the plog

  • What In The World

    Victoria M.

    Did you know that globally - pads are the most common form of feminine hygiene protection? In some countries, pads are the only form of hygiene products used and many women opt for even more natural options such as reusable cloths or undergarments.

    In an effort to not only be more health conscious but eco-friendly- many companies are creating products that are biodegradable, compostable, all natural and made with organic cotton. We applaud all of these innovators (and give ourselves a pat on the back too) as there has not been any true innovation in decades!

    A timeline of feminine hygiene products shows that many of the antiquated stances still held true but there are so many boundaries being broken and left behind, which is great!

    Here are some eye-opening and interesting facts about menstruation around the world:

  • Sleepless in Seattle, and Everywhere Else

    J.B.

    If you’re like me, you love a good night’s sleep.  It’s refreshing and rejuvenating.  But, for many women, it’s often elusive.

    According to the National Sleep Foundation, “More than half of American women (60%) say they only get a good night’s sleep a few nights per week or less and 67% say they frequently experience a sleep problem.”

    Sleep deprivation is not just a matter of feeling tired.  Sleeplessness can affect your ability to think clearly, it can make you irritable (as if bloating and cramps weren’t enough to make you cranky), and it can affect your health too.  Sufferers of chronic sleep deprivation risk high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

  • International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Kaitlyn Luckow


    Image via Daiga Ellaby

     

    Chances are high that you, or someone you know, is a victim of violence against women. As women, violence has become a part of our lives—whether that’s living in the fear or it, currently experiencing it, or living with the trauma of it.

    Due to its frequency, violence against women has become normalized. But violence is not normal. Violence is a crime and it’s about time that it is treated as such.

    Violence against women is an endemic in our world today. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 1 in 4 women in the United States have experienced violence from a partner, 2 out of 3 children are exposed to violence, and 1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college.

  • Traveling While On Your Period

    Kaitlyn Luckow


    Image source: Nathaniel Kohfield

     

    Whenever I book a vacation, I spend the days leading up to the trip as an anxious mess. I’m not anxious about losing my luggage, or getting lost, or missing my flight. No. I’m anxious about getting my period.  

    Every girl probably has a story about a time when they went on a vacation and their period nearly ruined it. Whether it’s because of debilitating cramps, PMS, or just being uncomfortable, your period can change your vacation.  

    But as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that it doesn’t have to ruin it! Here are some tricks I’ve learned along  the way that have helped ease my anxiety of menstruating on vacation and have helped make me not worry (as much) about it:

  • What Is The Tampon Tax?

    Kaitlyn Luckow

    Image by Tim Marshall

     

    Imagine having to pay for something that was natural and completely out of your control.

    Guess what?

    We’re doing it.

    Over the past few years, news and social media campaigns have brought light to the issue of the “tampon tax”, also known as the “pink tax”  in America as well as the rest of the world. Perhaps like you, I had no idea that this tax even existed until a few years ago. And I was just as taken aback as many people–and remain confused even today.

    People are outraged and are demanding change because of this tampon tax, but do we fully understand what the tampon tax is?

  • How Diet Affects Menstruation

    J.B


    Image via Brook Lark

    Do you suffer from the typical menstrual symptoms?  The bloating, the mood swings, the muscle aches, the fatigue, the cramps (and sometimes severe menstrual cramps)?  Are you convinced that whoever wrote the song “I Enjoy Being a Girl” must have been a man?

    You’re not alone. 

    But there are some natural, non-pharmaceutical things you can do to ease the symptoms and one of these is diet.   Of course, everyone is different, but there are foods that are generally regarded as being helpful in reducing menstrual symptoms and some foods that can make your symptoms worse.

  • NannoCARES about You!

    Victoria. M


    Image source: Eloise Ambursley

    Do you know why Nannocare was started? It was to help women globally have access to a holistic and all natural solution to discomfort that occurs monthly. We want each and every one of you to know that we share in your quest for something better- and we are working every day to bring it to you directly!

    Not only do we take health seriously; we also know everything is about balance. Periods are no fun, but they are necessary and a part of our lives so with that said- we want to make sure you can make the most of every day, period. Menstrual health is a thing, and it is at the forefront of the industry now more than ever.

    Nannocare also wants to make period talk the norm! Every young adolescent gets “the talk” but periods are often left out. It is important for both boys and girls to be comfortable with the change in their bodies and not feel awkward about what is happening. Moms, Dads, Sisters, Uncles, Aunts, Grandparents – we want you to know it is ok to tell young girls about how their bodies will change and how menstruation will affect them. We also want you to be knowledgeable about the products out there that are good for them.

    Here are some helpful tips for the new and even experienced who want to delve deeper into menstrual health:

  • 5 Surprising Ovary Facts You Should Know

    Kaitlyn Luckow


    Image source: Charles Deluvio

     

    It’s always surprising to think about everything that we don’t know about our own bodies. We literally live in them every single day, but let’s be honest, we don’t know the ins and outs about how they work.

    Honestly, when I was researching about ovaries for this post, I was so embarrassed about what I didn’t know. I had gone through the entirety of my life not knowing what was going on inside of my own body. And I know I’m not the only one.

    I wanted to make sure that you weren’t left in the dark like I was for so long simply because I didn’t seek out the facts.

    Here are some things that you may or may not have known about ovaries:

  • Giving Girls The Opportunity For Work

    Kaitlyn Luckow


    Image by Toa Heftiba

    Today is the International Day of The Girl Child, which is a day founded by the United Nations back in 2012.

    According to the U.N., “Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women.”

    During this day, there is a Day of the Girl Summit at the United Nations headquarters in order to bring together organizations to focus on advancements for the opportunities for girls.

    Each year, the UN dedicates this day to focus on a specific theme for girls around the world. This year, the UN dedicated October 11 to the theme of “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce”.

    Today is all about providing girls around the world with the opportunity and the tools to transition into the workforce and gain the skills for their desired career.

  • Pros and Cons of Using Organic pads

    Xiaolin L.

    Many brands talk about how organic pads/tampons are great with no toxins and chlorine bleach, but they barely talk about how it actually feels to use the organic pads/tampons compared to the non-organic ones.

    First of all, it is true that our vagina is good at absorbing anything we put in there, which is why some medications are delivered vaginally. So being concerned about what might be absorbed by the body by using tampons made with synthetic fibers is reasonable. However, when it comes to how it feels to use an organic product compared to using a non-organic tampon, there isn’t much difference. Neither is the chance of getting TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome).

    Regarding the feeling of using pads made with organic cotton or synthetic fiber, the difference is way more noticeable.

  • Speak Up At Your Next Gyno Appointment

    Kaitlyn Luckow


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    You walk into your gynecologist appointment and they ask you how you’ve been feeling and immediately you say, “fine.”

    However, in your head, you might be thinking, “What about telling them about how debilitating your cramps have been?; What about that weird discharge you’ve been having?; What about talking about how painful sex has been for you?”

    But how many of us actually talk about these things?

    Today is National Women’s Health Day and it’s the perfect time to remind you to take care of yourself. Honest care of yourself. So many of us go to the gynecologist and don’t actually share what we’re experiencing on a daily basis. Or even worse, some of us don’t schedule an appointment at all because we get too anxious even thinking about it.

    Not only do we not get the help we need because of that, but we also could be putting ourselves in danger.

    Your reproductive health should be your priority and you should not let embarrassment get in the way. Here are some ways that you can prepare to speak up during your next trip to the gynecologist:

  • What Does Maximizing Life Mean to You?

    Victoria M.


    Image source: David Hoffman

    What does it mean to minimize discomfort and maximize life? Well, here at Nannocare – it means a vast array of things. Life encompasses happiness, love, family, friends, success, education and runs the whole gamut of what we all truly value. While it is different for everyone – the underlying component that always remains the same is the need and want to maximize it. We all have our own version of it and that changes daily, hourly and sometimes within seconds.