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Period Talk: A Parent’s Guide to Changing the “Ew” to “Phew” and Fun! – Posted by our friends at Maxim Hygiene

“We are so thankful for all the strong supporters of our monthly #PeriodTalk tweet chats with You ARE Loved! It is hard to believe we are already celebrating one year of chats! To help us celebrate our great friends over at Maxim Hygiene wrote this special post.”

 

Maxim HygieneThe average girl starts her menses between the ages of 12 and 14 and most young girls in America don’t receive sexual or reproductive health education till much later, if at all. And whatever age they do receive it, some consider it to be too late. For example, many young girls who use tampons do not fully understand what Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is or underestimate the possibility of getting it themselves. To make informed decisions, girls must be educated. Read the rest of their post…



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First Annual Online Menstrual Party – Press Release

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First Annual Online Menstrual Party
In celebration of one year of monthly online educational chats, Be Prepared Period and You ARE Loved are proud to announce the First Annual Online Menstrual Party will be held on Friday, July 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET.  This public event can be accessed via Twitter using the hashtag #PeriodTalk.

 

Marysville, WA   June 25, 2012
With the goal of doing more AND better menstrual education, Be Prepared Period and You ARE Loved joined together to launch a monthly menstrual education event in July 2011.  These monthly gatherings, known to many as #PeriodTalk, have grown from a few to fifty or more participants discussing the month’s topic.  Past topics include Periodic Stories: Ours and Yours, Exploring the Many Feminine Hygiene Options, and Puberty and Periods: Guiding Tween and Teen Girls.

While every #PeriodTalk is unique, each features considerable interaction between the hosts, special guests, and participants.  The partnering organizations co-host and moderate the event, develop the topic, secure special guests, and offer relevant product giveaways.  Special guests serve as subject matter experts; prior special guests include educators, small business owners of companies that offer innovative and empowering menstrual products, and representatives from companies that provide eco-friendly feminine hygiene products.  Participants are encouraged to join in the conversation, and welcomed to ask questions.  At the conclusion of the event, winners are randomly selected and announced for that session’s giveaways.

In celebration of a successful first year, the July 13, 2012, edition of #PeriodTalk will be a menstrual party unlike any other.  Additional information, including links to register for multiple product giveaways, is available on the Tweet Chat pages of the Be Prepared Period and You ARE Loved websites.

 

About Be Prepared Period
Be Prepared Period is a woman owned business committed to ending the menstrual taboo, empowering all who menstruate, and providing quality feminine hygiene products at reasonable prices.
Contact: Tara Bruley (Tara@BePreparedPeriod), Founder & Owner

www.BePreparedPeriod.com

 

About You ARE Loved
You ARE Loved is a nonprofit committed to raising awareness about tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome and providing factual information about menstruation.
Contact: Suzan Hutchinson (Suzan@You-ARE-Loved.org), TSS Survivor & Director of Connectivity

www.You-ARE-Loved.org



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GladRag’s Cloth Pad Sampler Kit Giveaway

We are ready to party!!!

To celebrate one year of #PeriodTalk tweet chats we will be hosting our First Annual Menstrual Party (July 13th) with our wonderful co-host, You ARE Loved.

GladRags Cloth Pad Sampler KitThis month’s chat will include conversation, questions, polls and lots of interaction on a variety of menstrual products. And because no party is complete without prizes, there will be plenty of those too! Thanks to our wonderful friends at GladRags we are excited to announce that we will be giving away a Cloth Pad Sampler Kit (retail value $88.99) to one very lucky participant.

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My Endo Journey

I just wanted to share a little bit of my story.

Back in 2010 I remember going through so much pain. I had all sorts of tests done along with seeing two doctors. After a scope and colonoscopy, and even having one doctor tell me I didn’t have endometriosis, I was beginning to think I just had to deal with it.

At the end of February 2011 I ended up in the hospital with some extreme pain on my side. After an ultrasound, it was determined I had a massive “chocolate” cyst that had ruptured.

On March 10th, I followed up with the ER doctor. She did an exam and decided we needed to do exploratory surgery.

A week later I went in for my surgery not knowing what would be found. I remember crying to my doctor, telling her I didn’t fear them finding anything. But instead, I feared them not finding a source to my pain.

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Endometriosis: Heather’s Story

Let me start by saying that I have always had VERY painful periods. Like most other Endo Sisters who have been kind enough to share their story, I thought this was normal. I would spend the first couple days of my period in so much pain, it was insane.

Heather - Endometriosis StoryI can remember as far back as my freshman year in high school (on a half day of school) and watching the clock, just waiting for the minute that I could go home and crawl into bed. There have been days that I had cramps so terrible, I had to miss school or work.

In August of 2012, I began to have extremely painful sex. I went to the emergency room a couple of nights later, because the pain would not stop. The E.R. doctor gave me a pelvic exam, tested me for STD’s and yeast infections (and accused my husband and I of not being committed). When all of the tests came back normal, she gave me a prescription to clear up a yeast infection she said probably didn’t show up on the test. I was then discharged.

A week later, I was still having the same symptoms, along with added back pain, pelvic pain, bloating and fatigue. So, I went to an urgent care facility, since my primary doctor was booked. I paid my insurance co-pay, was taken back to an empty room, met the doctor and gave my symptoms. I was not treated at all, I was told to go follow up with my primary doctor or go to the E.R. again. You can only imagine my frustration since I had just paid my insurance co-pay and didn’t get help. So, I went to my primary doctor (P.D.) two days later, and told them my symptoms. I was unable to see my actual doctor but got in with a P.A.

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Super Sweet Softcup/SpaFinder Giveaway!

We are ready to party!!!

To celebrate one year of #PeriodTalk tweet chats we will be hosting our First Annual Menstrual Party (July 13th) with our wonderful co-host, You ARE Loved.

This month’s chat will include conversation, questions, polls and lots of interaction on a variety of menstrual products. And because no party is complete without prizes, there will Instead Softcup Giveawaybe plenty of those too! Thanks to our awesome friends at Softcup we are excited to announce that we will be giving away a Super Sweet Goodie Basket to one very lucky participant.

The winner will receive a Black Softcup Tote Bag STUFFED with:

- A $50 SpaFinder.com Gift Card

- A Box of Softcups

- A Box of Reusable Softcups

- A Softcup T-Shirt

- A Softcup Tumbler Mug

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Feby Bracelet Giveaway!

We are ready to party!!!

To celebrate one year of #PeriodTalk tweet chats we will be hosting our First Annual Menstrual Party (July 13th) with our wonderful co-host, You ARE Loved.

This month’s chat will include conversation, questions, polls and lots of interaction on a variety of menstrual products. And because no party is complete without prizes, there will be plenty of those too! Thanks to our awesome friends at Feby.com we are excited to announce that we will Feby (Female Empowerment) Braceletbe giving away a Female Empowerment Bracelet (Feby) to one very lucky participant.

The Female Empowerment Bracelet helps you get in touch with your Body and your Self! Feby’s unique color system makes it easy to identify the natural cycles of a woman’s body.

How it works:

Red is for blood signifying the days of your period. The first bead is the most important.

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DivaCup Giveaway!

We are ready to party!!!

To celebrate one year of #PeriodTalk tweet chats we will be hosting our First Annual Menstrual Party (July 13th) with our wonderful co-host, You ARE Loved.

This month’s chat will include conversation, questions, polls and lots of interaction on a variety of menstrual products. And because no party is complete without prizes, there will be plenty of those too! Thanks to our awesome friends at DivaCup we are excited to announce that we will be giving away a DivaCup AND DivaWash to one very lucky participant.

For those of you that are not familiar with The DivaCup, it is a wonderful menstrual alternative. It ends hassles with unreliable disposable tampons and sanitary pads in endless absorbencies, shapes and styles. This makes it perfect for all activities.

“I bought one of these two months ago and it is the greatest thing ever! I don’t need pads or tampons at all anymore. It has made getting my period a much more tolerable experience. No leaks, no worries! I recommend this product to every woman! I dont think I will ever switch back to pads after using The DivaCup!” – Kristen

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Preparing Your Daughter: It’s a Choice

 

Prepared for PubertyI was 13 when I got my period and although it was 33 years ago, what I remember most about that day is how lonely I felt. Menstruation wasn’t something discussed among friends, much less at home. I was prepared in the literal sense. I had a box of pads under my bathroom sink and I knew I would bleed and what to do about it. Still, I wasn’t prepared emotionally. Facts weren’t very helpful when I felt like nobody understood and nobody wanted to talk about it.

When I found myself the mother of not one, but three daughters, I knew it would be up to me to make sure they were not only physically prepared for whatever life threw at them, but emotionally prepared as well.  From the time they were born, I made it a point to talk to my girls. We talk about everything… from school to friends to puberty and even those darn boys. I always knew that talking and being open and honest with them was going to be the answer to raising smart, secure and self-confident children. I never wanted my kids to feel they couldn’t come to me and ask questions, or talk, or tell me how they were feeling. Click to continue reading… »



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My Tween, Her Period, & Summer Fun

My Tween, Her Period, & Summer FunA guest post by S. Medlock

My oldest daughter is almost a teenager.  Recently, we have been going through a lot of changes together.  She started her period a few months ago; this will be her first summer to have her cycle. Neither one of us is sure exactly what this will be like.

So far her cycles have been irregular, and her flow has been incredibly light.  Since it has been easy so far, she’s super confident to the point of being over-confident.  “It’s no big deal” is her favorite thing to say, but I know that she’s going to be in shock when her flow finally comes full blast.  Even though there will be caregivers around wherever she may be, it’s not like knowing I will be there when “the BIG cycle” comes.  Because her cycles have been unexpectedly light, I’m afraid I’m not going to be around when the “BIG cycle” comes.  I also worry she or I will forget something important during our summer travels.  I’m just afraid that when the “BIG cycle” comes she won’t be prepared.  I have so many questions.  Summer makes this much more complicated, especially for our family travels (knowing we may need to take more traveling breaks while on the road).

I want to know so much!  Does anyone have a checklist of things not to be without on a short trip, long week vacationing or summer camp?  Click to continue reading… »



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