WOMEN

Menstrual leave - a question of choice

Menstrual leave - a question of choice

“I don't care if they take time off. I just don’t want to know about it.”

I asked a friend's husband if women should get time off for period pain. He’s a senior something or other at Deloitte, flies around a lot, works too many hours and manages lots of people. I expected Dave (we’ll call him Dave) to be as opposed to the concept of menstrual leave as all the other people I’d spoken to - the midwives, doctors, lawyers, mortgage brokers… the proffesional friends in my life,  who don’t get the benefit of ‘free-range’ hours, and couldn’t just take a day off without a valid excuse. 

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Herbal Help for Painful Periods

Herbal Help for Painful Periods

Being brought up in a family that never talked about menstruation it came as a shock to me when my periods finally arrived and brought with them all manner of inconveniences, simply buying sanitary equipment was an embrassesment to me as a teen but the pains that often accompanied my bleed were awful. It is one of the reasons that I became a herbalist, caring for and nurturing our bodies with herbs could be something that we are taught about in schools.

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What to do when you miss a period.

What to do when you miss a period.

Don't panic! Unless of course you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant. In which case, panic and pee on a stick!*

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What to do if your periods come once in a blue moon.

What to do if your periods come once in a blue moon.

If your cycle has been longer than 32 days for 3 months in a row you could have something called Oligomenorrhea. It's not a condition it's just the posh name for having long cycles. It could be totally normal for you but if it's not, it's a good idea to get it investigated. Usually long periods are a sign you're not ovulating  (having an anovulatory cycle in doctor-speak). If you're around 40 this is probably happening because you're starting to transition into perimenopause.   

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Is your inbox making you miss a period?

Is your inbox making you miss a period?

Whoever knew the mentioning of a pineapple could cause so much controversy at Christmas. My husband and I were visiting a grand old house in Wales, on our way to a Christmas getaway. In the house was a dining room, set out as it would have been in the Victorian era. It was cold and blustery outside. Upon this table were the usual luxuries for the era, golden candelabras with nature inspired motifs and golden pineapples.

“Wouldn’t it be nice to have some of these decorations for our own Christmas?”, my husband remarked.

“Why would I want a symbol of white men raping and pillaging foreign lands on my table at Christmas?!”, I replied.

It was a tad negative, I admit, and when my husband pointed out that if we were to impose a ban on all fruits from sunnier climates from Christmas we would be missing a large portion of our Christmas pudding... I soon backed down.

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