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DivaCup Model 2 Menstrual Cup -- 1 Cup


DivaCup Model 2 Menstrual Cup
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DivaCup Model 2 Menstrual Cup Description

  • Join the Revolution
  • Menstrual Solution
  • Feminine Hygiene Protection
  • 100% Medical Grade Silicone
  • No Latex, Dyes, Rubber, Plastic or BPA
  • Wear Up to 12 Hours
  • Model 2 (Two) - Post Childbirth

The DivaCup is a better, healthier way to care for your period, that offers up to 12 hours of leak-free protection. Made from 100% medical grade silicone, the DivaCup contains no added chemicals (no BPA), latex, dyes, or plastics.

 

Each box contains a DivaCup, user guide and handy cotton storage bag. For best results we recommend pairing your DivaCup with DivaWash, a 100% plant-based, pH balanced cleanser. It’s time for all of us to challenge the period status quo. Join the Inner Revolution and shout it from the rooftops.

 

Sizing:

  • Model 0: You are new to the world of periods and 18 years of age or younger.
  • Model 1: You are between the ages of 19 and 30 and have a medium menstrual flow.
  • Model 2: You are over the age of 30 and/or have a heavier menstrual flow.


Directions

(This is a condensed version of the User Guide. Customers receive a full version with purchase of The DivaCup.)

On your first trial with The DivaCup, make sure you are relaxed and have time to read the User Guide thoroughly beforehand. Insertion and removal will only take a few seconds once you master the technique.

Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. Rinse. While sitting or standing in a comfortable position, insert your DivaCup according to the following instructions.


Step 1: Fold - Moisten the rim of The DivaCup with water if needed. Press the sides of the cup together and then fold it in half again.
 
Step 2: Hold - Hold the folded sides firmly between your thumb and forefinger. The single curved edge should be facing away from your palm.


Step 3: Insert - With the vaginal muscles relaxed, gently separate the labia with your free hand and then push the curved edge of the folded DivaCup into the vaginal opening.

Step 4: Removal - Wash your hands well with warm water and soap. Rinse. Pull gently on the stem until you can reach the base of the cup. Pinch the base of the cup to release the seal and continue to pull down to remove. The contents should not spill during removal. Simply empty the contents in the toilet, wash it well with warm, soapy water, and reinsert.

Please note: If The DivaCup is uncomfortable or leaking, then it is not positioned properly. In order to get the best results it is very important to insert it correctly.

 

How do I clean The DivaCup?


The DivaCup should always be thoroughly cleaned. Washing the cup in mild soap and warm water provides sufficient cleansing. The best cleaning agent to use is The DivaWash. We have formulated it as a pH balanced wash that is best for the cup and you, because it does not leave residue. Remember to wash your hands before inserting and removing your DivaCup.

 

The DivaCup’s top quality, healthcare grade silicone can tolerate high temperatures. At the end of each cycle The DivaCup should be washed and rinsed as specified and then submerged in an open pan of boiling water (continuous rolling boil) for twenty (20) minutes. Do not leave the boiling pot unattended and use enough water so that the pan does not boil dry. Do not use vinegar, tea tree oil, scented soap, antibacterial soap, hydrogen peroxide, bleach or harsh chemicals as these may damage the silicone and ruin the cup. 
 
We do not recommend cleaning The DivaCup in the dishwasher because chemicals, detergents and residue from previous dishwashing could harm the cup.

 

After use and proper cleaning, the cup must be placed in a storage that allows for air flow. The DivaCup comes with its own drawstring cotton pouch.

 

The four holes under the rim are of vital importance. They create the seal that secures the cup in place. If the holes or stem need extra cleaning, we suggest that you soak the cup in warm water for a few minutes then use a soft toothbrush (specifically designated only for the cup) for this. You can also use a toothpick (discarding after use). We do not suggest a pin as it may cause damage to the cup.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The product packaging you receive may contain additional details or may differ from what is shown on our website. We recommend that you reference the complete information included with your product before consumption and do not rely solely on the details shown on this page. For more information, please see our full disclaimer.
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10 Things Every Woman Should Know About Her Period

Shark week. Girl Flu. On The Rag. We have a dozen different nicknames for our periods— and a dozen different sweet and salty snacks to accommodate them.

But how many of us actually know what’s going on when it’s “flooding down south”? In honor of Women’s Health Month, here are 10 things every woman should know about her menstrual cycle—and how to get through that TOTM  (Time of The Month) with ease and confidence.

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1. Forget shame.

A veil of secrecy often surrounds our periods. And why? Your menstrual cycles are an intimate and special part of who you are. They’re vital to your sexuality and a critical part of your fertility. Indeed, they’re a sign of your power; after all, they enable you to bring life into the world! And what could possibly be more potent than that?

2. Celebrate its earthly connections.

Women’s periods have long been associated with the lunar cycle. Back in the day—as in pre-modern science—women’s cycles were believed to be due to the moon’s phases rather than the natural rhythm of their hormones.

While we’ve come a long way since then, many still believe that an essential connection remains. Dr. Christiane Northrup affirms “that peak rates of conception and probably ovulation appear to occur at the full moon or the day before.” Pretty cool, isn’t it?

3. Know that there’s no one “regular” cycle.

Friends of yours may menstruate for no longer than four days; your daughter, however, may have her period for a week. While typical textbook cycles are 28 days long, rest assured that cycles vary greatly from woman to woman.

That said, menstruating only a few times a year (ruling out certain birth control methods) should prompt you to see a gynecologist: Some conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, can impair ovulation—and, subsequently, menstruation.

4. “Hormones” aren’t relegated to angsty teens.

From volatile thirteen-year-old girls to glum teenage boys, we’ve all used “hormones” to describe the unpredictable mood swings of adolescents.

But hormones also play a fundamental role in all of our functions—including our menstrual cycles.

The main female hormones that drive your menstrual cycle are estrogen and progesterone. Secreted primarily by your ovaries, estrogen is dominant in the first phase of your cycle. Known as the follicular phase, this is when follicles in your ovary mature in a process that preps your female organs to be more hospitable for sperm. Progesterone becomes dominant in the luteal phase, or second half of your cycle.

5. …and an imbalance in those hormones can engender PMS.

Premenstrual Syndrome? More like Pour Me Some M&M’s and Cue the Meg Ryan flick. From weepiness to water retention, PMS can be a real heartache to handle.

While common, PMS is related to imbalances in the very hormones that enable you to conceive. The good news is that you can naturally support the diminishment of symptoms before and when they arrive. Regular exercise, a healthful diet, restful sleep—all can potentially impact the severity of PMS. In other words, be smart with your health all month long and those days leading up to menstruating won’t require a doctor’s note—or a handwritten apology to your partner.

6. The struggle is

Menstrual cramps may have gotten a bad rap for becoming an oft-used excuse in gym class, but, ladies, we all know the discomfort our periods can cause is very real—and, at times, pure agony.

Those contractions happen because your body is doing its best to expel your uterine lining, otherwise known as the endometrium. A hot water bottle can potentially offer relief, while certain yoga poses may weaken the aches you’re experiencing. Or settle your cat on your tummy: The warmth can help those spasms subside in no time (and provide you with some snuggles while you’re at it).

7. Your weight impacts your period.

That number on the scale does more than dictate whether you’ll be reaching for your skinny jeans: Restrict your caloric intake too much and you may face amenorrhea: an absence of your menstrual cycle due to insufficient estrogen levels.

Sound tempting to skip your monthly visitor and fit into your LBD (little black dress) at the same time? Think again: Amenorrhea can lead to infertility and osteoporosis, to say nothing of the health risks involved with being underweight.

8. Pads and tampons aren’t your only options.

Where we were once restricted to tampons and pads, terrific solutions for naturally supporting your period are now available.

Chief among them? The Diva Cup—a cup-like device that’s inserted into your vagina to collect blood flow. It’s removed once to three times a day—depending on your flow—and then washed out and reinserted.

Besides the fact that it’s a boon for the environment—Diva Cups can be used for years if properly cared for—they’re a superb choice for sporty women, particularly those who spend time in the water. There’s rarely any leakage, the cup is comfortable, and they can potentially keep you clean no matter how many laps you’re swimming. Indeed, a friend of mine claims the Diva Cup saved her scuba diving trip in Palau—a shark sanctuary and marine conversation area in Micronesia. (Yes, I said sharks.)

Keep in mind, however, that these genius inventions aren’t always convenient, and they may take some time to master. But, hey, if you’re proficient at fastening a bra behind your back with one hand while brushing your teeth with the other, certainly you can conquer this too, can’t you?

9. …but if you do go with conventional feminine products, choose wisely.

In 1998, the FDA banned manufacturers from employing harsh chemicals to bleach the cotton (or rayon) used in tampons and pads. The new process, however, still contains trace elements of dioxins, which can be potentially damaging to your pelvic organs (and your overall body). Given that most women go through as many as 12,000 feminine products in their lifetime, it’s best to be prudent about your exposure.

Opt instead for unbleached, organic products, or give Glad Rags a try. Reusable and eco-friendly, this excellent alternative keeps refuse out of our landfills while keeping your fragile parts away from irritating synthetics.

10. You needn’t approach your menstrual health alone.

Beyond the assistance of a gynecologist, consider enlisting the aid of a naturopathic doctor for overall menstrual health.

He or she can steer you in the right direction of herbal and nutritional supplements that can help encourage menstrual health, including natural remedies that can organically support the duration of your cycle and your liver’s breakdown of hormones (which may lead to lighter periods). Herbal and nutritional therapies can also naturally bolster nourishment of your pelvic organs and provide ovarian support to promote more robust hormones.

Because while Aunt Flo isn’t always invited—hello, honeymoon!—you might as well make her stay as painless as possible.

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