A topic that needs to be talked about more is our cycles as women, especially that time of the month that most women dread as it’s viewed as a nuisance and something they can’t wait to be over, does this sound like you? Believe it or not but our cycles used to be in sync with the phases of the moon, amazing eh, that has changed over time due to artificial light and or progression towards modern day living. Our feminine roles keep changing as more and more is expected of us and maybe this is because we aren’t always seen as equals in the workplace and at home, yet want to prove that we can be? Or that we want to have it all as we see so many women in the media who seem too?
There’s so much pressure to look a certain way, be successful in your career, a loving mother and dedicated wife that takes care of her family. Being an Empowered Women’s Channel we support women who can balance all of these things and maybe we are a bit feminist at heart but we feel many of the wonderful ladies who want to be inspired have lost sight of their feminine power, especially when that time of the month rolls in. Instead of celebrating and honouring yourself at this sacred time it’s just another annoying thing to have to put up with, so we plug ourselves with synthetic fibres, pop hormone changing pills, have wire coils inserted and wear synthetically made absorbers without thinking about how this accumulation of chemical absorption might affect us and the planet long-term.
We are not suggesting you throw a house party every month, well maybe you do on the inside, but just stop, think and listen to yourself. What are you putting into yourself each month? I dare you to go and read about the side effects and experiences from other women online. We aren’t doctors and we aren’t trying to be, we just want you to learn to listen to your body, as it can tell you what it needs better than any doctor. Does all this stuff absorbing and changing us feel right?
We know what you’re thinking…
We were one of you, we dreaded that bothersome 4-5 days, it interfered with what we wore, how we felt, having to check nothing had leaked every time we went to the bathroom. Now we welcome our periods, know exactly to the minute when it arrives, all the pain and cramping has gone and it tends to be when we are most creative. These days we also use it as signal that we need to pamper ourselves, with a at home facial, massage or an afternoon away for it all where we can write down our thoughts. It’s a special time as it reminds you that women are also mother’s of the earth and can create life inside of them and that in itself is pretty amazing!
Your diet, exercise and stress levels like everything else will also play a big part in how you feel. One of our founders Bo use to experience painful periods every month on day one, but since changing her diet and lifestyle, the pain had all but disappeared. She also knows the minute it starts, her body gives her signals days before and being in tune with her body is the best knowledge you can have in order to understand yourself, what your body needs and also understand our connection to the planet.
So that’s great your saying, listen to my body and don’t put crap in it that I don’t know much about, but what about the mess? I can’t just use nothing! Yes we hear you on that one too and we of course we have an answer the ‘Femmecup’ in the USA or ‘Mooncup‘ in the UK. It’s made a big difference to the ladies here at EWC and here’s why:
Made from soft medical grade silicone, the cup is latex-free and contains no dyes, BPA, toxins or bleaches. It’s also great for women with sensitive skin. Tampons can cause dryness and leave fibres behind. The cup is designed to respect your natural balance.
On average, one woman will use over 11,000 tampons or pads in their lifetime, which will end up in landfill or in the sea.
One woman uses up to 22 items of sanitary protection every period. Regardless of your flow, you only need one cup, and it lasts for years and years, making it the most economical sanitary product you can buy.
What is a menstrual cup?
The reusable menstrual cup, around two inches long and made from soft medical grade silicone. It is worn internally a lot lower than a tampon, while tampons and pads absorb menstrual fluid, the menstrual cup collects it. This means it doesn’t cause dryness or irritation, and also that it collects far more (three times as much as a tampon!). Because the menstrual cup is reusable, you only need one, so it saves you money and helps the environment, too.
The benefits of the menstrual cup is that it’s designed to be folded and inserted, then removed, rinsed and reinserted up to every 8 hours. So no more awkward moments in the bathroom as once it’s in, a light seal is formed with your vaginal walls, allowing menstrual fluid to pass into the Mooncup without leakage or odour. This seal is released for removal, allowing you to empty the contents, rinse or wipe and reinsert.
Sounds too easy and a bit gross?
- It might take a little getting used to at first and a few ladies have given up after trying it the first time because:
- It might feels weird as you are used to tampons and pads
- Uncomfortable if you don’t have it up far enough because you think it will go to far and disappear, once you get the knack of using it, it becomes so comfortable as you forget it’s there
- A few women have said the thought of cleaning the cup out grosses them out, but that just show’s how disconnected we have become with our bodies, when you first start to use it clean it out when you have a shower
So what are the perks?
- It can be used overnight, as it only needs to be changed every 8 hours and many women have experienced lighter periods
- It’s perfect when travelling as you don’t have to worry about how many tampons and pads you have on you
- As you don’t have to change it every few hours you don’t have to dash into a public restroom to check nothing has leaked
- Great if you want to go swimming or when you do exercise as you can’t feel it, so it doesn’t affect your workout
- It doesn’t smell and you don’t have to dispose of anything that pollutes the earth
- Cleaning it is easy as you can use water and bicarbonate soda or boil it in hot water
This is a truly amazing chemical free product every women should know about and stay tuned as this is just one natural alternative, we tried and tested that works!