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Swim Darling, Swim

What will she think of next?

We are so lucky to be alive at this time in history for innumerable reasons but one is the fact that periods and bleeding and how we deal with it is getting a lot of coverage.

YaY! Finally! Only took over two thousand years.

Considering half the population has to deal with such issues for about half of their life, let’s take a moment and recognize and celebrate the fact that this decade is the one where menstruation is finally being spoken of in a full voice and amid mixed company. The struggle was real but we are taking back our bodies NOW! Whoop. Yes!

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The latest product to come to my attention is period swimwear. Have you heard of it?

The concept is to donne a swimsuit that you can wear on the beach and in the water with no leaking, tell-tale tampon strings sticking out or bulky, water-soaked pads weighing you down. Basically, you can swim to your heart’s content and be confident that nobody will know your are on your period and bleeding. If that is what stopping you from enjoying the pool or beach this summer then why not give these babies a try? I think these are an absolutely perfect idea for the new bleeders out there; wouldn’t a bathing suit that promised protection ease some adolescent anxiety?

If you’re curious as to exactly how these work and what to expect, give this informative and helpful video a view:

Swimming is my favourite sport because it is awesome for your body as it utilizes all major muscle groups. It is also an invigorating cardio exercise and it keeps you in touch with your breath even better that yoga or meditation does - if you loose your breathing rhythm you will know it immediately. Gurgle. Cough! Plus this planet is mostly made up of water. Swim wild darling. Swim free. Forget gravity and technology for a while. Suspend. Float. Look up at the sky.

Of course, if you use a menstrual cup like the marvellous DivaCup for example, you already have an option that allows you to do just about ANYTHING you can do every other time of the month. Seriously, why not give one a try? They now come in 3 sizes -

Model 0 - for those under 18

Model 1 - 19-30 with medium flow

Model 2 - 30+ and/or heavy flow

So whether you wear a tampon, a menstrual cup or a period swimsuit, please, don’t let anything stop you from getting out there and enjoying yourself in the water this summer and for all the other summers of your life.

Peace. Love. Swim. Blood.



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RUMPS for a Greener Period


There are a variety of products available to manage menstruation. Among them are traditional feminine hygiene products from brand names that you likely know including Tampax, Playtex and Always. These are all disposable products and made of questionable materials.

I caution you to be discerning when choosing a menstrual product(s) to manage your monthly flow. The average woman bleeds only about 3 tablespoons of blood each month. I think we can agree that's not a lot and yet we tend to consume disproportionate amounts of product to manage this relatively small inconvenience.  

Traditional pads and tampons can be expensive as you must keep restocking them and end up in landfill sights the world over. Some are made out of nefarious materials that may cause problems considering they are meant for an extremely delicate area of the female body.

Alternatives to these do exist - 


                            There are 3 basic varieties of RUMPS: 


             Menstrual Sponge

The sponge is a sea fibre that is an all-natural alternative to tampons in that they are inserted into the vagina and soak up the blood. One advantage of a menstrual sponge is that they conform to the individual's body and thus are very comfortable once in place. Each sponge should be thoroughly rinsed and wrung out before insertion and will absorb for about 4 hours when it will needs to be thoroughly rinsed and reinserted or a new one used in its place. The use of sponges is a learning curve (much like tampons) but if you're concerned about environmental waste then this could be the option for you.  The ones shown above are from the seaspongecompany or you can check out what your local health food store carries. 


                              Menstrual Cup

A menstrual cup is a little silicone rose shaped cup that once inserted inside it catches the blood and can remain for up to 10 hours before it will need to be emptied, rinsed and reinserted. Our friends and favourite, the DivaCup is widely available and one cup can last for 10 years! Imagine the money you can save! The hassle of running out will no longer be a problem. Sounds like a perfect 10 to me. 

                   Here's a short video that explains how to use a menstrual cup. 



                ReUsable cloth pads. 

Cloth pads are incredibly comfortable and can be personalized in a infinite variety of fabrics, pattern and sizes. The common cloth pad is made from cotton and is free from harming chemicals that may be found in traditional pads. Using cloth pads is better for the environment (less waste) and your budget as you simply reuse your stock each month. There is more work required if you should you use cloth pads, namely rinsing them in cold water as quickly as you can after changing, and then washing and drying them. They might prove tricky if you have a heavy flow and need to change them often and are never home but a simple ziplock bag in your purse could be all you need to deal with this. You can also custom order them or make your own and change the absorbency potential of them by adding or deleting centre layers. You can buy them from such fabulous small business as Pretty Eco Intimates, Lunapads and GladRags or make your own. Here a link to a sight that offers a tutorial and pattern to do just that. 

So I urge you the next time you're in that aisle of the store -and it tends to be the whole aisle what with the incontinent crowd mingling with the female sanitary items - have a good long browse. Meander through the offerings and read the contents keenly. Try and really see what's available for you instead of unthinkingly stocking up on the usual, or what's on sale. You can make the world and your period environmentally friendlier and isn't that empowering? 

Do You Agree That Feminine Hygiene Products Should NOT be Taxes?

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Menstruating is hardly a choice and buying products that manage menstruation is certainly a necessity, yet the federal government of Canada charges GST on these products. This has long been a cause for consternation, but now there is something we can do about it. Jill Piebiak has recently launched a campaign to get the GST on feminine hygiene products eliminated. 

Paying a few extra cents at the drug store may not seem like a lot and perhaps not worth making a big fuss about, but when you figure all the women of menstruating age who must do the same it surely adds up. According to the petition the federal government raises approximately 36 MILLION dollars annually through the tax on tampons, pads, menstrual cups and the like. Furthermore, items such as incontinence pads and even wedding cakes are not charged the GST so it doesn't make sense why necessities for managing menstruation are. Some opponents of this taxation insist that it is in fact discriminatory against women. Removing the taxation of these items will benefit all women and will be especially appreciated by women with low incomes. When you calculate the costs over a lifetime of menstruation (approximately 40 years) this will add up to great savings benefit for all.

There have been previous and ongoing attempts in Australia and Britain to eliminate the taxes on feminine hygiene products, with amusing lines like "There is no womb in society for a tampon tax" , "It's a bleeding disgrace" and "#BloodyOutrage". 

Wouldn't it be marvelous if Canada could be the first country to actually change the system from a grassroots level?  

If you agree that feminine hygiene products are a necessity and should not be taxed, please join me and sign the petition. Better yet, after signing, please circulate the petition amongst your friends and colleagues and get them to sign it too. Together we can make a difference.