August 23, 2011

TMI Tuesday with RLAM Divas

The lovely long-legged ladies over at the real Run Like a Mother facebook page do a TMI Tuesday question each week.  They get questions that we runner-mamas would like to know but are sure our spouses or non-runner friends would look at us in horror if we even asked. Or maybe they would run screaming from the room.  Hey maybe that is how we should recruit runners!  Anyway, the responses are hilarious, serious and helpful all at the same time.

This week question reminded me of a post I did awhile back on one of my favoritest inventions.

"TMI Tuesday, and Heather wants to know: what do you do when the heaviest day of your period and a long run or race coincide? "I had major issues today," she says, "And I only ran 7 miles." Any advice?"
Oh yeah.  Two words.

Diva. Cup.

The lil cup even comes with its own lil sack and
pin to let everyone know you are the Diva ordering l'Omelette Rouge

Previously posted here
Warning: this may be a TMI post, but this is my blog and I like talking about my vagina and I think this topic is relevant. Warning over.  


Kidding…not him. 
(If the TMI warning didn't lose you, then talking about my vagina and then showing a picture of Tom Cruise probably did. Oops. Sorry.)

I’m talking about TOM as in Time-Ofthe-Month.

Auntie Flo's stayin' over
Scarlett's Come Home to Tara
Trolling for Vampires
A Dishonorable Discharge from the Uterine Navy
Feelin' Menstru-riffic!
Massacre at the Y
T-Minus 9 Months and Holding
Game Day for the Crimson Tide
Panty Shields Up, Captain!
Arts and crafts day at panty camp
Taking Carrie to the Prom
Playing Banjo in Sgt. Zygote's Ragtime Band
Ordering l'Omelette Rouge
Rebooting the Ovarian Operating System

Don't these seem like O.P.I. period shade names? IrishBonnie, you really are quite creative!

Anyway, my BFF during my TOM is not food, but something else. Frankly, (I find it funny that this post is about women’s menstrual cycles, yet I bring Tom and Frank into the picture)…wow stick with one train of thought, Christy….

Frankly, I don’t really get cravings or food issues around those days. I just try to remember to drink enough water to avoid the migraines and eat right to avoid the um…bloat. Other than that I don’t change a thing. But….I used to have other issues.


Until the Diva entered my life. Ah.The Diva.

And by Diva I mean the 


What is the Divacup you ask? It looks like a mini-chalice (Oh, believe me, the irony is not lost on me!) made of silicone. Fold it over, pop it in, twist and the suction keeps it in place, collects everything it was intended to collect with no leakage and you never feel a thing.

It pretty much fulfills all the pre-requisites for a cheapassmama like me. 

  • Environmentally friendly. Who wants to contribute to the billions of sanitary pads and tampons that are dumped each year? We've used canvas bags since I was a kid, why not get a re-usable period product?
  • Keep my body chemical free! Most tampons and pads contain surfactants, adhesives and additives. Many pads contain polyethylene plastic whose production is a pollutant. And dioxin, a known carcinogen, is a by-product of the bleaching process of tampons containing rayon. Yeah, I only want um… known substances near my hoohoo. (Is that "Known" in the biblical sense? *ahem*)  
  • I can run! Running with a tampon sucks. I don’t know what it is, but I it rubs all up in there and hurts *shudder* not to mention the leakage issues. (TMI…forewarned!) But the Diva cup? I ran 9 miles last week with no issues. In fact, I really do forget that I have it in. I clean it out every morning in the shower and that is about it. 
  • I am cheap. Der. So why in the world would I spend $150-200 bucks a year on feminine hygiene (so…hygienic with those chemicals) products, when I can spend about $25 bucks for the Divacup which lasts well over a year and then some?!
So, you survived the TMI post. And now you want to get it, right? Or maybe you already know about this little gem but didn’t know who else knew. Me! Me! Me! Or maybe this just grosses you out. Leave a comment…anonymously if you’d prefer. I’d love to hear your feedback.

If you want to get one for yourself, check out 
Divacup online. If you don't want to order online, I got mine at Whole Foods, in the outer aisle….in the feminine hygiene aisle.


Anonymous said...

Great post! I made the switch this summer and I LOVE it. Can't believe it took me so long to try. Once I got the hang of it, I was sold and I LOVE not having to buy anything each month.

OKAlberts said...

No joke...I washed my Diva cup really good after my period this last week and left it out to dry during the day before I put it into its bag until next month. Well, 6 year old used it to dam the sink. He was so proud, "It fits PERFECTLY over the drain Mom!! Look!" Lovely. He has no idea :-)

amyZ said...

I love that you say hoohoo!!!! My grandmother called it that and we are from Boston. I wonder if it is a Boston thing?

Jamie said...

I love the Diva Cup for everything EXCEPT my runs actually. It never seems to stay put. Apparently, it's time to do some more kegels. How's that for TMI? :-P

twilighttwinsjewels said...

Diva is awesome. I've never run in anything else (made the switch to the cup prior to taking up running), but I can't imagine running any other way during TOM.