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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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BAME Freedom Festival #BFFest2018

We at Periodical Diary are always to collaborating with events and social initiatives that continue to strive to work on eradicating  period poverty, associated stigma and overall empowerment of women and girls.

It is wonderful that during Period Poverty Week (12th – 18th November 2018) #PEPOW2018 we will be promoting the very core of our initiative.

We are therefore excited to be speaking at BAME FEST (16th -18th Nov) on 18th November 2018 at 11:30am! We will be encouraging women to:

‘Be the free, happy and social you, on any day of the month’. 

This initiative, incubated by Do it Now Now the Africa focused social impact consultancy, funded by Purpose, in support of Raise the Roof Kenya, is an effort to ignite activism in the BAME community in the UK and energise them to help solve the problems women and girls are facing in African communities.

Currently in Kenya, and many other places around the world, girls and women can’t afford the products they need to take care of themselves during their “time of the month”. This goes way beyond chocolate and Ben&Jerry’s.

You can purchase tickets for the three day festival here.

We look forward to seeing  you there!

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Have You Read:

What Nurses can do to eradicate Period Poverty.

Black History Month and Periods.

Independent Nurse Magazine – Period Poverty

We at Periodical Diary love  being a platform for all things Periods. From the information we share we learn so much from the Period community.  

We are now at the point where we can contribute to not only the ongoing debate regarding period poverty, but also contribute to research on the topic. 

It was therefore wonderful  to see our views made it into an Independent Nurse Nurse article on the role Nurses can play in eradicating period poverty. 

Click the link below to read the article and don’t forget to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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Black History Month: Meet Mary Kenner who invented the Sanitary Belt

October is the UK’s Black History Month which gives many minority communities an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of black individuals, not only to their communities but internationally.

Mary Kenner (1912- 2006) was such a person who was born in the deep south during the Jim Crow era. However she did not let the racism she experienced dull; her ambition to create. In her lifetime Mary patented five inventions with the most notable being the sanitary belt!

Read more about her incredible life and inventions here.

We Salute you Ms Kenner!

 

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We must do better…

They say this kind of thing does not happen in the UK IN 2018.

We are often told that schools are equipped and ready to cover the issue of periods…. We say….. it’s not enough !!!

Supplying products is brilliant but coupling it with education, makes it better

There has been recent coverage in Metro newspaper, reporting that a young girl sat in blood-soaked clothes after teacher said she couldn’t go to the toilet.

What a horrifying first period experience

Click the link to read the full story

https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/27/girl-sat-in-blood-soaked-clothes-after-teacher-said-she-couldnt-go-to-the-toilet-7984731/

Scotland leading the way…

We salute Scotland for having such great courage and leading the way and creating change

Scotland are the first to provide free Sanitary products to girls of school age. The change creates a formula that others can follow !!!

Come on England …. the road map has been created

Ask Flo..

Dear Periodical Diary

I have a period question. Do you have any ideas on how I can regulate my periods? Since baby no 3, they are all over the place.

I stopped breastfeeding over 6 months ago but unlike my last two pregnancies, my period will just not realign!!

I’m usually like clockwork but have been randomly noting the dates and noticed that now they can come on anything from 21 to 28 days.

I can never predict 😫😫

Yours Sincerely

Frustrated Mumma

Periodical Diary :

Dear Frustrated Mumma,

To be honest between 21 -28 is pretty regular, it can take a year to normalise after breastfeeding but generally if you want on the clock, scheduled periods, it can be done through the pill (as it gives a fake period every month)

Not everyone is in favour of the pill but some people like the regularity it brings.

Also download a Tracking App, Clue is good because you get informative content as well as tracking periods, stress and daily activities but there are other apps available.

Finally….. remember any changes to your routine, eating habits or if you have a stressful situation, it can take up to two months to manifest through your period.

We hope this helps

Auntie Flo x

Highlighting Period Poverty

Such an interesting article about Period Poverty by Alesha Dixon in Stylist Magazine

In it she speaks about the that 137,000 girls are regularly missing school because they can’t afford sanitary protection.

Interestingly, she also believes that a simple but effective solution is to start talking about periods, as it would help normalise them, and takes away the stigma so that they’re no longer a taboo.

It would be such a positive step forward if we can have this open conversation where the public become more aware of the issue, and young girls feel more confident to ask for help.

Check out the full article here:

https://www.stylist.co.uk/long-reads/period-poverty-uk-period-pain-tampon-sanitary-pad-money-alesha-dixon-opinion/218300