Posts tagged #menstrual management

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.

🔴

Alison





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Empowerment Starts Young

Hello beautiful people! I hope April was good to you and that like me, you're delighted to welcome the month of May and all the positive things that come along with it...flowers, warm weather, birdsong, kids returning from college for the summer, longer days and a cheerful optimism.

April was super busy and oh-so-good. My favourite day was just this past Friday where I was once again fortunate to attend the Sister2Sister conference in downtown Toronto. The event brings together grade 8 female students from 8 public schools in a low-income district of this fair city.  The morning was filled with workshops galore and I hosted the "Menstrual Management" one with Angele from DivaCup.

We had a lot to cover in just an hour including the basics of menstruation, all the different products available to manage it including disposable pads and tampons, reusable pads (I had the audacity to bring in samples that I sewed myself and believe me when I say I am nothing like Martha Stewart so they were more than slightly imperfect!!), and the DivaCup.

The girls in attendance were young, with most being just 13, and new to periods and still adjusting to their changing womanly bodies. The faces some of them made while we demonstrated (with our hands acting a fill-in vaginas) how to insert and use tampons and menstrual cups were priceless and completely understandable. Being comfortable with your body is a learning curve that some full-grown women are still scaling so it's no surprise that these newly teenage girls were a little reluctant to discuss their lady bits but by simply attending workshops like this one, the chance they will become more comfortable in their own skin in heightened. After all, being informed and comfortable in your own body is empowering.  Honestly, I wish there had been something like this when I was a young, don't you? 

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Sharing information on what it means to be a young woman is a huge benefit to those just beginning their womanly journey and strengthens the bond of community and sisterhood and I honestly cannot imagine a better way to spend a few hours.