Moxie & Me

About Moxie

Who said periods should be dull, un-pretty or un-fashionable? Whilst personal care products may be the ultimate necessity for a woman, I thought that most products were anything but feminine.

Quite frankly, I was sick of having tampons rolling around in my handbag and getting damaged; I was tired of boxes that would constantly break open and I hated the idea of having to carry pads and liners in a paper bag so that no-one would know what’s inside.

So that’s why we created Moxie – perfectly purse-worthy personal care products, designed with not only convenience and quality, but also with style in mind. Our range of ‘Classic’ and ‘Organic’ tampons, pads and liners are made using the best materials we can find and come complete in unique and discreet, recyclable and re-usable tin compacts that won’t break open easily in your bag.

We really do deserve the best of everything and our personal care products shouldn’t be any different. Moxie won’t make you want to frolic on the beach in white pants or cure your period pain woes, but what we can promise is that we will do our very best to make periods as convenient, as stylish, as bearable and as glamorous as they can possibly be!

We hope you like Moxie as much as we loved creating it.

Mia x

Director, Millie & More and Co-founder, Moxie products.

PMS

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a combination of emotional and physical symptoms that women experience during their menstrual cycle. These symptoms usually start around seven to 14 days before your period begins and usually stop very soon after your period starts. Every woman experiences different symptoms; some months your PMS may be worse than others or you may have no PMS symptoms at all.

Possible symptoms include;

  • Headache
  • Cramps
  • Acne
  • Mood swings
  • Breast swelling or tenderness
  • Bloated stomach
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Depression, irritability and tension

No one knows for sure what causes PMS, but it seems to be linked to the changes in hormone levels that happen during your menstrual cycle. The best thing to do is look after yourself! Make sure you have a balanced diet, exercise, minimize stress, get a good night sleep and take time to relax. Have a hot bath, go for a walk or maybe indulge and have a body massage.

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Just the sound of this potent term unnerves many women, but this disease – although extremely serious – is fortunately extremely rare.

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a life-threatening infection that is most often associated with the use of tampons and, in some cases, diaphragms and contractive sponges. However, it can also be triggered by other events (e.g. childbirth, surgery), injuries or certain illnesses.

WHO IS AT RISK of Toxic Shock Syndrome?

  • Women using tampons and/or barrier contraceptive devices (e.g. diaphragms). The risk increases if used during the first 12 weeks after childbirth.
  • Those with an undeveloped or weakened immune system (e.g. children, cancer patients) those who have undergone surgery, including those who have developed infections from deep wounds or other ruptures of the skin.

THE BEST WAY TO REDUCE ANY RISK when using tampons is to:

  1. Follow package directions for insertion – Moxie has made this simple and clear for you. Email Moxie if you have any queries.
  2. Choose the lowest absorbency for your flow – MINI for light flow, REGULAR for medium flow and SUPER for heavy flow. Change these variants through the course of your period. As flow reduces toward the end, you can adjust to a more appropriate tampon.
  3. Change your tampon at least every 4 to 8 hours.
  4. Consider alternating pads with tampons.
  5. Avoid tampon usage overnight when sleeping
  6. Know the warning signs of toxic shock syndrome – we’ve outlined these below for you.
  7. Don’t use tampons in between periods. This is never necessary and can cause vaginal dryness and ulcerations, and disturb the normal balance of moisture and secretions in the vagina.

THE SYMPTONS of Toxic Shock Syndrome develop suddenly.

They may include:

  • High fever
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
  • A rash resembling sunburn, and one or two weeks later, a flaking rash on palms or soles of feet
  • Muscle aches and joint pain
  • Redness of the eyes, mouth and/or throat
  • Seizures or fainting
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Low blood pressure

If left untreated, TSS can put people at risk of organ failure, shock or death. If you suspect Toxic Shock, remove your tampon immediately, and call for medical help.

Menstruation

The Menstrual Cycle is a masterpiece of organisation. Your brain, your hormones, your ovaries, adrenal glands, thyroid gland and sexual organs all get together to do their part in initiating and executing your period each month.

A woman’s menstrual cycle begins with her first period (called ‘menarche’- average age 12, but can occur anytime between 8 and 16 years old) and continues until menopause (average 45-55 years old).

In a sexually mature woman, the ovaries release one egg each month (or occasionally two, which might result in non-identical twins) at the time of ovulation. The lining of the uterus (the endometrium) thickens up in response. After ovulation, this lining changes to prepare for potential implantation of the fertilised egg to establish pregnancy.

If fertilisation and pregnancy do not occur, the uterus sheds the lining and a new menstrual cycle begins. This process of the shedding of the lining is called ‘menstruation’.While menstrual cycle length may vary, 28 days is taken as the average ovulatory cycle in women. Menstruation lasts for a few days (usually 3 to 5 days, but anywhere from 2 to 7 days is considered normal) and involves the loss of about 30 – 40 millilitres of blood.

Periods vary greatly, and mean different things to different women – to some they are a minor insignificance, to others, an inconvenience or even a challenge. But they are always a sign that your body is working they way it should.

Your body is incredible! This intricate chemical and biological event is actually very cool, and the monthly proof of your vast girl power. So cherish it, and make sure it’s as comfortable and as gorgeous a time as you can make it.

Your period does not prevent you from doing anything and everything you normally enjoy. So no excuses. Eat right, stay fit, and get on with it.