Gut Health During Menopause Is Key—Here’s Why

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Most people in menopause (officially defined as the ceasing of menstruation) are familiar with the fact that this life stage is related to a change in hormone levels. Hot flashes, trouble sleeping, digestive issues, changes in mood, anxiety and depression…they’re all connected to changes in progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone levels. But what...

Loom Launches Virtual Pregnancy and Postpartum Course

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It’s hard to make decisions about your health when you don’t have all of the information. You’re probably not getting all of your questions answered during a 20-minute appointment with your doctor. And while turning to Dr. Google can be helpful, all too often it quickly sends you down a diagnostic rabbit...

Redesigned Plus-Size Thinx Undies Improve Leak Protection

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When wearing period-absorbent underwear, you’d like to assume that a proper fit is guaranteed. Otherwise, how could it do its one and only job to absorb? Well, when Thinx first extended its size offerings to include up to 3XL in 2015, customers complained that the new larger sizes led to disproportionate leakage....

Vaginal Dilators Can Treat Pelvic Pain—Here’s What To Know

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Unless you have a medical kink or are role-playing nurse and patient, the doctor’s office and bedroom probably function as separate, non-interacting entities. But for some people who experience pelvic or sexual pain, vaginal dilators blend the experience of the two. Below, two pelvic-floor therapists explain the purpose of these medical tools,...

Period Trauma Disproportionately Affects Black Menstruators

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If you have a uterus, you are likely aware that periods can be inconvenient and uncomfortable at times. But for many, they can be debilitatingly painful, difficult to manage, embarrassing, or shameful—in other words, traumatic. “I would define period trauma as any sustained psychological, social, or emotional injury/distress related to or caused...

Thinx Sale Is Happening *Right Now*—Here’s What To Buy

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The best thing about period underwear is that once you’ve got it, you’ll never know how you lived without it. Gone are the days of waking up and realizing you’re out of tampons—just throw on a pair of Thinx and you’re good to go. Such ease only comes when you’re prepped with...

Why Doing Exercise on Your Period May Not Be Advised

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If the only pose you feel like striking on your period is the fetal one, you’re not alone in wanting to take a few rest days from your fitness routine. A pre-period dip in estrogen levels (which research has found may also knock down the mood-boosting hormone serotonin) and iron can lead...

Mental Health Symptoms of Menopause Are Very Common

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As you may already know, menopause comes with a lot of not-so-fun symptoms, to put it mildly. Primarily, people talk about hot flashes and mood swings. But new research shows that perimenopausal and menopausal people also experience brain fog, anxiety, and depression at staggering rates—despite the relative lack of discussion surrounding them....