The No Period Period
*Read to the end for this months period product tested*
And a Give Away <3
BECAUSE I LIKE Y'ALL OR WHATEVAH
Having a uterus and a vagina is a freakin trip sometimes. A vagina is this powerhouse body part that self cleans and regulates itself better than the human brain can tell time. It’s the gatekeeper to love and intimacy and to life.
Life comes out of that thing!
A whole ASS HUMAN.
(You can tell I’ve never had a baby but i trip out when i think about it.)
When the body does have a baby, it just completely rearranged itself, starves the mother of nutrients and then pops out the healthiest version of life. THAT IS STOLE FROM THE CARRIER. What’s crazier is the epic amount of timing and calculation it takes to even create a life.
Biology is fucking nuts.
And boy does our society freak out when a woman notions to the idea of not making a life.
When a woman decides to use her whole body for something else. Perhaps something even just for herself.
And just like biology would have it, when there’s a change in the cause there’s a going to be a change in the effect. Female athletes are an anomyly. While living in a world that constantly tells them they’re not strong, certainly not stronger than a male, and that their body is inherently weaker, they push on to follow the movement they love. As an athlete, I don’t hate my body. I love it so much that I don’t want to limit it. I don’t want someone else’s vision of themselves to limit my own. And in doing so, myself and all female athletes challenge what we know of biology so far. Sometimes, I don’t have a period, or amenorrhea. (And this week there’s a product that has HELPED tremendously for when I do have irregular ass periods.)
WHAT IS AMENORRHEA?
When looking for scholarly articles to go over amenorrhea and what causes it, it pissed me off to see what current the SCHOLASTIC trend is. In several different publications I kept running into the term The Female Athlete Triad, which is the assumption that female athletes have a higher propensity to have amenorrhoea, osteoporosis and disordered eating than non athletes. That’s right, right off the bat it got real negative.
This article was published in a journal entitled “Best Practices...” and the information is considered current for modern medicine. In fact, The Female Athlete Triad is still used widely. The negative implications put onto women who exercise is still an issue. When I was looking for what causes amenorrhea, the only trend found related women with low BMI’s or a BMI of 18 to 19 as a cause for hormonal imbalance and thus lack of creating a period. The implication that female athletes have body dismorphia, starve themselves and then put dangerously high amounts of stress at a the risk of vanity is all I could find on Google Scholar.
Magazine clippings did even worse. There were the terms “excessive exercise”, “Burnout” and “Infertility” lined my google search.
There were articles entitled” “How to Stay Lean and Fit without Missing your Period”, “Too much of a good thing”, and “Nutrition Tips for Women with Amenorrhea” to reinforce the self help dialog that once again women don’t understand their bodies. By the way, Health Magazine says exercising 5-6x a week is too much. The magazine doesn’t go over types of exersize, or the level of exertion to cause an imbalance, or add any facts. Just that 5-6x a week of movement(?) is TOO MUCH FOR WOMAN (said in caveman voice).
After all this mess, I found a quote that seems like it was written in the 20th century. And it’s similar to what my doctor told me to reinforced my personal health views.
"If your BMI rapidly dips below 18 or 19, you may start to miss periods." This isn’t strictly based on BMI, though. Serious conditions like anorexia and bulimia can cause a missed period, but so can training for a marathon or some other major event that requires you to exercise more than usual. "Nature has a way of protecting you from getting pregnant if your body is under such extreme stress. Your body prevents ovulation so you don’t have a lot of estrogen, don’t build a big uterine lining, and then don't get a period," says Dweck.”
That’s right. Even this quote is problematic but at least I know more about the uterine walls and my hormone levels. I know I personally won’t have a period if I’m traveling or working on aerial piece for a show. I can go 3 to 4 months at a time without one, but I still feel the hormonal subtleties. My period is irregular at best. And that’s why the product tested for this months Circus On Your Period is so rad.
Period Product in Review
Ellebox makes what I’ve been wishing for since I was like 13 years old; a subscription based period box. I have my period supplies delivered to my door monthly and they provide a LOT of supplies. So much that I always have extras. There are several different types of boxes and you can change the kind you like by the month.
The three different kind of boxes include: An Essentials Box with only tampons and pads. The Comfort Box has tampons and pads and 4 amazing self care items which include two skin care treatments, some of the most DELICIOUS chocolate and a tea. I’ve used all of the skincare items and have LOVED every one of them.
Ellebox also has the Menstrual Cup box: which I think is GENIUS. It includes the self care items and some liners. It was made ideally for women who like to use cups but they are also catering to a market of women who maybe don't necessarily have a full ass period. Maybe even women experiencing menopause. Because even though there may not blood, I DEFINITELY still get the hormones. I don’t think I’m the only one.
The best part of Ellebox is that you can switch your membership at any time. They send you reminders when your box will ship and when the money will be debited from your account. You can also cancel the membership and then restart it once your supplies run low again, which is what I did when I found out about the Cup box!
To save 50% off your first box use code: halfoff
Now for the giveaway. Look at you reading all the way to the bottom!
I have two COMFORT boxes to give away. All you have to do is 'LIKE" the new Facebook page Cirque Du Twerk to enter. I'll draw the winners at random next Friday, 1/26/18 and will personally FB Message the wieners.
Thanks EVERYONE! See you NEXT WEEK!