This is one of the questions we have probably all thought at some point.

Every vagina has its own unique smell that errs more on the side of “this is an actual human body part” than rose petals, strawberries and sweets.

Regardless of what intimate hygiene propaganda might have you believe, above mentioned fragrances have no business near your private parts.

So, what should a vagina smell like?

Generally speaking, the vagina typically smells like mildly fermented milk or musk, but there is also an array of other factors that will

determined/alternate the smell like your menstrual cycle phase, exercising, diet, sex…

What kind of odour should I watch out for?

An overpowering unpleasant (fishy) smell, burning sensation and itchiness may all be the indicators that the vaginal environment has been disturbed

and that there is more bad than good bacteria around, leaving space for very common culprit like bacterial vaginosis.

Luckily, BV is easily cleared up with antibiotics and other products.

There are, of course, other bacteria and inflammations that can cause bad odour, so do visit your gynaecologist if you notice the change in the smell.

Tips for a healthier vagina:

  • wear loose-fitting, comfortable cotton underwear
  • regular exercise
  • keep track of your discharge
  • change out of your sweaty workout clothes and wet swimsuit as soon as possible

Fun fact

Did you know that certain products can change the acidity level of the microflora responsible for your vaginal odour?

For example, citrusy fruits like oranges and other fruits like pineapple can make the smell and taste of vaginal fluids sweeter.

There are topics that we are uncomfortable talking about, even though they are a normal part of our lives. This certainly includes the first period talk. Am I right?

Below you can find some useful tips that will come in handy during this conversation:

When is the right time to talk about menstruation?

Start the conversation as soon as possible. I definitely recommend that you don’t wait until the last moment and start talking about the changes the body goes through during menstruation only right before or even after your child’s first period.

Likewise, don’t plan just one conversation in which you’ll blurt out everything you know about menstruation. Start the conversation several times and each time introduce a different topic (body changes, period product alternatives…)

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A positive view of menstruation

Although it’s 2022, society still views menstruation as something dirty and annoying. The key is to present children with menstruation in a positive light and emphasize that it is something completely natural and even beautiful.

Be concise

I don’t think teenagers are interested in long answers to already awkward questions, so keep your answers short, clear and point out the real facts. You can also share your personal experience.

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Workshop

It might also be a good idea for a teen to visit a period workshop. A person who is no stranger to menstrual conversations creates a safe space where a group of peers can discuss menstruation in a positive light, while also addressing fears and shame and eliminating them with the help of appropriate education.

Some key pointers

Here, of course, you don’t need to present all the useful information at once. It will be enough if you start with tips such as: how to use e.g. inserts (you can also present different sizes).

Be careful to present these instructions in a positive light.

Of course, you can say that menstruation is often accompanied by a painful stomach, sensitive breasts… but also emphasize that there is a simple solution for these symptoms – a warm hot water bottle, herbal tea or (in more severe cases) painkillers

Did you know that in many cultures, women are considered unclean when they have their period, are even forbidden to enter certain buildings while on their period and are socially excluded or even exiled from their homes?

Yes, period taboos are, unfortunately, still alive and thriving in 2022.

False beliefs surrounding menstruation create an environment where women are deprived of their fundamental rights to their hygiene and health as they prefer to keep silent when it comes to this topic.

 

Why is period still a taboo?

 

The first period is a scary ordeal too often.


Even in societies that see themselves as progressive, menstruation still remains a taboo topic.

In this case, I speak from personal experience. Allow me to tell you a story:

A couple of weeks ago I took my daughter out (treated her to a nice dessert) to celebrate her first period.

I also posted (a now infamous) TikTok video of the two pieces of cake each of us chose while explaining that we are celebrating my daughter’s 1. period.

 

 

In less than a day this video attracted a slew of comments!

Most of them insisting that such content is horrible / discussing and that both of us should feel ashamed – me for bad parenting and my daughter for tolerating this kind of behavior. Video:

 


This made me realize that our society still has a lot of work to do when it comes to period.

Workshop


After that, I came to the conclusion that the best way to stop the cycle of shame is to start educating the new generations about how period is a perfectly natural occurrence and is nothing to be ashamed of.

That is why I started playing with an idea about workshops for teens that are just about to get their first period.

I would like to create a safe space for a group of peers where we can discuss periods in a positive light while also talking about our fears and explaining them away.

What do you think about this little project? Would you come?

Klara Žagar (check her out on IG: @klaraazagar) is an eco-friendly traveler and photographer who is currently living in a van with her husband and a dog. Check out her period experience:

How do you deal with your period in a van?

When living in a van, periods can be tricky, but they do not have to be. That is why I love using a menstrual cup. 6 years ago my friend recommended I try a period cup and that choice made my life during period so much easier – needless to say, I have been an avid user ever since.

How To Deal With Your Period

Why is the most important thing for you when using a cup?

I have so many sizes to choose from (here is our size guide)!

But the biggest plus in my opinion is that a menstrual cup does not have the unpleasant “plasticy” smell that used to bother me so much whit traditional hygiene products.

Not to mention that you can swim with it! Basically, LaliCup gives you a feeling of freedom!

Want to hear more of what Klara has to say (how she changes the cup, where does she put the blood etc?) Check the video below – period segment starts at 4:35. 🙂

In last week’s newsletter, we talked about how to prevent period leaks.

But what if you haven’t figured out your perfect period alternative yet or forgot your extra period panties at home?

Boom, there is a little red circle on your clothes now. What to do now?

Our Lalipanties

 

FEEL NO SHAME


I know, I know – it is easier said than done, but try not to be embarrassed if you have had a leak while in public – it has happened to the majority of us!

Wrap a sweater or cardigan around your waist for an easy solution.

Bonus tip: always keep a spare pair of period undies or trousers on hand for those heavy days.

Let us now concentrate on attempting to save your favourite clothes and bedding after the leak. Try these stain removal tips, and you’ll be a pro in no time.

 

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FRESH BLOOD

1. Soak the item in cold water (cold water is required because we don’t want to “bake” the stain in with warm water).

2. Apply a bar of soap to the stain.

3. Rub in liquid laundry detergent.

4. Wash in warm water.
 



 
DRIED BLOOD
  1. Make a pre-soaking solution of cold water and laundry detergent.

2. Let the item soak in it for an hour.

3. Before washing, use colour-safe bleach.



SEVERE STAINS

Before washing the item in question, soak for a few hours or overnight in water mixed with bleach-free detergent and a bit of ammonia.

 
Hopefully, these tips will help you leak-proof your life! Catch you next week. 🙂

Aren’t unexpected leaks and stained bedsheets reserved for teenagers? If only… Our cycle’s length and intensity vary throughout our lives, so it’s no surprise that leaks are something many of us experience in adulthood as well.

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Why it happens?

  • heavy flow is more difficult to control and more likely to cause leaking.
  • You might not have found the right product or a combination of products for your flow.
  • If it is happening during the night, it could all come down to your sleeping position.

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So, what are my options? 



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There’s a chance you simply haven’t found the best solution for yourself. You might feel more at ease using something that collects your blood before it leaves your body, such as a menstrual cupPeriod pads or period underwear are another alternative menstrual protection.
 
Double up on protection
Another option is to stock up on period products on heavier days. Wearing period underwear with your menstrual cup is an option, as is adding a washable pad to your already absorbent undies.

Alter your sleeping position.
Many of us discover that leaks are more likely to happen during the night, so experimenting with a new sleeping position could be the simple fix you need to save your favorite bedding. Period cups with large capacities like LaliCup model XL and bigger pads are available in our store to assist you during the night.


Do you want to know what to do if blood stains persist despite following all of the above recommendations? Do check us out in our next newsletter, as I’ll reveal a couple of tricks.
 

 

Did you know that period underwear can be pretty and even sexy

 

Red LaliPanties are stylish, functional and comfortable solution that will help banish leaking and staining for good, leaving you feeling dry, comfy, and secure.

 

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They are constructed to feel and look like regular undies and are not bulky.

 

But do not let the looks fool you; our period panties are made with an extra protective layer of special material and go all the way up the back allowing you to tackle your period with confidence.

 

Our Lalipanties

 

Depending on how heavy your flow is, these period panties might not be absorbent enough, so we honestly believe that red LaliPanties and LaliCup are a match made in heaven.

You can also try out other panties we offer: from black Lalipanties with 4 extra layers to panties with fun prints ; we have them all. 🙂

All of the LaliPanties are washable and reusable, making them the perfect eco-friendly alternative to disposable sanitary products. Basically, a planet-friendly upgrade to a necessary garment.

 

Red Lalipanties

 

All of the LaliPanties are washable and reusable, making them the perfect eco-friendly alternative to disposable sanitary products. 

Basically, a planet-friendly upgrade to a necessary garment.

 

business talk

Have you ever wondered who is the face behind LaliCup menstrual cup?

Well wonder no more! Mateja, the founder of the brand, has had a Business talk as a trusted partner of Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIS) where she presented our alternative period products, talked about our vision and much more. 🙂

Would you like to hear what she had to say? Just click on the video below and enjoy.

Most of us are interested in saving money in some way or another – I mean, who could say no to a good bargain, an amazing second-hand item or a sale at a favourite shop.

Just wait till you see how much money you could save if you decided to use LaliCup instead of single-use tampons and pads. 

How much does an average period cost? 
 

I need to preface this by saying that there is no such thing as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ period.

The amount of period products very much relies on how heavy your flow is. 

Saving Money



 Ok, let’s dive into some data
 
On average a person bleeds for four to seven days and menstruates for approximately 38 years (from the age of 13 to the age of 51). 
 
Ok, calculators at the ready! This equates to a grand total of… wait for it… around 450 periods!

 

According to the Women’s Environmental Network (NGO based in London), an average menstruator uses more than 11,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime.

This number of course increases drastically for somebody with (very) heavy flow. 

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Tampons

If you usually use tampons that are on the cheaper end of the scale during your period – that will cost you about $578 (€530 or £440) during your fertile period.

But now, as more and more is known about the chemicals used in tampons people are starting to search for more eco and body-friendly tampons which will cost even more – around $2,311 (€2,178 or £1,760). 
 


Pads

If you use pads as a sole period solution, expect to spend roughly $2,745 (€2,515 or £2,090)!

And this is without additional panty-liners that easily add even more on top of your regular tampon or pad spend. 

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Is there anything else I’ll need to go with my LaliCup

 
Nope! Once you’ve mastered inserting your LaliCup
(pst, you can check our handy videos of different folding techniques),
you’ll be leak-free and period hassle-free for years to come. 

So, with one cup that costs €29, you will get complete freedom during those days for multiple years.

Just imagine how much money you could save.

Are period cups worth it? 

 
With the stats we talked about above, we absolutely think they are!

Not to mention that Mama Earth (one cup can be used for up to 5 years) and your wallet will be much happier with you using a menstrual cup.

So, what are you waiting for, check out our incredible period alternatives. 🙂

As a menstrual cup user, you are probably quite period savvy.

But what would you say if I’d ask you to explain what the difference between a light, medium or heavy flow is?

After all, this is all very subjective as your idea of heavy flow may be something completely different to what your friend is imagining under the same concept.

Let’s have a look at those 3 period flow types:

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LIGHT FLOW

A light flow means a rather small amount of blood, so you will probably need to change your LaliCup only once during the day.

It is very common to have a light flow at the start or at the end of your period when your uterus is finishing up shedding the final bits.



MEDIUM FLOW

There is no universal definition for medium flow.

Menstrual cups are perfect for getting an idea of how much blood you lose during your period, so let’s just say that with medium flow you would definitely fill up our model M LaliCup up to 15 ml volume marker.

 

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HEAVY FLOW

Heavy period flow is technically defined as a loss of more than 80 ml over the duration of your period.

To put that into a perspective:

Our LaliCup model L can hold 41 ml, so if you easily fill 2 cups, then you would be considered as someone with a heavy flow.

There is also a big chance of blood clots showing up mixed with your blood.


CONCLUSION

To conclude, none of the flow types is inherently good or bad. As long as your menstrual flow is more or less constant, you are good to go.

But if there is a sudden shift in your flow, you might want to check that out with a doctor.