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Natural Home Remedies for Cramps


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When Aunt Flow shows up on your doorstep, often times she brings along an unwanted guest: period cramps. When PMS symptoms strike, it is all too easy to reach for the pain medication you’ve always used to alleviate those symptoms. But that trusty old bottle comes with some pretty nasty health risks, too.

 

We’ve talked about the things you can be doing all month long to help relieve Aunt Flow’s side effects. But what happens when you need relief, stat? Are over the counter pain pills your only option? Heck no! Read on for our top natural home remedies to relieve those pesky pains. Click to continue reading… »




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How to Survive a Heavy Period


How to survive a heavy Period

by Jackie Bolen

 

Do any of the following sound familiar to you?

  • You have to change even a jumbo tampon every couple of hours
  • You never, ever, ever wear white, or light colored pants during your period
  • You wear a nighttime pad, not only at night, but all the time
  • You can’t remember the last time you slept through an entire night during your period
  • You feel like you spend a ridiculous amount of money on disposable feminine hygiene products every single month.

 

If these things represent your life, then chances are you have what is considered a “heavy period.” You have my sympathy! It’s a tough situation and not one to be envied. However, there are a few things you can to do to survive a heavy period in style. Or, perhaps just make it a little less terrible? Onwards to the tips! Click to continue reading… »




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How to Handle Period Leaks


How to handle period leaks

By Kayleigh Toyra

Periods – they happen. And when they first start, they can create a lot of questions — particularly around coping with unexpected leaks.

 

Of course, leaks are not the end of the world. We’ve all experienced a period leak at some point, and we’re still here to tell the tale. But leaks are never fun and as a teen, the embarrassment often feels magnified, so it’s worth having a few go-to coping strategies.

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Empowering Women in Business: Chelsea Besse of Thread the Wick


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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.

 

As part of our Meet the Makers blog series, we’ve been interviewing 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.

 

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Give the Gift of Preparation


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Let’s face it.  If you have a daughter in your house, there is going to come a day when she will begin menstruating.

Research shows that many girls today are starting their periods earlier than ever, which clearly indicates that “the talk” (or rather the first discussion of many) likely needs to occur sooner rather than later.  The more prepared you can make your daughter for the changes that are coming, the better equipped and more empowered she will be to face puberty.

Puberty can be a confusing time for both our daughters and for parents and guardians.  As a parent or guardian, it is your job to empower and equip your daughter for the road ahead.  With clear communication, compassionate dialogue and the necessary tools you can make this often frightening and exciting time of transition in your daughter’s life much, much easier.  (For both of you!) Click to continue reading… »




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Monthly Mission: Year in Review


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As we near the end of 2017, we feel inspired to revisit all of the great work that we’ve accomplished together this year. When we kicked off the year in January, we decided to focus 2017 on what we believe. These believe statements transformed into our monthly mission posts, where we shared tips, current events, menstrual education, and more. Each monthly mission highlighted one piece of the story. With each post, we shared a little more about our mission – the focus that makes Be Prepared Period the organization it is today. Let’s take a look back: Click to continue reading… »




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Empowering Women in Business: Feat. Josie of Zealo Apparel


Josie of Zealo Apparel

 

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.

 

This month, we can’t wait to introduce you to the shop owner from the latest edition of the Meet the Makers blog series. Each month, we are 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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Monthly Mission: Strong Women


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“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

As we finish up this year, we can’t help but look back and give thanks for all of the amazing women that have impacted our lives this year. Starting with you, dear reader and supporter of all things BPP. (Yep, we mean YOU!)

 

You are changing the way we talk about periods.

You are impacting the lives of girls in need in your community.

You are boldly standing up for your needs and your right to a healthy period.

You are helping to reduce your footprint by making the switch to organic and/or reusable period products.

You are educating and empowering yourself on the importance of menstrual health.

You are part of the movement to end menstrual shame, once and for all.

You are a strong woman.

 

All month long at Be Prepared Period, we will be celebrating you (and other ladies like you!) by focusing on Strong Women. Why? Because at Be Prepared Period, we believe that women are amazing, and that our stories are powerful.

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7 Mood Swing Inducing Foods to Avoid


Mood Swing Inducing Foods to Avoid
By Helen Sanders

 

If you had to name one cause of mood-swings in women, what instantly comes into your mind?

Would you be surprised if I said foods can determine the way you feel?

Believe me it’s true, what we eat can affect our hormone levels and it’s no secret they play a big part in controlling our emotions.

This can be particularly poignant at sensitive times of the month. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) also impacts hormone levels. Feelings of anxiety, sadness, and irritability are all familiar mood-swings experienced because of this.

You may not be able to change the fact you are going to have a period, but you can control the intensity of symptoms.

I would like to share with you seven mood-swing inducing foods you should try to avoid to give you some relief and make PMS a little easier to cope with.

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5 Ways to Help Women in Your Community


5 Ways to Help Women in Your Community

This month, we’re focusing on Feminine Care. That can mean a lot of things, but to us, it means taking time to share love, support, and kindness with the girls in your life, whenever possible. This can be something as simple as helping someone up who tripped at recess, or paying for the person behind you in line at the drive thru. Of course, if you’re looking to help more routinely, there are lots of options available in your area.

We talked last week about a few of the ways you can help Be Prepared Period to donate period supplies to ladies in your area. As we head into the holidays and our calendars start to fill up, finding the time to do anything extra can feel impossible. But, this is exactly when we need to take time to remember how fortunate we are, and do our best to share that gratitude in the form of service to others. The amazing thing is that when we do this, we get so much fulfillment in return – that’s truly the beauty of giving! Click to continue reading… »




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