Blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

What does it really mean to be #LikeAGirl?

July 17th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

As published June 2014, Marie Claire, US edition

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.

Remote-control contraceptives and more weekend links

July 12th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

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[Infographic created by Kuhl Care]


The unpopular IUD and more weekend links

July 5th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
IUD in palm of woman's hand

Photo by Flickr user mara+
January 5, 2010

“Like a girl” and more weekend links

June 28th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

Moms and Menarche, and More Weekend Links

June 21st, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

New material for condoms, birth control controversies, and more weekend links

June 14th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

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


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