Imagine a world where men decide your pay scale, who you marry, and the number of children you have, by restricting your access to contraception. Sadly, women all over the world still face these hurdles.
Today, Women’s Equality Day marks the anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. Women’s Equality Day stands for justice, autonomy and opportunity.
Let’s time travel back to sex education class in elementary school. We anticipated it with nervous excitement, as the boys and girls were separated into different rooms. Oftentimes, the male teacher taught the boys and the female teacher taught the girls. We didn’t know what was going to be discussed, but we heard rumors about “The Talk.”
To the wonderful people who work for Softcup:
My name is Sheryl and I would like to thank you for your product. Since puberty, I have had a severe allergy to traditional tampons and pads that you can purchase in big box stores (Tampax, Kotex and so on). I would have to purchase all cotton rayon-free, dye-free products from a health food store, which was very expensive.
Around my twenties, I developed a sensitivity to the adhesive of the cotton pads. If the adhesive touched my skin, I would develop a severe rash....
"Being a girl with Endometriosis, "accidents" have always been an issue. I spent a lot of time missing school, work and social events due to being afraid of having an embarrassing moment and having to carry a change of pants with me. Nothing ever worked right and I was constantly on birth control trying to avoid my body simply being itself. I've been using Softcup for 5 cycles now and I don't know how I ever made it without them! I love not having to worry and not being scared of TSS when I sleep.
As I prepared to write my blog highlighting Menstrual Hygiene Day, my mind wandered down memory lane to my own coming of age experience. It was one many of us, who grew up in the U.S. can relate to, and so personally narrated in the book, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, by Judy Bloom. This book was paramount in preparing me for my first encounter with my period, as it captures the journey of a girl becoming a woman–through menarche (first period) and puberty in general.
Softcup is not a conventional method of period protection—and we love that. So, that begs the question…what are the benefits of talking about alternative period options?
Here’s our short list:
I want to say how much I love reusable Softcup. I am a nurse and don’t always get a lot of time to go to the restroom. They have been numerous times when I am unable to get to a restroom for several hours. Softcup has come to my rescue on these occasions. I keep one in the side pocket of my lunch bag for emergencies. Thanks for the save!
I have been using Softcup since I was 18 years old and I am now 40. I love them!!!! I believe it is better for your health. It clears out all of your flow and you can wear it up to 12 hours. Yeah!!! I have recommended it to all of my friends and family. I couldn’t find where to buy them for awhile so I went online and bought them. Thank goodness I had this opportunity because pads or tampons are so uncomfortable.
My first personal encounter with anorexia was in high school. I went to school with a girl—let’s call her Mary—since elementary school. We were never very close, but I knew her because her mother was my piano teacher and we were both gymnasts, competing on the same team since junior high school.
When we founded Project Dignity in early 2013, I never imagined how personally and emotionally involved I would become. Researching menstrual hygiene, sanitation and health conditions in Africa is one facet. Viewing the problem first-hand was quite a different story. Traveling to Kenya and Ethiopia on behalf of Project Dignity has been a fundamentally life-changing experience. We met with very warm, friendly people dedicated to improving people's lives through healthcare.