MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Are There Limits to Empathy?

Readers—I need your help! Next month, I will participate in a friendly debate at the Museum of Modern Art about Sputniko!’s provocative piece “Menstrutation Machine.” We’ve written about Menstruation Machine on re:Cycling before. In short, the metal device is equipped with a blood-dispensing system and electrodes that stimulate the lower abdomen, thus replicating the pain and bleeding of a...
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

You’re busy celebrating Women’s History Month, the Ides of March, Pi(e) Day, St. Patrick’s Day, not to mention Spring Break and numerous lesser known awareness days and months. But don’t let Endometriosis Awareness Month slip away. Endometriosis — when the uterine lining or endometrium grows outside of the uterus,  most commonly elsewhere in the abdomen on the ovaries, fallopian...
The pill, reduced period pain and the ongoing delusion

The pill, reduced period pain and the ongoing delusion

Is there a woman over the age of 18 anywhere who doesn’t know that taking the birth control pill can make her periods lighter and less painful? Most women know this, but not many know why. The news stories swirling around a new study about the pill and period pain will not enlighten them. Photo credit: Ceridwen, Creative Commons...
Endometriosis and the Mysteries of Pelvic Pain

Endometriosis and the Mysteries of Pelvic Pain

Endometriosis in abdominal wall. Photo by Ed Uthman, MD. Public domain. I’ve recently developed a whole new understanding of why it takes so long for women to receive a diagnosis of and treatment for endometriosis. It’s not just the constraints of menstrual etiquette or the belief that painful periods are normal, especially for young women.   It’s about poop....
Menstrual Pain Hurts because It’s Cyclic

Menstrual Pain Hurts because It’s Cyclic

Photo by Abbey Hambright under Creative Commons 2.0 A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology reports that menstrual pain — like annoying noises and tedious computer tasks — hurts more in retrospect, if we anticipate experiencing it again: In the culminating field study of 180 women (average age 29), those whose menstrual periods had ended fewer than...
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