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 8000 cups to over 40 partner organizations and individuals all around the world! Some of the organizations we have worked with include:
Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA)
Princeton Students for Reproductive Justice
East Los Angeles Women's Center
LA County Department of Children & Family Services
Los Angeles Unified School District
The Haven of Transylvania County
Planned Parenthood LA
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
Assistance League of Los Angeles-Operation School Bell Prom Project
Covenant House - Los Angeles
Los Angeles Downtown Women's Shelter
Ephesus SDA Church
Girls Arise - Uganda
CASA of Los Angeles
Glamour Gowns Suit Up
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles
I Am A Girl - Uganda
Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN)
LGBT Hollywood Center
Los Angeles Department of Human Services
Mercy House Missions
My Friend’s Place
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles - Las Promotores
Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) - LA
Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) - NYC
Sisters on the Streets
Soccer Without Borders
Black Women for Wellness
Covenant House Atlanta
Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter
N.O.W - Massachusetts
Prep for Prep
Instituto Madre Asunta - Tijuana
The Metropolitan Community Church
Silvia Rivera Place
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Scrub Life Cares
Union Mission Inc.
Our Mission: Period Equity for All
Why Menstrual Cups?
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!
Delphine & Reyna
Reyna | Co-Founder
REYNA HOHAGEN is a trilingual consumer insights expert. She has collaborated on a variety of international marketing research studies in Europe, LATAM and the US. Reyna was born in Lima, Peru, then spent her formative years in Chicago where she pursued her university studies. Later, she moved to Paris where she started a family, obtained an MBA, sharpened her qualitative research skills and learned about seven different meanings for the word “Voilà!”
Kiayla | Operations + Education
KIAYLA RYANN, a Chicago-born interdisciplinary healing artist, blends her non-profit and education experience with yoga certifications to champion healing as a catalyst for social change. At The Flow, her mission is to help heal the chasm that leads to indignity for those who experience a period. Beyond her advocacy work, you'll find Kiayla sharing poetry, teaching yoga, or in her kitchen singing a Stevie Wonder song over a simmering pot of something spicy she's preparing for her dear ones.
Vicki | Board Member
VICKI SIMON, a Santa Barbara CA native, supports our cause as a Marketing Director. After graduating from Duke University and completing her master’s degree at The George Washington University, Vicki moved to Paris, France where she spent over 15 years working for Disneyland Paris. Since being back in California with her husband and two children, Vicki has grown her career in marketing strategy and digital & experience transformation, in addition to helping her husband develop his French wine import, wholesale, and retail business.