By Nicole Sanchez

If you’re a person who gets menstruation, one of the things that you probably deal with is the pain that comes with it. Now, some of us are lucky enough to not have cramps or even go through heavy flow, but in my experience, I don’t there’s a lot of people that are that lucky. A lot of men, when they think about periods, the first thing that comes to mind is how “crazy”…


One size does NOT fit all when it comes to periods. Whether it’s the age you got your first period, where you got your first period, or how long your period lasted, every first period story is different for everyone — even feelings and emotions can vary during first period experiences. Curiosity, excitement, and even embarrassment may come up. That’s why we believe in sharing first period stories to normalize period conversations, empower people who menstruate and shed light on how periods can differ from person to person. This week we interviewed Sandia Huang, a 22-year old student at Tyndale…


By Manuela Diaz

How you experience your period, and the conversations that spin around menstruation are all very tightly bound to your own culture — whether we like it or not. For example, living in North America if you are to get your period and you wanted to go to the beach that day, you can easily purchase a box of tampons from the nearest grocery store.

Although commonly found in western societies, this menstrual product is a rare sight in the Philippines. When interviewing our interviewee of the week, Beatrice Carandang a University of Toronto student originally from the Philippines, she shared…


Did you know 1 in 7 Canadian girls have missed school due to lack of access to period care? The truth is, period poverty is a SERIOUS public health issue and Canadians are paying the price. Access to safe and sanitary menstrual products is a human right.

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What is Period Poverty?

Period poverty is the lack of access to affordable period care products such as pads, tampons, and menstrual cups. According to the University of Michigan School of Public Health,


Did you know this Friday, May 28th, 2021, is Menstrual Hygiene Day! Every year, Menstrual Hygiene Day (also known as MH Day) takes place on May 28th. Being the 28th day of the 5th month, this date represents the average menstrual cycle which lasts 28 days and the average period length which lasts 5 days. Menstrual Hygiene Day is a day dedicated to shedding light and promoting menstrual health and hygiene!

The 2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day marks…


Blood is not blue — yet for some reason, the period product commercials we see on TV represent menstrual blood with an alien-like blue liquid instead of blood-red fluid. So why is period blood represented by a weird blue liquid, and why have period commercials been doing this for ? The answer: period stigmas.

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The history of blue dye used in menstrual product commercials is deeply rooted in cultural stigmas surrounding menstruation. Stigmas such as menstruation being viewed as “impure” meant that discretion became highly valued in period product advertising. In 1920, Kotex became the first successful mass-market menstrual product…


Menstruation matters. And the menstrual products we choose matter to the environment. When we use traditional menstrual pads or tampons, we’re using plastic-based products that end up in landfills, lakes, rivers, and oceans. When we buy plastic-based period products, it’s clear that the environment is paying the price.

Did you know traditional pads are 90% plastic? They contain the same amount of plastic as 4 plastic bags! FOUR for ONE menstrual pad!

Traditional pads contain leak-proof polypropylene or polyethylene as the plastic base, have plastic wings, plastic polyester fibers in their absorbent core, and are individually packaged in plastic. And…


Are you TIRED of the taboos? Us. Too.

Period taboos and stigmas silence the necessary conversations we NEED to be having. No one should feel like they have to hide their period. That’s why we believe in normalizing period conversations and promoting period positivity. When we open up conversations on


Self-care is self-love! With so many different ways to practice self-care, one form of self-care we want to highlight this week is… self-care down there! This week we interviewed Taq Kaur Bhandal, the CEO of and The Mahwari Research Institute, and author of . Taq is a period health educator and researcher, advocating for period positivity, sustainability, and self-care!

When asked about her first period experience, Taq recalls that she got her first period in 6th Grade at around 11 years old. Taq shares: “

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