The healthy woman's guide to that time of the month

Oh your beloved time of the month. It comes just like clock work. For some of us it can be a really intense pain filled time. Whether you are one with crazy PMS and cramps or one who has a short and simple time of the month there are resources here for every lady. Ditch the Midol and the toxin filled tampons. Stick around to find out what supports us best. Yes, you heard right. I said “us”. For this post I have a beautiful guest, and friend of mine Amanda Santistevan.

E M O T I O N A L support. PMS is a lot to handle. There have been times when I did not even feel like myself. I felt like I was crazy. My emotions were just all over the place from anger, to tears, and everything in between. Enter Progessence Plus. This serum is amazing. On top of providing both hormonal support, libido support, and emotional support, it supports healthy looking skin. There are so many benefits to this serum.

It contains Copaifera officinalis† (Balsam copaiba) resin, Boswellia sacra† (Sacred frankincense) oil, Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood)† bark oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Tocopherol, Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free), Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) leaf oil, USP-grade progesterone (from wild yam extract), Eugenia caryophyllus† (Clove) bud oil.

Both my husband and I have seen huge changes in my day to day mood. I am a very emotional and sensitive gal so imagine that + PMS. Progessence has given me so much support. This is amazing. Just ask Max. He has brought up the fact that I haven’t been grumpy (crazy).

Let’s talk menstrual cramps. I used to get these so bad that I didn’t want to leave my bed. I literally wanted to take the whole week off of life. At times my legs would get tingly and it felt like someone was scraping the inside of my uterus. Graphic I know, but that is what it really felt like. My cramps are way more mild now.

O I L S The oils that I use to support me during this time are Young Living’s Peppermint & Lavender. I add a couple of drops of each to my palm, stir with two fingers from the opposite hand and rub it over the area where I am having cramps. Peppermint leaves a cooling tingly effect on the skin which soothes me and lavender is calming and relaxing. This combination surely packs a punch.

T E A I absolutely love Traditional Medicinal’s Raspberry Leaf Tea. This tea supports healthy menstruation, tones the uterus and may be used for menstrual cramps.* It is also caffeine free so you’re able to drink it throughout your day.


F E M I N I N E hygiene

I use tampons during my heaviest days and panty liners during the lighter days. I choose to use a tampon brand called Natracare. They are 100% organic cotton, perfume free, and chlorine free. The panty liners that I have been using are by Seventh Generation these are also perfume free, and chlorine free. The absorbency of both of these products work great for me and I feel a lot more at ease knowing that I’m not putting chlorine inside of my body.


& now

The Diva Cup @amandasanti

Killin’ Me Softly- With Tampons
By now you’ve probably heard of menstrual cups or DivaCup, and if you haven’t you’re in for a treat. This is an alternative to our regular method of keeping clean during Aunt Flow’s monthly visit.
I first heard about DivaCup from a few different blogs that popped up on a search I did. See I was having immense pain and thought I might be dying. So surely I had Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). In my search for symptoms I discovered a ton of women all with the same problems I was having and it wasn’t TSS.
My period is always terrible. It always has been heavy and painful. When I was in labor I realized that my contractions were almost the same level of pain as my regular cramps. So my tolerance for pain wasn’t the issue. As I got older the pain never got better, if anything it got worse.
One day my husband ran out to get me tampons. He’s a really good guy. He accidentally got me super-plus sized. I normally used super and just changed them more frequently. Thinking it was ‘no big deal’ I went ahead with the super-plus. About 10 minutes later I really thought I was dying. I actually told my husband he might need to take me to the ER because the pain was that severe. I wanted to avoid that- because no one wants to be the girl who’s in the ER for cramps. So I prayed and took an Epsom salt bath hoping I’d find relief. Praise the Lord I did! After an hour long bath, I got out and used another super-plus. This time about 5 minutes later I was crippled over in so much pain I could vomit. I was shaking and felt extremely fatigued like I was going to pass out and that’s when I realized the correlation. I immediately removed the tampon. Luckily I had a rogue pad hanging around. I rested and felt better within the hour.
In my search I found that this was quite common. Women are having adverse and allergic reactions to tampons. If you think about it- it kind of makes sense. In this culture of paraben and sulfate free products have we completely overlooked this product we actually put inside our bodies? How safe is this for us? Why is it causing so many people pain and what other long term effects does it have?
As it turns out, tampons are not made of  cotton anymore like we all thought. They are bleached, chemically laden, formaldehyde filled rayon.
Yea. I know. What the crap?!
Our vaginas are the most hormonally charged area on our bodies and we are filling them with crazy toxic chemicals and absorbing our natural chemistry dry while doing it. But as long as our shampoo is sulfate free right?! Priorities.
But who wants to wear pads?! No one. That’s when I came across DivaCup. Worn primarily by athletes and hippies it was previously off my radar. It’s not like anything else. It’s made of medical grade silicone. It can’t cause you TSS. It doesn’t absorb your natural balance of hormones. It’s environmentally friendly and best of all it’s safe and will save you money in the long run.
Now I won’t lie- it’s weird. I had been using the kind of tampons with the built in applicator for 17 years! That’s a really long time to just start something completely new. I watched a few YouTube videos (don’t worry they aren’t graphic) and re-read the instructions about a hundred times. I read reviews and studied the DivaCup website like I was about to take the SATS. I made sure my husband and kid weren’t going to disturb me and I took a good half hour to try and try again. It takes work to learn and to get comfortable with it. But once you do it is so much more convenient then tampons. It’s better for your wallet and health. It’s a win win. Just know that to make the switch you will need to mentally prepare and keep trying until you’re comfortable. The key is to relax and don’t give up.
I’ve been on DivaCup for almost two years now and I still use the same original DivaCup I first got for $40 at Sprouts. That’s roughly $200 I’ve saved not buying tampons so far. My painful periods are half the pain I used to experience. My period is now lighter and 2-3 days shorter using DivaCup.
It can be a little weird getting used to it but overall I highly recommend making the switch.
Amanda Santistevan

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  • Reply
    December 1, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I recently made the switch to a menstrual cup and I went into that hyper-research mode. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      December 2, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      I feel that! I always want to know everything there is to know when it comes to things that are new to me 🙂

      • Reply
        December 3, 2017 at 1:37 am

        Especially when it is something that personal.

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