Lunette menstrual cups are easy to use. Simply fold the Lunette and insert. Done! Plus you'll experience up to 12 HOURS of worry-free use.
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When it comes to your menstrual cycle we often spend a lot of time talking about periods (well we enjoy talking about it anyway) but your cycle, and the hormonal changes that govern in, are ongoing all the time. They can have big effects both mentally and physically but how your menstrual cycle affects you when you exercise may surprise you. We dived in to articles and research and put together the What’s and Why’s of your physical journey through your cycle, as well as tips to get the most out of your exercise at different times. At the bottom of this article you’ll also find a handy little printout guide to stick on your fridge, in your gym bag or at the bottom of your wardrobe with the rest of the workout gear you’ll get around to using...one day... But let’s get one thing straight. No two bodies are the same and no two cycles are either. One of the things that stood out to us the most when looking into this was how new and how little a lot of the research was (imagine how much research there would be if men had periods amiright?). We know that the most important thing you can do is get to know your own body and how you feel throughout the month. That’s why we put together this handy guide on getting to know your cycle a bit more. But what does the current research tell us? We broke it down below: Different stages of the menstrual cycle and exercise Follicular Phase (days 1-7): Menstruation What’s going on: Estrogen and progesterone levels are at their lowest and your body is using more glykogen (a form of glucose) as a source of energy. What this means: You might experience higher energy levels, higher pain tolerance (say what!) and faster recovery. That’s right people...period time is POWER TIME. Exercise tips: This could be a great time to push yourself on the more demanding exercises such as weight training and high intensity training (did someone say bootcamp?). Fun fact: Hormonally, this is when we are most “man-like” during our cycle. Feel free to bring that up next time a guy makes a joke about you being on your period ;) Follicular Phase (days 8-14): Between menstruation & Ovulation What’s going on: Your estrogen levels start to rise and your body tries to conserve all that glykogen it has stored up. What this means: More fat is being used as fuel which may sound great but this process is slower than with glykogen so it can feel difficult to train at higher intensities. Exercise tips: Endurance training can be your friend here as you try to maintain a lower and steadier pulse. That means getting the running shoes out of the closet for some long distance running or jogging. Not-so-fun-but-useful fact: As you get closer to ovulation your risk of injury can increase (yikes) so take those warm-up and cool-down sessions seriously! Luteral Phase (days 15-28) What’s going on: Here your progesterone levels rise which alters your metabolism and how you handle heat. What this means: You can feel more easily overheated and prone to fatigue. This is also when you’re likely to feel those PMS symptoms and under the weather. Exercise tips: Crack out the yoga mat and spend some more time on the gentler exercises. Walking and jogging can also be great options at this time. Definitely-not-fun-but-super-important fact: During this time you’re also more likely to suffer from low sodium levels in the blood so be extra vigilant in keeping hydrated! --- A finnish doctor Pippa Laukka specialized in sports have been talking about periods and sports ”Yes, menstruation can affect performance in sports. For some it affect negatively and for some positively. Medals have been won and records have been broken in all phases of the menstrual cycle.” Dr. Laukka says that menstrual cycle is not something you should stress about if you are just exercising normally. But if your exercising is more goal-orinted, like training for a marathon, menstrual cycle is something to consider when planning the training. She also presses the importance of listening your body when it comes to exercise. “Usually exercise helps with the menstrual cramps and symptoms. I would suggest exercising rather than doing nothing. If you are feeling unwell, you have pain, weakness in muscles and you don’t recover normally, I would consider doing a bit lighter workout instead of high intensity training.” Get the printable guide to exercise on YOUR cycle Phew! That can be a lot to keep track of. So here’s a printable PDF for you that you can fill in and keep track of your own cycle and experience:Read The Story
What the heck is a cervix? Do you know what a cervix looks like? If you haven’t already searched Google images for it (which we highly recommend you do), we’re here to break it down for ya. During menstruation, the cervix plays a key role in this process. Knowing where your period comes from not only helps you understand your body more, but it empowers you! Ok, but what even is a cervix? It’s basically the “neck” of the uterus. Wait...my uterus has a neck….? Sort of. It’s a narrow neck-like passage that lies below the uterus and above the vagina. During menstruation, the blood travels down a pin-sized hole into the vaginal canal. How freaking awesome is that? For some people, the cervix moves significantly lower during their period. Since the cervix is usually relatively high in the vagina and the menstrual cup is placed low in the vagina, the cervix remains above the cup. If the cervix sits low, it may be positioned inside the cup. In contrast, tampons generally sit further up inside the vagina, just where the cervix is located. High cervix, low cervix and your menstrual cupMenstrual cup leaks are more frequent for women when the cervix moves lower during menstruation or if their menstrual cup has been inserted too high in the vagina, (next to the cervix, or above it). The menstrual cup might also exert pressure on the cervix and cause discomfort and even pain. The best way to evaluate the position of your cervix is to determine if there’s leakage — if you’ve experienced leakage even when the cup has been opened, make sure that the cup is placed significantly lower than the cervix. In some women, the cervix fits best inside the menstrual cup – you’ll know what feels right. For many women, the cervix descends after giving birth, for others, it’s naturally situated low in the vagina. If you’ve given birth, you should exercise the pelvic diaphragm muscles by doing kegels. Keeping these muscles in shape is useful when using the menstrual cup. The upside? It also has the added benefit of reducing incontinence and improving sex. Who wouldn’t want that? If you haven’t experienced menstrual cup leakage and still can’t seem to locate your cervix, there is no need go on an expedition. You’re just one of many women whose cervix is deep in the vagina – and it does not affect the use of a menstrual cup in any way! Remember, your body has its own divine internal landscape, so navigating this will be key to your comfort and success with your menstrual cup. What to know more about menstrual cups? Check out our menstrual cup FAQ page!Read The Story
Our mission is to have honest and inspiring conversation about menstruation so that we can motivate period positivity- and change the world one conversation and one cup at a time. Yesterday, Heli (@HeliK_Lunette ) CEO of Lunette spoke at the UN general assembly in the crucial discussion of “The role of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Economic Empowerment of Women.”“When women and girls are freed from adversities and issues, that come as a result of being on their period, then they can unleash their true empowerment. Unfortunately there are many in the world who are still facing these unnecessary hardships. We believe that positive change is possible and we’re working to prove it.” Heli spoke alongside the Vice President of Costa Rica Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland, Kai Mykkänen and Minister of Gender, Zambia, Victoria Kalima as well as many others. The discussion reviewed the critical links between sexual and reproductive health and rights and women’s full participation in economic development. It’s critical that we are able to strengthen awareness and to leverage commitment on realizing women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and their economic empowerment. Lunette is more than just a menstrual cup. We’re a group of passionate and creative value-activists who want to spread a powerful message. Heli and the rest of the Lunette team are immensely proud and humbled by the opportunity to speak at such an important event about a topic we care so deeply about. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #SRHREmpowers ------- #SRHREmpowers #UNWomen #UNFPA Menstruation is a vital issue for the international community. "Violence towards women in refugee camps has nothing to do with lust. It has to do with power. This is unacceptable." -Mr. Frans Timmermans Education and dialog is key to protect women's human rights. "Boys and men are a vital part of the equation in supporting the girl through her journey." -Dr. Natalia Kanem "The barriers that we see are based on social norms. There is an assumption that teaching sexual education will encourage girls to be sexually active." -Dr. Lydia Murithi (sexual and reproductive health specialist, ICRW) It's not easy to integrate sex and reproductive education into the school curriculum. But that's the direction that we need to go in. "We can be proactive as far as documentation. But we need to be proactive in implementation." -Ms. Annah Sango, Zimbabwe Young Positives.) As communities invest in their girls we protect them from violence and maternal death. "Gender based violence effects the wellbeing of women in every country." -Dr. Natalia KanemRead The Story