Are Diva Cups better than tampons for riding?
In Saddle, Sore, we look at pads versus tampons, and tampons came out the clear winner. But what about other alternatives?
Answered by: Esther M Yun, M.D.
I don’t think there is a clear cut advantage to either. The main thing to emphasize is to not leave either in for extended periods of time.
A diva cup may present a challenge in a race situation where only port-a-potties are available, so it would be wise to find a real restroom shortly after racing. I would recommend soap and water wash before and after diva cup use to help prevent any unwanted bacteria or dirt. It can also potentially shift during a race, so I would recommend that you make sure there is a good fit and seal if using.
A tampon has the advantage of an applicator, which is easier in the above situation. The string should be tucked just inside the opening to the vagina to prevent chaffing of the labia while riding. They can also be a challenge to remove if the string is not easily accessible after riding.
Generally I think if someone is very comfortable with one more than the other, they should use that method. Again, just being sure to be aware of hand hygiene and extended time periods of use.
Hope this helps!
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