Let's Make the Ultimate PMS Playlist

Sophia Olofsson, an employee at Spotify, had a stroke of genius when she made a carefully curated playlist of songs to listen to while in the throes of PMS. We would like to continue her hard work and throw out some of our own suggestions to create the BEST PMS PLAYLIST OF ALL TIME. » 9/04/14 6:45pm 9/04/14 6:45pm

Why Do I Poop More When I Have My Period?

The answer is prostaglandins. These are the chemical signals girls' and women's bodies make and send to the uterus to tell it to contract, thus expelling the uterine lining at the end of the menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins aren't super picky about whom they talk to, however. If the body sends enough of them to the… » 9/27/13 2:00pm 9/27/13 2:00pm

Tell Us Your Horrifying Period Stories

Rust-spotted underwear. Ruined pants. Discolored dining chairs. Crippling cramps. Chances are, if you've had your period, you've had a menstruation mishap. » 11/08/11 5:20pm 11/08/11 5:20pm

Let's Learn All The Words To The "Love Your Vagina" Song

Created by St. Luke's ad agency for the folks at Mooncup, the "Love Your Vagina" song features a whole slew of euphemisms for ladybits, including "pleasure patch," "lickety split" and "secret little honey pot." Copyranter explains: » 6/21/11 4:47pm 6/21/11 4:47pm

The Mystery Of The Missing OB Tampons

Something very strange has been going on in the world of menstrual management products. A month after I wrote about OB Ultra tampons being discontinued, it seems any type of OB tampon is impossible to find. » 12/23/10 2:05pm 12/23/10 2:05pm

Cup U Is The Best Short Documentary About Menstrual Cups You'll See…

Vanessa Meyer's master's thesis is a short film, titled Cup U. It is fifteen minutes of women — who are not, in her words, "granola eating hippies" — discussing menstrual cups. » 12/03/10 7:15pm 12/03/10 7:15pm

My Bloody Initiation Into The Diva Cup Cult

After discovering that my favorite tampons, O.B. Ultra, had been discontinued (yes, they're still making regular and super plus), I was inundated with suggestions that I try the Diva Cup. So I did. » 12/02/10 2:44pm 12/02/10 2:44pm

Bloody Hell: My Favorite Tampon Has Been Discontinued

I've been using O.B. Ultra for years. Years! And recently, I found it missing from my local drug store shelves. I tried Drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, KMart.com, Amazon.com Target.com and the awesomely named Tampons, Pads and Beyond. No luck. » 11/04/10 5:00pm 11/04/10 5:00pm

Make Your iPad Look Like A 3D Maxi Pad

Pad Portrait is a "completely dumb and awesome website" which uses some fancy technology to make it seem like a maxi pad is floating over your iPad or iPhone when you hold it up on a webcam. Don't ask why. » 7/09/10 3:25pm 7/09/10 3:25pm

A Reader's Treasury Of Cures For Your Cramps

Recently, I complained of my monthly misery, seeking help — and thank you, seriously, for getting all up in my uterus. Thanks to all of your suggestions, we now present the ultimate guide to curing your cramps! » 4/02/10 2:20pm 4/02/10 2:20pm

Why Don't More Celebrities Hawk Tampons?

Any pearl-clutching over Serena Williams doing Tampax ads seems kind of strange when you consider that the Women's Tennis Association was sponsored by cigarettes — specifically, Virginia Slims — for 20 years. » 9/29/09 12:40pm 9/29/09 12:40pm

Are you a moody bitch? Good news! You can now blame it on your entire menstrual cycle, not just on PMS! According to Australian researchers ,moodiness, stress and depression, are present all month, fluctuating throughout the average 28-day cycle. Apparently, stress levels are highest on day one of the cycle, while… » 11/20/07 6:45pm 11/20/07 6:45pm

Girls in sub-Saharan Africa miss as many as four days of school each month because they don't have the necessary supplies to staunch their period blood. As a result, Always and Tampax are launching an awareness-building and fundraising program in the U.S. and Canada to help the situation. Um, did Always and Tampax… » 11/13/07 5:45pm 11/13/07 5:45pm