{Guest Post} Q and A with This is not a Guidebook author, Emily Flynn

The Diva Team recently partnered with Emily Flynn for Tweet Chat (#LetsGoDiva) about her new eBook This is not a Guidebook, travel and The DivaCup. We were excited to learn about the many adventures this young woman has experienced. As a writer, student midwife and fellow Diva we thought to share a bit about Emily with our Diva Community! And… Emily is hosting a DivaCup giveaway on her website until November 7th, 2014. Entry details are  below.

em.flynn.book.cover1. Tell us a bit about This is not a Guidebook?

This is Not a Guide Book is a sort of unconventional travel guide. Instead of listing a whole bunch of must see tourist spots for a particular place, it helps guide travelers into what may be uncharted territory for them in terms of out of the ordinary adventure. It talks about saving and planning for a trip no matter your budget and no matter where you’re going. It also talks about the benefits of unconventional means of traveling like bike touring, hitchhiking, couch surfing, work for stays, volunteer travel, and the like. I discuss many of my travels doing offbeat trips on a shoestring as well as tell the stories of fellow travelers I’ve met along the way who have shared their exciting lives with me. I hope it’s encouraging to hear about all the many ways you can travel even if you aren’t crazy rich.

2. What inspired you to write a book like This is not a Guidebook?

I caught the travel bug in high school when I went to Europe with a big group of classmates and have hardly stayed in one place since. I have had a lot of people–friends and random acquaintances alike–ask me how I manage to do it when I never make anywhere near as much money as they do. After writing so many long long long emails and blog posts to answer these questions, I had a few friends suggest I write a book with all of the info in one place.

Plus, one of the last things my Grandfather said to me was, “Where’s your book?”, so I figured I ought to get writing!

3. If you had to choose, what are the top three travel tips you would give for women?

1. Have faith in yourself. There are a lot of negative people out there who will tell you all sorts of discouraging things, especially if you’re a woman traveling alone, but you can do it.

2. On a similar note, building a strong community of positive people seems to be more essential for women travelers than for men. Having other women travelers inspire you and cheer you on is really impactful.

3. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. I always pack something cute to wear, a razor, etc., and look for unconventional and exciting things to wear and decorate my gear with, even when I’m living outdoors for six months or biking 1,000 miles. There’s no reason to feel like you have to look or act a certain way in order to succeed in finishing your trip. Be yourself and you’ll be more comfortable and have more fun. This goes for men too.

eFLYNN4. What has been your experience with The DivaCup?

I have been using The DivaCup for about a year now and love it. The best part is not worrying about having to run out and buy a box of tampons when your period comes around; it’s already there in its little pouch when I need it. Not having to throw away so much waste is an amazing benefit too, especially when I’m in the backcountry for extended periods of time. You have to pack everything in and out, and the last thing I want is to have to cart around a bag of used pads and tampons ’til I can get to civilization. I used a sea sponge on my 6 month Appalachian Trail hike and it was amazing to not have to worry about those things. I wish I had a DivaCup then, though. I think it would have worked even better!

5. Tell us about your favorite travel memory?

Hmmmm. That’s a hard one. It’s between my first real backpacking trip through The Olympic National Forest to see Blue Glacier and my trip to the Aran Islands in Ireland. I’ll talk about the second one because it’s funnier…

I took a trip over to Ireland when I was living in Holland several years ago. My boyfriend and I rented a car and drove around almost the entire island in six days. We stopped over to the Aran Islands off the coast of Galway because we heard they were really beautiful.

After a truly horrible ferry ride, we arrived on the tiny main island late at night and nothing was open save for one bar near the hostel. They stopped serving food so we had a dinner of potato chips and Guinness surrounded by some hearty Irish fisherman. There was one in particular who took a liking to me. We think his name was Papa Lou, but we can’t be sure. He spoke in such a thick brogue that I was left to translate for my boyfriend everything he said–many years with my Grandfather made me fluent in Old Irishman. He also laughed and shook my hand as a sort of punctuation to every sentence and asked me to marry him about forty times, but only after asking my boyfriend if it was okay. I’d guess he was somewhere up in his late 70’s. We did manage to have a lovely and intellectually stimulating conversation about commercial fishing, believe it or not, before we retired to our hostel.

It was freezing that night and the hostel was completely empty, so we made a mattress and blanket fort on the ground away from the windows just to stay warm. We got up the next morning and biked around the ruins and small farms before heading back to the mainland. It was a silly night and a really memorable stay in the home of my ancestors.

eFLYNN2Emily Flynn

Emily is a doula and student midwife in Durango, CO. When she’s not catching babies, she’s enjoying all the outdoor activities around the Southwest and saving up for her next big adventure. You can read more about Emily’s travels in her book This is Not a Guide Book and on the book’s blog. You can also purchase a copy of the book, online at Amazon.

For a chance to win a DivaCup prize pack and a copy of This is Not a Guide Book read the submission guidelines here.

 

{Guest Post} Paleo Girl: How I Saved My Own Life!

paleo.editBy now you’ve probably heard of the Primal or Paleo lifestyle, but is there more to it than eating like a caveman?

Well, of course there is! A lifestyle is more than a small change in your eating habits. Think total life makeover.

In a nutshell, Paleo means going back to the basics. For me, this means eating meat, veggies, fruit, nuts/seeds, and healthy fats. Some people that are Primal consume dairy. I’ll occasionally have some baked Brie or full-fat Greek yogurt about once a month, but beyond that, I’m dairy free. I chose to eliminate dairy because when I eat too much of it, I tend to break out.

As for exercise, I keep things simple here too. I focus on “Essential Movements” like push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, and planks. I also like to lift heavy things, but because I don’t have a gym membership, I have to improvise. One of my favorite ways to do this is to lift, squat, and carry heavy rocks in my front yard. (Yeah I know, insert caveman joke here!) Beyond that I also sprint every once in a while.

In addition to diet and exercise, the Primal lifestyle includes important factors like sun, sleep, and play. Living in Los Angeles, California makes it easy to get adequate sunlight. I like to spend at least 15 to 20 minutes a day soaking up some Vitamin D. (I have a fairly dark complexion, so 20 minutes of sun is safe for me—for those of you on the more fair side, 10 minutes is probably enough.)

Sleep is an aspect of life that a lot of people tend to overlook. Do you really know what it means to be fully rested? Odds are you don’t! Lifestyle, stress, diet, environment, and a lot of other factors can really wear on your relationship with catching some quality zzz’s. For me, I’ve set a regular bedtime (anywhere between 10-10:30pm), I’ve eliminated extra light and noise that can enter my bedroom, and I’ve excluded alcohol and caffeine from my diet. I wake up every morning on top of the world—and when I stay up too late, sleep somewhere too bright or noisy, or have a glass of wine at night or a cup of coffee in the morning—I always feel groggy the next day.

Play is another puzzle piece that makes my life feel full. More often than not, as we mature we tend to think playing is something for kids. I went through that phase myself. I stopped running around, spinning in circles, climbing trees, and playing hide-and-seek with my friends barefoot in the woods. Now that I’m more in touch with my ancestral roots, I’ve brought this spirit of play back into my life and am happier and healthier than ever.

Paleo-Girl-Cover-Final-5What has all of this taught me? I’ve never been so in touch with my body, mind, and spirit. I know exactly how I’m going to feel when I eat certain foods (good or bad), I can feel what exercising does for my body, and I know the importance of other life factors like sun, sleep and play. Being this in tune with my body empowers me. It helps me make positive decisions and I’m never caught off guard by a random cold or painful period. Yes—you read that right. My periods are 100 percent pain free!

I didn’t always have the best history with health. I was a yo-yo dieter for over a decade and really damaged my body. This includes my reproductive health. In 2005, I was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia (abnormal cell growth on the surface of my cervix) and had to have a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) to removed damaged layers of my cervix. In 2012 a doctor discovered about a dozen cysts in my left ovary (one of them the size of a grapefruit, or over 10cm large) and I again had to have surgery.

During the procedure, the doctor discovered massive amounts of Endometriosis (when cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body). She did her best to remove what she could, but because she had only prepped the surgery for cyst removal, she didn’t have a laser on hand to remove all of the Endometriosis. She explained to me that to get the pain under control from the Endometriosis, that I would likely need another surgery in the future.

But why have another surgery when I was so sure I could control this issue with my diet?

Ever since high school, I have had very painful periods—to the point where I would miss school about once a month because I couldn’t physically walk. I thought this was normal! All those years I spent suffering, unaware that if I were more in touch with my body that I could control everything that I didn’t like about it. That’s when I really started to take the Primal lifestyle seriously and focus on making my body as healthy as I could. I was sick of the pain, being overweight, feeling sluggish, and really cared about my reproductive health because I plan on having kids one day!

So how does a Paleo diet help period pain and issues related to Endometriosis? I’ve got one word for you: inflammation. A Primal or Paleo diet is an anti-inflammatory diet, and the pain you experience from your menstrual cycle and Endometriosis come from inflammation. See where I’m going here? If you can reduce the inflammation in your body, you can ease or remove cramps from your life entirely. I did!

One point I want to stress is that everyone’s chemistry is different. While one thing may work for me, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll also work for you and vice versa. That’s why I encourage everyone to treat their bodies like a science experiment until they figure out what works best for them. You can read fact after fact and go over all kinds of scientific studies, but until you test the waters yourself, you’re never going to know how something makes YOU feel.

That’s why I decided to write my first book Paleo Girl. I hope to encourage and empower girls to take control of their lives and see what makes them feel their best. In this book, I cover all the topics I touch on here more in-depth, as well as puberty (and importantly using The DivaCup as opposed to using tampons and pads), peer pressure, eating disorders, motivation, friends, boys, and life. It’s truly a lifestyle guide for teen girls written just for you!

For more information about Paleo Girl or myself, visit my website leslieklenke.com, or you can find me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Leslie-K.editLeslie Klenke
Leslie Klenke is an author, designer, health enthusiast, and voiceover artist living in beautiful Los Angeles, California. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, she graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Visual Communication Technology and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Leslie merges her love for art and health with her first book Paleo Girl, which she proudly wrote, photographed, and designed. She shares her passion for “good food and a healthy life” on her popular Instagram: @LeslieKlenke. Leslie is happily married to her best friend, AJ Wilson, and the proud owner of two goofy Boston Terriers, Olie and Harlow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q & A with Ellen Barrett and Kate Hanley, authors of the 28 Days Lighter Diet

Ellen Barrett and Kate Hanley are the co-authors of the brand new book The 28 Days Lighter Diet: Your Monthly Plan to Lose Weight, End PMS, and Achieve Physical and Emotional Wellness. The book covers how to sync your diet, exercise, and life to your cycle, so you’re working with your body instead of beating it into submission. The Diva Team had a chance to talk to Ellen and Kate about the writing process and their upcoming Super Summit!

28DaysLighterDiet1. Can you share a bit about why you decided to write a book like this?

We noticed an unsettling trend with just about every woman we worked with – they pretty much all had issues with their cycle and also had weight struggles. We also knew from our individual experiences that common woes, such as PMS and extra pounds, are changeable with a few minor adjustments to your diet, fitness routine, and lifestyle. And we wanted women to see that they don’t have to just accept feeling less-than-great–they can use their cycle as a guide for what to do and when.

2. What exactly is the problem with being out of touch with our cycles?

Well, for one, it’s ridiculously unnatural – like being out of touch with the seasons…like driving a convertible in a snowstorm – it’s that ridiculous! Secondly, women miss out when you are out of touch, because the cycle is a perfect GPS system leading us towards optimal wellness. When you aren’t really sure where you are in your cycle, it’s so easy to nudge yourself out of balance. You may go to a spinning class on a day when your energy level is at its lowest, for example, and feel like a failure because you couldn’t keep up. Or go for a run the day before your period, when the uterus is twice its normal weight, and contribute to a misalignment that, over time, can add up to painful periods or even infertility. Or keep yourself booked solid during your pre-menstruation week when what your psyche is really craving some alone time. Meaning, you’ll be way more likely to pick fights or overreact to things that would otherwise not even catch your attention. Life flows (pardon the pun) a lot more easily when you give yourself just what you need just when you need it.

3. Can you share a bit about the Energy Wheel?

The 28 DAYS LIGHTER DIET Energy Wheel is an easy way to track your cycle, monitor your wellbeing, and plan your life. The cycle is a circle–when you get to the end, you immediately start again at the beginning, so our chart isn’t a traditional square calendar – it’s a circle too. As simple as the Energy Wheel is, it’s an extremely powerful tool for helping you really see how you experience your individual cycle and how any changes you make to your routines impact your wellbeing.

4. Who are the Wise Woman, Mother and Vixen and why are they so important?

They are prototypes for who we are energetically during each phase of the cycle. Phase I, Wise Woman, is still and knowing. Phase II , Mother, is all powerful. Phase III, Vixen, is intuitive and daring. They represent all the aspects of being a woman. They mean we don’t have to shut off any part of ourselves, they all have a place at the table. And it also means we don’t have to be all things at once, which is a huge relief!

5. Of the recipes in your book, which is your favorite and why?

Ellen: I’m a breakfast girl (and often have breakfast foods for dinner), so I’d say the “Almost Eggs Florentine”” on page 140.

Kate: I am loving the Escarole and Bean soup! The Energy Balls are a close second, however. Love having something on hand that satisfies a sweet tooth but still delivers a ton of nutrition.

6. What advice would you give to young girls first starting their periods?

1. It’s a blessing, not a curse. 2. Don’t use tampons. 3. Rest on Day 1.

7. What advice would you give to women well into their menstruating years?

1. It’s a blessing, not a curse. 2. Don’t use tampons. 3. Rest on Day 1.

8. What was the most interesting thing you learned about women’s health while researching for the book?

The biggest revelation was about how the birth control pill is way more dangerous than we previously thought yet it continues to be prescribed by doctors like it’s no big deal.

9. Final question… what’s on your playlist?

Ellen: I just downloaded a few songs from Lorde – love her.

Kate: I can’t stop listening to “Happy” by Pharrell, “Walk Us Uptown,” by Elvis Costello and the Roots, and “Holiday” by Madonna. It’s late winter — I need morale boosters!

AuthorPhotoEllen Barrett & Kate Hanley

Ellen Barrett is the creator of dozens of best-selling DVD workouts, including Prevention magazine’s bestselling Flat Belly Diet series. The New Haven, Connecticut resident can be seen weekly on FIT TV’s All Star Workouts.

Kate Hanley is a coach, yoga teacher, and health journalist whose work has appeared in Real Simple, Parents, and Yoga Journal. The author of The Anywhere, Anytime Chill Guide, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Ellen and Kate teamed up to write The 28 Days Lighter Diet after one fateful conversation where they realized they had each healed their own PMS and helped countless clients of lose weight and end troublesome symptoms. When they couldn’t find a book in the bookstore to suggest as a guide for other women who wanted to do the same, they decided to write it themselves.

Q & A with Jac Torres-Gomez, founder of The Crimson Movement and author of Cycling to Grandma’s House

The Diva Team had the opportunity to chat with Jac Torres Gomez co-founder of The Crimson Movement and author of the newly released children’s book, Cycling to Grandma’s House. Be inspired by Jac’s vision for providing all women and girls with access to menstrual health education, community support and menstrual care. Don’t forget to enter below for your chance to win a DivaCup, DivaWash and Cycling to Grandma’s House softcover book!

1. What was the inspiration behind Cycling to Grandma’s house?

9781483406374_COVER.inddMy background in education, community development and literacy has shown me the power a story can have to teach our children and communities. When several parents (including single parents) approached me asking if I knew of any resources they could use to broach the subject of menstruation with their children, I realised that there is actually a lack of easy, safe and clear information out there for parents and educators to use to ‘break the ice’ with the topic of menarche and menstruation. I knew that writing a children’s book that could be used with children as young as six years of age to teach about menstruation would pave the way for these important conversations. Then when I became a parent to a daughter in August 2012, I realised that it was time to create this book so that in time, I too could use a powerful story to introduce my daughter to menarche. The main character, Luna, is inspired by my daughter Isabella.

2. How did you go about collecting the research for the book?

I started by speaking to my friends and family across the globe and asking them a simple question ’How does your community or culture celebrate menarche?’ I wanted to gather stories of the most positive ways different cultures or families celebrate menarche and share it within a children’s book. Surprisingly, I was met with a lot of shyness and even confusion from my friends. One teacher friend in Denmark told me she took the question to her staffroom and asked three female colleagues the question, and they were so embarrassed by the question that they started laughing uncontrollably. When they finally took a breath, they said to my friend ‘but we don’t celebrate it (or even talk about it) at all!’ When I started hearing these stories, I realised that there was a great need for a children’s book that helped pave positive ideas about how some families in some cultures celebrate menarche. Additionally, creating an educational resource that could even be used in our schools, would make a difference for our educators and families to mark this important occasion in some way.

From this point I did further anthropological research to learn more about how specific cultures celebrate or mark this coming-of-age time, and then started writing the first draft of my book. After this draft was complete I spoke to educators, children, parents and experts working in the area of menstruation education such as Jane Bennett and Lara Owen, who all helped me to redraft and develop the story. When I realised that the story itself needed additional information to support the conversations that might arise by children towards families and educators, I wrote a final notes page for parents and families providing more detailed information and a reference list.

3. What to you was the best part about working on a project like Cycling to Grandma’s House?

The wonderful conversations I have had with families when I speak about my book. For example, I met a single father last week of a now adult daughter and he told me that for years he dreaded having to have ‘THE’ conversation with his daughter, and in the end got a female friend to explain menstruation to the young child after she had been asking about it for a few weeks. He told me that a resource such as mine would have been really useful to help break the ice in the conversation with his daughter about menarche, and also to help alleviate his fear a little too. It is exciting to write this book and to be a part of this change for our families and schools.

5. Luna chatting to Rachael imagining a caterpillar turning into a butterfly4. Tell us about the illustrations in the book and the artist.

Erin-Claire Barrow and I met at a ‘pad-raiser’ in July 2013 where we were fundraising for menstrual products for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Material Aid Fund in Melbourne, Australia. I was speaking at the event about the importance of having open conversations about menstruation, and mentioned that I was doing a crowd funding campaign to raise funds to publish a children’s book about menarche. Erin-Claire approached me afterwards and said she was an illustrator and would be interested in being considered to illustrate my book. She submitted some gorgeous samples of her work and I was hooked! Erin-Claire is extremely talented and I know publishers will be knocking at her door once they see her work published in Cycling to Grandma’s House.

The illustrations in the book are vibrant, rich and throughout the book delicately and subtly carry the different themes of menstruation. For example, Luna, my main character, has this wonderful long ‘flowing’ hair; her dress, bike and shoes are a gorgeous red colour themed throughout the book and she uses her shiny red bike to ‘cycle’ throughout her town to learn about how different cultures celebrate menarche. A lot of time and energy went into ensure the visual translation of my ideas and manuscript were correct and Erin-Claire showed true grace and patience in respecting my creative vision for this project. It was a true joy to work with her.

5. Why do you feel cycle awareness is important for young girls?

By having open conversations with our children about menstruation, we can address the fear often associated with this important time. When a girl is aware and empowered by her cycle and the importance it has on her health it can help stop the fear often associated with menarche, and can have broader impacts on her physical and mental health and can even have an impact on life choices such as relationships. In some contexts it also means girls may stay in school because communities understand the needs of a woman because of menstruation.

6. How did you get involved with the Crimson Movement?

After working for more than a decade in Community Development and education, I had seen time and time again the barriers facing women and girls due to menstruation such as lack of facilities in schools, financial stress due to unaffordable products and a fear due to lack of knowledge about what menstrual actually is. In 2010, my friend Kim and I started a small project to share information around the different kinds of menstrual products available globally such as The DivaCup, however once we started having these conversations we realised that there was actually five major actions of action that needed addressing around menstruation: environmental, financial, educational, cultural and social. From this grew The Crimson Movement, and my children’s book project sits under the educational, cultural and social areas of action within my organisation.

7. Share a bit about the organization and the work they are doing?

The Crimson Movement works with different partners internationally through our five areas of action. We run projects such as our Purse Pad Project in Papua New Guinea and also work to support other projects such as doing pro-bono consulting work supporting menstrual projects for Eco Femme in India. Our goal is to empower communities to understand and address the barriers facing women and girls due to menstruation, and if the result of our work is that people are having open conversations to support our women and girls, we are achieving our goal. An important part of our work is the creation of a platform where we share the amazing work others are doing across the globe such as The DivaCup through our Partners webpage.

8. How can the Diva Community get involved?

Read Cycling to Grandma’s House to your children and speak to other families and schools about the book and how it can be used as a tool to break the ice around conversations about menstruation. The more conversations we can have that make speaking about menstruation a normal part of our dialogue, the better it will be for our children and the closer we will be to breaking down this taboo. Why not have these conversations today with an important woman or girl in your life? Ask them what they know, what they wish to know, about cycles, about healthy bodies and tell them they are WONDERFUL!

9. Where can we purchase Cycling to Grandma’s House?

It will be available through Lulu from February 1st 2014 as an e-book, paperback and in hardback. You can sign up to our newsletter to receive updates and information about The Crimson Movement news and how to purchase Cycling to Grandma’s House.

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Jac Torres-Gomez

Jac is an award winning community development practitioner, teacher and writer who is deeply passionate about supporting women and girls to achieve their potential. Her organization, The Crimson Movement, is a non-profit organisation working to empower communities everywhere to understand and address the barriers women and girls face due to menstruation. She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Oscar and young daughter Isabella.

Diva Reading List Part 1: Puberty and The Menstrual Cycle

With today’s online archives, open texts and search tools, young women do not need to look very far to find answers to questions that were once hidden in anatomy textbooks.

Knowledge about puberty and the menstrual cycle abound in online spaces! Some are true, some, riddled with age-old taboos while others still may be a little too progressive for young readers.

Yet, although online sources are easily accessible, a good book about growing up, puberty and menstruation is something every girl should have. And the books available to young women today have come a long way in the last twenty years!

Much of what I learned as a young girl about my period came from my mother and older sister and while they did their best, I still had so many questions left unanswered. My junior high teacher made puberty sound horrible and by high school we basically memorized and knew the definitions to all the parts of our reproductive system and were routinely told about our options for “protection”, none of which included reusable options.

This post was inspired by a fascinating panel I attended at the biennial conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, which focused on menstrual health education and resources.

While we can all look things up online, it is nice to have a tangible resource on hand for those not so easy questions. It is also great to be able to pass this resource on to friends and family members who may not have someone to talk to about all the changes they are experiencing.

The following is a list of books that are great for parents and young women to explore. Each book covers a myriad of topics related to puberty and menstruation and offers some unique insight for women of all ages.

The Period Book: Everything you don’t want to ask (but need to know) by Karen Gravelle & Jennifer Gravelle

Period BookThis book is loaded with lots of helpful information and imagery for girls of all ages. Topics include anatomy, cycle charting, product options, body image and even a section that speaks about vaginal care. The Period Book is definitely a resource we would recommend for younger girls, but we would ask for just one small change: that it include a section about reusable options like The DivaCup! This inclusion could truly make this a book about everything you don’t want to ask (but need to know).

 

 

Cycle Savvy: The Smart Teen’s Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body by Toni Weschler, MPH

Cycle SavvyI’m partial to Toni Weschler`s Cycle Savvy, simply because I found Weschler’s Taking Control of Your Fertility to be a great resource to me over the past few years. I just wish Cycle Savvy was available when I was 15! We would recommend this book to girls who are looking for an in-depth look at the menstrual cycle and those who are interested in learning how to chart their cycle. The book details how to monitor and evaluate cycle symptoms and it does so through humor, honest testimony and narratives that make you feel… normal.

 

 

Body Drama by Nancy Amanda Redd

Body DramaBody Drama has lots to say about all those things that come with puberty including breast health, skin changes, body shape and of course your period. Redd does an excellent job of showing how unique women are; done through both serious and humorous tones. Difference is not abnormal, but normal and difference is what is celebrated in Body Drama. This book is a great resource for teen girls (and their mothers, aunts, or older sisters) and one they will probably look to throughout their life.

 

 

Girls Guide to Becoming a Teen by Amy B. Middleman & Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer

Girls GuideWhile most teens will experience much of what is discussed in this handbook, girls who are under 13 may also find this book beneficial. This book explores all aspects of puberty, drawing attention to a few areas most girls do not often learn about like height changes, changes in your hair, healthy diets, eating disorders and how to cope with emotions. Simple, yet informative, this handbook’s chapter layout allows parents and teachers to pick and choose areas that are suitable for specific age categories.

 

While there are many books to draw from these were a few we found to be very helpful for girls and women of all ages. One main critique of these books is that they do not discuss reusable options like The DivaCup nor do they touch on any of the health concerns related to disposable options. Our hope at the Diva office is that as dialog about the menstrual cycle becomes more widely accepted, and as more and more resources become available, information about reusable options will be included.

Do you have a book you`d recommend to a young woman looking for answers about puberty and her period? Share you titles with the Diva Community today!