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Swimming On Your Period (With A Menstrual Cup)

No doubt you will have heard that swimming on your period is unsafe, dirty, or simply not possible. Remember, these myths hold no water. Swimming is perfectly safe, and even recommended, at any point of your cycle.  Gentle exercise (such as yoga, jogging, and yes - swimming!) is particularly good for reducing menstrual cramps. Read: Yoga Poses To Practice During Your Period Back in 2016, Olympian athlete, Fu Yuanhui, was televised candidly discussing her menstrual cycle. In response to the interviewers question asking whether she was suffering from stomach pains and the effect it had on her performance, the swimming superstar replied, “It’s because my period came yesterday, so I felt particularly tired – but this isn’t an excuse, I...

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Period Sex: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

There’s already far too much stigma surrounding menstruation that it would be disingenuous of me to add more fuel to the fire. Heck, period sex is amazing and it’s worth at least trying out at least once in your life.* *You may find that once you give it a try, you won’t want to stop! After all, life’s too short to not have sex for 7 days a month just because you’re a little bloody. The Ugly Extra Preparation May Be Required Fine, it can get messy. But you know, regular sex is quite messy, too (sweat, saliva, semen, am I right?!) You can either pop a towel down, use old sheets, or try having shower sex to keep it...

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How To Recycle Your Old Menstrual Cup

So, you’ve already made the switch from single-use tampons and pads to reusable menstrual cups. Congratulations! Most cup users switch because they’re more convenient, more cost effective, and better for your body. For some menstruators, the switch to a Zero Cup was easy: trading disposable menstrual products for a sustainable menstrual cup equates to a fully zero waste period. There are a number of reasons why you’d stop using a menstrual cup, such as period-stopping birth control, pregnancy, medications, or menopause. What To Do With Your Menstrual Cup Once You Stop Using It? If you’ve decided that it’s time for you and your menstrual cup to part ways, know there are many options available to you on what to do...

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Natural Remedies To Soothe Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) are an unpleasant but extremely common symptom of menstruation. For the majority, period pain causes discomfort in the lower abdomen, back, and pelvic region. In fact, you only have to ask a menstruator what their least favourite symptom of their period is, and cramps will likely be at the top on the list. Understanding why you get menstrual cramps is the best way to tackle the cause and find the best solutions to reduce period pain.  So, what causes menstrual cramps? If an egg is unfertilised, hormone-like substances called prostaglandins cause muscle contractions in the womb. These contractions are the result of the womb shedding its lining (also known as the endometrium). This process can be uncomfortable, resulting in...

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Heavy Periods: What, Who, Why!?

We all know that no two bodies are alike - and that’s what makes us each unique and special beings. For some, periods are a short, three day affair that have little to no side effects. For approximately 10 million menstruators in the US alone, they experience a very different kind of period. Symptoms include heavy bleeding, large clot formation, and extended periods. Many people experience heavy periods (menorrhagia), but the good news is that you don’t have to suffer in silence.   My Period: What Is A Heavy Flow? Heavy menstrual bleeding is medically defined as losing more than 80ml of menstrual fluid each period, having periods that last longer than a week, or a combination of the two....

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