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My name is Samantha and I am delighted to guest blog today on The Vagina Blog. My aim today is to share information, education, and inspiration regarding Yoni Eggs. If you are a Vagina Blog reader, perhaps you’re already hip to the game. However, I consider myself a seasoned egg-spert (expert? do you like how I did that there?) and hope to share some well-informed opinions with you.
A Little Background on Yoni Eggs
First of all, for those of you who might not know, yoni is an ancient Sanscrit word that basically means “vagina.” It also means womb, origin, source, and symbolizes generative power and divine procreative energy. Yoni eggs are crystals that are carved into egg shapes, that are inserted into the yoni.
This Jasper has got me feeling all sorts of ways
This practice has a vast history of over 2,000 years in ancient China and Taoism. Taoism emphasizes living in harmony with nature, and using crystals in our womb center is a wonderful way to connect. Furthermore, Taoism posits that sexual energy is life force energy (chi). When we can cultivate and intensify good sexual energy, we can use the chi positively in all other aspects of our life. We can have stronger spiritual energy, better professional outlooks, and good energy to invest in family and friends.
Over the past 2,000 years, the practice has evolved. We have a wider variety of crystals to choose from, and see benefits spanning the board, from mind-blowing sex, to post-partum vaginal strengthening, decreased incontinence, improved mindfulness and meditation practices, and more.
Benefits of Using Yoni Eggs
We are in a modern revolution with yoni eggs. Noteable popular media mentions come from sources including Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop, Regina Hall, Earth Mama, The Doctors, and more. Women are being drawn to yoni eggs and appreciating their benefits. Why, though? What can a yoni egg help with? What can they do? They may assist in:
- Crystal healing
- Ease in orgasm
- Multiple orgasms
- More intense, toe-curling orgasms
- Prevention of incontinence + decrease in existing incontinence
- Postpartum vaginal tightening
- Stimulating reflexology points within the vaginal walls
- Increased sexual arousal
- Increased connection to oneself and mindfulness of self, especially with regards to your yoni
- Developing manifestation energy through clearing and enhancing chi pathways
Let’s Talk About Jade
Jade so greatly prized in Chinese culture, there is even a saying: “gold has a value; jade is invaluable.” All around the world, though, jade commands a high price, and is highly revered for both its aesthetic appeal, its metaphysical attributes, and its gemological attributes.
Basket full of jade. All jade, erry-day.
It comes in many different beautiful shades and hues. We at Bliss Yoni Eggs sell nephrite jade, which is a dark, almost black, jade; a lilac jade, which is lavender and sometimes has white; and two shades of green, a lighter green, and a darker green. Check out their product pages for individual differences. All forms of jade, however, are marvelous, and considered to enhance personal longevity and health; success in business; relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners; and provide general blessings. Jade is also highly regarded because it is a very tough and resilient crystal, so if you accidentally drop it or knock it, it does not crack and chip easily.
Jade is the crystal that is “tried and true” and has been used since antiquity. However, women all around the world are using different crystals, as well. Check out this blog entry “Choosing a Type of Yoni Egg” or “3 Step Guide to Choosing Your First Yoni Egg” if you want a little guidance on which crystal to choose.
Yoni Egg Exercises
There are infinite ways to use your yoni egg, as ultimately it is up to you to shape and define your practice. However, I can share with you some of my opinions on how to set up a practice.
First of all, I think kegels are very important in the yoni egg practice. Kegels strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the bladder and bowel, and impact sexual function. The National Association of Continence explains
“If you can stop your urination flow mid-stream, you have identified your pelvic floor muscles. Performing with an empty bladder, your first goal should be to tighten your pelvic floor muscles for 5 seconds. Then relax them for 5 seconds. Try to do 5 reps on your first day. As you gain confidence from your new routine, aim for for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions. Be careful not to flex the muscles in your abdomen, thighs, or buttocks. Also, avoid holding your breath. Breathe freely during the exercises to keep from stressing the rest of your body….To give your pelvic floor a full workout, there are two types of exercises you should perform:
Fast Twitch Muscle Exercise – The first exercise is called a short contraction, and it works the fast twitch muscles that quickly shut off the flow of urine to prevent leakage. The muscles are quickly tightened, lifted up, and then released. You should contract as you exhale, then continue to breathe normally as you do the exercises.
Slow Twitch Muscle Exercise – The second exercise works on the supportive strength of the muscles and is referred to as a long contraction. The slow twitch muscles are gradually tightened, lifted up, and held for several seconds. At first, it may be difficult to hold the contraction for more than 1 or 2 seconds. Ultimately, the goal is to hold the contraction for 10 seconds then rest for 10 seconds between each long contraction to avoid taxing the muscles…Remember: Quality is more important than quantity. Doing a smaller number of exercises correctly will be far more effective than doing a whole bunch of them incorrectly.”
I recommend starting your yoni egg practice with setting some intentions. Make sure you are warmed up and wet before inserting the egg, so touching yourself via a self yoni massage would be a nice idea. When you do your yoni egg practice, you might do some yoga poses such as these in our user guide. Make sure to incorporate the kegels.
I recommend keeping your practice to 5-15 minutes a day, perhaps every other day to start, and seeing how you feel. I personally think it’s best to be intentional with your practice and have a shorter, focused session, than to just wear the yoni egg for a long time and forget it’s even in there.
Amethyst, Rose Quartz, and Obsidian
A Sample Express Yoni Yoga Routine
5 minutes: Prayer, Meditation, Crystal Programming
(All subsequent poses include kegels at your own pace)
Total body light stretching
2 minutes: Shavasana and Gratitude
Remove egg, wash it, and store it for next time
Why Bliss Yoni Eggs?
Beauties, just a little plug, why do I recommend you buy from Bliss Yoni Eggs? All of our jade is GIA certified, all the crystals are reiki blessed, we offer a large variety of crystals, and we offer great customer service.
Questions about Yoni eggs?
Today’s guest post is from Bonita of HerCBD. Bonita started a social enterprise that provides CBD oils (https://hercbd.co.uk/). The object is to support women with an organic alternative for anxiety, period cramps and pain relief for those suffering with endometriosis. HerCBD donates profits to various endometriosis charities and support groups around the world. She collaborated with a friend, who has endometriosis, who also initiated a support group for endo women in Zimbabwe; where it is extremely taboo to talk about periods. The economic situation there also makes it extremely difficult for women to get the right products, which is why she was adamant to donate some of her profits to that organization. She also works with endometriosis groups in the UK, discussing ways to educate and raise awareness, and as it is also underfunded, also contributes some of her profits to those groups. This guest blog is about CBD in the UK, how it helps with endometriosis, and period pain as well as anxiety. It also highlights how causes like endometriosis are underfunded and the importance of contributing to the causes.
‘I love my period!’, said no one ever.
Menstruation is not necessarily an exciting time of the month. We all experience periods differently and if you are like me, then you might get severe mood swings, stomach cramps that feel like a volcanic eruption, and sometimes back pain.
But every month, despite a little bit of whining I put up a front, and I get on with what I must do- after all, the pain is endurable, and as I have been told repeatedly it’s part of our natural biology and hey I am stuck with it, so I might as well embrace it! Be a polite girl and keep it to yourself.
Over 50% of women in the world have experienced severe period pain at work and like me, they did not tell anyone and got on with it. For most, it is just a normal part of the cycle but, the more I have started up a dialogue about menstruation, I have learned that it could also be an indication that there is something else that could be wrong.
Do you have irregular periods, chronic crippling pains, worryingly heavy bleeding? These are things that you could be hiding and telling yourself that they are OK, until you realize they are not. They could be an indication that you have something out of the ordinary- you could be the one in ten who have Endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a bit of a mouthful to say it, but it is something that should not be polite about and keep quiet.
What is endometriosis?
To understand endometriosis, you need to know a bit about the menstrual cycle… I know most of you reading the Vagina blog will know this, so I will keep it brief.
Every month your body prepares itself to fertilize eggs for a pregnancy, this preparation occurs in the womb and there are cells that grow naturally to help flush blood and nutrients to the egg. If the egg is not fertilized by sperm then the body disposes of the cells and it comes out of your body in the form of blood, this blood is known as a period.
There are cases when the cells grow in other areas outside of the womb or in the fallopian tube; when this occurs, it is a symptom of endometriosis (Endo). Endo is a chronic condition that is experienced by 1 in 10 women globally. The symptoms of endometriosis consists of severe pain across the body, heavy bleeding during (and even outside of) menstruation. Endo is a life-time illness which can lead many to suffering from depression, anxiety and feeling suicidal. Endo can leave many women infertile which can have a huge psychological impact. (Source: https://osvilt.com/gynecology/what-is-endometriosis-symptoms-of-endometriosis.html)
The worsening of your mental health, particularly the increase of anxiety, may also heighten the physical symptoms.
There is not yet a cure for endometriosis but quite often surgery is used to remove the excess growth of cells and prescribed medication are used to manage your hormones, however, the pain is so severe that it is difficult to alleviate naturally. This means you will be consuming pharmaceutical medication every day for the rest of your life… which can be expensive and certainly not beneficial to your long-term health.
This is where CBD can really make a huge difference- it offers an alternative to pharmaceuticals and provides a natural and holistic solution.
What is CBD and the Endocannabinoid System?
You have probably already heard of CBD. It is currently taking over the world as the next natural essential to general health and well-being. If you haven’t heard of CBD you will certainly have heard about cannabis, or weed? Yes, CBD is derived from the Hemp plant which is part of the Cannabis family! Don’t worry though… if you adverse to the idea of the ‘erb then keep reading and we will explain how this works.
CBD is one of 113 Cannabinoids which are found in Cannabis, the main two being CBD, and THC. THC is the phyco-active compound which is associated with being high and is therefore illegal in many states, the UK and around the globe. CBD is non-psychcoactive and there is no evidence of the ability to overdose or become addicted to it; it is an anxiolytic and can calm you down without spacing you out. Believe it or not, Cannabinoids can be found in Olives, Flax Seeds, Black Pepper and our own bodies produce its own version of Cannabinoids. This is all down to the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS is a network of receptors in our bodies (consisting of CB1 & CB2 receptors) which help our bodies regulate normal and healthy body functions; this system ensures that everything in our bodies is working perfectly and is in perfect balance… also referred to as homeostasis. The ECS regulates from everything to temperature regulation, blood sugar, cell production, chemical production (including hormone production), inflammation reduction, sleep regulation and reproductive health. It is basically a super amazing part of your immune system.
Cannabinoids such as CBD power the ECS to enable it to regulate your body so that it can work to return to normal. Hence why it is known as the ‘miracle cure’ and has been associated with fixing everything!!
How does it help with menstruation, endometriosis and anxiety?
When your body goes through any kind of stress (such as injury, invaded by bacteria or when you are in pain) the body works to return the internal environment back to its happy middle.
During the period, our bodies do all sorts of weird things; an increase in hormone levels lead to contractions of the muscles, which in turn causes inflammation in the uterus and it is the reason why we experience back breaking cramps, and lots of pain! This flush of hormones throughout our bodies can affect our moods, increase our irritability and anxiety levels. Not fun for anyone 🙁 Especially if you are an endo sufferer, then these symptoms are tenfold.
To our ECS, this is out of the norm, so it will activate to try and bring these symptoms of pain, inflammation back down and try to regulate hormone production. CBD itself is an anxiolytic and is used by the ECS to regulate serotonin levels in our brains and helps to fight off the pangs of dread caused by anxiety or stress, can help you deal with pain and help you sleep like a log.
By giving fuel to your ECS, you help your own body regulate and protect itself… in almost the same way that eating healthily, exercising regularly and drinking lots of water can do the same. CBD is not particularly special… but it is certainly uniquely powerful!
I am writing this as the founder and owner of HerCBD. We are a social enterprise based in the UK with a mission to raise awareness about, and fund support for underfunded female issues, specifically menstruation.
Periods are sadly still a taboo topic and when a women cannot speak freely about what is happening in their bodies, it becomes very difficult to provide the right support. This is especially true in many impoverished countries (particularly in Africa) where the rights for women are not the same as they are in the US, or the UK.
Here is where we come in: we want to share information about CBD and women’s issues and provide a range of CBD products to fund women’s’ health and well-being which directly fund underfunded causes.
We work with organisations in the UK to create awareness about menstruation, anxiety, but our key project is endometriosis. It is extremely underfunded and under researched which means that millions of women (1 in 10 of us) are not receiving the right care; we want to empower women who cannot afford the extra period products they may need, the medication and support networks which are so desperately required. On average it takes 7 years for women to be diagnosed with endo, and that is saddening.
100% of HerCBD profits goes towards charities and organisations that provide support for women experiencing endometriosis: help us end the stigma, provide medical care, menstrual products, a support network for endo sufferers globally by sharing this post and being proud about sharing your menstrual secrets!
I’m always amazed when my openness about vibrator-use is met with skepticism, judgement or shame. There are loads of misconceptions floating around when it comes to sex, but especially when it comes to vibrator use (like wondering if I can get addicted to my vibrator). Vibrators are a fun way to spice up any relationship and aren’t only for solo use-partners can enjoy the benefit of vibrators as well! Here’s 5 common misconceptions about vibrators that I hear the most often:
1. YOU WILL GET ADDICTED TO IT
I mean, maybe? This hasn’t been my experience or the experience of anyone I know, but I’m sure there’s someone out there with a vibrator addiction. To which I ask the follow up question…so what? Lots of people are addicted to coffee, to sugar, and to all sorts of other substances and being addicted to a vibrator and orgasms generally doesn’t hurt anyone so….
“As Heidegger explains, vibrator “addiction” is virtually impossible. “I know that we all may have different cultural or personal views about using sex toys,” she says, “but the fact of the matter is that there is no empirical data to support the claim that you can become physiologically or biologically addicted to a sex toy.” Vanessa Marin, sex therapist and founder of Finishing School, an online orgasm course for women, agrees that there’s way too much fear-mongering out there when it comes to vibrators. Marin adds, “Here’s the bottom line—you can’t get ‘addicted’ to a vibrator. It won’t ruin your vagina. And there are very few people who would choose a piece of silicone over a living, breathing partner.”
Which leads perfectly into my next statement:
2. YOU WON’T WANT TO HAVE SEX ANYMORE
Last time I checked, my vibrator just couldn’t meet all of my sexual needs. I am a complex creature, and until they invent a vibrator that can also pull my hair and spank me while talking in my ear, I’m going to want to keep having sex with my husband. Also, did you know vibrators aren’t just for solo use? Lots of vibrators (including this one from Smilemakers) is perfect for partnered sex as well!
“To be fair, if someone is accustomed to sex with partners who (through no fault of her own) don’t care much either way if she has an orgasm, then using a vibrator can absolutely feel like magic, or too good to be true. According to Marin, “if you use your vibrator for all of your orgasms, it can also be easy to get accustomed to vibrator-induced orgasms. Since orgasming with a vibrator can be pretty easy for many women, you might get bored or frustrated trying to orgasm in other ways.” She adds, “There isn’t a similar amount of panic about male sex toys, but I do give men the same 50 percent advice. A lot of men masturbate with the ‘death grip,’ or using a very specific technique that’s hard to replicate with a partner.”
3. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO ORGASM ANY OTHER WAY AFTER YOU USE ONE
This also hasn’t been my experience. Vibrators do not suddenly mean you cannot experience pleasure, arousal or orgasm with anything other than a vibrating sensation. HOWEVER if all you’ve ever known is vibrational stimulation, you’re going to have a tough time teaching a partner how to get you off with his or her fingers, because you won’t know how to do it yourself.
“According to Dr. Jess O’ Reilly, Astroglide’s resident sexologist, women don’t need to be afraid or something that brings them great pleasure for fear we won’t be able to have an orgasm without a device that needs batteries. “There is no evidence suggesting that women become ‘addicted’ to their vibrators,” she explained. “You may prefer using a vibrator or find that reaching orgasm is more likely when you use one, but this does not mean you’re addicted.”
As O’Reilly mentioned, each body is different, and if you require vibrators to reach orgasm, this is simply an indication of your specific needs, and it’s totally fine. “Orgasm is not the only measure of pleasure — you can derive all sorts of pleasure from other activities (kissing, stroking, touching, fingering, oral, etc.) and turn to your vibe for orgasm without any concern that you’re addicted,” she added.”
4. YOU ‘NEED’ IT
I love when I mention using a vibrator, in any capacity and I’m immediately met with “Oh, I don’t NEED anything like that.” No one was implying that you NEED a vibrator and what if you did?? How alienating is that? Can we just be nice? Can we just be curious? Honestly. Anyway, need or no need, vibrators are fun and a great way to spice things up, get out of a rut, or just try something new. Vibrators are not only for solo use and are a great way to explore new sensations, before, during or after intercourse or just as it’s own act, with or without a partner!
5. THEY DETRACT FROM A RELATIONSHIP
I hope this isn’t the case. It hasn’t been the case in my relationship, but we also use vibrators as a fun supplement to a healthy sex life. I would never advocate hiding or lying to your partner about ANY part of your relationship and vibrators are a part of that. If you’ve never tried toys and it’s something you’re interested in, talk to your partner about it.
What myths and misconceptions have you heard about when it comes to vibrators? I want to hear about it! Comment below:
When Emojibator reached out to me, I was SO EXCITED. I mean, being asked to review an emoji shaped vibrator is pretty much a dream come true for me. I really can’t think of anything better than opening a package of eggplant and chili pepper shaped vibrators. I could not wait to try them out and also just to tell the world that they exist!!
From Kris Fretz, CMO & Founder of Emojibator: “We said if no one else has done it, we absolutely need to do it. And our giggling turned into a loving and badass global community!” Fretz told us. Their tagline “Go f*ck yourself. Literally.” then emerged to go along with their mission which is “to change the shameful taboo around female masturbation using humor and sex positivity. We want to help people laugh more about sex and talk about it more easily with friends and strangers alike!”
From their site:
Emojibator creates high-quality body-safe vibrators that are inspired by adorable emojis. We believe in humor and education to promote a society that celebrates pleasure. Designed with this in mind, our products deliver countless health benefits while empowering women with de-li-cious orgasms. If you seek self-pleasure, the playful and perfect gift, or are just embracing your inner vegan, Emojibator will deliver.
So what did I think of this little eggplant wonder? Let’s hit the review questions:
THE REVIEW QUESTIONS
Emojibator, the eggplant specifically
Who would love this?
This is THE PERFECT bachelorette party, bridal party, stocking stuffer, white elephant, gift. If you are looking for some quick laughs with a side of female empowerment and positive masturbation vibes, you’re going to need an emojibator.
When would this be used?
Anytime, anywhere. This is a discreet and easy little vibrator that I’ve jokingly said could also be an ideal teething toy for an angry 8 month old. Either way, it’s a good time.
Where does this belong?
In, on and around any of your erogenous zones. The emojibator is waterproof and made of medical grade, body-safe silicone.
How well did it work?
To be brutally honest, I was a little disappointed that the majority of the vibration was in the stem. Beyond that, I like the standard 10 speeds, and the overall product works well and lasts a long time.
Once again, I can’t recommend this fun little toy enough as a great gift!! Be sure to check out their site for more hilarious gift ideas and happy masturbating!
I was so excited to receive this beautiful gift box, organized by Lady Problems Co including the following items:
- Third EYE Pillow from @lalunehealing
- French Rose Clay Elixir Bar from @evenkeeldays
- Tummy Tone, Breast Oil, & Uterine Oil from @gingerchinyc
- A copy of Moon Time by Lucy Pearce from @womancraft_publishing
- Peach Body- peach flavored probiotics & ring stem menstrual cup from @peachlifecup
- The Womb Alchemy E-book from @thewombalchemy
- NannoPad multipack from @nannocare
- Menstrual Cup from @mydaisycup
- Luna Rosa Bath Salt Soak from @ladyproblems.co
Two periods, several baths and some reading time later, and I’ve finally had the chance to review it all!!
The La Lune Healing Third EYE Pillow is absolutely fantastic, warm or cold. It is perfect for deep meditation and taking a quiet moment to yourself, and also wonderful for inducing easy sleep. Each Eye Pillow is made from a soft 100% Cotton and has been hand dyed with Eco Friendly color to represent the Third Eye Chakra. Because of this extensive dye process, each pillow is one of a kind.
Each Pillow comes with an Amethyst crystal inside. Amethyst is known for healing, balancing and helps the flow of energy when the 6th chakra is imbalanced. Every Pillow is filled with cooling 100% Raw Whole Flaxseeds.
How to use:
-To Heat: Place in microwave for 30 second intervals as you want to make sure you to do not burn yourself as well as the flaxseeds inside.
-To Cool: Place in the freezer or fridge for an amazing cold pack for puffiness, bruises, headaches or migraines. ( it is recommend to put in a plastic bag while chilling, so it won’t pick up any oder -remove bag before using)
This beautiful bar of soap smells heavenly. It is so obvious that Even Keel sources high quality materials and cares what goes into their products. Even Keel infuses Eastern Roots with Western Herbs to handcraft a vegan bath & body line with a principal focus on our earth’s natural clays, oils and botanicals.
The French Rose Clay Elixir Bar includes:
Rosehips & Comfrey Leaves
This herb duo is all about toning down redness and maintaining moisture levels due to it’s fatty acids, allantoin, along with Vitamins A & C
French Rose & Bentonite Clay
Soft like it’s hue, this pairing is a gentle natural exfoliant compared to other clays.
Olive oil with Calendula petals, Coconut oil with Comfrey Leaf, Avocado oil with Rosehips.
This makes for the most comforting, luxurious bath experience.
I received a collection of therapeutic massage oils for the woman seeking whole-body health and beauty. Ginger Chi promotes regular self massage of the this collection of women’s health oils because they help maintain flow of Chi that brings health and vitality for true beauty that comes from within.
Breast Massage Oil – Helps activate the meridians to stimulate chi in the breast area. Massage over breast and decolletage area and follow enclosed massage diagram to help move stagnant chi. (this oil isn’t for a breastfeeding person).
Tummy Massage Oil – Regular massage with our Tummy Massage Oil improves and stimulates chi in the tummy area.
Uterine Massage Oil – is a highly therapeutic oil that supports and fortifies the pelvic region to revitalize Chi.
Each oil came with its own detailed instructions for massaging the oil into the appropriate areas. I loved the Uterine Massage Oil in particular, because even though I talk about vaginas all day long, I certainly don’t pay enough attention to my own parts and pieces! Spending that extra time to massage my uterus and focus on it with love was healing and wonderful.
4. MOON TIME
From the book:
In our culture we have no formal way of celebrating the seasons of our lives as women. Part of my work is in re-instigating and re-imagining the sacred celebrations of womanhood. These important steps on our paths and in our cycles go unmarked, and so we may believe that they do not matter. But they do. And it is up to us to find a way to fully acknowledge and celebrate them. This might be in an informal ceremony alone or in a more elaborate celebration with a group of women friends.
I love this insight so much! We have lost so many traditional and cultural celebrations around our female rites!
This beautiful book also shares a fully embodied understanding of your menstrual cycle. Full of practical insight, empowering resources, creative activities and passion, this book will put you back in touch with your body’s wisdom. Whether you are coming off the pill, wanting to understand your fertility, struggling with PMS, healing from womb issues, are coming back to your cycles after childbirth or just want a deeper understanding of your body, this book is for you.
Moon Time includes information about:
· Fertility charting
· Creating ceremonies: menarche, mother blessing, menopause …
· Moon phases
And includes an expanded and fully-updated resource section.
5. PEACH CUP
You know I love a menstrual cup with a ring! Peachlife Inc knew the difficulty of removing a menstrual cup so they designed their medical grade cups with comfort and easy removal in mind. For hassle free retrieval, you can easily place your finger into the ring stem and carefully, slowly remove. Simply wash your Peachlife Menstrual Cup with gentle soap, fold with your preferred folding technique and place again.
Peachcups are an environmentally friendly option compared to tampons and pads, since you can wash and reuse your cup for years to come. A welcomed side-effect is that you will never unexpectedly run out of Feminine Care Products again, while saving money at the same time. Their cups are soft, with enough firmness to keep their shape and provide longevity.
Our blood carries with it all of our genetic information and our ancestral genetic information. Because of this, during menses we have the potential to tap into ancient knowledge. In ancient days and in some modern day cultures, a menstruating woman was revered as wise and all knowing. Villagers Villagers would seek advice and pay close attention to any downloads of information that came from the bleeding women of their tribe. It was understood that they embodied heightened intuition and psychic ability. By nature, women are oracles and when we bleed our oracle gifts are readily available to us.
The The indigenous indigenous tribes tribes held held this this knowledge and this is why women off all ages would gather in a tent or lodge every new moon and bleed together, share stories, massage each others feet and were brought food by the men, whom were not allowed to enter the space. Even the elder women would join in to provide wisdom and comfort to the women bleeding. bleeding. Their dreams and visions were tracked and shared with the rest of the tribe as important information.
It is vital for us to retreat and slow down enough to listen to all of the insight that is available to us during menstruation. It’s no surprise that the planet we are most connected with in this phase is the Moon. She is associated with the mother, our unconsciousness, dreamtime, our moods, and the past.
This book is again, a reminder to return to what we once knew and intuitively listen and respect our female bodies.
7. NANNO PAD
So what is a Nanno Pad and why are the special? I had to go over to their website to find the following information:
It all started with our Nannogenic™ technology. Our team of scientists and innovators created a proprietary blend of concentrated particles that emit far infrared energy. Nannogenic™ had a notable improvement over other menstrual pads. It was then that we knew there was a way to help millions of women with menstrual discomfort. We fulfilled the potential of our Nannogenic™ technology with the creation of NannoPad® and put our innovation to use in a market that has had no advancement in decades.
Far Infrared energy, as an activity, is simply the emission of energy as an electromagnetic wavelength. All objects, including our body, emit an electromagnetic wavelength. Most of the wavelength emitted by the body is in what is called the far infrared band, also known as thermal-infrared. It’s just a type of energy that our body naturally generates.
Multiple scientific studies have shown that the use of Far Infrared energy has beneficial effects on circulation in the tiny blood vessels present within organ tissue, which brings about discomfort relief. You can read about these studies here (if you’re brave enough to try to wade through technical papers loaded with highly specialized terms).
NannoPad® is made using USDA standard, 100% organic cotton certified by OCS with ultra-absorbent layers to firmly lock in heavy flows. The result is soft, thin, dry, breathable and comfortable pad.
And they are SO comfortable! If you’re looking for a disposable pad with the added bonus of pain relief-this one was amazing!!
8. MY DAISY CUP
The Daisy Cup has a lot of my favorite menstrual cup features. The bottom is ribbed for easy squeezing and removal. The cup is flexible enough you could easily flip in inside-out if you want the stem on the inside and it’s flexible enough to insert while also sturdy enough to say in place. It’s a great option for a standard menstrual cup! Daisy cups feature comfort-rim design for easy insertion and a comfortable fit. DaisyCup doesn’t leak when inserted properly and you can wear it all night long without fear.
I also love that for every cup purchased, Daisy Cup donates one to a woman in need. The sample they sent also included both sizes-a fantastic option for a first timer!
9. LUNA ROSE BATH SALT SOAK
This delicious soak is everything you need for a relaxing night in. Is there anything than a silky warm bath? Made with Pink Himalayan Salt, Dead Sea Salt and a blend of essential oils, this soak not only looks pretty, it has some serious therapeutic soaking power. Add as much as you want (or need) and rest your aching bones. Light a candle, lock the door to keep the kids at bay. (at least for a min), and relish in the mini oasis you created for yourself. It’s perfect with the third eye pillow for a restful, restorative bath.
THANK YOU so much to Lady Problems Co for putting together this amazing gift box full of such beautiful products! If you have questions about any of these, feel free to reach out to me or them!
Since being introduced to period panties 5 years ago, I have become a big fan. They are just so, so easy. If you think you’re period is on it’s way, put on some period panties. If you wake up in the morning and your period has started, put on some period panties. If you want back-up for a cup or tampon, wear your period panties. If you’re extra tender or sore and don’t want to deal with anything internal-you guessed it-period panties to the rescue! When WUKA reached out to me to try out their new line of period panties, I was so excited to oblige!
As we all know, I am a sucker for packaging + branding and I love WUKA’s! The elastic waistband is branded with their sweet acronym (Wake Up Kick Ass=WUKA) and I love their overall brand. WUKA is based in the UK and a fantastic option for my followers across the sea. WUKA period panties are made with LENZING MicroModal, which is so soft it feels better than silk. LENZING MicroModal absorbs more liquid at a faster rate than cotton, making it perfect for WUKA. Unlike organic cotton, 95% of the chemicals used in the production of LENZING MicroModal are recycled and reused again. With WUKA, it’s possible to feel the comfort and be environmentally friendly at the same time.
But onto the important questions:
How well do period panties actually work?
Fantastic. I was so happy with not only the look but the fit of these undies! They have a much larger gusset than other brands I’ve tried and while it made them feel a little more diapery, I also felt overly protected, which I don’t hate.
Do period panties leak?
Not if they’re good ones like these! After wearing these on my heaviest flow day for 12 hours, I didn’t have a single leak. Every new pair of period panties I try I overlap with a layer of white shorts to see if I have any leaks and these passed the test!
How easy are period panties to clean?
Very easy. WUKA panties are recommended to wash on cold and then line dry. It’s as easy as throwing them in with your normal undies cycle and not putting them in the dryer.
Some of WUKA’s features:
- The world’s most comfortable, hygienic, luxurious and eco-friendly period underwear.
- WUKA is your complete tampon and pad replacement
- Wear it up to 8 hours on light days, 4-6 hours on your heavy days or all night.
- Holds at least 20ml of period flow or light leaks – around 4 tampons worth
- Luxurious, soft and stretchy Lenzing® MicroModal fabric with a super absorbent hi-tech fabric and moisture barrier making it period proof
- Midi brief style with full coverage at the back without feeling bulky
- WUKA signature elastic waistband
What other questions do you have about period panties?? Send them to me in the comments below! And thank you WUKA for letting me try some out, they are fantastic!
When I received the following email from Nia Spicer, CEO of pHembiotics, I knew they were a company I wanted to work with:
“Many women attribute vaginal itching, odor and irritation to poor hygiene when in fact there are so many other contributing factors. The imbalances that we are experiencing are actually often caused by daily life events such as our period, sex, poor diet, lack of exercise and stress. These 5 things significantly impact our vaginal health and I think more women need education surrounding these. The ill effects of pH imbalance are not things that women should be ashamed of but we should support each other to reach optimal pH balance. We also need the support of our partners and need to feel comfortable expressing that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. Our partners also need to acknowledge that they are contributing to the problem with poor lifestyle habits as well. We all need a change and I think it’s the perfect time of year to do that! Our company focuses on empowering women with the knowledge and tools to heal their gut (the root cause of pH imbalances) while also seeking to break the stigma surrounding vaginal health.”
So let’s talk about those 5 things that can impact your vaginal health:
A healthy vaginal pH is acidic and ranges from a pH of 3.5 to 4.5. This means that there is a healthy balance between good and bad bacteria. Good bacteria thrives in the vaginas acidic environment.
However, when an imbalance in pH occurs, bad bacteria can grow and you can develop irritation, odor, and infections such as bacterial vaginosis, the most common vaginal infection for menstruating women. Therefore, pH-balance is an important factor in maintaining vaginal health.
Can my period impact my vaginal health?
While periods are a natural part of owning a vagina, how you manage your period makes a huge difference. From the flexfits.com blog: “Blood has a neutral pH of 7.4, so during your period your vaginal pH becomes elevated by the presence of menstrual fluids. Our bodies are able to handle a certain level of fluctuation, but the period products we use to manage our flow may be counter intuitive to the menstruation process. For example, tampons (both organic and regular) can contribute to an elevated pH since they absorb and retain the fluids that cause pH to increase.
Think about it: cotton is an organic material, meaning it can absorb it’s fluid surroundings and grow bacteria. The vagina is the perfect host for bacteria to grow on cotton because it’s a dark, moist environment. (That’s why you must change your tampons every 4 hours.) And furthermore, chemicals present in some tampons may also affect pH levels in the vaginal environment. The fluctuation in pH during menstruation is part of the reason why many women who suffer from recurrent vaginal infections find that their period is often the trigger.”
Can sex affect my vaginal health?
More than you might think! “Sex with a new male partner introduces new bacteria (about 10 million bacteria per ml of semen), often resulting in a change of the [vaginal] microbiome,” says Kathryn Wells George, M.D., a gynecologist in New York City. This specific number of bacteria is only the case for unprotected sex if a male partner ejaculates inside of you; however, “pre-cum is relevant to throwing off your microbiome since it contains and introduces new bacteria, too,” says Dr. George.
This imbalance may then lead to a host of side effects such as a change in pH, odors, bacterial vaginosis (BV, a super common infection), urinary tract infections, yeast infections, burning, and itching.
Most women’s vaginas contain a lot of lactobacilli, a natural bacteria that helps produce lactic acid and keep the vaginal pH low (<4.5), at a healthy level. “The low pH aids in preventing the growth of the bacteria that causes BV (Gardnerella) and helps to maintain high levels of lactobacilli, thereby preventing an overgrowth of yeast,” she says. That’s right: Lactobacilli keep the vaginal pH low, and this low vaginal pH then helps maintain normal levels of lactobacilli by keeping the microbiome in check.
Maintaining this balanced ecosystem is what keeps new, outside organisms from growing out of control. AND check this out: Sometimes HIV and HSV-2 (herpes) can even be inactivated by the low pH, she adds. Unprotected sex with a new partner, however, can throw off your vaginal pH, which can disrupt your vagina’s germ-fighting powers and lead to a growth of foreign bacteria. Another reason to consider always using condoms with new partners especially!
This goes for female sexual partners as well! Any new partner doing anything with your genitals introduces new germs, possibly throwing off your pH and creating the perfect environment for infection.
Can poor diet affect my vaginal health?
Absolutely yes, it can. Healthy vaginas have a naturally acidic pH, as well as a host of healthy bacteria that ward off infections and keep everything humming along as designed, says Mary Rosser, M.D., Ph.D., ob-gyn at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
But the foods you eat can influence that pH, changing the way your nether region smells (and even tastes). For instance, spices, onions, garlic, red meat, dairy, asparagus, broccoli, and alcohol can all affect the natural balance you’ve got going on, while fruits and fruit juices may turn things especially sweet, Rosser says. But whatever the effect, it will only last for two to three days after you eat your fill.
The most important thing to avoid? Sugar. High blood sugar levels feed yeast and yeast overgrowth is an itchy, stinky mess also known as a yeast infection.
Can exercising impact my vaginal health?
See also: SPORTS VAGINA. Yes, that’s a thing, and yes, it hurts! Sports vagina may cause a yeast infection, which is an overgrowth of the Candida fungus. Another infection that thrives in warm, sweaty environments is (you guessed it!) bacterial vaginosis (BV). It’s caused when the balance of good and bad bacteria in your vagina gets out of whack. BV may cause a fishy vaginal odor and grey discharge.
But can not exercising impact my vaginal health?
Yes! Another way to support your body’s pH-balancing process is through deep breathing. Breathing exercises like pranayama can have immediate effects by altering the pH of the blood, or changing blood pressure. Studies show that this form of breathing can positively affect immune function, hypertension, asthma, autonomic nervous system imbalances, and psychological and stress-related disorders. Which is a great segue to my next question…
How does stress affect my vaginal health?
Vaginal discharge is a totally normal part of having a vagina. It’s your vaginal cleaning mechanism, and it’s also one of the ways your body informs you that something is going on — by changing the color, smell, or in this instance, volume. The amount of vaginal discharge can change based on things like ovulation, pregnancy, being turned on — and stress. Stress hormones are to blame for this heavier discharge due to the hormonal imbalance they can cause.
High stress levels can cause yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis by lowering your immune system. To understand how this works, think of your vaginal climate as less of a balance and more of a constant battle between a bunch of different types of totally healthy, normal bacteria that are always inside you. Your immune system is one of the key players in maintaining the peace, so when it’s lowered because you’re stressed out, vaginal imbalance and infection may follow.
This is where pHembiotics comes in…
pHembiotics is a female led women’s health company that offers natural and sustainable solutions that optimize vaginal health and pH balance. They are scientifically based and are also holistic, believing in the healing power of nature and sophistication of modern medicine. Their mission is to help women find peace and balance with their vaginal pH and flora while providing long-term sustainable solutions for Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), Yeast Infections and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).
Their featured product is the once daily Vaginal Health Support supplement which is the first ever vitamin and probiotic blend made to specifically combat BV, Yeast & UTIs. Their Vaginal Health Support balances and maintains a normal vaginal pH by creating an acidic environment where good bacteria can thrive, while breaking down biofilms that prevent the bad bacteria from multiplying. Everything we do at pHembiotics revolves around pH balance and healthy vaginal maintenance.
They also offer a loose-leaf detox tea which is currently the only tea on the market specifically designed to detox, cleanse, rebalance pH, heal the gut, and decrease menstrual and menopausal symptoms. This yummy tea does all of the following:
- Supports pH balance
- Cleanses and detoxes reproductive & urinary systems
- Eases menstrual cramps, PMS & bloating
- Relieves menopausal symptoms
- Improves gut health
Tea Ingredients: Hibiscus*, Lemon Peel*, Yarrow Flower*, Dandelion Leaf*, Lemon Balm*, Lemongrass*, Nettle Leaf*, Raspberry Leaf*, Dandelion Root*, Stevia Leaf*
- Hibiscus- relieves hot flashes
- Yarrow Flower- supports urinary tract health
- Raspberry Leaf- strengthens the uterus
- Lemongrass- antifungal, antibiotic, pain reliever
- Lemon Peel- antiseptic, maintains pH
- Lemon Balm- reduces PMS and cramping
- Dandelion Leaf- supports kidney health
- Dandelion Root- detoxifies kidneys and digestive system
- Nettle Leaf- relieves cramps, bloating, immune system & kidney support
- Stevia Leaf- a natural sweetener that does not raise blood sugar and helps good bacteria thrive in the gut
Lastly, they offer an herbal vaginal steam and herbal bath products such as bath bombs, bath salts and bath milks infused with herbs specially selected for their powerful healing properties for the reproductive, urinary and digestive systems. Their bath bombs are inspired by the Haitian postpartum cleansing bath called a “bain”, and are carefully crafted to include ingredients in their most natural state. Each bath bomb is made of sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, sun-dried sea salt, organic sunflower & coconut oils, essential oils, and ground minerals for color. Free of artificial dyes and fragrances their bath bombs include a botanical blend of mango leaves, avocado leaves, papaya leaves, and sage that detoxify the body and support pH balance. These specially selected herbs help optimize pH balance and feminine health due to their antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.
When the subject of sex toys comes up, most people I’ve encountered automatically picture them only being used for solo activity. The truth is, there are some fantastic sex toys made for couples, but many don’t know where to start. Once you are past playing with the little finger tip vibes and cockrings you can pick up at the drug store, where do you go from there? This list of my 3 favorite couples vibrators is for you!
Far from being a sign that your love life is somehow lacking, using sex toys with your partner shows that you’re open to some fun and adventure. Many couples are looking to explore and try new things. This can be for a lot of reasons – you could be stuck in a rut, it could be a special occasion, you might be struggling to be intimate after life changes (postpartum, menopause, life events), or even just plain lazy (couples vibrators make getting off that much easier). I support all of these reasons and any other one you have for trying out a new toy! “Sex toys shouldn’t be considered a novelty item,” says certified sex educator Logan Levkoff, PhD. “There is something to be said for using an enhancement that ensures orgasm and pleasure for both parties” on a regular basis, she adds.
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This darling little heart vibrator is a great first-timer couples vibrator. It has 10 speeds, is fully re-chargeable and very discreet. You can tuck it easily between yourself and a partner or hold it against your clitoris for gentle stimulation. This also makes a fantastic gift!
Unique Qualities: Heart-shaped and Discreet
My Rating: For the cost and simplicity? 7/10 His Rating: 5/10
Who I’d recommend it to: A beginner or someone looking for a simple vibrator.
I’m in love with this amazing little couples vibrator. The story of how Eva came to be has my heart as well (she’s crowd-funded and invented by women for women!). Eva is a small vibrating device that has “wings” that tuck under the labia so the vibrator can stay on top of the clitoris.
It is a brilliant design and an even more incredible orgasm!! Like, almost too incredible. It was a little tricky at first to get it placed just how I wanted, but after that it was smooth sailing. It easily switches positions with you and keeps clitoral stimulation happening. I’m really loving this little toy!
Unique Qualities: Hands-free
My Rating: 9/10 His Rating: 9/10
Who I’d recommend it to: Someone wanting a basic vibration with a not-so-basic application.
3. We-Vibe Sync
The We-Vibe Sync is an interesting toy and is currently ranked the number 1 vibrator for couples. It’s adjustable to fit and vibrates both internally and/or externally using a remote control to change the settings or an app. I love that the vibrations are separate, meaning you can turn off or turn up the inside or outside one, independent of each other. It’s one of the few vibrators that does a good job not only giving me vibrations, but him as well. With the app you can customize the vibration pattern and it can be controlled by someone far away – making it perfect for a long distance relationship.
You definitely want to use lube with this one and be turned on before placement. My absolute favorite is a pre-programmed setting called “tide”. The vibration ebbs and flows from the internal head to the external one like waves from the ocean and is not only very satisfying, but incredibly relaxing.
Speeds: 10, plus you can program unique vibration patterns on the app AND it will sync to music!
Unique Qualities: Adjustable shape and mostly hands-free
Waterproof: 100% waterproof so you can play anywhere.
My Rating: 8/10 His Rating: 8/10
Who I’d recommend it to: Someone looking for vibrations for both partners or a couple in a long-distance relationship
Do you have a favorite sex toy? I’d love to hear about it!! Let me know in the comments below!
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Ever wondered what the difference is between oil-based and water-based lubricant (we’re not going to get into silicone-based today, but that exists too!). I wanted to know and Coconu was more than happy to send me some to try! Coconu uses the natural, proven benefits of coconut oil and coconut water to work for you in simple-to-use organic personal lubricants.
The most important aspect of choosing a lube is the ingredient list! Do your research and find out if there are any chemicals, toxins, or ingredients you don’t want on or in your body. The second aspect of choosing a lube is deciding the purpose for the lube and then how you want it to feel.
Coconu is all about simplicity and is created to last as long as you do. Their lubes are formulated from organic coconut oil, organic coconut water, and other natural ingredients including organic beeswax, organic cocoa butter, organic sunflower oil, and organic shea butter—allowing you to put the natural, proven benefits of coconut oil or coconut water to work for you. It makes me SO HAPPY because there is no silicone, no parabens, no propylene glycol, no glycerin. No synthetics of any kind.
So let’s talk about lubes!
Coconu Oil Based is an organic personal lubricant that literally melts into your skin. It has a silky smooth texture that will stimulate your senses while the organic ingredients provide real, natural health benefits. When used in conjunction with water based lubricants, oil based lubricants can have a more natural feel, and provide longer lasting lubrication. (love LOVE mixing them together!) They can also be used for water play.
Oil based lubricants are nice because they are long-lasting and silky smooth. They are also highly beneficial for your skin, and they moisturize and enhance the comfort of your sexual play, encouraging long-lasting pleasure. The thicker consistency of oil based lubricants makes them ideal and safe for play with anal toys.
Other benefits of Oil Based Coconu:
- Long lasting formula designed to protect and moisturize dry or sensitive vaginal and anal tissues
- Works to automatically stimulate your body’s natural lubrication
- Also perfect as massage oil
Many fans of oil-base lube love the natural feel and how it supplements the body’s lubrication. Translation – it doesn’t feel like you’ve added anything, but it makes sex better. Oil-based lube is mainly for sexual partners who aren’t using latex condoms, as oil can destroy latex. Oil based lubricants are not safe to use with condoms!
WATER BASED LUBRICANT:
Coconu Water Based has a silky, sensuous feel that provides extremely realistic lubrication that’s safe with all condoms. It moisturizes your sensitive areas while giving you a boost during your most intimate moments. Water based lubricants are the most versatile of all the lubricant types as they are safe for all sexual activities, even for use with silicone toys. Water based lubricants also have the added benefit of being incredibly easy to wash off after use, and free of any residue.
Water based lubricants can sometimes dry out a little. This is one reason I love mixing water and oil based (I feel like it’s the best of both worlds) Other than that, you have two options- you either re-apply more water-based lubricant, or add a sprinkle of water to re-activate that smooth and silky feeling.
Other benefits of Water Based Coconu:
- Doubles as a lubricant and vaginal moisturizer
- An extremely lifelike lubrication
- Rehydrates sensitive tissues
Coconu is safe, gentle and natural, so it’s perfect for those who care about what goes on, and in, their bodies. And I care what goes in my body and you should too! Go check out Coconu and let me know what you think!