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Amenorrhea

Irregular periods or cessation of the menstrual cycle

Remember that a normal period begins sometime between age 7 and 15 and if it doesn’t then this is unusual and some investigation is advised. The period cycle is defined as the number of days between the first day of your bleeding until the first day of your next period.

A normal period cycle is typically between 21 and 35 days but often around 27-29 days with the period or time of bleeding (flow) and occasional discomfort lasting from 2 to 7 days. The amount of bleeding or flow varies for different women, however that experience should be fairly consistent every month.

Why do periods sometimes stop?

If your periods stop unexpectedly

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Menstruation and culture

Menstruation from Cultural Perspectives

The menstrual cycle is a bane in many women’s lives and those few days of bleeding are understood and managed in varied and interesting ways by cultures around the world.

But for those less educated or impoverished, it’s their most dreaded time of the month. Without access to sanitary products, many girls are hidden in shame, forced to miss school and some become susceptible to infections. In places where women’s bodies are viewed with suspicion, damaging social stigmas and myths cast them away from the community, limiting their job options and social interactions, which inevitably takes an incalculable socioeconomic, physical and mental toll on their lives.

Examples of attitudes and practices:

Nepal A recent news story

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Massage for Period Pain

Rub that pain away

From the onset of puberty, the woman’s mistress cycle presents a series of challenges. She needs to maintain a dietary program that contains the nutrients to replace the losses sustained during her period. She also needs to maintain a fitness program so that her reproductive system has the freedom to function as it should.

We live in an age of decay and very few women are blessed with perfectly healthy bodies, although in the thrall of youth, it is very easy to feel indestructible and totally in command of life even when you are not.

Heavy, a regular and painful periods are symptomatic that not only reproductive health is an issue, it’s also a symptom of

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Feminine Hygiene

Contrary to opinion, women do sweat and other myths

As much as we may hate to admit it, women can sweat and have body odour similar to men, and a regular shower and clean clothes takes care of that. While body odour usually indicates that one is due for a shower or bath, excess body odour (BO) can also be a sign that ones diet and lifestyle is out of balance, or that one has eaten something disagreeable (like excess garlic) or has an illness.

Many women suffer skin infections and some of these are attributed to poor hygiene, however often the real cause is another health problem, or using to much soap/cleanser and failing to remove the soap/cleanser residues

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The Menstrual Cycle

A rite of passage

The menstrual cycle occurs in women and periods can begin as young as age six or seven in populations affected by environmental poisoning. But more commonly they start any-time between the ages of nine to fifteen years.

Menstruation can start before or during the growth of breasts. Menstruation and ovulation results from of a very complex and delicately balanced chemical cycle that mature females go through every month or so.

What is a menstrual cycle? The menstrual cycle is how a woman’s body prepares for the possibility of pregnancy each month. A cycle usually averages about 28 days long and starts on the first day of a period. However, a cycle can range anywhere

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The Ruby Cup

A blessing for women and the environment

Ruby Cup is a social business that keeps women more comfortable during their periods and it also helps keep girls in school as when you buy the company donates another Ruby Cups to a girl in Africa.

Many women load their periods, those without money are afraid of leaking and a great many woman isolate themselves for two or three days. But the majority must carry on with life and typically do their best with tampons and sanitary pads.

The trouble with tampons and sanitary pads is that they contribute hugely to landfills. They are detrimental to the environment and they often contain unpleasant toxins due to the variance of manufacturing processes.

But

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Tantric Massage

Cultivating real intimacy

A good tantra massage includes the entire body and it is most therapeutic when both giver and receiver are naked.

Tantric (or Tantrik) massage is perhaps best described as a ‘new age phenomenon’. In practice it is an extension of sensual massage designed to harmonize all aspects of an individuals body consciousness including sexual energy.

While many puritans see this as nothing more than an aggrandized sensual or erotic massage, serious schools of thought have emerged and there are many credible institutions around the world that practice and teach tantric massage.

The goal of the masseuse/masseur is to bring the client to a high level of sexual arousal and have them bathe in this euphoria

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Menstrual Cramps

And period pain

Menstrual cramps are known medically as dysmenorrhea and this is one of the biggest problems facing the modern woman. Complementary health professionals consider it to be a symptom of malnutrition and a poor lifestyle.

The Western medical system however considers menstrual cramps to be a serious medical condition that can be capitalised on. So before you rush off to your doctor, here are some things you can do.

Improve Your Diet While we have plenty of food, modern processed food is not very nutritious and is often loaded with mildly toxic chemicals that undermine our health. For the best advice on diet, a visit to your complementary health professional is advised as doctors are poorly

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