101: Unmasking the Mystery



Inflammation is a natural response by your body’s immune system to protect against harmful invaders like bacteria, viruses, or irritants. However, when this defense mechanism goes haywire in your vaginal area, it can lead to discomfort, itching, pain, and even emotional distress.


The Culprits: Common Causes of Vaginal Inflammations

Yeast Infections: Caused by an overgrowth of Candida, these infections often result in itching, burning, and a thick, white discharge. They’re not uncommon and can be treated effectively.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV): BV occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted, leading to a foul-smelling discharge and discomfort. While not typically serious, it’s essential to address.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes can cause inflammation and other symptoms in the vaginal area. Early detection and treatment are vital.

Irritants and Allergies: Sometimes, certain soaps, douches, or personal care products can irritate the delicate vaginal tissues, causing inflammation. Allergic reactions to these products are also possible.

Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormone levels, such as during menopause or pregnancy, can lead to changes in the vaginal environment and potential inflammation.

The Empowerment Guide: Tips for Preventing and Managing Vaginal Inflammations

Practice Good Hygiene: Use mild, unscented soap and water to cleanse the genital area. Avoid douching, as it can disrupt the natural balance. We also offer vaginal cleansing products on our webshop – check them HERE (at the bottom of the page). 

Safe Sex: Use protection to reduce the risk of STIs. Regular testing is crucial, especially if you have multiple partners. 

Stay Dry and Comfortable: Wear breathable, cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting pants. Change out of wet swimwear promptly. 

Be Mindful of Products: Choose hypoallergenic and fragrance-free personal care products to reduce the risk of irritation. 

Healthy Lifestyle: A balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management can support overall vaginal health.




When to Seek Help


If you experience persistent or severe symptoms, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional. They can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment options. Remember, early intervention often leads to quicker recovery.

Empowering Conversations

Vaginal health should not be a taboo topic. Open and informed discussions with healthcare providers, friends, or family can lead to better understanding, support, and ultimately, better health outcomes. Remember, knowledge is power. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and prevention strategies related to vaginal inflammations empowers you to prioritize your well-being. Stay curious, stay informed, and stay empowered! 🙂

We’ve got some seriously cool news to share with you today.


Remember when I mentioned that we were busy packing a few newsletters ago (the reason why we missed a few Lali newsletters)?   

Well, the wait is over – we were busy packing Lalicup menstrual cups for their big debut in Bipa stores all across Croatia!

Bipa stores


That’s right, you can now find your favorite menstrual cup, panties, pads and lubricant in every Bipa in Croatia.  

So if you happen to forget your LaliCup at home while vacationing in Croatia, just head to your nearest Bipa store and pick up a new Lalicup. And feel free and relaxed on your vacation.

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…)

period panties, talk about period

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

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.

 

menstrual flow types blood stain on my clothes

 

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. 🙂

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.

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:

menstrual flow types
photo source: prevention

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.

 

menstrual cup sizes Lalicup
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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.

Has it ever happened to you that you checked your period app only to notice that your period should have started already? And, let’s be honest, now you are ever so slightly panicking inside. Don’t worry! Normal cycle is more of a spectrum than anything else. It usually lasts somewhere between 3-7 days, with a blood loss of around 4 tablespoons in total. However, nothing is set in stone, as some people have lighter/heavier periods than others, and it can even vary from cycle to cycle. ​A general rule of thumb is that a period is considered late if it is delayed by 7 days or more.

Period a normal cycle

Stress may be one of the biggest reasons for your period coming later than usual. Having a manageable amount of stress in your life is absolutely normal but excessive levels of either physical or mental stress can have different effects on your body, one of them being delayed period.

Period a delay
How to get back on track?

Make time to relax. Whatever floats your boat meditation, journaling, colouring books… – go for it!
Track your moods, changes in diet or big life events in order to better identify some of your stressors.
– Cut back on caffeine and alcohol as both can increase cortisol levels.
Prioritize healthy sleep we often focus on quantity and forget about quality, a good night routine may help your body fall into a proper sleep rhythm.

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!