Archive for November, 2011
Research studies show that 30-45 minutes of physical activity three to four times per week creates a chain reaction in your mind and body. When you increase activity levels your heart rate and oxygen levels increase, causing your blood to circulate more rapidly. Increased circulation helps purge your body of unwanted toxins while releasing beta-endorphins, which are responsible for inducing pleasurable sensations.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I find it fitting to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who have taken moments out of your days to read, comment and subscribe to isurvivedmyperiod.com. I was once asked why I blog. The answer is simple. I blog for the woman struggling with PCOS. The girl confused about what her period is. The mother surviving a high risk pregnancy. The teenager battling fibroids. I blog for you. I blog for me. Sharing your personal experiences is what makes the difference and I am thankful for each and everyone of you who have shared and will share. Your stories empower me, your strength encourages me and your support motivates me. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and keep surviving!
The lack of affordable sanitary protection can have devastating lifelong consequences for adolescent girls in developing countries. Unable to afford sanitary protection, countless girls resort to dangerous alternatives, such as finding and recycling used pads, or improvising their own from unsafe materials. Many more simply avoid school for the duration of their periods, missing (more…)
When I was in 5th grade, I got my cycle. After learning what it was and that the sticky part of the pad doesn’t face up (ouch), I quickly learned how to hide the fact that I was on my cycle from my peers at school. Needless to say, I wasn’t very good at it. In my younger years I wasn’t a fan of carrying a purse to school, but when I was on my cycle I had no choice. Where else was I supposed to put these diaper sized sanitary napkins? I was completely (more…)
The annual WomenTALK survey commissioned by HealthyWomen, the nation’s leading health information source for women, found that while half of women (51%) believe engaging in sexual activity a few times a week is considered sexually healthy, far fewer (30%) are engaging in sexual activity at this level. In fact, a majority (more…)
I have blogged about this topic before, but apparently “the menstrual cup” is making headlines again. This past Tuesday, women’s health company Evofem announced a new reusable addition to the Softcup line. A single body-friendly reusable Softcup can be used for an entire menstrual cycle by cleaning the product regularly, at least every 12 hours. The reusable Softcup is sold in packs of two for $4.99 and became available as recently as November 2, 2011 at softcup.com.
According to an article on softcup.com, on average, a woman will use over 12,000 menstrual products throughout her lifetime and by using reusable Softcups, we will reduce menstrual waste by up to 95% per year. (more…)
According to a recent study conducted by Summer’s Eve, 70% of women can’t accurately identify the major parts of their vagina. So I decided that a little refresher course couldn’t hurt. See below for a brief vagina cheat sheet, courtesy of Self.com. Get to know yourself, ladies.
1. Vulva: All of the external genitals (including the clitoris and labia) make up the vulva.
2. Clitoris: The only purpose of this genital gem is to give you intense pleasure. Make sure you know where this powerhouse is, and teach your partner how to work it!
Boys and young men should be vaccinated against human papillomavirus, or HPV, to protect against anal and throat cancers that can result from sexual activity, a federal advisory committee said Tuesday.
The recommendation by the panel, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is likely to transform the use of the HPV vaccine, since most private insurers pay for vaccines once the committee recommends them for routine use. The HPV vaccine is unusually expensive. Its three doses cost pediatricians more than $300, and pediatricians often charge patients hundreds more. (more…)