Why do women maintain this attitude toward their menstrual cycle as something hateful, awful, a curse, almost a disease and something to be endured?
The article linked has positive advice but begins with the wrong word.It is just a pity that she starts out with the word endure! This is a part of the problem. Menstruation should not be endured – it should be a monthly gift – the time of the sacred bleeding.
It should never be endured if a woman truly loves and respects her body and herself as an expression of the divine feminine.
And yes, there are organic pads and tampons and re-usable pads made from organic products which are much healthier.
Actually tampons are incredibly unhealthy but few women think about the impact of having released blood held in their bodies for long periods. The blood should be out, not in. The longer the discharged blood is held in the body, the more the body will seek to break down and assimilate it – both whatever the tampon is made of and the blood itself.
Nature never intended it to be held in this way. One wonders how much it leads to disease – STD’s and more serious.
And while there is a belief, unproven given the times, that the Egyptians and Greeks used something like a tampon, the tampon as we know it was invented by a man! Says a lot.
And I suspect that any Greek or Egyptian tampons were used to collect blood for sacred ceremonies as opposed to any ‘convenience.’
In 1929, the modern tampon (with applicator) was first invented and patented by Doctor Earle Haas who wanted to invent a tampon that could be effectively mass produced. Earle Haas filed for his first tampon patent on November 19, 1931. His patent description was for a “catamenial device,” derived from the Greek word for monthly. He later trademarked Tampax as the brandname for his tampon product.