Periods

Why I’m Giving Up On Periods For Good

I’m going period free from now on.

June 6, 2017

These Are The Best Apps For Tracking Your Period

Want to know when Aunt Flo is coming to town? There’s an app for that.

May 10, 2017

The Weird Ways Your Menstrual Cycle Affects Who You’re Attracted To

Could your hormones be dictating your love life?

April 25, 2017

This Woman Deliberately Bled Through Her Yoga Pants On Instagram For The Best

‘Tampons? What are those. We don’t say those words out loud.’

February 12, 2017

It’s Embarrassing How Little Some Men Understand About Periods

Wait – guys think periods come from where?!!

October 25, 2016

Here’s Why Some Women Get Depressed Before Their Periods

Another reason periods are the actual worst.

August 29, 2016

WTF?! This Public Pool Just BANNED Women On Their Period

Did we just time travel back to the 1800s?

August 28, 2016

Why Don’t We Talk About The Fact Some Men Have Periods Too?

Because there shouldn’t be anything shameful about it. 

May 27, 2016

11 Guys Describe What It’s Like To Have Period Sex With You

“The whole area is a lot more wet – why would a guy say no?”

May 18, 2016

Why Do We Talk About Everything But Masturbation?

Come on, now, don’t be shy…

April 27, 2016

It’s Taken Almost A Century But A Smart Tampon Is Coming

This may be the greatest breakthrough in women’s health in decades.

April 13, 2016

Start-up Launches Product To Make Period Sex Easier

Soon you’ll be able to get it on whenever you want.

April 7, 2016

I Tried A Menstrual Cup And Now I Love My Period Blood

Hear me out – it’s not as gross as you think.

March 31, 2016

New York And Chicago Just Ditched The Tampon Tax

Celebrate good times, c’mon!

March 17, 2016

New Doco Gets Real About Periods

It’s time we talked.

December 21, 2015

Women Protest Insanity Of The Tampon Tax In Hilarious Style

Rafting the red river ain’t no joyride.

November 4, 2015

5 Natural Remedies For Menstrual Cramps

Sick and tired of nursing a tender back and upset stomach when it comes to that time of the month? Put away your usual ibuprofen and try some of these natural remedies which can cure even the worst menstrual cramps.

RELATED: Period Pain and How To Survive It

Ginger tea

Swap green for ginger tea, which is actually proven to reduce pain over the length of your cycle. If the taste is too bitter at first, add one teaspoon of honey or a splash of lemon juice to make it sweeter.

Apple cider vinegar

Cleanse your body with a shot of apple cider vinegar which helps to regulate blood clotting and will relax the muscles of your uterus. It also helps to take some extra time off your cycle – who knew!

Fish oil

Supplements such as fish oil and other B vitamins are ideal if you’re looking for a long-term solution to chronic menstrual cramps. They specifically target fatigue, nausea, and headaches so you can get on with your day.

Oregano

Enjoy 2 teaspoons of fresh oregano each morning before breakfast to cleanse your body and eliminate menstrual cramps. Oregano is packed with thymol and carvacrol which help to relax the uterus and decrease tension.

Heating pad

Finally, use a heating pad, which is a lifesaver if you suffer from back pain, abdominal cramping, or both! Simply warm it up in the microwave, wrap it in a tea-towel, then sit back and relax.

What are some of your natural remedies for menstrual cramps?

Image via Home Remedy Hacks

September 9, 2015

Lady Business: Why Australia Needs A Period Help Centre

Has your period arrived like a punch in the face (and uterus), forever ruining your beautiful, new luxurious designer white lingerie?

RELATED: Why Detox Diets Are Dodgy And Don’t Work

Take heart, sister – the exact same thing is happening to millions of other women right now. Small comfort, I know.

I have long though there should be an emergency period help centre for PMSing women and those who’ve just started their period.

“Excuse me, is that the Period Help Desk? I need 20 packets of Tim Tam, a hot water bottle, a packet of Nurofen and a vat of chardonnay right now!

“Oh, and I also need you to take my husband far, far away!”

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And while as far as I can tell no one’s actually launched this service in Australia – sad face – some bright sparks in the US have stolen my idea, sorry, launched genius business The Period Store via theperiodstore.com.

But before you get too excited about a cool monthly package service that allows you to choose awesome lady products from around the globe – they don’t actually ship to Australia just yet, but easy tiger, they’re working on it.

The cool and clever New-York based start-up allows you to customise your monthly package, to coincide with your menses, whereby you can choose from traditional, alternative, international and/or eco-friendly period products.

Want something decadent and sickly sweet? Or how about some super-comfy period undies? Heat therapy for your poor, sore lady parts? The Period Store has it all and more.

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You can also pre-order a thousand pads and tampons so you never run out and instead have to rummage around in your bathroom cabinet on a desperate hunt for “feminine hygiene products” when your period unexpectedly arrives in the middle of the night.

Oh the frigging joys!?

God damn, I wish I’d thought of this online store first! It’s awesome, in my opinion and we desperately need The Period Store to start delivering to Australia.

Anyone want to start a petition?!

What do you think – would you buy a monthly care package via a period store?

Images via pinterest.com and theluxuryspot.com

March 20, 2015

Weekend Wit: Men and Menstruation

Men. They really are strange. The way they make decisions, their behavior, what they pay attention to and how they go about things makes the female mind boggle! Take menstruation for example. What is it about women’s periods that freaks them out and has them running for the nearest exit?

For example, if you are chatting on the phone to a friend or have your BFF over for coffee, a sure-fire way to stop any man from eavesdropping on your conversation is to throw in the topic of your menstrual cycle. It’s like female Kryptonite! They’ve overheard the word period and they leave the vicinity faster than Superman on a mission. (Tip: Don’t forget to use this one to your advantage!)

Then there’s buying feminine hygiene products for female partners. This is possibly the one incidence whereby gay men are envied by heterosexual males. If your fella is like most of his comrades, this is the one request he could probably do without.

Yes, he will need to walk into the shop and find his way to the feminine hygiene section. Challenge number one. Once there, he will likely be completely overwhelmed when he is instantly confronted with – a wall of feminine hygiene options. Pure horror for the average bloke. Super, regular, flow related, wings, no wings; all of which he knows nothing about. Challenge number two.

Although preferred products are usually neatly placed in her section of the bathroom cabinet – which is shared and he actually opens each day – he chooses not to see them. This is a man skill learned and passed down through generations with utter perfection. The products are there but the connection between his eyes and brain are severed when it comes to anything related to feminine hygiene. (Tip: This is where to hide your own private collection of sex toys because he’ll never see them!)

Back to challenge number two. Men can go either one of two ways when it comes to selecting tampons for their lady. If a man chooses a super-sized product, he has done so with his anatomy is mind. During the selection process, he has come to the assumption that the size of the tampon reflects how endowed he believes he is. If he can fit inside that vagina, it must need a super-sized tampon. Yes, ladies, that’s the logic!

If the man selects the regular or smaller variety, he has done so with her anatomy in mind. These products have been selected because he wants to believe her lady bits, are too small for super-sized products. The thought of his lady using super-sized tampons is a concept he just doesn’t want to envisage. Once again, male logic at work. How on earth was the wheel or electricity ever invented?

Whatever rationale he uses to make the selection; he then finds his way to the checkout. Challenge number three. Some men feel a bit awkward about this. The big question is why? Everyone knows the product isn’t for him. Not unless he’s hiding a vagina in his pants! Maybe there lies the fear?

Despite all men knowing that women bleed once a month, it’s not something the vast majority want to delve into any further. Why any man would want to become a gynecologist is a pure mystery. Maybe they have a defective male gene, assume women visiting the gynecologist aren’t menstruating or something along those lines. Remember, we are dealing with male logic and decision making, so who knows, and most of these men would say women are strange!

October 25, 2014

Recognising Premenstrual Syndrome

A staggering 85 per cent of women with a menstrual cycle have at least 1 symptom pertaining to Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) or Premenstrual Tension (PMT). This is according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. With such a high number of women experiencing some indication of PMS, it’s important to be aware of what yours are and if they are serious enough to seek medical help.

RELATED: How To Naturally Balance Your Hormones

Symptoms

Symptoms usually present 1-2 weeks prior to menstruation and may continue until the commencement of your period. Each woman is different. Symptoms can present in isolation or in combination. They may be physical, which includes the following;

  • Acne or outbreak of pimples
  • Stomach problems; such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation
  • Feeling tired and worn out
  • Headache or migraine
  • Backache
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Insomnia
  • Swollen or tender breasts
  • Appetite changes or food cravings – chocloate is popular
  • Weight fluctuations

For many women, emotional changes are common. These not only affect the individual, but can have a significant impact on their relations with others. The most common emotional symptoms include:

  • Tension, irritability, mood swings, or crying spells
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Trouble with concentration or memory

Treating symptoms

If you have identified one or more of these symptoms; treatment is available. There isn’t a one size fits all solution, so working out what assistance is best for you, is recommended. Lifestyle changes, medications and alternative therapies may be a viable solution.

Lifestyle changes

A healthy lifestyle, will not only assist PMS symptoms, but will improve your overall health and well being.

  • Exercise at least 3 times a week
  • Eat healthy and avoid salt, sugary foods, caffeine, and alcohol, particularly when experiencing symptoms
  • Try to get 8 hours of sleep each night
  • De-stress, such as gardening, yoga, meditation; whatever works
  • Throw the cigarettes away! You know they are slowly killing you

Medications

Pain relievers, reduce pain. Loads of women avoid pain meds, but the stress which pain can place on the body, can often override any health benefits of avoiding medications. It’s very much a personal choice. Some PMS associated pain is due to inflammation, cramps, headache and backache. Meds, which reduces these symptoms include ibuprofen, ketoprofen, naproxen and asprin.

Alternative therapies

Vital vitamins and minerals are lacking in many busy peoples diets. Multivitamins are a great source for all round extra protection. For combating PMS symptoms: vitamins D, B-6 and E are all effective. Folic acid, magnesium and calcium are also recommended.

What next

If you find that you’ve made some changes and your symptoms are still apparent; you will need to visit your GP. The GP, will ask you to track your symptoms. Using a simple PMS tracker will help the GP establish if you have PMS and if it’s mild, moderate or server. Only 3-8 percent of women have severe PMS; known as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). For these women, PMS is severe and disabling.

Most women will have a very mild to moderate indication of PMS. Avoid suffering in silence. Most treatment is relatively simple. So, come on ladies; what do you have to lose?

PMS Tracker: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/PMS-symptom-tracker.pdf

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October 23, 2014
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