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Every month it is the same routine of running to the store to purchase my necessary femcare products to get through the week. Having heard of menstrual cups before, I have always been curious to try them as a way to simplify that time of the month as well as save money. Additionally, the environmental impact of pads and tampons has never sat well with me. The DivaCup was my first choice as the brand has been established since 2003 and is known for it’s 12 hour leak protection.
If you’re not familiar with menstrual cups, they have actually existed since the 1930’s but have just recently had a breakthrough in the feminine hygiene industry. Menstrual cups are reusable, bell-shaped silicone cups that are suitable for both girls and women of every age. The DivaCup* has two customized models: 1 for women under 30 who had never had a vaginal or cesarean birth and 2, for woman 30 and over who have delivered cesarean or vaginally. The DivaCup sits low at the base of the vaginal canal so it can be easily inserted by following the simple User Guide instructions and may be worn for up to 12 hours before emptying, washing thoroughly with warm water and DivaWash, and reinserting. The DivaCup holds 1 oz over the course of 12 hours however most women find the cup is not even half full when it comes time for removal. If you are a busy on-the-go mom like myself this equates to far less hassle in having to change pads/tampons every few hours. I also love that instead of choosing various pads/tampons based on cycle flow, the cup is standardized and can be used however light or heavy the flow. The best part of the DivaCup aside from leak protection and overall convenience, is it’s comfort. I do not notice the cup at all and can participate in all of my daily activities, whether it’s yoga and exercise or sitting at my desk. There are an infinite number of reasons to make the switch to the DivaCup but a few of my favorites are:
- Made from 100% healthcare grade silicone and free of chemicals, plastic, BPA, latex and dyes
- Reusable reducing overall feminine hygiene expenses (average annual cost of menstrual care is $150; the DivaCup costs $39.99/year)
- Eco-friendly/Waste-free option (no plastic, wrappers, strings etc.)
- Collects instead of absorbs menstrual flow, so it will not dry out or disrupt the vaginal environment or pH
Ready to try the Diva Cup? Head over here to find it in a store near you! I found it at my local Rite Aid in the femcare aisle.
That certain time of the month I crave everything chocolate. If you too have that craving, this amazing Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola will fully satisfy you and is packed with protein rich oats and hazelnuts!
Dark Chocolate Coconut Granola
3 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Cup Flaked Coconut (unsweetened)
4 Tsp Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Salt
3/4 Cup Maple Syrup
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (melted)
1 Egg White (whisked)
1 Cup Chopped Hazelnuts
1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 300. Add oats, coconut, cocoa powder, and salt to a large bowl and stir until well blended. Next, add in maple syrup, oil, and egg white and stir until all ingredients are evenly coated.
Spread granola onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. At the 20 minute mark, stir the granola and add in hazelnuts so they get a delicious toasted flavor. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until it is golden brown in color.
Allow granola to thoroughly cool and then mix in dark chocolate chips. Place in a sealed jar and enjoy!
*Before trying the cup consult with your healthcare provider to be sure the it is right for you and if you have any questions regarding vaginal or gynecological health. Read the DivaCup User Guide before trying the cup. DivaCup Consumer Care Team is available to answer questions and concerns and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-866-44-3482 or via our social media networks.