When that time comes

We all have something to do with women. The one commonality we share with every living thing is that our first homes were within a womb. Heck, we even refer to our planet as Mother Earth. Without getting all sappy about it, the monthly shedding of life-giving blood is the reason we are here.

Over the history of human culture, hundreds of rituals have earmarked this monthly female occurrence. Pagan cultures would give back to the Earth by bleeding right into it. Biblical times had women sharing the red tent during their moon time, strengthening female bonds.

Women who spend alot of time together naturally sync their cycles. Some have attributed this to similar stress. Others have vaguely described it as a release of pheromones that links females together.

It’s a rather fun phenomenon and speaks of ancient evolutionary biological functions of fecundity. If communities had children around the same time, it may have been easier for the care and socio-emotional development of families.

Generalizing is, generally uncool, but men seem to have an illogical aversion to the idea of women getting their period, except for Dave Foley of the Kids in the Hall, who has a good attitude towards menstruation!

There are some feminine product companies that also have a positive attitude towards a girl’s time of the month. This is referring to two things that might have an initial “eww” factor, but make a whole lot of sense when you shed the cobweb-like veil enveloping them.

Cloth pads, or, Lunapads are the reason we call it “the rag”, because in the olden-days, women would pin rags to their undergarments to catch the monthly uterine shedding. Now with more modern clasps and bright colors, they are coming back in style, and not a moment too late.

To state the obvious: there is TOO MUCH GARBAGE in the world. Take the poster-child: a state-sized pile of plastic bags floating in the Pacific Ocean, as an example.

A basic 1-2-3, A-B-C of taking care of the planet starts with the first “R”: reduce! Not only will re-usable save you the hassle of creating exponentially more garbage every month, it will also makes good economic sense.

Initially, paying $40 for a cloth pad seems exonerous, but if   you take a moment to calculate how much is spent in an average year on disposable pads and tampons, the savings become obvious. Additionally, alot of thought and consideration for the female body is put into these products. Contrasting this are the profit driven companies that invest more in advertising and making a period an unsanitary unpleasantness that has to be endured each month.

Health is another reason why cloth pads and the Diva Cup are a good alternative. Regular tampons leave fibers in the walls of the vagina. This causes irritation and is the culprit in re-occurring yeast infections in women.

It might look daunting at first glance, but this little cup is a bucket of time-saving miracles. Combining the use of a cloth pad and a cup, one can go months or even years without producing an ounce of garbage in the name of convenience. The cup itself comes in two models, one for before and one for after giving birth and you can go comfortably a whole day if need be with this little vessel sitting in place.

These two small, yet powerful tools for menses also have another benefit that is becoming an increasing problem with a woman’s well being. Washing away the blood collected brings you back in touch with your natural cycle and that having a healthy, natural period is just the way it ought to be. It’s even more special when you are timed with the full moon.

The pill, the patch and injections are the other side of the red coin. Some women share that they have gone months without having a normal period due to the hormonal influence of their birth control pills. Sometimes, there are serious medical problems that only this type of intervention can manage, which may actually stem from some other serious imbalance.

The washable option might not be right for everybody. If you are unsure, then give your body a real treat by using organic tampons and pads made by Natracare.

Standard pads and tampons do not have any certification that prevents the use of herbicides and pesticides on their cotton and synthetic fibers. You could actually be giving yourself a good dose of toxins each month. The monthly shed is enough of an ordeal for some women and we all deserve to have a happy period.

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