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When Will I Start My Period?


When will I get my first period

 

Once puberty hits, the clock starts. It may even seem like the countdown is on, and your period is on its way. But for many young girls, their period arrives years after the first signs of puberty set in. For others, Aunt Flow may show up totally unannounced. If you’re trying to get a better idea of when to expect your period (or your daughter’s period!) it can be hard to know what signs to pay attention to. You’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re breaking down how to read the signs your body is giving, and get a better idea of when Aunt Flow will arrive. Sound good? Let’s go! Click to continue reading… »




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How To: Stop Your Period (Let’s Talk Pros and Cons)


how to stop your period

We talk a lot about period positivity around here, but we get it. Periods can be a real pain in the you-know-what. Sometimes, it would be easier if your period just didn’t show up for a month or two, right? As with any health decision, attempting to control or change your cycle does come with certain repercussions – but are they worth worrying about? We’re answering all of your questions! Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the pros and cons of interfering with your body’s menstrual cycle.  We’ll be covering the following topics:
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How to Make a Menstrual Cycle Calendar


how to make a menstrual cycle calendar

By Cynthia – Misscoty.com

First of all, if you just got your first period, welcome to the club! We have cookies and chocolate (and we’ll share!)

With the arrival of your first period comes the need to start keeping track of your menstrual health. How are you supposed to do that, you might ask? By creating a menstrual calendar! Today’s blog post will show you how to make your very own menstrual cycle calendar, and why it’s important.
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Why You Should Ditch Scented Period Products


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We’re so grateful to be living in the modern era. Think about it: just one hundred years ago, women were wearing restrictive corsets and layers upon layers of thick petticoats. (Can you imagine how uncomfortable that must have been on a hot summer day?! Not to mention the physical repercussions of those tight waist cinchers. No, thank you!) Yes, it’s true: some of trends are better left in the past.

As history has progressed, the desire for comfort and safety has slowly started to win over aesthetics or outdated standards (thank goodness!) Of course, we’ve still got some work to do. The next item we could all benefit from leaving behind? Scented period products.

We’ve talked about the dangers of conventional period products before.  But the subject of fragrance (especially when it comes to your vagina!) is one that’s worth diving a little deeper into. Click to continue reading… »




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How to Use a Menstrual Cup in Public


How to use a menstrual cup in public

If you’re thinking about making the switch to menstrual cups, most likely you’re familiar with the long list of benefits for ditching your conventional period products. Menstrual cups are eco-friendly, nontoxic, budget friendly, and may even help to reduce menstrual cramps. As with any change, it’s common to have questions about how making the switch to menstrual cups will impact your routine. Today, we’re tackling one on the most common concerns for women considering cups: how do you use a menstrual cup when you’re on the go?
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Detox Your Period for Pain Relief


detox your period for pain relief

By Arielle D. Dance, PhD

 

Can Tampons Cause Cramps? Detox Your Period for Pain Relief

For many women, periods come with a host of discomforts: cramping, headaches, fear of leaks, back pain, and maybe even leg pain. As someone who was diagnosed with endometriosis, a painful pelvic pain condition, in my teens, I have experienced countless painful periods and have been on the search for relief. I have finally found the perfect combination of essential oils, aromatherapy-infused heating pads, and stretches that bring me comfort.
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What Advice Would You Give to Someone Just Diagnosed with (or Suspects) Endometriosis?


What advice would you give to someone just diagnosed with endometriosis

 

So, you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis (Or you suspect that you have it.) Now what? It can be so difficult to know where to go from here. We’re here to tell you: you’re not alone. There’s hope. You can (and will) live a happy, full life in spite of your illness. You are more than your pain.

Today’s post is the final in a series we’ve been sharing all month long on how to support women with endometriosis. Below, you’ll find advice and thoughts directly from our network of endometriosis sisters. They know how you’re feeling because they’ve experienced it too, and today they’re sharing some encouragement.

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Misunderstood and Unsupported with Endometriosis


Endometriosis - ways you've felt misunderstood or unsupported

 

Last week, we talked about all of the ways that our network of endo warriors have felt supported or loved during their battle with the disorder. Today, we’re tackling the opposite question: what are some ways that you’ve felt misunderstood or unsupported? Often times, even with the best of intentions, support systems can miss the mark when it comes to helping those in need. As a friend and supporter of those with endo, it’s important to know some of the things to avoid when caring for your loved one.

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Endometriosis Support: What Are Some of the Ways That You’ve Felt Supported by Friends & Family?


What Are Some of the Ways That You’ve Felt Supported by Friends & Family

 

Endometriosis is a difficult disorder to have to deal with – physically and emotionally. If you have a loved one that has been diagnosed with endo – they need you now more than ever. But even if you’re looking for ways to support them, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start.

 

For Endometriosis Awareness Month, we’ve decided to reach out to our network of endo sisters for their input. Who better to lend their expert advice on endo support than women and girls that are currently battling it? We’ll be breaking down their answers into a series of blog posts designed to help the loved ones and caretakers of those with endometriosis. Together, we can make a difference in the lives and outlook for those affected by this painful disorder. Today, we’re tackling the question: What do you wish your friends and family knew about endometriosis? Keep reading for tons of valuable insight from these brave endo warriors – and check back soon as we dive into more of their responses in future blog posts.
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Does a Hysterectomy Cure Endometriosis?


Does a Hysterectomy Cure Endometriosis

by Dr. Sallie Sarrel

I’m 43 and I don’t want a hysterectomy.

There has been much controversy over the claim in the media that a hysterectomy cures endometriosis.  Hysterectomy, while it has a role in treatment of pelvic pain and uterine disorders, does not cure endometriosis. For me, having a hysterectomy is a very involved decision. It is not so simple just to take the uterus because I am unable to have a child after all of endometriosis’s damage.

Being a pelvic floor physical therapist that specializes in endometriosis, I know all of the current research. I have seen patients soar after hysterectomies, and I have also seen them continue to suffer in pain and anguish. Because of my experience, I will admit that this makes me a challenging patient to work with.
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