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April 2015

Menstrual Cups

Your Workout and Your Period

Cramps? Bloated? Want to curl up with a tub of ice cream and hide in a doona fort? Yeh we hear you… Periods can suck!

When I was in high school we had to do a check box of things that women should or shouldn’t do when they were on their rag. It had things like “Make big decisions” “swim” “Exercise”

The idea of the check-box was to prove that despite bleeding from their nether regions, women were all-mighty-powerhouses of capability and were perfectly capable of menstruating and continuing on a blissful existence.

I ticked no to ALL of the boxes.

When I’m premenstrual, I’m apt to saying rash things, making regrettable decisions, and injuring myself due to some bizarre hormone induced hyper-flexibility. Unlike the panty-liner ads, I don’t go horseback riding in white jeans in a g-string…. You’re more likely to find me in my oldest tracksuit pants, nursing a cup of tea and snuggled to a hot water bottle.

My sex-ed teacher told me that exercise could ease the PMS symptoms a bit. So I tried. A gentle cycle.

As a newly menstruating teen, with a pre-childbirth uterus, going for a 10k bike ride was enough to stimulate my body into the most painful, vomit-inducing cramps I’ve ever had. I had cold sweats as I pedalled back to my house, crawled into the shower, and then tried to sleep the day off curled  around a wheaty-heaty. The post exercise endorphin rush never hit. Nor did the ease up of the period symptoms.

It is possible my idea of a gentle ride, was NOT the gentle exercise my teacher had in mind.

These days it’s totally different. I love a gentle jog, using my favorite menstural cup, followed by tea, stretching and taking it easy.

Your period can most definitely affect your workout, and your workout can definitely affect how you feel throughout your period.

Exercising on your period can ease up the cramps and cranky.

Combat the PMS stabbiness with nice fluffy little post-workout-endorphins. They’re the cute little happy hormones that are all rainbows and unicorn farts after you sweat.

In all seriousness, a gentle workout can make you feel great. Or if your body is up for it, a less gentle workout, where you punch the PMS away. Whatever rings your bell.

Movin’ the bod-eh can:

  • Ease the cramps
  • Reduce the bloating
  • and help with the period-related-crankiness

Personally I find it helps me find a much calmer space in my mind.

Exercising on your period can make you hyper-flexible and more injury prone

Relaxin – the hormone of s-t-r-e-t-c-h.  It has it’s place in childbirth, and it’s certainly in your body for a reason but many women report being more injury prone during their period and around ovulation on account of this lovely chemical cocktail.

Take it easy, and be aware of your body.

Exercising too much can stop your periods altogether

Some athletes can stimulate their body into what’s called Athletic Amenorrhoea. Basically lowering your body fat to a point where your pituitary gland stops sending signals to your reproductive system to menstruate.

In the long term it can be associated with high cholesterol, infertility, and even osteoporosis. If your cycles have become abnormal since exercising, it’s time to check in with your health care provider.

You don’t have to sweat like a piggy to get the benefits.

A nice, calm walk is enough to get the happy hormones pumping. And to be honest if that’s about as far as you feel like pushing your hot bod, then so be it. Go gently, and take the time to nurture yourself.

Do you notice your periods affecting how you work-out? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

Photo credit: yellow2j

Education

Your Perfect Body, What Would You Change?

Trainer, Cassey Ho from Blogilates  created THIS video responding to body-shame police, and to perhaps point out that maybe, just maybe we’re all taking this thigh-gap thing WAY too seriously.

Fitspo – it’s a thing. There are endless Instagram accounts and Pinterest boards telling you that you should have more of a thigh gap, less waist, and abs… endless abs. Scarier still is Thinspo – a thinly veiled guise for encouraging eating disorders.

Have you ever noticed that most fitspo pics are totally objectifying  women? The headless bodies are reduced down to one, personality-less feature. Normally naked, normally photo-shopped, and clearly there to be to say “hey, you don’t have this, but you should, and if you don’t, you are soooooo not worthwhile…” (I usually hear horror movie music as I read this crap)

Don’t get me wrong, I  think it’s totally awesome to take care of your bod, and move it, make it strong, and generally keep it in healthy shape. I even think it’s cool to take selfies to track your progress if you’re on a journey! Look, here’s mine!

I’m on a journey, I’m training for a marathon, and trying to be the strongest, healthiest, version of myself.

I must say, I am SUPER proud of the changes in my body (I can do the monkey bars at the playground now WOO!)

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Look, #nofilter #nomakeup (I might also point out #nothighgap) but if you were as close to my thighs are they are too each other, I’m sure you wouldn’t be complaining.

Here’s the thing though. The before pic? I was totally OK with being me. I have fat, but I’m NOT fat. Just like I have fingernails, but I’m not “fingernails”

My body tells the story of where I’ve been, and may hint at where I’m going. It doesn’t define who I am though, and frankly who I am is just who I need to be. And I’m alright with that 🙂
What’s the deal with the body shame police? Wouldn’t it be amazing to value a person just for being who they are?

Lunette Menstrual Cup
Menstrual Cups, Your Body

Period Parties! A Round-Up of Menstrual Cups Available in Australia

Aussie women are somewhat limited in choice for Menstrual Cups and access to great info about making healthy choices. Let’s face it, it’s not in the best interest of disposable menstrual product companies to disclose their dirty little secrets right?

Producers of menstrual cups face a $14,000+ fee to get their product certified by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administrator which is double edged sword. It means that the products available on the Aussie market have met a tight criteria in terms of safety and materials. It means that cheap, dangerous copies aren’t available on our market. That’s brilliant! You don’t want to be putting nasties in your lady garden (#sorrynotsorry). It also means that companies who are producing awesome menstrual cups are put off by the inability to make a commercial return on their investment in Australia, so they simply don’t sell their products here.

Great news -as an individual, you can order your menstrual cups from pretty much anywhere in the world. We strongly advise doing your own research and making sure the materials of your cups are medical grade silicone and or latex – and that these companies are legitimately standing behind their claims.

If you want to check out the brands that you can get in Australia, then in my personal opinion, you can’t go past JuJu cups for comfort. We also have Lunette cups and Diva Cups.

Where to buy:

Our favourite place for all things menstrual is Scarlet Eve – who make and supply the most amazing reusable menstrual pads, and cups.

JuJu Cup

This one is my personal favourite. It’s the brain child of an amazing Australian woman, and it’s a comfortable, easy to use cup.

juju menstrual cup product review - www.polkadotsi.com

 

Lunette Cup

Another popular cup internationally, and world wide. I personally found the Lunette a little uncomfortable because of the stem – but most women can overcome this by trimming it off.

 

 

 

Lunette Menstrual Cup

 

 

Finally, the Diva Cup. Probably the most widely known menstrual cup, as it’s often available in pharmacies and retailers.

M1-M2-boxes

 

Where to buy:

Our favourite place for all things menstrual is Scarlet Eve – who make and supply the most amazing reusable menstrual pads, and cups.

Education

Get Your Bunny On This Easter with Lelo

When it comes to Easter, here in the Polkadotsi offices, it’s all about eggs. We celebrate a diverse collection of beliefs,  and it means something different to all of us. However there is one thing we CAN agree on that that’s that some eggs are more fun than others.

This chocolate coated holiday is made only more fun by bunnies and eggs that go buzz in the night (or day, or whatever rings your bell!)

Happy Easter no matter how you celebrate!

 

 

 

The Easter Bunny

The first written story of the Easter bunny was published in 1682 in Germany and was brought to the USA by German immigrants in the early 19th Century. However, rabbits have long been associated with sex and fertility even before Christianity’s religious holiday began to coincide with it. A very ancient myth, born from the rabbit’s prodigious rate of reproduction, led early Europeans to believe that the rabbit was hermaphroditic, able to reproduce without losing its virginity. This eventually became bundled in with a relation to the biblical Virgin Mary when the early church fathers began converting pagan communities in Europe to Christianity.

LELO is renowned worldwide for iconic dual-action rabbit-style pleasure products, so to help get in the Easter mood they’ve rounded-up the best bunnies money can buy.

INA Wave – The Newest Bunny on the Block

This Easter lose yourself in waves of uncontrollable pleasure with LELO’s latest rabbit vibrator, the INA Wave. In a world-first design, INA Wave is inspired by the caress of a lover’s fingers to surge with a natural ‘come-hither’ motion to massage your G-Spot.

SORAYA – The World’s Most Exclusive Bunny

The world’s best rabbit vibrator is ultra stylish and the most coveted of LELO’s pleaasure products. SORAYA’s flowing, body-contoured design contains two powerful yet discreet motors, guaranteeing the most satisfying climax time after time.

INA 2 – The Most Popular Bunny Around

This little bunny is the one of the world’s most popular rabbit vibrators. Its flowing form and flexible external stimulator mean this iconic LELO matches the curves and contours of all women for a uniquely satisfying fit.

 

Easter Eggs

It’s widely believed that the giving of eggs at Easter also has its roots in paganism, where the egg represents fertility and rebirth: the egg being a prehistoric symbol of an empty womb. From as far back as Egyptian times we have been decorating eggs and giving them as gifts, and this was also eventually co-opted by the Early Christians when Middle-Eastern communities would paint them red in tribute to the blood shed at the crucifixion.

It’s great getting a chocolate egg at Easter, but there are other eggs that can certainly be a lot of fun to give and receive.

LYLA 2 – The World’s Sweetest Remote-Controlled Vibrating Egg

The LYLA 2 vibrating love egg allows couples to share pleasure any time and any place. This premium vibrator comes with a wireless remote, featuring revolutionary SenseMotion™ (movement-activated controls), giving couples everything they need for an unforgettable Easter.

Luna Smart Bead – The Fittest Egg Around

Meet the LUNA Smart Bead™, a personal orgasm trainer for longer, stronger orgasms! With touch-sensors that respond to your every squeeze, the LUNA Smart Bead™ measures your orgasm-potential and sets a routine that’s right for you.

Siri 2 – The World’s First Musical Egg

It is not technically an egg, but it looks like one. Combining the emotion of music with the vibrations of pleasure, SIRI™ 2 is an ultra-powerful clitoral massager that responds to ambient noise – whether it’s your favorite playlist or your lover’s voice. With 8 additional pre-set vibration patterns inspired by different musical genres, including classical, reggae, jazz, techno and more, this massager will have you singing from the rooftops this Easter.