What are the things that come to your head when we say ‘period’? Blood? Sure, there’s a lot of it, of course. Cramps? Hold up, you mean those annoying, good-for-nothing pain punches you feel right before and on your first few days? The sheer frustration in the sentence above is exactly how it’s like, and we know it. Someone wise once randomly said, “Maybe if period pain burned calories, it’d be worth it”, and we agree. No calories were harmed in the process, however.
Growing up, we saw films where the female actor was astonishingly going about her life month after month, without a single sign of her period. “Didn’t they get their period?”, or “If they do have their period, how are they so okay about it?”, were some of the many questions clouding our brains all these years. On top of that, those obscure ‘workshops’ you had in school meant only for ‘girls’ would’ve made you feel uneasy about the deeply enigmatic world of a menstruator. We’ve been conditioned to look the other way when it comes to periods; we mustn’t engage in discussion with others and suffer silently. If that’s been our reality, how can one begin to unlearn, or should we say, where? Diving into facts, let’s understand why period cramps exist in the first place. When the walls of your uterus go full Panic! at the Disco during your period, it puts some pressure on the blood vessels. This triggers the vessels so bad that they cut off the blood supply to your womb and well blood has oxygen too (elementary science facts for you). Without oxygen, your tissues cry in agony, releasing these pain chemicals that eventually make your uterus panic harder—which ultimately results in our not-so-beloved cramps.
More often than not, period cramps have been trivialized in an attempt to avoid further engagement. On the rare occasions that people do talk about cramps, it’s usually subdued by “try this medicine” or “try that concoction”. Why are we not allowed to take up space or express how it really feels like to have a period? Too many questions, the answers to which still require retrospection on the end of our so-called ‘progressive’ society. I personally remember having cramps when I got my period at the age of 12, and just like a typical Indian family with doctor relatives, mine too reached out to one who is a gynecologist. “Take this pill once a day, whenever you feel cramps. It will help and also not cause any side effects or addiction”, she said rather reluctantly. Back then, I was impressed by the fact that popping a single pill was the solution when I had imagined something much more complex. I assumed that relying on pain meds was my only alternative because period cramps were supposed to be ‘nothing much’. I was expected to take whatever I could get and move on with my life. This lack of understanding and concern around creating enough products that menstruators can use to manage this natural calamity every month is the primary reason why we have struggled all along.
To quote Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec, “Everything hurts and I'm dying.”
Cramps don’t stop for anything. Whether you’re at home, in the metro, eating at your favorite restaurant, holidaying in Goa, staring at your screen while working, in school, or college - you can get hit by those sudden uterine attacks, anywhere-anytime. And, who else would better relate to your woes than your fellow menstruators at That Sassy Thing! This is why we designed the Soothing Stick for your period cramp care. Relying on those pills for far too long may impact your health, hence we wanted to provide all our perioders with an all-natural product—which is not only toxin & chemical-free, but also comes in the form of a compact roll-on that can easily fit in your pocket or bag. Our Soothing Stick does just that; it is a magic potion to bid farewell to those awful cramps every month. But unlike the secrecy around these potions, we do not hide anything from you! All our ingredients are plant-based, such as Hemp Oil with anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve the pain; Geranium Oil to reduce inflammation; Wheatgerm Oil for easing the pain & nourishing the skin and finally Lavender Oil to balance your mood & calm those nerves. Unlike other brands that often include petroleum extracts in their products, we believe in transparency because you deserve to know what goes onto your skin. Roll the stick in 5-10 circles on the abdomen or lower back or thighs or legs or even your forehead for headaches! Gently massage the area with your fingers. Feel a cooling sensation? Now, take a deep breath and relax. The minty and floral feels would help you rest that body & mind.
Roll, rub & chill—we want you to, hoomum! You’ve got this.*
Ease period cramps naturally with our plant-based Soothing Stick here.
*Advisory: Mild to moderate cramps during periods are a part of your PMS routine. However, if you experience excruciating pain during your period that interferes with your life & well-being, please reach out to your trusted health professional. You don’t have to suffer, help is there!
About the author
Anuja Razdan (she/her) is a student/mental & sexual health advocate based in Delhi-NCR, who is currently pursuing her Masters in Psychology from Savitribai Phule Pune University. Being a queer cis woman who is aspiring to practice as a psychotherapist in future, she hopes to essentiate a queer affirming, intersectional feminist, pleasure-positive and kink allied approach towards mental health—on a personal & professional level. All-in-all, she’s your quintessential dog lady with a blue typewriter, living three blocks away, probably writing about you.