I was counting down to her arriving. The cramps came and she followed. Then it was two whole days of migraine. I didn't do much apart from writing the past two posts, in my head, and binge-watching Netflix. Lucky she arrived on the weekend. It all went well thanks to a few invention in life and I am getting back on track quicker than I expected!
This app tracks your period and does the analysis for you. I love how neutral it is without making a feminine health topic flowery and overly girly. On their website, they describe their app to be empathetic, confident and positive which are all true. They have an extensive team in scientific research, I recommend checking out their incredibly informed blog. The recent updates added some cool features in tracking your motivation, collection method and exercise. It keeps getting better and better!
After many embarrassing staining experience, Thinx panties are godsent. They are panties and sanitary napkins combined in one! They measure each panties capacity equivalent to tampons-worth. When they arrived through the mail, I was through the roof excited and found myself looking forward to my next period. This kind of excitement was so foreign to me. Apart from days on my period, I've also been using them on days when I can do with extra moisture absorption in my pants. It's a brilliant all-rounder.
For days with heavier flows or at night, Moon cup comes in handy (holding 3 times more than a regular tampon!). It doesn't produce waste and ends up saving you money. It's also kind to your sensitive area with little discomfort, no rubbing comparing to pads. To be completely honest, it took me some time to get used to it. Definitely give yourself time to experiment, extend the duration bit by bit.
All three things mentioned above are such blessings to all real menstruating human. However it comes with a cost, unfortunately not everyone can afford to meet even their most basic need. I count myself privileged to have choices to make those couple of days more bearable. I would like to help those who doesn't yet have a choice to at least stand in dignity as women and empower them with the basic but intimate care they deserve.
Support other women
Funny enough when I had the idea to write this post, it was actually Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May). On their website http://menstrualhygieneday.org/ there are a lot of their partners who supports their cause. Many feminine products also double as a social enterprise supporting women's health in developing countries. For instance, both Thinx and Moon Cup run educating programmes, as well as give away products for those in need. There are more meaning to bleeding now!
Ben has a great understanding of monthly period being part of preparation for his future babies. Just this week, he dealt with my complains on everything and me being a sore loser at a game of ping pong. He dealt with it with gentleness and understanding. Here are 5 manly ways to support woman's period http://bit.ly/2rOophZ to earn you some man points. No one says men can't be feminists!