Whispers in the locker room, awkward conversations with family members, and commercials with veiled messages for strange-looking products. We all knew it was coming. Did we feel prepared?
According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the average American girl will get her first period stories before her thirteenth birthday, with ages as young as eight and nine becoming more and more common.
Only two generations ago, our grandmothers could anticipate this life event arriving while they were applying for their driver’s license, or writing final exams.
As the discussion grows over the causes of premature menarche, the question remains: how do we support young girls and women as their periods begin earlier and earlier? Click to continue reading… »
Be Prepared. Period an online resource has partnered with Maxim Hygiene Products to educate students about healthy feminine hygiene practices.
Marysville, WA – May 5, 2016
Today, Be Prepared. Period (BPP), an online resource of menstrual information and products announced a partnership with Maxim Hygiene Products (MHP), an organic and natural feminine hygiene products company, to bring feminine hygiene products and menstrual health education to schools across the United States.
They are offering free learning resources and products to educators who are interested in teaching their students about #healthyhygiene practices.
The Healthy Hygiene project is committed to teaching adolescents about caring for their bodies and the earth by making sustainable choices. This partnership aims to bring awareness and provide solutions for the following global initiatives: Click to continue reading… »
Joining forces with the DivaCup we are bringing you one of the most powerful ways to conquer your cramps! Combining two of our favorite cramp busting products, The DivaCup and Cramp Tea, we’ve created some great opportunities to score some tea, for FREE! Click to continue reading… »
By Dr Zeenobiyah McGowan Ph.D.
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.
By Mache Seibel, MD
These are questions I’m asked all the time by women who can’t imagine it’s possible. Not now! Not at my age! Or am I already in menopause?
You may know the mean age of menopause in the United States is 51 years. But did you know that 1 in 10,000 women go into menopause before age 20; 1 in 1000 go into menopause before age 30; 1 in 100 before age 40 and 1 in 10 before age 45? Perimenopause is that up to 10-year window of transition when symptoms begin to occur.
Just like the word perimeter means around an area, perimenopause means the timeframe around menopause. If you think back to puberty, there was a transition when menstrual cycles were irregular, mood swings were common, sleep was a challenge, and your body began to go through changes that made you wonder if it was still you.
Similar types of things happen in perimenopause. Both mind and body change, at first gradually and eventually at a much faster and more noticeable rate. Here are 5 of the symptoms you are likely to notice and a little bit about them: Click to continue reading… »
It feels good to feel pretty, doesn’t it?
But feeling pretty isn’t always easy (not for me anyways). Feeling pretty usually means I’ve given myself a little self-love and have put in a little effort, I mean more than just throwing on a t-shirt and yoga pants.
But effort takes energy, and if you’re like me, there’s not always enough of it to go around to get everything that needs to be done, done. That’s why last year my daughter and I were super excited to come across the Get Your Pretty On Summer Style Challenge. Being slightly competitive (even if just with myself), hearing the word “challenge” always peaks my interest.
But this challenge was different, it didn’t involve some grueling diet or exercise routine – it was all about clothes!
It started with a shopping list of about 20 items or so (you can shop for new items at the mall or shop your closet for existing pieces). Then, for 21 days you receive a new outfit idea in your inbox for you to recreate. Fun right!?! There’s even an awesome Facebook group for all participants to share pics of their creations.
What comes to mind when you hear the title, The Hormone Diva?
Is it a sassy expert filled with knowledge about hormones? If so, you couldn’t be more right! Robyn Srigley is just that. As a PMS coach and holistic nutritionist she is full of facts and humor to make learning about hormones simple and fun!
Like the diva that she is, you can find her sharing her expertise all throughout BPP – in our PeriodTalk Q &A Forum, our co-hosted webinar (Learn to Ditch Your PMS Cravings with 4 Simple Tricks) as well as the following articles:
As a regular contributor at Be Prepared. Period., we thought it about time we give Robyn the introduction she deserves.
When asked to share a little about herself and the work she is doing, Robyn says…
I am fiercely committed to guiding women to achieve vibrant health, pain-free periods and balanced moods so they can finally regain control of their hormones, cycles and LIFE. With experience working with amazing clients with similar worries and concerns and guiding them to achieve remarkable success, my mission and commitment is to replace your anxieties with JOY, to open possibility in your life and to have a positive impact on the next generation. Click to continue reading… »
By Robyn Srigley, BA, PTS, CNP, NNCP
Big 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?
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… »
By Robyn Srigley, BA, PTS, CNP, NNCP
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.
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… »
By Lisa Weinstein
Each morning before leaving the house, I used to check the weather channel to find out if I should wear a coat. But these days it truly doesn’t matter what the thermostat says….I won’t wear one anyway.
Because I am always hot.
The car thermostat could read 32 degrees and I’ll be turning the air conditioner full blast onto my sweltering face while my poor husband Bob, in the driver’s seat, quickly succumbs to hypothermia.
Yes, I have entered into the stage of life called “The Change”, also known as (cue the twilight zone music) MENOPAUSE!
Yes, menopause, where you finally get to say goodbye to your monthly “friend”. Except in my case, my “friend” didn’t want to exit my life as instantly as it had arrived.
Flashback to the 70s……………..
There I was, a gawky 12-year old cursed with huge glasses, braces, and a well-endowed body that had “blossomed” much faster that my flat chested friends. I woke up one morning, visited the bathroom as usual, looked down and behold, I had made a new “friend”.
My status in life had instantly changed.