Info for Every Girl and Woman

Menstruation Follows a 28-ish Day Cycle, Just Like The Moon. 

Our menstrual cycle is an incredible, powerful aspect of being female. But most of us don't know much about the daily shifts in our hormones and how they affect our body, brain chemistry, mood and more. Why? Because most of us were never taught about the intricacies of our female bodies. We believe that when you understand your magical body, you'll stay more connected to it and LOVE it. Your cycle isn't just ‘those' days. It's every day.

We wrote The Essential Guide to Understanding and Loving Your Cycle as part of our mission to give every girl and woman the information she may not get anywhere else.

Excerpts from The Essential Guide to Understanding and Loving Your Cycle:

Every Phase Has Its Strength.
...Our society tends to see things in ‘either/or'... ‘good' or ‘bad'. Things that are white or light are associated with ‘good,' while black or dark are associated with ‘bad' or ‘sad.' Being out and social is a sign of success and happiness while being quiet and spending time alone comes with a stigma that you must not be well-liked. Being active is valued more than stillness, even though both are beneficial. In fact, stillness can yield great wisdom and innovation, and sleep enables our body and brain to do most of its growth and healing...

...When we see the world in cycles and appreciate the natural ebbs and flows, we realize the beauty and purpose of balance. A woman's body literally embodies nature's cycles of birth, growth, death and rebirth, ebbs and flows and perfect balance. When we realize this, the way we feel about our bodies... shifts...

Your Vagina Is One of the Most Porous Parts of Your Body.
...Since the lining of your vagina is one of the most absorbent parts of your body, it makes sense to only want natural, gentle things to come in contact with it. Unfortunately, most tampons available in drug stores are bleached and contain rayon (a synthetic fiber derived from wood pulp). The bleaching process leaves a dangerous by-product called dioxin - an endocrine disrupting chemical, which is a known culprit of several diseases including cancer. While there has been some disagreement on what level of dioxin is safe, the EPA states there is NO SAFE LEVEL for dioxin exposure. And we just don't think your health is worth gambling. (A 6th grade girl confided that she was severely allergic to synthetic fibers to the point of needing to wear a medical alert necklace. Until she heard our talk, she had no idea that she'd need to read the content of tampons when she gets her first moon. We want every girl and woman to have access to information about organic feminine care whether it's our brand or another!)...

Many Cultures Celebrate Menstruation.
...For many generations, it's been common for the topic of menstruation to be avoided. When a girl gets her First Moon, the event is often kept secret... A woman will go to great lengths not to show that she's carrying a feminine care product in her bag... The message that secrecy sends (especially at a pivotal moment in girls' development) is that a fundamental part of being female is shameful. If we want to change the way girls and women feel about themselves, we have to change this. In many other cultures, menstruation has been celebrated for thousands of years and continues to be celebrated today. The Navajo celebrate a girl's First Moon with an elaborate four-day celebration called a ‘Kinaalda.'...

What Girls and Parents Are Saying about the Book 

"The information I’ve learned from this book has literally revolutionized the way I think and feel about my cycle. I now look forward to each phase and the strengths that they offer. I wish I had known all of this for the first 18 years of my cycle!"
Karen (31)

 

"The short stories and references made it relatable and personal. I’ve never heard or thought about any correlation between the cycle and the moon or the seasons… I am already inspired with a more positive attitude and outlook (: … It really made me think about how I would someday discuss it as an adult with my child."
Jordan (17)

 

"Wow! Fabulous!!! The writing is absolutely superb! I love it! So many parts really resonated with me :) "
Judi (mom of teen girl)

 

"Katy from San Diego tells us that when her 5th grader overheard a question about tampons, she immediately asked what they were and wanted to see one. Katy had a great conversation with her and then turned it into a science project: the two of them opened one up, filled a sink full of water and watched how they absorb liquid."
Najah (17)