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

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

You Literally Can't Go On Without Knowing These 16 Period Facts! | VERITE WOMAN, period facts, what does the color of your period blood mean, how do you know if your hormones are unbalanced, how to tell if your period is healthy, tampon facts, diva cup, menstrual cups, why do we have cravings during period, how much do you bleed during period, why am I horny during my period, LOLA Tampons, organic tampons, women health, wellness, hormones, herbs, essential oils.

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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THINX: A Bloody Brilliant Period Innovation

THINX: A Bloody Brillitant Period Innovation - Verite Published, period, feminine hygeine, how to have a healthier period, women changing the world, inspiring women.We would never miss an opportunity to talk openly about our periods — let alone how to make them less of a pain in the ass. That’s why when we got wind of THINX Period Panties, we practically catapulted ourselves at the brand in hopes of grabbing a few words from the insanely-inspirational CEO & Co-Founder, Miki Agrawal.
What are period panties? Great question. Let’s preface this whole conversation with the fact that there was an overdue need for a little innovation in the feminine hygiene industry. Aside from the invention of the tampon, we’ve really seen no viable solutions for our dreaded monthly visit (not to mention women spend millions on tampons a year). The best solution we have seen surface is awesome, yet it’s only fair we have options — we aren’t all built the same, or have the same preferences. Did you know that the FDA doesn’t even regulate what goes into our tampons? And those are just the issues we face here state-side. Thus, the need for something new. Something that will revolutionize the way we deal with menzes. That’s where THINX came to fruition, as a masterfully designed panty that wicks moisture, absorbs flow (no leaks), and is anti-bacterial — those are just a few of its benefits. We tried them ourselves, and boy were we carefree in our white vintage Levi’s (we’re full converts).
When looking back on the history of feminine products thus far, and world-wide the facts are outrageous — that’s why we were dying to hear right from Agrawal where this brilliant idea stemmed from, and how we can expect it to better women’s cycles world-wide.

Vérité is thrilled to offer its readers $5 off their THINX purchase using the code: VERITE.

VÉRITÉ: What about the state of the feminine hygiene industry made you want to take action, and make a product that was drastically different than what was out there?

Miki Agrawal: The first “aha-moment” for the idea was born in 2005 during our annual Family Games called Agrapalooza – where my sister Radha got her period in the middle of their championship race. We raced to bathroom to wash Radha’s bathing suit bottom (still tied together!) and through our frustration, we thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if we had a pair of underwear that was period proof?” It was then our idea was born.
Then, the idea really got its legs when I traveled to South Africa in 2010 for the World Cup. There, I met a 12 year-old girl in a rural area. I asked, “Why aren’t you in school?” and the girl quietly responded, “It’s my week of shame.” Upon my return, we discovered that 100 million girls around the world miss school just because they lack the sanitary supplies they need to manage their periods. We knew that they could somehow use the innovative idea of magic period underwear to support these girls. And BOOM. THINX was born!
Once we began the process to make this a reality, it took about three and a half years to make THINX. Through trial and error, and making sure all of the standards we set were met, the innovative undies were launched.
THINX: A Bloody Brillitant Period Innovation - Verite Published, period, feminine hygeine, how to have a healthier period, women changing the world, inspiring women.V: You want to strongly unhinge the taboo surrounding periods, how do you want to use THINX to empower women and men to move away from these?

M.A.: We are using innovation to change the culture, and the conversation, around menstruation here and in the developing world. Women find it uncomfortable to talk about it; it’s a huge taboo – and THINX is committed to breaking it. We want people to come in contact with our brand and immediately know that it’s okay to be open and inquisitive, and to challenge the norms surrounding our periods. I think we’re really doing it, too; we’ve never seen more women openly discuss their hygiene regimens than now, on our own social media accounts, articles, and advertisements. It’s really powerful, and so motivating to see.

V: THINX isn’t just trying to make a shift in North America but across the world, can you share how you are going about this?
M.A.: After we found out that millions of girls in the developing world were falling behind in school just because of their periods, we knew we could use our idea to support them somehow. So, we did a lot of research on a number of organizations to find the right partner, and fell in love with AFRIpads’ model, which really empowers local women and girls in a big way. I visited Uganda earlier this year and talked to some of those women who either sew, sell, or use the menstrual kits that we fund, and it’s no exaggeration when they tell us that their lives have changed. The rate of attendance in school just skyrockets when they have access to the materials they need, and the women that AFRIpads employs now have truly sustainable careers. (More on AFRIpads here.)

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