28 May is Menstrual Hygiene Day, a day which was created as a global advocacy platform to promote good menstrual hygiene management for all women and girls around the world. A big part of Menstrual Hygiene Day is focusing on breaking the stigma and silence surrounding menstrual hygiene and raising awareness of the negative social norms surrounding managing menstrual hygiene.
According to a study done by the University of Stellenbosch, around 30% of girls in South Africa do not attend school when they are menstruating because they cannot afford sanitary products. Menstrual Hygiene Day aims to create awareness of this problem as well as educating individuals (as well as these schoolgirls) on proper menstrual hygiene management.
Here at 9Lives, we’ve never been shy to talk about sensitive topics, and menstrual hygiene is no exception!
Check out some of our previous articles surrounding menstrual health, periods and even waxes below. Who knows, you might learn something (or at least laugh a little)!
Your vaginal health isn’t as mysterious as you might think
For some reason, there are many myths out there, especially on the internet, about the mysterious vagina. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t that mysterious, and to help debunk some myths that still float around without a grain of truth.
So… I switched to a menstrual cup
I’ve decided to be a functioning member of society and switch from tampons to a menstrual cup. Fair warning — I wanted to share my true experience with you, so this article might not be for the faint-hearted.
We tried out period tracking apps
Periods are just the worst in my opinion. Luckily there are some apps out there to help you prepare for the worst and keep track of your cycle for you so you won’t be surprised by a visit from the Period Fairy. We tried out three different apps, have a look at our opinions below!
Our first experiences with bikini waxes
During one of our weekly 9Lives editorial meetings the conversation shifted towards bikini waxes. When our colleagues found out that three of us in the office had never had bikini waxes, Tasha, Marié and I were… coerced? … forced? to endure this rite of passage.