Blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

A powerful period poem and more weekend links

June 7th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

Birth control trends, menstrual leave, and more weekend links

May 24th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

That Mysterious Blue Fluid, Ovarian Cycle Syndrome, and More Weekend Links

May 10th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
  • This video has been making the rounds on social media, supposedly illustrating why femcare ads use blue fluid instead of red. I thought I had a pretty good sense of humor, but I don’t understand why Johnny McNulty says,  ”I for one will keep my big dumb mouth shut from now on. I am so, so, so happy they use the blue liquid. Never stop using the blue liquid, please, for the love of all that is good in the world.” I guess menstrual blood is yucky, and that’s hi-larious?
  • Hannah Ransom explains why it’s not only important to talk about periods and birth control, but dangerous not to.
  • A study from Scotland found high levels of patient satisfaction with NovaSure, a process of endometrial ablation used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. The researchers note the importance of pre-operative counseling to “ to include information on character and duration of postoperative symptoms”.
  • “[T]he term Ovarian Cycle Syndrome should be used to include all of the cyclical, physical and emotional symptoms that occur monthly following ovulation and that this name should replace PMS or PMDD”. So says Doc Raks Loganamnosis, in a blog post noting that as far as the Medical Industrial Complex is concerned, “women’s health” begins and ends with birth, abortion, women-specific cancers, and menopause.
  • A new meta-analysis of 58 independent studies finds that women’s sexual preferences don’t shift according to fertility and menstrual cycle. Take that, evo-psych sexists.
  • Menstrual health and education programs in the global South must take into account existing beliefs and perceptions about menstruation in the culture. A new study in Health Promotion Practice addresses the beliefs of adolescent girls in India.
  • If you missed #ConfidentCarry yesterday, don’t worry. You can do it every day!

Body Love and More Weekend Links

April 26th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

A rap song for pap smears, Menstruation Barbie, and more weekend links

April 19th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

Blood Moon, Badass Bleeders, and More Weekend Links

April 12th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

By Peter Gaylard from Australia (Blood Moon 28th Aug 2007) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Erin Brockovich and other visionary women in weekend links

April 5th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

The C word, Non-hormonal Contraceptives, and More Weekend Links

March 22nd, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
  • Cunt has been in Oxford English Dictionary since 1972, and feminist debates about whether the word can be reclaimed go back at least as far. Many re:Cycling readers know this monologue (video at right) from Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. This year, OED has officially added cunty to its lexicon.
  • The Red Tent Sisters explain how to choose a condom.
  • Here’s another non-hormonal method of contraception that doesn’t get enough press: vaginal contraceptive film, aka VCF.
  • Want to have sex like a porn star? Check out these ten “mind blowing sex tips” from Stoya.
  • Why we don’t talk about our abortions: “while not one of us feels like we did the wrong thing (not one of us looks wistfully into the distance and imagines the child-that-could-have-been) we all know that it takes braver women than us to be honest and say ‘I’m proud that I didn’t bring an unwanted baby into the world.’ “

Scarleteen needs help, Blood Speaks, and more weekend links

March 15th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling


Menstrual Man, Female Viagra, and More Weekend Links

March 8th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

The Downside to Having a Woman President, and More Weekend Links

March 1st, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

Period sex, period podcasts, and more weekend links

February 22nd, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
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