Let’s talk about periods!

So I’m about to get my period back after not having it for a year and a half (due to the Mirena)  If I count up the last 7 years, I’ve only had it for about 2 of them, so my body is really trying to figure out what in the world is going on, and after the recent change in hormones from the IUD removal, things are temporarily off.

So with that in mind, I figured there’s no better time than now to do a post on my favorite feminine hygiene essentials! If you’re a woman who has a period, there’s no reason to shy away from discussing it openly. In fact, an estimated 800 million women menstruate on a regular basis worldwide, so the fact that there is even a stigma attached to discussing periods is pretty ridiculous. Last year, a handful of celebrities did a short film discussing the topic.

I for one am not at all ashamed to talk about my period. It’s a huge part of who I am as a woman, and like any other health topic, the best way to get great information is by speaking openly with others.

So here are a few of my favorite feminine hygiene essentials!

The Diva Cup

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My product of choice, the Diva Cup is a menstrual cup that you wash out multiple times a day and reuse, rather than purchasing a box of pads or tampons every month. It’s comfortable, easy to use, and saves you oodles of money!
Cloth Pads/Mama Cloth

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A great option for pad-lovin’ ladies since you don’t have to keep buying them over and over again, just wash these on a delicate cycle and reuse! Plus they have super cute patterns so if you were/are a cloth diaper junkie you might be excited to pick out your pads
Organic Cotton Tampons

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If you’re a tampon gal, these are a fantastic option as they are made with 100% organic cotton and a BPA-free plastic applicator. Plus they have a one-for-one program which I will discuss in a minute!
A giant water bottle.

Because hydration (while always essential) is critical during your cycle!
GLA Complex

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Contains GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), omega-6 fatty acid, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E to help regulate many normal bodily functions and protect arterial walls during your cycle.

Feminine hygiene products are also taxed as luxury items in 40 states, a fact that myself and many others (including the President) were not aware of until a YouTuber by the name of Ingrid Nilsen spoke out about it. Ingrid is also working with a company called conscious period, who are on a mission to bring feminine hygiene products to homeless women since most of them are unable to find sanitary options for themselves. When you purchase even just one box of conscious period organic cotton tampons, they send a box to a woman in need.

Conscious Period products are set to be released on March 1st, and you can check them out at their indiegogo page for more info!

Articles about the importance of talking about menstruation:
http://www.one.org/us/2015/06/24/its-time-to-talk-about-menstruation/
http://www.sexualityandu.ca/parents/discussing-menstruation
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/10/men-talk-about-periods/411931/

Take care of yourselves, ~Suzi

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