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Endometriosis research and technology update

Endometriosis research and technology update

Today, one in ten women are living with endometriosis. You don’t need to look far to find a Tweet, Facebook post or blog entry by someone you know living with the disease. So far in 2017, when it comes to endometriosis, patient advocacy, storytelling and education is on the rise. Researchers, rather than hypothesize about the symptoms and treatment options,...
Menstrual leave, infertility benefits, and work(flow) balance

Menstrual leave, infertility benefits, and work(flow) balance

Let it Flow #2 by Menstrual Designer Jen Lewis. Photographer: Rob Lewis Menstrual leave is a trending topic in recent news stories. Zambia now offers leave to women suffering from serious menstrual cramps, whereas most countries in the West offer little, if any, paid sick time, let alone time off for menstrual-related pain. On Feb. 4, 2017, Quartz Media reports...
The 7% “Man Tax,” the +/- Effects of Estrogen on the Brain, and other Weekend Links

The 7% “Man Tax,” the +/- Effects of Estrogen on the Brain, and other Weekend Links

When theory lends to practice and practice lends to activism Menstrual-related theories and research have long played a role in shaping how women’s bodies are perceived and how their behavior is explained. More often than not, by attributing a causal link between the menstrual cycle and behavior and/or appearance, negative stereotypes evolve. While theories and research may lend to negative...
The menstrual “talk” revolution is in full swing

The menstrual “talk” revolution is in full swing

This fall, the plethora of menstrual-related news articles and social media trends is proving that we are well into what some may call a menstrual talk revolution. Menstrual discourse is no longer taking place in hushed tones behind closed doors. People are talking about menstruation in public spaces, on social media platforms and within classrooms and policy reform circles. Whether...
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