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Empowering Women in Business: Feat. Megan Robbins of Wishlets


Empowering Womein in Business

At Be Prepared Period, we’re all about empowering girls and women. And whether that means sharing information that helps them to have better periods, healthier routines, or happier lives, it all factors into a well rounded, positive life. As women, so much of what we decide to do with our lives is dictated by the messages we receive from an early age. From the time that we’re young children, we start learning what is expected of us, and what is possible. Little girls really can grow up to do anything their heart dreams of – they just have to believe it’s possible, and get the support they need to go after those dreams.

We are thrilled to introduce our new Meet the Makers blog series. Each month, we’ll be featuring successful female entrepreneurs as they share their hot takes on everything from their first periods, to how they successfully run their own businesses. We’ve taken the questions people often ask female entrepreneurs to the next level and asked them to share their self care tips, what advice they’ve held onto, and what keeps them healthy and empowered. Because, as we all know, success is about so much more than the numbers or business basics – it’s about living a happy, healthy life on your own terms. We hope you’ll enjoy this deep dive into the lives and habits of professional women! If there’s someone you’d like to see featured in this blog series, be sure to let us know!
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Got Questions About Your Period?


Got questions about your period

 

When it comes to menstruation and puberty, it’s totally normal to have questions. There are so many changes happening in your body, and it’s important for you to find answers to the questions you have. But if you’re not sure where to turn for guidance, it’s possible that you’ll end up with some less-than-accurate info. Heck, there are tons of grown women out there who think a tampon can get lost inside your body, like it’s just going to float up and hang out next to your liver for no reason whatsoever (for the record, this is not possible. Phew!) But when girls have questions, it can be hard for them to know where to look for the right answers. Luckily for you, we’ve got your back.
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What’s Wrong with Conventional Period Products?


Whats wrong with conventional period products

 

Tampons, pads, menstrual cups, period undies. Conventional, organic, cotton, reusable. When it comes to period products, it can be difficult to cut through the clutter and figure out the best choice for you. And more to the point, you may not even know why thinking outside the (Playtex) box is so important. Maybe you’re wondering, “What’s the big deal?” or, “Can something I only use a few days a month really impact my health?” (Spoiler alert: yes, it can.)

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Does My Daughter Need a Gynecologist?


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One of the most commonly asked questions by parents is whether their daughter should see a gynecologist or a pediatrician when they start their periods. The answer is an easy one: according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, young girls should continue to see their pediatrician, even after the onset of menstruation.

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Monthly Mission: Find the Right Products


Monthly_Mission_Find_the_Right_Feminine_Hygiene_Products

 

If you’ve been hanging with Aunt Flow for a while now, we imagine that you’ve gotten to know her a little better over the months (or years!) We hope that since the day she first arrived, you’ve learned how to read the signs that she’s getting close, and prepare your body for her visit.

In fact, we’re sure you’ve grown up a lot and lots of things have changed since you first got your period. So…here’s the real question. How many of you are still reaching for that same old brand of pads or tampons that your mom used (and passed the loyalty of said brand down to you?) Be honest. We’re all friends here!

Seasons change, hairstyles come and go (thank goodness!) but for some reason, the one area where we all could stand to do a little research is usually the one area we never revisit once we get comfortable. What’s up with that? Unfortunately, unlike the side ponytail some of us rocked in middle school, this is one decision that could have real repercussions for our health and wellness.

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The Problem with Sex Education in Schools


The problem with sex ed in public schools

In recent years, there have been many cutbacks within school systems that have completely obliterated sex education and personal awareness classes for girls.

These classes, often approached with rolling eyes and embarrassed giggles from girls, were extremely important, fundamental really – in educating young girls about the ABC’s of puberty – from bras to periods and everything in between. Additionally, there are thousands of girls being home schooled, or taking classes online – which completely removes them from the typical Sex Ed curriculum AND the opportunity to learn about these ‘life lessons’ from inside the bathroom stalls at school. Click to continue reading… »




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Top Ways to Prepare Your Daughter for Her Period at School


Top Ways to Prepare Your Daughter for Her Period at School

 

Her backpack is packed and she’s ready to go…but have you prepared her for her period? Sure, you may have had “the talk” (or several talks!), but preparing to handle getting your period and cramps at school is a whole different set of topics. Many schools have moved away from allowing lockers, over the counter pain medications, or backpacks – so what should your daughter do when Aunt Flow unexpectedly arrives?

Luckily, the answer can be quite simple. Read on for our top three tips for preparing your daughter for her period at school. Click to continue reading… »




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Monthly Mission: Back to School


Back to School - Periods

It’s time to trade in your flip flops for pencils: August is here, and many areas of the country are heading back to school. School days can be stressful enough, without having to worry about cramps or having the right supplies. And we’re not talking about pens and paper – but these tools are equally important as anything you’ll find on a school supplies list. This month at Be Prepared Period, we’ll be diving into our best tips for heading back to school for girls that have started (or are about to start!) their period.  We’re here to tell you: with a little planning and prep, there’s absolutely no reason that periods should get in the way of a totally successful school year.

Whether you’re a student or a parent, you may have some immediate questions about when and how to start preparing for Aunt Flow. And while for many years, this is a topic that is often associated with high school or teenage years, periods are starting earlier and earlier today. In fact, 3 in 10 girls will start puberty by age 8. That’s around third grade for students in the US! Click to continue reading… »




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How Do I Know if it’s the Flu or Toxic Shock Syndrome?

Toxic Shock Syndrome often starts off with flu like symptoms. Since it presents quickly, and can often seem very similar to the flu, it can be hard to recognize these signs as a potential for something serious. For this reason, it is important that you understand the symptoms of each condition, and how they differ from each other.

As always, preventative measures are the best form of protection from Toxic Shock Syndrome. Making the switch to organic tampons (read more about a natural product switch here) is a great place to start. We recommend changing your tampon every two hours, and using only the absorption rate necessary for that day’s flow. For example – if you’re nearing the end of your period, you may not need anything more than a light absorbency tampon, or even a panty liner. In addition, alternating between internal and external product is wise. This allows time for any toxins that may have formed in your body to dissipate before you insert the next tampon.

We’ve created this quick graphic for you to compare symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome and the common flu. Remember – knowledge is power. Knowing the symptoms of Toxic Shock Syndrome is the first step to understanding your risk, and a quick response to the signs could save your life or the life of someone you love. It is important to note that while these are some of the most common symptoms, other side effects could come into play. If you fear something isn’t right, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to rule out anything serious. Click to continue reading… »




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Why is Endometriosis So Difficult to Diagnose?


Why is Endometriosis so Difficult to Diagnose

By Dr Pandelis Athanasias

 

Endometriosis is a painful disease which affects around 1 in 10 women, but reports have shown that it can take up to ten years to diagnose. Women with endometriosis typically experience very painful, heavy periods, pain during intimacy, infertility and a whole host of other issues.

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue, which is similar to the tissue lining the womb (endometrium), begins to grow outside of the uterus. This tissue can be found in many different places including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel, bladder and stomach. As such, during every period these growths will shed, setting off inflammation and scarring and habitually causing intense pain and emotional turmoil.

It is a chronic illness with no cure and as such, women need to find a way to manage the pain, often massively affecting their quality of life. Why, then, are so many women failing to get a correct diagnosis, often waiting for years and visiting their GP on multiple occasions? Click to continue reading… »




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