MENSTRUATION MATTERS

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...
Stopping Depo-Provera: Why and what to do about adverse experiences

Stopping Depo-Provera: Why and what to do about adverse experiences

April 14, 2015 We wish to thank all the women who’ve shared their experiences with Depo-Provera in the two years since this blog post was published. Comments are now closed. Those concerned about Depo-Provera and bone density may want to read Dr. Prior’s article on Depo-Provera Use and Bone Health recently posted on the website of the Centre for Menstrual...
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...
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