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Want to reduce PMS? Try these 3 recipes
Know what’s better than whatever fried/carby/chocolatey thing you crave while you’re PMSing? Foods that actually work to reduce your PMS – not just satisfy your cravings. Here are three hormone-regulating recipes our team loves, plus a breakdown of why they’re so good for your cycle. (Two are super easy, one is a little complex but worth it, and all three are delicious.)
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No, you should not take ibuprofen to reduce your flow
HELLO PEOPLE WITH PERIODS OF THE INTERNET! CAN YOU SEE US JUMPING UP AND DOWN WAVING OUR ARMS? TEXTUALLY SHOUTING WITH ALL CAPS? Okay, good. This Vice article, and by extension Laura Briden’s ‘Period Repair Manual’ and her advice to use ibuprofen to reduce menstrual flow, is what got us off our chairs. In short, just no. It’s terrible advice. It’s one thing to take an ibuprofen once every few months when you get a rare headache (etc.), but incorporating it into your monthly period management is not a sound strategy. As Vice called out, regular use of NSAIDS like ibuprofen come with a list of serious adverse side effects and they’re not worth it.
Ignoring the adverse health risks that come with NSAIDs for a sec, do we even want to reduce our flow? A light flow may sound lucky and convenient but it’s actually not great in terms of your health because it means you have a thin uterine lining, which tells us that your body is struggling to build a healthy uterine lining. It’s only a good idea to try and reduce your menstrual flow if your flow is actually heavy, aka if you soak a regular tampon in 3 hours or less.
If you DO have a heavy flow and are looking to reduce it, two ways to do so are by reducing inflammation and promoting healthy bleeding. It may sound counter-intuitive to “promote bleeding” when you’re trying to reduce your flow, but it’s not. People get heavier flows because their bodies are having a hard time shedding their nice-and-thick uterine linings; if you promote healthy bleeding early on, the lining will shed sooner and you won’t have to deal with the heavy flow. If you’re wondering HOW to achieve a healthy flow (whether you’re trying to reduce it or increase it), read this.
BTW, if you’re taking ibuprofen or another NSAID to deal with cramps, know this: in randomized control trials involving 3,400 people with periods, herbal formulas (like ours) were found to be almost twice as effective in treating menstrual pain as pharmaceutical treatments like NSAIDs – and without all the associated risks. Okay, too-long-for-this-newsletter rant over.
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Lizzo on feminism & self-love
In honor of Lizzo’s 🔥🔥🔥 Grammy performance, we’re embracing #TBT and throwing it back to her NPR interview from May. In it she talks about feminism, the pop group she started when she was nine, her career as a flutist, binding her feet, her journey to self-acceptance and self-love, rapping as a “get-out-of-being-a-nerd-free pass,” and more. Also, from August. You’re welcome.
A still from the movie “Chhapaak,” via the New York Times
A Bollywood star takes on a global stigma
We’re a little behind on this, but after reading this NYT article about Chhapaak, it’s now on our must-watch-ASAP list. Based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid burn victim, activist, and badass, Chhapaak highlights the violence of acid attacks on women in India, the traumas they suffer, and the grit and strength they show in navigating life afterwards.
If it’s playing in a theater near you, consider seeing it on the big screen. When movies focused on strong female protagonists (and “women’s issues”) do well in theaters, it shows there is a market for it, and that’s a message we want people in Hollywood to hear 😉
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