I absolutely have CERO taboos when it comes to women’s health issues, and that includes talking about my period.
By now you should be used to me talking taboo subjects left and right… I want to destigmatize ANY subject related to female health. Why would I not talk about my period? I get it every month and so do you (unless we’re preggo, but that’s another story! Lol).
That’s why after months and months of toying with the idea of trying a menstrual cup, I finally went for it.
It’s 2017 for God’s sake! I need options…
At the beginning, the idea re-using whatever item that has to do with my period was not… ahem… appealing. But I knew that like me, maybe many of you had the same preconception and perhaps we were wrong, or not properly informed.
But wait, WHAT’S A MENSTRUAL CUP anyways?
Basically, a reusable bell-shaped silicone cup that sits in the vagina and collects your period blood.
Finding non-toxic and eco-friendlier version of all the items I use in my regular life is an obsession of mine, you guys know this. But after reading more about the harmful chemicals lurking in regular tampons (pesticides, chlorine, fragrance, etc.), I knew I had to try the Diva Cup.
The Diva Cup is suitable for girls and women of all ages. Offers 12 hours of leak-free protection and is super clean, comfortable and CONVENIENT (YES PLZ!), providing a better period care option than tampons and regular pads.
After using the Diva Cup for the past 2 months, this is my feedback:
- They’re totally comfortable and exercise-proof, which for me was SUPER important because I don’t want to be fearing a leak while I exercise.
- Unlike tampons, the risk of absorbing chemicals with the Diva Cup is non-existent. (Say ‘adios’ to tampons and overnight pads!).
- I like that they are made from 100% healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability. Free of chemicals, plastic, BPA, latex, and dyes.
- They can handle my flow much longer than any tampon I’ve ever tried.
- You are supposed to be able to wear it for 12 hours straight, no change needed. But I decided on 9 just in case, but it was totally fine (Btw, they are super easy to clean).
- Learning to insert the cup correctly takes some time (and some errors!), but after you become a Pro it’s fairly easy, no mess and you don’t even have to touch your blood at ALL!
- Contrary to my expectations, my body did adjust to the presence of the cup, and after a while, I even forgot I was using one (major points for that!).
Convinced to try yet?
SUPERFOOD PMS CHOCOLATE
And because PMS is REAL… I’m like the biggest walking cliche when it comes to my cravings while I’m on my period.
I immediately start craving chocolate, because duh!
In reality, when we are craving chocolate during our period is not just for its taste, but because cocoa in nature is actually high in magnesium— a common mineral we lose during menstruation. Chocolate and cocoa also increase your serotonin levels (i.e. happy hormones), and dopamine levels (i.e. feel-good hormones), and oxytocin (i.e. the “love” hormone). So, you can see why we might gravitate towards chocolate around that time of the month 🙂
Came up with this yummy (and easy!) recipe that really soothes my cramps and satisfies my chocolate cravings + It’s refined sugar free!
- 1 cup almond milk (you can use any plant-based milk you like)
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1/2 tablespoon maca powder
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar (or maple syrup)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt (I use pink Himalayan salt)
- Mix all the ingredients together very well either in a blender of with a manual whisker.
- Bring to a boil on low heat.
- Serve right after and enjoy!
If you're feeling super extra at the time you make it, you can even add 1 teaspoon of Ghee!
Best thing about the Diva Cup? They are pretty easy to find! I got mine at my nearest RiteAid.
As usual, make sure to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any questions with regards to your vaginal or gynecological health! For more details on how to use the cup, make sure to read the Diva Cup User Guide.