- Anne Firth Murray is teaching an open online course (often abbreviated as a “MOOC”) about International Women’s Health + Human Rights online, right now. The course started July 10, but you can still join the course and get caught up with videos and readings.
- Raise your hand if you’re shocked: The leadership of companies that sell products to women – from cosmetics and household goods to pads and tampons – is largely male.
- The makers of Kindara, one of our favorite iPhone apps for period charting, is seeking beta testers for the forthcoming Android version.
- In traditional Iranian medicine, myrtle fruit syrup has been used as a treatment for heavy menstrual flow, or menometrorrhagia, as it’s known clinically. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study was conducted by researchers at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, and the researchers found that menstruating women using the syrup experienced fewer bleeding days, used fewer pads, and reported higher quality of life scores than those in the control group. The study is reported in full in a recent issue of DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
- At Natural Fertility Info, Kathryn Cardinal explains how charting your cycle can help you identify common health concerns you might otherwise miss, such as thyroid imbalance or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).
- Nicole Jardim wrote a longer-than-140-characters response to Lena Dunham’s tweet , explaining why Lena Dunham is wrong about birth control.
- Our Bodies, Our Blog reviews and re-considers the new American College of Physicians recommendation that healthy women do not need annual pelvic exams.
- In a long-form piece from Macleans earlier this year, Anne Kingston explains that infertility isn’t the reason fewer women are mothers than in previous generations.
- Be Prepared Period offers their Better Period Action Guide, absolutely free.
- Did you happen to see Bitch Media‘s post of this not-at-all-fake DIY birth control tutorial from a Hobby Lobby employee?
Always™ and its corporate owner, Procter & Gamble, have been receiving a lot of praise around the interwebs these days for their #LikeAGirl campaign, launched June 26, 2014, with a video produced by Lauren Greenfield. The video has been viewed 37 million times and counting. Last week, HuffPo actually called it “a game changer in feminist movement”, which I suppose reveals how little Huffington Post knows about feminist movements, more than anything else.
But before you applaud the efforts of Always to raise girls’ self-esteem, remember that they’re also the people who bring you these ads. Because that stench of girl never goes away, and you can’t spend all day in the shower, use Always.