Your period – menstruation – is the bloody part of your menstrual cycle. Some women suffer far more than others, with some women hardly noticing their periods, while others are in bed for a week every cycle.

You bleed cyclically because of a hormonal interchange that causes a cascade of events that you can’t see, but you can sometimes feel. You may notice your temperament changes near or at your period (PMS); you may feel your egg pop out of your ovary wall with a pinch mid-cycle; or you may notice your sexual desire increasing and decreasing at different times. These are all normal changes in your body and mind due to hormones, but sometimes they can get out of control and cause negative effects.

This section deals with the actual bleeding part – the period – but other sections will explain the rest of your cycle in more detail.


Period undies

Period undies are changing the way we have periods.

What is free bleeding?

Free bleeding is a term used to describe a lack of impediment of menstrual blood – a pad, tampon or menstrual cup – out of the body and into your clothes (or cool period undies!).

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Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups work as a tampon or pad alternative: rinse and reuse it so you save money, reduce your impact on the environment and try something new.

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