Guest Post: Your Pelvic Floor and The DivaCup

Ah, the magnificent vaginal canal. While many may not use the word magnificent to describe the vagina, we at Diva know how important the vagina is to a women’s health, reproduction, and overall daily comfort. Whether just learning about puberty, or a woman well-versed in all things vagina (and period), there is still lots we can learn from the experts.

Keri Martin Vrbanac is an expert pelvic health specialist who is on a mission to help women find support for their pelvic region (and with The DivaCup). We sat down with Keri, bringing her some case studies that our Consumer Care Team often see from women who are finding some challenges with using a menstrual cup. For some new users, and also some long-time Divas, finding continued success with the cup can take some time as the vaginal muscles (the muscles that hold The DivaCup in place) may require additional support.

The below are just snapshots of the many ways pelvic health physiotherapy can help women find better success with The DivaCup and in turn, better vaginal and pelvic health!

Scenario 1:

I’m a runner and a yoga enthusiast. At 19, I wanted to change my period care routine to a better option so I invested in The DivaCup. I purchased the Model 1 as I am under 30 years old and have not had children. Unfortunately, my experience thus far has not been great. I’m having a really hard time with insertion and rotation. It almost feels as if the cup is too big for me. Please help!

Keri: It is possible that your pelvic floor muscles are hypertonic, or in other words, too tight. Some women with hypertonic pelvic floor muscles may experience pain when using any internal menstrual products or may have pain with intercourse. The only way to know the status of your pelvic floor muscles for sure is to visit a pelvic health physiotherapist in order to have an assessment completed. If it turns out that the floor is too tight, your therapist will educate you on how you can remedy the problem and perhaps return to comfortable use of The DivaCup.

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Scenario 2:

I used The DivaCup for six years before I became pregnant. Fast forward a year and a half and my period has returned. I’m using the Model 2, I am 33 years old and my cup just doesn’t seem to stay in place very well. I am also experiencing leaking; something I have never had an issue with before! I used the Model 1 for a number of years and then switched to the 2 when I turned 30. Could it be that I need the smaller size again?

Keri: There is a possibility that your pelvic floor muscles have become weak following your pregnancy/delivery and are no longer strong enough to hold your cup in place. It is possible for you to strengthen those muscles through proper exercise, but before you begin any form of pelvic floor muscle exercises, you should visit a pelvic health therapist to determine if your pelvic floor is tight or weak, or both. Kegels are not for everyone and in some cases can actually cause more harm than good so consulting with a specialist before incorporating these kinds of exercises is important.

Scenario 3: 

I am 38, don’t have kids and am using The DivaCup model 2. The cup is easy to insert and rotate, but after a few hours, it begins to move up. Around this same time, the cup also starts to leak. I’m sure I am inserting the cup correctly, but when it moves up it makes it difficult to remove. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Keri: Your pelvic floor muscles may be hypertonic or too tight. Trying the smaller sized cup may help, but as there is a small difference in the size (Model 1 is 1/8″ (~0.3 cm) smaller), it may be that your muscles need to be elongated or relaxed. Sometimes a smaller pelvis can also affect the tone of the musculature but not always. The only way to know the status of your pelvic floor muscles for sure is to visit a pelvic health physiotherapist to have an assessment completed.

Scenario 4:

I’m 26. I do no have kids and have been using The DivaCup model 1. The cup is amazing. As a nurse I can go an entire shift without worrying about leaks… until I go to bed. While sleeping it seems as though the cup moves lower and begins to leak. Do I need the bigger size? Why is it that it fits fine during the day, even on my painful heavy days, and not at night?

Keri: Just like the rest of the muscles in our body, the pelvic floor muscles will relax when we are resting. Our pelvic floor muscles do not have to work as hard when we are sleeping because we do not require as much support. Position changes throughout the night may cause a shift in the position of the cup as well. Supported sleeping with a pillow between your knees may help maintain a more restful position and prevent frequent position changes.

Scenario 5:

My period has returned after having my fourth child. I’m 39 years old and using The DivaCup model 2. The cup doesn’t seem to want to stay in me. It falls so low that it is essentially falling out. I am really frustrated that I’m not finding success with the cup. All my friends rave about it.

Keri: It is possible that you have a bladder or uterine prolapse which means that one or both of these organs have lowered into the vaginal canal. With less space available, The DivaCup may be pushed downwards. A pelvic health physiotherapist can diagnose a prolapse and work with you to decrease its impact on your life.

Pelvic floor and working out

Scenario 6:

As a gym enthusiast I love lifting weights, I also love The DivaCup, except when it leaks. I find that when I go through my weight routine, the cup begins to move out of place and leak, almost as if the seal has been broken. Could my muscles tense so much that they are breaking the seal?

Keri: Yes, your pelvic floor muscles could be tight OR they could actually be weak. With weight lifting, we increase our intra-abdominal pressure and this in turn causes a downward pressure on our pelvic floor muscles. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can determine the status of your floor and tailor your program to address this issue as well as provide tips for safe exercise and maintaining your pelvic health.

Keri Martin VrbanacKeri Martin Vrbanac

Keri is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and the owner of A Body In Motion Rehabilitation in ON, Canada. Keri has been practising physiotherapy since 1997 where she graduated with distinction with her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto. Keri’s career as a physiotherapist has brought her to Australia, the United States of America and back to Canada where she has settled in Conestogo with her husband and her two amazing little girls! Keri’s passion for pelvic health is contagious and she continues with ongoing education to fuel her passion and remain current. Keri is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, The Ontario Physiotherapy Association, The International Pelvic Pain Association, The National Vulvodynia Association, and The Association for Continence. You can contact Keri at abodyinmotion@theboardwalkmedical.com.

Endo What? A Documentary on Endometriosis

EndoWhatPosterEndometriosis is a painful and debilitating disease in which endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus and it affects more women than you think. In fact, an estimated 176 million women around the world have endometriosis. How can this disease be so wide spread and yet barely talked about? The documentary Endo What? is looking to change this by presenting accurate information straight from the experts about this disease. The only film of its kind, Diva International Inc. was proud to partner with the Endo What? team as a sponsor. With its world screening tour continuing throughout March (aka Endometriosis Awareness Month) we thought we would share a bit about the experience! We recently got the chance to speak with Shannon Cohn (Director/Producer) and asked her a few questions:

What was the turning point that led to this documentary’s creation?

We’ve been working on the film for 4 years, but it’s been over 20 years in the making. That’s how long I’ve had symptoms of endometriosis. When my 2nd daughter was born 4 years ago I started thinking about how little things have changed since I first had symptoms at 16. Women still go to an average of 8 doctors for 10 years before they are diagnosed. They are still told it’s in their heads, that pregnancy and hysterectomy are cures, and that pain is normal. All is this is completely false. I thought: What if there were a film to help stop this vicious cycle? A film to put power in the hands of women. This is that film.

Why Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is the most devastating and common disease that most people have never heard of. It affects 1 in 10 women or 176 million women around the world. The only way we’re going to stop the devastating narrative of the disease is to talk about our pain, our symptoms and get the right information out there. Only then can we act on it and make empowered decisions about our health, about our lives. This film and the one that follows are our contribution to changing that narrative once and for all.

What steps went into setting up and creating this documentary?

When I first decided to make this film, I started reading and researching everything I could get my hands on. Books, articles, journals… everything. It became clear to me that 95% of the information out there is incorrect. For example, endometriosis lesions are not simply misplaced uterine tissue. The lesions are similar to uterine tissue, but not exactly the same. Also, thorough excision surgery from a qualified surgeon is the cornerstone of good treatment and the true symptomatic profile is not well known, not well-taught. Endometriosis is not just “killer cramps.” It can just as often present with GI or urinary symptoms. I had a ton of GI symptoms and had multiple colonoscopies & endoscopies, CATscans, MRIs, ultrasounds and nothing ever showed up. I tried every diet under the sun and continued to have symptoms. It turns out it was endometriosis the entire time. Yet it’s incredibly hard to find that information amid the plethora of misinformation, politics and egos vying for attention and notoriety.

We started interviewing the world’s top experts, not just surgeons, but researchers, scientists, nutritionists, therapists and more. It was important to me to take a nuanced, multi-disciplinary exploration of the disease to give women the most complete tool they can use to take control of their health.

What do you hope to achieve with this documentary both long term and short term?

In the short term, I hope the film is widely-seen by women with endometriosis, their loved ones and the medical community including OBGYNs, pediatricians, primary care providers and gastoenterologists.  I hope women are empowered by the film and can starting being proactive in their own healthcare. I hope health care providers start to realize that endometriosis is more complex than they’ve been taught. Beyond that, I hope that we can get a copy of the film to every school nurse so that teenage girls may be treated when they first have symptoms rather than go 10 or 20 years like I did and so many others. Further, we plan to partner with local organizations in countries around the world to get copies of the film to lawmakers & put endo on national agendas.

What challenges have you had to overcome when creating this documentary?

Truthfully, navigating the political minefield surrounding endometriosis has been the biggest challenge. When I first started making the film I was unaware of this reality, but quickly learned there are a lot of politics, egos and power plays involved in endometriosis advocacy and care. Unfortunately, I think this is one reason that the field hasn’t advanced as quickly as it could. We navigate it by continually asking “Would this ultimately benefit a woman with endo?” If the answer is no, then it doesn’t happen. Beyond that, of course there are financial challenges as we funded this film on our own, filming whenever we could and editing as we went along. The endo community rallied in a tremendous way last fall in helping us raise funds to execute a large scale outreach campaign of the film and that’s what is about to happen now. It’s really happening & we couldn’t be more excited. Change is coming. Believe it.

The Diva Team would like to congratulate everyone on the Endo What? team for creating a truly amazing documentary that attests to the struggles women with endometriosis face.

For more information on this important film or to buy tickets to one of the stops on the Endo What? world tour, please visit: www.endowhat.com

shannon-imgShannon Cohn
Director / Producer
For over a decade, Shannon has produced award-winning feature films and TV series for Discovery Channel and NatGeo. Before that, she practiced international law and was part of the legal team that prosecuted Enron. She went to film school at NYU and has a law degree from Vanderbilt. She’s also a woman who lives with severe endometriosis. In her case, that means over 20 years of debilitating pain, miscarriages, multiple surgeries and misdiagnoses. She started thinking about how little things have changed since she first had symptoms at 16. Women still go to an average of 6-8 doctors for 8-10 years before they are diagnosed. They are still told it’s in their heads, that pregnancy and hysterectomy are cures, and that pain is normal. She started thinking. What if there were a film to help stop this vicious cycle? A film to put power in the hands of women. This is that film.

 

Traveling on Your Period: Don’t Forget The DivaCup!

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It’s travel time Campus Divas! Your flight is booked, bags are packed and everything is planned for a great time away… then your period decides to show up… ahhhhhhhh!!! I think almost every Diva can agree with me when I say traveling on your period can sometimes be a challenge. I have had to (on more than one occasion) go through a 24 hour car ride from Canada to Florida on my period with my mom, dad, brother, dog and two cats, and this was before I discovered the wonders of The DivaCup! It was not a happy experience for anyone. It seems to me that my period always likes to come when I am traveling and with it comes nausea, pain, and discomfort. I know that this can’t just be happening to me, given the fact that most women get their period once a month, it is bound to fall on some sort of event. So I have decided to share some of the tips and tricks that I’ve come across to make everyone’s period care while traveling a whole lot better!

First things first, never leave home without The DivaCup!

You probably know what The DivaCup is, and if you don’t, you NEED to! The DivaCup is a reusable menstrual cup that takes the place of tampons and pads during your period. It really is the best thing for you and an essential for in your suitcase when traveling!

Pack tea for nausea and cramping!

Most hotel rooms, airplanes and gas stations have hot water available, and a nice cup of peppermint, ginger or raspberry loose leaf tea can make a world of difference. A nice warm beverage can also help you to relax and de-stress while traveling.

Invest in a good heating pad or hot water bottle!

Whether staying at a hotel, sitting on a plane or out camping, heat can help do away with cramps or at least help you settle.

 

Comfy pants

These are especially helpful for plane rides. Keeping yourself relaxed and comfortable is key, and you won’t feel that way with tight, uncomfortable clothing. Dresses and skirts that don’t have tight or high waistlines are also a great choice! I also recommend having a change of clothing in your carry-on just in case.

Nausea relief

For nausea brought on by travel, I usually pack the homeopathic remedy cocculus indicus and for all other sorts of nausea I pack Ipecac. I’d recommend first talking to a health care provider before taking anything of this nature to ensure you are taking the right dosage for your symptoms. Another great option is essential oils that are specifically made to help with nausea. Trust me, these can do wonders when on a long plan or car ride. A bag of potato chips has also been found to help settle the stomach.

Reuseable red aluminium drinking bottle on rocks in Peak District National Park.

Breast petals.

For those of us who experience breast tenderness prior to and/or during our period, a comfortable bra can go a long way. Packing shirts with in seam cups or loose-fitting tops that let you get away with a non-wire bra can greatly increase your comfort. Another option is to wear breast petals. Breast petals or nipple petals are accessories designed to shield the nipples and prevent irritation. You can find a good pair of reusable silicone petals at any department store.

Reusable Water Bottle

Hydration is important for feeling good throughout your cycle. By packing a reusable bottle, you can ensure you will have access to water at all times to help you feel better from a number of symptoms. Depending on where you are traveling you may even want to invest in a reusable bottle that has the ability to filter your water. There are a number of reusable bottles available commercially that have a filter built in and these are great for on the road.

Make yourself a travel kit

Feeling fresh and clean is also important, and sometimes hard to do when traveling long distances. Packing travel sized deodorant, soap, face wipes, cleansers and toothbrush can help to make you feel more refreshed and relaxed when traveling. Remember for liquids, gels, and creams brought on airplanes as carry-ons, you will be have to follow airline restrictions. These items must be placed in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag. You can find these travel size products at any drug store and even some dollar stores.

 

Travelling with The DivaCup

close up of hat and slippers at seasideI mentioned above that you should never leave on a trip without The DivaCup, and it is true! But how do you care for and clean it on the road? Well here are some great questions and answers to set your mind at ease:

How packable is The DivaCup? Does it take up much room?

It packs really small! The diameter is less than 5 cm; the length is less than 7 cm and its weight only 15g. It also comes with a cute little cute cloth bag to store it in. You can easily fit this inside your clothes or toiletries pouch without noticing the addition. Since The DivaCup is small and convenient to carry when traveling, you don’t have to lose all that precious luggage space by carrying a bunch of disposables!

Can you swim with The DivaCup?

The DivaCup is perfect for swimming, diving, snorkeling, scuba diving, rafting, or even just wearing a bikini and playing on the beach. I know many friends that feel they have to create fake reasons about why they can’t join in on the fun when menstruating, but even worse than creating the fake reason is of course missing out on the fun itself. The DivaCup offers total confidence and makes being active on your period a breeze!

What if I can’t find a place to wash my cup?

If you are unable to wash The DivaCup after removal (for instance when using a public restroom), wash your hands thoroughly before entering the stall, empty the contents in the toilet and simply use a dry or damp tissue to clean the cup. At the next convenient time, clean as per these instructions. When traveling, or otherwise, always wash the cup using potable (safe to drink) water. Additionally, locating a single person washroom (with sink and toilet) can be very helpful for cleaning The DivaCup. Some women also prefer to bring a water bottle with them, which can aid in rinsing the cup while in a bathroom stall.

DivaWash_FrontWhat can I use to wash The DivaCup?
Well technically I suppose you can use any mild oil-free and perfume-free soap to clean The DivaCup while traveling… but why would you use anything but DivaWash when on an adventure???  DivaWash can also be used as a body wash, face wash, shaving cream and even a shampoo (read about the many uses of DivaWash in this blog post)! Plus it is in a great convenient bottle for travel. If not using DivaWash to clean your cup… remember the same rules apply when on the road as at home… Do NOT use: vinegar, tea tree oil, scented/fragranced soap, castile/peppermint soap or any other oil based soap, rubbing alcohol, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, baking soda, pre-moistened wipes, hydrogen peroxide, dish washing soap, bleach or harsh chemicals as some have been known to damage or compromise the silicone (such as a sticky or powdery film, severe discoloration or odor, etc.) and the cup may need to be replaced to avoid irritations.

Well now you are all set to start traveling like a Diva! We hope these tips have helped to make a better period experience for you while traveling. Until next time!

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Give The DivaCup Some TLC!

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Your period is just a few days away and you’re more than ready this month because you’ve finally mastered The DivaCup! From insertion to removal, The DivaCup has been your go-to monthly period accessory!

However, maybe you’re still asking yourself some of the same questions each and every cycle. Questions such as, “How do I possibly clean The DivaCup in a public washroom?” Don’t worry. We have all the answers that you’re looking for! We talked to our experts on our Consumer Care Team and they provided us with tips and tricks below on care and cleaning for The DivaCup.

Your first cycle

When you first purchased The DivaCup, you most likely experienced an abundance of emotions. From excitement to mild freak-outs, you weren’t really sure how your first cycle using The DivaCup would turn out, but you were hopeful. Anxiously, you removed The DivaCup from the box and examined it, up close and personal, for the first time. Before your period started, you knew that you had to clean the cup before insertion (because The DivaCup User Guide told you so), but with what? How?

Let us explain!

Because The DivaCup is made from healthcare grade silicone, there are a few rules to follow! Remember to wash your cup every 10 to 12 hours (basically anytime you remove and insert it) with our DivaWash – a wash that is plant-based, pH balanced and ideal for care of The DivaCup. If you are unable to find DivaWash at your local retailer, using a mild, fragrance and oil-free soap is also a good option. Just be sure to AVOID the following when cleaning The DivaCup as these have been shown to compromise the silicone of the cup: vinegar, rubbing alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, baking soda, pre-moistened wipes, dish washing soap, fragranced soaps, castile/peppermint soap or any other oil based soap as well as bleach or any harsh chemicals

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DivaWash is your new best friend

Now that you know what and what not to use when cleaning The DivaCup, I’m sure you’re wondering how to clean it.

As we alluded to already, DivaWash is your new BFF when it comes to cleaning The DivaCup.

When using DivaWash, squeeze a pea-sized amount into your palm and run it under warm water. Form a lather with the wash and use your fingers to clean both the inside and outside of The DivaCup, thoroughly. A good tip is to remove and clean The DivaCup while you’re in the shower! Did you know, you can also use DivaWash as body wash, shave cream and face cleanser?! Learn about some other good uses for DivaWash here.

Rinse DivaWash off the cup completely – no residue!  Although plant-based and pH balanced, DivaWash is not a vaginal wash and really all you need for a clean vagina is warm water.

You aren’t done yet. Most importantly, clean the four tiny holes located under the rim of the cup. These four holes aid in airflow and ensure the seal of the cup stays in place once inserted.

Tip: When cleaning the four holes gently stretch them open and remove any leftover debris. You can also fill the cup with water, place your palm over the cup and squeeze. After you’ve cleaned the cup and holes, you can either pat the cup dry with a clean towel or you can leave some water on the cup to aid with insertion.

Cleaning The DivaCup in a public washroom! Yes, public…

One of the most commonly asked questions about The DivaCup is “how do you clean it in a public bathroom?” Let us tell you! Before entering the stall, make sure to wash your hands well with soap and water. Enter the stall and remove the cup. Empty the contents of The DivaCup in the toilet, as you normally would, and wipe the inside of the cup with some damp toilet paper.

Tip: Bring potable water (safe to drink water in a water bottle) into the stall with you! When you get home, or at the next convenient time, thoroughly clean The DivaCup using the proper cleaning instructions. This great video also has some great tips! Additionally, locating an accessible washroom (single person washroom with sink and toilet) can be very helpful for cleaning The DivaCup while out in public.

The same instructions apply when traveling, while at a concert or an event when you simply don’t have access to private washrooms within the 10-12 hours. Her Packing List also has some great insight on how to clean The DivaCup while at an outdoor music festival.

My period is over. Where do I put the DivaCup?

Your cycle has ended and it’s time to store your favorite monthly accessory. Luckily, The DivaCup comes with a cute cotton pouch. The pouch is great for travel (doesn’t take up space in your suitcase), while at school and for monthly storage. After your last removal, give The DivaCup a thorough clean and place into the pouch. You want to store your pouch in a place that is dry and breathable. Do not store The DivaCup in a plastic bag, airtight container or a space without airflow. You also want to be sure not to store your pouch beside heavily fragranced items like perfumes or makeup.

When to replace The DivaCup

One of the most common questions we get asked is: “when should I replace The DivaCup?”. As The DivaCup is regulated as a medical device a general guideline is to replace your cup once a year, but ultimately, it is up to you to decide when it is necessary to replace the cup. Silicone is very durable, but we recommend that you inspect your cup regularly for signs of deterioration (such as a sticky or powdery film, severe discoloration or odor, etc.) or if you experience irritation. If, for any reason, your cup presents the above you may want to consider replacing it. Depending on the factors unique to each woman, like vaginal pH, how well and often the cup is cleaned, what cleansing agents are used, etc., the lifespan may vary.

Microwave and dishwasher safe?

Although many silicone-based products can be cleaned in both the microwave and dishwasher, we do not recommend cleaning The DivaCup in these appliances.

To boil or not to boil

This is often the question. While boiling The DivaCup can help with discoloration and give your cup a more thorough clean, it is not a required cleaning step. Note: The DivaCup will naturally discolor over time, but this will not impair its functionality. Boiling the cup is really a personal choice. If you do decide to boil The DivaCup, be sure to use cookware specifically designated for cup cleaning and keep a careful eye to ensure the water does not boil dry. Once the water has begun to boil, move the cup around for 5 to 10 minutes. Boiling your cup while camping or traveling is also a great cleaning option if potable water is not easily accessible.

Yeast infection: can I still use my cup?

As if there wasn’t enough to worry about, women are more prone to yeast or bacterial infection during their cycle. If you develop an infection, it is important to not use The DivaCup until the infection has cleared completely. If the cup was worn while the infection occurred, we recommend replacing your cup with a new one to ensure against repeat infection.

Take care of The DivaCup

The DivaCup takes care of you and your period, leaving you worry-free, so make sure to return the favor!

It’s important to follow the appropriate care and cleaning tips for The DivaCup! Refer to our Care and Cleaning webpage or the instructions outlined in your User Guide.

Give The DivaCup some TLC – it’s well deserved!

 

The ROSE Study: Investigative Tools for the Study of Endometriosis

PrintWhat do you know about endometriosis? Not much? Well, that is a common response among a large percentage of people in the world. That is why many, including the Diva Team, are hoping to change the lack of awareness of endometriosis. Diva International Inc. is proud to partner with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and provide support for its important study, Research OutSmarts Endometriosis (The ROSE Study). This study is dedicated to improving diagnostic methods and finding better therapies to treat endometriosis. During the past two years of the five yearlong study, research has progressed and the Diva Team took this time to ask Dr. Peter Gregersen, head of the research project, to answer some questions for our Divas.

Tell us about your findings so far with the ROSE study.

We are exploring the differences in the makeup and cellular biology of menstrual effluent (ME) obtained from women with and without endometriosis. Our first goal is to identify changes that might be useful for early diagnosis of endometriosis. In addition, the cells in ME may reveal something about the development and progression of endometriosis, and even suggest new approaches to therapy for treating endometriosis. These findings with ME will be compared with what we observe in endometriosis lesions, which are collected at surgery.

You are currently 2 years into the study, have your goals or expectations changed?

Our long terms goals remain unchanged – we want to improve the diagnosis and understanding of endometriosis.  In fact, our goals have been strengthened by hearing the personal stories from our ROSE participants. We have learned a great deal from studying menstrual effluent in terms of focusing our attention on particular cell types and we will continue to look for answers.

Based on your current findings, what would you want young girls to know about early warning signs of endometriosis?

Early warning signs are having menstrual cycles accompanied by severe cramps that limit day-to-day activities (i.e. attending school and after school programs). Early warning signs should not be dismissed. The ‘grin and bear it’ attitude needs to be replaced with listening and intervention. School nurses, parents, pediatricians and healthcare professionals should be asking questions and looking for signs of endometriosis when appropriate.

What limitations have you had to overcome over the past 2 years in this study?

We have been working to better understand exactly how menstrual effluent should be collected and processed in order to maximize our ability to answer the research questions on endometriosis. The DivaCups have been absolutely critical for collecting the menstrual effluent that is essential for our studies. We are making research progress every day, but the research relies on community participation. We continue to need their participation – particularly women with endo, as well as their families.

What can the Diva Community do to help with the study’s progress?

Mainly, share the study with others and encourage women you know who have endometriosis to participate. We have been most fortunate to have the support of Diva International Inc. in providing the menstrual cups used by the ROSE study participants. Interestingly, we have found that many participants have switched to using The DivaCup in lieu of disposable feminine products. Furthermore, we are incredibly grateful to Diva International for promoting the ROSE study on their website and social networks – they have helped spread awareness of endometriosis, as well as participation in the ROSE study.

Thank you to Dr. Gregersen for sharing his thoughts on The Rose Study and endometriosis. The Diva Team believes that we can make a positive difference for woman with endometriosis and the research being done by The Rose Study will help to make that change. We hope more and more women become aware of this illness and help to spread the positive message for acceptance and change that is needed. Thank you to Dr. Gregersen and The Rose Study team at The Feinstein Institute for their continued dedication to this great cause.

Gregersen-research-teamThe Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Is the research branch of the Northwell Health enterprise and is headquartered in Manhasset, NY. The Institute is composed of more than 1,500 clinicians, scientists and staff who work in laboratories and clinical research programs in collaboration with clinicians and patients throughout the many facilities of Northwell Health. Every year, more than 15,000 patients and volunteers participate in over 2,000 research studies.