Helping girls of all ages during a transition time in their lives is what we do best here. So when a young girl named Amber* reached out to us with some questions and concerns regarding her first period, we thought this conversation would be a fabulous one to share!

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By Eva Marie Carney


Having the supplies you need when your period arrives each month is critical to feeling in charge of your body and your life. That’s one of the principles behind Be Prepared Period.


Can you imagine your feeling of panic if you lived where supplies cost so much that you couldn’t afford them? What if that same panic overtook you each month, as you anticipated getting your period? I started The Kwek Society in 2018 to get period supplies to girls and young women who otherwise would be in that state of panic each month.


Kwe'k means "women" in the Native Potawatomi language.


The Native American girls and young women we help live right here in the United States. They reside in rural areas where internet is spotty (making online shopping impossible), convenience stores may be the only place to shop for a hundred miles, and the price of necessities like pads and tampons in those convenience stores may be double what you’d pay in a store like Walmart or Target. Period underwear aren’t good alternatives for these students because they typically don’t have access to affordable, close-by laundry facilities, and most all of them aren’t comfortable using menstrual cups. Without help from groups like ours, these girls and young women may be forced to skip school when they have their periods, or use supplies for longer than intended and risk their health.


Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know about Native American students’ lack of period supplies until now. I’m Native American myself (enrolled Citizen Potawatomi) and didn’t have a clue about it until I read a HuffPost article in the summer of 2017, Why Many Native American Girls Skip School When They Have Their Periods. I hope you’ll check out the article, and that you are inspired to learn more about us and join with us so that we can meet the needs of even more students each month. You can visit our website at and our Facebook page @kweksociety; @KwekSociety will take you to our latest Tweets.


The Kwek Society got its IRS designation as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2018, so all donations to us are tax-deductible to the extent the law permits. We are an all-volunteer organization so your donations directly support students. You can read a report detailing our mission, programming, financials and more at Guidestar. Currently The Kwek Society is sending first-period kits bought from Be Prepared Period, along with period pads, tampons and girls’ underwear, to students in 6 schools in the Central Consolidated School District. We have just been asked to supply 5 more schools in that school district, which covers nearly 3,000 square miles in the northwest corner of New Mexico. Most of the students attending these New Mexico schools are Navajo girls, all students in the district are economically disadvantaged.


We also are sending supplies to Wounded Knee District School in South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge reservations. Students there are from the Oglala Sioux Tribe; 98% of the school’s students qualify for free and reduced meals during the school day.


The Kwek Society not only raises funds and accepts cash contributions and in-kind donations so we can supply first-period kits, period pads and girls’ underwear to students each month – we also work to raise awareness of the needs of the students we support and to publicize and celebrate Native American girls’ and women’s many successes. We hope you’ll join in our work and help make sure that Native American students in rural communities don’t feel panicked when they get their periods or think they are being punished for being a girl, but instead experience the feelings of self-worth and confidence for which we’re all striving!


Eva Marie Carney is the founder and president of The Kwek Society. You can reach her directly at



By collecting products and raising funds to donate to local women’s shelters, soup kitchens, and food banks, this program helps to alleviate a serious need for menstrual hygiene products in our communities.


For every Period 2GO Kit purchased using the promo code #BOGO, Be Prepared Period will donate one homeless hygiene kit to one of our sponsored partners.


Learn how you can support The Kwek Society’s mission to supply students with the products they desperately need.

Amazing Women in Action

Together, we can help.

Help ensure that no girl misses a day of school because of a lack of menstrual supplies. By partnering with our Feminine CARE Donation Program you will help students in need and your community, all while helping build body confidence in your students!    

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prepare for back to school and prevent bullying at school
It’s time to head back to school! No matter the age of your child, this time of year presents a unique set of parenting challenges. We’re answering all of your questions! Below, you’ll find everything you need to know to get your child ready for school, as well as how to prevent bullying at school. This post will cover the following topics: Read More… >>

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Cloth Pads vs Disposables

by Jackie Bolen

Menstrual cups like the Diva Cup, Mooncup, Lena Cup or Ruby Cup are all the rage these days. Period Panties, due to their huge advertising budgets are similar (have you heard of Thinx?). However, reusable cloth pads are another eco-friendly period product that aren’t getting a lot of attention.

I’ll compare these reusable menstrual pads to disposables in a few different categories: Cost, the Environment, Health Factors, Effectiveness, and Ease of Use to help you decide which option is right for you.Read More… >>

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When will I get my first period


Once puberty hits, the clock starts. It may even seem like the countdown is on, and your period is on its way. But for many young girls, their period arrives years after the first signs of puberty set in. For others, Aunt Flow may show up totally unannounced. If you’re trying to get a better idea of when to expect your period (or your daughter’s period!) it can be hard to know what signs to pay attention to. You’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re breaking down how to read the signs your body is giving, and get a better idea of when Aunt Flow will arrive. Sound good? Let’s go!Read More… >>

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how to stop your period

We talk a lot about period positivity around here, but we get it. Periods can be a real pain in the you-know-what. Sometimes, it would be easier if your period just didn’t show up for a month or two, right? As with any health decision, attempting to control or change your cycle does come with certain repercussions – but are they worth worrying about? We’re answering all of your questions! Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the pros and cons of interfering with your body’s menstrual cycle.  We’ll be covering the following topics:
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how to make a menstrual cycle calendar

By Cynthia –

First of all, if you just got your first period, welcome to the club! We have cookies and chocolate (and we’ll share!)

With the arrival of your first period comes the need to start keeping track of your menstrual health. How are you supposed to do that, you might ask? By creating a menstrual calendar! Today’s blog post will show you how to make your very own menstrual cycle calendar, and why it’s important.
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ditch scented period products

We’re so grateful to be living in the modern era. Think about it: just one hundred years ago, women were wearing restrictive corsets and layers upon layers of thick petticoats. (Can you imagine how uncomfortable that must have been on a hot summer day?! Not to mention the physical repercussions of those tight waist cinchers. No, thank you!) Yes, it’s true: some of trends are better left in the past.

As history has progressed, the desire for comfort and safety has slowly started to win over aesthetics or outdated standards (thank goodness!) Of course, we’ve still got some work to do. The next item we could all benefit from leaving behind? Scented period products.

We’ve talked about the dangers of conventional period products before.  But the subject of fragrance (especially when it comes to your vagina!) is one that’s worth diving a little deeper into.Read More… >>

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Is it PMS or PMDD

Contributed by Danielle Bosley

If you find yourself struggling to stay focused and energized each month when Aunt Flow arrives, you’re not alone. For a lot of women, the societal stigma against periods and all things related to them makes it hard to talk about. In fact, many ladies who battle these issues suffer in silence for years. Many assume they must be clinically insane or suffering from some form of mental illness, so they don’t speak up.Read More… >>

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What advice would you give to someone just diagnosed with endometriosis


So, you’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis (Or you suspect that you have it.) Now what? It can be so difficult to know where to go from here. We’re here to tell you: you’re not alone. There’s hope. You can (and will) live a happy, full life in spite of your illness. You are more than your pain.

Today’s post is the final in a series we’ve been sharing all month long on how to support women with endometriosis. Below, you’ll find advice and thoughts directly from our network of endometriosis sisters. They know how you’re feeling because they’ve experienced it too, and today they’re sharing some encouragement.

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