- Poor, sad Dwight Schrute wishes he could menstruate — even though Jezebel hates menstruation and medical students don’t know about the menstrual cup.
- Knowing Menstruation Beyond PubMed: In which Rebecca Scott Yoshizawa tells of listening to a research presentation by a medical student who examined some aspect of menorrhagia (excessive menstrual flow).The study required that participants measure their daily menstrual flow by noting the number of pads they used and by comparing the amount of blood soil the surface area of the pads with a pictorial chart of standardized measures. Yoshizawa wondered why he hadn’t asked them to use a menstrual cup; turns out he had never heard of them. Apparently he had never heard of Google, either.
- Bringing the hate for periods: Menstruation is the first honoree for “Fuck You Week”, Jezebel’s “first annual week of desperate emotional cleansing and unhinged psychic purging”.
- We missed this piece at Our Bodies, Our Blog last week, in which Rachel explores the pros and cons of making the birth control pill available without a prescription.
- Trim the tree with tampons: David Linton shared with us this link for ornaments made of tampons, available for purchase at Etsy. If you’re more the DIY type, you can make your own tampon Nativity scene, or a Christmas angel, or a festive string of holiday lights, even a menorah for Hanukkah (probably best not to use around actual candles or flame).
- Caron at Lunette’s blog explains what’s so great about period talk and #periodtalk.
- A new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that pubic hair removal was significantly associated with younger age, a greater interest in sex, certain manual sexual activities, having a casual sex partner, and using vaginal hygiene products. The study also found shaving to be the most common hair removal method.
- Genevieve Bleidner at BUST recommends sharing your period with hot, shirtless dudes to have a more pleasant, eco-friendly period. She’s talking about these fresh, fun designs like this fella on reusable cloth pads from Rosie’s Creative Designs boutique — what did you think we meant?!
- If you’re in the Spokane area, you can listen to me being interviewed about my research on menstruation by my EWU colleague and friend, Tony Flinn, on his public radio show, Just a Theory, on Sunday, December 16, at 6:00 pm (Pacific time). The rest of you can listen on the Spokane Public Radio website, or download the podcast from iTunes.
Readers should note that statements published in Menstruation Matters are those of individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Society as a whole.