March 28, 2011
I just started bleeding today.
i am on the rag,
have my moon time,
auntie flow is visiting,
the curse is upon me,
its my time of the month,
I got my period,
i am menstruating,
at the start of my cycle.
and MAN am I happy about it!
I have been an absolute mess emotionally the last couple days. Feeling hungry but bloated and ugly! Whenever I find myself feeling like this, I just hope and pray that its all due to the cycle.
All the sorrow, stale energy, held anger, accumulated during the last cycle will flow out...
leaving a me in a fresh, cleansed state!
So appreciative to be a womyn who gets this natural mind and body cleanse each 28 or so days.
An excellent and pretty tool to track the cycle : cycle beads.
Its like a necklace with different colored beads and a little rubber ring which you move every day. You begin the first day of your period/cycle on the red bead so that when you reach the white beads you know that ovulation is near or upon you!
I have only been on birth control pills for about one year total for all my 31 yrs so far... not a huge fan. I think the hormonal goings on inside my body is a delicate dance and needs to be left alone! However, I understand that BCP's can actually help with things like depression, so who knows really.
We pretty much go by the rhythm method (cycle beads help) . Being very careful with contact during the ovulating days. I bought a basal thermometer fully planning on trying the sympto-thermal method. Never got a "round tuit"... This would bring the rhythm method more validity. Women say that after charting their sympto-thermal charts for a while, they can just tell when they are ovulating.
About 8 yrs ago, a friend gave me a cloth pad with froggies on it, and ever since then, I have literally been on the rag. Hooked. Its comfortable, not wasteful, and allows the blood to just flow as opposed to being held in a sponge lodged up inside. I do use the odd o.b. in a pinch.
I have not fully given the diva cup a good chance. had one once long ago, and I liked it, but somehow forgot about it? lost it? aanyhoo, I do know women who love it. I remember thinking that it felt more like a plug than a cup...
Here is a Great tutorial about making cloth pads, and another
I like to make myself a new one every couple times of months.
here's how to make a simple one in writing:
- take a disposable pad that you like the size of and trace it on a piece of flannel. make it bigger than the pad by about 1/2 inch all around.
- cut out 2 of these
- cut out another one or 2 rectangles just a little bit smaller than the pad, these will fit inside the two outer pieces.
- sew the two outer pieces together along the outside edges, right sides together... leaving the bottom open.
- flip them right side out and place the rectangle bits inside, sew up and down as you please.
- sew some little velcro peices on the flaps (cut the sharp corners off as they can rub and be uncomfortable when wearing it)
- sew the bottom closed with a blind stitch.
boom, yer done. wear your new soft pad you made for yourself!
one could also use fleece on one side for a nice thick night time pad.
so what feminine products do you prefer? what about birth control?