menstrual cycle

anonymous asked:

to birth control anon: wanted to echo that it's very individual about finding a method that works for you. When you go to see your gyno make sure they understand that You Don't Want to Bleed Anymore. And most of all be patient! I tried three other methods before I found the Depo shot, and I'm so glad I did, because I haven't had my period in over a year! It's awesome :)

good thought! yes trial an error is definitely a thing.  some people have great results on one thing that another person had terrible results on.  
I maybe wasn’t super positive in my post, i just wanted to be clear because lots of people write in wanting something that Stops Periods, period, or write in complaining that they started This One Med and now they have spotting or irregular bleeding which is Very Normal on TOM, that most of the meds that “stop periods” also cause spotting or abnormal bleeding on their way to stopping them (you just have to keep using them for a long time before you get to that phase).  
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Moon Signs & Menstrual Cycles

Since the moon is so closely linked with femininity and fertility and some women can even calculate their next period by the cycle of the moon, I decided I’d look into how the moon’s sign and house can affect a woman’s period. I tested it on myself and some friends and so far, it seems pretty accurate. Let’s see what you all think :)

*Check your moon sign/moon house, stellium, and dominant sign*

Aries/1st: break outs, migraines, heavy flow, enhanced irritability, might lash out on anyone and everyone, most likely to be asked “are you on your period?” (bc emotions are so easily seen)

Taurus / 2nd: indulgence in comforts, increased appetite, notices every little flaw about self, bubble baths and face masks help to soothe them

Gemini / 3rd: moodiness, unpredictable start date and end date, becomes less talkative, changeable flows, increased restlessness

Cancer / 4th: just wants to stay home, extremely emotional, increased everything, may have problems with reproductive organs, tender breasts, stomach bloat

Leo / 5th: becomes dramatic and needy, demands to be pampered, easily provoked, creative outlets may soothe them

Virgo / 6th: flu-like symptoms, increased anxiety and tension, cannot function normally at work/school, painful cramps and muscle aches

Libra / 7th: becomes socially distant but also really needy, leans on partner or close friends for support, unbalanced emotions, complains about symptoms, indulges in foods and luxuries

Scorpio / 8th: intense pains and flows, increased emotional sensitivity, wants to be alone, may have problems with reproductive organs or cycles (especially if the moon has negative aspects)

Sagittarius / 9th: definitely NEEDS their space and free time, becomes argumentative and hot-headed, is more blunt and outspoken than usual, traveling and reading may soothe them

Capricorn / 10th: depression and pessimism is likely, withdraws from everyone, continues to act like everything is fine, is more stressed and overworked than usual

Aquarius / 11th: erratic cycles, unpredictable flows, on edge and anxious, extreme mood swings, insomnia, cannot relax

Pisces / 12th: becomes lazy and emotional, constantly fears symptoms mean something bad, constantly thinks they may be leaking, crying spells, sensitivity, weird/vivid dreams

Ok so

I have a disease where my body produces cells that grow in the wrong place. They grow on my bowels and intestines. This causes severe pain, chronic fatigue, dizziness and lightheartedness, infertility, hormonal issues, and other symptoms that impact my life on a daily basis. 

In just that context it sounds serious.

But when I give it condition its proper name–endometriosis–people roll their eyes. People say “oh it’s just a period, everyone with a uterus has to deal with periods, periods suck, toughen up.” People insult me when I say I can’t get out of bed I can’t stand up or keep food down or function. 

Endometriosis is serious. It’s debilitating. It’s not just “a bad period.” Please don’t make people with endometriosis feel like they have to justify their symptoms. Please understand the awful reality of this condition 

Do you think Jaal would be at all concerned about the menstrual cycle


Jaal: So you bleed for a week every month, for no reason????

Ryder: Oh there’s a reason, our bodies prepare for the stress of carrying a child and then when one isn’t made it sheds everything and starts over, eventually until you have a kid, or die.

Jaal: *concerned silent staring*

Tips for when you're on your period and everything is awful

If you have periods, you know the struggle. You feel gross. You feel dirty. You feel crabby and sad and like the whole world is awful. Here are a few ways that I combat my PMS-induced blues.

• take a shower. I know it’s a lot of work, but honestly, it helps so much to get rid of that gross, dirty feeling.

• if you can and like to, shave your legs. You’ll feel like a goddess, and that helps, trust me.

• put on some awesome-smelling body lotion. You already look like a goddess, so now its time to smell like one. This can also help if you’re feeling self-conscious about that period smell (which no one else can smell, just btw. No one walks past you and says “ew that girl smells like period”, especially if you’re keeping yourself as clean as possible down there - eg changing your pad/tampon/etc as needed, making sure to wipe really well, etc.)

• if you can’t handle the process of taking a shower, at least wash and moisturize your face. Not only will it help to calm the menstrual breakout that a lot of us get, but you will also feel clean and rejuvenated.

• HEATING PADS/HOT WATER BOTTLES ARE MAN’S GREATEST INVENTION. If you need to leave the house (i.e. to go to work, run errands, etc), you can use one of those stick-on heating wraps they carry at most drug stores for joint and muscle pain, and it will hide nicely under your clothes and keep some heavenly heat on your muscles down there. However, BE VERY CAREFUL if you use one of those. The skin on your lower abdomen is very thin and sensitive, so make sure you don’t stick the wrap too low and don’t leave it on for too long. Also, don’t cover it too tightly with clothing - wear something loose if possible. If it starts to feel too hot or painful, TAKE IT OFF IMMEDIATELY.

• GET YASELF DRESSED. Wear something that makes you feel sexy and confident. It sounds like the worst thing ever, but getting dressed and looking like a million bucks helps my psyche soooo much when I’m on my period and miserable. Of course, sometimes you need a day where you never take off your pjs, and that’s okay too. But if you’re down in the dumps and feel ugly and gross, prove yourself wrong by getting dolled up and sexy as hell, even if you aren’t leaving the house. SLAY, QUEEN. YOU’RE A DAMN GODDESS.

• if you have stuff to do, DO IT. Some people have very severe menstrual symptoms, and in those cases you may not be physically able to move. That’s okay. You take your time and don’t you dare feel guilty about it. But if you at all can, at least /try/ to do some of the things you had planned. Don’t let Aunt Flo stop you. Moving on with my day as much as possible helps me to feel empowered and honestly just better about myself, even if physically I’m not feeling great. It helps me feel more in control, rather than being controlled by my period.

Please feel free to add to this list if anyone has any tips or suggestions to make periods less awful based on their own experience; these are just the things that help me. Good luck, warrior queens. Go forth and slay.

So I wanted to share my latest morning ritual because it has helped A LOT. I have very painful cycles where I cramp the ENTIRE cycle and my cycle lasts 7-8 days. Yup, 7-8. Anyways, my pain is so bad that I’ve gone to the hospital several times, and I would stay home from school (as a teen) or classes (in college) because I just couldn’t function. As an adult, it’s a little bit trickier to miss work, so I’ve been tinkering with remedies and of course, raspberry tea has saved my life in the pain department.

Anyways, I started back with drinking green smoothies for breakfast in place of having coffee and a breakfast sandwich, and I’ve really seen a difference. The biggest change for pain relief though, has come from me substituting brewed raspberry tea in place of my spring water when I make my smoothies. Raspberries and cherries really help alleviate cramps, at least mine, anyways, so I thought, why not combine my tea with my smoothie?

Here’s the recipe:

Add a handful of spinach + brewed, cooled raspberry tea.

I use the Alvita raspberry leaf tea brand. Their teas are all organic and taste good.

Blend that together first. Blending the greens first helps to make your green smoothies actually smooth so you’re not finding chunks of spinach or kale, etc. when you’re drinking.

Next, add any supplement–I switch between organic flax seed powder and organic hemp powder (hemp helps with your cycle too, btw). Sometimes I throw chia seeds in at the end. For this particular recipe, I used flax.

Then add your fruit and sweetener. I started using agave nectar this week and it tastes good. Not overpowering, but sweet. And it doesn’t give me that sugar high/crash like white sugar tends to do. I actually tried agave nectar before and thought it was disgusting so I think it’s the particular brand I’m using now that I like (Madhava organic light blue agave).

The fruit I used was all frozen: cherries, dark cherries, blueberries, and strawberries.

Note: the raspberry tea tends to make the mixture more of a “juice” consistency, so add ice if you want it to actually be a smoothie. I added like 5-6 ice cubes.

Trust me when I say this helps. My pain level has been between a 3-5 this week. Typically, I’m at an 8 or 9. And again, I typically feel that intense type of pain for the entire 7-8 days I have my cycle, so having any type of relief is so astonishingly awesome! The pain isn’t completely gone, but it’s significantly less and for that, I’m thankful.

I just finished reading this book called Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation, which covers its cultural history and how it links to modern issues of women’s health and the femcare industry. 

Here are some of the things I’ve learned:

- The practice of bloodletting was inspired by menstruation. Since ancient times, many men believed that a woman’s menstrual flow rid her body of diseased blood, so male doctors thought that bleeding a sick patient could do the same and function as a cure. Bloodletting continued well into the 19th century even though patients often bled to death. 

- I already knew about the history of hysteria and the prescribed “treatment” of manual clitoral stimulation by a doctor, and I also knew that PMS is not a legitimate medical condition. But I didn’t realise to what extent the myths about “hysterical” women have carried on up to today. Women’s health websites list more than 150 symptoms for PMS, and some of them contradict each other. Both compulsive eating and eating disorders, both excessive sleeping and insomnia, both oily skin and dry skin, both increased sex drive and lack of sex drive, and both increased and decreased productivity are considered symptoms of PMS. There is no diagnostic test to objectively determine whether a woman is suffering from PMS; it is mostly self-reported. Yes, cramps, bloating, fatigue, changes in mood, etc. are real experiences that many women have, but all that is just as normal as variability in experiences of menstruation. What’s more, PMS is socially constructed by Westerners. Outside of Western cultures, women conceptualise their experiences of menstruation differently. 

- When the femcare industry first introduced modern tampons to the market, they were not well received; in fact, it was something of a scandal. People were horrified at the thought of girls putting objects inside of their vaginas and becoming sexually aroused. Some people even believed that inserting a tampon for the first time would tear a girl’s hymen and make her lose her virginity. To reduce the backlash, tampon companies made sure to target their ads to married women. This myth has persisted so long that to this day, tampon companies include assurances in their website FAQ sections that virgin girls will not stop being virgins when they use tampons, and that it is quite rare for a girl to tear her hymen after first-time tampon insertion. 

- Pad companies took advantage of the ignorance to market pads as more appropriate and comfortable for girls. The tampon companies got their revenge by marketing tampons as more convenient (you can flush them down the toilet instead of wrapping them up and throwing them away) and more hygienic. Tampax ads informed women that pads collecting blood in your sweaty underwear would reek, and this problem could be fixed by buying tampons, which would eliminate odor because they are worn internally. This launched an aggressive competition between pad and tampon companies to sell the most fragrant vaginal sprays, deodorants, “feminine wipes,” and scented menstrual products. Both pad and tampon companies have made huge profits from convincing girls and women that they emit such bad odors during their periods that it can be smelled by everyone around them. Ads for “feminine hygiene” in the 1940s and 50s showed heartbroken women wondering why their husbands had turned cold and could not bear to be around them. 

- There are cultures around the world in Australia, South America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands that practice a coming-of-age custom in which an adolescent boy makes a cut along the length of his penis and slits his urethra so his body can mimic menstruation. (Honestly, how did Freud’s theories about penis envy ever get accepted when men have been out there mutilating themselves due to their vulva/womb envy? Lmao.) 

- Vicarious menstruation is an extremely rare condition in which a woman bleeds from a part of her body that is not the uterus (nose, mouth, eyes, hands, breasts, lungs, etc.) at the time of month when she should be having a menstrual period. (This is different from hematidrosis, another rare condition in which a person sweats blood.) In a woman experiencing vicarious menstruation, the high estrogen levels in the blood can affect the mucous membranes in another body part so that they burst and bleed. The book explains surgical error as one cause of vicarious menstruation: “During common procedures like cesarean section, fibroid removal, or episiotomy, tiny shards from the uterine lining can be inadvertently implanted in the incision. Instead of peacefully dying, these bits of living tissue, pieces from one’s own uterus, can on occasion settle down in their new home and even flourish. Next thing you know, they’re acting as if it’s business as usual, continuing to menstruate each month.” (It sounded so bizarre to me too, I had to google it to affirm that it was real.) 


How An Underwear Brand Is Trying To Change The Conversation About Periods

Period stories have traditionally been relegated to the “most embarrassing moment” section of teen magazines. Now, a women’s performance underwear brand is trying to change that.

Dear Kate’s “First Time” video, directed by Process Media’s Mary Harron, includes short interviews with over 20 women about the first time they got their periods. 

Watch the full video for stories that don’t shroud periods in shame or the “ick” factor, but has anecdotes that are funny, honest and varied.