Period Care

Tips to Help Alleviate PMS Symptoms

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Premenstrual Syndrome, aka PMS, is never fun. All you want to do is lie in bed and watch movies while stuffing your face with chocolate and potato chips. We’ve all been there.

But your daily duties don’t stop when you have cramps, so what are some things you can do to alleviate PMS symptoms?

 

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Keep hydrated!

Water

So water isn’t technically a food. However, hydrating can prevent acne onset by hormonal changes and alleviate bloating. If you’re getting enough water, your body won’t retain liquids, which is key to keeping you comfortable.

 

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No matter the time of the month, greens are always a good choice.

Greens, greens, and more greens

Leafy green vegetables are a great source of calcium,

A History of Menstrual Products

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Since the beginning of time women have had periods.

It can be difficult to imagine Joan of Arc getting her period during a battle or Sojourner Truth fashioning a pad from a rag, but these were the realities women have always had to face. Because of the long-standing stigma about vaginal health and menstruation, there isn’t much documentation about the history of periods until around the 20th century.  

A few ancient cultures forbade menstruating women from touching crops and food out of fear that their flow would spoil it. In some cases, women weren’t even allowed to touch their husbands until their cycle was evidently over. Periods were also closely associated with hysteria, superstition, and uncleanliness, so it’s easy to assume that there weren’t many historical writings done on the subject.

However, there is speculation

Consumer Spotlight: Corman

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Committed to their customer and to the environment, Corman is an Italian, family-owned company with a mission to “excellence in development and manufacturing of feminine hygiene and adult light incontinence products, covering specific niches of the market—hypoallergenic pads, tampons and panty liners, 100% cotton-based, natural, certified organic and biodegradable products.” Through clinical studies and research, Corman has developed products in all of those categories that offer complete protection for women and their sensitive skin.

 

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Why Cotton?

Corman believes in cotton for their products because of the unique fiber structure that creates a breathable and more comfortable surface versus artificial fibers or added chemicals, which often trap moisture and offer less ventilation than cotton containing components. The natural softness of cotton, combined with its hypoallergenic properties, creates a safe and neutral pH for the skin–especially for those with sensitive skin. The belief was further supported in a large clinical study.

Feminine Product Companies with a Mission

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What makes a feminine product company special?

The ingredients they use? Conscious packaging? An important mission?

What about all three?

We did some research and found three companies that provide both high-quality products and environmentally friendly packaging, while also giving back to other women in return.

 

The Honey Pot Company

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The founder of The Honey Pot Company, Beatrice Dixon, created her first feminine wash out of necessity after suffering from bacterial vaginosis for 7 months. With no solution in sight, Dixon decided to take matters into her own hands, formulating a plant-based, coconut oil wash and testing it out for herself. After a few uses, her symptoms cleared and comfort followed. From there, she created her brand The Honey Pot Company; this empowering business offers pads,

What’s Really in my Tampon?

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The weekly grocery trip. Or maybe daily for some of us. At one point or another, most women have to mark ‘tampons’ off that list. So how do you decide which box to buy?

Is budget important to you? Absorption? What about ingredients? What’s in my tampon, really?

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While some marketing campaigns might have you think that tampons are made out of pure clouds, the reality is far more concerning. If you’re buying any old box of tampons, chances are you may be putting some harmful ingredients into the most sensitive part of your body, like:

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    Used because of it’s highly absorbent nature, this semi-synthetic (read: man-made) material is one of the reasons TSS (toxic shock syndrome) is a concern. Although TSS cases peaked in the ‘80s and the most absorbent

10 Thoughts Every Woman Has on Her Period

Whether you’ve got your flow down to a science or it manages to sneak up on you each month, there are many thoughts that rattle through your brain from beginning to end. Of course every woman’s period and side effects are different. Some of us veg out, others exercise the cramps away, but you can guarantee that at least one of these thoughts has gone through your head while period-ing.

Why am I crying?”

Even though you know that commercial with the dog and cat in it isn’t that sad and you know that the dog didn’t really die in real life, you’re a balling mess on the couch for two minutes while your BF looks at you wide-eyed, rubbing your back for comfort.

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At least I’m not pregnant!!”

No need to elaborate here.

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Who says chocolate isn’t a breakfast

Want to Know What’s Really in Your Tampons?

When it comes to knowing what’s in your feminine care products, beauty products, and even your baby’s diapers, it can be hard to distinguish what’s good and what’s bad in the long lists of scientific, hard to pronounce ingredients. Here’s a helpful infographic to help you learn more about what’s really in your everyday products.

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The Period Care Package

You know it’s coming, but somehow it always sneaks up on you.

That’s right. Your period.

And when it finally arrives, you’re left feeling all:
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So the last thing you want to do is run to the store to pick up last minute rations, or open your fridge to find leftovers in worse shape than you. This is where the period care package comes in handy. You might remember the main idea of a care package from your college days when your parents stuffed snacks, tiny gift, and maybe an extra $20 in a box and shipped it to you. Remember how excited you were to find that package waiting for you? Imagine feeling that way when you get your period!

Here’s a round-up of online services that offer monthly packages delivered straight to your door. Keep scrolling for a DIY version.

1. Le Parcel

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