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What Men Think About Menstruation
Ever since I’ve started writing about menstruation, I’ve had a surprising amount of men reach out to me with questions and thoughts they have about periods and menstruation. I think it’s so important to open up this discussion to all genders, because everyone should be educated on menstruation, not just people who experience it.
This discussion is vital in order to erase misconceptions about menstruation and could help further education throughout the world. This mentality could erase negative mentalities and improve the health for women throughout the world.
I reached out to men throughout the world to see what they think about menstruation, addressed some misconceptions that they hold, and answered questions that were asked.
What In The World
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:
What Is The Tampon Tax?
Image by Tim Marshall
Imagine having to pay for something that was natural and completely out of your control.
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
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.
Pros and Cons of Using Organic pads
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.
Exploring the Mentality of Menstruation Around The World
Photo by Matteo Grassi
Just like most things, different cultures and different countries view certain aspects of life in unique manners.
The same can be said for how menstruation and periods are viewed throughout the world. In some cultures, menstruation has long been celebrated, whereas in others even talking about periods is still seen as taboo.
I wanted to take a look at how different countries and cultures view menstruation in today’s world and to take a look at how these mentalities are affecting individuals who menstruate.
Common Period Myths
By Kaitlyn Luckow
You might remember that day in school where the boys and the girls were separated and your recess time was infringed upon because you needed to have “that talk”. I’m going to go out on a limb here and probably guess that you don’t have fond memories about that day.
I would be surprised if you did. If you were in the girl group, you were told that you were going to bleed out every month forever and that you would have to do all of these things to keep yourself clean and you were probably going to be in pain. Joy.
And if you were a boy, well…chances are you didn’t hear about menstruation at all. Just whispers on the playground about something horrifying that women do every month.
This lack of education, almost solely relied on by rumors, has led to a detrimental misguidance when it comes to menstruation. There are many myths revolving around menstruation and these myths are exactly that—they’re not true.
Regardless, many people go into adolescence holding these myths as true, and many of these myths are held well-on into adulthood.
I talked to many individuals of all genders and asked them about period myths that they have believed in the past. Here are the most common answers and why these myths are in fact just that:
Tips for Managing Menstrual Cramps in the Summer from a Gynecologist
From Sherry Thomas, M.D.
The traditional way of dealing with menstrual cramps — the good ol’ heating pad — is so yesterday. And in the summertime, who wants to be hugging the equivalent of a toaster oven? The latest research suggests there are much better options for fighting off menstrual distress. Here are my top five recommendations:
1. Stay away from foods that can cause bloating. Some foods that are nutrition super-heroes the rest of the month may provoke bloating right before and during your period. That includes legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils) and cruciferous veggies (like broccoli and kale). Likewise, dairy products and whole grains can be bad factors during this time. Be extra careful to stay away from anything with lots of sodium, which is well-known for causing bloat. But… this is a good time to be reaching for ginger. It has long been a traditional medicine for fighting inflammatory disease, and recent research says it can help tame cramps. It’s available as a supplement on the vitamin aisle.
Need Grows For Feminine Hygiene Products In Homeless Shelters
Feminine hygiene products are necessary items that most women take for granted every day. In fact, we sometimes loathe the day we have to throw in some pads into our grocery cart because menstruation is still seen by many as taboo.
However, we forget how privileged we are to have access to these products to begin with. For many homeless and low-income individuals, feminine hygiene products become a luxury.
Feminine hygiene products are desperately needed in homeless shelters across the country because no one seems to think about this obvious need.
Not only do feminine hygiene products provide items for individuals who need them most, but they also provide a sense of dignity that is usually forgotten. Hundreds and thousands of homeless and low-income individuals are forced to make the choice between a meal and buying feminine hygiene products every day, forcing them to lose a sense of dignity as they are forced to use whatever is free and available to them: usually an old piece of cloth or wadded up toilet paper.
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I would highly recommend the Nanno pads to any woman, especially those who suffer from menstrual issues. This type of pad is literally a life saver. I was highly allergic to other brands which caused much discomfort. I came across these at my local CVS and they were the best. I won't use any other brands. You will be very pleased they help to lessen menstrual cramps and they are more pure.
I have purchased this product once before and that prompted me to purchase more. I can say they help with coverage during your heavy days. I like the fact that they are thinner than most brands.
I love these pads sooo much. They actually do help with my period pain and so absorbent, don't smell at all... literally perfect!
I have been using Nannopads for the past few months. I've held off writing a review because I wanted to really see if there is a difference between more natural products & that of the big manufacturers. Welp! I can safely say...I don't miss the heat that the plastic on most pads make you feel all day. I don't miss the minute crinkling sound as I walk with a "traditional" pad. And, I don't miss my privates perspiring & irritation! So, I recommend highly recommend Nannopads!
My review may seem a little biased. I didn't purchase these for my cycle. I purchased these based off the fact I was having major surgery and I would need pads during recovery . What drew me in, was the fact it was suppose to help with discomfort and they weren't the typical pad. So far, I love these pads. I don't feel like I'm wearing a pad, especially how even the thins in other brands felt bulky. Since I'm still recuperating, these have helped me through the spotting and I've noticed there has been a reduction in discomfort.
For the first time in over 20 plus years I didn't have to take any medication during my menstrual cycle. While I did experience some discomfort, it was tolerable without pain medication. Now I'm a bit of a skeptic, so even after the amazing results, I had to wait for a second cycle to post my results. Comparing the two cycles I consider the first cycle a "light" (not the norm for me) which consist of me talking about 1800mg of motrin during each of the first two days. The next cycle was a doozy, ( the norm) which usually consist of me taking the 800mg of motrin every six hours and still having discomfort. I'm very excited to report I only had to take 400mg of motrin during the first 24hrs. These results are amazing, on my worst cycle the nanno pad significantly reduced my pain. I have given the nanno pads to my nieces, I'm hopeful they see the same results since they too suffer from cramps. LIFETIME CUSTOMER!
These are the best pads I’ve ever tried! They are super absorbent so I feel more confident wearing them. I really didn’t see much of a difference in my cramps but I’m ok with that. The only thing I would change is to make to panty liners a little longer or have an option for longer ones.
I had some of the most debilitating cramps a few days ago and my mom gave me these NannoPads. I put it on and literally within 20 mins my cramps were going away. I couldn't believe it. Now I am the person who pops in an Advil or ibuprofen to get rid of the pain because I am a workaholic and I NEVER want to miss work. BUT I hate painkillers so the fact that I found a product that is natural AND SO EASY to help relieve my cramps is very exciting for me.
To say I’m pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. Nannocare DOES work......it was both absorbent and subsided my cramps about 70-75% – which is huge!
I really didn't think it was possible for a pad to help with cramping so | didn't think it would do anything. I was very surprised that I had no cramping at all! I started using them a few days before I probably should have but my period was about 3 days later than expected. I really liked the bigger pads as it covered more area for night time.
I felt the pads not only kept me dry and did not cause and leakage but most importantly they helped with my cramps. | definitely felt as a result of using the pads my cramps were more manageable as | felt a lot less pain and was able to do normal activities without having to worry about the pain being so bad.
I have fallen in love with everything from Nannocare. I literally don’t want to leave the house without a panty liner because they truly keep you fresh feeling all day. As for the actual pads, I have been able to go from lying in bed with a hot water bottle and popping Motrin, to being able to go on like any other day due to the reduction in cramping and overall pain. I highly recommend this product even if you are a hard No against pads (which I totally get because that was me), at least give it a shot. I will take pain relief over anything.
I was really happy with these pads. I used to have very severe cramps right before my period and on the first day of my period but this product really worked for me. I still had cramps but they did not hurt as much as they usually hurt me. I was very happy with this product.
I have no idea what is in these pads, but they are wonderful! I normally have horrible backaches and migraines and it seemed when I was using these pads, I didn't experience any migraine pain and very little back pain, I am a full-time college student and my period usually keeps me out of school one day a month and this month, I was able to attend school every day, as I did not have any discomfort that was so extreme that 1 had to miss classes! Please tell me what this product is! Thanks again for letting me be n part of this great study and letting me he practically pain-free for at least one month of my period!
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