Blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

ACA contraceptive coverage saves money, and more weekend links

July 19th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling

Anatomically correct underpants
[via Tumblr user Slow]

  • I tracked these beautiful undies backwards through three layers of blogs and Tumblr sites, and even did a Google image search with the photo, but still couldn’t find where you can buy them.
  • Meet Cameron’s uterus, in Saturday Morning Cartoons at Autostraddle.
  • Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi has been arrested on suspicion of obscenity for distributing data that enables recipients to make 3D prints of her vulva. This happened in a country that resisted public pressure to ban pornographic images of children in manga comics and animated films. 
  • The Guttmacher Institute reports that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage guarantee, which requires most private insurance plans to cover contraception counseling, services, and supplies without additional out-of-pocket costs, ultimately saves money for businesses: The cost of contraception is outweighed by the savings from averting unplanned pregnancies.
  • This month, ladyblog The Hairpin  launched, “Bloodfeast” a new period foods-themed recipe column. The inaugural special is period burgers with Nutella

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

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“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

May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day!

May 26th, 2014 by Chris Bobel

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Breaking the Bloody Taboo: The 28th of May is Menstrual Hygiene Day 
Let´s Start the Conversation About Menstruation!

On May 28th – the first global Menstrual Hygiene Day – more than 90 international and local organizations are coming together to break the silence around menstruation and raise awareness about the fundamental role that menstrual hygiene management (MHM) plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential. Bringing to light the ways menstrual hygiene impacts education, health, the economy, the environment and human rights, Menstrual Hygiene Day advocates for a world in which every woman and girl can manage her menstruation hygienically, in privacy, in safety and with dignity – where ever she is. Those present at SMCR’s biennial conference in NYC last June will remember the early buzz about this one of a kind event. And now…ta da!

Our very own SMCR is one of these 90 organizations and our contribution to Menstrual HeMenstrual Hygiene Day is supporting the Robin Danielson Act–an essential piece of national legislation calling for research on toxic shock syndrome and the risks attached to synthetic fibers and other additives in menstrual management products. See David Linton’ re:Cycling blog post for more information about this initiative!

Initiated by WASH United, Menstrual Hygiene Day will be celebrated in Berlin, Nairobi, Delhi, Kathmandu and many other locations around the world with exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and gatherings, all aimed at breaking the deafening silence around menstruation. Visit here to learn more about local events. Check out all there is to know about MH Day here including this Rockin’ infographic. 

What are YOU doing to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day? 

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
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