This piece was sponsored by Collective Bias and DivaCup, all thoughts and experiences (as always!) are my own. #PeriodConfidence #TryTheDivaCup
A couple of weeks ago I got a DivaCup, (I headed to RiteAid (Here is a StoreFinder to see where you can pick one up!) and picked up the model #2 (for women over 30 or who have had a baby) my friends have been telling me to snag one for over the past five years (!) but, despite being totally on board with their use. . . I felt freaked out! But lately I’ve been really overwhelmed by the cost and how my body feels using pads and tampons so I finally went and got The DivaCup. I got home and was scared to put it in, scared to take it out, and anxious that it wouldn’t work for me.
Fast forward to this past months period when I *finally* put it to the test. I watched unending YouTube tutorial videos about how to put it in gently and easily, and what the best folds are. . .and shockingly? IT WENT IN SO EASY. The learning curve wasn’t nearly as steep as I’d expected. I think part of the ease is that I put it in a couple of times before my period to give it a try. So I felt pretty capable when the day came. The cup is small and compact, it holds over 1oz and the average flow over the course of your period is between 1-2oz, so changing it every 12 hours is plenty for most women! Once I’ve used it a few more months I’ll post a full on how-to tips and tricks review, but for now, I’m really happy with how well it went.
Another bonus? It comes in a breathable cotton bag that is sturdy and totally easy to bring with you wherever. I already am planning on purchasing a second cup to keep as a back up!
I’ve written a bit about cycle syncing before, but now that it’s been a few solid months, I’ve really found my groove with embracing the four phases of my month, and eating/moving, and fueling myself to make those weeks feel their very best.
The gist is that there are four phases to your cycle; Menstrual Phase, Folicular Phase, Ovulatory Phase and Luteal Phase. If you work within those to do the exercises that suit your body best and eat to fuel your body for each phase, you’ll feel better and brighter during times that can feel tough.
Adding in The DivaCup has been stellar. I have a pretty regular period, so I put mine in on the morning my cycle is supposed to start. I started out by reading the User Guide because my research brain always feels best with as much info as possible before I start something new, and so I would know the best in’s and out’s to using it safely. I love that there are no chemicals, no strings or wrappers, and that, so far, it’s been a totally leak free experience for me (even as a newbie!). It wasn’t gross to use, was easy to insert and take out, and has kinda blown me away how it stays put during yoga, hiking, and adventuring!
There are certain foods that are most beneficial to your body during each of these phases, so loading up on them can help you with your mood, bloating, PMS symptoms, and, also, feeling proactive about each phase is really mentally beneficial.
The hardest phase for me is the week right before my period, the Luteal Phase. This is when I feel most bloated, irritable, exhausted, and in need of a lot of body support. I’ve found that using Yoga and diet changes help me to manage this phase the best. I also tend to favor drinks during this time because of how tired and bloated I feel.
Here’s a quick and easy Mint (opt turmeric for added inflammation elimination!) Almond Milk Recipe that is one that I use often for this phase. It’s fantastic hot or iced, and will really help your body feel it’s best. Mint and raisins are both beneficial (cooling and iron rich!) to your body in your Luteal phase, they’ll contribute to less bloat and more energy.
Iced Mint Milk to Support
the Luteal Phase
1 cup milk (almond, coconut, hemp or oat)
2 sprigs fresh mint
4 ice cubes
1tsp. turmeric (optional, supports inflammation elimination)
Combine all ingredients into blender and blend on high, serve immediately. Makes one Serving.
Adding turmeric in can help with the extra inflammation and bloating, and the mint and raisin will be really helpful in aiding cramps and helping restore energy. It’s also great that the raisins act as a natural sweetener!
Other foods I love in the luteal phase are squash, cauliflower, brown rice, hummus, and ginger. Each of them bring intense relief to my PMS symptoms and they can also all be combined into a tasty, filling dish themselves (especially great now that fall is finally starting to set it!). I also focus deeply on restorative and cozy yoga during this week. I move enough to get a great sweat, but I also hold poses longer, and work to restore some balance in my body through lots of moves close to the ground. I often favor child’s pose, gentle twists, and warrior 1-3 as a means of bringing tone and heat to my practice.
To learn more about The DivaCup, where to get it, and all the awesome reasons that SO MANY (seriously, when I posted I was getting one I got well over 100 messages and comments sharing their experience!) period havers are making the switch over to this awesome product, check out The DivaCup on Facebook, Twitter, and IG.