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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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Our menstrual cycle isn’t designed to be miserable. Periods should be without incident every 28 days without fail, shutting off by day 5, lasting no longer than 6 days, with a peak at day three, with a light to moderate flow. If this isn’t happening to you, then your estrogen is too low and you need to get it up and cycled properly.

PMS, PMDD, PCOS, and Endometriosis are all estrogen deficiency diseases and will go away once the estrogen deficiency issue is addressed. If your practitioner keeps telling you it’s “normal” and prescribes you something to treat the symptoms, find another practitioner who will take this seriously.

PMS, PMDD, PCOS, and Endometriosis may be normal but they don’t have to be.

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La experiencia del ciclo menstrual y su paralelismo con el ciclo lunar hizo surgir los primeros conceptos de la medida y del tiempo. Desde el comienzo de la humanidad el cuerpo y su interacción con lo que le rodeaba fue la unidad de medida básica: así, el largo de un pie sobre la tierra, por ejemplo, o la cantidad de suelo cubierto por un paso se transformaron en instrumentos para medir distancias. De los conceptos de secuencia y medida se originó la división del tiempo y los primeros relojes y calendarios. […]
El concepto de unión entre la mujer y su menstruación, la luna, las medidas y la sabiduría se refleja en muchas de las culturas que se han desarrollado en el mundo y en varios idiomas; en latín, por ejemplo, se utiliza la misma palabra para los términos mes y luna, y de ese vocablo deriva menstruación. Estas ideas encuentran su expresión en el amplio abanico de actividades que conforman los cimientos de la civilización: la agricultura, la organización social, las artes y los trabajos manuales, el comercio, el aprendizaje, las profecías y la religión. Muchas de las imágenes y mitologías que han sobrevivido y hacen referencia a las diosas primitivas las describen enseñando estas habilidades a la humanidad; partiendo de esta base, la menstruación no era una «maldición» que recaía sobre la mujer, sino un don a partir del cual se originaba la estructura y la variedad de la cultura humana, y entonces la imagen de la luna como reflejo del ciclo femenino se transformó en un símbolo de sus energías creativas.
La sincronicidad entre el ciclo femenino y el de la luna también revelaba la conexión entre la mujer y lo divino: durante su ciclo la mujer albergaba el misterio de la vida dentro de su cuerpo y podía generar vida y asegurar el futuro de su pueblo, lo que equivale a decir que cada mujer poseía los poderes propios del universo: dar vida, sustentar y crear. […]
En la antigüedad se consideraba que el ciclo menstrual del útero femenino era un periodo de vida y fertilidad durante la ovulación, y de muerte e infertilidad en la menstruación, y que reflejaba las fases de la luna y las estaciones del año. Este misterio está presente en varias mitologías en la imagen de un recipiente mágico o transformador: en las leyendas del Grial es una copa o cáliz; en la antigua mitología celta un caldero, y en los textos alquímicos, un matraz o alambique. Cada uno de ellos brindaba abundancia, fertilidad, transformación, inspiración espiritual e iniciación.
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Miranda Gray, libro Luna Roja

The Moon + your Cycle

Originally posted by assindeto-de-outono

Well I feel that the moon’s influence on the cycle is quiet clear and noticeable, and many women if not all, feel differences between having their period on the New Moon and having it on the Full Moon. 

Feels like the pull of the Full Moon makes menstruation heavier and more intense, but also the energy is different, there is less tiredness and more passion.

For me, the New Moon is lighter, but I feel less energy and I feel more introspection. Opposed to the Full moon where I feel energized by the blood, by the whole process.

by cityofpoetry


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I change my foods depending where I am in my menstrual cycle

I am conscious of the four distinct phases of my menstrual cycle in relation to food – Menstrual, Follicular, Ovulation and Luteal.

I believe that I am a cyclic being, so my food choices need to reflect this and change according to my body’s needs in each of the four distinct phases of my menstrual cycle.

When I repeat the mantra ‘what does my body need now?’ ‘What does my body need now?’ I tap into the wisdom of my body and listen to it.

Whenever, I don’t do this, I don’t feel vibrant, balanced nor grounded. I feel sluggish and foggy. If I don’t eat the right foods I have to correct the acidity in my body to an alkaline state. It’s a fragile balance that I am acutely conscious of that takes trial and error.

To go further, the next question I ask is ‘how does this food feel in my body?’ I watch out for symptoms such as brain fog, feeling way too full, going to the toilet straight after eating, feeling way to high like I’m on drugs (comes from sugar and coffee) or feeling dehydrated. I have found that I have been emotionally attached to food and the experience of eating. I believe that this stems from conditioning as a child, wonderful memories I have had with food and from the culture I live in. Once I become aware of a particular food hurting my body I have to be strong to cut it out. It takes a lot of strength because the taste, the emotions and the experience that comes with it can sometimes overshadow you not cutting it out. Examples of foods that don’t work in my body are sugary breakfasts, alcohol, coffee, tea after 12pm and desserts after dinner.

Once I had the definitions of these phases – Menstrual, Follicular, Ovulation and Luteal, I learnt more about the foods relationship to these phases but more importantly what my body was telling me with the knowledge of the phase I’m in.

For example, I hold off eating any chocolate (or any sweets as best I can) in my Follicular and Ovulation phases and leave it to my Luteal phase as this is where my emotional body lies. When I get to Luteal my emotions sometimes need to be satisfied by homemade rocky road so I don’t beat myself up about it. I also use this phase to eat raw ice-cream if I have a craving or raw milk cacao/maca hot chocolate if my body tells me I need it.

See sample Luteal Phase eating plan here!

In my Follicular and Ovulation phases, I know that my body doesn’t need as much nutrient-dense meals such as red meat so I concentrate on raw, salads, vegetarian, seafood, Asian and then some chicken dinners thrown in. I also only need light snacks during this phase because I understand that my body doesn’t need a lot of food here. When I am moving from Ovulation to Luteal, I do find that my body may need natural greek yoghurt which also helps in balancing the bacteria in my gut.

See sample Follicular Phase eating plan here!

See sample Ovulation Phase eating plan here!

In my Luteal phase, this is where I need to feel grounded and nourished. I eat a lot of Asian meals in my Follicular and Ovulation phases but these meals are not grounding for me in my Luteal phase. In my Luteal phase I need more grounding foods. For example, potato for me is rooted in the earth and very grounding. Beef and lamb are solid nutrient dense foods that grounds and comforts me. The foods that ground me, nourish me and satisfy my emotional body are spaghetti bolognese, mashed potato and crumbed lamb cutlets, steak burger and chips etc.

When I am starting to move into my Menstrual phase, I have done all the work in satisfying my emotionally body that I don’t need to concentrate on such heavy and comforting foods. I do still make sure I’m eating red meat and chicken in this phase to replace the iron lost from my bleeding but these meals now move again into Asian style meals such as sukiyaki, chicken and vegetable bone broth soup, vietnamese pho, ramen soup, japanese chicken curry, Sri Lankan curry and rice plate etc. 

See sample Menstrual Phase eating plan here!

I have found the formula of eating that works for my body according to the four phases of my menstrual cycle. I don’t overeat and I don’t binge or emotionally eat. I do accept that my body needs to eat meat to stay grounded and satisfied but have found the correct portion size where it is satisfied but only 80% full. I try and buy the best locally sourced meat, dairy and fruit and vegetable products as I can.

I write your cycle, your food to see my thoughts on text and it is just for me and my own body’s experience and if it does help somebody else that’s fantastic!

If there is any leadership here I would lead  you back to your own body as the ultimate source of wisdom.

by andi xoxo
@yourcycleyourfood


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What you need to know about blood clots + family history going on the pill #followerstory

Alrighty so this all happened during 2015, before my senior year of high school. 

My period was EXTREMELY irregular, as in 3 months no flow, then a whole month of non-stop visit. 

A rather simple solution was to get onto birth control pills because of the side effect of regularity. 

My mom had no problems with it so I was in the clear. 

I get on the pill and have a great time. Regular cycle, weight loss, clearer skin, just felt happy and healthy. 

Fast forward about 6 months. 

I’m outside cleaning my rabbit cages and get out of breath frequently and have to go inside to the air conditioner like every 5 minutes. 

A 20 minute job turned into an hour and a half. (Mind you, I live in Texas and heat + humidity is no joke). 

Don’t think much of it, probably just an off day. 

A week later we go on a 2 week trip to the beach that had been planned for a while.

Everything is fine and dandy until I start having bad symptoms. 

Out of breathe, can’t take deep breathes without pain, pain in back and butt/thigh area, almost passing out from lack of oxygen, sleeping/laying down a lot, heart rate 160 while resting, blood pressure at 200/140, etc. 

Can’t even walk up 10 tiny steps without almost blacking out. 

At this point some of you may already know what’s going on, I did not. 

I was terrified. 

Anyway, I get through the trip without passing out or anything. 

The symptoms have faded and im not to worried about it anymore. 

Fast forward a week. 

We are watching the new King Tut series starring Avan Jogia when I start feeling a pain that felt like my sciatic nerve.

Over an hour I can FEEL the pain growing and elongating down my butt and up. 

We have a long running history in our family of such problems so we gloss over it and I get some pain pills we have lying around. 

Over the next few days the pain actively gets worse and worse. 

It’s to the point where I don’t even want to walk. 

Finally I decide it’s time to go to the doctor and see what the hell is going on with my nerve; at this point it should have subsided. 

The next day My mom and I walk into the clinic. 

Actually, it’s more like she walked and I hobbled while leaning on her. 

I couldn’t walk whatsoever. I was wearing short shorts and a t shirt, but I was sweating profusely. My shirt and hair were soaked with sweat. 

By the time they take my vitals I am pretty much bawling at the pain. 

We sit in the room waiting for the Dr when I feel the sensation of my leg going cold. I look down, and lo and behold, My leg is purple. 

I stand up and sit down trying to see what happens. 

When I’m up, color returns, when I sit, purple. 

The Dr walks in and IMMEDIATELY knows somethings up. 

I show her my leg, tell her all the symptoms I’ve had over the past month or two. 

She asks me to sit on the table so she can check out my leg. 

They both had to support me over to it. 

As soon as I finally get up, I feel like things are getting milky in my head. 

Tunnel vision/red and black dots, cotton in my ears, and I feel my equilibrium thrown off. 

As im falling to the side, I say “Im going to faint”. 

Things get hazy after that but the Dr lays me down and I come back to my senses slightly. 

She calls the hospital and talks to a specialist. The other Dr says I need to get to the hospital ER immediately. 

Everyone at this point knows what’s going on accept for me. 

My mom calls a family friend and we get driven to the ER. 

We are met at the door and get vitals rechecked, everything. 

Also I should mention that my heart rate was ridiculously high as well as my blood pressure. 

We wait until the Dr comes in and let’s us know what will be happening.

I have to get an ultrasound of my leg. 

If you’ve never had an ultrasound, they put a lot of pressure on wherever they are checking to see what’s going on. 

It was excruciating how hard she would press on my leg, and when I would think she was done, she wasn’t. 

Finally I’m let out and we are waiting for results. 

I get IVs in my arm for fluids and what not since they figured I would have a longer stay. 

In the end, it turns out that I had a 15 inch long blood clot in my abdominal and femoral artery. A DVT. 

They rush me to get checked in and to see specialists and bla bla…this is ridiculously long already so I’m gonna condense the rest. 

I am placed into the ICU and am pumped full of blood thinners, such as TPA and heparin. 

At the same time. They get me onto the table and go into my leg to scrape out the blood clot as much as possible. 

They take me out and within a time frame of 4 hours after the “surgery” I had no thinners in my system. 

No-one believed me when I told them I was still in pain until I told my mom that I would rather be dead. 

Finally they did another ultrasound, and lucky me, I had a NEW clot. 18 inches long this time. 

The Drs were baffled. 

My family was in tears. 

I was crying. 

They stuck me back in that table and went back to work. 

I was in the hospital for 2 weeks. 

I had CT scans, ultrasounds, xrays, needles upon needles upon needles stuck into me. 

I had a quarter size clot in my lung, as well as some others. 

To get to the lung, the clot had to pass through my heart. 

I was black and purple and blue up and down my arms. 

I lost 20 lbs while laying down basically 24/7 cuz I was not eating. 

I saw people come and go, was passed nurse to nurse and had 10 doctors checking on me. 

Later on I found out that my dad’s side of the family have a blood clotting factor called Prothrombin Factor 2, which was a large contributing factor that mixed with the pills to cause the clot. 

People in the rooms beside me were dying. I was sure I would be the next. 

But thanks to my being young, and the doctors and nurses and their medicines, I was able to go to My first day of senior year, while still learning how to walk and have mobility in my leg again. T

he fact that I am alive and without any problems other than feeling when the weather or pressure change is incredible. 

Honestly, it is a miracle. I could go on and on with this story but then it would be redundant and ridiculously long. 

But, The one good thing that came out of it is my period is now regular 😌.

TL;DR: Went on birth control, lots of symptoms, had 15 inch blood clot, later reclotted to 18 inches, hospital 2 weeks, nearly died pretty much every day for a month and a half. Turns out I had Prothrombin Factor 2

Moral of the story: ALWAYS know your family history before going on any type of medicine, especially the pill. ALWAYS.

by @germex


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Ayurvedic Advice for a Happy Menstruation

Ayurveda says that bleeding every month gives us a distinct advantage over men, and it’s probably why we live longer than they do. It sounds weird, I know, but that’s because Ayurveda believes that your monthly is much more than a way to shed the ol’ uterine lining.

Think of it as a built-in detox cleanse that you get to do every 25 to 35 days, one in which all the toxins— the sticky, icky stuff Ayurveda calls ama— that have accumulated during the month get a free ride out. These toxins can come from anything your body hasn’t digested— bad food, stress at work or at home, even any emotions you’ve shoved down.

Of course, if you’ve taken good care of yourself all month long, your body should have a pretty easy time self-cleansing. But if you’ve pigged out on junk food, hit the Red Bull a little too hard, functioned with barely any sleep, skipped out on your usual yoga classes, or failed to deal with hurt or angry feelings that cropped up, guess what? It’ll be a drag later on in the month.

Add these if they speak to you!

1. Focus on your breath on Day 1

While you’re taking it easy on the first day of your period, your body is working really hard to move the menstrual blood (and all the toxins it finds) down and out.

You can help it along by focusing on soothing, conscious breaths, with a special emphasis on the exhale.

This type of breathing will encourage what yogis call the apana vayu— the downward-moving wind energy. Apana vayu (a type of prana, or life force) not only governs menstruation and digestion, but it also allows us to let go of what no longer serves us— destructive thoughts or negative emotions.

2. Be selfish

The first day or two should be a time for reflection. This is a perfect opportunity to do a loving-kindness toward yourself, your family, and your friends. It can really help dislodge you from the poor-me attitude your cycle has unleashed.

Focusing on your basic goodness— after all, you’re beautiful just the way you are— turn it inward and then toward the people you love (even if you’re not feeling all that loving toward them right now!).

Here’s how:

Sit down comfortably either on a cushion or in a chair. Close your eyes and allow your breath to find its natural rhythm. And then turn your attention to the area around your heart.

Breathing in and out of your heart space, repeat the following several times to yourself:

Loving-Kindness Meditation:

May I be happy.
May I be healthy.
May I be free from harm.

And now visualize someone in your family, and repeat

May s/ he be happy,
May s/ he be healthy,
May s/ he be free from harm.

Repeat the same meditation/ prayer with one of your close friends in your heart.

3. Give yourself an Ayurvedic massage

Begin your massage with a loving attitude— toward your body and your mind— and focus your awareness on the task at hand.

Warm some sesame, almond, or coconut oil and massage a thin coating over your whole body.

Use long strokes on your arms and legs— moving from the tips of the toes and fingers in toward the body— and circular movements on your joints.

Let the oil soak in and then shower in warm water. No need for soap. If you want to feel even more luxurious and rejuvenated, massage some of the warm oil into your scalp, onto your forehead and temples, and the soles of your feet just before bed. Throw on a pair of cotton socks and call it a night.

via Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle


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