What I was eleven years old, I went to the bathroom and discovered that my underwear had blood in it. I called my Mom, who opened the bathroom door, looked at what happened, and then asked, “Did that come from YOU?”

(I’m not sure where else she thought that would come from.)

She then took me out for lunch, where we had the most awkward conversation of my life. (It’s been thirty years since then, so that shows exactly how awkward it was.) She did her best, bless her, but telling a preteen that boys were now going to “want to get in your pants” and an assorted of other cringe-worthy things was maybe not the best approach. I determined that I would do better with my own daughter one day, should I have one.

I did indeed have a daughter after having two sons and I’ve been pretty open about my monthly cycles with all three of them. I get horrible cramping for the first two days that requires prescription painkillers and I get a little, shall we say, EMOTIONAL in the days leading up to The Day.

(Side note: I have a cycle that has always run anywhere from 28-35 days, so I use an alert in my phone calendar called “28 Days” that pops up on day 27. And then I nod my head and think, “OH. Today’s mood makes SO MUCH SENSE now. I also text it to my husband who usually replies with, “I figured as much.” It’s a good thing he’s so cute.)

My kids all know about the period that happens after the emotional roller coaster, even though the boys don’t want all of the gory details. When my daughter’s school offered an optional “Girl Power” lunchtime time to talk about girls’ changing bodies, she asked if she could go and I fully supported her. (We got to see what would be covered ahead of time, and it was taught by a friend of mine.) When the weekly sessions were done, she had an even better understanding of what was already happening in her body, and what would be happening monthly (ish) before we all knew it (or were ready for it).

I’m always keen to learn about products that make the dreaded Lady Time better or more tolerable, and Asana is a good a good fit for me and for my daughter when she starts to need them.

A few key points about Asana’s products:

  • Asana’s Biowave Advantage™ is a complete breakthrough in feminine protection.
    Health Canada has classified the Biowave Advantage™ layer as an antibacterial Medical Device Class 1 (which is a super hard designation to attain).
  • Two vital components of Asana’s advanced technology are tourmaline and silver, which act to reduce menstrual discomfort, dispel odor, increase air circulation, balance the body’s pH and enhance metabolism. For reals.
  • Asana also helps combat yeast infections naturally and is 95% biodegradable. Asana products are one of the thinnest on the market, yet offer the most absorbency, fastest rate of absorbency and best assurance of leak protection
  • No Chloride in the products
  • The packaging uses Soya ink and is biodegradeable.

There are two brands: Asana Woman and Asana Girl. I have a girl!

Asana girl has 2 products: The COMBO package (for girls who do not know what product is suitable for them. It includes Regular, Heavy and Mini Pad) and the Asana Girl MINI pad with wings which is about 18cm long.

My daughter was told to keep sanitary supplies in her backpack in case her Lady Time appeared at school, and we have supplies on hand at home as well. Now I just need somebody to emotionally prepare me for the day when my baby girl’s body starts its transition into being a woman.

Disclosure: This is a post sponsored by Asana. All opinions are my own.

Angella Dykstra

Angella Dykstra is the wife of one and the Mom of three. She's a CPA, CA by day and a writer and photographer by night. She is also a runner and avid fitness enthusiast in her "spare time." You can find her across all social platforms as @AngellaD, and on her personal website dutchblitz.net where she'd been blogging for eleven years.

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