MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Republican Tampons, Period Music, and More Weekend Links

“Now with wings!” Check out what tampons might look like, if they were designed by today’s Republican party, as imagined by SNL. Emily at Autostraddle made her own period playlist after hearing one in a movie. Commenters have added more songs. The Lunette blog offers suggestions for teens using a menstrual cup for the first time. High school students...

moments of girl-bonding

The other day, I was talking with a friend about menstrual synchrony (y’know when your cycle syncs up with your roommates, friends or co-workers), and how it stood out for her as a moment of sisterhood-solidarity, of girl-bonding, in the midst of the usual competition among women at work, and for men…[sigh]…but not there. Not when it came to...
The Quest to Give Cervical Fluid a Name!

The Quest to Give Cervical Fluid a Name!

  Photo by Acaparadora // CC 2.5 Cervical fluid, the sticky/creamy/stretchy/slippery substance produced by the cervix is arguably the most important substance on earth. Without it, the human race would be shortly extinct, yet not many people even know what it is. This is unacceptable, and you and I are going to change this. In case you don’t know,...

Changing birth control, Year of the Vagina, How to Sell Maxi-Pads, and More Weekend Links

An Australian ad for maxi-pads (see video at right) demonstrates how well they stay put. Registration is open now for this free online course, Contraception: Choices, Culture and Consequences. What could make someone change her method of birth control? Jane Brody addresses several reasons in this short piece in the New York Times, although side effects are minimized,...

Contraceptive Care Must Include Fertility Awareness Methods

I was fuming. My Twitter feed had alerted me to a free online course called Contraception: Choices, Culture and Consequences. I opened the link to find this course syllabus: Week One: Introduction to Contraceptive Care          Week Two: The Menstrual Cycle Week Three: Long Acting Reversible Methods Week Four: Hormonal Methods Week Five: Barrier Methods Regular readers will know what...
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