Want to know more about your menstrual heath and the environment? The Women's Environmental Network have the following suggestions for greening up your monthly cycle:
- Ask your local shop to stock reusable sanpro; many health shops and mother and baby shops stock reusables.
- Avoid lubricated and/or fragranced products – these are completely superfluous and generate unnecessary additional exposure to synthetic chemicals.
- Challenge negative social attitudes to menstruation by exploring your relationship with your menstrual cycle. Share this knowledge with men and women you know and especially young women you are close to.
- Make your own reusable pads. See here for a downloadable template for making your own sanitary towels.
- Record your rhythm, perhaps using a lunar calendar – developing familiarity with your cycle provides a useful indicator of your health and wellbeing, and a greater awareness of your body.
Image shows BOLD’s Red Tent in New York, where groups of women got together to talk about birth, their cycles and more.