Diary of a Diva: Kick-boxing Diva

ac17c737-89e7-46ef-83e8-1095e1bb32a8When November hit, I had an itch to do something new and something out of my element. After I was done work one day, there was a flyer on my car for a free week of boxing. I thought to myself, “this is a perfect opportunity for me!”  I went with a few co-workers for the free week and had a blast! That’s when I knew that I had found what I was looking for.

The classes are exhilarating and the coach is talented in both boxing as well as helping new members feel motivated. Not only does he teach you the proper techniques of boxing, he also provides you with a full body workout, all within a 90 minute class. With classes from Monday to Friday, ages ranging from 5 year olds to 50, and people from different fitness levels, it was easy to feel welcomed and encouraged to come back every day. On a regular night, the classes start with 25 minutes of conditioning while the rest of class is focused on boxing, either on the bags or with a partner.

Learning the basics was hard work and still is after seven months of attending class. Not only am I learning a well-known and respected sport, I’m also learning how to defend myself. Who would have thought that learning the foundation of boxing can be applicable to other activities! I’ve incorporated the basics to playing softball and my batting has improved drastically. A few of my other classmates were even able to improve their golf game.

With the amount of energy spent in class, I have no time to worry about my period. BoxingThat is why I rely on The DivaCup!

With The DivaCup, I have the confidence and freedom to box without fear of leaking. Even on my heavy days, I feel relief that I can do combination hits and slip from punches while boxing with the boys! I normally forget that I’m on my period while in class since I don’t feel the cup at all during wear.

I’m so incredibly happy with my DivaCup that I feel invincible! I can’t even imagine other women using anything else but The DivaCup while doing any intense sport or activity. I’m such a proud user that I even convinced a classmate (now friend) to get The DivaCup and she is thrilled with the results!

I’m a proud Diva and I will never go back to the dark days of using tampons or pads.




6 Ways Your Period is Like Back to School


School is around the corner and, like your period, it may try to cramp your style. Here are 6 ways your period is like going back to school.

1. It makes you reluctant to follow a schedule


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2. It wakes you up early in the mornings


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3. It can make you see red!


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4. It is both the best thing ever and the worst thing ever

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5. You’re anxious AF if you’re late

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… You when you’re walking into class late or checking your period tracking app

6. It always comes around again faster than you think


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Diary of a Diva: Cycling the world with The DivaCup

Cycling the world with The DivaCup

Hi, my name’s Amaya and I’m on a quest to cycle every country on the planet.  Since 2006, I’ve biked 105,000 miles (170,000 kilometers) through 102 countries on all six continents.

When I first discovered Diva Cup in 2011, it was literally life changing.  We’d spent much of the prior five years riding our bicycles in developing parts of the world where it can be extremely difficult or even impossible to purchase tampons.  Feminine sanitary products just aren’t available in many places. Women have no choice but to use rags instead of pads or tampons.

Sometimes I had to carry several months supply of tampons and bulky pads with me.  With bicycle panniers having very limited carrying capacity, every inch of space is valuable. I’d much rather fill my bags with warm clothes, rain gear and extra food instead of tampons and panty liners.

But that wasn’t the worst part. I often have heavy periods and needed to change products several times during the day.  It was hard to find a suitable place to change tampons—public toilets are nonexistent in many parts of Africa, Asia and South America.  The next challenge was finding a place to dispose of the used tampon which always ended up being tricky and awkward.

Cycling the world with The DivaCup

Now that I use The Diva Cup, I can cycle from dawn untill dusk without even giving a thought to embarrassing leakage.   There’s never any smell and The Diva Cup is so comfortable that I quickly forget I’m even using one. I just clean The Diva Cup mornings and evenings in a private space where I have access to clean, safe-to-drink water.

Best of all, I feel good knowing that more used sanitary products won’t be going into landfills.

What I like most about using The Diva Cup is the company’s commitment to supporting international organizations that offer healthcare, empowerment and education to women and children around the world.  Many girls in Africa and Asia stay home from school while they’re menstruating because they don’t have access of feminine hygiene products.  In other cases, girls and women who are menstruating are seen as unclean and must remain separated from others.  My hope is that attitudes will change and one day women around the world will have access to menstrual cups and be able to go about their daily lives without shame, discomfort or awkwardness while they are having their periods.

When I tell other women bicycle travelers about The Diva Cup, I’m surprised by how many still don’t know about the many benefits. I’ve convinced quite a few fellow cyclists to give The Diva Cup a try and they all report back pretty much the same thing: It’s incredible!  I wish I’d known about this a long time ago.

Amaya Cycling the world with The DivaCupAmaya W.

Amaya grew up in Montana and has been cycling the world with her husband, Eric, since 2006.  She loves waking up early to catch the sunrise, capturing images of the beautiful places she travels through and interacting with people from the remotest corners of our planet.  You can follow her adventures at www.worldbiking.info or catch up with her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/worldbiking.

Things you think as summer ends

1. You haven’t worn half of the new clothes you bought for summer…

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…And some actually still have the tags on them!


2. You haven’t gotten a tan

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…Which also probably means you haven’t seen much of the beach this summer.


3. Soon you will have to swap bathing suits and sunscreen for textbooks and LOTS of coffee…


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…There’s nothing like a good ol’ coffee hype during exam time!


4. There is already Christmas stuff in stores?! You’re kidding me, right?…

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…Can we all just agree to not think about Christmas until November?


5. Oooooooh, bathing suits are on sale!…

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…And now my last paycheck of the month will help me stock up on bathing suits for next summer!


6. Wait, mornings have a 6am now!?…

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…Let me just hit snooze 8 times.


7. What will I wear on my first day of school?…

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…But really, who are we kidding? You know you’ll bust out the sweatpants on day two anyways.


8. Want to go back to school shopping, but don’t want to go back to school…

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…I just want to buy cute stationary and highlighters, but I don’t want to actually use them.


9. Why can’t I fall asleep early enough? I am going to be so tired for my morning class!…

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…I’ll just check my phone one more time before I go to sleep.


10. I’ve said this every other year, but THIS YEAR I’m actually going to be organized…

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…Or at least, I’ll TRY to be.


11. Only 300ish days until next summer! Let the countdown begin!…


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…Sad this summer is over, but it was a great one! Bring on Fall!



Diary of Diva: From Homelessness to Menstrual Advocacy

NadyaHi there! I’m Nadya, an 18-year-old living in Oregon with my mom and my two younger sisters (and a beta fish). I also consider myself a loud and proud advocate and leader of the menstrual movement. In this post, I am going to talk a little bit about my story of how I became introduced to and passionate about periods.

Three years ago, in the spring of my freshman year of high school, my mother lost her job and within a few weeks we could no longer afford to live in our two-bedroom apartment. We had no choice but to move out and begin what I call our time of transition — several months of couch-surfing with our closest friends, who have since become family. My commute to school went from ten minutes to over two hours with two bus changes. I was constantly worried about my family’s financial situation. I questioned if we could afford food, and wondered how much longer I would have to fill in the bubble marked “no permanent address” on forms.

At that time, I became fascinated with other people’s hardships — probably to raise my own spirits, to distract myself, and to better understand what was going on in my own life — and I felt that I could relate in a way because at that same time, I found myself in an abusive relationship and without a place I could call home. During countless hours navigating my way to school or in staying at a shelter, I conversed with homeless women I met. I asked them what they found most challenging about their situation, and if there was anything I could do to help.

Their responses surprised me because until then I had never thought about menstrual hygiene as an issue. I kept a journal, and wrote down stories of using stolen pillowcases, toilet paper, and recycled brown grocery bags to maintain their periods. I became fascinated and angered by this unaddressed natural need, noticing how women’s shoulders rose in nervousness when I asked them questions about it, whispering when they said the word “period,” looking around nervously as if they had something to hide.

I began talking to different nonprofit organizations, and found that none of the organizations I spoke to openly supported menstruation, whether due to a lack of funds or a lack of displayed need. Thus, there was this never-ending cycle of organizations not prioritizing menstrual hygiene and women not feeling confident to advocate for their natural needs, leaving periods completely unaddressed. I also found it confusing that so many people were scared to talk about periods. After all, if basically every woman experiences menstruation for an average of 40 years of her life on a monthly basis, why was it such a hushed topic?! However, even though I felt myself being an advocate for periods, I still remembered the immense amount of terror that I felt when I was twelve-years-old and found blood lining my underwear — I remember screaming, crying, and convincing myself that I was dying.

These stories, coming from women who were in much worse living situations than I, tore down whatever close-minded and pessimistic perspective I had until that point. I thought about how lucky I was to have been given The DivaCup by my mother when I was twelve-years-old and angry about how much waste was being produced with all the packaging of the feminine hygiene products I was using on my period. I thought about how lucky I was to have access to clean bathrooms so that I could use the product, and how much the product helped my family save as we scrimped to save up money.

Suddenly I found myself waking up each morning with excitement, optimistic about the smallest things in my life at the time. I looked at my life with immense gratitude — grateful for the supportive network of family and friends we had to take us in when we couldn’t afford our home, for the camions of careeducational opportunities that I had, and most of all to have my mom in my life as she always inspires me with her intelligence, resourcefulness and strength.

I knew at that time in my life, I had the power and drive to make positive change. I began dreaming of different ways of addressing the need for menstrual hygiene, and when my family saved enough for us to move back into our home, in the summer of my sophomore year, I did something about it.

In the spring of my freshman year of high school, when my family saved up enough for us to move back into our two-bedroom apartment in Portland, I founded Camions of Care. What started as a personal project to use savings to buy and hand out feminine hygiene products on my way to school, with the help of an amazing and driven youth team of peers, is now an exponentially growing organization.

To read more about Camions of Care and how The DivaCup has partnered with this incredible youth-driven organization, click here!



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Nadya with members of The Diva Team at HerConference in NYC

Nadya Okamoto is an 18-year-old from Oregon. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Camions of Care–a global nonprofit organization that strives to address the natural needs of women through advocacy, education, and service. Nadya founded Camions of Care after her family experienced a degree of homelessness, during which she discovered the unaddressed need of menstrual hygiene. Nadya wants people to understand that everyone deserves to have their natural needs met so they feel ready to achieve their full potential. She is also the Youth Director of Social Venture Partners Youth, is on the board of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon PLAN International USA, and is involved in many other school activities around law practice, politics, and gender equality.










Diary of a Diva: The DivaCup vs. a Marathon

The DivaCup vs. a Marathon

My name is Lindsay. I am a teacher, graduate student, and outdoor enthusiast! I enjoy hunting, kayaking, bicycling, riding horses, running, and I even volunteer at my local animal shelter.

I have always considered my periods to be normal to heavy, and I usually have to be prepared with back up supplies at all times. It’s not uncommon for me to leak or bleed out onto my clothing or bed sheets. There have been many times when I have changed my plans or rearranged my schedule due to my period because it was too much of a struggle to plan for bathroom breaks, find places to change, or imagine creative ways to stash feminine supplies. Purchasing The DivaCup changed my life!

Recently I ran the Gettysburg North vs. South Marathon. While packing for my trip I was feeling the normal anxiousness that the race weekend brings, but was more worried when my insides began cramping with pre-menstrual symptoms. I knew that my period was on its way, and I was not happy! I didn’t want mother nature to ruin my hard work and training.  I think these are usual fears for women, especially active women. Our periods still control and dictate what we can or cannot do. So instead of packing extra underwear, worrying about where I could stash tampons for my run, or trying to prevent myself from bleeding out onto my running tights, I packed my DivaCup and DivaWash.

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The next morning I performed my typical race routine of brushing my teeth, putting on extra deodorant, and lubing myself with baby ointment (my fellow runners will understand), but quickly decided to add The DivaCup into my ritual. I wore the cup for the entire marathon! I had no leaks, cramping, or discomfort! It is so very true that when inserted correctly, The DivaCup cannot be felt. I had to use a public locker room afterwards, so I kept my cup in for my shower without any problems. If that was not enough, I wore my menstrual cup for the two and a half hour car ride home! I felt free and confident without my typical period concerns. I did not have any discomfort or leaks and was able to use public restrooms, including port-a-potties, without the typical fears I would have had with changing a tampon in such dismal conditions.

I would like to thank The DivaCup family for all of your dedication to women’s health. I love your product and would highly recommend it to all women! Women all over the world would be blessed to enjoy life’s adventures without worrying about scheduled bathroom breaks, stashing feminine hygiene products, or devising a plan for battling embarrassing leaking accidents. I do not, and will not, fear my period any longer! I feel empowered with my body, and am confident to seek out more opportunities without limits!

The DivaCup is changing how my generation views women’s bodies, menstruation, and female reproductive health! Thank you again!

The DivaCup vs. a MarathonLindsay C.

I started running in the Spring of 2013 with the hopes of finishing a local 5K race. I quickly embraced the running phenomenon and competed in more races, including muddy obstacle courses, for the remainder of the year. I continued to challenge myself to compete in a variety of distance races such as a 10K, half-marathon, and marathon. Although I will never be the fastest runner, I do enjoy working toward accomplishing personal goals. Within six months of my first ever marathon, I ran the Gettysburg North-South Marathon. Despite of an injury, I was able to finish the race. I started running to lose weight, prevent diabetes, and strengthen my heart. Through the years I have met amazing people from all walks of life; I have been inspired and motivated to create a dog running program at my local Humane Society; and most recently I started coaching Cross Country at a local high school. Runners are not just people who wear tight neon clothes, blow “snot rockets”, or provide the slowest parade to unknown audiences. Runners are people struggling to balance careers, families, and various economical issues. I am thankful that The DivaCup allows me to continue discovering capabilities, opportunities, and inner strength without extra worry and stress. I am a runner, and I proudly use The DivaCup.

DIY Spa Products

Everyone loves a relaxing spa night! Invite over your close friends, get into some comfy clothes, make some snacks and try out one (or all) of these DIY spa products below:

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1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1 tsp. water
2 tsp. essential oil (such as lavender for relaxation, or eucalyptus for colds)
3 tsp. oil (olive oil)
Food coloring (any color you want)

Instructions: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  Slowly add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring as you go. Pack mixture into molds, leave to dry for 1-2 hours then remove. Use 1-2 bombs per bath. Relax and enjoy!


Coffee Scrub – To scrub away any blemishes and dry skin

1 cup Coffee grounds
1/4 cup Coconut oil
3 tbsp. Grapeseed oil
5 drops Lavender essential oil

Instructions: Grind coffee and mix with oils. Massage briskly on skin, leave for 5 minutes, then rinse. Follow with a mask and moisturizer.


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2-3 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. buttermilk
¼-1/2 of a banana, mashed
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. lemon juice

Instructions: Mix well (blend if needed). Apply a layer onto your face, avoiding the area around your eyes (you don’t have to really avoid your mouth, since this mask is edible!) Leave on skin for 15-20 mins then wash off your face. After mask is completely set, rinse off and follow with a rose water toner and a moisturizer.


Rose Water Toner – This toner has a comforting smell and is also great for all skin types

¼ cup rose buds
300mL distilled water

Instructions: Put rose buds in a bowl (you can also use a teapot for easy straining and transferring). Boil water and pour over rose buds. Allow to sit for 1-2 hours so the rose buds can infuse the water. Strain the water and pour into a bottle (you can use either a spray bottle to spritz directly on skin or a regular bottle and apply with a cotton pad.) Discard the rose buds.


iStock_91078925_XXXLARGE v2Relaxing Body Lotion – So that you can make your skin soft

¼ cup cocoa butter
1/8 cup coconut oil
1/8 cup almond oil
Drops of lavender essential oil to desired strength

Instructions: Mix ingredients and apply to skin liberally. Other scents can be used for desired scent.


Hair Mask – For soft and luxurious hair

1 ripe medium sized avocado
2 tbsp honey

Instructions: Mash avocado until smooth and add honey. Mix well and apply to hair for 15-20 mins (your hair can be dry or damp.) Rinse and follow with shampoo and conditioner.


While most of these products are ok for all skin types, it’s important to know what skin type you are! Check out our skin care blog here. What are your favorite spa products to use?






Top 9 Road Trip Essentials

Top 9 Road Trip Essentials

Road trips are an absolute summer staple, especially for Divas who want a fun adventure without splurging on an expensive plane ticket. No one says you can’t have an amazing vacation on a budget and road trips make for a great opportunity to get away without breaking the bank.

At Diva, we love road trips for these very reasons and we thought we would give you our top 9 essential items for the ultimate summer road trip.

1. Your BFFs

A road trip without a BFF(s) does not classify as a road trip. That is just running away from home, adult style. Friends, or loved ones, make road trips so much more fun because remember, when it comes to taking a trip it’s not where you go, it’s who you’re with that matters.

2. Music

Music can make a road trip go from lame to insta fun faster than you can say Justin Bieber. So before you head out onto the open road, take some time to research new music and old favorites, then load up your iPod and you’ll be set for sing-a-longs and head bobbing from New York to LA.

3. Reusable Water Bottle

Driving can be a lot of fun, but being confined to a small space for hours on end can make you more parched than an ostrich head-deep in sand in a hot Arizona dessert. Don’t be that ostrich. Be sure to pack a water bottle with you for the trip so that you don’t have to stop as often… well at least not to buy water (though you may want to make note of where some restrooms are along your route)!  A reusable water bottle is your best bet as you can refill it without having to spend money on buying water and drinks every time you make a pit stop.

4. Snacks

Saving money on water is great, but don’t forget about food and snacks as well! Packing and bringing a few snacks with you means not only saving money, but also being able to eat snacks you love without having to depend on gas station and corner store grub.

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5. GPS or Map

Unless you’re able to follow the North star, leave yourself a trail of breadcrumbs, or know exactly  which lamp post marks the start of Narnia, you’ll probably need a GPS. It seems like an obvious essential, but sometimes the most obvious needs when planning for a trip can be overlooked. You may not always have internet access on the road so relying solely on your phone may not be the best choice. If you want to go full retro, buy an actual map… you know, those paper, foldy things that don’t tell you in a computer voice when to turn left and right? Maps can be super useful as a simple tool if you ever do get lost, especially since they never run out of batteries!

6. A Book and/or Games

You’d be surprised at how quickly you get bored in a car. Even though listening to your favorite tunes on repeat can be awesome sauce, eventually that sauce will go stale. So plan ahead, bring some games, and don’t get caught wanting to escape the confines of a metal box going 45 mph.

7. Cooler

You know that feeling when you first get into your car on a hot, summer day and it’s scorching hot in there? That’s how hot your trunk will be your entire trip. Now imagine packing all your snacks and food and water and leaving it in your trunk in that heat. Not ideal, unless you’re trying to slow cook a roast in there using the sun’s heat alone (note, we definitely do not advise trying this). Pack all your food in your cooler with ice and your food and drinks will last longer and stay fresher so you can focus on driving.

8. Comfy Clothes

This is totally the best time to bust out your favorite leggings, yoga shorts, and skorts. Get all athletic-geared up for optimal road trip comfort. The road trip is no time to show off today’s latest fashion trends, so you’ll want to be comfy while sitting in a car for hours at a time.


9. The DivaCup and DivaWash

As a general rule, I always pack The DivaCup when I travel, even if my period tracking app says I am not due to menstruate yet. The DivaCup is so easy to pack, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Sometimes you just never know when your uterus will decide to bleed on you.

DivaWash is amazing to travel with because not only is it amazing for your cup, but it can be used as a face wash, body soap, shaving gel, and more. It’s like an all in one soap for everything you need in one bottle.

So there you have it Divas, our top essentials for an absolutely Diva-tastic road trip this summer. Did we miss anything that you won’t road trip without? Let us know below!



Diary of a Diva: Roller Derby Diva

iStock_10389630_LARGE v2At the age of 34 years old, I found the vibrant, welcoming and incredible world of Roller Derby. From someone who was never terribly athletic, I found myself challenging myself in ways I never knew I was capable of.

Roller derby is a full contact sport played on quad skates where each team fields 4 blockers and 1 jammer. Jammers make points by passing the opposing team’s blockers. As blockers, our goal is to not only help our jammer but to stop the opposing team’s jammer by any (legal) means necessary. We don’t have games rather we have bouts and instead of innings we have jams that can last up to 2 mins. Jams can be action packed and roller derby is all about the “pack”. Pack is defined by the largest amount of blockers congregated on the track from a mix of the two teams. We play in extremely close proximity to each other.

For those of us derby players who menstruate, our periods do not stop for bouts and navigating our periods through playing (and playing hard) is pretty important.

For me (and many of my teammates) The DivaCup has been a life saver. Derby for blogI mean seriously can you imagine playing a physically demanding and exhausting sport using abrasive cotton as your period support?? Not to mention, trying to change a tampon during half time while on roller skates? On top of that, the last thing I would want to do is to leak on another blocker when I am essentially “sitting” on them to stop them from moving forward.

With up to 12-hours of leak free protection, The DivaCup means I don’t even have to think about my period while I am playing, while I am up close and personal with other players, or while I making it clear to the opposing jammer that they “shall not pass!” For me, thanks to The DivaCup, leaks are a thing of the past, as is chafing from using cotton disposables.

Honestly, I may not have been an athlete for long, but I cannot imagine how athletes can use anything else to manage their periods while performing! The DivaCup just makes sense! I am so very happy that I made the switch and even when my derby career is over, I am never looking back!




Diary of a Diva: Thailand Adventures

Diary of a Diva: Thailand Adventures

Let me start by saying thank you so much for creating such an amazing and environmentally-responsible product like The DivaCup. I truly adore the idea of reducing the waste associated with my period to 0%. Also, it is a pure joy to know that I am a part of a movement that helps women from all over the world feel liberated and confident even during that time of the month.

I had never heard about menstrual cups before and was hoping there would be a more progressive alternative to our traditional “ammunition” for a period. After thorough research, my husband announced that he found a great alternative called The DivaCup and that I should look into it. I need to admit that I was very skeptical when I first heard about it. It took me some time to read the website, testimonials, and to watch a bunch of videos from those already using The DivaCup. I found out how it has influenced and made a positive change in the lives of so many women.

So, I first got The DivaCup a little more than a month ago, right before my husband and I went on a 1-month adventure to Thailand. To be honest with you, this backpacking trip was the main reason why I decided to finally purchase The DivaCup. I realized that if I wanted to enjoy swimming in the crystal waters, hiking picturesque trails, and feeling 100% confident on this trip, I needed to get The DivaCup. Packing for the trip, I was so confident in The Diva Cup, that I even took my white bikini, imagining how I would rock it especially during “that time of the month”!

Diary of a Diva: Thailand Adventures

I felt so excited to have a worry-free and leak-free period for the first time in my life. And so when the time came and I started using The DivaCup, it was an amazing experience. I also finally could relate to those girls saying that they don’t feel it. I was ready for my life to be changed once and for all. Of course, it took me a couple of tries to get used to it and the whole process of inserting and removing The DivaCup; however, shortly after I mastered it, I came to the conclusion that it was the best investment I had ever made.

The only issue I had with The DivaCup was that I lost it during my trip in Thailand. My husband and I were rushing to catch the 6:00am ferry to the next destination of our trip, and unfortunately I didn’t have The DivaCup with me. I had such bad cramps on that day, so I could barely remember how we made it to the pier and on the ferry. It was only half way through the ferry ride that I discovered I hadn’t packed the The DivaCup. I felt so devastated and disappointed, and not only because I had forgotten my cup, but also because I had to deal with my period without it for the next 5 days. It wasn’t the most pleasant experience to go back to traditional methods like pads and tampons after trying and knowing that there is a better alternative.

I look forward to continue using this amazing invention and I can’t imagine what my life would be like without it.

Join this amazing movement today!

NadiiaNadiia F.

I’m a positive change activist, who cares about environment and all the living creatures in it. I love exploring the world, together with my best friend/husband, who I can’t imagine a day without. I’m a follower of God and strong believer in the power of Bible. Currently located in Ontario, Canada.