Beyond “chocolate for Aunt Flo” (GIVEAWAY)

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For some reason, even in today’s enlightened, liberated and educated age, so much about female health remains somewhat mysterious. How much do you really know about the menstrual cycle beyond the fact that is shows up around every month, inspires a critical need for chocolate and has a lot to do with the business of making babies?

Ok fine, so you probably know more then that, but how well do you think you will be able to teach your daughter about something that she will deal with on a monthly basis for most of her adult life. Do you feel well equipped to explain the delicate science of the matter in a way that a pre-teen can understand? It’s kind of crazy how limited many of us are when it comes to what and how to share factual information in a straight-forward and engaging way. There are lots of “you’re becoming a woman” books on what to do when your period shows up but they tend to be somewhat touchy feely and a little sketchy or limited in the fact department. To this day, I’m still a little hazy on some aspects of how the whole process goes down, and as a doula, I am more “up” on that sort of thing then most. Or should I say, I was a little hazy. No longer.

My friend (and fairy god-mother), Dr. Joan Moon has developed an explanation of the menstrual cycle especially designed for mom’s to share with their daughters. Using accurate yet simple animated diagrams, anyone can easily grasp the complexities of the menstrual cycle as the graphs show everything that goes on from the brain to the ovaries to the uterus in real time animated diagrams. She takes something complicated and without dumbing it down in any way, makes it easily understood and interesting. I feel that it fills an important niche that is really lacking in our society. It’s factual and easy to follow and the animations of the process are fascinating yet uncomplicated.

Why did Joan develop this module? “Because the menstrual cycle within a woman’s body is an important vital sign of health and well-being throughout their lifetime. Women of all ages need to be stewards of their bodies, and understand the unique nature of their individual cycle in order to be engaged in informed healthcare decision-making. Also, anyone caring for and/or teaching young girls, or women of any age, should be aware of the information contained within this module to optimize their teaching and/or healthcare practice.”

Check out these enthusiastic endorsements coming from moms, RN’s and Dr.s alike

“As a mother, I feel that Joan's tutorial will be helpful in teaching my daughter about her body and her menstrual cycle, as well as providing a life-long reference for any questions that I might have." ~ Susan, mother of a 5th grader

"Fantastic and detailed yet easy tool to learn the ways of the menstrual cycle"
~ Lisa Sagnella, RN, SPNP Yale University School of Nursing, Master's Program, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty

“The menstrual cycle module presented by Joan, is helpful and informative. She's taken a human function, that most people know the basic concept of, presenting the information in great depth, that we learn more than we knew before. Best of all, she presents the information in such a way that is easy to understand. This would be a great tool to use within our schools for our young girls to learn about their bodies. Great work Joan!" ~ Amy Ernst

"Nurse-midwife Joan Moon and colleagues have created a graphically amazing, engaging, and informative computer-based module that creates a feeling of awe and empowerment in the woman viewer." ~ Jerilynn C. Prior MD, FRCPC, Professor of Endocrinology at the University of British Columbia, Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research

"It's a very accessible and understandable presentation of difficult material. It also does a fantastic job of highlighting the importance of the menstrual cycle as related to health. A wonderful resource for healthcare providers, and for women who want to understand more about themselves!" ~ Katherine Magoon, RN, SPNP Yale University School of Nursing

I think that improved menstrual cycle education can empower girls and women in so many ways and help them from a young age to take charge of their health for a lifetime. Joan is generously giving away a copy of the Mothers/Daughters based DVD (worth $30) to one randomly chosen commenter on this post. If you’d like an extra “entry” please put her button (code included below) your blog and post a separate post to tell me that you did.


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2busy said...

Talking with your preteen is a touchy thing. It is a difficult to find the balance between TMI and just enough. The diagram helps. Thank you.

Em and Lib said...

What a great tip! Hopped over from Kristin, of course. Makes me wish my mother had had the internet to draw from...adn grateful for my 4 boys!

Janet said...

With an almost 10 year old daughter, this resource would be very useful. At this point she has a basic understanding of what will happen but as the time grows closer it will be important to help her be better informed.

Rachel said...

Oh with 2 girls I have a feeling I am going to need this!

Krista said...

That is so helpful. I barely learned about all that "girl stuff" when I picked up the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility a few years ago! Some days when I talk to my girlfriends there's still a lot of mystery surrounding the topic! This is great for young girls - something that should definitely be taught!!

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