LUÜNA naturals is poised to host Asia’s first online festival to drive conversation and provide education about gynaecological health, wellbeing and empowerment. Believe it or not, even though it’s 2020, women’s bodies are still the subject of shame, myth and mystery. We have long talked about so-called intimate matters, although these exchanges invariably happen in quiet corners, away from polite company.
With Vagina Dialogues in full swing, it’s time to open up these conversations! Join in this unique month-long celebration with informative panel talks via Zoom, explorative art & storytelling through advocates on their blogposts and exciting product giveaways. Come face-to-face — via your screen — with health experts, wellness activists & ambassadors, and renowned gynaecologists to get your down-therequestions answered.
Missed the First Week? Here’s the Highlights of Vulva Love
Conceptual artists’ depictions of female genitalia have been causing uproar for decades. With the hope of breaking the stigma surrounding women’s bodies, the panelists hoped to educate the Asian community that knowing the specific and correct terms of our body parts empowers us to take full ownership of them.
‘Vulva’ is the official name for the external organs of women’s genitalia. There is so much variety in vulvas; they all look different. Women should be assured there is no normal as poor body confidence can be a killer for your sex life.If a woman feels unattractive, it lowers her sexual self-esteem and may lead her to avoiding sex altogether — putting a strain on relationships and marriages.
The vagina, on the other hand,is the muscular canal that connects the uterus to the vulva. It’s where babies pass through during childbirth, as well as our periods when we menstruate and indeed, where products like tampons & period cups sit inside the body.
Delve into Sexual Wellness
Taking place on August 12, this panel talk on the psychology of sexual empowerment might just be a rare and life-changing gift for some of us in such challenging times! Covid-19 presents its own unique challenges, which exacerbates stress and reduces sexual activity even more. Prolonged isolation heightens anxiety, depression, frustration and boredom. Confinement, meanwhile, may increase tension.
None of this makes for a happy sex life, which is a shame as one of the upsides of sex is that it can help take our minds off of stressful times, even if temporarily. And it has physical benefits, too. It stimulates the release of dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin — all the chemicals that make you feel good. In turn, it can help you to feel more connected and bonded with your partner.
The rise in unprotected sex among young adults points to a lack of education in Asia. Most people use contraception to prevent pregnancy, but safe sex is equally important to avoid STIs if the partners are not in a monogamous relationship. To break the barriers and learn more about effective contraceptive methods, tune in to this panel talk on August 13that will be covering sexual health stigmas such as STIs and contraception in Asia.
All about Gynaecological Health
During a woman’s reproductive years, ovaries produce the hormone oestrogen and the egg that is released monthly — a process called ovulation. PCOS is a condition of the female reproductive system that causes a bunch of small cysts, tiny sacs of fluid, to form on the ovaries. Women with PCOS typically don’t ovulate and have abnormally high levels of androgen hormones, often called “male” hormones. Women with PCOS also have increased levels of oestrogen and abnormally low levels of progesterone, another hormone.
Hormone levels play a big role when it comes to cancer risk — particularly types of uterine cancer like endometrial cancer. Excruciating pain or excessive bleeding during menstruation can also indicate reproductive problems such as endometriosis (when the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus) or fibroids (lumpy growths in the uterus). So if you’re looking to dispel the common myths surrounding these gynaecological issues, the panel talk regarding Gynae Health on August 19covers how we can manage these health issues so that it doesn’t have as much of an impact on our lives.
Time to Make the Swap to Toxic-Free Menstrual Products?
As we move into the next wave of empowering ourselves without guilt, eco-conscious consumers are looking into the ingredients in their personal care products that are affecting the health of their bodies and our planets. No, menstruation in itself is not bad for the environment. However, products used to manage menstruation can have a negative impact on the environment, depending on the product and the way it is disposed. Those searching for product transparency from brands should participate in the panel talk featuring Toxic-Fee Periods occurring on August 26.
Another common misconception is that women and girls have diminished capacities, whether physical or emotional, due to their menstrual cycles. These ideas can create barriers to opportunities, reinforcing gender inequality. In truth, most women and girls do not have their abilities hindered in any way by menstruation. Meet the people working to change this idea across Asia that will be addressing Gender Equality & Menstrual Stigma happening on August 27in the Vagina Dialogues’ last panel talk. A salute to these ladies educating those in rural areas of Asia and making an impact in society!