MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Novel approach to the menstrual cycle: State of Wonder, Part 3

This post was originally published at re:Cycling on March 27, 2015.  State of Wonder–Part 3: Wondering about menstrual cycle misconceptions in a fictionalized theory for extended fertility In Parts 1 and 2, I wondered why author Ann Patchett chose not to include information about menstruation, femcare products and birth control that, logically, would have enhanced her novel’s inciting premise—lifelong...

Novel approach to the menstrual cycle: State of Wonder, Part 2

This post was originally published at re:Cycling on March 6, 2015. State of Wonder–Part 2: Wondering about missing femcare products and birth control references In State of Wonder–Part 1, I mused as to why, in a novel revolving around the extended menstruation and fertility of the Lakashi tribe, only the menstrual cycles of the Brazilian women being studied...

Novel approach to the menstrual cycle: State of Wonder, Part 1

As re:Cycling explores media representation of the menstrual cycle, we’ve chosen to republish a three-part series I wrote about how author Ann Patchett uses the menstrual cycle as a major plot devise in her novel State of Wonder. Part 1 was originally published on January 22, 2015. State of Wonder–Part 1: Wondering about missing menstrual mentions in literature In her...
Flibanserin is NOT “female Viagra” and here’s why

Flibanserin is NOT “female Viagra” and here’s why

If you’ve been hearing about the “female Viagra” drug Flibanserin in the media over the past couple of months and wonder what it’s all about, Dr. Aaron Carroll at Healthcare Triage sets the record straight and tells you everything you need to know about Flibanserin in this seven-minute video. To quote Dr. Carroll, “The two drugs aren’t even close to...
Exploring menstrual shame, embodiment, and the parameters of premenstrual distress

Exploring menstrual shame, embodiment, and the parameters of premenstrual distress

Concurrent sessions on Saturday, June 6th explore unique cultural experiences of menstruation and delve into the parameters of premenstrual distress at the 21st Biennial Conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research at The Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, June 4-6, 2015, Suffolk University, Boston. Strekkja (stretch, flexible) Original artwork by Magdalena Margrét. Used with permission. Culture...
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