Cycles+Sex is a movement dedicated to educating and celebrating the interconnectedness of our menstrual, hormonal, reproductive and sexual health.
We recently interviewed the 3 founders as part of our Experts series. This weekend in Los Angeles, they will be hosting their 1st West Coast event, a cross-section of workshops, panels, performances and a marketplace.
Inspired by their efforts and motivated by the empowered conversations around sex (i.e., both education and pleasure), read on for some of our favorite femtech products, tools, initiatives and advocates.
Well-engineered sex toys created to heighten intimacy and openly empower the sexual experiences of womankind.
Current product range:
Eva - a hands-free vibrator designed for clitoral stimulation during sex, including penetration.
Fin - a versatile vibrator worn between the fingers to add stimulating vibration to touch. For foreplay, sex, or solo use. For more on Fin, check out this fun and informative video:
A functional medicine period tracker and hormone balancing app. Created by Alisa Vitti, My Flo is the 1st period tracking app to help women align with their natural 28-day hormonal cycles and become symptom free by putting an end to hromonal chaos.
Underwear and activewear to replace pads and liners *and* be used as a backup or replacement to tampons and cups. Each pair absorbs up to 2 tampons' worth of blood, yet they look and feel like a regular pair of underwear. An organic cotton version is now available, as well as all-natural, non-chemical tampons.
Don't miss "The story of a girl who bled a river and... it was fine" (just below):
Finnish brand Lunette is reputed to make the best menstrual cups around. Created for ease and comfort, the cups are made of soft medical grade silicone and are BPA free (no yeast, bacteria or odor). They aim to be compatible for women of every age, shape, size and childbearing stage. Check out their site for information on everything from which cup to choose, menopause and vaginal anatomy.
CYCLES+SEX speaks with thought-leaders and innovators on subjects ranging from egg-freezing, female orgasms, painful sex, intersectionality and male fertility.
PERIOD is a non-profit group co-founded in 2014 by Nadya Okamoto and Vincent Forand and run by young activists who believes
all people have a right to safe, clean menstrual products. They are leading the Menstrual Movement by changing the conversation around periods and providing care to those in need. Just $2 can cover an entire menstrual cycle. So get involved by joining a local chapter, hosting a product drive or by encouraging businesses to partnering on funding and distribution.
Since opening in 1971, The Pleasure Chest has been a pioneer in sex positive culture, education and inclusivity. In addition to e-commerce there are brick-and-mortar stores in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, offering a specialized shopping experience in a judgment-free environment, a huge variety of products and our PleasurEd program: free weekly workshops open to anyone looking to expand their sexual education. The mission: to help you have the best sex of your life.
Integrative nutritionist, hormone expert, founder of FLOliving and author of WomanCode (Harper Collins). Vitti is an engaging public speaker (see her TED Talk here). Additionally, she and her team of trained experts offer consulting services to individuals, couples and women coworkers to help them flow and grow.