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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...
SMCR Member Profile: Researching the menstrual cycle for four decades

SMCR Member Profile: Researching the menstrual cycle for four decades

Joan C. Chrisler, Ph.D., The Class of ’43 Professor of Psychology, Connecticut College, and Editor of SMCR’s journal Women’s Reproductive Health When and/or why did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? I joined the Society in 1981 and attended my first conference that summer at the suggestion of Sharon Golub, an SMCR board member whom I met at...
SMCR Member Profile: Exploring attitudes towards menstruation

SMCR Member Profile: Exploring attitudes towards menstruation

Jessica Barnack-Tavlaris, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The College of New Jersey My PhD is in Experimental Health/Social Psychology, and I have a Master’s Degree in Public Health Specializing in Epidemiology When did you join the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research? I joined SMCR in 2003 when I was a graduate student in my Psychology Master’s program. How did...
What Newsweek got wrong about menstruation in India and developing countries

What Newsweek got wrong about menstruation in India and developing countries

COMMENTARY by Sinu Joseph, Managing Trustee, Mythri Speaks Trust We—activists, journalists, social workers and the new breed of social entrepreneurs who use menstruation to make a living—like to think that the work we do is very important, especially if it caters to girls and women in India, Africa or another part of the “developing world.” And even if we don’t...
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