Will You be Wearing White to Blogalicious 2017?
Listen up ladies, because we can’t stress this enough: excessively heavy periods are a big deal.
Long and heavy menstrual cycles are often caused by fibroids, (up to 80% of women will be affected by the age of 501), polyps and hormonal imbalances2, and can cause pain, exhaustion and emotional turmoil. If you’re suffering from heavy periods, then you may feel like the only thing more painful than dealing with the heavy monthly flow is talking about it. We get it. But the potential harms of avoiding an awkward conversation are too great to risk, and often result in a lack of awareness and proactivity in seeking treatment options for heavy periods. Beyond this, keeping quiet about your abnormal cycle may result in feelings of isolation, when the reality is that many women suffer from this underdiscussed health issue.
That’s why, this week, we’re bringing Change the Cycle to Blogalicious, an annual conference that aims to connect influential multicultural women to collaborate and uplift one another. Because fibroids disproportionately affect African American women1, this event presents an important platform for inspirational women to support and empower one another through open conversations around menstrual health.
We encourage everyone attending Blogalicious to visit our suite (Concerto Ballroom B) and learn about abnormal uterine bleeding through peer testimonials, gathering information on treatment options and connecting with an on-site physician. We’ll also be hosting a series of fun and interactive activities that support our #WhyIWearWhite initiative, which encourages women to empower themselves by embracing the color white. For women who suffer from accidents resulting from heavy bleeding, white is a color often avoided as it is associated with fear and embarrassment. Our goal is to transform this color into an emblem of strength, and we encourage women who experience or have loved ones who suffer from heavy bleeding to share their support on social media using #WhyIWearWhite. Together, we can give a voice to a community often suffering in silence.
Can’t make it to Blogalicious this year? Not to worry! Follow along with @ChangetheCycle October 6 – October 7 for updates!
And of course, whether you plan to attend this year’s Blogalicious conference or not, if you think your period is a problem, you should visit changethecycle.com and talk with a doctor about evaluation and treatment.
- Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Uterine Fibroid Fact Sheet. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/uterine-fibroids. Accessed April 25, 2017
- Centers for Disease Control. Blood disorders in women: Heavy menstrual bleeding. www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/blooddisorders/women/menorrhagia.html. Accessed June 12, 2016.
- Posted by Dot.
- On October 4, 2017