- re:Cycling contributor Holly Grigg-Spall is also a contributor at Lady Clever. Her first post there deals with lessons we as a society don’t seem to be learning from repeated public debates about access to birth control.
- Holly Grigg-Spall also wrote this essay about the urgent need for the Robin Danielson Act proposed by Representative Carolyn Maloney, which would require that the National Institutes of Health undertake research into whether menstrual hygiene products that contain dioxin, synthetic fibers, and chemical components such as chlorine and undisclosed fragrance ingredients might pose health risks for women: “If the nearly four thousand people that signed [the online petition] also called their reps in Congress, we could really get their attention!”
- Diva Cup also supports the Robin Danielson Act, and documents their experience explaining the need for it to health care practitioners at medical conferences.
- SMCR board member and Professor of Women’s Health Psychology Jane Ussher recently published this piece for The Glow about PMS and work.
- A new study published this month in Obstetrics and Gynecology has found that the only consistent predictor of pain with IUD insertion among women who have never given birth is dysmenorrhea (pain during menstruation) – not size of the uterus.
- Some parents in Fremont, California, are upset that their ninth-graders will be using a sex education textbook that is explicit about, you know, sex.
- Here’s a quick introduction to Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM)/Natural Family Planning (NFP) from the National Health Service [pdf] in Britain.
- The Hairpin‘s period food column (Bloodfeast) features macaroni and cheese this week. It’s the cheesiest.
- Teenagers with disabilities have gynecologic health care needs similar to those of their peers as well as unique needs related to their physical and cognitive issues. Parents and sometimes the teens themselves want to manipulate menstruation with hormones for convenience, but treatment risks and side effects may have a different effect on the lives of these adolescents. Elizabeth Quint’s new review in Obstetrics and Gynecology addresses the complex issues of puberty, menstruation, sexuality, abuse, and safety highlighting the distinctive needs of this population
- Doulas vs. doctors: #BreakTheSilence.
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.