We Really Ought to Teach Dudes About Periods

Periods are a perfectly natural element of the human experience, not a blood-soaked nightmare from whence we can never wake. But you wouldn't know that to talk to many dudes out there! And maybe it's time that we, as a society, maybe fixed that. » 3/06/14 5:40pm 3/06/14 5:40pm

Dude Raises $160K on Kickstarter for Horror Show Period Underwear

Some dude has created a Kickstarter for Period Panties, which are special underpants with lurid cartoons on them that you can wear when you're on your period. Period Panties are meant to helpfully eliminate the difficulty of explaining to your significant other that you are menstruating (because saying "I am on my… » 2/13/14 1:00pm 2/13/14 1:00pm

How to Make a Period Tracker App We'd Actually Want to Use

Women are using period-tracking apps to keep track of their periods (as the name would indicate) — and the New York Times is on it. My original thought on the matter was, "Why would I need this? My body has a built-in period tracking app. It went off the other week when I cried at Prince William and Kate Middleton's… » 1/24/14 2:30pm 1/24/14 2:30pm

Classifying Severe PMS as a Mental Disorder Screws Women Over

If tired CBS sitcoms and hacky comedians are to be believed, ladies on they periods be crazy (chocolate & cats & wine & crying & Lifetime Original Movies & blanket clutching!). Now, thanks to the publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistics Manuel (the DSM V, for those of us who hate typing/pronouncing… » 10/21/13 12:55pm 10/21/13 12:55pm

I Can't Come Into Work Today Because I'm Menstruating Profusely

Periods, amirite? You ladies know what I'm talking about. Every month with the headaches and the cramping and the crabbiness and the irrationality. Sure periods attract bears but the only thing deadlier than a bear is a woman on her period (high fives nearest woman). I mean, keep knives away from me when I'm bleeding… » 8/02/13 3:20pm 8/02/13 3:20pm

Tiny Tampon Queen Stars in Best Menstrual Marketing Ever

If you haven't heard about the company HelloFlo, after watching this commercial, you won't forget them. They're essentially a mail-order tampon and pad service that sends you your stuff, along with some candy, each month, right when you need it. Their first ad is so successful it's enough to make anyone who uses hasn't … » 7/29/13 5:15pm 7/29/13 5:15pm

Shaming the Crimson Tide: India Has a Period Problem

Indian women are made to feel ashamed for involuntarily bleeding once a month. Given that this systemic humiliation is responsible for a variety of economic and health issues that affect the entire country — crazy how oppressing half of the population tends to hold everyone back — the government is slowly starting to… » 7/25/13 12:00pm 7/25/13 12:00pm

PMS Is the Cultural Expectation of Being a Basket of Goddamn Sunshine

A growing number of experts are arguing that—as far as mental health is concerned—pre-menstrual syndrome is a culture-bound syndrome, meaning that it's diagnosis is based on societal expectations of how women should behave and feel, instead of biological reasoning. » 5/20/13 11:50am 5/20/13 11:50am

This Guy Is Literally Trying to Become a Maxi Pad

A man from Panama City, FL has been documenting his journey in achieving his dream of becoming a sanitary napkin. The first step was to legally change his first name to "Pad." Next up is his search for a menstruating woman who will allow him to serve as an overnight pad, "preferably Kotex because of their association with … » 4/09/13 7:15pm 4/09/13 7:15pm

Break Out the Red Meat: Increased Iron Intake Makes You Less Likely to …

After more than a decade of studying over 3,000 women, researchers have found that dietary choices — particularly potassium and iron intake, can have a strong effect on how women experience premenstrual syndrome. Women who consumed more iron, either through food or supplements, were less likely to suffer from PMS,… » 3/05/13 10:45am 3/05/13 10:45am

Mad Flow: Watch a Tampon vs. Mooncup Rap Battle

We have discussed menstrual cups before, but we've never actually seen a commercial outlining what makes them so great. In this video out of the UK, two gangs — Team Tampon and Mooncup Crew — face off in the ladies room of a club. Team Tampon starts talking shit right off the bat: "You sound like something that came… » 1/31/13 11:35am 1/31/13 11:35am

Crankyfest: The Film Festival for Movies About Menstruation

Crankytown, the interactive website about periods featuring videos, stories and poems from celebs like Feist, Emma Thompson, and Jessica Paré, is launching a film festival—Crankyfest—that will focus on short films about periods, and are accepting submissions. Films can be from any genre, as long as they are under three … » 1/09/13 5:45pm 1/09/13 5:45pm

The Timing of Your First Period May Be Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

Well, this is great. The timing of your first period, while previously linked only to bleeding through your gym shorts on seventh grade dodgeball day, may be an indicator of your risk of adulthood cardiovascular disease and obesity. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death amongst women in the United States … » 11/14/12 12:30pm 11/14/12 12:30pm