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Thinking Outside the (Tampon) Box

With all the recent interest in becoming more eco-conscious, I’ve found myself learning about all sorts of new ways to start living the green life, which is how I was reminded of the DivaCup. It's a a contemporary and environmentally-friendly menstrual cup that's made from silicone. As an alternative to tampons and pads, the DivaCup collects the menstrual flow as opposed to absorbing it. To find out more about its similarities and differences from tampons and pads,

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  • The DivaCup is inserted into the vagina, with the rim of the cup cradling the cervix similar to a diaphragm.
  • It should be removed and emptied typically two to three times in a 24-hour period, which for many women is less than with tampons or pads.
  • However, it must also be cleaned with hot, soapy water. Of course, emptying it and cleaning isn't something most of us want to be managing in the work bathroom, but in those cases, it's safe to wipe it down temporarily, until you're able to wash it at home.
  • Just like with tampons, once it's properly inserted you should not be able to feel it and there are no restrictions when it comes to activities.
  • It can be worn in conjunction with the NuvaRing, but it should not be worn during sexual intercourse and does not act as a contraceptive.

Though menstrual cups can seem a little, well, gross, I do like the idea of an eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Like birth control, feminine hygiene is all about finding the product that works for you, so it's important to be knowledgeable of all the choices available.

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