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Welcome to Periodical Diary

Over the coming months we will be blogging, tweeting and facebooking about the menstrual cycle, sharing first experiences and providing healthy tips, facts and uploading our knowledge.

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Kaye & Liz x

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Clued Up: ANEMIA and your PERIOD

The ever so popular Period track App Clue have recently written an article on the relationship between anemia and your period. Could your period actually be causing you to become iron deficient?

The article explores this whilst examining current scientific research.

Did you know that  29% of non-pregnant women and 38% of pregnant women worldwide are affected by anemia?!

This is a pretty large statistic for women – although it would be interesting to know how many men also suffer from anemia.

Do you suffer from anemia? How has it impacted your health and well being?

Which remedies have you found helpful?

Click here for the article and let us know your thoughts below!

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No Ordinary Woman Chat Show

We are passionate about all things periods and the inequalities that associated with such a topic.

We love using various form of mediums to share knowledge and advice on how to navigate your period. So we were honoured when presenter Caz of No Ordinary Women reached out to us to discuss our initiative on her show. 

We had fun filming  the segment! We hope you find our interview informative and entertaining – let us know in the comment section what you think!

You can support our initiative here.

Please sign our petition to eradicate Period Poverty.

Check out piece in TOTM.

Does your gut go crazy during your period?

Bustle News have done it again!!! Great article about the infamous “PERIOD POOP” and 3 possibly explanations.

Until very recently I thought that this was a symptom that only I had experienced but through talking to friends I quickly found that this was a experience that divides people like Pads vs Tampons.

It’s debatable whether I’m considered more “normal” now that I know others also have an altered pattern during their periods but it’s annoying sign that my period is on its way.

Are you sufferer?

Here’s an extract of the article:

” When my period rolls around, I brace myself for the worst. We’re talking cramps, mood swings and bloating that makes it impossible to wear my favorite jeans. But there’s another period issue that we need to talk about: period poops. Depending on your menstruation experiences, you’re either scratching your head or nodding along in agreement. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, I envy you.

Click the link to read the full article

Why your gut freaks out during your period

Big Knicker Day: November’s Donation Drive

On 22nd November  we carried out our second donation drive of 2017 and AGAIN we were so overwhelmed by the support and positive feedback regarding our initiative.

We collected over 1400 individual menstrual products on the day, which is amazing!! Due to the high levels of interest, we have continued to collect a few additional items so the final number is still rising.

Thank you to all those who supported by providing sanitary products and donating monies in person or via our Go Fund Me , we appreciate you all.

Your donation will help meet the needs of many! IMG_20171122_122503_1.jpgIMG_20171122_102939.jpgIMG_20171122_122103.jpgIMG_20171122_153900.jpgIMG_20171122_153740.jpg

You can read about our first donation drive here.

 

Stylist Live 2017

We recently visited the Stylist Live Exhibition. It was a 3 day event at Olympia London and we had the opportunity to experience some of the amazing speakers and products on offer on the closing day (Sunday).

Following the recent article about periods in Stylist Magazine, we were intrigued to see what the exhibition had to offer. We were pleasantly surprised by the range of topics covered by the speakers throughout the day and picked by some great tips and tricks.

We were also pleased to find that there was more than the usual fashion, make up and accessories stands on offer and even something for men in fashion.

There were vendors promoting emotional well-being through stationary, health chocolate, homeware with positive quotes.

We spent some time spreading the word about Period Poverty and had the most interesting conversation with the event’s sponsored charity FAWCETT about promoting female equality and the pay gap.

We would like to thank Stylist Magazine for the tickets and hope next year, we can not only attend but be part of the exhibition.

Well done Stylist !!

Will Period Poverty feature in the 2017 Budget??

We were recently mentioned in the Independent Newspaper regarding making Period Poverty a priority in the upcoming budget. Click the link

Ending Period Poverty should be a priority in the next budget

Or the full article can be found below….

Published Saturday 18 November 2017 16:14 GMT

Ending ‘period poverty’ among young women should be a priority in next week’s Budget

One in 10 girls in the UK are unable to afford hygiene products and are missing school as a result. In a country as prosperous as Britain this is an outrage.

“Periods are a natural process that are a part of nearly every girl’s life. But without access to toilets or sanitary products at school, girls’ lives are put on hold during their period, as they have little choice but to stay at home.”

Those are the words of ActionAid, a charity raising money for girls around Africa, where one in 10 female pupils miss school while they are on their period.

But the sad truth is that this is a problem we are facing here in the UK too. Plan International UK found that one in 10 girls were unable to afford hygiene products. The result is that here too, girls here are skipping school while on their period, or using unsuitable substitutes such as socks because they cannot afford to buy basic sanitary protection.

This is shocking, but for those of us who have been listening to those affected and campaigning alongside them, it is no longer surprising. If it was once a hidden scandal, it is now being brought into the open – and that means that there is simply no excuse for the Government to ignore their responsibility to tackle it.

Unfortunately though, that is what ministers have so far chosen to do. That is why MPs across parties are now coming together to demand better.

In a country as prosperous as Britain this is an outrage and that is why ahead of the Budget we are calling on the Government to provide for free sanitary products in all schools for those who need them.

That should not be all they do. We now know the problem but we need to know the scale of it. The research to date has been carried out by campaigners and groups like Plan International UK. School girls in Leeds recently told their stories about missing out on education, and teachers of how they keep supplies in the classroom, paying from their own pockets.

Food banks have told us of the increasing donations of, and demand for, tampons and pads which are gratefully received by women struggling to afford them. Campaign group Periodical Diary told us about donating sanitary products to a school, and finding female pupils quietly asking when they would be back with more supplies.

But we have not had any comprehensive research from the UK Government, even though assessing the problem is surely a sensible first step to solving it.

This is not something that requires vast sums of money being spent. Proposals from our parties, for example, have been costed at up to £3m or £10m a year, a tiny fraction of the education budget in either case.

Justine Greening is Secretary of State for both Education and for Women and Equalities. An issue like this cannot simply pass her by. We know she is well aware of it because we have challenged her on it in the House.

In March, she responded to a Liberal Democrat question by admitting it was “an important point” and promising to look into it. But last month, she told Labour MPs that it was an issue for schools, not the Government, and astonishingly suggested it was the fault of parents if their children lost out on education.

We are not prepared to let the Government off the hook that easily, and MPs across parties are united in the fight to end period poverty. The Government could easily take action on this, and it could start at this week’s Budget. But if it does not, MPs can address the issue directly as the Budget goes through the parliamentary process. In a Parliament with no Tory majority, MPs working together have the power to make change even when ministers drag their feet.

Period poverty should outrage everyone, regardless of party. The Chancellor should be wary of testing our commitment to tackling it.

Layla Moran MP is the Liberal Democrat education spokesperson; Paula Sherriff is the Labour MP for Dewsbury and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health

22nd November – Donation Drive

Our Next Donation Drive will be 22nd November in Southwark

We are pleased to announce we will be back at 160 Tooley Street, Southwark, London on November 22nd between 10am – 4pm.

All sanitary products welcome….. plus hand gels, feminine wipes and nappy sacks.

Come, donate and meet the Periodical Diary team.

If you are unable to come on the day, you can still donate via our GoFundMe

https://www.gofundme.com/promoting-period-empowerment