Demystify Your Menstrual Cravings

In a Pickle? How Menstrual Cravings Lead to Unconventional Snacking Your menstrual cravings actually mean something. Find out what your body needs when you’re craving a particular food before or during your period. Craving Carbohydrates Many menstruators start craving carbs the day before and leading up to their period. This craving can be caused by […]

How to Redefine Society’s View Of Periods

What Menstrual Empowerment Looks Like: Redefining Society’s Relationship with Periods For millions of people around the globe, menstruation is a taboo topic about a dirty subject. Cultural beliefs, patriarchal ideals, gender discrimination and conservative outlooks label periods as unclean. Of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth. But a lack of basic access to […]

Helping Women Period Hits Major 2023 Milestone: Delivery of 1 Million Period Products

Just six months into the year, Helping Women Period hit a major milestone — the delivery of 1 million period products to counties around Michigan.   “Hitting the 1 million mark halfway into 2023 is another sign that Helping Women Period’s impact continues to scale,” Executive Director Lysne Tait said. “In 2022, Helping Women Period […]

Period Poverty Awareness Week in Lansing, Michigan

Helping Women Period Applauds Lansing Mayor Andy Schor for Designating May 22-28 as Period Poverty Awareness Week and urges the Greater Lansing community to use this newly minted awareness week as inspiration to spur involvement in the fight to end period poverty. “Helping Women Period started here in Lansing eight years ago, so it’s especially […]

Period Supply Drive Toolkit

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7 Drinks To Help Reduce Period Cramps

Anyone with a uterus knows that menstruation is not for the weak. Your monthly cycle often comes with fatigue, mood swings, bloating, headaches, and, of course, the infamous uterine cramps. Menstrual cramps are caused by natural hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which trigger contractions and inflammation inside the womb. Needless to say, it’s an uncomfortable time […]

Always Partners with 50 Period Heroes Across the Country to Help #EndPeriodPoverty

                      This back-to-school season, Always expands their work to help #EndPeriodPoverty across the United States by partnering with 50 Period Heroes in each state to provide young people greater access to the period products they need. Period Heroes are people and organizations doing extraordinary work […]

2021 Impact Report

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Menstrual Product Options and Alternatives

  There are a wide range of products available to meet the needs of menstruators and it can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently used period products to help you choose the product that’s best for you!     1. Pads Menstrual pads, followed closely by tampons, are […]

Why You Should Track Your Period

              (Source: Pexels) Periods are a vital part of any woman’s life, so it’s important to know when they’re happening. Not only will tracking your period help you detect any irregularities, but it’ll also help you anticipate any symptoms—from headaches to mood swings. After all, the average American woman experiences […]

7 Amazing Facts About Periods That Everyone Needs To Know

So you think you know everything there is to know about periods? Think again. No matter how clued up you are, there’s always something that slips through your radar, especially some of the more unusual facts and stats of menstruation. Below, we’ve gathered some of our favorite — and unexpected — period facts that we […]

5th Annual Breakfast!!

  A HUGE thank you to the over 250 people who attended our event on March 9, 2019. A special thanks to our guest speakers and volunteers as well. Over $20,000 was raised that day and we thank each and every one of you!   Please take a look at the photos on Facebook!   

4th Annual Helping Women Period Brunch

  It is hard to believe our annual fundraiser is over.  But, the connection, education, networking,  and financial support continues to make a tremendous impact and will do so in the months to come.  Thank you to our planning committee and event volunteers who helped things run so smoothly.  And to our keynote speaker, Ms. […]

Thank You Wine & Stamps Volunteers

Thank you to all the volunteers who assisted with the processing of over 300 pieces of correspondence!  Enjoy the photos from the event below.  And, thank you Jamie Randle of Jamie Randle Photography for your services!        

Menstrual Health Education Training

Would You Like to Add Menstrual Health Education to your Programming? “Be a Rose” partners with organizations to provide underserved women and school-age girls education on puberty, menstrual hygiene, and menopause, as well as access to feminine hygiene products. They administer roundtable discussions, seminars, and training workshops for groups and organizations to guide conversations on women’s […]

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Mid Michigan Chapter Presentation

On Tuesday, January 23, Lysne and Amy attended a gathering of attorneys at the Women Lawyers Association (WLAM)-Mid Michigan Chapter at the Spartan Hall of Fame restaurant in East Lansing.  Amy outlined our history, organizational structure, business and charity partnerships, and plans for 2018.  We were also joined by the Honorable Judge Laura Baird, who spoke about […]

Women’s March Michigan – Lansing

On Sunday, January 21, Helping Women Period was proud to participate in this event.  Over 5,000 were in attendance, and it felt like most of them stopped by our table.  Which was awesome.  We distributed brochures outlining our work here in mid-Michigan and a handy guide for “out of towners” to provide a support in […]

Meet Lee Reimann, Board Member

Introducing Board Member Lee Reimann Lee provides exceptional legal, business and strategic guidance to Helping Women Period.  Not to mention, great enthusiasm, support, and humor!  But, back to business. When not attending HWP meetings and distributing product, she is a Senior Partner at Willingham & Cote, PC  law firm in East Lansing.  Specifically, she is […]

Our Charity Partners | Redeemer United Methodist Church

Have you ever wondered how Helping Women Period gets products to those who need them?   Meet one of our 70 charity partners, Redeemer United Methodist Church! The relationship between Redeemer United Methodist Church and Helping Women Period is unique.  Not only do they benefit from HWP, but HWP benefits from them!  There are two groups at […]

Give the Gift of Giving

Are you looking for the perfect gift that really resonates with the reason for the season?  Look no further than giving an “In Special Honor” donation to Helping Women Period. The pressure to add to an ever-mounting pile of possessions can be stressful around birthdays and holidays, but you don’t have to clutter up a loved one’s […]

Giving Tuesday and HWP

This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Helping Women Period is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that […]

Meet the Co-Director: Lysne Tait

Lysne is a key reason that Helping Women Period has come to fruition and not just another well-intentioned idea. Late on a cold January night, Lysne read a Huffington Post article  about homeless women’s lack of feminine hygiene products. Concerned about the difficulty homeless women face, she commented and reposted it.  Amy Stephenson, a friend of Lysne’s […]

School Outreach Initiative

Schools in Michigan lack something that Helping Women Period wants to address: a supply of feminine hygiene products readily available for young women. As of right now, Michigan schools are not required to provide feminine hygiene products to students who either need them in a pinch or cannot afford the cost of buying pads and […]

Meet Jane Laycock, Board Member

Introducing board member Jane Laycock Jane is an integral part of the Helping Women Period team and we are so lucky to have her! She was one of the first people to offer to help HWP and it was her friendship with the owners of MichCo that provided us the opportunity to work closely with […]

HWP Goes to Chi-Town

What has the windy city lacked in the past? A Helping Women Period affiliate chapter you say? Fear not!  Because like geese during Michigan winters, HWP has flown south to Chicago. Ida Melbye is the Norwegian born woman who runs the Chicago affiliate chapter for HWP, and we are so excited to introduce her to […]

Success! August Product Drive!

The August product drive, which took place on Wednesday August 24th, was a huge success! A huge thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help us- we could not have accomplished all of this amazing, good work without you!  Thank you also, to Michco, who procured over $4000 of products and to […]

Our Charity Partners | Haven House

Ever wonder what charities works with Helping Women Period? Ever think “Hey, who gives the products to the women who need them?”   Well, you’re in luck! Meet our Charity Partners! The Haven House is family homeless shelter that helps families stabilize and find affordable housing. As a motto, they focus on “helping Lansing area […]

Introducing summer intern Elena Essa.

From interviewing local charities around the Lansing area to helping out at events such as the Volunteers for America Capital Area Stand Down for Veterans, intern Elena Essa was a team member for Helping Women Period for the summer of 2016. A current sophomore at the University of Michigan studying sustainability and energy policy, Elena […]

Who Will Represent? Rep. Roberts Will.

Championing for women in Michigan, Representative Sarah Roberts (D-18) works to represent, fight for, and improve women’s lives. Sarah Roberts is an advocate. Through her work for the Michigan House of Representatives, she serves District 18 and greater Michigan for the betterment of women’s rights, education and health care. In an interview, Helping Women Period […]


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