The platform for Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated annually on the 28th of May, shares some guides to raise awareness on the lack of education on the issue, persisting taboos and stigma, limited access to hygienic menstrual products and poor sanitation infrastructure undermining the educational opportunities, health and overall social status of women and girls around the world resulting in millions of women and girls are kept from reaching their full potential. Some guides follow below:
Office Yoga vs. Menstrual Cramps [Infographic]
Day-to-day office work is stressful enough, what more during the days you are on your period?
Dysmenorrhea affects women in different ways. Some women barely even notice their periods, while others get mild to severe cramps. When cramps are so debilitating, getting out of bed is a challenge – and the thought of heading to work is even more unnerving.
One of the ways to treat menstrual discomfort is to engage in stretching and exercise, specifically ones that target the lower abdominal and lower back regions. Some women worry about being too active during their period – as you are prone to back stains – but by using longer feminine pads or menstrual cups to keep you protected, that won’t be an issue.
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Foods that fight PMS [Infographic + Video]
«There’s a scientific reason women jones for junk food in the days preceding and during that time of the month. Estrogen, testosterone and progesterone—the main reproductive hormones—plummet in the days leading up to your period and remain low for the first few days of it, according to gynecologist Rebecca Booth, M.D., author of “The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age.”
“This sharp decline in hormones results in falling levels of mood-supporting brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine, causing cravings for foods that elevate them, like chocolate (dopamine) and starchy foods (serotonin),” explains Dr. Booth.»
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Period Talk: Sustainable Options for Women
“The paper feminine hygiene industry has done a very good job of convincing women that their period is something [which] should be out of sight and out of mind, something they shouldn’t talk about,” Zivku said. “Think about the advertisements we see – it’s all about silent wrappers, discrete and smaller products that are easier to hide or dispose of, and concealing the fact you have your period. Without opportunities for positive period talk, women and girls may not have the opportunity to learn about or even ask about other, more sustainable options.”
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