Words from DivaCup’s CEO for National Women’s Health Week

Carinne Chambers-Saini, Co-Founder and CEO of the DivaCup

This week is National Women’s Health Week, a week set aside as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The week encourages women to visit their doctors for a well-woman visit and preventive screenings, to get active, eat healthy, take care of their mental health and make positive health choices overall.

The theme this year is What I Wish I’d Known. I believe everything happens for a reason, and even the “challenges” we face have a purpose and help shape you. No regrets, right? Honestly though, there are some things I’d wish I’d known that could have prevented a lot of unnecessary “challenges”. Things like being kind to myself, asking for help and putting my health first. I wish I understood my body and my menstrual cycle more as a teenager.  While we can learn from every experience, we can also learn from others and their insights.

When my mom and I started Diva in 2001, we were on a major mission. Nothing could stop us and we were unstoppable. I would work every day of the week and work late into the night. Who needs sleep? Over time, this leads to adrenal fatigue and other health issues. Especially when my focus was 100% on work and not making time for healthy eating, exercise and sleep!

Caring for your period doesn’t need to be uncomfortable or wasteful. I had a really difficult relationship with my cycle. Thankfully, I discovered a better way early on. For those of you who know the Diva story, you know that by the age of 14, I was already using a menstrual cup. But, even still, while I had found menstrual care that was better for me and actually worked, like most teenage girls, the dynamics of my cycle changed with every cycle. My period took a few years to stabilize. Your cycle is supposed to change as you age. Your first period will not be the same as a period you experience in your 30s or 40s. Our bodies change so much every few years, and with this, so too does our cycles. Add to this, having children, and your cycle experience is taken to a whole new level (we’re talking heavier and possibly more cramps for the first few postnatal periods).

Being healthy takes work. Today, we can go into a grocery store and leave with a fully cooked meal or enough frozen/packaged items to create a super tasty meal in minutes. But, convenience doesn’t always translate into healthy, wholesome foods.

It’s okay to “cheat” sometimes, I love my dark chocolate! I do my best to eat a whole foods diet. I find avoiding sugar, wheat and dairy makes me feel better, and reduces a number of symptoms related to my cycle. But, if I’m being honest, eating healthy takes time and is a lot of work. Meal prep is awesome, if you have the time to prep. Eating local and organic is the ideal, but not always accessible to everyone. With two young kids and a business to run, some nights, we end up ordering take out.

I don’t mind working out, but it’s not a passion of mine. I enjoy being on the move and staying active with my kids, but heading to a cycle class at 5 am is a real struggle for me. The most successful tip for me has been to find activities that I enjoy and can incorporate into my lifestyle. I love practicing yoga and it’s helped me to be kinder to myself and slow things down, even if it’s only for a short time.

Above all, take time to rest and reflect at the end of each day. Be sure to also test your health IQ, get health tips, and find out more about National Women’s Health Week at www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw. You also can follow HHS OWH on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Carinne Chambers-Saini: I’ve Been Working Towards This my Entire Life

If you asked Diva International’s CEO, Carinne Chambers-Saini, if she imagined a day when she would be talking on an all female panel about product innovation at Yale University, at an event exclusively about menstruation (PeriodCon), she would probably say… “Actually yes. I not only imagined this day, I’ve been working towards it my entire life.”

For as long as she can remember, the business of bleeding and menstrual cups has been a part of her life. Her mother, Francine, pioneered the modern menstrual cup industry in the 1990s, and with Carinne’s support, the mother-daughter duo launched DivaCup in 2003. DivaCup is changing the way women experience their cycles and creating new opportunities for conversations around menstrual care.

On February 9, 2018, Carinne will join leading experts and innovators in the menstrual hygiene industry at Yale School of Management’s first-ever conference on periods, PeriodCon.

The conference will bring together industry leaders, policy makers, product innovators, community advocates and practitioners to learn about and discuss common challenges and emerging innovations that address menstrual hygiene globally. PeriodCon envisions a future where everyone has the information, confidence and ability to access safe, innovative solutions for menstruation.

Carinne is excited to lend her voice and passion to empower women everywhere to co-create a new menstrual culture where the experience is anything but embarrassing or shameful.

For Carinne, “Menstrual equity, the challenge of access to affordable and safe menstrual solutions, is a key concern. We are responding to a growing need for industry innovation, to solve the menstrual equity problem. Through product donations and the support of menstrual hygiene organizations worldwide, we are able to empower women to make informed decisions about their menstrual needs.”

Carinne will join other industry leaders on a panel titled: Product Development and Innovation. Being a disruptor in an industry surrounded by silence and stigma has given Carinne and the team at Diva International Inc the opportunity to redefine what menstruation means for every woman, with comfort, health and sustainability in mind.

“It’s been a dream come true and such an achievement to create a product that is changing lives all around the world. What we are seeing is a menstrual movement that’s all about creating a future where everyone has the information, confidence, and ability to access safe, innovative solutions for menstruation.”

Join the menstrual movement and conversation by following Carinne on Instagram (@carinne.chambers.saini) and Twitter (@CarinneChambers).

Seasons Greetings from the Diva Team!

Where has the time gone? The malls are getting busier, seasonal music is playing and our 12 Days of Diva holiday giveaway is now in full swing on our Facebook page! (Have you entered yet?!) The 2015 holiday season has quickly arrived and it feels like only yesterday we were wishing our Divas happy holidays for 2014.

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For many of us, the holidays can be a busy time. From endless parties to late night shopping, there is usually no time for interruptions — even for your period! That is why The DivaCup is your go-to accessory for your period. Not only can The DivaCup leave you feeling free and eliminate frequent bathroom breaks, but it can also be used as a great holiday gift! Spread the word this holiday season and empower the women in your life to have a happier and easier period experience!

As for the Diva Team, we couldn’t be happier with the outcome of 2015! This year brought Diva International Inc. to an all-time high and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Diva Community. With your help we achieved many milestones and the growth of The DivaCup and Diva International Inc. has been phenomenal!

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of our favorite moments from 2015! Diva International Inc. partnered with a number of highly recognized organizations including: The Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR) and Women’s Voices for the Earth. We welcomed new retailers including: CVS and Target (great places to find The DivaCup for your holiday gift exchange). Our Facebook page reached over 40,000 Likes and we also launched The DivaCup Instagram page as well as added a number of engaging videos to our YouTube channel.

We could not have done this without you! Thank you to our Divas for your passion and commitment to The DivaCup! We cannot wait to see what 2016 will bring!

From our family to yours…

Have a safe and happy holiday!

 

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Empowering women… encouraging change!

Today marks a pivotal day for Diva International Inc.

We are not only launching our new website, but also new partnerships and projects and of course, our new DivaBlog.

When we first started Diva International Inc, 10 years ago, we never imagined that Francine’s vision for a sustainable menstrual product would become a world leader in menstrual care.

Over the past twenty years the menstrual cup concept has come up against much resistance. While today it is hard to believe that The DivaCup – the much loved menstrual cup women cannot imagine their lives without – was something feared, unaccepted and a product described as something well just plain weird! We would be lying if we said this journey has been easy. It took a lot of dedication, development and planning from our side, and from you, our supporters, to make The DivaCup something worth talking about. Every friend you told, every online post you linked to, each personal testimony submitted and every store manager you asked to carry our products, helped to make The DivaCup a leader in the menstrual cup industry.

Thanks to our supporters, both women and men, and those who have accepted The DivaCup into their business, The DivaCup has gained international recognition, awards and received personal acceptance from women worldwide. Women from all over the world, North America, Europe, Australia, South America and many more countries are joining The DivaCup community each day!

As we launch our new website, we hope you will find the knowledge, tools and community you need to be the Diva you were destined to be. Our DivaBlog will be an online space for you to come and learn about Diva News, join with our guest bloggers and hear about DivaCup events, initiatives and programs.

We are proud to be a world leader in the menstrual cup industry and cannot wait for the future of sustainable menstrual care to unfold and empower women’s lives everywhere!

We would love to hear from you, so please leave us a comment!

Sincerely,

Carinne & The DivaCup Team.