2016, You’ve Been a Blast!

It feels like yesterday our Diva team was wishing all of our Diva communities seasons greetings for 2015. What happened!? The holiday music is on every other radio station, you’re receiving goodies in the mail and of course, the parties are endless! happy-holidays

That being said, 2016 was definitely one for the books. Our Diva team had a blast being able to spread The DivaCup love to menstruating people around the world. From tradeshows to consumer shows, to all of our online love, we couldn’t be happier with the outcomes. Thank you to our amazing Divas for making this year one to remember. Your support, love, and loyalty is unbelievable and certainly one that cannot be beaten.

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all some of our favorite accomplishments from 2016! Our amazing CEO, Carinne Chambers, won EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Sustainable Products category as well as the Industry Disrupter Award. Congrats Carinne, you’re amazing!

On social media, our Facebook page reached over 50,000 Likes and our Twitter page reached over 12,000 Likes!

In our dedication to women’s health, our team continued our partnerships with CeMCOR and the ROSE study as well as sponsored Endo What? A ground-breaking documentary on Endometriosis.

We also had the opportunity to partner with innovative and moving charitable organizations like Camions of Care, The Ali Forney Center, Native Youth Sexual Health Network, YWCA, and many others in North America and around the world who are working to ensure menstrual care access for those in-need.

We are excited to announce as well that we will be launching in Mexico in 2017, making The DivaCup available in 29 countries! Like our new Spanish Facebook and Twitter pages to stay in the loop on some exciting news and giveaways!

A Note from our CEO, Carinne Chambers:

Thank you so much to all our Divas for making 2016 an amazing year we will always remember! From our loyal Diva users to our new Diva users, thank you for taking the chance to join the Diva revolution. Your continued support is incredible and we couldn’t have done it without you!

My mom and I took a risk to lead the way pioneering the menstrual cup category and our success and growth since our inception in 2001 has been tremendous. Our team has grown close to 40 employees and we continue to grow and evolve every day. This year my mom Francine retired from the day to day business and is now Chairman of the Board.  Very exciting, and so well deserved!

My beloved Diva family and I are so looking forward to 2017. We have big plans. Plans to invest more time, money and resources into building up the menstrual cup category and to empower women around the world.

Divas, thank you for all your kindness and support! Season greetings to you and your loved ones. Get ready for an exciting 2017. We have lots in store and will continue on our mission to change the world one DivaCup at a time!!

From our family to yours…

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10 Ways to Navigate your Period over the Holidays

The holidays can be many wonderful things. They can remind us of what’s important, reignite friendships/relationships, encourage us to give back, fill us with yummy treats, and give us a chance to tell people how we feel about them. Still even with all these great pieces… as we all know the holidays can also be super stressful. You may be travelling to multiple locations, trying to get the kids the *it* (and of course sold out) toy of the season, praying you don’t catch the flu that everyone in the office seems to have, and perhaps even playing the buffer in some of the more volatile relationships around you. Between all these things it can sometimes be a little bit hard to carve out some time for yourself! Throw your period into the mix, and what’s a Diva to do?! Well, maybe some of these 10 tips can help….

1) Sleep Sleep

It sounds so simple, right? So why do we have such a hard time carving out enough sleep on the holidays?  Between holiday parties and late nights of shopping, wrapping, and decorating, it can be hard to get your eight hours. While this tip may sound like something easier said than done, if you can put that effort into tucking yourself in at a decent time, you will find the holidays and your period much easier to deal with.

2) Focus on the positives and laugh off the little things

The holidays can be stressful, but maybe some of those stresses can be laughed off and let go? Remember those picture-perfect holiday photos that are displayed on every single social channel? Each of these was probably proceeded and followed by complete and utter chaos.

So, try and focus on those positive parts of the holidays and laugh off the little stressful things the holidays can bring. This may be a challenge especially if you find yourself a bit snippy over the holidays or over your period, but trust us, it will lead to happier holiday memories for you and your loved ones.

Champagne3) Alcohol: Limit or Avoid

So school is still out on the debate of whether or not little to moderate alcohol intake has any specific effects on your period or vice versa. However, period or not, anything over moderate alcohol intake when faced with sometimes stressful family or social situations, just doesn’t seem like the best idea. Also remember alcohol is a depressant! If you are emotional due to stress or due to your period, alcohol will likely heighten these feelings rather than remove them.

4) Cravings: Indulge but Don’t Cave

The holidays can have a lot of yummy treats easily accessible and when you are on your period sometimes every cell in your body seems to be asking for sugar. It is ok to indulge in a few of these cravings, but remember to not go overboard! Junky and sugary foods actually tend to make us feel a little worse when it comes to our period symptoms. So, approach this with balance! If your achy uterus is demanding a gingerbread cookie, have one but maybe stop at just the one and try not to growl at you family as soon as they reach for the others.

5) A Holiday Walk

Need to cool down from the heat of all the ovens working overtime to bring you a holiday feast, or to step away from the heat of Cousin Janet and Uncle Bill talking politics?  Taking a holiday walk is not only great for the soul, it is wicked helpful for your cramps! Grab your favorite relative and take a stroll to enjoy the holiday decorations or even to marvel at how your town has turned into a holiday ghost land while everyone is inside celebrating. Some fresh air can ease your mood and even take away some of the stress induced holiday headache and the exercise will help ease your period cramps.

6) Hot Chocolate hot chocolate

It’s the drinkable equivalent of a warm hug and absolutely nothing beats a steaming mug of hot chocolate during the winter holidays! This perfect comfort drink not only warms the cockles of your stressed-out holiday heart but can even help with some of your period symptoms! For some great hot chocolate recipes with period relief in mind, check out our hot chocolate blog.

7) Load up on Veggies

The holidays can be full of rich and delicious foods, but sometimes these don’t line up with the kind of foods to support a menstruating body. Though we aren’t saying to completely avoid the creamy mashed potatoes or the little bit of deeply fried goodness, make sure you are reaching for some of the safer (yet just as yummy options). Leafy greens are great for your period, so push past the candied yams and grab some spinach or kale. The iron in these vegetables will help you be your holiday best while on your period. Veggies like broccoli also have a high fiber content and can actually help with bloating!

8) Some water please and make it hot!

Taking a hot bath may not be realistic during this time of the year, but boy if you can make it work, it is the absolute best. Otherwise, try and remember to pack a hot water bottle on your holiday travels. This portable little bit of period relief can really take the edge off your period blahs during the holidays.

Model 29) Complain Exchange!

Sometimes the holidays and your period just make you want to vent! This is totally understandable. Talk to a close friend or relative before the holidays and become each other’s venting outlets. Seriously, a complaint exchange can help you get things out instead of bottling them up and then you can let things go, giving you a better holiday and period experience.

10) The DivaCup

This one should be obvious! Can you imagine navigating the holidays anyway else? Who has room to pack disposables when you are carrying all those presents? Plus traveling on the holidays is grueling whether it is by plane, train or automobile, at least with The DivaCup you can worry about reaching your destination and not your period.

 

Holiday Traditions from The Diva Team

For many of us, the holidays consist of parties, food and socializing, but there are many traditions that are near and dear to every family. The Diva Team came together to share a few of their favorite holiday traditions.

Paige

Oh, the holidays. My favorite time of the year! Who doesn’t love the endless amounts of sweets, dinners and family gatherings? For my family and I, we’ve had the same tradition since I was born. Every year on Christmas Eve we head to my grandparent’s house for presents, food and of course a ton of laughs.

The same things happen every year when we arrive at my grandparent’s house. We greet our family who drove hours to celebrate the evening with us. We catch up with cousins, aunts and uncles and we open presents! My favorite part of our tradition is seeing everyone gather together and celebrate such a joyous holiday. But, as the years go on, and my grandparents’ age, the tradition will soon have to change. This holiday season will be the last year celebrating Christmas Eve at my grandparents’ house. It’ll be bittersweet seeing my family and I gather around such a sentimental place for the last time. Just because one door is closing, doesn’t mean another can’t open. Our family will have to start a new tradition and gather at another family member’s house and continue our tradition for years to come!

Kristen

For my husband and I, the holidays are all about spending time with our loved ones. Our tradition is pretty simple, but to us, it’s something we look forward to every single year. On Christmas Eve, we spend time with my husband’s family. Being from a small town, it makes it easy to go from one house to the next. The party is usually the same every year, food, presents and more food!

When we get back home, we always take a photo of our house. We love to look back and remember if it had snowed or not (can you tell we’re Canadian, eh?).

Christmas morning is extra special to me. My husband and I wake up and exchange our gifts. It’s nice to be together without the chaos of all our family members. Once gifts are opened and we’ve spent time together, we gather at my parent’s house for Christmas dinner and our classic Christmas crackers and paper crowns!

Shelley

I know that the idea of movies and Chinese food for Jewish families on December 25th is not a new one, but I have got to say that my family kills it! We don’t watch *a* movie, we go to the theater and watch 4-5 movies. Planning our movie adventure starts days in advance includes a lot of help from friendly cinema employees, and necessitates a lot of flexibility. For my family’s holiday movie fest, it’s always quantity over quality and so when you are trying to see as many movies as possible, scheduling is absolutely everything!  ticketsThough websites and newspapers can give you the start time what you need to get from the theater itself is the actual film start times (you know after all the car commercials and previews) as well as the end times, and screening room proximities. It’s good to try and get about 10 minutes between the end of a film and the start of the next for washroom breaks, popcorn refills and navigating massive multiplexes, but this does not often work out. Most of the time we are jogging from one screen to the next as soon as the credits begin to roll.

It’s the perfect kind of holiday chaos. We may not have a tree, presents, or a turkey… but we spend the day together and boy do we ever have fun. This is how my family has been doing December 25th since I was a kid and I couldn’t picture spending the day any other way!

Kobi

Part of being a millennial means I was raised almost entirely by television. Some of my fondest childhood memories are avoiding holiday hysteria by sinking into the couch with the company of Rudolph, Frosty, and the lovably depressing Charlie Brown. For me, the holidays can’t begin until I’ve blown off my Christmas shopping for a few hours of hot cocoa and holiday classics.

Penny

Skating We live in a small town, so one of our holiday traditions is to drive into the city. We may go to a musical or a play, or we may just visit something fun like the aquarium. I like taking my son somewhere to have an experience, like learning something new or simply seeing something new. The city is neat to visit at this time of year. Sometimes it’s busy with people ice skating at City Hall or walking around, and sometimes it’s like a ghost town (maybe because the city dwellers are driving out to small towns like mine to visit family).

We would love to hear about your holiday traditions! Share them with us below or on our social media channels.