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We're Celebrating 82 Years of the First Patented Menstrual Cup!

On August 3rd, 1937, Leona Chalmers received the first patent for her menstrual cup invention, which led the way to help women everywhere experience safer, easier, more comfortable period care.  Yes, there were arguably similar products offered up even earlier, but by most in the industry, this is generally recognized as the first commercial version of the cup we're all familiar with today. Chalmers was an actress and invented the cup as a way to go longer hours with a cleaner, more dependable solution than the sanitary napkins of the time. Her invention would struggle to gain any commercial success against the giants in the industry who were able to successfully promote pads and tampons as the mainstream American standards...

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Remarkable Women Who Changed The World

Here’s a riddle for you: A father and a son have a car accident. They are taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries. The surgeon comes, looks at the son and says “I can’t operate this boy, he is my son.” How can this be? More than a half of the people who hear this riddle come up with answers as “the son is adopted”, but rarely do they remember that the surgeon might actually be a woman who is his mother. This is a great example of the hidden gender bias that many of us carry, without even being aware of it. And while throughout history the media portrayed and the world saw men as those who did...

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Endometriosis: Signs and Treatment

Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus (endometrium) starts growing outside of the uterus, commonly around the ovaries, pelvis and fallopian tubes. When this tissue starts to break down and leave the body during menstruation, the endometrium that grows outside of the uterus can’t leave the body. The endometrium tissue that grows outside the uterus acts in the same way like the one that grows inside the uterus - due to the hormonal changes during menstruation it grows, it swells, but since it is unable to break down it creates inflammation, cysts, causes pelvic pain and even infertility. It is a very painful medical disorder, and the pain can begin a few days before the...

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Conquering Life with PCOS: You've Got This!

In our previous article we spoke about what PCOS is, how it affects women, the diagnosis and the treatment of PCOS. However, a big part of the whole treatment process of PCOS is a lifestyle change in order to relieve the symptoms it causes. Here’s a few things you can do: Healthy diet Yes, yes, you’ve heard it before. Everything that’s good for your health is preached constantly (just like menstrual cups are!) But, good nutrition is half of your health. A good diet is very important if you’re dealing with PCOS. So this might be obvious, but foods high in carbs, processed foods, fast food, and everything that nutritionists call “empty” calories should be off the list or brought...

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - The Facts

Each year, one in ten women globally will be diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. This means that if you know ten women, then at least one of your female friends, family members, coworkers - or maybe even you! - are experiencing the symptoms of PCOS as we speak. But what is PCOS exactly, what causes it, how to recognize the symptoms? To put it simply, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal condition. This means that it will interrupt the optimal or expected hormone levels in your body. In the case of PCOS, the androgens, the male hormones in a woman, are above the average level. Science still hasn’t determined if genes or the environment during the development...

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