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1st Period Stories
Soo...I started my first period recently. I know many people hate their periods, but my mom helped me see it in a different way. Periods are a true blessing, even though uncomfortable. After all, you can't have babies without them! And it shows that you are a true woman. It also shows that you are responsible enough to keep yourself clean during your period. It shows that you are mature. So maybe they are uncomfortable and scary, but remember that periods are a blessing!
By Carrot[Read More..]
I got my First Period in May of 2009 when I was 11, now I'm 15. I got up & got dressed, I remember I was wearing purple capris with sneakers & a white shirt, I also had my hair pulled back. I remember I had to pee so I went to the bathroom, when I looked at my underwear they had pink stuff on it. I remember getting a little freaked out even though my mom had told me about periods. I got out & was like, "mom we gotta get me pads." She was like, "pads? for what?"...[Read More..]
So hi, I haven't gotten my first period yet and I'm 12, but this is how I imagine it...
I'm at home just waking up at 7am like normal, and I go to the bathroom (as usual when I wake up) and I'm about to wipe myself, but I see some red ucky stuff on my panties. I already know about periods. So I start panicking because I think it is my FIRST PERIOD!!!!!! I get excited and get my panties off and quickly get to my room while my parents are asleep. I get new panties and a pantylin...[Read More..]
Ok, so my first period started on July 3rd of 2012! My family goes so Torch Lake with a bunch of family and friends for the 4th of July. I remember walking back to the house from the sand bar because i had to pee REALLY bad. So when i got to the house and went to the bathroom i saw blood gushing out of me!!!!! I was FREAKING out because i was only 11, and LOVED swimming and tubing in the lake. So i sat there and cried (nobody was home) and i would NOT use a tampon!!!!!! So then i rememberd i ...[Read More..]
I started my period during a morning before school. I woke up to get dressed for school, went to the bathroom, and there was blood all over my clothes. So I hollered to my mom, luckily she had some thin panty liners. I wore them for the first time. The second time I switched to bigger ones. I did end up going to school. It was an awful day of school having to deal with it but the second time it was better. I got mine at the age of 12..Girls when you get yours for the 1st time, don't be afraid...[Read More..]
I got my first period when I was 9. I blame drinking hormone filled cows milk as a child. That day I had a friend sleeping over and I woke and went to the bathroom to find that my undies and pajamas and legs were covered. It looked like I had a murder in my pants. So I sat there screaming with the door locked and I wouldnt let anyone in. I knew where my mom kept her pads but...[Read More..]
This is the story of my first period. I had my first period at age 11 and 1/2. One sunday morning I was making breakfast for my family around 6:30 am. The night before I was having cramps, I have had dischage since I was 10 and have to wear a bra or well you understand. So I was having cramps the night before. I was making oatmeal with water, I felt something wet so I thought it was water or discharge. I felt my pajama pants and it was not what I expected. I ran to the bathroom and I saw a h...[Read More..]
I remember going to the bathroom after my mom's dinner party and seeing pink on the tissue and thought oh no I'm dying, lol. My mom explained to me that this was what she told me during that birds and bees talk two years earlier would happen. It didn't hurt much the first time but ever since then I think it's trying to take me out! I was 13 and during the dinner party I thought I just had a tummy ache. My mom went in her room that night and cried because her little girl was growing up.<...[Read More..]
When I first got my period, I was 11 years old and was at my father's house for the weekend. I went to the bathroom and noticed blood on my panties. I started crying! My dad found out I was crying and asked what was wrong. I was too embarrassed to tell him and I knew it would be awkward for him. Instead I called my mom and she came to pick me up. She bought me icecream, magazines, and midol for cramps. I remember sleeping alot the first time and enjoyed the attention I got from my mom....[Read More..]
I was a late bloomer. At 15 years old, I had gotten breasts and was fairly tall, but I still hadn't hit menarche. I was beginning to think I was infertile, and I would always clam up around girls at the lunch table talking about period woes. I was also jealous that I didn't have that excuse to get out of swim class! I always thought I would wake up one morning, see the blood as I stepped into the shower, and look at myself in the mirror, feeling like a true woman. Instead, I got it in global...[Read More..]
I have to start by saying that my mom and I are now best of friends and this is in no way criticism of the way she raised me it was a different time and talking about certain things were still taboo.
When I was a young girl there was no "talk" about your cycle or what to expect, actually I don't think there was much talking about anything regarding our bodies. I do remember my very forward-thinking mom buying me "Are You There God? It's Me Margaret." But th...[Read More..]
Growing up I was the first to mature. I remember being teased in school because I wore a bra. My mom was a single mother and I was alone a lot. I had a good friend and her mom was always home. They were a very open family. It helped that when I was going through my first stages of puberty my friend welcomed a baby brother into her family. We asked numerous questions and she answered them wholeheartedly.
So when I experienced my first period my mother didn't know. I told...[Read More..]
My first period story takes place in the summer of 1964. I was a bubbly, active thirteen-year-old who was excited for the many summer activities of camping, swimming and picnics by the lake my family had planned. With the sun on my heels and warm wind in my hair, I knew this summer would be special.
But I didn’t realize it would be special in “that” kind of way...
I remember the day like yesterday, and rightly so, without it The DivaCup would never be the suc...[Read More..]
As a late bloomer (later than pretty much all my friends), I was more than "prepared" for my first period. Having a great relationship with my mom and 2 older sisters, I knew what to look for when my monthly visitor arrived. Though my period arrived later for me than my friends I very much appreciated that. While friends were changing tampons or sanitary napkins, I was still riding bikes and having fun. Not to say your period should end your childhood, it just changes the dyn...[Read More..]
I wanted to get my period so bad. Like all girls, I wondered when it would make it's appearance. I was crazy enough to get into my moms stash of tampons (super plus ones ouch!) and practicing putting them in before my period ever began. I read the American Girl book, The Care and Keeping of YOU, over about a hundred times. I was so ready.
It was January 1, 2002 and I was turning 13 in a month. I was home alone, not at school because it was winter break. I was in my room organizing st...[Read More..]
My first period was never anything special. I was just an 11 year old girl and it was just a spot of blood on my panties about the size of a quarter. no biggie but my mom wasn’t the kind of person to talk to me about something like that.
She just tells me that its my period hands me a pad and that was it. later on down the road I started hearing about how some moms would take their daughters out to eat or take them out for a pedicure to celebrate their period but I could&r...[Read More..]
I was well prepared for my first period. I don't mean in school, although I was a good student as well. I mean that first time you menstruate. I had had sex education in fifth grade; I knew the parts and what they were supposed to do. I just had to wait until it happened. As luck would have it, I was wearing white shorts when it started. I wasn't worried though, I was excited. I was a woman. I had supplies with me so there was just a rush to get them in place.
When I got home tha...[Read More..]
I was raised by my grandma, and I adore her, but when it comes to periods she's definitely "old fashion". I guess you could say she warned me about my period in her own subtle way, but I got far more information from friends at school than I did from her. And to tell you the truth, I really didn't want to hear "that information" coming from my grandmother, it mortified me! I was always (and still am) totally embarrassed to talk to her about anything period or sex related, ...[Read More..]
I don't have kids but remember the 1st day of my period like it was yesterday. I was 11 and it was the first day of school...first day of 6th grade...1st day of moving from grade school to middle school. I started on the bus ride home that afternoon after school. I was a latch key kid and my mom worked full-time. I went to the bathroom...saw the "evidence" ...and promptly freaked out and called my mom at work. Her boss let her come home early. She came into the house and hugge...[Read More..]
Our First Period stories are seldom told.
We share highlights from our childhood with our own children as they grow up, from the mischievous to the beautiful, from the mundane to the unparalleled. Moms may share their First Kiss story with their Teen girl, but a first menstrual story? Rarely...
Having worked with woman and girls all over the world, I found that sharing these silent stories creates deep bonding, and has a rich healing effect on those who share, as well ...[Read More..]
My first period came when I was 11 years old, I was the first of my friends to get my period and I was especially pleased with myself, as the flat-chested girl in a group of girls who had developed early and large, this meant I wasn't going to be left behind. In fact getting my period first meant to me that I was the first to reach womanhood, my chest may have been flat but I had made up for that with womanly hips and womanly things going on between my hips.
It was after gym class...i...[Read More..]
By Carolyn West
I was 13 and wondering why my cousin who was six months younger than me had already gotten her period. While I was completely terrified of it, I still wondered what was wrong with me for not having it. While I was technically prepared, I knew WHAT was going to happen and I had a box of supplies under my bathroom sink, I was utterly unprepared emotionally. For anything.
At 13 I w...[Read More..]
When I first got my period, I was 13 years old. I was sitting on my front porch with a close girl friend of mine and we were listening to music together, just hanging out. To be honest, I didn't actually feel my period come. I noticed that it had arrived when I went to the washroom and yes, it had soaked right through my fashionable skin tight jean shorts that were light denim in color with pink roses painted on them. I felt completely humiliated and embarrassed and I wasn't even sure if ...[Read More..]
Getting your period for the first time is one of those moments when you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing. I remember this day so vividly because I was looking SO forward to it for a very different reason. I was preparing to leave that afternoon for my first big trip away from my parents. Not only was I going away without them, I was going to a different country on a different continent for an entire month! My Grandparents were already in Ireland waiting for me to arrive...[Read More..]
I’d say I was pretty young when I first started my period. I was only 8 years old, turning 9 in about two months. I remember the day vividly. I spent the day upstairs on New Year’s Eve while family and friends were over. I wasn’t in the mood to be bothered with everyone laughing and talking unnecessarily loud at all. I had been in a cranky mood all month and didn’t know why. In the midst of watching Purple Rain (my favorite movie), eating everything in sight, and cryin...[Read More..]
In contrast to the many Toxic Shock Syndrome stories on You ARE Loved's site, mine is not one of illness, loss or pain. I am a lucky one!
Getting Started with Tampons
I started my menstrual journey at 15 the way most girls do: using pads. I never got along with them, and hated the "diapery" feeling and the odor.
My mom solely used tampons, so I was natu...[Read More..]
Say it again
Last fall I had a conversation about menstruation with my then two-year-old daughter. I didn’t want to; I was forced. Some were amused by its content. Some inspired.
Just the other night, the topic of periods came up again. Because I was having mine, and once again my daughter saw the string between my legs.The conversation started off exactly like the first ...[Read More..]
Camping with a menstrual cup, scary or sensible?
Expecting to start my period the day we were scheduled to leave for our camping trip I was "prepared" and decided to bring my DivaCup with me. I've never enjoyed the inconvenience my period has caused during a camping trip, the extra concern of being somewhere I could change my tampon or the early morning wake up calls from aunt flo. There's nothing like waking up wi...[Read More..]
I struggle to be on friendly terms with what is commonly referred to as maxi pads. Although it’s been many years since I’ve used one, I remember why I began disliking pads—they felt like diapers for adults, only instead of urine & fecal matter, I was sitting in menstrual fluids.
My issue with pads began while I was in high school. I was in the middle of class, had just changed my pad, yet I felt warm liquid working its way up my crack. I knew if I didn’t ca...[Read More..]
I will never forget the shopping trip that I took with my Mom when we were searching for my grade 8 Graduation dress. I had my period and I had the worst cramps I had ever experienced. I had already taken some medication for the pain, but it wasn't doing anything for me. I should have listened better to my body because I ended up passing out on the change room floor because the pain was so intense! We ended up going to see the doctor after that and I was prescribed some special medication...[Read More..]
My parents divorced when I was 11 and my mother moved out of the house. For a while my mother would buy me my monthly "supplies" and drop them off because it was too embarrassing to ask my father.
After a while, my mother said I was on my own to pick up these necessities. In an effort to be sly and avoid any conversation about my needs, I decided to quietly add them to the weekly grocery list for my dad. I wrote "pads" in the middle of the list. I thought for...[Read More..]
Growing up, I was a swimmer. I took swim lessons in back to back sessions and I eventually became a life guard. I had to learn how to use a tampon rather early on in my period experiences. I didn't realize how time consuming trying to figure out how to use a tampon would be nor did I ever think that I would want my Mom's assistance or advice. My Mom left to go out with her friends on the day that I had to figure out how to use one. I was having a swim test that was very important and I c...[Read More..]
This is a story that goes back all the way to highschool. I was experiencing a heavy flow and I remember I was wearing a regular pad. I did a lot of walking around and sitting during the day and you know what that does to your period right? It makes your period flow more towards the front than the back so a simple solution for this is to just strategically place your pad closer to the front. This means your pad will cover less area at the back but as long as you know you're not doing any acti...[Read More..]
Every woman has a story or two about a menstrual accident. Leaking through white shorts – mortifying. Asking a male teacher for an emergency pass to the restroom – humiliating. A little white string hanging out the crotch of your swimsuit – really, really embarrassing. But hearing about these stories is helpful because you can prepare and hopefully avoid having your own accident story. Cramps are another thing. Knowing that someone else had cramps so bad she sweated through ...[Read More..]
By Megan Durham
My mother insisted that tampons were practically a gift from the gods. Pads were like diapers, she said, itchy and immature. I got the distinct impression that real women wore tampons, that this was just another trial that I had to undergo in my quest towards adulthood. Blood wasn’t enough in itself.
So I proudly took the box that she had given me and trotted off to the bath...[Read More..]
As with many girls, I’m sure, the first few years of having your menstrual cycle can be very tortuous. You’re getting used to the pains, the pads, and the predicting. I like to consider myself a fast learner, so I had the changing pads and pain relief down to a science. My main issue was trying to track my cycle and knowing exactly when I was going to start my period. I was in the 6th grade, and my teacher was known all around school for throwing the biggest classroom parties for ...[Read More..]
Public bathrooms... not always a great experience! I'm sure just saying those two words brings about a number of images. Public restrooms can be dirty, smelly and just plain gross to use for several reasons (more reasons than I can list here today). So, after visiting a Washington State Ferry Terminal restroom and being pleasantly surprised to find a new way to help keep bathrooms sanitary I had to share.
One of the "ewww" factors for public restrooms can be the improper dis...[Read More..]
Is anything more stressful than worrying about the possibility of a leak? How can anyone focus on learning in class, performing on the field, or talking to your friends when a leak could happen at any time?
Whether you are getting ready for your first period, have had your period a few times, or have been menstruating for years the following tips will help you wave goodbye to leaks.
1) Know Your Flow. Be extra prepared on your heaviest days then relax o...[Read More..]
Until my 20’s, I struggled with PMS. Whether it was backaches, migraines, excessive cramping, etc. it was a constant struggle. I always did the obvious, painkillers, PMS tea, read all the tips from magazines and it seemed, nothing worked. It wasn’t until my late 20’s I met a modern day goddess (and yoga guru), [Read More..]
Swimsuit season has officially arrived! If your summer is anything like mine, you will be in the water a lot this summer. And, more than once you may find the fun in the water is planned on a day when you are menstruating.
When it comes to swimming or even just being in a swimsuit during your period, many girls and women worry. We worry about so many different things, including:
I used to be that girl who dreaded my period AND the week before my period. It would begin with the ridiculous sugar cravings (yes the kind where eating a whole chocolate cake would be just fine), then the bloating would start (probably because of the whole chocolate cake), and it would culminate in the worst cramps ever (think the kind of cramps that make you throw u...[Read More..]
So Many Names & Perspectives
No matter what you call it — Dot, Tom (time of the month), Cousin Ruby, Aunt Flo, Period, or even the old phrase “on the rag,” – it is still menstruation. If you are a woman, live with women, have daughters or sisters, work or interact in some way with females – chances are good that you are somewhat familiar with the basic deta...[Read More..]
For many young girls, one of the most deeply rooted menstruation fears is to rise up from their desk at school only to have accidentally leaked all over their clothes - for everyone in their class to see.
While this fear is diminished with time and experience, it is an absolutely normal and natural feeling for most girls who are menstruating to worry while they are at school.
Truth is, even adults worry about this, and it would be rare for any woman t...[Read More..]
The menstrual cycle and menstruation are often not well understood by many women, even though dealing with it is something they are faced with on a regular basis.
The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long, but just as all women are different, so are our periods. Normal cycles can range anywhere from 21 to 35 days in adults and from 21 to 45 days in young teens.
Many women may have irregular or heavy periods, making their periods unpredictable or otherwise dif...[Read More..]
I discovered something a few years ago that has changed me and has made a huge difference in my life of PMS, pads and periods. If I'd only known it when I was a teen and just beginning my menstrual journey; oh, what a difference it would have made in my life. I don't want you to be like me; with almost 35 years of menstrual experience before I learned this important truth. Here it is. Embrace your cycle, every day of it. Embrace the good and the bad, the apparent strengths and wea...[Read More..]
Using a Menstrual Cup for the First Time
In a feminine hygiene market dominated by tampons and pads, trying a menstrual cup may seem intimidating at first. Menstrual cups have been around as long as tampons but are less familiar to some women. Whether you're dealing with unpredictable periods, experience a heavy...[Read More..]
Take it easy during your menstrual cycle and, acccording to ayurdeda, a lot of possible future health problems would be diverted.
Unfortunately however, not 'being up to par' once a month is often frowned upon and women tend to try even harder to be 'superwoman'.
However, your monthly period is nature's way of detoxing your body. If you go with it you'll reap enormou...[Read More..]
Among the menstruating women, a painful menstruation or menstrual cramps are quite common. Medically this problem is termed as Dysmenorrhea. Mainly younger women experience this painful menstrual cramp. Usually this symptom gradually subsides after pregnancy or with the older age. For some women these menstrual cramps may be severe, while ma...[Read More..]
Amy Elifritz was age 20, menstruating and using tampons, when she came down with what appeared to be the flu. She died four days later from Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). After Amy’s death, her mother, Lisa, founded You ARE Loved, a nonprofit that raises awareness about tampon related Toxic Shock Syndrome and provides factual menstrual information.
The day started out great we all woke up got ready and went to breakfast. Our cabin was known for not putting in too much effort when getting ready. While the other girl’s rooms were filled with fumes of hair spray and their mirrors were prime real estate our routine consisted of rolling out of bed, throwing our hair in a ponytail, and heading o...[Read More..]
The term toxic shock syndrome (TSS) refers to a rare complication from a bacterial infection often resulting in life-threatening consequences. Frequently, TSS occurs from toxins released by the Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria, but the Streptococcus pyogenes (strep) bacteria can also cause the condition. These toxins circulate throughout the bloodstream, causing high fever, rash, multi...[Read More..]
Toxic Shock Syndrome was back in the headlines recently following an investigation on US television about the tampon related death of Amy Elifritz.
In response women around the world have been asking what is in...[Read More..]
Other Period Concerns
If you have thrush, or even if you don’t, irritation from tampons and pads may be causing you discomfort. Gynaecologists say that up to a third of women with symptoms of vaginal itching, soreness and/or discharge may be experiencing the symptoms of Vulval Dermatitis or Intimate Irritation.
As the name implies, women experience the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) for one to two weeks before their monthly menstruation begins. For some women, these symptoms are very mild and barely noticeable, but for others the symptoms cause considerable...[Read More..]
I am 54 years old but I have two twenty something daughters who get their periods and an 11 year old granddaughter who is definitely hitting puberty. Oh the attitude on that child!
Nowadays everyone is trying to be as green friendly as they can by using recyclable and sustainable products. I started to fool around with the idea of creating cloth menstrual pads and panty liners and used my daughters as guinea pigs! Let me tell you, they hated the idea and thought it was absolutely g...[Read More..]
Q: What is a menstrual cup and what are the advantages of using one?
A: There are two kinds of menstrual cups: the first is a soft, flexible cup that is worn internally, in the natural space under the cervix and behind the pubic bone where it conforms to your body. You can wear it for about 12 hours at a time, after which it is disposed and a new one is i...[Read More..]
Carolyn A. DeForest, Ph.D., Founder/President, Ruby’s Red Wash
As odd as it may seem, for several years, I noticed every, single menstrual product advertising that came my way. Actually, I analyzed the ones that were out of my way, too. I bought magazines that I wouldn’t normally peruse and paid attention to television ads that I would usually mentally tune out. I wasn’t just obsessed; I was o...[Read More..]
By Sarmaad Amin
Hygiene products are something that most of us use but don't really think very much about. However, there are ingredients in many of them than contribute to pollution of our environment. Since you don't want to give up the process of good hygiene there is a better alternative to consider. This involves the use of organic products, and more of them are offe...[Read More..]
It can be difficult to feel like you are one of the only girls in your grade that hasn’t started her period or hasn’t seemed to ‘blossom’ yet. If you are what might be called a ‘late bloomer’ (I know, awkward term) it is normal to feel anxiety and worry that you are different, or that something is wrong with you!
But the best thing to do is put your worries aside – and realize that when it comes to puberty, there is no such thing as &...[Read More..]
Puberty is a topic few parents feel ready to explore. Regardless of your comfort level, it is important that you learn and pass along the basics to your son or daughter before puberty begins. If your child has started school, then the information that follows is relevant now.
Ready . . . Set . . . Grow!
Puberty is the phase of development when a child’s body transitions into an adult body, including the attainment of reproductive c...[Read More..]
Your daughter has started her period. Now, in the same place where the little girl with bows in her hair stood – is a pseudo woman. It can be bittersweet to realize just how fast your daughter is growing up. As a parent, it is extremely important to welcome the changes and to help your daughter transition into womanhood feeling accepted and loved.
It is also important to try and take a step back and realize what your daughter may be feeling. For so many girls, the onset of m...[Read More..]
Back to School
It seems like the need to be prepared for a new school year arrives a little earlier each summer. Before the first day arrives, there is much to do and many items to buy including:
- adjusting bedtimes and morning routines,
- purchasing school supplies, and
- choosing an outfit for the first day.
If you have a daught...[Read More..]
When it comes to feminine hygiene supplies, there are almost as many questions as there are products! Since your daughter will use approximately 10,000 pads, tampons and/or panty liners in her lifetime, it is worth investing some time to lear...[Read More..]
Puberty isn’t a four letter word, nor is it something you should feel confident about ignoring until your child is older. Puberty may be arriving sooner rather than later for your child. Even if your child begins developing at a later age than most, he or she is likely to have friends who begin puberty early in elementary school. Did you know that recent research (2010) found that more than 1 in 7 seven year old girls (15%) and m...[Read More..]
When does it start?
The majority of girls will experience breast development in elementary school. While some will begin as soon as 1st grade, most girls are a bit older (8-12 years old). The initial breast development, often called budding, is typically the first sign of puberty.
What should we expect?
Not only will things begin to look different, they also will feel different too. Breast buds often begin as hard kno...[Read More..]
By Carolyn West
I live in a house full of girls. Actually, I live in a house full of three girls and one guy. That guy? My husband. He’s not too happy to be living in a house full of girls.
Boys, admittedly, get a bad wrap. They are wilder, harder to potty train, break things, get dirty and have stinky rooms. Girls, on the other hand, are supposed to be sweet and loving and like to wea...[Read More..]
By DeAnna L'am
One of my mentors said to me many years ago:
"It's great to work on cleaning the barn, but don't forget to RIDE THE PONIES!"
Are you so busy reminding your girl of her homework/chores/the need to get-out-of-the-door, that you don't have time to enjoy her anymore??? If you wonder where did all the joy go, now that your girl is approaching puberty, read on...
When I...[Read More..]
Your daughter will soon be entering (or recently has entered) an exciting stage in her life. Essentially she is crossing the threshold between the girl she has been and the woman she will become. Thanks to hormones, everything will be changing: physically, emotionally, cognitively and even socially. You can be assured that with a little knowledge, open and frequent communication, and lots of love, you and your daughter will grow closer and closer as you navigate this new stage of life togeth...[Read More..]
By Gina Badalaty
6 Keys to Help You Teach Your Special Needs Daughter about Puberty
One of the more challenging aspects of raising a daughter with special needs is teaching her about puberty. This year my 9 year old, Amelia, started showing the earliest signs of puberty. I panicked, but after I calmed down, I came up with a practical plan on how I would teach her. In developing my plan, I discovered six keys that can...[Read More..]
Let’s talk about it, and take it seriously
Usually when a day is designated to a specific cause or event it is meant to be celebrated, but if you ask a woman going through menopause what she thinks of Menopause Day she’ll tell you there is nothing celebratory about [Read More..]
By Ellen Dolgen
Thursday, October 18th, 2012 is World Menopause Day. This is like a worldwide birthday party for the big M! This year, the sponsoring organization, the International Menopause Society (IMS), is launching a campaign to focus on the health implications of weight gain during menopause. (Coincidentally, I blogged about [Read More..]
Infographic compliments of BodyScience Medical...[Read More..]
Symptoms: Not every woman experiences every symptom, thank goodness, but the most common ones that will sneak up on you are irregular periods, hot flashes, headaches, night sweats, and loss of sex drive. There are natural and hormonal therapies to help you manage – see your doctor. What’s the positive? You save money on sanitary products, you can take that Alaskan cruise now and stay warm and your husband will become more attentive, helpful and romantic as he tries to woo you....[Read More..]
When I was a little girl, I used to notice a few of the older women at church sitting next to their husbands, and they looked like a pair of older men, one with a wig. So, I asked my Mom why this was, and she tried to tactfully explain menopause to me, and how some women can lose their feminine traits…my poor mother! This stuck with me though, an...[Read More..]
Believe it or not, as a father – you play a huge role in how comfortable your daughter is with her own femininity. Girls who have a loving, supportive, compassionate, and understanding father have been proven in numerous studies to have more self-confidence and perform better in school (and life!)
It’s easy as a father to sit back and allow mom, or another female role model to handle the particulars of periods – considering those things ‘woman’s stuff!&r...[Read More..]
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" cys...[Read More..]
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.
I 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 h...[Read More..]
I hope my story will be informational and helpful to all women who suffer from Endometriosis.
Since I first started my menstrual cycle at just 11yrs old, it was just awful. I had horribly heavy cycles and would get very sick and missed school because of it. My cycles were never on time and usually a week or more late. I lived with it because I was told that my heavy flow and everything was just heredity. Little did I know it was going to wind up being Endometriosis.
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By Arielle Denise Dance, M. A. in Women’s Health
In life we, as women, take many journeys: the journey through education, career decisions, through relationships and family transitions. Throughout all these journeys there has been someone (or more than one person) who has supported us, encouraged us and held our hand through the process. Some of these journeys presented obstacles and hurdles we did not expect and made us grateful for people within our support systems....[Read More..]
What is Endometriosis?
It is a hormonal and immune disease affecting girls as young as eight and women of all ages. The name comes from the word, endometrium, which is the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus and builds up and sheds each month in the menstrual cycle. In “endo” tissue like the endometrium is found outside the uterus in other areas of the body, most commonly in the abdomen.
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Hi! My name is Jennifer, I'm 30 years old & live in Mobile, AL. Since March is endometriosis awareness month, I'd like to share my story with you about my battle with this disease. I hope that in sharing my story it will give others with the disease hope, & help raise awareness to those who may not know about or understand endo.
I have lived with endometriosis since I started having a period, although I didn't get an "official" diagnosis until I was 21. I live in con...[Read More..]
By Arielle Denise Dance, MA in Women’s Health
Endometriosis…such a big word that can be very confusing. If you were to search the word, there would be information about painful periods, possible infertility and treatment options of surgery and birth control. You may find pictures of damaged reproductive organs from years of scarring or women doubled over in pain. If you were to ask me to simply explain this big word, endometriosis, I’d tell you that it is a dis...[Read More..]