Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

1. Good bye high chafing!

As the warm summer months roll around, bare legs plus the heat of the day can result in the inevitable: the dreaded chafing. The solution, deodorant, yes that’s right, deodorant! Simply roll deodorant on your inner thighs in the morning and presto, chafing gone. Try making this all natural DIY deodorant this summer.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

2. Dry shampoo it up!

Another summer must have, dry shampoo. This product can be a life saver, no matter the time of year, but with the summer heat and sweat, it’s a must have necessity.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

3. Too much sun? Aloe ice cubes to the rescue!

Missed a few spots with your sunscreen and feeling the burn? A great solution is to pour aloe into an ice cube tray, freeze it and use them to soothe your skin.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

4. Keep it colorful!

Sun, salt water, and chlorine can seriously damage your hair, especially your hair color. Keep your locks healthy and vibrant with just a spritz of apple cider vinegar prior to sun exposure.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

5. Frizz be gone!

Two words, coconut oil! It’s a wondrous solution for so many beauty needs including keeping your frizz under control. Just mix up equal parts coconut and avocado oil together and spritz into the ends of your hair. Another great option is to use coconut oil as a hair mask to add extra moisture before washing it out in the shower.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

6. Baby powder sand repellant.

It often feels like you trek the whole beach home in your bathing suit, honestly, where does it all come from?! Leave the sand at the beach with one simple product, baby powder. Sprinkle powder on your feet, legs, and body and you’ll be able to wipe all the sand off immediately.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

7. DIY overnight sunburn remedy.

Make this all-natural sunburn remedy with apple cider vinegar and coconut oil to give your skin some much needed TLC. Leave it on overnight and your skin will feel good as new.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

8. Beachy Waves.

You gotta love that beach wave summer look. You can sport the look yourself with just a simple headband. Give this trick a try by following just a few effortless steps.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

9. Get the “cool” nail look!

Trying to get a cute manicure in this summer heat? Try first storing your polish in the fridge, The cold polish will go on more smoothly. And if you’re in a rush, dunk your freshly painted fingers in some cold water for three minutes to make sure everything is set.

Top 10 #DivaSummer Beauty hacks

10. Go string free with The DivaCup this summer!

With all these fun beauty hacks out there, how could we not include The DivaCup in the mix! Lose those uncomfortable pads and tampons this summer and embrace a comfortable alternative that you can wear for every summer activity.

Diva Summer to do list

#DivaSummer To Do List

Burned through your summer event calendar and have #NoNewPlans? Let’s see if you’ve marked these fun ideas off your list yet.

Diva Summer to do list

Weekend Trip to A Neighboring Town

Go explore! You never know what cute little boutiques or walking trails could be just a short drive away.

Diva Summer to do list

Bungee Jumping

Because why not!

Diva Summer to do list

Summer Camping Trip

I know, so original, but why not do it glamping style and make it a fun girls weekend?!

Diva Summer to do list

Guided Tour of Your Own City

You could find chocolate, beer and wine and food tours all close to home.

Diva Summer to do list

Theme Park Day

It’s roller coaster and junk food time!

Diva Summer to do list

Hot Air Balloon Ride

You’ll get some amazing Instagram-worthy pics.

Diva Summer to do list

Stargazing

Relax and just appreciate.

Diva Summer to do list

Berry Picking

Whatever your choice berry, summer has them all. You might end up eating more there than you take home.

Diva Summer to do list

Drive-in Movie

Double feature with all the popcorn you want!

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

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Where does your sense of adventure take you?

For example, a hike along a new trail, off road to a secluded camp site, or maybe a canoe trip to the Arctic Ocean?! The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60 , an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean. The team will be travelling more than a thousand kilometers through the remote and expansive waters of Canada, leading them to the Arctic Ocean. In support of their journey, The Diva Team has provided them with DivaCups and DivaWash.

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

Route

The plan is to paddle a previously unconnected canoe route; 1,200 kilometers from the Mackenzie Mountains in Canada’s Northwest Territories to Nunavut’s Coronation Gulf. The route will take the paddlers through the Keele River, Mackenzie River, Great Bear River, Great Bear Lake, Sloan River, Hook River and Coppermine River. Each of these women have experienced first hand the transformative power of the wilderness. They are nature lovers, with their time often spent enjoying the beauty and solitude of the wilderness. It is their hope that this all-female canoe trip can have an inspirational effect for young women and ignite the confidence and perseverance required to be a young explorer today. This expedition aims to show young girls that they too can explore the outdoors, get dirty, and tackle daunting, physical challenges, just as well as boys.

While The DivaCup will be new to some of the team members, a few have experienced all the wonderful benefits this product offers. Curious about how The DivaCup holds up in the wild? Lindsay and Marissa have some insight for you.

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

Lindsay Wiebold

Avid Canoeist/Backpacker/Professional Ski Patroller/Graduate of University of Colorado – B.A. Geography
I’ve been going on extended canoe trips for the last eight summers. The summer I bought a DivaCup, my camping experience changed completely. Rather than carrying around a giant bag of tampons and another bag for my waste, I now carry around that tiny purple cloth bag and a bottle of cleaner. Not only does The DivaCup decrease the amount of waste I have to pack out, but it also means I no longer have to put bleached cotton inside my body on a regular basis. These two things I feel healthy and happy about.

Since buying The DivaCup, I’ve never been in that awkward situation of having to ration tampons. You know, that thought when you think it’s time to change it, but you know it has to last another two hours? Not with The DivaCup! I simply make a trip to the bathroom, or behind a tree somewhere if I’m camping, and pour it out. Easy as that! 

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

Marissa Sieck

Long Distance Canoer/ Mountaineer/River Guide/Youth Worker/Graduate of University of Colorado – B.A. International Affairs and Spanish
“I love The DivaCup. I first bought The DivaCup in response to the amount of waste tampons produced. In my time using it, The DivaCup has changed my relationship to my cycle! A person once told me that you have not known the earth until you have bled on it. This is something that I take to heart when using The DivaCup. I often feed my iron-rich cycle to the earth and the plants around me as an offering of respect. I also feel using the menstrual cup has revolutionized how my friends and I talk about our periods, opening a dialogue that feels empowering! The DivaCup is convenient, sustainable and an accessible alternative to pads and tampons! Thanks DivaCup. I recommend you to all humans that menstruate!”

The DivaCup is proud to sponsor 6 North of 60, an all-female group embarking on a 60-day expedition to the Arctic Ocean.

With this canoe trip, these bold women want to bring the beauty of nature to others. Additionally, they hope to spark new adventures for women by raising awareness and funds for the leadership program at the all-girls canoeing camp, Ogichi Daa Kwe. The camp is a wilderness-tripping and community-based summer camp in Minnesota that strives to develop strong, confident, female leaders. Join their journey and mission by donating to their cause today!

Learn more about the 6 North of 60 team on their website! You can also follow their journey on Facebook and Instagram.

Take a hike!

“Walking: the most ancient and still the best modern exercise.” – Carrie Latet

Hiking is an amazing past time that so few individuals embrace. It’s almost as if that love we had for traipsing around outside when we were kids is lost in our adult lives. That need to explore nature seems to change in to a need to work, study and just generally adult. Not as much fun, right? Well, as a college student who works, lives on her own and attends full-time courses, my life didn’t involve much nature. But, there was one thing it did involve a lot of: stress. Stress is the biggest struggle in my life, and I think it’s the same for many others. I had tried many ways to handle stress — from yoga and meditation to exercise and diet changes — but the problem was, I could never find the time to do everything in a week. I didn’t have time to take both a yoga and HIIT class and fit in a meditation session as well. I was trying all these different things, and they do work, but they were not becoming a consistent part of my life like I wanted. The solution came to me from my roommate, who is a personal trainer. She recommended that I try hiking! She explained to me that the outdoor exercise from hiking up and down hills is often a better exercise than gym cardio training. This got me doing a bit more research on the concept and I realized just how many benefits to hiking there are! I decided to give it a try and over the last month, I have made it my goal to go for a hike at lease once a week. Here is what I learned:

You will feel happier
Hiking is a great way to deal with stress and to forget about your worries as you focus on what’s around you and the end goal of completing the trail. I found that hiking once a week helped me with my stress and depression as it took me away from daily distractions and technology and allowed me to connect with myself and nature. It’s a combination of meditation and exercise that leaves me happy and at peace.

You will enjoy nature
Being in nature gives us the opportunity to explore, be adventurous and feel free. In our everyday lives, there is so much that is controlled and scheduled. I found that taking the time to appreciate nature and explore it can have amazing benefits on your outlook on life.

You will get exercise
Hiking is an excellent form of exercise as you tromp along the trails, up and down hills and over uneven ground. You burn a high number of calories and build muscle as you go along. After an hour hike I feel limber and refreshed. Another great benefit is the decrease of blood pressure and cholesterol.

You will boost your creativity
Hiking is a great way to boost your creativity. Often halfway through a work day I would get a French vanilla to try and keep myself alert and focused. Instead of doing that I tried going for a quick hike over my lunch hour. The affects were amazing, I could take a break, organize my thoughts, wake myself up and increase my attention span. When I got back from my hike, I found myself more focused and productive than I usually am in the afternoons.

You will find your sense of adventure
One benefit of hiking that I found rather unexpected was a new sense of adventure. I would set a start and end destination for my hike, but I often found myself going further or changing course because I wanted to check something out that looked interesting. Hiking is a great time to just take things as they come and not worry about following an exact plan. Now as I am saying this, I am not telling you to go off into a dense part of the wood or up a forgotten trail without any precautions. I go into a bit more detail below, but make sure you are well prepared and that you use common sense. Hiking, while very beneficial does come with its risks. I almost always go hiking with a buddy and I have my phone with me in case of emergencies.

You will foster relationships
Finally, another great benefit is that you get to meet new people who are out enjoying the same things you are. You already have one common interest, so it’s easy to strike up a conversation. You can meet some great people while hiking and if that’s one of your goals, I would recommend getting involved with a hiking group. I found some great ones online and they were very welcoming and helpful as I started my hiking journey.

It’s a combination of so many different benefits that make hiking so good for your body, mind and soul.

Are you interested in hiking?
Here are a few recommendations I have as a novice hiker:
Start small. Hiking can be intimidating, so start with a short trail in an area that you are familiar with.
Prepare for the worst. Depending on how long your hike is and where you are make sure you carry your phone, water, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray. Also, make sure, you are in a good pair of closed toe hiking shoes or boots.
Pack lightly. You don’t want a huge backpack weighing you down but make sure you have important things: like water, a compass, and anything you made need for your personal comfort or safety. Remote or longer hike will require a different kind of pack than short or close to home hikes.
Overestimate your trail time. I make sure I have my phone with me (although usually on airplane mode) so that I can keep track of the time.
Don’t ignore your own backyard. You can find some great trails in the middle of the city, or just on the outskirts. Try walking around your neighborhood, you might be surprised.
Use the buddy system. I would recommend hiking with a partner, it keeps you safe and is a fun time to socialize.

A Diva’s Eco Journey

March 1st: The Beginning
I have thought to myself more than once, I really should do more to help the environment. But then, life gets in the way and I end up forgetting about it until the next time the issue comes to the front of my mind. It’s a cycle that just keeps repeating. But this month, in celebration of Earth Day, I am hoping to make some real environmental changes to my life.
That’s why for the next month I will be experimenting with several new environmentally friendly tricks to help reduce my eco-footprint. I plan to start off with baby steps and see if I can eventually get myself running on this eco-journey.

March 4th: Getting Things Started
It has been a few days since I made my eco-resolution and so far, I have put a few of my plans into action. One of my biggest resolutions is that I want to enjoy nature more and get more active at the same time. I want to do this by committing to going hiking at least once a week. I also ordered a free Discovery Pass online, if you are a Canadian citizen, I recommend ordering one! It gives you free access to every national park in Canada for 2017 in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday. I made it through my first hike this week, as I visited my folks out in the country and went traipsing through the fields. It was a great hour hike and left my muscles feeling well worked and my mind relaxed. Enjoying nature is a great way to remind yourself why it is so important to preserve and protect the beautiful world we share. Getting out into nature is also great for your physical as well as mental health.
Another step I took on my eco-journey was buying a good reusable water bottle. I have always told myself to drink more water and so I bought one with measurements on it, to help me keep track. With this, I have decided not to buy any plastic water bottles and I am giving up buying soda bottles as well.

March 8th: Garbage Troubles
One of the biggest environmental improvements I wanted to make in my life was my waste management. I wanted to improve how much waste I composted and recycled vs how much I threw out. My goal was to get my household (me and my roommate) down to one garbage bag every two weeks. We already have the added advantage of using The DivaCup so we don’t have to worry about waste from disposables. My main solution for this was to make sure we had a spot under the sink to put our compost, recycling and garbage so that we didn’t have to take them outside every time. This worked wonders. So far, I have found we fill our trash can much less frequently.

March 10th: Wash Day
Just a quick check in today, my Discover Pass came in the mail! I am also right on track with my personal hiking goal of getting out in nature at least once a week. It feels great!
In other news, it is laundry day today and I decided to wash my cloths in cold water. I didn’t notice a real difference from washing them in warm water so I will be making that change permanent. Much like switching to The DivaCup, I’m wondering why I didn’t do this sooner!

March 14th: Eco Grocery Trip
Today was my big grocery shopping day and I had the goal of being as healthy and eco-friendly as possible. I started it off right and brought my own bags to hold my groceries. I also made sure to buy as much fresh, local, and unpackaged produce as possible. As for the packaged items, I kept in mind what packaging I could recycle and what I couldn’t. I also visited the bulk food store to stock up on some trail mix and other snacks. Lots of bulk stores have some great new initiative that allows customers to bring in their own containers instead of using the portion bags, so ask your local store if they do as well! If they don’t, maybe you can make a big difference by insisting that they do! At my local store, it worked like the: they simply weighed the containers first and then I filled them up. It also really helped with portion control!

March 15th: Meal Planning
So now that my fridge is full of fresh food, it’s time to prep my meals and snacks. This is a habit I have gotten into since I started living on my own. I find it convenient and quite fun to prep about two big meals and a bunch of fresh snacks like fruits and veggies for the whole week. Having prepped meals allows me to save time on weeknight meal prep, helps me save money by not purchasing my lunch, gives me readily available dinners, and reduces my environmental impact with the reusable constrainers that store my food. . Some fun easy meals I like to make include pastas, stuffed peppers and stir-fries.

March 19th: Thrifty Diva
Today I was out visiting my parents and my mom and I decided to do a little shopping. Now a shopping trip for us doesn’t involve malls or retail stores, it involves thrift shops. Now I know they aren’t for everyone, but for me they are a gold mine. I thought visiting one during my eco-journey was a great way to help re-purpose some great items. It turned out to be a successful trip and I walked out with a red suede coat that looked brand new!

March 22nd: The Journey Continues  
Its getting near the end of the month and I am proud of the changes I have made thus far. I am keeping up with my hiking each week, using cold water to wash my clothes, I am prepping my meals and sticking with my composting plan. I have also noticed that I feel better because I have been drinking more water and eating healthier from all my meal prep and fresh produce. I think overall everything is going very well and I hope to continue on this track well past the end of the month.

From my journey this month, I learned that by making small, personal changes to better my environmental impact, I really can make a difference. I found it much easier to stick to my small goals and objectives and still have a significant environmental impact. I am proud of the progress I have made and I am dedicated to continuing on my Eco-Journey.

7 Wonders of the Vagina

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Vaginas are fascinating; there is no doubt about it. Sometimes, fascination can grow in part due to mystery surrounding the object of one’s fascination. Vaginas are no stranger to this phenomena and it is part of the reason why we have decided to break down some of the mystery, taboo, and stigma about the vagina with #GetVagucated. Here are the top 7 wonders of the vagina, unveiled.

1. The Hymen
The hymen is truly a wonder (or even a mystery) of the vagina. In many current and historic cultures, the hymen was believed to be the marker of virginity. However, many do not understand what the hymen actually is or even what it looks like. The hymen is simply a small piece of tissue that rings around the vaginal opening. The hymen can break during penetration, or it can stretch . Some women are born with very thin hymens, others with no hymen at all. Some hymens break during rigorous activities like sports. With all this variation, history, and a cloud of mystery surrounding its existence (or lack thereof), the hymen is most certainly in the top 7 wonders of the vagina.7 Wonder of the Vagina The DivaCup

2. The Vagina Belongs To a Whole System of Awesome

Even the title of this blog post is technically wrong – but it sure caught your attention, didn’t it? In fact, many are not aware that the vagina is only one part of the entire female reproductive system and that there is a difference between the internal and external parts. Often, many use the term vagina to refer to their entire “down there” lady bits. What many women don’t know is that the vagina is an elastic, muscular tube
only about three (3) – four (4) inches (8-10 cm) long
and it does not connect to other parts of the body. Other noteworthy and anatomically correct names for the other parts include the clitoris, the inner and outer labia, and the perineum.

3. The Clitoris

No list of the wonders of female reproductive anatomy would be complete without mention of the clitoris. The orgasm powerhouse. The clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings and most women require clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm. The clitoris is the only organ whose sole existence is for pleasure. Even more interesting is the origins of this little button of pleasure. Did you know that the penis and clitoris basically start out the same way during a fetus’s development? It is only at about 6 weeks of gestation that each organ begins to form based on chromosomes. In fact, the labia majora would become the scrotum and the labia minora would form the shaft of the penis.

4. The Muscle

The vaginal canal itself is made of some very elastic muscle and tissues that are designed to stretch and return back to its normal size. In fact, the vagina can stretch to up to 200% its normal size and return back to normal. Vaginas are designed this way to be able to stretch to deliver a baby (should one wish to deliver a child vaginally, of course… you do you). After intercourse or childbirth, the tissue returns back to its normal size, however, it is the muscles of the vaginal canal that usually need to be strengthened after childbirth using exercises like Kegels (under the supervision of a pelvic health specialist). Most often, young women do not need to do Kegels as this can create muscles that are too strong or tense. Contrary to popular belief, Kegels do not necessarily make sex better and having a “tight” vagina can even be problematic in some cases. For more information about Kegels and strengthening your pelvic floor, check out our Q&A with a pelvic health physiotherapist.

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Orgasms are a wonderful, magical thing and that is why we are including them in our 7 wonders of the vagina. When a woman orgasms, the muscles in her vagina contract. Those of us who are the proud owner of a vagina can often orgasm multiple times. Orgasms are a powerful painkiller. They can help to alleviate menstrual cramps and interestingly enough, may help reduce feelings of depression in women by producing feel good hormones.

6. Good Guy Bacteria

This may sound like an odd wonder, but trust us, bacteria is incredibly wondrous as far as the vagina is concerned. The vagina is a delicate and balanced ecosystem that contains bacteria which are used to clean the vagina and keep the pH balance in check. Fun fact: your vaginal fluid is made of carbs, amino acids, proteins and other lactobacillus bacteria. Also, the pH balance of your vagina is the same of a glass of wine. Cheers to that!

7. The Cervix

The cervix is a small, donut-shaped opening that connects your vagina and your uterus. If you so happen to birth a child vaginally, the cervix dilates to about 3.9 inches (or about 10 centimeters) to allow the passage of a child. Women can be born with more than one cervix, which is a medical condition known as uterus didelphys. If you have more than one cervix, you have multiple cervices (which is the actual plural form of the word cervix!). If you’re not sure what a cervix looks like, check out this awesome collection of actual images of cervices.

Did you know about all these wonders?

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to get your daily dose of vagina facts and #GetVagucated this September!

Periods and Exercise

iStock_000069644637_MediumIt’s time to get yourself moving Divas!

Exercise is a very important part of achieving good health. Not only is it great for your body, but it can help to relieve stress as well… but did you know that exercise may also help to strengthen your fertility and reproductive health? Regular exercise is helpful with regulating your hormonal levels and increasing your metabolism. An hour of exercise at least three times a week is all you may need. To do this you do not need a gym membership as there are plenty of exercises that can be done at home or by taking a class. Some exercises that are great for your reproductive health can include cardio exercises like walking or swimming. I personally enjoy the gym as it allows for a wide variety of workout choices so I don’t get bored of doing the same thing. I also prefer the gym because it allows me to do both cardio exercises and weight training; in fact, I find the best results come from a mixture of both cardio and weight training.

Cardio is a great way to help increase your blood flow throughout your body, including your reproductive system, while weight training will aid your body in getting stronger and help to boost your metabolism. If you’re a beginner when it comes to exercising and find the gym to be a bit intimidating, there are countless other ways to get exercise, such as group activities, sports, fitness classes or even just a daily walk with a friend. For many, exercise is much easier when you have someone to help keep you motivated.

Now that we know a bit about how exercising affects our reproductive healthiStock_49000820_XXLARGE v2, what about the effects of exercising during our periods? Is it healthy?

The short answer is yes, you can exercise on your period, but most often a less rigorous workout is the best route to take. Your body is already hard at work as your hormone levels are in flux and your body works to shed its uterine lining. It is really important to know your limitations too. During the first day of my period, I made a rule for myself that I don’t work out and if I do, I’ll only participate in light activity such as swimming or yoga, which doesn’t put too much pressure on the body. Some women actually find that working out on their periods helps with period symptoms like cramps and heavy flow.

Remember to listen to your body. If your body feels sore, bloated or tired, it is telling you it needs rest. That being said, if you are on your period and feeling unmotivated, just think of Kiran Gandhi who recently ran the London Marathon while free bleeding! If Kiran could run 26.2 miles bleeding freely, then we can handle an hour at the gym or a yoga class, right? Yes! Some menstruating people find that they feel a bit more comfortable when they get moving.

menstrual-cupNot feeling the free bleeding idea? No worries! The DivaCup is an amazing option for working out on your period. Not only does it offer 12 hours of leak-free protection, but it is also extremely comfortable. You can feel completely at ease when running on the treadmill or biking in your spin class, and not have to worry about leaks or uncomfortable chafing.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not just about exercise, it is also about eating nutritiously. What we eat greatly affects our bodies, our periods, and how we feel.. There are certain foods we can eat to help our period symptoms and maintain a healthy lifestyle! Learn more about how what you eat is affecting your period in our How is What you Eat Affecting Your Period?  blog post.

Remember that prior to making any lifestyle changes including those related to diet and to exercise, it is best to consult with your doctor and always be sure that you are keeping the intensity of your exercise routine within your own ability level.

Also if you are interested in reading more about exercise and your menstrual cycle, you may be interested in this great article from our friends at the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research.

Let’s get active, eat right and have a better period experience!

 

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Growing Acceptance of Menstruation in Society

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Menstruation, monthly cycle, period… all of these are terms to describe a natural cycle that occurs routinely throughout much of our lives, and yet many of us find ourselves still talking in code when it comes to our cycles. We use terms like “on the rag,” “aunt flow,” and “shark week” to describe our periods, as if there is something to hide, but there really isn’t. Hiding the topic of menstruation in a cloud of secrecy and code words participates in keeping this topic in the margins and treated as a taboo subject in society. Topics that are taboo often come attached with stigma and shame, as well as a ton of misinformation – an incredibly unfortunate state seeing as how about half of the world’s population menstruates.

iStock_000079019285_Large 2But don’t fret just yet, things are starting to change! The past few years have been a revolutionary step forward when it comes to removing the stigma around menstruation in society. Countless women have spoken out in many different ways about menstrual shame and stigma; some even doing so through social media, like Rubi Kaur who famously posted about her period on Instagram, or Kiran Gandhi who ran a marathon while free-bleeding. Women’s periods have become an active conversation in media, art, business, etc. Many articles have been released in the past few months highlighting the amazing steps being taken around the world. One articled explained why 2015 is the year of the period, and major news outlets such as Newsweek and Huffington Post have covered the fight to de-stigmatize menstruation in society once and for all.

While many are working hard to de-stigmatize menstruation, it wasn’t always this way; in fact, there are some very interesting “herstory” facts from the past that would shock you! In the good old days, there were countless different cultural practices surrounding menstruation that were based largely on myths. For example, in many parts of the world, women would leave their families during their periods to join other women in a “menstrual hut” where they would share stories and rest. Menstruation was also seen as very powerful in many cultures. For instance, in Hinduism, the great mothers created the universe from “clotted substances” and in Mesopotamia, the goddess Ninhursag used a mixture of clay and menstrual blood to make humans. In Egyptian and Celtic cultures, menstrual blood was thought to turn morals into gods and goddesses. But of course, menstruation wasn’t always seen in a positive light. As history progressed, a more patriarchal view of menstruation emerged. Influential men like Aristotle and Hippocrates thought that menstruation was something toxic that must be avoided. For centuries, there was a prevailing negative opinion among many cultures surrounding menstruation; for example, some thought menstrual blood would turn wine sour, wither crops, and even dull steel.

The last several hundred years have unfortunately given menstruation a bad rap, but the way menstruation has been viewed has slowly begun to shift. Like the attitude of periods, the options for menstrual care has experienced dramatic changes as well. While disposable products have been on the scene for some time, the first pads were nothing like what we have today, but rather included bulky contraptions like suspenders and period belts holding them in place. Another option was the tampon which was popularized in the 1930s and for many women it was a new way to deal with their periods. Tampons were seen as more freeing and discreet. Interestingly enough, the reusable menstrual cup, with its many benefits, was also introduced in the 1930s but did not gain in popularity like tampons and pads, as disposable products seemed to represent the cultural climate at the time. More and more women are becoming more comfortable learning about the benefits of alternative options for menstrual care, including reusable pads and menstrual cups, like The DivaCup. This increased comfort means that they are also sharing their experiences with their friends, families and followers in life and online. The DivaCup is proud to be part of these important changes surrounding menstruation in society.

It is amazing to see just how far we have come in society today, but that’s not to say we couldn’t do so much more! Menstruation needs to be an open conversation in society among everyone. How will you make a #DivaDifference? #MenstruationMatters

 

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