Period Talk: Keeping an Open Mind When it Comes to Menstrual Alternatives
The second Friday of every month, women (and even some men) gather for a “Period Talk” via TweetChat hosted by BePreparedPeriod.com and You-Are-Loved.org. Topics often center around teen period issues and alternative menstrual products which always results in enthusiastic conversation. Mainly because most women are not aware that alternatives exist for themselves and their daughters.
Today, teen girls have more choices in practically everything. In this age of technology and eco-consciousness, the way we live our lives is drastically evolving before our eyes. Laptops are our crystal ball. The ease of accessing information has encouraged us to ask more questions. It has lead to questioning the things we put in our body. Not only about chemicals in food, but chemicals in products that go in other parts of our body – like feminine hygiene products. As a parent in today’s world, it is especially important to educate our girls about alternatives in menstrual care.
Pads or tampons? There has to be something more! Something that is safe for my body and the environment — and is nice to use.
Women have had basically two options over the past 80 years when it comes to dealing with a period: pads or tampons. As technology has evolved and women insisted on more healthful, zero-waste options in feminine care, the demand for natural and reusable products has skyrocketed. At Lunette, we have seen increasing interest in menstrual cups from women of all ages, but especially from moms who want to educate their daughters about menstrual choices that go beyond simply pads and tampons.
Advice for moms & daughters: Keep an open mind!
This is where moms can help their girls. There are options besides disposables. It may seem foreign if you’ve never heard about the option I’m about to talk about. There is a stigma, promoted over the decades, that menstruation is an unclean affair. This idea has kept women focused on throw-away options, as if seeing your own flow or making contact with your own body is somehow a bad thing. Think about what that implies. It has the potential to breed body shame and compromise one’s view of her own womanhood.
There is another choice beyond the usual disposables. Heard of a Lunette?
If you haven’t heard of Lunette, let me give you a brief run down. We are a Finnish company that manufactures and sells a comfortable, re-usable menstrual cup. If you are new to this concept, it is a soft silicone cup that is folded and inserted, like a non-applicator tampon. Inside, it opens and collects flow rather than absorbs it. There are two sizes to choose from, but we offer a smaller, softer version (model 1) of Lunette with younger users in mind.
How else is a Lunette different from a tampon?
Using a Lunette means less fussing with products during a period. Because it is made of medical-grade silicone, an inhospitable surface for bacteria, it can be safely worn for 12 hours before it needs to be emptied. Because it is reusable, there are no wrappers, applicators or bio-waste to add to landfills. It lasts for years so Lunette also saves money, no need to re-purchase monthly supplies. The best part about a menstrual cup is that, due to its composition, it has never been linked to Toxic Shock Sydrome (TSS).
At Lunette, we believe that girls should learn about their own anatomy and be comfortable with it. We offer a section on our site to familiarize women with the intricacy of their reproductive system because we believe what it represents is truly miraculous. Check it out here. This is why we admire BePreparedPeriod.com. It offers something special to teen girls and their parents. It is a source of information to educate girls about their developing bodies as well as the variety of feminine care products that are available today. BePrepared.com’s site has a section on “Periods & Puberty” to help your girl discover that they are not alone in the adolescent trek of transformation.
Toxic Shock: Stay informed!
In addition to the educational aspect of BePreparedPeriod.com, it has a partnership with You-are-loved.org– a site every mom and daughter should visit. TSS is still happening. Despite the microscopic statistics quoted in the media, no one knows its true occurrence since it is ceased being a reportable disease.
BePreparedperiod.com offers a unique monthly event — Period Talk TweetChat. Moms and girls can interact with their peers and ask questions from guest speakers. You can even win free products — hope to see you there!