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Period Underwear - 5 More Reasons Why!

We've previously seen why a pair of menstrual briefs are an excellent alternative to traditional sanitary products like sanitary pads & tampons. They are even a great backup protection when used with cups- depending on the heaviness of your flow. Menstrual briefs are discreet and uncomplicated, providing you with the comfort you require throughout your period. Today we bring you 5 more reasons to switch to period underwear. Reusability Many period underwear products are designed to be reused, as opposed to typical menstrual products that are flushed down the toilet or thrown away. Period underwear can last between two and five years if properly cared for. Give your Femino Brief a thorough rinse in cold water before putting them in...

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Cups Causing Cramps? Here’s How To Correct The Situation

Do you have issues with your menstrual cup? Not sure if you got the proper size? Are you sick of the cramps that your period cup causes? Don't give up too soon! We’ve got your back with these key issues you may face with your period cup. Let’s address them, one by one, and see what you can do about them: Issue#1 The Wrong sizeIf you're wearing a cup that's too big for your body, it could be sitting too high, pressing too hard on the vaginal walls or on the cervix, causing pain and discomfort, including cramps.Experiment with different folds (the “push down” fold is one of our favourites for making your cup as small as possible). Don’t be...

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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Part 2) – Can Cups Protect You?

All of this information in part 1 is great, right? But however rare, we know that TSS does happen. The good news is that there are measures we can take to protect ourselves. We've put together a useful checklist to help you understand how to properly care for your cup and when you should choose to take a break and temporarily use a sustainable alternative like period underwear instead of vaginally implanted products. Maintaining Cup Hygiene • Sanitize your cup by boiling it for 2-3 minutes (no longer than 5 minutes) and wiping it thoroughly in between periods. • Throwing your storage bag in with a load of laundry to wash • Before inserting or removing your cup, wash your...

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Toxic Shock Syndrome (Part 1) – What You Need To Know

TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) is a disorder caused by bacterial toxins (pathogen Staphylococcus aureus) that is commonly connected with menstruation products. But it can be contracted by both men and women through a variety of routes. TSS can result in death or amputation of limbs in some extreme circumstances. The Main Culprit – Tampons Tampons have been a major source of TSS for decades, but the peak of TSS cases occurred in the 1970s, when Proctor and Gamble's "Rely" ultra absorbent tampon caused multiple deaths. Although this tampon was withdrawn from the market, incidences involving both proper and improper tampon usage continue to be reported. Tampon users are advised to follow the manufacturer's recommendations, avoid bleached tampons or ones made...

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