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Periodical cramping

Ever missed school, work or a party because of a period? If you have like me, you have probably experience period cramps at the start of your period. For most of us, these cramps can be pretty severe. Dysmenorrhea is severe menstrual cramping pain that occurs before and during a period, and includes symptoms like […]

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Naps and sleep before your period

In the lead up to a period, I love a good afternoon nap. It turns out this is more common than I thought. People with periods report poorer sleep quality, sleep duration and more disrupted sleep during the week before their period and whilst menstruating than at any other time during their menstrual cycle. Sleep […]

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Book Review: Period – Twelve voices tell the bloody truth

“I won’t call on the moon like in a real poem, or anthropology or the bible or talk about being untouchable, or power etc. I’ve nothing at all to say, but to exercise my freedom to speak about everything” – Bernadette Mayer, from Ode on Periods. Period: Twelve voices tell the bloody truth is a […]

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Iron stealing periods

I nap often, I usually don’t feel like exercising and I always have cold hands and feet. My hair can be found everywhere I go. I’ve also been iron deficient a number of times. Whilst it doesn’t entirely explain my lack of desire to exercise, it has helped me to learn more about my body’s […]

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Menstrual Books

Book Review: She Dreams When She Bleeds by Nikki Tajiri

“I know In order for her to love her first blood She must see me loving mine” I didn’t know I needed period poetry until this book. She Dreams When She Bleeds contains fifty something poems about first bleeds, rhythms, blood shed, warriors, rivers, beauty, gratitude and acceptance. It’s also available in Spanish as Ella […]

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THINX Period-proof underwear

In 2018, I tried my first pair of ‘period proof underwear’. I have no idea where I heard about period underwear. It seemed a little odd to wear what’s essentially a period nappy all day, but somehow I was convinced to buy a pair of THINX’s ‘period-proof underwear that works’. Was I concerned that they might […]

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Talking about periods

I’m a complete over-sharer. Combine that with studying a Masters in Reproductive Medicine, and about 100 books on menstrual health, and I’m really, really comfortable talking about vaginas, vulvas and endometrial lining. I’m asked often by friends if I can please not bring up periods within 5 minutes of being introduced to someone, or meeting […]