Buy PMS block and help
support women and
protect the environment
Created for women by women
Empowering and celebrating women
Fighting against systemic misogyny
Eradicating the idea “periods are taboo”
The PMS block holds a special place in our hearts. It was created to celebrate and empower woman while stimulating an important conversation. We felt periods shouldn’t be a taboo topic. They are something natural.
Provardo is passionate about empowering women. We want more convocation around women’s empowerment and the topic of woman’s health! We believe in using chocolate for change.
Did you know that there are women worldwide that miss school, work and important life opportunities simply because they don’t have access to sanitary items?
Did you know this problem exists in Australia, and period poverty is a real issue today? As a nation, in 2018, we removed the tax on period products. We have been making progress since. However, we still have a way to go. We wanted to dedicate a block of love to women in need.
Besides buying PMS chocolate blocks, how can I do more to support women and protect the environment?
Everyone and every female body is different, but there are things you might want to consider if you’re looking to decrease your environmental footprint. Have you ever heard of menstrual cups? They have gained popularity in recent years, save money and are much more environmentally friendly than traditional period products.
An awesome organisation in line with our values is the WA collective. They believe in protecting the environment while supporting women in need, just like us.
They offer incredible insight into menstrual cups if you’re looking to decrease your environmental footprint. Founded by a strong, passionate woman who also wants to make a change.
Check out WA collective here: https://wacollective.org.nz
Zinc has been shown to reduce physical symptoms of PMS, such as the severity of pain, headaches, muscle pain and overall feeling of lethargy. Zinc has additionally been shown to reduce psychological symptoms associated with PMS, such as decreased mood.
Jafari, F., Amani, R. and Tarrahi, M.J., 2020. Effect of zinc supplementation on physical and psychological symptoms, biomarkers of inflammation, oxidative stress, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor in young women with premenstrual syndrome: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Biological trace element research, 194(1), pp.89-95.
Zinc also supports: Your immune system, protein and DNA production and the genetic material in all cells.
National Institutes of Health (2016). Office of dietary supplements – zinc. [online] Nih.gov.
Available at: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/.
Magnesium has been shown to reduce symptoms such as depression, cravings, anxiety and water retention. The combination of Magnesium and Vitamin B6 has shown to be more impactful than magnesium alone in reducing PMS symptoms; this is why we use both.
Fathizadeh, N., Ebrahimi, E., Valiani, M., Tavakoli, N. and Yar, M.H., 2010. Evaluating the effect of magnesium and magnesium plus vitamin B6 supplement on the severity of premenstrual syndrome. Iranian journal of nursing and midwifery research, 15(Suppl1), p.401.
Facchinetti, F., Borella, P., Sances, G., Fioroni, L.O.R.E.D.A.N.A., Nappi, R.E. and Genazzani, A.R., 1991. Oral magnesium successfully relieves premenstrual mood changes. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 78(2), pp.177-181.
Walker, A.F., De Souza, M.C., Vickers, M.F., Abeyasekera, S., Collins, M.L. and Trinca, L.A., 1998. Magnesium supplementation alleviates premenstrual symptoms of fluid retention. Journal of women’s health, 7(9), pp.1157-1165
Magnesium also supports: energy creation, exercise performance and recovery, protein formation, muscle movement, nervous system regulation and can reduce inflammation.
Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE (2018). 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Magnesium. [online] Healthline.
Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-magnesium-benefits.
Vitamin B6 has been shown to relieve mood related symptoms.
Wyatt, K.M., Dimmock, P.W., Jones, P.W. and O’Brien, P.S., 1999. Efficacy of vitamin B-6 in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome: systematic review. Bmj, 318(7195), pp.1375-1381
B6 also supports: production of serotonin (which regulates mood) and norepinephrine (which helps your body cope with stress). Vitamin B6 also helps the body make melatonin, which is important in helping regulate your internal clock and sleep.
National Institutes of Health (2017). Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin B6. [online]
Available at: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitaminB6-healthprofessional/