Combat PMS Blues 

Time of the Month have published a lovely article on combating PMS Blues 

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Affecting Change…

We need you!!! 

We have been working really hard in the background trying to find ways to make a real impact on the lack of education around menstruation.

We were saddened by the recent coverage in the main stream news regarding young girls in Leeds not being able to attend school due to lack of sanitary wear.  But we happy that it got the deserved press coverage. Can you believe it is happening in England in 2017 ??

We wanted to find a way to combat this beyond a charity event. As donations drives (although effective in the immediate instance), are simply using the kindness to the nation to “plug a gap” that the Government should be responsible for.

So after much thought about a sustainable approach, we decided to start a Government petition to use the TAMPON TAX to subsidise sanitary products for girls of school age. 

We are pleased to announce that it has been through their verification process (7 painfully slow days) and has now been published online !!

Please CLICK this link to see the petition and start sharing: 

Government Petition- subsidies sanitary products for school age girls

We have 6 months to get 10,000 signatures to trigger a government response.

We understand that there are other surveys  highlighting this subject at the moment but urge to sign ours as well!!  As we believe that there should be more focus on using the money gained through the tax for Period related issues.
Children of school age from low income families can currently get:

  • Free school meals
  • Free prescriptions
  • Free travel on buses
  • Free contraception

We believe that sanitary wear should be added to this list.

So please sign and share on as many social media platforms/ with as many people as possible 

Lets work together to affect change !! 

Thanks

Kaye & Liz

Have views changed about periods? 

This week we ask you to think about whether society’s views on menstruation have changed. 

In 1946 Walt Disney released a cartoon called the Story of Menstruation in conjunction with Kotex. 

It was forward thinking for that time and used as an aid for health education classes along with a hand out called Very Personally Yours. It is clear, concise and informative (for that time) 

Is it still relevant today? 

Click the link, then share your thoughts 

Walt Disney – Story of Menstruation

 

First Series: Let’s look back…

Let’s Look Back…

This week we are taking some time to look back at the amazing and touching experiences that have been shared so far through the FIRST SERIES.

Have you read our earlier posts ?

We Love….

We love that the experiences have been so varied and some have been really empowering.

We hope that you are enjoying the Series too.

Thank you…

We would like to take a minute to thank those that have contributed and to thank YOU for taking the time to read our blog.

Share, Share, Share…

If you would like to share your FIRST EXPERIENCE, please contact us …

Thanks again 

Kaye & Liz

Periodical Ladies   

The ‘FIRST’ Series: Luci, 30

Blogger Luci takes time out from all things Mooncups to share her feelings regarding her first period. 

Misty memories

My memory of when my first period started is a little hazy I must admit. I do, however, remember bits of it and will do my best to collate these memories. I do remember that it was a week before my 12th birthday. 

It was just a regular, standard call of nature to do a number one in the comfort of my very own home. As I sat down on the toilet I noticed something that had never been there before – dark red stained knickers. Alarm bells went off in my head.

I quickly finished my business as usual and hurried up to my bedroom where I had a small stash of various sanitary towels for this very moment. I just took one and figured out how to stick it to a change of knickers and that was it. There I was with this new alien feeling and what felt like a nappy in my pants. At this moment, I vividly remember sitting on the edge of my bed feeling like it was the end of the world. ‘This is horrible’ I said to myself.

I went downstairs and quietly sat on the sofa in the living room. I knew my mum was buzzing about somewhere in the house and just waited for her to come in. A few minutes of trying to pep myself up to announce what had happened, which felt like I was about to admit to something terribly shameful and naughty for some reason, Mum came into the room and I quietly said ‘My period has started’. 

My mum stalled mid walk and said ‘Oh….School has told you all about it right?’. To which I replied ‘Yes.’ I don’t remember what happened after this – I’m guessing mum would have quickly told or shown me where her drawer of sanitary towels and tampons were but I think the trauma of the above has wiped out the memories of what happened after.

School days 

I went to an all-girls school and a couple of years before the above we were having one of our fortnightly PSHE (Physical, Sex and health Education?) lessons which introduced us all to puberty and menstruation. 

I vaguely remember a TV on wheels being pushed to the front of the class and some sort of animation video of a diagram of a womb and cervix. At the end of the video we were each given a plain plastic jiffy bag which contained a few sanitary towels of various sizes, a tampon holder/storage case and a leaflet of information. Most of the contents were emblazoned with one of the biggest UK sanitary towel manufacturers (ah, the sweet smell of commercialism – gotta get ‘em while they’re young – 9 years old in this example!).

About a year later, a couple of my friends at school had started their periods. One of these girls started at school and had a teacher on hand to support her. So before my time came I had a rough idea of what to expect and do – but I had no idea what sort of emotions and feeling I would go through.

Paranoid or am I?

For a good few years of menstruating I absolutely detested it. Mainly wearing sanitary towels – I just felt so severely paranoid because all you could feel is the sanitary towel, all you could think about was the sanitary towel – Has my sanitary towel leaked? Has my sanitary towel moved from it’s position? Does my sanitary towel smell? Do I smell? Can people smell me or my sanitary towel? Am I going to run out of sanitary towels? Why are sanitary towels so noisy? Why do I have to announce to everyone in the toilets that I’m changing my sanitary towel? Why hasn’t somebody invented quiet sanitary towels yet?!

Reinforcement

I started to wear some cotton shorts every time I had my period thinking it acted like an extra protection barrier between the outside world and my sanitary towel. This only made my paranoia worse – are people wondering why I have shorts on under my clothes? Has my sanitary towel leaked and now stained my shorts and my clothes?

Upon Reflection

I will be forever grateful that I was handed a freebie bag at school at 9 years old. This meant I was physically prepared – I didn’t have to ask anyone to get me a towel and I didn’t have to run around frantically trying to find one. The moment my period started was truly my own private moment for those few minutes. I didn’t have to ask anyone to intrude into my private moment.

I felt a little sorry for the girl who started her period at school – there were other girls in the toilet and a teacher got involved. I remember the scared to death look in her face during her moment which I am sure she would have much preferred to have experienced privately or in the comfort of her on home.

I do wish my mum had spoken to me more about these womanly things. I am not angry at her at all – I am sure she probably had a terrible experience when she started her period. However, if we had had an open and relaxed conversation about periods the emotional trauma would be less, well, traumatising. This goes for the general consensus on periods – there definitely needs to be more open conversation about it to strip away the taboo and shame of even just talking about it!

I am 30 years young now and being a menstrual cup and cloth pad fan I also wish we were educated about reusable products at 9 years old too. I dread to think of all the waste I’ve created using throwaway products and wonder if I may have been a more confident young lady if I knew about the alternative options to towels and tampons.

So, go ahead and speak to a female friend or family member, old or young, about periods. Let’s open a conversation about periods.

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The ‘FIRST’ Series: Leah, 32

Our lives are full of ‘firsts’.

Our first day at school.

The first real friend we make.

The first time we fall in love.

Some we remember, like our first kiss, and some we don’t (no one remembers what their first word was but we know it, thanks to our parents telling us), but they’re all milestones that occur at some time or other in life.

Aunt Flo

One that happens to all females is the day their first period arrives. I had just turned 12 when I got mine (or as my friend still says, Aunt Flo came along). I’d started an all-girls secondary a few months earlier and there had been minimal, if any, chat about periods. There wasn’t much among my classmates and PSHE had just about covered the basics. I discovered Aunt Flo had arrived when I went to the loo just before home time. Caught totally unprepared for this visitor, I stuffed some tissues in my knickers and just wanted to get home as quickly as possible.

Mum knows best

I met my mum on the way home from school. She was the first person I told and I’m so glad it was her. ‘It’s a good thing your period has come,’ she said. ‘It means your body is working the way it should do.’

I wasn’t so sure the accompanying stomach and back ache were good things but having her react in the completely calm way she did made me feel everything was ok. We went home via the chemist so she could buy me some pads and showed me where she kept hers when we got home. The rest of the day carried on completely as it should, the rest of the world oblivious to a new first for me.

Upon reflection 

That was 20 years ago now. Periods soon become a monthly occurrence that all females get used to, however annoying, inconvenient or damn painful they might be. As more of my classmates got their first period, it became a topic that was easier to discuss.

There’s no wrong or right, no normal or abnormal. Some girls get their first at 9, some not until they’re 16. Normal is whatever is normal for you.

ASK FLO: Tampon Tales

Hi. I have question about tampons. If it feels uncomfortable, will it leak? Because no matter how many times I try, it feels weird.

Dear Uncomfortable,
If a tampon feels uncomfortable it’s probably because you have not inserted it correctly.
Tampons can be very tricky things to insert. When doing so you need to be relaxed. If you are not, the muscles within your vagina can tense up  making it difficult as well as painful to insert a tampon.
To insert tampon i would advise doing so on the toilet seat or at a slight squat. You have to push the tampon all the way up till you can’t push no more. If you do not it will sit awkward and feel uncomfortable.
Another reason for the uncomfortable feeling is that you might be using the wrong size. If your flow is not that heavy and you are using for instance a super or super plus that can lead to a uncomfortable feeling.
Lighter flow tampons are slimmer and may feel better inside you. However if you are experiencing a heavy flow and use a lighter tampon this can cause leakage.

Have  a question for Flo? Get in touch here.