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Why is Endometriosis So Difficult to Diagnose?


Why is Endometriosis so Difficult to Diagnose

By Dr Pandelis Athanasias

 

Endometriosis is a painful disease which affects around 1 in 10 women, but reports have shown that it can take up to ten years to diagnose. Women with endometriosis typically experience very painful, heavy periods, pain during sex, infertility and a whole host of other issues.

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue, which is similar to the tissue lining the womb (endometrium), begins to grow outside of the uterus. This tissue can be found in many different places including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel, bladder and stomach. As such, during every period these growths will shed, setting off inflammation and scarring and habitually causing intense pain and emotional turmoil.

It is a chronic illness with no cure and as such, women need to find a way to manage the pain, often massively affecting their quality of life. Why, then, are so many women failing to get a correct diagnosis, often waiting for years and visiting their GP on multiple occasions? Click to continue reading… »



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I Think I Have TSS, I Need Help, I’m Scared…


I think I have TSS, I need Help, I'm Scared

We receive lots of great questions through our PeriodTalk forum – and this one is a concern that many young girls have. For that reason, we wanted to share our answer here to help others who may be struggling with the same worry.

Here’s the question:

“I thought I had the flu as of two days ago.  Started with itchy throat, then next day the throat turned very sensitive and sore. This didn’t alarm me right away for I have always had issues with throat soreness at least 1-2 a year. However, the third night out of nowhere I woke up at 3AM, vomiting, having light diarrhea, body aches, headaches (which I never get) and abdominal pain. I think I may have TSS shock. I immediately took out my tampon and felt a little better but now I’m about to go to the ER to get checked and I’m just scared. I wanted to know what kind of tests they run if you go in with suspicion of TSS…..any advice.”

Thank you for reaching out to us. First – we are so sorry you’re feeling scared. The good news is, you’re aware of the risk and acting proactively. Here are our top tips for ladies who fear they may be affected by Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS).

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Monthly Mission: Toxic Shock Syndrome Awareness


Monthly Mission - Toxic Shock Syndrome Awareness

If you’ve opened up a box of tampons before, you’ve probably encountered the scary warning label on the inside of the pamphlet: “Tampons are associated with Toxic Shock Syndrome. (TSS)”

And whether or not you took this warning seriously the first time you saw it, most likely your concern has slowly dissipated the longer you’ve used tampons. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Unfortunately, this is a mistake that can have grave consequences. Toxic shock syndrome is a rare, life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections. It is often associated with the use of super absorbent tampons that contain rayon and other synthetic materials. And unfortunately, girls that are just starting their periods are at a higher risk, since their antibodies are not yet fully developed. This makes it all the more important to be informed about the risks of TSS from a young age.

It is crucial for menstruating women and girls to know the risk, the symptoms, and what to do if they think they may have TSS. This dangerous condition claims lives each year; on average, 1 in every 100,000 people in the United States will experience it annually.

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Help! My Teen Daughter Won’t Talk to Me About Her Period


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We recently received a great question from a parent. Her question is so relatable, that we wanted to share it here! It’s something every parent has felt in one way or another.

Here was her message to us:

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10 Things We Wish Guys Knew


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To the guys in my life: I think you should know …

Times have seriously changed. While women have made great strides toward equal rights, there are still a few things that are still misunderstood about women. In keeping with our theme of the month, it’s time to set the record straight for gals of all ages. To the gents in our lives, don’t stress if you don’t totally understand – the key here is to respect our differences. But if you’re a brother, dad, boyfriend or friend and you’ve made it this far, we applaud you for giving it your best effort. Here’s 10 things we wish you knew.

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Invite Dad to the Conversation


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When a young girl prepares to start her period, there are many common misconceptions that may bring about discomfort or stress. Today, we’re here to debunk one of those common myths: that dads are somehow not equipped or shouldn’t be involved in the development of their daughters. We’re here to tell you that this just isn’t the case! And better yet, when a father is truly invested in this stage of his daughter’s life – both sides will benefit. But listen up, dads: if you wait for the moment that your daughter approaches you about the subject, you may be waiting a long time. It’s important that dads realize the role they will play in this stage of their daughter’s lives, and how to approach this time with honesty, love, and support.

When a dad openly communicates with his daughter about her period, he’s doing more than having a conversation. He’s telling her that what’s happening to her body is nothing to be ashamed of, and it’s just one more stage in her development that is totally normal. This type of message is so important, and hearing it from her dad will make a huge difference. For far too long, girls and women have been told that periods are something to hide or be embarrassed by.

So, dad, if you’re still feeling a little nervous to approach the subject, that’s okay. Just know that whatever stress you’re feeling is most likely amplified in your daughter’s mind, and you have the power to alleviate that stress. That’s a pretty worthy cause, right? Put in the effort and the time to get educated and prepared; she’s worth it. Below, we’re sharing some of our best tips to do just that:

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Monthly Mission: Dads & Daughters


Monthly Mission - dads and daughters

Dads can teach us how to tie our shoes, ride a bike, and drive a car. If we’re lucky, our fathers play an important role in many of the milestones of our lives, starting in childhood. But all too often, when it comes to menstrual health and development, a father’s place can become a little less clear.

There may be embarrassment, shame, or confusion on both sides – and this can lead to a breakdown in important communication between a daughter and the invaluable support that only her father can provide. As young girls begin to develop, they may start to pull away or naturally try to hide these changes from their dads. The truth is, a dad’s role in this stage is just as important as remembering to put on her helmet before he sends her off on her bike. When a father participates in this formative stage of his daughter’s life, instead of letting her mom handle it, this signifies to the daughter that he accepts her, and will love her as she grows and changes.

Because, listen up, dad: this is about way more than momentary discomfort. This is about arming your daughter with the confidence she needs to take on the world, knowing you’ve got her back. And that type of confidence? It only comes with massive amounts of open communication, love, and support.

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Monthly Mission: Dads & Daughters


Monthly Mission - dads and daughters

Dads can teach us how to tie our shoes, ride a bike, and drive a car. If we’re lucky, our fathers play an important role in many of the milestones of our lives, starting in childhood. But all too often, when it comes to menstrual health and development, a father’s place can become a little less clear.

There may be embarrassment, shame, or confusion on both sides – and this can lead to a breakdown in important communication between a daughter and the invaluable support that only her father can provide. As young girls begin to develop, they may start to pull away or naturally try to hide these changes from their dads. The truth is, a dad’s role in this stage is just as important as remembering to put on her helmet before he sends her off on her bike. When a father participates in this formative stage of his daughter’s life, instead of letting her mom handle it, this signifies to the daughter that he accepts her, and will love her as she grows and changes.

Because, listen up, dad: this is about way more than momentary discomfort. This is about arming your daughter with the confidence she needs to take on the world, knowing you’ve got her back. And that type of confidence? It only comes with massive amounts of open communication, love, and support.

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Detox Your Period: Final Conclusions


Detox Your Period - Final Conclusions

Detox Your Period

We’ve reached the end of our Detox Your Period blog series. We’ve explored the different types of natural alternatives available to you, giving you a run down of how they work, and which product may work best for your body. Here’s the thing: there’s no one perfect product out there. Every body is different, and what works for you may not work for us. That’s totally okay! That’s why we carry all types of products in our store. During this series, we’ve given you an inside look at the features and facets of each of the products, and you can use this information as a guide to making your own detox decision.

With tons of healthy options, comes tons of questions. How do you know if you want a natural cotton tampon, a menstrual cup, or a natural pad? So many products, so little time. And while you may not
have the opportunity to try them all out – we’ve got your back. BPP’s very own Kelci DeFrancesco has done the work for you and has reviewed each of the different options. So keep reading, follow along, and decide for yourself which option is best for you!

{Did you miss Part 1 – Natural Pads,  Part 2 – Organic Tampons, Part 3 – Menstrual Cups, or Part 4 – Cramp Tea?}

The time has come to give the final lowdown on each of our natural picks – and crown the victor of our quest! Read on for Kelci’s take.

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Convincing My (Pre-Menopausal) Mom to Use a Menstrual Cup


Convincing My (Pre-Menopausal) Mom to Use a Menstrual Cup

Have you heard the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?” Well if my mom was old and a dog (she’d kill me if I actually compared her to that), I would definitely be able to claim this as a true fact.

Why?

Because after almost a full menstrual lifetime of using tampons I got my mom to not only try, but to fall in love with menstrual cups! Since my own menstrual cup journey happened nearly at the same time, I thought it would be helpful to hear a brief backstory… Click to continue reading… »



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