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Gwyneth Paltrow got my zero waste blood flowing.
When it comes to our bodies, we all deserve to do with it what we want, after all, its our own personal temple. As a woman, there is one thing that definitely sets me apart from a man, and that my friend is my monthly friend, the menstrual cycle. Men are so lucky they don’t deal with Aunt Flo – Aunt Flo and cousin Red – cousin Red – crimson wave – delicate – flow – on the rag – red tide – ride the cotton pony – Sally – shark week – surf the crimson wave – that time of the month – or just simply “women’s trouble”.
As a redhead, I’ve heard all the period jokes throughout elementary and middle school. By high school, those jokes subside as girls are “actually” bleeding and no longer think its funny. Haha, girls, who’re laughing now. Recently I read an open letter to one of my celebrity crushes, it really got my zero waste blood flowing.
~ THE CONNECTION ~
You might be wondering how this relates to Tangie. Well, let me share a secret with you. All waste bothers me. Disposing of any single-use item makes me think, hmmmmm – there must be a better option! What if we had no waste, or zero waste as the community refers to it. We should all try it, why not. Less waste the better, right?
Women bleed every month for about half their lives so there is a monthly issue of biohazardous waste. The personal hygiene products required to maintain feeling fresh can be very wasteful. You know what I’m talking about girl! My man friend reading this, sorry; ask a girl for details if you need them.
I’m happy to report a better option is readily available to eliminate disposable tampons and pads. If you are over the age of 25, breaking in this new habit will be the worst part. Like most new habits, they suck…LOL. I wish I grew up with these types of options but sadly I didn’t learn about them until several years ago.
~ IT’S NOW COOL ~
Have you heard of the Diva Cup? How about Femmycycle? These are just two popular companies (of many) that make menstrual cups which are an environmentally-friendly, comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective solution that are rapidly becoming the most preferred choice by women all over the planet.
Diva cup eliminates the need for disposable feminine hygiene products
For a complete comparison of many popular brands, read this wonderful article at http://menstrualcupreviews.net/
~ A MENSTRUAL CUP ~
A menstrual cup is a type of feminine hygiene product which is usually made of medical grade silicone, shaped like a bell and is flexible. It is worn inside the vagina during menstruation to catch menstrual fluid (blood). … Unlike tampons and pads, the cup collects menstrual fluid rather than absorbing it. Hence eliminating the need for disposable feminine hygiene products.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menstrual_cup
~ SORRY CHARLIE, no sea sponges here. ~
I just love Gwyneth Paltrow. She is the green goddess of all green goddesses.
Not that I know her personally, not yet; but what I read and hear her speak about, I just know she gets it! So when I saw the doctor took about an open letter to my girl Gwen, I had to read it! The letter was much longer than this and this is what I pulled out of it as a “summary” for you and to also connect my point. In response to advice given on GOOP (Paltrow’s business website), Dr. Jen Gunter responds…
Speaking of harm, you know what is actually harmful? Dr. Ney’s advice to use sea sponges! The Food and Drug Administration tested twelve “menstrual sponges” at the University of Iowa and they contained sand, grit, bacteria, and “various other materials.” Another batch was tested by the Baltimore district laboratory and in addition to the sand, grit, and bacteria they also found yeast and mold. One sample contained Staphylococcus aureus (the bacteria that causes toxic shock syndrome). As the FDA notes there is least one case of toxic shock syndrome associated with the sea sponge and another possible one.
If women want to use “natural” tampons that are obviously their choice and many women do so for a variety of reasons, but alarming women because of “chemicals” is wrong medically and ethically. Telling women to use seas sponges is potentially dangerous. We can identify trace amounts of glycosate and dioxin in tampons not because the cotton and rayon that was used were first steeped in a swill of McChemicals, but rather there are trace amounts everywhere and our tests are really, really good. If glyphosate is a concern for any woman it is far better for her to think about her food choices than tampons. For women who want the most environmentally friendly choice, excellent options are a menstrual cup, Thinx, (THINX can back up or replace tampons, pads, cups, or even sea sponges (if you’re into that), depending on your flow.) or reuseable/washable cotton pads.
In a great and tragic irony Dr. Ney, so blinded by the false idols of glycophosate and dioxin, neglected to discuss the very real and dangerous toxin associated with tampon use, toxic shock syndrome. It has been also been described as a menstrual cup. You can read more about the risks here.
I really enjoyed her letter to Gwyneth. I feel celebrities have lots of pull in our society. Kids and adults look up to singers, actors, athletes who must be more diligent with what they put out as “advice” or “suggestions”. I’m glad Dr. Gunter “yelled” at Gwennie, it made me stop and think, what I should do more often. Think.
~ SUMMARY ~
There can be unforeseen dangers when we apply anything to our skin, it acts like a big o’ sponge. It’s important to protect the very delicate skin of our very beautiful vaginas. Maybe you are reading this and say ”I’m not worried, I don’t get my period anymore.” First of all, congrats; how great! Second, if you wear undergarments or clothing, you still need to be aware of the detergents you use.
Remember what we put around our body is equally as important as what we put in our body.
~ TAKE ACTION ~
Take a look at the ingredients on your laundry soap bottle. Do you know the ingredients? Do they list ingredients? I’m not here to preach, I am here to share knowledge with you. You are my friend. I want us both to be as healthy as possible. You might be like me and learn better by learning for myself, trying things hands on.