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Golden Rule: Don’t Work Out on Day 1 (and Possibly Days 2 and 3) of Your Period!

Every other day of the month, we encourage you to get out there and exercise in some form or another, but there’s no spandex allowed on the first day of your period! It’s a workout Sabbath.

During your period, your body is hard at work— shedding the uterine lining, cleansing the reproductive system, and readying it for the next ovulatory phase.

When you add exercise on top of this built-in “workout,” you overtax the whole body/ mind/ spirit system in three basic ways:

  • Because exercise warms you up (as evidenced by your sweat), when you work out during your period, you run the risk of overheating your system. While it’s good to be warm all cycle long, there is such a thing as too warm. Flushed skin, shallow breathing, and dizziness all go along with too much heat.
  • Exercise pulls blood away from the womb— where it is currently needed most— and sends it to the limbs and heart. This could cause overall discomfort and interrupt menstrual flow. (It’s the same way digestion pulls blood away from the brain and into the belly, meaning that eating a big meal before a big test could impair your thinking.)
  • It just doesn’t feel good. There’s a reason that all you want to do on Day 1 is lie on the couch: Your body is tired from the work of menstruation. Ignoring this desire for rest overrides your intuition. It’s a subtle form of self-abuse, disconnecting body from spirit.

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10 ways to make your period easier for you

I don’t know about your gals, but periods can be a pain. Especially when it ends up showing up at wrong moments. Personally mine is not the most regulated period of all. - Which is why we should talk about a few things of what do, to help with the pain, the stress and the hormones! 

1. Drink loads of tea! 

Personally, I don’t know about you. But a lot of my friends I’ve talked to, don’t really drink tea?! Isn’t that insane? Then there’s the other half of my friends that love it. - Tea isn’t just a warm beverage to have a nice chat with friends, or to read a nice book. Or even to keep you warm. - It also has various healing properties! Rasperry Leaf Tea are known to help with period cramps, crazy huh?

Tip: Try Woman Kind tea by Pukka! 

2. Yoga

Bed rest is fantastic for periods. But sometimes a nice stretch will make you feel so much better! Another day I had a friend over and she was experiencing some pains and it had been during the last days of her period. A lot of the time. It’s good to do Yoga on your period. It helps relieve stress. Creates blood flow through the body and helps chill the cramps! 

Tip: Try looking up ten minute Yoga videos on Youtube! 

3. Cannabis 

This is more of a natural alternative version. It isn’t what everyone would pick but it certainly helps! For my gals out there with severe cramp pains who tried just about everything. Cannabis(weed) is known to be a great pain killer for migraines and cramps. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be through smoke, you can vaporize or try an edible. Like a cannabis brownie! 

Tip: Weed tea works too!

4. Take a hot bath or shower!

Sometimes a hot bath is all you need! I know there are so many myths out there saying that it is unhygienic. I have never had a problem while bathing during a period. If anything, it’s magnificent. And you’re talking to a girl who doesn’t like baths! - A nice bath will helps relax your muscles. Epsom salt baths are fantastic too. Even some nice bath bombs. - Some bubbles. - You can even read a book! Better yet place some nice candles around. Play your favourite tunes and relax! Periods are a time to pamper yourself! 

Tip: Try showering after a bath! Helps get rid of any excess soaps and overall feels great!

5. Eat healthy! 

Ease down on the junk food! Except for that chocolate! Chocolate has magnesium in it which is highly necessary during your cycle and all the blood loss that happens during a period. - Also loads of fruits and veggies are fantastic for your skin, your health and will help you feel less bloated!

Tip: Try looking up some recipes online! Oh She Glows is a perfect page for healthy eating. (Plus they have fantastic desserts!)

6.  Water

I think it’s pretty self explanatory why water is great for your period. But to break it down to you. You lose loads of blood get dehydrated faster, get cramps, feel bloated. All that can be solved with your daily water intake! And ironically, a lot of us forget to drink it!

7. Cut down on the caffeine

Me too girl, me too. - I can’t say much, cause literally just drank a cup of coffee and I’m on my period. BUT. I don’t have excruciating cramp pains. It’s very mild. Though if you’re in pain, avoiding caffeine is probably best. That includes pops/sodas with caffeine in them too! If you love coffee like me and still wouldn’t give it up for the world. Just minimize it. Be aware of your intake and don’t overdo it! 

Tip: Try drinking 1 cup a day or max 2. Make sure you minimize the sugar too!

8. Aromatherapy. 

You don’t have to be a professional in order to do this! It isn’t rocket science. - Aromatherapy is great for many things. Illnesses, migraines, stress, hormones. It can help with anything! Sometimes I have digestive problems, and aromatherapy helps big time! Same with menstrual cramps! Lavender Oil is actually very masculine. So to ease our estrogen it helps balance it out as well! 

Tip: Diffusers are a fantastic investment for cleaning the air and helping with aromatherapy! Check out; http://saje.ca 

9. Heating Pad. 

Sometimes a heating pad is your best friend. If you do all these things. Your body now needs rest! So grab a heating pad and or a heating blanket. Lay down, watch a show or just take a nap! It helps loads!

10. Relax! 

Back in the day, periods were a sacred thing. It was a time to be pampered. It was a time or relaxation and reflection. But now it’s just a regular thing, but we forget that we should feel beautiful, feel great and be pampered once in a while! Let your cycle be your saviour! After all, you queen girl! 

I Tried Free Bleeding Into Period Panties and This Is What Happened

When I heard that there was a brand of underwear called Thinx that absorbs period blood, I knew I had to try them.

Thinx sent me three pairs to try out: the Hiphugger, a low-rise and full-coverage style for heavy days; the Sport, a classic bikini style for medium days; and the Cheeky, a skimpier style for light days. As soon as I took them out of the package, I was skeptical. The panties felt too … normal. Where was the diaper-like insert? Nowhere to be found. In fact, the crotch (black, of course) was more like that of a bathing suit. Plus, they didn’t look like granny panties — they’re actually pretty cute!

Day One

I got my period while at the Seventeen.com office late in the afternoon and didn’t have my Thinx with me. Fail! Luckily, my first day is often super light. I popped on a panty liner and went about my day and wore a light-day pad to bed. The true test would have to wait until tomorrow, aka my heaviest flow day.

Day Two

Thinx leaves it up to you how you want to wear the undies. Basically, the heavy-day style holds up to two tampons worth of blood. Only you know your flow, so you can wear them as a backup to pads, tampons, or cups, or you can wear them on their own. My period can be pretty heavy on the second day (I change my pad about two to three times), so I decided to wear the Hiphuggers with a light pad as backup.

A few hours into the day, I decided to go all in and removed the pad. I was nervous AF, but I was wearing black pants; I figured the worst that could happen would be I leak a little. But guess what? NO LEAKS, which is crazy because you still feel the blood coming out of you, you just don’t see it anywhere.

The crotch wasn’t wet at all, and it didn’t feel full or saggy.

Right before bed, I followed the directions and rinsed out my Thinx undies. Weirdly, blood didn’t come rushing out like I was expecting. The water was a little darker, sure, but nothing too intense. I hand-washed with Woolite and cold water, hung them to dry, and cried aloud, “WHERE DID ALL OF THE BLOOD GO? WHERE?”

The skies didn’t answer, so I did a little research: There are four super-thin micro-layers at work to absorb the blood. Thinx’s fancy technology makes them not only leak-resistant, but also moisture-wicking and antimicrobial. You feel dry because the top of the four layers quickly wicks away liquid into the absorption pad layer underneath.

Still, I had days to go and only two dry pairs, so I went to bed in regular underwear with a pad. This is where it gets a little tricky: You definitely need a collection of Thinx if you want to wear them every day like I did, because there’s the daytime, the nighttime, and the rinsing in between to think about.

Day Three

I had planned on wearing the same Hiphugger pair because my day three flow is still pretty heavy, but they weren’t dry yet, so I opted for the Sport style. This was the Saturday before Easter, and I was traveling to see my family in Philadelphia by train. There was no option to change my clothes for hours so I crossed my fingers that the panties would hold up on a day when I usually go through one to two pads. And they did. Completely! By the time I got to my grandmother’s house a few hours later, I still felt totally dry. I actually forgot that I had my period for a few minutes. Crazy!

There was a bit of an icky moment though. You know how not everything that comes out of you is totally liquid? It’s normal to have some clots that come out, which is why blood sometimes looks clumpy. There was a small amount of that on the crotch of my underwear so I just wiped it off with toilet paper. Problem solved.

I actually felt like I could wear this pair to bed because they felt so clean, but … couldn’t. Instead, I washed them, hung them up to dry, and went to bed wearing my third pair, the Cheeky. I don’t bleed much at night, but if I did, I would’ve just added a pad.

Day Four

This is my medium-to-light day, so you’d think I’d be super confident by now, waking up and sticking with my Cheeky pair. But it was Easter, and I was wearing a pastel-blue dress without tights to brunch with 20 of my family members and about 100 strangers. There could be no leaks! I went to the bathroom to check on them more I had on heavier days and was leak-free each time.

That night, I went commando to bed. Call me a risk taker, but like I said, I don’t bleed much overnight, especially on day four.

Day Five

I was out of underwear so I wore the Hiphuggers again. Though this was my lightest day, I didn’t mind wearing them at all because they’re so undiaper-y. My train ride back to NYC was a total success!

Final Thoughts

I’m officially Thinx-obsessed. They just worked for me. I didn’t have to stress about having supplies with me or worry that I’d kept a tampon in for too long. I really only thought about my period in the morning and before bed, and not much else during the day. I also felt less wasteful because I wasn’t throwing out pads and tampons. Yay, environment!

The undies made me feel more confident too. I’m usually wearing loose clothes on heavy days since I’m worried you can see the line of a pad. But I felt great in my tight pants and spring dress. Yes, $34 is a lot for a pair of underwear, but it’s worth it to me because it makes my period so much less of a hassle. I’ll be buying the thong and high-waisted styles for sure. Having your period is not fun for anyone, so #TreatYourself, right?

by Seventeen

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Know Your Options: The Best Choices for Your Period

Any woman with a menstrual cycle has heard of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Information about the dangerous condition is listed within the packaging of every box of tampons and warned against in puberty talks from the school nurse.

Although cases of TSS have been on the rise in the U.S. (5k-10k cases annually, as common as Lyme disease),1 the illness remains low on the list of health risks for women, despite incidences of death. To reduce your risk of TSS, use tampons made of organic and unbleached cotton (these have no known cases of TSS), such as those from brands like Maxim HygieneNatracarePuristics, and Seventh Generation, which avoid the use of synthetic materials–materials proven to harbor an environment for TSS-1 toxin production.2

If you want to choose the safest option for both you and the environment, you’ll ditch tradition and fall in love with a menstrual cup. A menstrual cup is a small, bell-shaped cup that is generally made from medical grade silicone and used internally like a tampon.

Menstrual cups have no known instances of TSS, as they catch menstrual flow instead of absorbing it. Menstrual cups are reusable, and, with care, can be used up to 10 years.Your immediate reaction might be, “Oh, heck no! I’m eco-friendly, but not THAT eco-friendly!” After the initial concept sinks in, you’ll want to take some time to read reviews online. Many women rave about menstrual cups, and it might be just enough to give you the courage to try one. Be sure to keep in mind that there is a slight learning curve, so practice while not on your period to get the hang of it and go into your next cycle with confidence.

Using a menstrual cup means no toxic chemicals and no micro-abrasions (caused by the tampons fibers) to the vaginal walls. As an added bonus, most women find that they need to change their cups only once every twelve hours, making it perfect for an active lifestyle. Cups can be worn while sleeping, swimming, exercising, or during any other activity involving a wide-range of motion (chasing a toddler, anyone?). Consider a cup from well-known brands like Diva Cup,Lunette or MCUK.

Just not for you? You may want to consider cloth pads, or “mama cloth,” as they can be known. Gone are the days of pads chaffing your thighs. Cloth pads are soft, they work great. A number of online retailers exist (Try Homestead Emporium or Lunapads, for instance) or you can make your own. Another product on the market is underwear made specifically for your period, like these breathable versions from Sexy Period.

Investing in reusable menstrual products is a great way to ensure that you are practicing safe feminine hygiene while also minimizing waste.

You can find more information on this topic, including some FAQs, at The Eco-Friendly Family website.

Yoga poses designed just for menstruating women

Sure, I can do a strong practice anytime I like, but I have to say, I love to treat myself to a menstrual sequence at that time of the month.

A truly restorative menstrual practice allows me to feel nurtured and supported and, by the end of it, more focused and energized. What’s not to love?

A moon-time practice includes all kinds of poses— mostly restorative— but what sets it apart is the focus you bring to it: an opportunity to listen deeply, relax completely, and allow your body to work its apana magic.

  • Choose poses that create space between your rib cage and your abdomen. Pay particular attention to your breathing.
  • Leave the standing pose sequences until you have more strength and energy.
  • If your belly feels tight, breathe into that space, softening and releasing. If your chest is constricted, direct your breath there. If you have cramps, allow your breath to flow all the way into your uterus, releasing and relaxing your entire body.
  • A menstrual practice allows you to open the pelvic area, bring space to your abdomen and reproductive organs, and even has a bit of a drying effect on your uterus.
  • Create a practice that will make you feel like a princess— cared for and pampered.

via Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle

Wise Woman Yoga (after heavy bleeding)

1. Wide-Knee Child’s Pose (Salamba Balasana) — Hold for 3 minutes

What it does: This pose releases lower back tension and helps to calm the nervous system,

2. Upright Bound Angle (Baddha Konasana) — Hold for 3 minutes

What it does: This pose stretches the hips, bringing increased blood flow to the pelvic area.

3. Seated Spinal Twist (Marichyasana III) — Hold for 3 minutes each side

What it does: This pose stretches the lower back as well as relieves abdominal congestion.

4. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana) — Hold for 3 minutes

What it does: This pose stretches the lower back and the hamstrings.

5. Seated Head to Knee (Janu Sirsasana) — Hold for 3 minutes each side

What it does: This pose stretches the hamstrings and releases tension in the lower back.

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“There’s something about not having a period that makes you feel less like a woman and a little bit alienated from your female friends. ”

I have never related to anything less. The whole period, moon cycle cis goddess womanhood thing honestly makes me laugh. I mean, good for you if you like menstruating, but it’s so foreign a concept to me that it gives me the lols.