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We Need to Start Having More Open Discussions About Uterine Health

It’s is no secret that periods, like women, come in all shapes and sizes. What is considered a normal period for one woman may not be normal for another. Even so, there is a distinct difference between what is classified as a normal and abnormal menstrual cycle. It can be difficult for a woman to tell these differences on her own.

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We Need to Start Having More Open Discussions About Uterine Health

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That is why it is important for women to keep open and honest lines of communication open between themselves and their healthcare providers when it involves their uterine health. Withholding any questions regarding heavy periods or other areas of reproductive health can lead to serious issues down the line.

Heavy menstrual bleeding can mean more than a heavy cycle. It can lead to other issues that impact heath and quality of life. Conditions such as:

  •                 Extreme fatigue and body chills due to anemia (low iron levels in the body)
  •                 Lightheadedness            
  •                 Severe headaches
  •                 Nausea
  •                 Heavy cramping/abdominal pain
  •                 Severe depression, moodiness, and anxiety

One in five women will experience heavy periods in her lifetime. The effects of heavy periods can interrupt normal daily activities, and impair overall quality of life. Unfortunately, many women suffer with heavy periods in silence, unaware that there are steps that can be taken to turn things around.

There are two truths about uterine health that all women everywhere should understand:

  • Heavy periods and the conditions that can ensue are not normal
  • There are a variety of lifestyle changes and treatment options that can help make a difference

It is evident that more awareness is needed of the serious health problem of heavy periods. That is why Hologic has launched the #ChangeTheCycle initiative. Change the Cycle is a women’s health initiative and community. The mission is to encourage women to share conversation about uterine health, and to provide advice and encouragement to those living with heavy periods.

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The latest campaign of the #ChangeTheCycle initiative is #DareToWearWhite, which challenges women to wear white lipstick and/or clothing as a ‘conversation starter’ about women’s health issues such as heavy periods. I was very proud to partner with Change the Cycle and Hologic during their exhibit at this year’s BlogHer conference in Los Angeles.

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Change the Cycle and Hologic BlogHer16 #ChangeTheCycle #DareToWearWhite We Need to Start Having More Open Discussions About Uterine Health

At BlogHer16 in Los Angeles

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Change the Cycle and Hologic BlogHer16 #ChangeTheCycle #DareToWearWhite We Need to Start Having More Open Discussions About Uterine Health

Booth 601 at #BlogHer16 featuring Change the Cycle and Hologic

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Booth 601 at #BlogHer16 featuring Change the Cycle and Hologic We Need to Start Having More Open Discussions About Uterine Health

Courtesy white lipstick and lip liner were available for #BlogHer16 attendees at the Change the Cycle Hologic booth

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#DareToWearWhite and #ChangeTheCycle of Discussing Uterine Health

I loved my ‘white lipstick makeover’ to raise awareness uterine health at the Change the Cycle and Hologic booth during #BlogHer16!

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The booth featured free makeovers, discussion boards, Q&A sessions with women’s health experts, and much more!

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Change the Cycle and Hologic BlogHer16 #ChangeTheCycle #DareToWearWhite We Need to Start Having More Open Discussions About Uterine Health

Inspiration board at #BlogHer16 with Change the Cycle and Hologic

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Change the Cycle and Hologic BlogHer16 #ChangeTheCycle #DareToWearWhite We Need to Start Having More Open Discussions About Uterine Health

Women’s health Q&A board at #BlogHer16 with Change the Cycle and Hologic

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Change the Cycle and Hologic BlogHer16 #ChangeTheCycle #DareToWearWhite We Need to Start Having More Open Discussions About Uterine Health

Expert Q&A session with Change the Cycle and Hologic

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I learned valuable information to help me to be proactive and fearless in taking control of my own issues with my menstrual cycle, and consult with my doctor to determine which treatment options would be best for me.

It is a known fact that women’s health issues aren’t discussed enough, and that women may sometimes feel uneasy sharing items of concern with their healthcare provider. That’s why I am so glad to have partnered with Hologic and the Change the Cycle initiative. Not only do I feel more empowered in my own uterine health, I am now inspired to help other women in my community as well.

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Change the Cycle

Booth 601 at #BlogHer16 featuring Change the Cycle and Hologic We Need to Start Having More Open Discussions About Uterine Health Join me and #DareToWearWhite to raise awareness about uterine health. Visit www.changethecycle.com to learn more about the signs and symptoms of heavy periods, as well as when to talk with your doctor about possible treatment options. There’s also a symptom checklist printable for use during your next office visit. Additionally, communicate online with other women who are living with—and want to manage—their heavy periods by connecting with Change the Cycle on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and by following the hashtags #ChangeTheCycle and #DareToWearWhite.

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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Melissa

This is such an important conversation that we need to have as women with each other and with our daughters. The more we speak about it the less stigma there will be around it and the easier it will become to normalize it. Thank you so much for sharing this resource!

Chavonne

I can 100% relate to this. I’ve suffered from heavy periods most of my life and I thought that’s just how it was for me and without any real knowledge about it, I developed anemia which I still have. I remember always taking naps and not being able to get out of the bed from fatigue and having periods so strong that every time I stood up or even moved a little while sitting I had to make a trip to the bathroom. And you would think that these things would be red flags but it’s not talked about hardly… Read more »

Toni

What a great event! Every women should be aware of this health problems. So happy that there are organizations for this cause!

mary

This is great information for all women and teens. My daughter recently started her cycle which makes me even more interested in learning about uterine health for her health

Stacie

This sounds like an awesome event. I can’t believe that women STILL feel embarrassed when talking about their own bodies. I know so many women who do, though.

Colleen

Uterine health is so important, but so many women act like it’s something we can’t talk about. I don’t know how it happened, but it seems like women are always nervous or embarrassed about talking about their breasts or anything that goes on below the waist. Great, GREAT event.

Brandy

This was a really informative post. I think that it’s important to talk about something that is so natural. This is definitely information I would want my daughter to know!

Lisa

So much important information you’ve included in this post – thank you! I’m really up for the idea of people being more open about discussing women’s health (especially uterine health).

Meagan
Meagan

I am actually visiting my doctor soon to discuss some of these issues.

Liz
Liz

I love the health questions board! Clearly many people have questions about uterine health but are afraid to talk about them!

Theresa

I am one of the 5 that experience heavy periods and often wonder if my ulcerative colitis isn’t a contributing factor. I tried to bring it up with my doctor who brushed me off and told me to take Tylenol and I’d be fine. I think it’s time to find a new doctor who will take me seriously. Heavy periods hurt and can really dampen your week!

felicia

Thank you for bringing this up! I know that we often keep things to ourselves as women. It’s time to share and take care of ourselves!

Nicole

I’m so glad that you a part of this event! This is really important and I’m so thankful about the resources.

Nikki
Nikki

Every woman should know about this. I love the wall and it would be so exciting to write there!

Kristin
Kristin

This is so so true. I went to BlogHer and talked with them too, this is such a great writeup!

Rosey
Rosey

That board was a great idea. Excellent for letting others know what questions really need to be answered too!

Kita

My sister always had a wild and crazy period while mine was always right on the dot. It’s true, there needs to be more open discussion about it.

Jocelyn

I have always been taught to be more private with that information except with my doctor which is where it counts, I suppose!

Kiwi

Hologic did a great job with their campaign initative at BlogHer! Yes i feel like we dont talk about uterine health as often as we should its almost brushed under the rug so thanks for sharing and bringing up more awareness.

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