MENSTRUATION MATTERS

A Whole New Meaning to DIY Menstrual Pads

When Arunachalam Muruganantham discovered that his wife was using old rags for menstrual pads to save their family the cost of pre-manufactured sanitary napkins (paying Indian prices for sanitary napkins “meant no milk for the family” that week), he decided to create a low-cost napkin. Read his amazing story of how he did it: It includes teaching himself English...

Food insecurity is associated with later puberty

Many girls in Africa have insecure access to food, that is, they worry about getting enough food, and they sometimes eat less than they want, or go without food. There are two theories about how this might affect the onset of menstruation (menarche). One is that the limitations in energy and nutrition might slow development, resulting in a later menarcheal...

Nuns on the Pill, a Menstrual Cycle Primer, and other Weekend Links

Sociologists for Women in Society has just published The Menstrual Cycle: A Feminist Lifespan Perspective [pdf] (by the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research) — a comprehensive and handy summary and reference list for anyone just getting started in menstrual cycle research. Should nuns take birth control? Two Australian doctors are urging the Catholic church to let nuns take oral contraceptive...
Endometriosis and the Mysteries of Pelvic Pain

Endometriosis and the Mysteries of Pelvic Pain

Endometriosis in abdominal wall. Photo by Ed Uthman, MD. Public domain. I’ve recently developed a whole new understanding of why it takes so long for women to receive a diagnosis of and treatment for endometriosis. It’s not just the constraints of menstrual etiquette or the belief that painful periods are normal, especially for young women.   It’s about poop....
Yaz, Yasmin and Ortho Evra patch increase risk of blood clots

Yaz, Yasmin and Ortho Evra patch increase risk of blood clots

Blood clots are a serious, if rare, side-effect of hormonal contraceptives. If left untreated, clots can lead to debilitating, or fatal, strokes. The increased risk of blood clots in users of some hormonal birth control brands has been the subject of several recent news stories. In early December, Health Canada asked Bayer Inc. to change the labels on Yaz and...
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