March 8th, 2014 by Elizabeth Kissling
- We wrote about Arunachalam Muruganantham’s story back in December, 2011, but he’s in the news again, in much more detail at BBC News, as Menstrual Man, the film about his invention, has been released. (If the trailer is not visible at right, click through to watch.)
- Cosmopolitan tested re-usable products – and liked them!
- Canadian magazine Herizons reviews current controversies around the pill.
- Johnson & Johnson improperly destroyed files about some vaginal-mesh implants and may have to let juries weighing lawsuits over the devices hear evidence about the destruction.
- Flibanserin, the so-called female Viagra, is again under review at the FDA, and again facing controversy.
- The March 1, 2014 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives features a review article about vaginal exposure to chemicals.
- David Linton reports that the Sunday, March 2, New York Times included an op-ed piece by Lara Vapnyar titled “Soviet-Era Sex Ed” about the nearly complete absence of sex ed in the old USSR and what happened after its fall. David says, “It seems that there was even period perestroika: ‘. . . the tiny kiosks by the subway stops were flooded with . . . cosmetics, tampons, chocolates, liquor. . . most of that previously inaccessible. . .’ “
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.
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.
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
November 17th, 2013 by Elizabeth Kissling
- Hello, Decembeaver! While men stop shaving for November, women can stop shaving for December. This video was made last year as a satire, to promote Movember awareness. Because no one REALLY wants the ladies to put down the razor, amirite? Enjoy the video for what it is, but stay out of the YouTube comments, unless you have a lot more Sanity Watchers Points than I do.
- New reports about side effects of Essure method of sterilization frighten women from getting the procedure.
- “I Practice the Pull-Out Method and I’m Not Sorry“, says Meghan Murphy at xoJane. So far, she’s received 1152 responses in four days.
- A new cohort study from Australia found that younger age at menarche was not a risk factor for younger age at first sexual intercourse.
- Does your vagina stink? Vagisil thinks so — and won’t let you watch The Real Housewives without reminding you how gross your nethers are.
- The ABCs of IUDs, from the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health.
- Bacterial vaginosis or yeast infection? If you’ve been trying to treat your itchy crotch with over-the counter yeast infection medications without success, perhaps it’s BV. Dr. Lauren Streicher says that’s the case, 40-50% of the time.
- Do you create art with or about periods? Would you like to exhibit it in Gothenburg, Sweden, this spring? Information about submitting your work to Arvida Byström is here.
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