Ever wondered how Ancient Greeks saw periods?

Did you know that the moment you step in front of your mirror when on your period, it turns red! That does not quite add up, does it? Well, tell that to Aristotle! If you think pineapple on pizza is strange, wait till you hear what Ancient Greeks had to say about menstruation.
I have had Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation my TBR list for way to long, and boy was I not disappointed when I finally picked it up. Let me sum up the chapter with some of the oddest Greek ideas about menstruation:

How ancient greeks saw periods

 The philosopher Plato wrote that “the uterus wandered in every direction”; he basically saw it as a little thing that freely roamed around the female body constantly searching for children (sometimes even going into a woman’s throat) and got lonely and very angry if it did not find any.

Hippocrates – yes, the one who is known as the father of medicine – theorized that the uterus was in fact the source of female emotions. If one were unfortunate enough to possess a temperamental uterus that decided to go rampaging through one’s body willy-nilly, this manifested itself as a condition called hysteria.

And what about Ptolemy the inventor of the map? Well, let us just say that he believed humans’ deepest desire is immortality and supreme enlightenment through the consumption of ambrosia. And what is ambrosia? You guessed it – menstrual blood!

To be fair, we cannot hold anything against Aristotle and the ancient Greeks, as their scientific and medical conclusions were seriously hampered not only by laws and religious strictures but also by prevailing sexism and unchallenged assumptions. But if you ever see a mirror turning red, I think it would be safe to blame it on sleep deprivation rather than your period!

Ever seen Jaws? If yes, then swimming whilst on your period might seem like a daunting ordeal. However, we have good news for you! The rumours are absolutely not true as sharks have zero interest in your discarded uterine lining. So, to all aspiring swimmers out there – pack your bathing suit, we are going for a swim.

swim on your period

Regardless of if it is a hot summer day at the beach or you are swimming laps at the local pool LaliCup is a must have for those days.

Menstrual cups are worn internally and will definitely add to your options for pool day period alternatives and the best thing is you only need to bring one! LaliCup is reusable and made of medical grade silicone, so you only need one that can be used swim after swim. Gone are the days where an entire tote bag was dedicated to different period products – am I right?

If inserted correctly the cup will not leak as no fluid can get in and as the capacity is much higher than that of a tampon, you will be able to enjoy in the water for much longer and not look for the toilet the second you decide you have had enough water fun for the day.

Oh, and a hot tip: We would always recommend that you empty your LaliCup prior to swimming.

So, there you have it! If you enjoy swimming during the rest of your cycle, there is no reason to stop when you are on your period. So bust out that impressive front crawl technique of yours and swim your heart out!