month and reduce tampon use. I have a pretty big stash of Natracare organic tampons and thought that maybe I had enough to last me however many years I have left (about ten, probably). But I've decided to go for it -- extra tampons have to be about a good a future barter item as it gets... Someone help me with the size issue -- I'm in my mid-40s (bigger size?) but have never been pregnant (smaller size?). Recommendations? Thanks...

Sue
Western Great Basin
http://dogslittleacre.wordpress.com

Frugal Nut said...

I will sign up and pledge to use it for 3 months starting whenever I get one. I don't have any money right now due to the fact that all my bills just got paid, and I will have to wait for it to be shipped, as there are no stores in my city that sell them. But I'm in anyways.

Crunchy Domestic Goddess said...

i actually have a moon cup but have not had an occasion to use it yet. my 16 month old son still nurses quite a bit and i've yet to have a postpartum period. so...i plan on giving it a try once my periods return, but for now i'm just happy i don't have to deal with it. /knocking wood/ (so feel free to sign me up or not since i don't know if i'll be actively participating.)

Laura said...

I'm not signing up because I already have one - I bought it back in Decemberish because of things people kept saying on another site, but I'll just toss in that once I got used to it, I love it - though the first month I hated it and it took a lot of adjusting.

debby said...

Crunchy, you most definitely are the reason I use the Diva Cup. I never heard of it before I read it here. Now I cannot imagine my life without it. For the first time since using it, I'm out of town while needing it. How wonderful to not have to pack boxes and bags of yukky scratchy over-bleached products. Tuck the cup (in it's bag) in the purse..... viola!

novemberjuliet said...

....I need to push to try it. I'm scared! can I pledge to try it?

CindyW said...

I am not signing up to win one. The first time I saw it on your website, I said ewwwwww! But I took the plunge cup a few months ago. LOVE it, environmental sanity is just icing on the cake.

One day I was in a local aquarium with my kids. Went into the stall with my 3 year old and did my Diva cup thing. My little girl, who has not learned to modulate her voice, yelled, "Mama, did it go into your butt?" Embarrassed, I said no. She followed up, "Mama, is that your penis?" I almost died right there and then.

Julia said...

I'll give it a whirl. I was thinking about getting one anyway, as I'm going backpacking in Africa for about seven weeks this summer and really don't want to have to deal with tampons during that time. The question is: does DivaCup ship to the UK?

So, please, Ms. Chicken, sign me up!

Lisa said...

I will sign up, although I have been using it for about a year. I have to be honest, most of the time I love it but there are times when it is not in right and it pushes against my bladder and it is seriously very uncomfortable...I still try though and for the most part it works great and I do feel a bit cleaner.

betweenbabies said...

I would sign up, but I'm just about to have a baby, and I don't think I'm allowed to use anything "insertable" for after baby. Plus, I'm going to be nursing, so hoping my period doesn't come back for months. But I'm using cloth pads from now on.

Erika O. said...

I want to win a Diva Cup! eoehlers@gmail.com

:o)

Tisa said...

Sign me up for the pledge. I've been curious but very apprehensive about trying this. Thanks for the chance to win one! ~ :)
acmilan68[at]ywave.com

mel said...

Although I've got one of my own, I'm entering on behalf of my sister-in-law, who will solemnly swear to give it a try.

Sunny said...

I already have one and have used it for two months. Oh my God! I thought people were exaggerating how wonderful they were. I am here to say it's better than they say. I truely had less cramps this last time and it's about the most wonderful product ever!

TheNormalMiddle said...

I really want to win one...I've been wanting to buy one for a long time but just never had any real extra $$$ to do it.

Ani said...

ok- I've been thinking about trying it- so I guess this would be the push I need. Happy to see it's silicon too- can't use latex, which the older models I once considered were made of. So- sign me up for the "contest" and the challenge......

Just a thought but it is so amusing(and wonderful) to read the blogs such as this one, and Sharon's which are so very women-centered, and the comments which are mostly, although not all, by women. It is such a contrast to blogs such as Kunstler's where I don't feel at all welcome- very much a boys club atmosphere there.

Michelle said...

Sign me up! I suspect that I'll be using it for way longer than 3 months.

Anonymous said...

not signing up cuz I already have one. they are awesome! aside from environmental impact, you will also notice yourself growing much more in tune with your body.

Jessica said...

Sign me up!

May said...

Please sign me up, I've been wanting to switch.

But mostly I'm commenting to see if you have any advice about which DivaCup model I should use. I've had 2 miscarriages and don't know if that counts as having given birth vaginally... I asked DivaCup info and they weren't very helpful (except to say there is only a very small difference between the two models), but I thought I'd ask in case you happen to know this. Thanks!

csim33 said...

I think I will give it another try. I used to have a Keeper about 5 years back but I gave up on it. I could never get it folded right and had difficulty getting it removed. I pledge to give it a try for three months and am eager to see if the Diva Cup is better than the Keeper. Please sign me up for the contest. And thanks for your generosity in giving 5 away!

Alyclepal said...

Please sign me up for the challenge. Thanks:>

Christine F. said...

Please sign me up. I would definitely use it for 3 months. I'm trying to use up my Sam's club packages of liners and tampons and I feel so guilty about all of the waste every month! I have been going back and forth about buying on since your last Divacup challenge, but my flow had been really light since having my nursing my second daughter and I didn't know if you could use them with a light flow (according to the info posted by "cheap like me" from the DC website you can use with light flows, so thanks!) Then I got an IUD (Mirena)and I know you have to be careful when removing them w/ IUD's so I've been nervous about wasting $ on one. If any IUD having DivaCup users out there want to chime in, I'd appreciate the advice/information. Thanks!

rachel, pe said...

I'm in. I never thought I'd say this, but I love my Diva Cup. No more pad or tampon waste and I only have to worry about it a few times a day. You converted ME, Crunch.

Katie said...

Sign me up! I could use a life-changing experience...

(I've had some unpleasant experiences with the Keeper in the past, but I think that a Diva cup could be my answer)

kathirynne said...

I already use cloth pads; this would be taking the crunchyness up a notch!

LifeLessPlastic said...

Sign me up! I totally want to start using the D.C.

Piddler said...

Not only do I love and use only my diva cup, I also gave them out as Christmas presents to my most favorite female friends and family members. We eco-divas need to keep spreading the word.

sohummama said...

I would love to try the Diva cup...I have never seen one, but it sounds interesting! I am up for the challenge and if I happen to win one, that would be awesome too! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Ummm, can anyone tell me if they've used a similar product with problems? I bought such "similar product" and it worked great for the first two months but then my body sort of seemed to not like it anymore. Maybe a latex issue? Has anyone had similar problems? I did love it before the, ahem, issue.

Moonwaves said...

I'm in! Have been using washable pads for over a year now and can't imagine how I put up with disposables for so long. Never liked tampons and only ever used them in emergencies but once I'd discovered non-disposable options always said I'd give the mooncup a go. Should do it now before I put it off - would be happy to keep just using pads but would love to have at least used the cup enough to be able to be more persuasive when trying to convince friends to also switch. The only person who's been interested (rather than completely grossed out) so far is my little brother and at least he then told all his female friends.

JPC said...

Please sign me up~How generous of you!

gsgranola said...

Okay I've been mulling over it but I'd decided you can definetly sign me up. This will force me to get once if I don't win it ;)
Thanks for always pushing us to test our limits!

rhgirly31 said...

I've been mulling over the idea of trying the diva cup for the last few months and figure this is the push I need to commit to trying it.

Sign me up!

Judy Nielsen said...

Sign me up. I definitely want an alternative to tampons.

Mud Mama said...

Okay, I'm in, I use cloth pads because I am REACTING to my keeper (natural rubber any rubber is NOT my friend, and I've been loathe to BUY a Diva cup, but I will for this one.

Anonymous said...

CTDaffodil - who has lost her password.....

Sign me up I want in on this challenge/random drawing.....finding that the eco-friendly versions of disposables are as uncomfortable as the namebrand (P&G and Kimberly Clark) versions. Ready to try somehting better for all - me and the earth!

ctdaffodil said...

Yeah!! I remembered it right this time!!!

Please sign me up to win one of these!!

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Anonymous said...

I'm a bit worried about trying one. I find tampons painful, and my one experience with a diaphragm left my husband with visible bruises and me...well, I could feel my cervix when I walked for a week.

But I promise that if I win one and can't wear it, I will switch to cloth reusables...I bet I'll get less chapped with them anyway.

Tamara (prairiedawn)

Verde said...

OK, sign me up and show me where to buy one. I'm a couple of days late on the challenge, but at least my period isn't late.

This seems a little further along the spectrum than I've gone before but hey, it sound better than the washed fishing rags my Grandmoter gave me for my first period.

Mrs Green said...

I don't use a cup, but I have been using washable pads for the past 5 years and I LOVE them!

I've never been a tampon girl, so wouldn't use a cup, but I would never resort to disposable pads again.

The washable ones are so soft, comfortable, there's no waste. I don't have to go to the store at silly o'clock because I've been caught out without supplies and I get free fertiliser for the garden from the soaking water.

I love that all these women are either using re usable protection or are considering it, as this is a topic I feel particularly passionate about :)

love and light,
mrs Green x

Danielle H. said...

DivaCup Challenge 2008! Please, sign me up!! What a wonderful, ingenious idea! An inspiration really... I can't wait to try this "revolutionary" product!

Lauren said...

Hey Crunchy!

I am sooo impressed with how many people have posted a comment here pledging to use the Diva cup and even more impressed with how many people are already using it! I am a long-time, devoted user of the Keeper. I am constantly rallying others to use the Keeper or the Diva cup and have converted quite a few so far! I would love to try the Diva cup and then convince others to use it and love it as I have!

Thank you for doing this - it is so inspiring!
xoxo

Anita said...

I missed the drawing, but I just ordered a Diva cup today, so sign me up for the challenge!

Vanessa said...

ill take the challenge. i used the diva for the first time last cycle and should be starting any day now. i first read about the diva when i discovered your site quite awhile ago and then did some of my own research and finally got one.

brklyn said...

Allright, I am in. I found out about the Diva cup by way of your blog alone and thought I'd check the local grocer to see if they sold it and they do--for $40CDN. $5 here and there for tampons would add up to $40 in no time, I am sure,it's just a matter of dropping it all at once that gives me pause. I'd like to enter your draw and will vow to buy one and give it a try this year regardless if I win one or not. No waste and a purse with no ratty just-in-case tampon at the bottom anymore sound good enough to give it a shot.
Thanks for your blog btw,it's inspiring me to make better choices for our family of 5.
brklyn.

lamamanaturale said...

Okay, so today, I went to the local health food store to purchase the diva cup. To my surprise I did not see it anywhere so I proceeded to ask for help and it went like this-
ME: Excuse, where can I find the Diva Cup?

Assoc- Oh, we don't carry those. To be honest, we don't get a lot of people asking for them.

Me: That seems surprising, considering your selection.

Assoc- Yeah...well...we used to carry it but didn't get many people buying it. And, to be honest, it's really gross! (Saying this with disgust and no support whatsoever!)

Me: Well, we don't think so- do we Tristan (talking to my son- walking away).

I was quite insulted and left the store immediately. I wasn't asking for an opinion for crying out loud! I then came home to do research...went to divacup.com tried to locate a store- and whatta ya know, my local food store is listed. Then there's the Whole Food's market about 1 hr. away and I've been weaning myself from them since I have to drive so far. But, I may have to reconsider especially after today!! I couldn't find them at Target and don't know if the regular grocery store carry's them but I surely would have thought the local health food store would have them!! Argh!! So, my quest continue's...

katy grace said...

I heard about the divacup from my cousin and I've really been wanting to try one, unfortunately the closest store that carries them is an hour away. I'd love to enter your drawing and I'd definitely use it for 3 months. I've heard rave reviews. BTW, just found your blog today and I love it, wish I'd found it last month for the April challenge.

Kate said...

I'll sign up, and totally promise to use it for 3 months! Very exciting!

pricklymom said...

I ordered my cup today! Woo hoo!!

Empress Juju said...

Sign me up to win one!

I've been using my Diva Cup for about a year, and I will definitely use it for the next three months.

My sister is 17, and if I win the cup, she'll be the recipient. Think of all the landfill that wouldn't be happening during her lifetime!!

His Lady Love said...

I am not signing up to win on either. i love my diva cup!!!! I love the fact that i canw era it like 2 days before I start and do not have to worry about break out. Plus it is sooo god for the enviroment.

Christina said...

Sign me up! I ordered mine from the link on your site to luckyvitamin.com. Great price, great service... couldn't have asked for better! It arrived just in time, and despite my initial totally creepy vibe about such a concept, I am utterly in love with my inner Diva! I'm telling all my girlfriends, and we're gonna make like the Breck shampoo chick! Thanks for the "challenge", because I might never have given it a try otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Ok, Crunchy. I accepted your challenge. I went out and bought one and tried it. OMG did it hurt. So I thought it was a fluke. Tried it again the next day figuring I must have done something wrong the first time. So painful. It gave me the worst cramps ever which ended after I took it out (which in and of itself felt like my insides were being vacuumed out). Has anyone else has this experience? This was awful! Any suggestions?

Audra Marie said...

I'm obviously not signing up for the contest, but I just bought the Mooncup UK and LOVE IT! I can't believe I waited so long to try it out. :)

Moonwaves said...

Well, the cup has been bought, now just need to wait a couple of weeks to need to use it. I'm still a bit dubious about using it but am going to give it a go. I'm still very overweight and kind of nervous I won't be agile enough to manage getting it in and out. Not sure that the kind of contortions I have in mind will be necessary but hey, rationality is not always my forte!

For the anonymous poster who was having problems, I've heard that the customer support people are fantastic and you can email them (if you'd rather not speak in person to someone) and they're great at addressing your issues and helping with tips and hints. Re the suction effect, I believe that happens if the seal hasn't been broken before you try to remove it i.e. you need to squeeze it a little bit to release the vacuum and help it to come out easily. It's well illustrated in the leaflet I got with my mooncup so I'm hoping I won't have any issues when I do get to use it. Most of my info comes from reading the very long thread on the itsnoteasybeinggreen forum. Good luck.

Tami Umland said...

Please sign me up, I have been wanting to try one again; I tried a small one about 10 years ago and couldn't figure it out, since then I have had a child, so I think I am more stretched out. I am currently using lunapads and don't always enjoy washing them each day.

theladynomad said...

I'm in for the challenge! I've ordered one and it should arrive before Ladyfriend visits again.

eatclosetohome said...

@Christine F. - There's an entire LiveJournal community of IUD users, many of whom swear by the DivaCup for spotting. So yes, you need to be a little careful combining the Diva and an IUD, but it's totally doable.

Amanda said...

I'm afraid I'd just fail another challenge here. I've owned a Keeper for several years, but since my third baby, I just can't make it work. For three days it just fills up and pops back out before I can get off the toilet. Not that anyone wanted to know that... I hate using so many tampons and pads, too -- I go through a super plus AND a heavy pad in a single hour during the active part of the day. Maybe I should wear skirts during my period and wear my kid's premium-sized (read: huge) cloth diapers instead.

CanCan said...

Man, I wish I had seen this in time to sign up. I actually have only had 3 visits from Aunt flow in the past 4 years (due to pregnancy and bf'ding), but I really do want to try the DivaCup. I have had a conversation with a group of women before about how we all want to try it...together!
We can up the ante to 3 months!

crystal said...

first time using diva cup was yesterday...just got it...even though i can't sign up for the challenge i will definitely be using it for now on...i also bought a sewing machine to learn how to make reusable pads...rock on everyone :) i am currently trying to encourage my sis and some of my friends to use diva cup also...

Anonymous said...

I just ordered one, I have VERY heavy periods, (changing super plus tampon & pad every half hour) Tried to have uterian ablation but they could not do it, only option is removal of uterus and I really don't want that... Can I have feed back, how heavy is your period and how often do you empty the cup?? Thank you all for your help

peggy said...

I'm also a regular user so am not joining to win. I just love my cup!

Kali said...

I don't have one yet but have been considering it. Sign me up!

die Frau said...

I just began using one last month and I love it. I'm trying to green up my life, so I figure it's worth it--plus, ladies, think of how much you spend each month on disposable products? The Diva Cup will pay for itself in less than a year (six months, tops!). So I'm in--does it count that I started in April even though I didn't know about the challenge? I've tried to get my friends into it as well!

Jess said...

Wow - I bought a 'moon pad' - i.e. washable cotton pad a few years ago - but I hadn't heard of the Divacup or other such products before reading about it on your site - fantastic, I'll be getting one for sure!

Bugs and Brooms said...

DH got a Diva Cup for me for my birthday last week! We are TTC but will be trying it out until then (or after if we get lucky soon)!

Nadine said...

I use sea sponges and glad-rags. I LOVE the sea sponges, but the glad-rags are kinda bulky.

allymcbealish said...

I would love to participate if the challenge is international.

knittingwoman said...

i would love to win a diva cup. I bought a keeper a couple of years ago but didn't find it comfortable. However, I have been using cloth pads since september 1989 with no exceptions (time off from menstruating though to have 2 more babies and to breastfeed for a long time):) I am international too.

daharja said...

I'll do the challenge, as I use a Diva anyway!

If I win, I'll pass it on to a friend, and convince someone else to 'go Diva' as I already have one and don't really need a second.

Shaunta said...

I'll pledge.

Thanks!

Shay said...

Sign me up! My 2 year stint with Lactation-induced amenorrhea is over (lactation continues however) and I need a product to suit my Diva-ness

Jen from Brooklyn said...

This is a hoot - I finally got around to buying one just today, having been in the "getting around to it" phase since the LAST diva cup challenge last year. I came to your site to drop you a line to say I finally did it, and here we are in round 2! So I'm pledged - count me in. If I win, I'll give it to a friend.

die Frau said...

OK, month two down and only one minor problem, primarily due to me not putting the thing in right. The best part? I stayed at my sister's future in-laws this weekend and did not have to bring anything extra, freak out, or hide any yucky feminine products.

GO DIVA CUP!

p.s. cutting the tip off a little bit helped with comfortability a LOT.

Bugs and Brooms said...

Hey Crunchy! Just wanted to let you know that I am using the Diva Cup for the first time and I LOVE IT!! I had never even heard of the Diva before reading your challenge so THANK YOU!!! Asked DH for one for my birthday and I got it! It makes me sick to think of the waste that my period has created over the years and I am thrilled that there is FINALLY an alternative. I was a little freaked about using it at first - it just seemed, well, gross! But it is easy to use, comfortable, and NO IMPACT! I will never buy another pad or tampon! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!

Green Plan(t) said...

I keep hearing about this challenge/contest from other bloggers and I finally remembered to check it out lol. I think it's very encouraging that you are promoting the use of reusable feminine products so heartily. Why not, right?

I actually use a sea sponge, although not currently because I'm pregnant, because I'm not too sure how a Keeper or Diva cup would fit. I'm really excited to go back to sponge use when the time comes.

It would seem strange to say this but you probably understand it; I found that when I was regularly using this method I felt very feminine. At first I was a little squicked by the whole process I admit, but in no time at all I realized how much more in touch I was with being a woman.

Props to ye, deary.

Anonymous said...

I have been using the Diva Cup for about six months now and love it. Never had a leakage problem and have significantly less cramping than when using a tampon.

Anonymous said...

Diva cup...where do I begin...I hate, hate, hate it! Though I love, love, love the concept...It is so much maintence because mine leaks! That's why I hate it! If you could tell me how to stop leaks or give pointers on insertion, beyond what the instruction paper gave, I welcome them.

danaalane said...

Sign me up! I promise to use it. I'm leaving for Uganda in October and want to be used to it by then. I'd love to win one!

Anonymous said...

Yuck! Never

The Beadles said...

So...how do you clean it when you're in a public restroom?? I think that's the main part that freaks me out. Do you just not clean it...gross. Tell me more. I'd like to sign up to win one... but tell me more!!!

Chelsea said...

I've seen them in the store, but this post made me take the leap, just bought one and we'll see how it goes...

SavvyD said...

You have alot of readers! I'm so jealous! My blog is about dating and it's funny. I would be embarrassed to discuss the diva cup on my blog, though! I admire you. I tried a similar product a few years ago and it didn't work out at all. I would like to find out if this would be different.

Sheri Kendrick said...

Well, I stumbled on your site looking for design ideas on how to post images. (I am a photographer and am new in the world of blogging.) I have never even heard of the Diva Cup but I am all about producing less garbage and using less diposable products. I guess sign me up. Love your blog, BTW. Very informative, interesting and thoughtful.

MommySquared said...

I'll do it! I really will! :)

jennconspiracy said...

I'm definitely intrigued but... what if you never know when your period is going to happen? Mine tends to run 18-25 days between and is somewhat heavy for less than 3 days (like 2 to 2.5 at most).

It's over almost before it starts - like it started Friday around 1pm and was done Sunday morning. I don't carry a purse so I can't keep the thing with me ...thoughts?

MsCroftlt said...

Ok so I am a little late to this challenge (all right very late, but hey better late than never). I just got the diva cup I ordered so I am pledging to use it for the next three months.

Cheap Like Me said...

OK, Crunchy, I took the pledge, I got the cup and I HATED IT. Then I used it another month and now I tentatively love it. I wrote a blog all about it and you are mentioned more than once ... and even my husband said I'd "better tell Crunchy."
http://cheaplikeme.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/my-life-with-the-diva-cup/

Another seed in the garden... said...

I'm late to officially join, I know. Reading about the Diva Cup is how I found this incredible blog. Anyhoo, about the Diva Cup, have it, using it, loving it! Still trying to figure out where to wear the pin...

melw0103 said...

Great idea! I've got a Diva and tried it once. Someday I might get to use it again as I'm 16 weeks prego with #4 :).

nickb said...

My fiancé bought one a few months ago and will now never go back to tampons. From what she's told me the whole experience, once you get used to it, is far better and more comfortable than anything else she's ever used before.

Big Mouth said...

Love my Diva Cup and always trying to convert others to use them as well. This is the greatest thing and blows my mind that it is not advertised anywhere I have seen in the U.S.

Niki said...

I actually just received my Diva Cup in the mail! I've been so excited to try it out, but when it arrived I was surprised at how BIG it is! I'm 29 and will be 30 in a year and so I went ahead and ordered the size 2 based on the sizing advice on the website. I'm not so sure I made the right choice, but still...I will give it a try! I really want it to work for me!

Mrs. Haid said...

yes, please, me too!

jennconspiracy said...

OK - I took the plunge - I got one today and will try it out on my next cycle, probably sometime early next week.

stay @ home mommy x 2 said...

yes i would love to win one. was thinking of buying one, wish they had one at stores where i live!

Jen said...

OH MY GOSH! I love it! Got the Diva cup in the mail shortly after last TOM and just packed it away until this month. THen realized on the first day that I had never actually figured out exactly how to use it so I used my very last tampons for the first day and pledged to "figure it out" when I got home from work. Turns out that reading about everyone's experiences for three months before I finally got my own was all the figuring out it took. At first I didn't think that it could possibly have been correct. It seemed too easy. All the tips on here are seriously invaluable...and the push down fold is the only one i've used (Crunchy - I'm pretty sure at this point I would believe anything you tell me about this super cup!)

this is fantastic. thank you.
Jen

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