- A new study has found workers in plants that manufacture LCD (liquid crystal display) have shortened menstrual cycles. This is considered preliminary research, as little is known about the long-term effects of such exposure in humans. However, many chemical agents used in LCD manufacturing have been evaluated in animal studies of female reproductive toxicity.
- Our own David Linton’s letter in response to Rose George’s essay about menstrual taboo in India was published in the New York Times.
- Another reason to avoid douches and other so-called feminine hygiene products: the microbes of the human vagina are paramount to our survival as a species.
- The fit (almost fifty!) feminists talk about Iyengar yoga adaptions for menstruation.
- Kirsten O’Regan explores new trends in of labiaplasty and so-called vaginal rejuvenation surgery in Guernica magazine, including a procedure called “the Barbie”, which excises the entire labia minora so that women resemble the famous plastic fashion icon. Read part 1 and part 2.
- Planned Parenthood, the largest reproductive health organization in the U.S., is trying to re-frame the discussions and debates around abortion by letting go of the phrase pro-choice. Tracy Weitz reflects on that change for RH Reality Check.