If men could menstruate … clearly, menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. … Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of such commercial brands as Paul Newman Tampons, Muhammad Ali’s Rope-a-Dope Pads, John Wayne Maxi Pads, and Joe Namath Jock Shields — “For Those Light Bachelor Days.” – Gloria Steinem

Before we even get into it, reason #1, Cora offers a free trial!

Did you know that feminine hygiene product manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients or conduct testing to determine their products’ long-term effects on women’s bodies? Shocking. Except considering the lack of regulations regarding our food, it’s not really that shocking.

If you’ve been following us for awhile, you’ll know that a friend of mine has an older sister that was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in her early thirties . She found herself unable to walk within the year of her diagnosis. She chose to forgo medication recommendations given to her by her physician, and opted for the Terry Wahls, MD Paleo Diet instead;  yes a diet in place of medication (not my  recommendation, I believe in medicine, but keep reading). Within a matter of weeks she was walking again.  (Read more of that story here!) Her food choices, choices not much different than my own, were essentially contributing to her inability to walk. Needless to say, their experience changed me and my family’s eating habits for life.

Three years after that,  I came across a few articles (see additional links at the bottom of the page) containing skepticism worthy information regarding the tampons and sanitary napkins we use. Have I ever considered the ingredients of a tampon? Nope, just like I had done with the food on the grocery shelf, I merely assumed they would not be there if they were not safe. Then once I read more about the ingredients disclosed, although many sites claim they are safe, there were just as many saying these synthetic materials were not.

“Rayon is a synthetic made from sawdust and a byproduct of it is dioxin, which the EPA says is likely carcinogenic. The FDA says that trace amounts of dioxin are not of concern for human health and that rayon tampons don’t have higher incidences of TSS.
“Sure, one tampon is trace,” said Tierno, “but consider the menstrual lifetime of a woman. They use approximately 12,000 tampons in a lifetime. That means 12,000 exposures of dioxin … five, six, seven times a day. That’s a lot of dioxin absorbed directly through the vagina. It goes directly into the blood,” said Scranton, of Women’s Voices for the Earth. “- Philip Tierno of the New York University School of Medicine | (See full article: CNN)

I am by no means an expert on the topic but what it boiled down to for me was this:

  1. I’d rather be with a company that’s transparent about their ingredients and their processes as opposed to a company that is not.
  2. I’d rather be with a company that puts  women’s health at the top of their priority list than one that would not.
  3. I’d rather be with a company that uses my purchase to support a great cause, especially one that puts girls back in school,  than a company that did not.

Making the change meant that at worst, I’d spend $2 more and neither improve nor worsen my health. At best, I’d improve my health, help others, and potentially increase the chances of living a healthier life.

Once the decision was made, I began to do some research. Thanks to Facebook’s stalker tendencies, Cora came up as an advertisement on my Facebook homepage.

There are a number of things I love about this company.

  1. “For every month’s supply of Cora you receive they give a month’s supply of sustainable pads to a girl in a developing country so she can do anything during her period.” – cora.life
    Did you know that it is common for girls in a few other countries to skip school during their time of menstruation? I had no idea. Have I been living under a rock? (read this, this, and this…mmm and this…and then research some more on your own).
  2. It comes right to your door!
    Which means no more store runs! While I love making the young man at the counter blush and nervously shuffle through my items, saving gas and having a pretty package waiting for me when I get home is just better. Which brings me to my next favorite thing.
  3. Practical – Pretty – Packaging
    Everything comes in a sleek black, or black and white package. See photos! In fact, I accidentally left my little black clutch in the bathroom stall for all of 3 minutes, and some one stole it! Yep, it’s that cute.
  4. It actually works.
    Literally, no problems.
  5. It’s known to make your cycles shorter and less painful.
    Research reviews!

Wishing you a happy, healthy Wednesday… and period.

Stay Polished, Pistil
Maquita Donyel

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