You Literally Can’t Go On Without Knowing These 16 Period Facts!

You Literally Can’t Go On Without Knowing These 16 Period Facts!

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Why do periods often feel like a subject of lore when they are in fact life? Let me tell you: Society gets off on preserving the acts of the female body because mystery is sexy, blood is not. However, we aren’t doing ourselves any favors when each month our time comes and for some reason, it always feels like our body will be its own demise. Our menstrual cycles unite us, they hold the power of knowledge about our individual bodies — if you listen carefully enough they can tell you where you need more self-love, more rest, less stress, even down to what you should be eating!
The numbers are in: in a poll of 200 women, 75% of you Vérité women that participated said they were completely mystified about necessary info (wtf is a tampon) the first time they ever got their periods. Of those same women, 76% aren’t aware of what distinctions in the color of your period blood can mean about your overall health! Without fears of the taboo, we set up a virtual red tent of our own right here to bring you 16 very necessary period facts, and our healthy happy period shopping list!

  1. In many ancient cultures, period blood was actually considered sacred. Some even believed its consumption could bless one with immortality. Now that’s the credit we are due.

2. Tampons are the most popular method of feminine hygiene in the western world, in places like France, it’s much more common to use a tampon without an applicator or a menstrual cup! C’est très eco-friendly.

3. Most mainstream tampon companies are actually run by men, from the CEO to the marketing team. WTF?

4. On the subject of tampon companies — it is not FDA enforced for tampon and pad companies to list ingredients. This means you literally have no clue what goes into the products you literally depend on.

5. A new wave of period products including brands like LOLA and Cora are being transparent about what goes into the products you rely on monthly. They also deliver on a subscription basis so you are no longer rushing to the drugstore in a state of SOS.

6. Women’s menstrual cycles can run from anywhere between 21 to 35 days, most commonly and what we are usually told is “normal” is a 28-day cycle.

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7. There’s an app for that! Author Alisa Vitti is famed for her book WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source which changed the game when it comes to what we know about our cycles (it’s a must read). Her app Flo Living allows you to gain daily insight into your cycles best life, and track where you’re at mentally and physically.

8. Your period can actually make you more aroused. It hardly makes any sense and there’s much speculation as to why this happens but if you’re a woman who often feels hornier during your period you are not alone! Some say it’s due to a change in hormone release, others claim it’s the circulation of blood against the nerve endings in your vulva creating the arousal. Whatever it is, it’s not just in your head.

9. PERIOD SEX IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOU. Re: the above fact, having an orgasm while on your period or leading up to can help relax the muscles of your uterus, allowing for a healthier blood flow and releasing happy hormones that counter pesky PMS!

10. Your body actually amps up the number of calories it burns leading up to your period causing those terrible cravings, but we say fuck em’, you’re burning more you’re entitled to eat more!

11. According to Healthline.com, a woman loses between approximately two to four tablespoons of blood during her monthly period.

12. In other cultures, however, periods are still viewed with much oppression even in modern day. In the most conservative of the Jewish religion, menstruation is called “Niddah” and is referred to as a time when a woman is unclean. This means she may not have physical contact with those of the opposite sex as to not spread impurity.

13. Color Theory: the shade of your period blood is a very important indicator of your personal health and where your hormones are at. Light pink can mean a lack of estrogen (the hormone that lives in your ovaries and makes you fertile). Dark brown can indicate deep shedding or blood from deeper parts of the uterus. Deep red can mean low progesterone (the hormone that regulates your periods). A healthy, happy period is a bright red!

14. Essential oils have been used for centuries to balance our periods: here are just a few and their benefits:

  • Lavender: where hasn’t lavender come in handy? This plant can help as a mood balancer during heavy states of PMS. Rub it on your stomach area in essential oil form to help relax the muscles of your reproductive system.
  • Clary Sage: this herb is a great hormone balancer as it acts like a hormone itself. Keep an essential oil bottle of this handy for inhaling during your cycle.
  • Bergamot: Also a hormone balancer, it can help by getting rid of negative thought patterns that heighten during this time of the month. Put a few drops into your aromatherapy diffuser and let the scent do the work.
  • Geranium: this essential oil can be a wonderful anti-inflammatory which can really come in handy during this bloat-prone time. Treat yourself to a little self-massage with some high-quality geranium oil!

15. Another heavy-hitting natural healer during this time of need can be cannabis. Invest in a high-quality CBD oil to either take internally or massage into the skin around your lower abdomen to fight off serious cramps and soreness!

16. Like the cycles of the moon, we too wax and wane. In many communities, women are naturally synced with the full or new moon and rituals follow. In Native American tribes, it was quite normal to check yourself into a moon lodge with your female tribe-mates during this time. In biblical times a Red Tent was a woman’s sanctuary to worship the fertility gods during her time of the month. By incorporating practices such as moon ceremonies, and paying close attention to your bodies responses in correlation with the moon can help you feel more connected.

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Whether I am deemed as what our society calls beautiful or not, I’d rather be recognized for my uniqueness than for my ability to conform.

Vérité Woman Renée Palkovsky found herself face to face with the beauty industry when her unique perspective on beauty and self-preservation didn’t seem to line up with the masses. She takes this space to lend her vision on why makeup isn’t for her. “I’d rather be recognized for my uniqueness than for my ability to conform.”

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Why don’t I wear makeup you ask? Sit down a while and let me tell you how I really feel. 

We live in a world, a generation where, for me, everything feels fake – fake boobs, fake nails, fake food, fake friends, fake news, fake followers on Instagram. It seems impossible to drudge up something truly real, something authentic — not changed, altered or amplified. I feel like I have to always be policing, checking to see if it that label inside the vintage YSL pants I found at the consignment shop are real or… well…fake. It’s as if everything must be double checked, researched, investigated and approved because if you don’t, who knows what you are really getting. And quite frankly I find it exhausting. Cue, the beauty industry.

I have nothing against cosmetics or even those who decide to indulge in plastic surgery. I get that doing certain things makes us feel sexier and boost our confidence, and I am all for that. Heck, it would be hypocritical of me to say that I am completely au natural: I get my legs waxed, use whitening toothpaste, and had a nose job years ago to realign a broken nose from my youth. All three can be deemed fake in some regard so I can’t be over here waving my “100% real” flag.  But how far are we take this changing, altering, or amplifying? How much is too much?

Makeup, like fashion, is an art form in my eyes. I have so much admiration for makeup artists who have the talent to work on so many different canvases (faces) and create something spectacular. Think about it — every single face is different with curves, shapes, indents, etc, and a makeup artist has to be able to not only work with that challenge but spot the unordinary in these human facades and capitalize on it. Makeup artists have the ability to transform the look of a person and that is what I call brilliance. But conjunctively it’s this transformation that doesn’t work for me personally.

I like to do this little exercise of inner dialogue: When I ask myself “why are you putting on makeup?” the answer usually has to do with fitting in or looking a certain way to get attention. So then I follow with the questions, “Who are you trying to fit in with and why are you seeking attention?” The last question always gets me and I catch my ego in a story about how I need to wear makeup in order to get attention because I’m being seen as attractive and then that will ultimately give me love — right? Wrong!
This is where I get choked up on the idea of wearing makeup because as you’ve just read, you can see I’d be doing it for all the wrong reasons. My made-up self is a way for me to cover up  (no pun intended) my insecurities. It’s nothing but a mask for me to hide behind because I have some odd belief from God knows where that what’s underneath isn’t beautiful or worthy of love from an outside source.
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So when I strip it down to the bare bones, makeup is where I would be robbing myself of authenticity because it’s not loving me for who I truly am or what I truly look like — my self-acceptance for the way I look would be fake. It’s just another way for me to conform with the masses for the fear of not being accepted, instead of charging forward every day from a space of “take me for who I am”.
I want those who I attract in my life to love me and accept me as I am and what I look like — truly — not the dolled up, 1 hour after looking in the mirror, 10 products, and 3 skin tone shades later. That’s just too much work and time that can be put toward something that offers more longevity. 

Whether I am deemed as what our society calls beautiful or not, I’d rather be recognized for my uniqueness than for my ability to conform.
I’d rather wake up everyday knowing that a) those who are in my life are here because of who I am, not for who I can be if you give me an hour and b) I don’t need to freak out because the guy waking up next to me might not like what he sees since he’s only ever seen me with makeup on and now it’s probably smeared all over my face. There is something so relieving in that. There isn’t anything to upkeep or maintain, you just get to be you. And when you and those in your life can love and accept the real you — well there isn’t anything fake about that. 

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Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA’s Favored Skincare Guru

Life & Green Beauty Advice From LA's Favored Skincare Guru | VERITE WOMAN, Spa, skincare, Celebrity Skincare, Green beauty, Clean beauty, Natural Beauty, Affordable spa in LA, Youtube, Wellness, Holistic Living, Hollywood, Health, Female Entrepreneur The first time I ever encountered Adina Diaz, owner & sole esthetician of Natural Feeling Spa a complete stranger told me “she will change your life, she is magic”. As a superstitious, omen-seeking, Los Angeleno I took this as The Universe speaking through said stranger to guide me towards the light — the infrared, pore tightening light of Adina’s spa that is. The wise passerby was not wrong, and Adina has become not only my skin guru, but it seems all of L.A’s. She is bright and warm like the first rays of summer, and she is willing to educate any and all that share her passion for green beauty — check out her addicting Youtube channel where she seeds out her expert tips. She is the ultimate #VERITEWOMAN: a self-made entrepreneur, creative, intellect, and clean product fanatic, and she’s here today to open the doors of her spa and share her story.

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Vérité Woman: You have built your skincare haven on the principles of clean natural ingredients, but it seems you were ahead of the curve — what drove you to clean beauty even before it was trending?

Adina Diaz: I was blessed to be raised in an environment and household that acknowledge the importance of water and plants around us. Without even realizing it my family used natural remedies in our everyday life.

VW: Tell me what drew you to plant-based, clean beauty products as a way of life — when did you find your love for botanicals as a cure?

AD: Looking back at my childhood, aloe, prickly pear, mesquite tree, yucca, blue corn, and sage were regular plants in my everyday life. My family would use these plants for not only medicinal purposes but consumption as well. One of the fondest memories I have is when I was a little girl, playing in my family’s backyard with my sister squishing desert flowers to make blush. I would say my love for botanicals bloomed from there.   

VW: That is such a beautiful visual, I can totally see it now. You are a well-known name here in L.A. — every time I talk about you at least three girls say “I love Adina!” How did you get your start with your spa in L.A. and spread your message of clean, green beauty? 

AD: It didn’t happen overnight. It’s been hard work, passion, and love to get me where I am. I have been in the beauty industry for over 13 years and although I haven’t always worked for myself I have always carried my holistic beliefs and purpose with me. I have been truly blessed that when people to come to see me they want to talk about the experience and naturally spread the word.   

VW: You’re so young and have created such an amazing space — what have been some trials you’ve faced in your progress to get to where you are now?

AD: As a female, I felt many times underestimated and not valued. As a young female business owner, I felt alone and not supported. Finding my voice, my strength and my tribe was a trial but I never gave up.

VW: If you could give any female entrepreneur a golden nugget of wisdom what would it be?

AD: Get out of your head, you are enough. You are 1 in a million. There is no one on this planet like you. Have passion, love, and hustle but never compare.

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VW: Your spa is so much more than a spa, and you have spoken of your spa as a safe haven and a space of love — what do you mean by this?

AD: When opening my spa, I knew it was going to serve more than one purpose. Without a doubt, it was going offer eco-beauty and eco-friendly products and services but more importantly it was going to be a positive space. A space that all races, all genders, all sexual preferences and all religions could be seen. Absolutely no hate is welcomed.

VW: Living in a city like Los Angeles it’s practically impossible to stay out of the way of chemicals even if we are switching our skincare products, cleaning products etc. How do you deal with balancing these two polarities in your everyday life?

AD: On top of having clean skincare products (Lotus Moon Beauty), it’s a balance of hot yoga ( Modo Yoga LA), mineralized alkaline water (Santevia Gravity Water System), regular detoxing (DetoxRx), dry brushing and a well-balanced diet.  

VW: Is there a no-no product you can’t live without?

AD: There isn’t a no-no product I can’t live without but there definitely is a yes-yes product I can’t live without. Cherry Blossom Healing Soothe Balm from Lotus Moon Skincare. I can’t even imagine ever running out of it. It’s my go-to night balm and my natural alternative to hydrocortisone and petroleum. I can’t live without!

VW: What do hydrocortisone and petroleum do for our skin?

 

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VW: If there could just be three — what are the skin rules every girl should abide by?

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize and girl you gonna make it in this world.  

VW: Lastly, if you could give a facial to any woman on Earth (alive or dead) who would it be and why?

AD: There are two women in this lifetime I would be honored to give a holistic facial too. First would be Frida Kahlo and second Oprah Winfrey. Both women have stayed true to themselves, are extremely resilient through incredibly difficult times and broke stereotypes in every way possible. I look up to these women and the tremendous strength they possess.

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Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides

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It’s important that our beauty products, cleaning products, even sex products are an extension of our very beliefs. Quality materials, purposeful branding, and a strong message of inclusivity are at the top of our list. Good design is pretty high up there too. That’s why Maude is a no-brainer as the sex-positive line of products that are gracing our bedsides (yes, that’s on our bedsides, we aren’t tucking these pretty things way) and simplifying our sex lives.
Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides, sex toy, minimalism, organic lubricant, sexual health, sex positive, industrial design, feminism, inclusive Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides, sex toy, minimalism, organic lubricant, sexual health, sex positive, industrial design, feminism, inclusiveTimes are bringing about a new kind of consumer, the kind that’s woke about the production and life-span of their purchases. They want a sense of intimacy from their most personal products — as they should. Eva Goicochea, co-founder of Maude says “The state of sexual health is changing. No longer are there just the big incumbents to look to for sexual wellness products. There is a crop of newer companies, including Maude, that are committed to providing better products and experiences for the consumer and it feels like just that idea—the idea of having a choice in where and whom you buy from—is so refreshing, and long overdue. We’re really excited about the change. In fact, while our launch tagline was ‘a better morning is coming’ and yes, we meant it in that way, we also were saying a new day is here—finally!

You must be wondering what kind of new-wave intimacies Maude can provide from the checkout cart straight to your bedroom. It’s more than just lubricant — although there’s that too, organic or silicone. Maude makes shopping easy with pre-made sets of all your favorite accessories: the powerful personal massager (a beautiful silicone body with the shape of a water droplet) matched with the ultra-thin condoms. Or a pairing of personal lubricant and those easy-open condoms. Each kit feels like it’s mirroring your very needs. With sleek packaging and quiet design, Maude makes sex products feel less raunchy than the prior offerings and much more relatable. Nothing is screaming gender labels, and there’s no punny marketing that only seems to include (or exclude) a certain type of fetish.
Meet Maude, The Sex Positive Brand Gracing Our Bedsides, sex toy, minimalism, organic lubricant, sexual health, sex positive, industrial design, feminism, inclusiveWhen asked how Maude hopes to change the conversation about sexual health for the better Goicochea says “As a gender-inclusive company and one that examines sex in a broader way—think history, culture, science, art—we are committed to creating product and a platform that makes people feel comfortable in exploring and talking about sex outside of the typical clinical and taboo ways.

Maude, you’re speaking our language. Get $5 off your first kit here.

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That Time The Internet Saved My Vagina with The All-Natural Cure.

 

That Time The Internet Saved My Vagina with The All-Natural Cure. VERITE WOMAN, How to get rid of Bacterial Vaginosis, How to get rid of BV, Chronic Yeast Infections, How to get rid of a yeast infection, At Home remedy for yeast infection, at home remedy for BV, OBGYN, what is BV, Boric Acid, Amazing Prime.As a woman, I understand the finicky, temperamental, and often panic-inducing whims of the vagina. Did you forget to take off your wet bikini immediately after the beach? Mayhem ensues. Peeing the minute after intercourse slipped your mind… because, well intercourse? A gyno bill in the making. But here at Vérité Woman, we don’t believe in the shame of taboos, we’re here to get real. If you aren’t often stumped by chronic Bacterial Vaginosis (an imbalance of bacteria in one’s vagina) or bi-monthly yeast infections (an imbalance of yeast in the body) you’re practically a unicorn with magic genes, and God bless you. For the rest of us, I am here to share the all-natural remedy that I spent most of my adult life searching for.

Bacterial Vaginosis, Yeast infection — Meet Boric Acid.

As someone who has suffered from chronic BV and yeast imbalances simultaneously, this has been my single most effective savior. I’ve spent quite literally years of my life on Google in an attempt to avoid another trip to the gyno in which they would prescribe antibiotics for the BV (which satirically enough also is a main cause of yeast imbalance). According to WebMD, I was already dead and this was a manifestation of hell. The best I came up with were home remedies that were more like witches brew. Yet, I tried them all willingly — none rewarded me with results of a healthy pH balance.

According to a study by the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 women have BV and may not even know it!

Finally, one day in the depths of a forum for extremely disgruntled, uncomfortable and desperate women (E.D.U.D.W.) someone suggested something called boric acid. They said you could buy it on Amazon.
That Time The Internet Saved My Vagina with The All-Natural Cure. VERITE WOMAN, How to get rid of Bacterial Vaginosis, How to get rid of BV, Chronic Yeast Infections, How to get rid of a yeast infection, At Home remedy for yeast infection, at home remedy for BV, OBGYN, what is BV, Boric Acid, Amazing Prime.Why I had never seen this clearly branded option before is a mystery. Why it wasn’t popping up on my Google ads since I so frantically had been searching all its keywords is, in my opinion, the greatest failure of the Internet. And I am here to save you from the same defeat.

I Amazon Primed that shit.

Within the first few uses, any and all symptoms evaporated as if they had never been. Both fungal and bacteria were returned back to their rightful percentages. Where I was constantly trying to maintain, I finally felt like I was able to cure. I came to find that this natural healer comes from boron and water which by Wikipedia’s definition is literal fairy dust:

“Produced entirely by cosmic ray spallation and supernovae and not by stellar nucleosynthesis, it is a low-abundance element in the Solar system and in the Earth’s crust.”

Basically, boric acid acts as a natural antibiotic to kill bacteria and fungal overgrowth in our bodies made up of minerals found in the earth.

By using a boric acid suppository for three to seven days straight before bed (and continuing use as needed), it can return harmony to your vagina and ward off incoming infections.

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