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A LITTLE ABOUT US

The Flow is the only non-profit in California focusing exclusively on reusable menstrual products. Providing culturally-specific and multilingual education about menstrual cups and donating them, The Flow works to serve under-resourced communities. Our work is at the intersection of social justice, health, and environment advocacy.

 

 

At The Flow, we're dedicated to achieving Period Equity for All. In the United States, 1 in 4 teens faces challenges affording period products, leading to missed school days. Globally, low-income families make agonizing choices between menstrual products and essentials like food. The stigma surrounding periods perpetuates gender inequalities and poses health risks. We're committed to breaking these barriers through advocacy and education, ensuring access to affordable, sustainable menstrual products.

 

  • Economic Empowerment: Cups cost less than a few months of disposable products. Over a lifetime, a woman can save over $4000 by choosing a menstrual cup.

  • Sustainable and Green: Cups can be safely reused for up to 10 years, reducing waste in septic systems, landfills, and oceans. They require less energy for production and shipping, contributing to a greener planet.

  • Health and Wellness: Cups can be worn for up to 12 hours, collecting three times more blood than tampons or pads. Free from harmful chemicals, they pose less risk of toxic shock syndrome and eliminate issues like drying or tearing

  • Empowerment Through Education: Menstrual cups empower individuals by fostering a deeper understanding of their bodies, leading to better health outcomes. Education about cups also helps break stigmas and shame associated with menstruation

  • Inclusivity: Menstrual cups provide an alternative option for gender-expansive communities, contributing to a more equitable approach to menstrual care.

 

 

So far, we've donated over 12,000 cups to over 65 partner organizations and individuals all around the world!

 

Some of the organizations we have worked with include:

601 For Period Equity

A New Way of Life

ACLU of Southern California

Afropoderosas Cuba

Alexandria House

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

Assistance League of Los Angeles - Prom Project

Baby2Baby

Black Women for Wellness

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles - Prom Project

Covenant House - Atlanta

Covenant House - Los Angeles

DIY Girls

Days For Girls

East Los Angeles Women's Center

Elizabeth House

F.A.C.E.

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

Friend In Deed - The Women’s Room

Girls Arise - Uganda

GirlTrek LA

Good Shepherd Shelter

Haven of Transylvania County

Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission

I Am A Girl - Uganda

Instituto Madre Asunta - Tijuana

Las Promotoras

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

Los Angeles County Department of Human Services

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Altadena

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Lancaster

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, San Gabriel Valley

Los Angeles Downtown Women's Shelter

Los Angeles Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles Unified School District

Martin Luther King Center for Public Health

Mercy Child Care

Miry's List - Los Angeles

Miry's List - Sacramento

My Friend’s Place

National Alliance of Mental Illness, Pomona Valley

National Organization of Women - MA

Palmetto Place Children and Youth Services

The People Concern

Pomona Center for Public Health

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles

Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley

Princeton Students for Reproductive Justice

Prep for Prep

Project SAFE

Rebellion 99

Scrub Life Cares

Sex Workers Outreach Project- Los Angeles (SWOP LA)

Sex Workers Outreach Project- New York City (SWOP NYC)

Shield of Freedom

Sisters on the Streets

Soccer Without Borders

St. James Infirmary

Sumter United Ministry

Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA)

The Haven of Transylvania County

The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)

Uve Cuba

Union Mission Inc.

Youth Emerging Stronger

Our Mission: Period Equity for All

Why Menstrual Cups?

Our Partners

HELLO

AWARENESS IS OPTIONS IS CHOICE.

The Flow World is all about making sure menstruators have the knowledge they need to access and advocate for menstrual equity.

 

Here, at The Flow, we’re motivated to get the word out about resuables because…they’re great and more people should try them. Kind to your body. Light on your wallet. And easy on the environment. For example, one menstrual cup can stay in up to 12 hours, last up to 10 years and cost only $20-$40. It may not be rocket science but it is mind-blowing!

CULTIVATING PERIOD POSITIVITY.

We’re especially interested in getting information to moms and to soon-to-be/new menstruators because we want to do better for our teen daughters and other girls. We hope that they can experience menstruation in a climate of period positivity and with more choices. And help spread that confidence and power to girls everywhere. We also distribute information and reusables to the people who need them most – low-income menstruators here in the US and everywhere!

ADVOCACY FOR FREE-ER, FAIR-ER PERIODS.

Finally, we want to support and motivate others to support equity legislation around menstruation – like providing free menstrual products to people who can’t afford them. It’s about fairness, social justice and health. Hopefully, unlike so many other issues, it’s something we can all get behind.

So please help us get closer to the day when all girls can start their menstrual journey with laughter and choices, and we all live better, fairer and healthier!

Thank you!

Delphine & Reyna

OUR TEAM

Delphine Hirsh

Delphine | Founder

Delphine Hirsh, Executive Director & Founder of The Flow, is a Princeton University graduate, and a leader in the menstrual equity movement. She worked at NY-based Prep for Prep and the American Foundation for AIDS Research. She founded LA-based The Flow in 2017 after trying a menstrual cup, and realizing its potential to fight period poverty. She has also collaborated on menstrual equity legislation in CA. 

Reyna

Reyna | Co-Founder

Reyna Hohagen, The Flow Co-Founder, is a Peruvian-American consumer insights expert. Her personal immigrant background has shaped her passion for equity while her professional experience as a qualitative researcher has allowed her to explore the issues affecting Latine communities. Reyna leads The Flow’s Spanish-language outreach/education, and the creation of Spanish-language educational materials. Reyna is also the Founder and CEO of Good Leche, a bilingual marketing research agency, specializing in the hispanic consumer market.

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Kiayla | Outreach + Education

Kiayla Ryann, Director of Outreach & Education at The Flow, conducts empowering workshops that encourage individuals to embrace their menstrual health without shame. A Chicago-born interdisciplinary artist holding a BA in Theater Studies from Bradley University, Kiayla uses the transformative power of storytelling to reshape narratives and challenge societal stigmas around menstruation as a means of driving social change. With five years of experience in outreach, program development and education, Kiayla is dedicated to the fight for menstrual equity, and promoting sustainable health and dignity for those who menstruate.

Vicki Simon The Flow

Vicki | Board Member

Vicki Simon, The Flow Board Member, is a Duke University graduate with master’s degree from George Washington University, and has a long career in marketing strategy and digital & experience transformation. Vicki lives between Los Angeles and Paris, and has worked for Universal Studios, Disney US, and Disneyland Paris. In addition to helping her husband develop his import/export business, Vicki is developing an online store for French tween/teens to access the latest/healthiest menstrual products.

Team
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