A Period Piece

So, what does it REALLY feel like?

I love the momentum I see gaining in the movement to normalize periods. Of course they shouldn’t be taboo or mysterious – they’re a shared experience we all have as women! The one point that I, personally, would like to make is that, while they’re a regular occurrence for every gal, they are still a pretty big deal. I mean, not just in the sense that they’re an element of a working reproductive system which allows a female to actually grow a human being inside her body…but also in the sense that they can be heavy, and painful, and long!

After nearly two decades of experiencing completely terrible periods, I’m still finding myself trying to explain to the men in my life what cramps feel like, why I have moments of cold sweats, why spots just appeared in my vision, and why I spend entire nights trying various yoga poses to try to stretch through the pain.

Did you know that an average woman has 450 (!!!) periods in her lifetime?

That’s a lot of periods. That’s a LOT of pain.

Knowing how many more cycles I’ve got ahead of me, and wanting to stay informed, I jumped at the opportunity to do a post about a new line of menstrual products, Asana. (And CanCon bonus: Asana products were engineered by a female chemical and environmental engineer out of University of British Columbia!

As a gal with an atypically heavy flow, I often need a little extra protection guarantee. Especially on the first few nights of my cycle, having a good pad or liner helps me sleep soundly without worrying about inevitable leakage ruining my pyjamas or sheets.

Asana Biowave Advantage™ is antibacterial (designated by Health Canada Class 1) and helps assuage my leaky fears and also gains some great bonus points:

  • while being one of the thinnest on the market, Asana still offers the most absorbency, fastest rate of absorbency and best assurance of leak protection
  • Asana’s products use the technology of tourmaline and silver, which act to reduce menstrual discomfort, dispel odour, increase air circulation, balance the body’s pH and enhance metabolism

These factors go a long way with me when it comes to taking the edge off the period misery.

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I also love hearing about how others deal with their cycles and how they share their experiences with others. Click here to read my post on the Our Bodies Our Blood show that took place in Halifax.

So while I’m dragging my partner to period-inspired art shows and working away at explaining to my guy pals what it REALLY feels like, at least I can take comfort in the fact that there are so many women who’ve got my back on this one. Shared experiences FTW.



Our Bodies Our Blood & The Blood Fund

There’s something cool happening in Halifax right now, guys. People are having a conversation about a topic that is generally avoided, a topic that’s unnecessarily stigmatized, a topic that is relevant to half the population. They’re talking about periods. And it’s happening in the most creative ways. our blood 5One of my favourite alternative shops, Plan B Merchants Co-Op, is facilitating that conversation and they’re doing so in 2 amazing ways: 1) by hosting the Our Bodies Our Blood Art Show; and 2) by collecting donations to the Blood Fund – a fundraising effort to provide menstrual products to women who don’t have access to them (by financial need or circumstance).

our blood2If you’ve ever had a period, or know someone who has, then you know what a hassle it can be. For those who can’t afford or don’t have access to tampons, pads, or cups, the monthly event is that much worse. It was a no-brainer when I decided that I could bring a couple of boxes of tampons over to Plan B to help contribute to the fund. What I didn’t expect, though, was how honest and visceral and raw the art would be. It’s really incredible.

our blood1I could see some audiences being squeamish about some of the pieces on display. Is that just because we’re socialized to think of menstruation as icky? Perhaps. Perhaps. Perhaps.

I would say, though, that there are some more innocuous and even adorable pieces included in the show that can also be appreciated by the faint-of-heart.

For example, there’s this piece that represents the physical side effects of a woman’s period:

ourblood3And, my personal favourite, this little flowering fabric vagina plant:our blood 4If you find yourself in the area, I recommend checking out the show. If you can’t make it or don’t have any extra products to donate, I encourage you to toss a few dollars to their gofundme page http://www.gofundme.com/bloodfund

Best of luck and kudos to all involved in this unique project!