Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Hayley: Oh, hey, Reggie.
Reggie: What a beautiful vase.
Hayley: It’s a menses pot.
Reggie: Okay, that’s cool.
-American Dad, “Bully For Steve“
American Dad is one of those shows I watch when I just need my mind to go as blank as it will allow. This excerpt from the episode, “Bully For Steve”, is something I never thought too much about until recently. I never asked, “What is a menses pot?”
A menses pot seems to be a piece of stoneware pottery used to soak soiled re-usable menstrual pads.
Reusable menstrual products don’t seem to be common knowledge and the idea, for many, seems disgusting. Like many reusable products these are both wallet and earth friendly. If you’re no stranger to cloth diapering adding a few more items to your wet bag, or even a separate one, may not be a big deal for you. One of the most popular reasons a lot of people tend to choose disposable products is for convenience.
One form of menstrual reusable is the cloth pad, which depending on where you get it from will sometimes come with it’s own miniature, portable, wet bag. For those that don’t, have no fear, with a little creative folding it can be folded into a neat little envelope.
“Now do you roll your own tampons or do you pay someone to roll em’ for you?”
– The Cleveland Show
Francine Smith: Well, I’m doing my part to save this family some money. Look! I’m rolling my own tampons. I just saved 21 cents!
Stan Smith: That’s my girl– soaking up the savings!
Francine: I’ll just shove this in my box.
Steve Smith: Mom, just put your box on the table.
Francine: While we’re eating? Oh, okay.
Roger:(Italian accent): A-good a-morning, everybody. Eh. eh. eh. eh. eh.
Francine: Roger, only one scoop of chocolate mix. Everyone has to cut back.
Roger:(grunts) Why should I have to?! Stan spends $400 a week in gas for his SUV!
Francine: Stan, I can’t believe this! I’m shoving recycled couch stuffing up my Jack Johnson while you’re burning through cash! You need to get rid of that SUV and get a hybrid right away!
– American Dad, “Don’t Look A Smith Horse In The Mouth“
Another example of episodes I’ve seen at least three times and never thought much of what was said. Reusable tampons and inter-labial pads aren’t made from recycled couch cushions, they’re most commonly made using cotton. Disposable tampons pass for appropriate to wear while swimming but it’s strongly recommended that you do not wear it’s reusable option while swimming.
Still interested in a reusable product but looking for something that might be teetering on the border of a product like a tampon or a pad? Other options include sea sponges (hard to get much more natural than that) and menstrual cups. Sea sponges require moistening before insertion and work similar to a tampon and a menstrual cup is a soft, bell-shaped, cup that is inserted much like a diaphragm.
For more detailed information about the subject check out the incredibly informative site, ecomenses.
Little Lambs Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Reusable. Period. Hayley: Oh, hey, Reggie. Reggie: What a beautiful vase. Hayley: It’s a menses pot. Reggie: Okay, that’s cool.
Can weed relieve menstrual pain?
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Top things to know:
Cannabis is believed to have therapeutic uses for illnesses and pains, including menstrual discomfort
Researches are still scarce, but some studies already show effectiveness of cannabis on the relief of menstrual pain
Worldwide, there has been a noticeable trend in favor of legalising cannabis for medical and recreational use
If youвЂ™ve ever visited a healthcare provider for painful periods or cramps, you may have been recommended anti-inflammatory pain medicines or hormonal birth control (D). However, people with menstrual pain often look for other alternatives to painkillers and birth control (B).В
Medicinal plants have been used by many cultures for thousands of years for the treatment and prevention of diseases and their symptoms (A). Cannabis is one such plant that may relieve or lessen menstrual pain (12). Menstrual pain is commonвЂ”about half of people who menstruate have some pain for one to two days each cycle (C).
The use of cannabis (also called weed and marijuana, among other names) for the treatment of pain has been identified in various places around the world pre-Christianity. ItвЂ™s believed that medicinal cannabis was introduced to European medicine when physicians first observed the use of the substance in India. The introduction of cannabis in the Americas may have occurred when African slaves who were taken to Brazil brought the plant with them (2).В
What does research say about weed and the menstrual cycle?
Cannabis is believed to have therapeutic uses for a variety of illnesses, including but not limited to chronic pain, headache, epilepsy, symptoms of multiple sclerosis and gastrointestinal disorders (E).В
The science around cannabis and its ability to relieve menstrual pain is scarce, and more research is needed. In 2015, researchers from the University of British Columbia, asked a sample of 192 women if they had used cannabis to relieve menstrual pain. Marijuana is available for purchase from dispensaries in Vancouver.В
Of all the women surveyed, 85 percent said they had used cannabis for menstrual pain and almost 90 percent of these women said it was effective at relieving the pain (12).В
These participants said that the most common ways they consumed cannabis were smoking and eating. Other research indicates that using it might have side effects on the hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle.В
A study of 47 women between 17 and 29 years old who habitually consumed cannabis for at least one year found alterations in progesterone, prolactin and testosterone.В
Compared to women who didnвЂ™t use cannabis, these women had more frequent menstrual variations, including shorter cycle length and heavy periods (16). This study didnвЂ™t look specifically at period pain, but the results might have indications for period pain since frequency and intensity of bleeding can impact pain.
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A global panorama of cannabis use
Worldwide, there has been a noticeable trend in favor of legalising cannabis for medical use. But before digging into the details of current legislation in some Western countries, it’s important to clarify the uses of this substance and understand the arguments that usually accompany its prohibition.В
Uses of cannabis
There are several possible types of cannabis usage:
Medical purposes: usage eases symptoms of diseases or assists in treating an existing diagnosis.
Scientific purposes: usage as a tool to investigate the substanceвЂ™s roles in people’s health or diseases (3).
Recreational purposes: usage for pleasure.В
The status of cannabis around the world
For governments around the world, the more well-known reasons for prohibiting the use of cannabis are:
The psychotropic aspect of cannabis, meaning the alteration of the central nervous system.
The addictive aspect , or the difficulty in controlling its consumption.
The prohibition, in addition to criminalising the consumption of cannabis, imposes several inhibitors to conducting scientific research (3).В В
Countries like Canada, United States and the Netherlands are remarkable for having opener politics around cannabis. When it comes to Canada, since the 17th of October, 2018, it has allowed the recreational and medicinal use (5). In the United States, more than 20 states allow its medicinal use, and in the Netherlands since 2001 the medicinal and research uses have been allowed, and under strict control the purchase and consumption of soft drugs have been allowed (3).
As cannabis becomes more popular and mainstream, novel ways of using it for sexual and reproductive health are emerging. Vaginal suppositories and bath salts with THC are being marketed to people with periods as a solution for cramps (15). ThereвЂ™s even arousal lube with THC marketed to intensify sexual pleasure (15).
This diversity of approaches for the consumption and use of cannabis might help increase its popularity. Ideally, as more people use cannabis for period pain, researchers will produce more science about the risks and benefits, in hopes that we learn all the effects of cannabis for women and people with cycles.
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Ideally, as more people use marijuana for period pain, researchers will produce more science about the risks and benefits.