It used to be referred to as “The Curse” and yet there is a time when The Curse can be a blessing.
Worrying about getting pregnant or not getting pregnant seems to be the concern of all women.
Our reproductive lives have become more under our own control in the last 40 years since the advent of the contraceptive pill.
Our great grandparents and grandparents had little control over getting pregnant. If they didn’t breastfeed completely and suppress ovulation, a baby could naturally follow.
Inconsistent or short term breastfeeding meant the babies came close together. Just missing a breastfeed can make a woman begin to ovulate again! Even when fully breastfed for the first year, a woman could get pregnant again shortly after solids were introduced to the baby’s feeding routine.
It really does require some careful consideration when trying to manage your fertility.
Sadly not every woman can successfully take the contraceptive pill. Being hormone based, the pill can turn your emotions upside down. For some it’s like being permanently premenstrual.
Break through bleeding, cramps and a lack of libido can be common side effects. For others being on the pill is enough to put them mentally in a deep dark hole, with no libido whatsoever. What’s the point of being on The Pill if you don’t feel like making love? You may well ask.
Being on the pill can make your periods lighter while some have discovered skipping the placebo pills altogether and going directly from one month’s supply to the next means you can temporarily stop menstruating altogether. Is it harmful? I don’t know.
Saving money on sanitary products by staying on the active contraceptive pills is an advantage but when your period arrives, it always pays to be prepared. An emergency pack of pads and tampons in the purse is a very reassuring thing.
As periods are common ground to most women, hopefully someone will have a spare pad or tampon on hand for a woman in distress, bless them.
May women do not have the luxury of sanitary products. You’ve heard of women using grasses, socks, leaves and shockingly even sand to catch the bleeding. And for all of us, consider what to do in an extreme emergency; an earthquake, tornado, tsunami? What’s a woman to do then?
If you are having regular periods it pays to always have a stash at hand, just in case.
There’s been a big move to reduce the price of sanitary products and make them obtainable for all women regardless of their income or lack of it. Women who are below the bread line, destitute or homeless really struggle at period time. That’s why Eco Bin is supporting Share the Dignity, because it’s a considerate thing to do. www.sharethedignity.com.au
In Australia they’ve promised to take the GST off sanitary products. At last there is acknowledgement of the price women pay to manage their monthly.
Spare a thought for those who are suffering the shame and inconvenience of no income. They have to resort to the old-fashioned method and are literally “on the rag.”
We women generate so much sanitary waste and it needs to be captured before it gets flushed away. It really creates a headache for the council and pads and tampons are a problem in a septic tank.
It is so much easier to deal with sanitary waste before it enters the sewers, as the city council will tell you. Using an Eco Bin disposable sanitary bin could be part of your normal cycle; it’s a small thing we women can do to help protect the planet.