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  • Ruth x Phyla: Understanding the Connections Between IBS and Menstruation

    Ruth x Phyla: Understanding the Connections Between IBS and Menstruation

    Ardith Wilson
    Before the 19th and 20th century little was known about menstruation. Although there have been improvements in how we understand female anatomy, there’s still much naivety on the subject. One unexpected result of having a uterus that bleeds each month is a change in how our guts and stomachs can feel. For me, one sure-fire way I know I am about ...
  • Period Products From Worst to Best

    Period Products From Worst to Best

    Ardith Wilson
    Within the last decade it seems one cannot throw a stone without hitting a new period product. From menstrual cups to classic tampons there has been a great diversification of menstrual products from our mothers’ times. So how are we to know what products to keep using, what to try and what to leave in the past?
  • Our First Period Rituals

    Our First Period Rituals

    Ardith Wilson
    I’ve come to realise that the rituals we encounter when we start our periods were made to make us feel empowered, unafraid, and a part of a community. I think we should continue to empower young people when they get their first period as it can be a scary time in life. I began to wonder how other women deal with their periods. Specifically, I b...
  • Periods During the Pandemic

    Periods During the Pandemic

    Dhanya Sivakumar
    With the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the rapid panic-buying that swept nations and led to toilet paper shortages everywhere. But toilet paper wasn’t the only essential product that experienced a shortage. Essential period products like tampons and pads also suffered an unfortunate shortage during the pandemic. As we know, periods don’t stop for pa...
  • Period Poverty in Indigenous Communities

    Period Poverty in Indigenous Communities

    Jeanelle Affonso
    Period poverty is an issue that still affects many Canadians today. Whether it be low access to period care, or the inability to purchase products such as tampons, pads, and menstrual cups, period poverty continues to be a problem. But it seems to be getting a little bit better for people living in certain areas. Cities across Canada are beginni...
  • Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021

    Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021

    Dhanya Sivakumar
    Every year, Menstrual Hygiene Day (also known as MH Day) takes place on May 28th. Being the 28th day of the 5th month, this date represents the average menstrual cycle which lasts 28 days and the average period length which lasts 5 days. Menstrual Hygiene Day is a day dedicated to shedding light and promoting menstrual health and hygiene! “To ...
  • Self-Care for the Soul

    Self-Care for the Soul

    Dhanya Sivakumar
    Self-care is self-love! With so many different ways to practice self-care, one form of self-care we want to highlight this week is… self-care down there! This week we interviewed Taq Kaur Bhandal, the CEO of @imwithperiods and The Mahwari Research Institute, and author of Self-Care Down There. Taq is a period health educator and researcher, advo...
  • Tired of Taboos

    Tired of Taboos

    Dhanya Sivakumar
    Are you TIRED of the taboos? Us. Too. Period taboos and stigmas silence the necessary conversations we NEED to be having. No one should feel like they have to hide their period. That’s why we believe in normalizing period conversations and promoting period positivity. When we open up conversations on menstruation, our goal is that someone somew...
  • #Plastic-Free Periods

    #Plastic-Free Periods

    Dhanya Sivakumar
    Menstruation matters. And the menstrual products we choose matter to the environment. When we use traditional menstrual pads or tampons, we’re using plastic-based products that end up in landfills, lakes, rivers, and oceans. When we buy plastic-based period products, it’s clear that the environment is paying the price. Did you know traditional p...
  • Why The Blue Dye?

    Why The Blue Dye?

    Dhanya Sivakumar
    Blood is not blue — yet for some reason, the period product commercials we see on TV represent menstrual blood with an alien-like blue liquid instead of blood-red fluid. So why is period blood represented by a weird blue liquid, and why have period commercials been doing this for decades? The answer: period stigmas.
  • The Price of Period Poverty

    The Price of Period Poverty

    Dhanya Sivakumar
    Did you know 1 in 7 Canadian girls have missed school due to lack of access to period care? The truth is, period poverty is a SERIOUS public health issue and Canadians are paying the price. Access to safe and sanitary menstrual products is a human right. So why are so many Canadians left struggling to afford menstrual products?
  • Period: Cultures and Menstruation

    Period: Cultures and Menstruation

    Manuela Diaz
    How you experience your period, and the conversations that spin around menstruation are all very tightly bound to your own culture - whether we like it or not. For example, living in North America if you are to get your period and you wanted to go to the beach that day, you can easily purchase a box of tampons from the nearest grocery store. Alt...
  • One Size Does Not Fit All

    One Size Does Not Fit All

    Dhanya Sivakumar
    One size does NOT fit all when it comes to periods. Whether it’s the age you got your first period, where you got your first period, or how long your period lasted, every first period story is different for everyone - even feelings and emotions can vary during first period experiences. Curiosity, excitement, and even embarrassment may come up. T...
  • Period Taboo

    Period Taboo

    Nicole Sanchez
    As you may or may not know, we have been trying to destigmatize period conversations and deal with period taboo through our blog. As we continue this conversation, we want to share some research and compare it to the period story of our next interviewee, Zahra Kamranian. Zahra is 46 years old, she is a bridge management engineer and has one child.
  • Period: Mine vs. Yours

    Period: Mine vs. Yours

    Nicole Sanchez
    Period is a different experience for everyone. Some of us are more comfortable with it than others, and some are still figuring out how to fully embrace it or to simply deal with it. In this week’s blog, we want to highlight some of the differences between everyone’s period experiences.
  • Road to Normalizing Period Conversations

    Road to Normalizing Period Conversations

    Nicole Sanchez
    Period. Menstruation. It’s 2021, yet there’s still so much stigma behind those two words. Even though almost half the world’s population experiences, have experienced, or will experience getting their period, for some reason, I still have to carry my purse to the bathroom so I won’t get funny looks when I walk around with my pad on me. So, as a ...
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