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Mood Swings in Women: Winning the War Within

By Robyn Srigley, BA, PTS, CNP, NNCP

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My hubby didn’t wash the dishes. That jerk cut me off in traffic. The dog ate my homework. All (seemingly) logical reasons for a little emotional swing. But what happens when these mood swings are ALL. THE. TIME? Simply- your relationships, activities and well-being end up in the toilet like yesterday’s dinner.

 

What Causes Mood Swings

 

High Estrogen/Low Progesterone
Estrogen and progesterone are the two main sex hormones in the female body. They have an extremely delicate balance that is easily thrown off by environment, diet, lifestyle and emotional factors- to name a few. For many women, the chronic symptoms of mood swings, depression, bloating and general PMS come from an imbalance in these two hormones. Estrogen becomes dominant as stress steals your body’s ability to make progesterone. Estrogen will take up residence in your fat cells because that’s a WAY cushier home than being excreted through your urine and bowels. Progesterone keeps you feeling calm, centred and peaceful- so if you don’t feel this way, you may have an imbalance! Click to continue reading… »



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Introducing A New Natural Menstrual Cramp Relief Solution

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Be Prepared. Period, an online retailer of feminine hygiene products, has introduced a new all natural loose leaf tea that helps women alleviate menstrual cramps using all natural ingredients.

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As many as 70 percent of all women experience menstrual cramps at least occasionally during their monthly menstrual cycles, and for 10 percent of these women, the discomfort caused by cramps is frequent and severe enough to interfere with daily life.

Women looking for menstrual cramp relief have a number of medicinal options to choose from, including oral contraceptives and over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Still, many women are hesitant to rely on prescription or OTC menstrual cramp relief products due to the high risk of side effects associated with the long-term use of medications. Click to continue reading… »



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What are Fibroids?

By Dr Zeenobiyah McGowan Ph.D.

What are uterine fibroids

What are Fibroids?

A diagnosis of uterine fibroids can be a scary thing, but it does not necessarily mean what you think. Fibroids are tumors, but they are almost always non-cancerous. Ninety-seven percent of the time, they do not even have an impact on fertility. It is a common problem that affects many women. They are most likely to be found in your childbearing years (20s and 30s) but they can be diagnosed at any time. It is, however, rare for this diagnosis to take place after menopause.

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My Period is a Pain in the Boob!

By Robyn Srigley, BA, PTS, CNP, NNCP

my period is a pain in the boobBig or small, round or droopy– breasts are a part of our lives every day! Whether we wish they were bigger or smaller or perkier, they are here to stay and we should love them with all we’ve got! It’s pretty common knowledge that most women at some point feel PMS symptoms (up to 90%). One of the major symptoms is breast pain or tenderness.

This is something I’ve ALWAYS suffered with. Some cycles, it would be just a little discomfort or swelling, and sometimes I’ve had cycles where I can hardly move or breathe without pain. For me, it was part of my PCOS, a hormonal imbalance that plagues women with severe PMS, among other things. So how can we kick this pain in the boob to the curb?

 

CAUSES
There could be many causes of breast pain in relation to PMS. I’m going to talk briefly about the top 3 causes. Take a gander and see where YOU fit in! Click to continue reading… »



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Top 5 Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

By Robyn Srigley, BA, PTS, CNP, NNCP

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Midol, Tylenol, Advil and Pamprin- which one are you using for menstrual cramp relief? We have all experienced cramps when Aunt Flo comes around. Our cramps can leave us feeling exhausted, nauseous, dizzy and sick. They can have us doubled over in pain and lying on the couch with a heating pad. And sometimes, not heating pad nor pill will help.

Those over-the-counter Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDS) can be a quick fix to grab from the medicine cabinet when the pain becomes too much. BUT- did you know that use of NSAIDs is linked to disease? Make an informed choice and find the best menstrual cramps remedy for you.

NSAIDS and Their Risks
Millions of people are using NSAIDs for pain management. Whether it be over-the-counter or prescription, everyone’s got some in their medicine cabinet. They seem harmless- pop a couple, get relief pretty quickly. But use of these little painkillers is on the rise- and poses some serious health risks. Read on and think twice before grabbing a bottle when you have menstrual cramps.

1. Miscarriage
A study has shown that the use of non-aspirin NSAIDs in early pregnancy more than doubles your risk of miscarriage. And this is with any type or dosage of the popular painkillers. And don’t think you’re out of the water once you’re in the third trimester of pregnancy- use of NSAIDs during this time increases the risk of heart problems for the baby, as well as prolonging labour in the Mum. Click to continue reading… »



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Infographic: Know Your Flow

If you know us at Be Prepared. Period., you know we are always trying to make menstrual education more fun. To go along with the Know Your Flow article we shared last week, we also created this fun infographic as a quick reference.

Period talk and period education is something we continually promote. If you’d like to join us as we encourage ladies, of all ages, to learn more about their menstrual health, we invite you to share this graphic on your site – just copy the code below.

 

INFOGRAPHIC CODE:
<p><strong>Please include attribution to www.BePreparedPeriod.com with this graphic.</strong><br /><br /><a href=’http://www.bepreparedperiod.com/blog/know-your-flow’><img src=’http://www.bepreparedperiod.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Know-Your-Flow-II.png#sthash.lLM0OHoc.dpuf’ alt=’Know Your Flow’ width=’800px’ border=’0′ /></a></p>

Know Your Flow



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Know Your Flow

By Robyn Srigley, BA, PTS, CNP, NNCP

 

Periods are confusing. One day you are barely flowin’ and the next you’re changing your tampon every few hours. And don’t even get me started on the cramps and cravings! What gives? Well, depending on the colour and level of flow we superwomen are experiencing, there could be any number of things going on. Decode the mystery below.

How heavy is your flow

(check out the full infographic, here)

 

Light Flow
This could be one of two things. Either you’re near the beginning or the end of your regular period, or you’re not having a true period at all and are just spotting. So how do you tell the difference? Click to continue reading… »



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Something Smells pHishy

 

By Stacy LyonSomething Smells pHishy

Something Smells pHishy…

We hear it on TV commercials, we see it in ads and we read it on labels: “pH balanced”, but what exactly does that mean?

pH, or potential for hydrogen, is a measurement scale of acidity and alkalinity. Readings from 0–7 are considered acidic, pH from 7.0–14 is considered basic, or alkaline with 7.0 considered neutral.

Now what does that have to do with feminine health you ask? It’s important for every woman to not only understand the pH scale and how it affects their whole entire body but specially the fact that your vagina is considered an acidic environment. This low pH provides protection from invasions from bad bacteria and infections.

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Why Is My Period Irregular?

By Robyn Srigley, BA, PTS, CNP, NNCP

Screaming Black Woman

Aunt Flo can be such a kill joy. Bleeding for a week every month can be a real nuisance! As strong, independent women, being bogged down by cramps, mood swings, headaches and fatigue can put a real damper on the wonderful things we do in our lives every day. But what happens when we don’t get our periods on a regular basis?

This happens to women through all walks of life, for many different reasons. It’s so important to not only recognize that irregular periods aren’t normal, but that they could be an indication of something more serious. See if you’re on track with Aunt Flo below.

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Say Hello to Reusable Cloth Pads

by Jenn Marie

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When it comes to understanding “that time of the month,” there’s no shortage of confusion among people of all ages and genders. One of the most common period-related myths is that there are only two types of feminine protection available: disposable pads and tampons. In reality, we have tons of other choices! Some of the most popular include menstrual cups, sea sponges, diaphragms, and my favorite: reusable cloth pads.

The idea behind cloth pads is simple: instead of the typical pad made from paper and plastic, cloth pads are made from fabric, allowing them to be washed and reused just like underwear. It may sound strange, but it’s not a new or unusual idea; women have been using cloth pads throughout most of history! It was only very recently, as our society shifted toward a preference for single-use products, that disposable pads and tampons were first marketed to women.

With the popularity and convenience of disposables, why would anyone want to use cloth? Here are just a few of the many reasons… Click to continue reading… »



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