My First Period Kit

by rachel bryan in Walsall, West Midlands, United Kingdom

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Code Red emerged from a deeply personal journey marked by pain and frustration. Enduring over two decades of agonizing periods...

by rachel bryan in Walsall, West Midlands, United Kingdom

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According to research conducted by Bodyform, a staggering number of 350,000 girls are unable to attend school due to their periods. This amounts to a shocking total of 2.1 million hours of missed education. Among these girls, an alarming 27% attribute their absence to feelings of embarrassment and shame associated with menstruation. The consequences of this are far-reaching, not only resulting in educational setbacks but also perpetuating a cycle of stigma and ignorance surrounding periods.

One of the primary reasons for this lack of menstrual education lies within our schools. A study conducted by Frontiers for Women's Health revealed that a mere 63% of teachers have attempted to teach about periods in their classrooms. Unfortunately, many of these teachers feel ill-equipped and unsupported in their efforts. To compensate for the lack of resources, most educators turn to the internet and rely on their personal experiences. This approach, however, fails to address the broader aspects of menstrual management. In fact, a staggering 80% of teachers participating in the survey expressed a desire for additional training on this subject. It is clear that a more comprehensive approach is needed, which goes beyond the scientific and biological aspects of periods and delves into practical management techniques.

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Reflecting on my own formative years, I am acutely aware of the distress and turmoil caused by a lack of menstrual education. Like countless other teens, I found myself missing school due to the excruciating pain and heavy bleeding associated with menstruation. The complete absence of preparation and knowledge left me feeling isolated and confused. It seemed that no one could provide a satisfactory explanation for the severity of my pain. The inadequacy of school education on this matter only exacerbated my anxiety.

Moreover, the physical barriers within the school environment intensified the challenges of managing periods. Access to restrooms during class hours was often restricted, adding to the stress and panic of urgently needing to change my pad. Obtaining a restroom key from the main office became an arduous task, and even then, the teachers held the power to determine whether I could use the bathroom during lessons. Their lack of empathy and understanding further contributed to the hurdles I faced. Unsurprisingly, my academic performance suffered as a result, as I frequently had to take time off due to the debilitating effects of my periods. Regrettably, my diagnosis of endometriosis was significantly delayed, as it was dismissed as a passing phase.

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According to a YouGov study, the importance of parental involvement in providing adequate menstrual education is evident. In fact, 82% of women aged 18-29 believe that they were not taught enough about menstruation in school. Girls who reported feeling well-prepared for their first period overwhelmingly credit their parent(s) as their primary source of information. This highlights the need for a comprehensive approach, where parents and educators work hand in hand to equip teens with the necessary knowledge and support.

Tragically, the challenges faced by young girls persist to this day. Many continue to grapple with the mysteries of menstruation, devoid of the guidance and resources necessary to navigate this crucial phase of their lives. The lingering taboo surrounding periods leaves them feeling isolated and ill-informed. As we confront this critical issue, we must ask ourselves who will step up to provide the much-needed guidance and support these young girls so desperately need. Failure to address this issue not only perpetuates inequality but also hampers their journey into adulthood. 1713370608_14.png

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Period Starter Kit Package from Code Red Period Products provides tweens and teens with the ultimate tool to support them through puberty.
Code Red Period Products is all about turning personal struggles into opportunities to make a real difference in teen lives. My goal? To make sure no other teen has to go through the same challenges I faced. I'm on a mission to empower teens and tweens by giving them the tools and knowledge they need to embrace their bodies confidently, without any shame or stigma.

We're not just sitting back and waiting for change to happen. Oh no, we're taking our mission straight to the schools. We're educating teens and teaching staff alike about periods and the often-ignored issue of period pain. And we're not stopping there. Our big dream? To supply schools, especially those in low-income areas, with special boxes packed full of all the essential period products. Because let's face it, every teen deserves a level playing field.

So far, we've been able to help thousands of teens during this crucial stage of their lives. But with the demand skyrocketing, it's time to level up. I can't keep up with preparing and dispatching the products all by myself anymore. It's time for expansion and a fresh look. We're talking about creating something truly unique and practical: a "period to go" kit.

This kit won't just be a necessity; it'll be a celebration. Picture this: a sleek, discreet bag that's like a first aid kit for periods. It'll have everything you need neatly packed away, ready to grab and go. But here's the kicker: it'll still have that "wow" factor. It'll be packaged in a way that screams, "This is special!" We want this to be more than just a product; we want it to be a memory, a moment of connection and conversation.

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**Empowering Teens Worldwide: Code Red Period Products Needs Your Support**

Hey, amazing supporters of Code Red Period Products! We need your help to expand our reach and impact even more teens around the world.

We've been on a mission to educate and empower teens about menstruation, but we've hit a roadblock. Currently, we're operating on a make-to-order basis and purchasing daily, which drives up our costs significantly. This means our products are more expensive, and we're unable to reach as many teens as we'd like.

To truly make a difference, we need to scale up our operations. We want to reach more schools and communities with our workshops and provide affordable period products to those who need them most. But to do that, we need an influx of cash to be able to advertise our products, stock, and expanding into new markets. We need to be able to have storage facility to store our inventory as i currently work from home my house is bursting from the seams. 

By supporting us financially, you'll be helping us break free from this financial rut and turn our dreams into reality. Your contribution will enable us to purchase directly from factories, reducing costs and allowing us to offer our products at more affordable prices. Plus, it'll help us spread the word about our workshops and reach even more teens who can benefit from our education and support.

Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of teens everywhere. Join us in our mission to break the stigma around periods and ensure that no teen has to face menstruation alone. Your support means the world to us – let's make a positive impact together! 

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1713374718_hjgjj.png1713374784_c.pngOur Period Pass:- Imagine being a Teen who suddenly gets their period without any prior warning. Now imagine you want to go to the toilet urgently and not getting permission. You are filled with anxiety. You are at school. A great solution is the Period Pass, a pre-filled pass that tells teachers why you need to go to the toilet urgently. We hope the Period Pass will help lessen the embarrassment for teens in school who have the right to privacy. Our passes have also been used to help teens who have learning difficulties who may find it hard to communicate their needs to teachers or staff many of our customers have said that this pass has been very helpful for their child who is on the Autism spectrum, as it breaks the communication barrier. made of PVC plastic for long durability and reusability .

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It was designed with Tweens & Teens in mind, to help them learn and understand their periods and what is happening to them. Teens of all ages can use it to learn and understand their periods.

Included in the Journal is :-
PERIOD TRACKER- The key part of understanding periods is understanding your own. This is one of the most important parts of this Journal and our Period Starter Kit! Being able to spot when something is wrong, and keeping track of your mood, pain score and knowing when your next period will be, are just a few of the things we’ll be learning together in this Journal.
WORKBOOK-There is a chance for mum and teen to bond in this workbook, answer questions honestly, and enjoy this part of the journal together. Also within this section your teens will find quizzes, colouring activities and most importantly LEARNING TOOLS. This Workbook was created especially for out period starter kits by Code Red Period Products.
PUBERTY DICTIONARY- This Dictionary has been designed to help you understand the key words used in this workbook and words that your teens may not understand in our period starter kit material.
DIARY PAGES- for teens to be able to write down their feelings and emotions during this confusing time. Code Red Period Products believe that it is important to be able to express yourself, or just for girl talk, everything from periods to friendships, parents, schoolwork and more.

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Introducing... A Parent's Guide to Navigating Teen Periods

Your ultimate guidebook on all things periods! Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie to the world of menstruation, this handbook is your go-to resource for supporting your teen through their period journey. So grab a cuppa, cozy up, and let’s dive into the wonderful world of periods together!

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Hot Water Bottle & Belt-For those days when being handsfree is crucial. Designed to hug you just right to give you a warm & gentle pain relief.  this design is perfect for relieving your aches and pains.

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Thermo Cup -Keep your drinks hot or cold with this thermo cup, which has a secret compartment where you can store your medication or your Ginger drink for when you feel a little sick. The flask is ideal for using to refill your hot water bottle belt with adult supervision when you are away from home.

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1713375253_render_mockup_4000_3000_2024-04-12_(3).jpgTo ensure diverse representation and promote positive self-esteem we have chosen to write this book with Gender Neutral characters with a space for you to enter your childs name.
The story focus' on the period Journey and all the experiences, ups and downs and many different emotions that they are just trying to understand, but too scared to talk about. They don't seem to understand what is happening to their body, why are they feeling so sad so snappy and irritable. They end up losing their friends  for what seems like no reason at all.....untill the day it all makes sense why they have been feeling this way. In the book we take a look at the start of your period what it may look like, what it may feel like, and what to look out for. Inside the book you can find out special tips for period pain and some gentle information about Endometriosis is shared in the story to help teens identify this condition if needed in the future.

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My First Period Certificate- To celebrate the start of a new chapter we felt it was fitting to celebrate the momentous moment of these Teens. We want to break down the stigma and taboos that comes along with having a period and promote this as a celebratory time in a women’s life.

How to make Reusable sanitary pads (Instructions)
Because we live in a world where some people have to make the choice between buying food and buying pads, we thought it was important to give teens another way. Re-usable pads are a great way to help reduce environmental waste, and are the ultimate in frugality. These instructions will show you how to make your own reusable sanitary pad out of old clothes, or other materials. You just need to buy the needle and thread! It's a better alternative than buying expensive commercial pads from shops.

Underwear Template

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Ginger Drink
Creating our own brand of ginger tea. Not only can it be a tasty and soothing beverage, but it can also provide a natural remedy for period-related nausea. Made with high-quality ingredients and tailored specifically to address the needs of those experiencing discomfort during their periods.

Ginger tea is already renowned for its ability to ease nausea, and by adding our own unique touch to it, we can create a product that's not only effective but delicious.

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Bath Salts

Epsom salts, also known as magnesium sulfate, work wonders for relieving period cramps. The magnesium they contain plays a crucial role by helping to relax your muscles, which can greatly reduce cramping during your period. Lavender is renowned for its calming properties, adding an extra touch of comfort and tranquility to your soak.

Whether you're seeking relief from period cramps or simply craving some well-deserved relaxation, Epsom salts are definitely worth trying out. They offer a straightforward yet effective remedy that can make a significant difference during that time of the month

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At Code Red Period Products, our mission is to empower tweens and teens to take control of their menstrual health through our informative and engaging workshops.

During our workshops, we cover a wide range of topics related to periods to ensure that participants feel informed, prepared, and confident as they navigate this new experience. From what to expect during your first period to managing symptoms and staying comfortable and confident, our workshops provide comprehensive guidance on all aspects of menstruation.

We understand that choosing the right menstrual products can be overwhelming, which is why we discuss the different types available and offer tips on selecting the best option for individual needs. Whether it's pads, tampons, menstrual cups, or period underwear, our goal is to ensure that every participant feels confident in their choice and comfortable using their chosen product.

We want to work closely with Schools & Communities creating workshops all over the world especially the United Kingdom. 

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**Introducing Our Affordable Period Pants and sports wear**

 Your go-to solution for comfortable, affordable, and sustainable period underwear and sports wear.

We know that period poverty is a real issue, which is why we're on a mission to make period products accessible to everyone. Our range of period pants, shorts, and swimsuits are designed with your comfort and confidence in mind, without breaking the bank.

Our final venture: Affordable period pants designed to combat period poverty while promoting sustainability. 

**Affordability:** We believe that access to period products should never be a financial burden. That's why we're committed to offering our period pants at prices that won't break the bank. Whether you're a student on a budget or a family looking to save, our products are accessible to all.

**Sustainability:** Our planet is important to us, which is why we've prioritized sustainability in every aspect of our brand. Our period pants are made from high-quality, eco-friendly materials that are gentle on both your skin and the environment. Plus,  in reusable period products, you're reducing waste and making a positive impact on the planet.

**Mission:** At the heart of our brand is a commitment to fighting period poverty. For every pair of period pants sold, a portion of the proceeds goes towards providing free or discounted products to those in need. By choosing our brand, you're not only getting a great product – you're also making a difference in someone's life.

So, whether you're looking for an affordable, sustainable alternative to traditional period products or simply want to support a good cause, we've got you covered. 

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1713377223_hgb.pngWe know that being a parent can be a juggling act, and sometimes it's easy to overlook the little things, like stocking up on sanitary pads for your teen. That's where our monthly subscription service comes in handy.

Imagine this: no more frantic runs to the store, trying to remember which brand and size your teen prefers. With our discreet monthly subscription, you can have sanitary pads delivered right to your doorstep, hassle-free. But it's not just about convenience. We understand that talking about periods with your teen might not be the easiest thing, especially for single dads. That's why our subscription service is designed to make it easier for both of you. Your teen can receive their pads discreetly, without feeling embarrassed or having to ask.
Plus, our subscription ensures that your teen always has access to the products they need, so they never have to worry about running out unexpectedly.

Sanitary Towels designed specifically for teens made from biodegradable material
we want to be able to create and design our own brand of Sanitary towels, in order to do this we have to purchase in large quantities, doing this will make it cheaper to purchase thus making it possible to make it affordable for all.


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Code Red Period Products emerged from a deeply personal journey marked by pain and frustration. Enduring over two decades of agonizing periods due to Endometriosis and undergoing 11 surgeries, I was driven to make a difference for others embarking on their own period journey.

Starting menstruation at a young age without proper education or support, I faced the challenges of school while grappling with severe pain and heavy bleeding. Despite seeking medical assistance, my symptoms were frequently disregarded, resulting in missed opportunities and prolonged suffering.

The lack of understanding and the stigma surrounding periods fueled my determination to spark change. Drawing from my own struggles, I created Code Red Period Products—a collection of resources crafted to empower teens with the knowledge and support needed to effectively manage their periods.

Every single item we offer is designed with teens in mind, focusing on education, empowerment, and inclusivity. Whether it's interactive journals, period passes, or workshops, Code Red Period Products is all about smashing the stigma surrounding periods and creating a space where open conversations can happen freely.

I started this company using my government benefits because I couldn't work due to my condition, but I believed so strongly in this cause. I wanted to support as many teens as possible as they navigate this new chapter of their lives.

Driven by our dedication to accessibility and diversity, Code Red Period Products is on a mission to reach every person who menstruates, no matter their background or financial situation. Through educational programs and community engagement, we're empowering individuals and striving to build a world where menstruation is accepted and celebrated without any shame.

My background as a nurse has equipped me with the skills to ensure that the information we share is based on evidence and research, guaranteeing accuracy and reliability for our users.

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                                                      Take a break magazine

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Our company has seen incredible traction, with over 500K views on TikTok from just one affiliate video, and additional videos amassing over 50k views and shared over 30K+ times. However, without additional funding sources, we're facing challenges in expanding the company due to outgrowing our current workspace, which happens to be my spare room.

Given the overwhelming positive response from teens for our starter kit, we recognize the need to make some adjustments to enable mass production while maintaining the integrity of our core products. This entails rebranding with our own identity and eliminating customization. Customization, although beloved by many, is time-consuming, taking nearly an hour per starter kit. This time constraint becomes unsustainable with the high demand, limiting our ability to reach as many teens as we aspire to help.

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                                 (Click the pictures to watch the Tiktok Videos)

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The support we receive through this funding is a game-changer for Code Red Period Products. Back when I started the company, I was using my own government benefits to try and help as many teens as possible but with this boost, we're poised to take a huge leap forward.

One of the most exciting aspects of this funding is the opportunity to develop our own brand of products. No more relying on others – we'll have full control over the quality and direction of our offerings. By purchasing directly from the factory, we're not only cutting costs but also ensuring that every product bears the Code Red stamp of excellence.

Ensuring the protection of our products is paramount for Code Red Period Products, which is why we're prioritizing the trademarking and copyrighting of our offerings. By securing these intellectual property rights, we're safeguarding the uniqueness and integrity of our brand and products.

Trademarking our brand name and logo solidifies our identity in the market, preventing any unauthorized use or imitation by competitors. This not only protects our brand reputation but also builds trust and recognition among our customers.

Copyrighting our products extends this protection to the creative elements of our offerings, such as designs, packaging, and educational materials. It ensures that our original work remains exclusive to Code Red, guarding against plagiarism and unauthorized reproduction.

By trademarking and copyrighting, we're not only safeguarding our product development but also laying a strong foundation for long-term growth and success. It's a vital step in establishing Code Red as a trusted leader in the menstrual care industry, both now and in the future.

But it doesn't stop there. We're stepping up our game in terms of branding and marketing. With funds allocated for a professional graphic designer, we're going to elevate our visual identity to a whole new level. From eye-catching packaging to captivating imagery, we're crafting a brand that's as unique and vibrant as the teens we serve.

Speaking of serving teens, we're ramping up our outreach efforts. From social media campaigns to community engagements and school programs, we're spreading the word about Code Red far and wide. And with the help of a dedicated content creator and social media manager, we're confident our message will resonate like never before.

But let's not forget the heart of what we do – education. With funds earmarked for props, resources, and expanding our teaching team, we're committed to empowering teens and adults alike with the knowledge they need to navigate periods with confidence and dignity. And through data collection and analysis, we're determined to uncover the root causes of period-related absenteeism in schools and develop effective solutions.

Expanding our reach is a top priority for Code Red Period Products, and with this funding, we're gearing up to go global. We're excited to not only offer our products worldwide but also to make them available on popular platforms like Amazon. By tapping into the vast reach of Amazon and leveraging their warehouse facilities, we can ensure seamless fulfillment and speedy delivery to customers across the globe.

Additionally, to accommodate our growing inventory and streamline operations, we need a dedicated storage facility. As much as I love working from home, my humble abode is bursting at the seams with stock! Securing a storage facility for a year will provide the space and organization needed to manage our inventory efficiently, freeing up precious space at home for, well, living.

And last but certainly not least, this funding brings us one step closer to ensuring that I, as the founder, can sustainably support myself. It's been a labor of love thus far, but with financial stability on the horizon, I can focus even more energy on driving positive change and making a real difference in the lives of teens everywhere. 

I am so excited to see what this product can become with the help of you i will be able to help even more people around the world, but not alone, so thank you for believing in this project and taking the time to read all of this.

Rachel x

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Thank You Message

We just wanted to take a moment to say a massive thank you for your incredible support of Code Red Period Products and our mission to empower teens worldwide.

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Digital - Period WorkBook and StoryBook

First up, we've got your Period Tracker - a super handy tool to help you understand your own cycle. Tracking your period not only helps you know when Aunt Flo's about to visit, but it also lets you keep tabs on your mood, pain levels, and what's normal for your body. It's like having your own personal period detective! Next, we've got the Workbook - the ultimate bonding experience for you and your mum! Together, you'll tackle quizzes,

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4 x Period Passes

Included 1X Period Pass 1X Badge Reel Period Pass - Imagine being a young girl who suddenly gets her period without any prior warning. Now imagine you want to go to the toilet urgently and not getting permission. You are filled with anxiety. You are at school. A great solution is the Period Pass, a pre-filled pass that tells teachers why you need to go to the toilet urgently.

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My First Period Kit

Are you ready to revolutionize the way you experience menstruation? Get ready to snag your very own package of Code Red Period Products before they even hit the shelves! We're bringing you the ultimate period starter kit that's personalized, informative, and oh-so stylish. With our Princess Deluxe Package, you'll have everything you need to tackle your period with confidence and ease.

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Have your name written in our period story book under Special thanks and a copy sent to you! *please be aware that their may be fees once shipped that need to be paid at the destination country such as customs etc*

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