The month of October is often celebrated by many, as the month of Halloween. All things creepy, ghoulish and gruesome are encouraged during this time. We want to celebrate this spooky holiday with some wacky, weird and down right wrong beliefs about our periods through history.
Taboo- Derived from the Polynesian word "Tapau" meaning sacred andmenstrual flow.
Ritual- Derived from Sanskrit "R'tu" meaning menstrual.
Menstruation- Derived from the Latin "Menstruus" meaning monthly.
Old English - "Monadblot" meaning month blood.
Periodwas first used in 1822 meaning repeated cycle of events - meh!
Here are 6 freaky facts about our times of the month:
First experiences can be very nerving and exciting! Your first day of school, first relationship and your first period. The average person will get their first period between the ages of 11 and 14. Here, we are going to cover everything you need to know about getting your first period. It’s really not as scary as it sounds and once you get used to it, most people have a smooth run with them every month! We will guide you in what to expect when your period first starts, finding the right products to suit you, understanding PMS and we will even share our own first period stories – we are an open book here!
It is no secret when it comes to our sanitary products, plastic is a key player in the final product. You already know that plastic is harmful to our environment and the oceans - we don't need to tell you that, but you might be surprised to know that these disposable products also contain substances that are directly harmful to you and your vagina!
Wait... What?! How can they be harmful to me? Surely they wouldn't be allowed to be sold if they were unsafe?
Well, you'd think! However the truth of it is that whilst menstrual products are deemed as a medical device, the FDA does not require that the manufacturers disclose their ingredients to the consumer. This goes one step further with babies' nappies, where they are not only deemed as a non medical device, they also do not need to be proven to be safe for infants to wear! Therefore, most disposable period products and nappies, contain toxic materials and continue to play with the line of our safety.
It is no surprise that Coronavirus has hit a lot of families hard, and this means that people who used to have stable and steady incomes are now more reliant on food banks and the welfare system. According to the Office of National Statistics, 70% of households have experienced a decrease in annual income during the pandemic, with 16% more people than usual, relying on welfare or universal credit. Plan International have conducted recent studies on national period poverty and found that due to the virus, access to affordable menstrual products is becoming more and more difficult, with 3 in 10 people now struggling to afford menstrual products. This is triple the 2017 finding.
Period poverty charities like, 'Bloody Good Period' and 'Freedom4Girls' have increased their menstrual product donations by 500%, now supplying 15,000 products collectively each month since May 2020.
On paper, the menstrual cup seems like the perfect environmentally friendly period product. However, some people have been apprehensive to try the menstrual cup because of fears it isn't practical for their active lifestyle.
We believe in championing all people, active or not! And we want to bust some of these myths, so you can get the most out of your cup.
Swimming and Water Sports
Swimming is infamous for not being a period friendly activity.