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Why do your boobs hurt on your period?

May 06, 2016

Period pain: It's just something we as women have come to accept, whether it's cramping, lower-back issues, or breast discomfort. But it's the latter—that tenderness, aching and overall feeling of...

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Get rid of period pain at the press of a button

April 29, 2016

What if I told you all your cramps and pains during periods could vanish with just a press of a button? Incredulous, right?

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Getting your Dad to buy pads for you...

April 20, 2016

Text between dad and daughter while he's buying her pads in the supermarket... (Please excuse the bad language. Fetch the soap and water...)

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Free boxes for life?

April 20, 2016

 

Our referral scheme is a joke. Seriously, we should make it harder. Tell a friend about your owl and they'll get their first box for 99p, and you'll get your next box free*.  So you don't...

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'Mooncups are not alien at all' by Cheryl

March 23, 2016

 

 We were so impressed with this Mooncup myth buster we asked her to write a blog.

So we're delighted to introduce...

 

 

Cheryl, I'm 36 and I have been using a Mooncup for the past 5 years.

 

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Some changes to your box...

March 17, 2016 `

Hola!

We launched Sanitary Owl in October 2015 and thanks to you, have been growing strongly every month. So, on the verge of our 6 monthaversary, we've some changes based on your...

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Diary of a hysterectomy - by Amanda

March 17, 2016

Hearing the news….

After hearing the news that I need to have a subtotal hysterectomy in January I didn’t expect to have such a wild flurry of conflicting thoughts…

I scoured the internet trying...

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Better choco-late than never

February 19, 2016

There’s a reason chocolate is the number one most craved food by women. Not only is it sweet and delicious, it’s packed with healthy chemicals that can give you the boost you need when you’re down...

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Why the way we tell our daughters about periods matters - by Olivia

February 10, 2016

My daughter is only two, but I’m already thinking about how I’ll explain periods to her.

Why? Because I want her education about her body – in fact the education of her whole generation of girls –...

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Superdrug 'credit' customers the 5% tampon tax

February 10, 2016

PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROCKIE NOLAN

Superdrug Takes A Stand Against Tampon Tax

Similar to Sanitary Owl's tax free tampon campaign in December, the high street chemist Superdrug is fighting the good...

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Endometriosis in women associated with poor mental health

February 02, 2016

Women who suffer from pelvic pain due to endometriosis may need help with their mental health. A new study suggests, endometriosis and psychological health are connected.

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Press Blog

January 29, 2016

We are flattered to have been featured in a few publications (not enough, frankly!), but here are a few:

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Oh where oh where in the world is free from tampon tax?

January 27, 2016

 

The other week, Obama made the statement that tampon tax is something that everyone should fight against.  It has chastised millions of women across all corners of the world for generations, he...

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Pants title, but good read.

January 24, 2016

 

We've got some good news and some bad news. Let's start with the bad, because we like to save the best for last: You'll be dealing with your period for a long, long time—and over the course of...

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The cups and downs of alternative protection

January 24, 2016

Pads and tampons aren’t the only ways to manage your flow during shark week. Menstrual cups are another great option. But unless you’ve personally tried one, or know somebody who has, you...

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Go bananas

January 11, 2016

 

Depression, anxiety, mood swings, bloating, cramps, acne (pimples) and that’s not all one must go through each month, year after year. Phew!

PMS - premenstrual syndrome - is a term that sends a...

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Device on market that can curb abnormally heavy menstrual periods

January 09, 2016

Minerva Surgical, a Bay Area (San Fran) startup developing an ablation device that can curb abnormally heavy menstrual periods, just tacked on another $15 million to its cash reserve, according to...

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How Clue Period Tracking App Is Helping Scientists Fight Disease

January 07, 2016

Making your ‘time of the month’ matter.

Period tracking apps can help you pinpoint the days when you’re most fertile, understand the nuances of your cycle, and ensure you’re never...

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Which period app is best for you?

January 06, 2016

A recent catch-up with some girlfriends revealed news that kind of had me floored: Almost all of them were using a period-tracking app, and—judging by the breathless exchange of information that...

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Music playing tampon allows your baby to get its groove on

January 06, 2016

A new study from the Spanish gynecology clinic Institut Marquès in Barcelona has found that fetuses can hear and react to sound after only 16 weeks of development, Engadget reports. Following this...

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Periods went mainstream in 2015. About bloody time

January 04, 2016

Never in my career – or, indeed, my personal life – have I spent as much time discussing periods as in 2015.

Barely a week went by when menstruation wasn't hitting the headlines. From new sanitary...

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What your period might be trying to tell you...

December 21, 2015

For a woman, menstrual flow can be an indicator of her health. Most of the health conditions can be detected based on a woman's period flow, colour and other menstrual-related factors. A normal...

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What I wish my Dad had known when I started my periods - by Daisy

December 18, 2015

My Dad is a hero. He’s the father of six girls - I’m the eldest - and he’s always been there for every triumph and disaster, staying up all night with a bucket when we all got the same stomach...

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Pads vs Tampons vs Cloth pads vs Cups

December 18, 2015

Most of us are comfortable using sanitary napkins and must have probably not thought of using other available sanitary products. Mainly because most products available have to be inserted into the...

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Male feminists guide to menstruation

December 18, 2015

Male Feminists should be the captains on the ships of women navigating the Red Sea. Here’s how to do that.

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9 things only people with proper period pain understand

December 18, 2015

There’s nothing quite like meeting someone who understands what it’s like to go through real, proper period pains… a genuine wash of relief that comes over you when you realise that...

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Period myth buster

December 18, 2015

The internet is absolutely awash with period myths, and some are genuinely believable. All girls have the “OMG this tampon is going to get lost up there!” thought at some point in their lives (it...

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Headaches in women: What and why

December 17, 2015

 

There are a number of factors that contribute to headaches in both men and women such as age or family history. While there are some great health advantages in being female, the same cannot be...

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Women share their nightmare period stories

December 17, 2015

If you’re a person who menstruates, you’ve more than likely experienced a period-related mishap or two, whether it was a surprise moment in a public swimming pool or a horrifying experience...

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One amazing woman's mission to provide sanitary protection for all refugees

December 17, 2015

 

 

 

When an Indian man invented a simple machine for poor rural women to make cheap sanitary pads, the idea was to provide jobs for some, and hygiene for millions – often for the first time. The...

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This is good padvice

December 17, 2015

 

Tampons and pads1

Here at Sanitary Owl we’re lovers of all types of period-wear, from the humble towel to the mooncup and everything in-between. We like to think of them less as sanitary items...

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How to dispose of tampons and pads

December 17, 2015

We know, catchy title…but there’s a serious point to this. It’s #worldtoiletday today and so we thought we’d draw attention to another side of world sanitary problems: tampons on beaches & pads...

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What do period clots mean?

December 17, 2015

If you’ve had a period for any amount of time, you’ve probably already had a run-in with a period blood clot. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, well, lucky you, and please allow me to draw...

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... because 1 in 10 women have it

December 17, 2015

 

Taken from Endometriosis UK 

 

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?

Endometriosis (pronounced en- doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is the name given to the condition where cells like the ones in the lining of...

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How to prepare your daughter for her first period - by Jen

December 17, 2015

 

Good advice from a good mum

I remember the day my period started for the first time. I was 12 and other than hearing the vague and cryptic comments from my friends at school and an older sister...

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Blush making article on Sanitary Owl

December 17, 2015

Unlike most men, Alec Mills loves talking about periods. In fact, he’s made it his business. The Old Etonian farmer’s son and former banker is the co-founder of a new tampon delivery service,...

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Rambo, Prejudice, and Tackling Period Shame

December 17, 2015

For many people, last Monday would have been the first they’ve heard of the tampon tax debate. For battle-hardened veterans however [I’m thinking Rambo with his bullet-belt of tampons – Tambo:...

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Why the tampon tax is no longer welcome, and women are

December 17, 2015

Cod-pieces. Under-butlers. Skirts over trousers. All popular in their time and yet now utterly incomprehensible. With today’s vote in Parliament, it’s now tampon tax standing in the docks (looking...

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Tampons, Pads, or Cups?

December 17, 2015

Let’s face it. Despite what the ads claim, the times we women have been completely comfortable and carefree during our period can probably be counted on one hand – two if you’re lucky. On an...

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Things you don't have to pay VAT on that aren't tampons

December 17, 2015

Campaigners will hand a 198,000-strong petition calling for VAT on tampons to be scrapped to George Osborne today.Currently sanitary products are taxed at five per cent – while items such as...

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What happens if you leave a tampons in for days?

December 17, 2015

Is it like when you find that mouse in a mousetrap? Or that jelly baby in last autumn’s coat pocket? Or pennies down the side of the sofa? Here’s what the health experts say:

– Leaving a tampon in...

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How to have a happy and meaningful life

December 17, 2015

Happify, a website and app dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, detailed all the research-backed ways you can find meaning in the...

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Should you go jogging with a flu or a cold?

December 17, 2015

Runners don’t like to skip workouts–even when they’re ill. Here’s how to decide when you should take a sick day from training.

Runners seem to live by a creed that’s stricter than the postman’s:

...

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Your vagina is very clever

December 17, 2015

We recently listened to a woman’s hour debate on the topic of vaginal ‘fresheners’, and thought it was worth passing on what we learned. So here it is in a nutshell (or a vagshell?):

What are we...

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Are Looncups the future of periods?

December 17, 2015

If you want to track and learn more about your monthly flow, you can pre-order a Bluetooth-connected menstrual cup that sends reports to your phone. Woah.

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How to menstruate like a champ

December 17, 2015

Periods.

You know, that special time of the month where you feel like you’re wearing a diaper, overflowing from your jeans, feel like razors are shaving your insides, can’t stop eating chocolate,...
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20 things you should know...

December 16, 2015

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Pregnancy is not a cure for endometriosis. Being pregnant may provide temporary relief from symptoms but it does not cure the condition. So ignore people who tell you different.

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Make the world a better place, one tampon at a time...

December 16, 2015

There’s a surf spot along Dockweiler State Beach in LA called ‘shit pipe’.

It lived up to its name as county authorities closed down the beach a few nights ago as a result of “medical waste”

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Free tampon dispenser... Hello!?

December 16, 2015

Teens at a NYC high school won’t ever have to worry about remembering their tampons at school again. The NYC councillor Julissa Ferreras-Copeland unveiled the first machine offering free feminine...

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Turn over a new leaf this Autumn

December 16, 2015

New year – as the name suggests – is the obvious time for new beginnings (or rather false starts and vows waiting to fall by the wayside). But you could argue that after the lazy days of summer,...

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SOFY Be Fresh advert splits opinion for fat and period shaming

December 16, 2015

Watch this advert. What do you make of it?

 

 

Translation: a girl gets her period and all of a sudden becomes a larger body size, emotional, hungry, and, well, just generally unstable.

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Pink Helmet Posse

December 16, 2015

First shown at the TelluRide Film Festival, this short film celebrates the “Pink Helmet Posse,” three 6-year-old girls who share an unusual passion: skateboarding

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What happens when you get your period in space?

December 16, 2015

Hundreds of you sent in questions for Skunk Bear’s live conversation with three astronauts and NASA’s chief scientist on Tuesday. The most common question was:“What happens when you get your...

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Do oestrogen levels affect the willingness to share?

December 16, 2015

Fluctuating hormone levels change a woman’s social behaviour over the course of the menstrual cycle. Mood swings and irritability before the period as well as a greater interest in sex during...

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Natural ways to get more comfortable

December 16, 2015

Cramps are a condition known to women everywhere, whatever the language or locale. In fact, more than half of young women’s monthly periods come with pain, some of it severe. And in adolescent...

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Answers to get your ready

December 16, 2015

 

When will I get my first period?

 

Most girls get their first period between the ages of 9 and 14, but it might be before or after this. Every girl is different, and thats OK. Often

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