March 1st, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
February 22nd, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
February 15th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
We didn’t have much on our radar to report last week, so this we’re trying to make up for it this weekend!
- Last Friday, Merck agreed to settle for $100 million with the thousands of claimants who have filed suit against their profitable contraceptive, NuvaRing. Claimants have alleged that Merck was not forthcoming enough about the drug’s side effects, including potentially fatal blood clots.
- We’re a little late to this free online course about International Women’s Health & Human Rights offered by Stanford University, but you can still join!
- Woman bravely decides to keep the baby weight. It’s satire, of course.
- A study just published in Behavioral Medicine confirms that dysmenorrhea (menstrual pain) interferes with quality and quantity of a menstruator’s sleep. Quelle surprise!
- Check out Dr. Jane Chi’s vulva rant on Twitter. She’s put it all on Storify so that you can read the heartbreaking thing in sequence, without interruption.
- Preliminary research from the National Cancer Institute indicates that women who reported daily aspirin use had a 20 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer than those who used aspirin less than once per week. But researchers aren’t yet ready to make to clinical recommendations.
- The Red Tent Sisters offer five natural birth control alternatives to hormonal options (such as the pill, the patch, or hormone-containing IUDs) in this video interview.
- A 25-year study of nearly 90,000 Canadian women “has added powerful new doubts about the value of [mammograms] for women of any age”, according to the New York Times. The study was published this week in the British Medical Journal, and can be accessed here.
- What’s wrong with TEDWomen talks? Jessica Valenti explains at The Nation: “TEDWomen co-host Kelly Stoetzel said that abortion did not fit into their focus on “wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights.” Oh.
February 2nd, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
- “A for effort, sperm”: The Guy’s Guide to Birth Control, from Bedsider (video at right).
- More patronizing advice from a dude: 5 Things Your Girlfriend’s Tampon Box Won’t Tell You.
- Chicagoans, please tell us all about Period Piece — the musical comedy that tells the story of Tammy DuPont, a hard-nosed business-woman, who travels through space and time with the assistance of a magical sanitary napkin belt to find appreciation for her body. Showing Fridays at The Playground Theater, 3209 N. Halsted, February 21-March 21.
- British doctors have been advised to warn patients they are almost twice as likely to develop blood clots with newer birth control pills such as Yasmin, Femodene, and Marvelon compared with older products.
- According to a recent online survey of 1,000 women ages 18 to 40 from across the U.S., half of the respondents incorrectly believed that having sex more than once per day would increase their chances of getting pregnant. The study, published in the journal Fertility & Sterility, found many other misconceptions about conception.
- Internet vaginacologist Dr. Jen Gunter explains why you really can’t kickstart your period.
- Erika Moen reviews the internal condom, also known as the female condom, in comic form for Bitch magazine.
- A Journal of Ethnopharmacology review of plants used traditionally for women’s healthcare in Southeast Asia finds “a basis” for their use, and asserts “these species can be used as the starting point in the discovery of new drugs”.
- Did you know that five years ago, the lovely and talented Madeleine of Lunapads made a DIY video to teach you how to make your own cloth pads? As she explained at the time, it’s not how to make Lunapads, but, “The videos and pattern download were created in response to two needs: first, as a possible option for those who can’t afford Lunapads, or to support those who prefer to make things themselves, just because. Second is to offer it as an instructional tool for women in Africa to make pads for themselves and/or as commercial products, as well as for crafters in this neck of the woods who want to make pads to contribute as donations to Pads4Girls“.
January 25th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
- Bitch Media has a period mixtape for you – “28 minutes of vag-tastic music”.
- Menstrual cycle apps were everywhere this week, even the New York Times. At Be Prepared Period, Jennifer Aldoretta offers the Top Five Reasons to Track Your Cycle. Nicole Jardim, Redefining Women’s Health blogger, reviews several cycle-tracking apps at her site.
- A study published in a fall (October 13, 2013) issue of Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, the journal of the Scandinavian Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, found that menstruators who experience primary dysmenorrhea experience diminished quality of life.
- Check out this Rookie magazine interview with Seattle band, Taco Cat, and listen to their jangly pop song, Crimson Wave, about you-know-what. Extra points for using the euphemism “communists in the summer house” in the last verse!
- Writer S.E. Smith asks a seemingly obvious question: we know douches serve no beneficial purpose, so why are they still filling up aisles in supermarkets and discount stores?
- Ashley, fertility educator at Lovely Fertility, shares this video of cervical fluid from a recent fertility awareness class.
- Please let Lindy West have the last word on pubic hair stylings: Pube out, fools.
January 18th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
- If you’re a Facebook user, please watch this video about how Facebook determines what you see – and don’t see – and why we need you to “like” posts from re:Cycling. We currently have 369 friends, but a typical post is seen by fewer than 30 people.
- 18 illustrated reasons to use a menstrual cup.
- In observance of Cervical Health Awareness Month, the Black Women’s Health Imperative will host a webinar January 22, “Myths, Misunderstandings and the Truth About the HPV Vaccine.” Scheduled guests include Deborah Arrindell, Vice President of Health Policy, American Sexual Health Association; Jennifer Smith, PhD, MPH, Director, Cervical Cancer Free Coalition; and Tamika Felder, Founder and President, Tamika and Friends. Visit the site to register.
- Hannah Ransom explains why fertility awareness should be taught in sex education, for its own sake as well as for birth control.
- According to researchers at Jinan University in China, intercourse during menstruation may lead to the production of anti-sperm antibodies in women.
- One of the gals at The Vagenda broke up with the pill and got the Mirena, and is singing its praises. She loves it so much she named it.
- What’s flowing on? Catch up with the latest news from WASH United about plans for Menstrual Hygiene Day and more.
- Knowing American Apparel, it seems a move intended to provoke controversy rather than a feminist statement: Mannequins in the store window on East Houston Street feature visible pubic hair.
- YA author Keris Stainton explains why periods can’t be private.
January 11th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
- Bloomers, a new film-in-progress by independent Australian filmmakers about Stella getting her first period, makes its first festival appearance at FlickerFest, Wednesday, Jan 15, in Sydney.
- Bedsider puts the blood clot risk of hormonal contraception in perspective: Ladies, your only other option is pregnancy, and that has a much higher risk! For more of the same, see Women’s Health.
- A new review indicates that SSRIs may produce a modest improvement in the severity and frequency of hot flashes, provided the user can cope with “the typical profile of SSRI adverse effects”.
- Editors Jane Cawthorne, Lori Hahnel, Elaine Morin and Kari Strutt are looking for short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry about menopause. More information is available here or here, although it is not clear where or when the material might be published. Deadline is June 30, 2014.
- So hard to keep up with fashion trends. Marie Claire (UK edition) warns that our Brazilian wax treatments must be even more meticulous in 2014 (and are mocked ruthlessly for their top ten list by The Vagenda) while New York magazine’s The Cut affirms that bush is back.
December 28th, 2013 by Elizabeth Kissling
- Australian writer Kasey Edwards asks, Is a children’s book about periods a good idea? The answer won’t surprise you: Yes, yes it is.
- A small study conducted in Croatia has found that sildenafil citrate, sold under the brand name Viagra in the U.S., may be a very effective treatment for menstrual cramps.
- Meditation is recommended for treatment of PMS.
- The January 2014 edition of The American Biology Teacher includes an article promoting the teaching of the ovulatory menstrual cycle with a cyclical diagram, independent of a set cycle time — unlike the conventional diagram which portrays the cycle in a linear format. The cyclical diagram more readily shows the cyclic nature of the events, and can be presented sequentially in organized layers, and additional complexity can be added. The article is behind a paywall, and I do not want to violate U.S. copyright by reproducing the diagrams here but if you regularly teach anatomy and physiology of the menstrual cycle, it’s probably worth your while to locate a copy of the article.
- Though it’s not a new product, the popularity of the menstrual cup seems to have increased greatly over the last ten years.
- Gay dad Jerry Mahoney tells readers of Everyday Feminism 8 Surprising Facts About Egg Donors.
December 21st, 2013 by Elizabeth Kissling
Tampons Used to Scare Maureen
- Jes, The Militant Baker, offers a new twist on vajazzling: how about a goofy good time with your girlfriends, using edible decorations? Makes for fun sexy times later with your partner, since, you know, friction and the ”traditional” vajazzling decor of Swarovski crystals equals lacerations.
- Erica Stratton of xoJane explains why tampons suck.
- Quitting the pill stopped my hormonal migraines but made my skin breakout: How to deal.
- The ideal labia are between your legs: Our Bodies, Our Blog posts about how online labia libraries are helping women learn what’s normal.
- The family of a teen who died suddenly after taking Diane-35 for acne is suing Shoppers Drug Mart for failing to warn their daughter about the medication’s most dangerous side.
- From I Heart Guts: The Periodic Table of Your Period.
- The difference in mortality rates between black women and white women with breast cancer has widened since 1975, in part because black women have not benefited as much from screening and treatment.
- Still in search of a perfect stocking stuffer? How about a tampon flask? Technically, five of ‘em, ’cause they’re only sold in a package of five.
December 14th, 2013 by Elizabeth Kissling
Merry Menstrual Christmas // by Josefin Persdotter
November 30th, 2013 by Elizabeth Kissling
- Although it’s well known that weight affects dosing of many medications, including birth control pills, new warnings about effectiveness of Plan B and similar morning-after pills made headlines this week when the European manufacturer of a similar drug announced that they will begin warning consumers that the drug is completely ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds and begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. The FDA is evaluating whether to require US emergency contraceptive pill makers to change their labels. (The average weight of a woman in the US is 166.2 pounds.)
- The new label of Norlevo, the European morning-after pill, also says it “cannot stop a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb”. While US brands say they work mostly by blocking the release of eggs before fertilization, they also say the drugs may inhibit fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. Court watchers are speculating about whether this could affect the current case before the US Supreme Court, involving corporations that object on religious grounds to the health care law’s requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception, including emergency contraception.
- Could old-school menstrual gear be the solution for VPL (visible panty lines)? Nah, we didn’t think so either, and neither do our Twitter and Facebook followers.
- The Act of Gender Equality in Employment in Taiwan has been modified, adding three extra days of menstruation leave that will not be deducted from half-pay common sick leave.
- Vaginal discharge is part of the magic of the vagina’s self-cleaning function, but it can still stain your unders, maybe even more than menstrual fluid. If that bothers you, Jezebel‘s Jolie Kerr has some advice for you.
- Gynecologists who treat men are not common, but some do treat men with anal cancer. It is rare, and usually caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, which is sexually transmitted. But these doctors risk losing their certification from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology if they don’t limit their practice to female-bodied patients.
- This article has been making the rounds on the #Menstruation Twitters this week: Men don’t like to talk about menstruation because they’re men.
November 23rd, 2013 by Elizabeth Kissling
Image courtesy of FreeTheTampons.org
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