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Here Is How You Can Change The Cycle

by Nellie

This post is sponsored by ChangeTheCycle.com

Here Is How You Can Change The Cycle

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Although I didn’t get to attend Blog Her 2016 in Los Angeles this year, I was still so excited to follow all of the excitement and brands sponsoring the event. One of the awesome sponsors from the event was ChangeTheCycle, a really helpful organization where women who suffer from heavy periods can share their experiences and learn about solutions.

My education

I was in the 4th grade. My teacher and another 4th grade teacher were best friends (at least they seemed that way to me). They sent a permission slip home to our parents that asked if we could all gather during lunch time to have “girl talk”. We would have to bring in cold lunch (Yay! I ate school lunch everyday so cold lunch meant a delicious sandwich from the local bodega) and the girls of the 4th grade class would get together and chat about “girl things”.

I had no idea what this entailed but I joined anyway. Plus it was really nice not to have the boys around!

Our teachers explained to us what would be happening with our bodies in the near future. They talked about periods, body hair, and even hormones. At first it was super uncomfortable to have these kinds of discussions but then we were able to ease into it without much fear. Since everything on my body developed super early (hello sports bra in the 3rd grade) I was all too familiar with what they were teaching. It was SO great to have a safe space to discuss all things that were about to happen as we transitioned into women.

Change The Cycle

The Change The Cycle.com website is  funded and developed by Hologic, Inc. As a leading global healthcare and diagnostics company, we strive to make advances toward greater certainty for our customers by providing them with cutting-edge technology that makes a real difference. We move to narrow the gap between doubt and confidence and work to achieve both incremental and transformational progress to improve patients’ lives.

What I love about the website is that they provide resources for women that suffer from heavy periods, just like my 4th grade teacher provided a resource to me as a child to talk about the changes in my body. On the website you can find a physician, and learn about tools and reasons why you may be suffering. In addition to all of that they provide products and equipment for the following:

  • Mammography and breast biopsy
  • Breast magnetic resonance imaging
  • Radiation treatment for early-stage breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Osteoporosis assessment
  • Preterm birth risk assessment
  • Molecular diagnostic products including human papillomavirus (HPV) testing

Here is some important information that you should know about heavy periods and Change The Cycle:

  • 1 in 5 women experience heavy periods
    -National Women’s Health Resource Center. Survey of women who experience heavy menstrual bleeding. Data on file; 2005.
    10 million women are affected in the US each year
    -Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Medical Education Collaborative. APGO educational series on women’s health issues: clinical management of abnormal uterine bleeding. Crofton, MD; 2006.
    -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Blood disorders in women: heavy menstrual bleeding. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/blooddisorders/women/menorrhagia.html.
    Accessed September 24, 2015.
  • Change the Cycle is an online community where women with heavy periods share
  • struggles and find solutions. We strive to raise awareness of heavy periods, its causes,
  • and potential treatment options by sharing content that is both fun and empowering.
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) is a gynecological condition marked by heavy,
  • excessive or extended bleeding
  • AUB impacts 10 Million US women each year
  • Heavy Periods disrupt women’s lives physically, socially emotionally
  • At BlogHER’16 Change the Cycle was committed to helping women makeover the conversation about heavy bleeding and to give lip service to AUB, fibroids and polyps with free makeovers and white lipstick
  • Women were able to visit the booth and get their make-up done while having a girl-talk session with OBGYN Dr. Jessica Shepherd.

For more information, to find a physician and to learn more about what you can do about having heavy periods check out ChangeTheCycle.com.

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