menstruation brochures

all about periods

We designed and printed brochures to be distributed to girls in schools around the OC area in kits with menstrual hygiene products.

This is a safe space for girls and menstruating individuals to learn more about their periods in addition to what was included in their kits.

Disclaimer: We are not experts and encourage you to do further research if you're interested.

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brochures distributed

what is menstruation?

You should use whatever you feel is most comfortable and safe for you.

Here's the rundown on each:

Pads:

  • often made of cotton

  • come in many different sizes and shapes

  • stick to underwear

  • often used when individuals first get their period


Tampons:

  • cotton plugs inserted into vagina

  • absorb blood

  • can be more convenient than pads when it comes to sports/strenuous activity


Menstrual Cups:

  • usually made of silicone

  • inserted into vagina

  • hold blood until emptied

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pads,
tampons, menstrual cups?

A girl or any individual with a uterus will most likely get their first period between 10 and 15 years old.

Typically about once a month, blood and other tissue will come out of the vagina. It can be uncomfortable and comes with an array of symptoms. 

Periods generally last 5 days, but can be shorter or longer depending on many different factors.

When you're on your period, you may find it beneficial to wear comfortable, dark clothing in case you bleed through. Wearing tight clothing can put pressure on your stomach and uterus area, worsening cramps.

Read more here!

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what symptoms can i expect?

  • sadness

  • mood swings

  • crankiness

  • anxiety

  • pimples

  • bloating

  • backaches

  • sore breasts

  • tiredness

  • food cravings

  • headaches

  • constipation

Drink plenty of water & decaffeinated tea

You may experience a few, many, or all of these symptoms during your cycle.​

Breathe deeply & meditate to clear your mind

Exercise by going on a walk or doing yoga

Place a heating pad or warm water bottle on your stomach to relieve cramps

how should i handle them?

food

It's important to eat healthy at all times, rather than only when you're on your period, to take care of your mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. Being in touch with your body can really improve your overall quality of life. Take the time to get to know yourself and what's best for you.

to eat during your period

  • fish & chicken. Many people mistakenly think that red meat is good when you're on your period because it's high in iron, which is true, but it also high in prostaglandins, which can cause cramps.

  • fruits & vegetables. Do your best to stay hydrated by drinking water and eating foods with vitamins and nutrients. 

  • ginger. You can make ginger tea or find ginger chews. It's a natural and effective way to ease cramps. 

  • dark chocolate. It's high in potassium, which is great for cramps.

to avoid during your period

  • processed foods. The trans fats in processed foods can cause inflammation in the body and end up worsening your cramps.

  • sugary snacks. High sugar foods also cause a lot of inflammation in the body, contributing to heavy cramps.

  • salty & spicy foods. Excess salt will lead to water retention and ultimately bloating when you're on your period, while spicy food can cause acid reflux. 

  • carbonated drinks & caffeine. Both of these can interfere with hormone levels, causing your symptoms to worsen.