Brownies That Relieve PMS Are Here -- What a Time to Be Alive!


For over 90 percent of women, premenstrual syndrome is unforgiving. From the mood swings and the bloating to the painful cramps, PMS is the best reason to treat yourself with some TLC -- oh, and enough brownies to feed a small village. That always helps.

  • Raise your hand if you know what I'm talking about.

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  • Well, it seems like our cries of agony have been heard. Enter: Moon Cycle Bakery.

    Moon Cycle Bakery, which is located in Olympia, Washington, describes itself as a "baked goods delivery service" that syncs up with the arrival of Aunt Flow, thanks to a period-tracking app. (If you're irregular, you can just go by one-time orders.) You can get treats -- ranging from brownies and donuts to chocolate cups -- delivered right to your house.

    "We know this time of the month can be challenging, but we also know this time offers enhanced creativity, a stronger connection to our intuition, and an opportunity to shed layers -- both literally and figuratively," the website says.

  • Devon Porrino Loftus is the founder of the company, and she came up with the idea when one of her friends devoured a cake during Loftus's bachelorette party.

    According to the website, her friend had gone up to the cake's baker (Devon's soon-to-be-husband, Brian) to tell him: "I just needed to tell you that this is one of the best cakes I've ever eaten. And I'm not sure if it's because I'm about to get my period, but I almost cried."

    Devon replied to her friend, "We'll be sure to make you one of these cakes every month."
  • Thus, Moon Cycle was born, first starting off as a Kickstarter project.

    And not shockingly, it was a hit. The company ended up earning $16,155, which was more than $1,000 over the goal.

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  • As great as having brownies delivered right to your door is, what makes these treats different from that boxed mix?

    Moon Cycle Bakery says it uses "high-quality, hormone-balancing, clean ingredients," which are supposed to help relieve your dreadful symptoms. 

    The Raspberry Black Bean Brownie With Primrose promises to have gamma-linolenic acid, which Moon Cycle Bakery claims replenishes the essential nutrients that our body might need during PMS, like magnesium. However, the debate over its effectiveness is still up in the air. 

    Another treat, like the Matcha Coconut Bites, has chia seeds, which are high in fiber and omega 3s and supposedly help out with cramps. There's also ginger in many of the treats, which is thought to help with headaches, cramps, and other pain.

  • However, relieving PMS seems to come at a cost: One treat will run you $15.

    Packages of two will cost $23, and packages of three treats cost $30, according to Mashable. If you're into this sort of thing, you can sign up starting on December 15, and expect your fancy period treats around February. 

    Those who are balling on a budget might just stick to good ol' ibuprofen and a pint of Ben and Jerry's. 

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