MENSTRUATION MATTERS

State of Wonder–Part 2: Wondering about missing femcare products and birth control references

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 are made visible to the reader. Why does author Ann Patchett ignore the menstrual cycles of the novel’s protagonist, Marina Singh, or the other...

Is the birth control pill a cancer vaccine?

I’d given up reading the comments on online articles for the good of my mental health when a small slip last week steeled my resolve. In response to an article exploring the arguments made by “birth control truthers” a concerned father decided to have his say, taking the defensive arguments put forward by those in opposition to these “truthers” to...
The Big, Fat, Menstrual Untruth in Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book

The Big, Fat, Menstrual Untruth in Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book

I was curious. If Cameron Diaz’s purpose in writing  The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body was empowerment, helping women to understand how their bodies work, would she include information about the menstrual cycle? There was no way of knowing from her Jan. 22, 2014 radio interview with...
Does it matter that hormonal contraceptives are endocrine disrupting chemicals?

Does it matter that hormonal contraceptives are endocrine disrupting chemicals?

I’ve been wading through State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals – 2012. The 289-page report was prepared by a group of experts for the United Nations Environmental Programme and World Health Organization. It is dense and complex, but what I’ve been looking for is any acknowledgement that hormonal contraceptives are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Hormonal contraceptives clearly...
Medicating the Postmenopausal Vagina

Medicating the Postmenopausal Vagina

On February 26, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued a news release saying that it had approved a medication called Osphena to treat a problem called postmenopausal dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse associated with changes in the vagina after menopause). The medical website Medscape reported that the news release had been issued. How to read these announcements? It seems...
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