If I have to live with it I might as well have fun. - My mindset around the health of the female reproductive system and periods evolved a little later in my adult life than I wish it had . I wish that the education and knowledge around reproductive health was more than stick a tampon in you, get on birth control if you don’t want to have a period, and if you want to have kids do it young before your eggs dry up. There’s multiple conversations to be had revolving reproductive health for women, but today i’m kicking off one surrounding periods ! Yep - your menstrual cycle, shark week, that time of the month ... Whatever you like to call it, we’re talking about it.
The period project is a journey that I may have started about 3 years ago without even knowing. Between 2016 and 2018 I spent those years battling bacterial vaginosis (BV) a bacterial infection, off and on and nothing that the doctors were providing me seemed to work. With the doctors leading me to a dead end of answers I really reeled in on finding information that could help solve my problems.
Throughout that research I began to understand more about the balance of bacteria within the vagina, probiotics, ph, and one of the biggest contributors to my personal case, non-toxic period products! For many years none of us knew or even were aware to think about what was being processed into our period products ; chemicals like whitening agents, harmful dyes, and even pesticides used to grow the cotton ingredient were blindly resting on the shelf’s we shopped.
The Honey Pot Co
A black women owned personal care brand
infusing their chemical and bleach free cotton menstrual products with aloe vera and calming essential oils.
Redefining customization & convince in periods.
Lola really focuses on catering to the individual period story & routine of every vagina with the offerings of custom period kits and boxes - if your flow is heavy only for day one and you’d just like 3 super pads and 9 regular pads you can do that !
They also offer an array of tampons from non applicator, plastic applicator, and cardboard applicator allowing you the freedom
to choose your disposal preference. Their tampons are available in a flow range of four different sizes from light to super plus !
Providing holistic feminine care that gives a natural and effective solution to each woman and every aspect of her cycle -
from menstruation, cramping, acne & breakouts - they’ve got you covered.
My monthly routine with using the cup is still in formation.
I’d be lying if I said that using the cup is as simple as laying a pad in your undies but it’s not. I don’t believe that this alternative collection method from the pads and tampons will be for everyone, yet if you’re looking for moments & methods
to redefine the narrative based around your period story I encourage you to try new things.
A conscious cup wearer
I enjoy using the period cup because of how discrete it allows my periods to be. I’m not sitting in a pad or having to remember to change a tampon, I just insert the cup and go about my day until I’m home for the evening and ready for a shower. Although that sounds like a menstrual cycle fairytale, it’s achievable ! ... once I get the cup in. Application is sometimes the only thing that makes me reach for a pad real quick rather than putting in the cup, because it does take practice with the cup to find an application process that gives you the comfiest and easiest results ( & with no leaks ! ) . Other than the momentary discomfort of knowing that the cup is there ( much like when you just put in a fresh tampon ), I love the freedom that the cup gives to my cycle throughout my day.
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