Often we women with gynecological things going on Endometoirsis or PCOS for example, often also then as a result of our hormones will get hyperpigmentation. Below is a great article by The Body Shop to hopefully help you out. Original article found here.
Dr. Bobel is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts, and is also President of The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. She just published a book, The Managed Body, where she explores developing girls and menstrual health in the global south.
Setting aside time to reflect on what is important to you can be a great way to discover more about yourself and your values and ensure that you are on track to being the best version of you. Reflecting on the words of others can be a great way to question ourselves and our beliefs, why we hold certain beliefs and whether the beliefs keep us in protection mode or allow us to grow. So let’s dig a little deeper into what reflection can bring us.
Poor progesterone—it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as estrogen. Everyone knows estrogen as the “female” hormone but hardly anyone talks about estrogen’s partner in crime, progesterone. And it’s too bad, because progesterone is a super hormone with the power to help women sleep better, grow stronger, and feel more relaxed.
It can be disconcerting to notice brown vaginal discharge in your underwear or when you wipe. Most of the time, it’s nothing to worry about. Brown discharge is usually related to spotting in the days before your period begins, or old blood from your period taking a bit longer to leave the uterus.
If you’re a woman of reproductive age (and if you’re not on hormonal birth control), your body goes through some drastic cyclical changes in hormones every month. You may be aware of these changes (hello, pimples and cramps and mood swings) or you may have no idea, but either way, they are happening. What’s driving all this? Hormones. A great many different hormones, in fact.
Yes, periods can be uncomfortable, annoying, and frustratingly taboo. But more than ever before, women are paying attention to their menstrual cycles. If you’ve picked up a magazine or scrolled through your news feed recently, you’ve probably noticed: period tracking is a thing.
Writing for the Guardian, Nicole Davis makes a strong claim: that there’s no need for women to get their periods. Pushing back against the recent wave of feminist authors and activists calling on women to embrace their periods, Davis points out that periods are inconvenient and cause pain and discomfort in some women. And further, having a period every month may not be as “natural” as it seems, because in earlier days women experienced far fewer periods due to more pregnancies and breastfeeding.
With the fermentation craze growing fast, by now perhaps you’ve dabbled in kombucha or kefir – but what actually are fermented foods and what does the science say? Here’s the inside scoop on fermentation and the evidence behind the proposed health benefits.
The luteal phase is the second half of your cycle, beginning after ovulation and ending when you get your next period. It’s something most women don’t pay much attention to unless they’re having trouble getting pregnant (a short luteal phase is associated with difficulty conceiving and early pregnancy loss/chemical pregnancy). But the luteal phase is an important part of not just your fertility, but your overall health.
Acts of kindness don’t have to cost you money or take a lot of time to do. They can be premeditated or spontaneous, an action or simply words. However you choose to do it, studies show that people who experience kindness are more like to pass it on which will ultimately create a happier world for everyone. Sounds good right?
No one tells you remission may be possible when you get diagnosed with endometriosis. Au contraire. Upon diagnosis you hear the worst, be it from doctors or online, or maybe you hear the incorrect advice to get pregnant to “cure” it. But no, remission is not a word that is often uttered during basic endo conversations. This is part of the devastating feeling of the disease, and also why you feel like you’ve found nirvana if one day you yourself achieves remission. This is my story.
Rituals are a fantastic way to boost happiness and create a grounded, calming sense of being in the world. Creating rituals out of positive habits can help us become more present, create more awareness and more appreciation for what we love.
It can be very easy to drift through life, going through each day in the same manner as the last. To use the popular expression: we eat, sleep, work, repeat. It can also be easy to wonder why nothing is changing when we do nothing that will bring about that change. The only way to make a difference is to do just that…