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For those who think even the faintest discussion of menstruation is somehow disgusting or revolting, this is probably not the post for you. Or site.
Alright for those who have to deal with this totally natural (yet annoying, painful and aggravating) occurrence, it’s really useful to keep track of when it will be coming around so you don’t get caught off guard. This tracker is fantastic because it is very low tech and low maintenance. Not to mention, there is a discrete counter that you can put on your mobile device’s home screen for easier tracking as it just gives off a number which counts down to zero and that’s it.
You can have the app do more, however. It can inform you with pop up notification that you’re close or on your expected first day. Also you can fill out a little chart that helps you track your symptoms such as food cravings, fatigue, cramps, nausea, and acne. You can also track your moods, temperature, weight and pills (if you take medication regularly). Also, you can add notes if you need to and view your period log to spot any trends that goes into predicting your next cycle. In addition, it will mark ovulation and fertility on the app’s calendar and you can also keep track of when you’ve been intimate since all these things affect menstruation. There is also an “abstinence mode” setting, which removes the ovulation and intimate notifications. I think this is nice that the app makers tried to be as all inclusive as possible.
If you’re late, it shows a negative number. And remember, for all this to work, you have to actually use the app. If you want accurate foretelling of your next period, you’re going to have to inform the app of when you’re on and when you’re off. It will predict a end date as well but if you know or notice your period is longer or shorter, you can put in that information.
This app is very much no fuss and it’s free to use – except if you want to upgrade to deluxe, which gives you various skins, super detailed charts and graphs, pregnancy mode, and fertility notes. You can back up your information in the free version but also you can port the information in the deluxe version ($1.99).
This is a fantastic care package, especially for girls who are just starting to get their periods and are still a little too squicked out going to the store or asking for pads or tampons or have limited access. There’s even something for girls who are going to camp and even new mothers going through postpartum.
This care package has pads and tampons (or you could choose all pads or all tampons) and it also includes panty liners, snacks and treats like cute lip balm and hair ties.
The prices aren’t too bad, they vary for different packages. For example, the Period Starter Kit is $29.95 and in the kit is a Get Ready guide for girls and a version for parents, a box of Radiant Infinity Always pads (I highly recommend them, they’re the best! Anything Infinity Always is fantastic!), a box of Dailies liners, canvas pouch for carrying supplies, a bracelet and surprise gifts and goodies that help make the period a little easier. It doesn’t state if it has anything for cramps like heating pads (they possibly can’t send out pain killers like Midol for sensible legal reasons). However, this is great for those who are soon to be starting on their period or will be in places where period products are not easily accessible. (If you are in a place where period products are not accessible but have the kit yet are still dealing with cramps, I suggest trying to bum some advil or motrin from someone with the excuse of having a headache).
Everyday Sexism Project
I learned of this site through the Chvches’ post in the Guardian. The lead vocalist of Chvrches, Lauren Mayberry, wrote a piece titled “I Will Not Accept Online Misogyny”,which she explains the sexism that she has experienced while being in a band. The part that is annoying is how frequent this is from women musicians, they almost all say the same thing and as per usual, they’re met with a “Meh, probably not a big deal. It couldn’t happen here.” The Everyday Sexism Project contains submissions from countless women who have encountered sexism in all forms of everyday walking life.
And folks, if you’re getting tired of hearing me talk about this, imagine how I feel living through it. Check out the site here.
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