Detox Your Box
For those of you living in the Southern Hemisphere spring has sprung! For many of us the arrival of spring often means it’s also a time to “declutter” one’s life. This can include a variety of things such as the infamous spring cleaning of your home, a pre-summer health detox before the Christmas season kicks off and the whole eat, drink and be merry sentiment becomes the perfect excuse to overindulge.
In more recent years I adopted the whole spring clean approach and applied it to my lady parts. Of course for years sheer vanity (and constant pesky ingrown hairs) had meant that I’d paid a great deal of attention to the exterior parts of my nether region having it waxed and lasered so that it all looked and felt supposedly more “user friendly.” I literally zapped off all my hair permanently so that the only thing that remains now is a medium sized landing strip pointing downwards like an arrow. Now when I think about all the time and money I spent worrying about unwanted body hair down there I wish I could travel back in time and tell my twenty year old self to save my money, energy and pubic hair and focus on more important things like what I actually put inside of my body.
Get this, our skin is the largest organ in our bodies which also happens to be the thinnest. Less than one tenth of an inch separates our bodies from absorbing harmful chemicals and toxins that we physically come into contact with. The skin in and around our Lady V is especially permeable and absorbent which means it basically acts like a sponge with anything it’s exposed to.
So with that in mind have you ever given much thought to what your tampons and sanitary products actually contain? Up until about 5 years ago I certainly hadn’t really paid that much attention to the ingredients list and just assumed the tampons I purchased were compact cotton bullet shaped “plugs” with a bit of string dangling from them. It wasn’t until a very switched on health and environmentally conscious girlfriend of mine put me onto Diva cups (a menstrual cup brand) that I actually began to research what I’d been putting inside my body. I have suffered from endometriosis for well over two decades now and after three surgeries and an ambassador role with the NZ Endometriosis Foundation I liked to think I was pretty well versed in all things “lady parts related” but boy was I wrong!
I was shocked to discover that the FDA actually doesn’t regulate the manufacturers of tampons and pads closely enough which means not everything in them is officially approved. These sanitary products have been proven to contain harsh chemicals and toxins that include bleaching the pads and tampons with chlorine. This bleaching process alone results in dioxin, which has been linked to diseases like endometriosis, breast cancer and immune system suppression among other things. It’s scary stuff when you think about all the years we unknowingly expose our poor vajeens (*Borat voice) to all this gross shit that is toxic and harmful to our health.
So thanks to my lovely friend Laura I got my big wake up call and my vagina and I recently celebrated our fifth year together going chemical free. Yes my “box is detoxed” and any chance I get I love spreading the word encouraging other women to make their lady zones strictly nasty free.
Frustratingly some people are uncomfortable talking about vaginas and menstruation etc but I refuse to apologise for being open about what is an essential part of life and our very existence as a human race. News flash to all you grown ass men (and women) living in the dark ages and trying to avoid all topics in and around (quite literally) the vagina and all things regarding female reproductive bodily functions – you don’t get to pick and choose when you want to be all up in our lady parts/business. The way I see it, if someone is interested in getting intimately acquainted with my vagina on a long term basis then they can sure as hell make the effort to understand and respect my body and I during that time of the month.
“I read somewhere their periods attract bears. Bears can smell the menstruation”
So next time someone decides to act like a 5 year old child when you mention you’re on your period tell them to grow the f$@k up and get you some chocolate and a wheat pack, cos ain’t nobody got time for that when you’re uterus is busy shedding itself!
So ladies if you’re interested in practicing a bit of self love and care and think your box is in need of a detox here are some of my personal fav products, tried and tested by yours truly.
The one pictured in my flat lay GIF is from Lunette and it’s a brand I wanted to give a try (I purchased it from Harvest Wholefoods in Wellington) but I have to say it’s definitely not my favourite cup. If you’ve never used one before make sure you try a brand that uses a really soft flexible cup so it’s a bit more “user friendly” when you first start getting the hang of inserting and removing the cup.
While searching for direct links to add into this post I stumbled across this awesome NZ site mycup.co.nz which sells a whole range of different menstrual cup brands including my favourite Diva cups.
I have also heard there are now some great kiwi companies doing menstrual cups which I would love to try out at some point but I can’t find anything online when I do a google search so if anyone is using them or knows the brand names please message me and let me know.
If you’re still unsure about trying a menstrual cup watch this youtube video. You’ll start watching and probably react the same way I did when I first watched it – is this girl even old enough to have her period?! But trust me, she knows her stuff and I often send this link to sceptical friends to convert them and help them choose the right cup….
Organic unbleached cotton tampons:
There are so many brands on the market now and they are much more affordable than they used to be when I first began using them which is great. Last time I was home in NZ I found that most supermarkets were even stocking a few organic brands in the sanitary isle. Some brands I like….
I’m not a fan of using pads and never have been but I do use panty liners occasionally at the beginning or end of my period on those “barely there” days that you want something to safeguard you from having to do the jumper around the waist walk of shame thing.
My personal favourite because I love their pantyliners is Drion and they make a whole range of different pads and liners depending on your needs.
Rose Quartz “Yoni Egg”
Ok so this one’s actually a bit left field and random but I had to include it! Haha
I have had three extensive laparoscopic surgeries for endometriosis and it wasn’t until after my third surgery where I had to have a lot of repair work done on my bowel and bladder because of severe scar tissue damage that I was introduced to pelvic floor muscle exercises. I was given this little ball that I had to insert into my vagina and basically clench my vaginal muscles (also known as kegel exercises) to help strengthen the muscles which were damaged from all the endometrial scar tissue and cysts on my bladder and bowel.
There are lots of benefits to having strong pc muscles including bladder control (pretty bloody important I reckon!) and the added bonus of enhanced sexual pleasure for both you and your partner so it’s pretty much a win/win.
I first came across crystal yoni eggs a couple of years ago and decided to order a rose quartz crystal one. I love rose quartz because it’s the stone of universal love, aka the heart chakra stone. This is what most yoni egg believers will tell you about using a rose quartz egg:
“One of the most important stones for Heart Chakra work, this gentle pink crystal opens the heart to unconditional love. Rose quartz teaches how to love yourself and encourages self love, self forgiveness and acceptance invoking self trust and self worth.”
So there you have it ladies! If you’re feeling a little adventurous or curious and not only want to detox your box but give it a little bit of good juju vibes than I highly recommend ordering a crystal yoni egg and trying it out for yourself.
You and your box are most welcome 😉