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

CNN Thinks Crazy Ladies Can't Help Voting With Their Vaginas Instead of…

With only two weeks to go until Election Day, CNN's taking a serious investigative look into our country's undecided voters: hormonal women. I.e., all women. "New research suggest that hormones may influence female voting choices differently, depending on whether a woman is single or in a committed relationship," CNN … » 10/24/12 4:35pm 10/24/12 4:35pm

Look, PMS Makes You Moody, Not Completely Fucking Incompetent

As a feminist, period-haver, and combination bitchy loud-mouth/soft-hearted doormat, I have a complicated relationship with PMS. On the one hand, fuuuuuuuck PMS! The idea that my moods, which arise from my incredibly complex, stressful, dynamic life, can be reduced to some hormonal flux at the whim of my reproductive… » 10/16/12 6:00pm 10/16/12 6:00pm

A Brief History of Your Period, and Why You Don't Have to Have It

Seattle family planning doctor Deborah Oyer routinely asks new female patients, "How often do you want to have your period? Monthly? Every three months? Or not at all?" Until she asks, some don't know they have a choice. Like every other aspect of reproductive health, menstruation is a fraught topic. A woman who is… » 7/23/12 3:30pm 7/23/12 3:30pm

Menstrual Huts: A Tricky Way for Men to Ensure Ladies Don't Cheat on…

Menstrual huts are certainly useful for keeping bleeding women out of sight when they're "unclean," if that's your thing. And they're a good way for women to commune with their fellow bleeders, but it turns out they also appear to be a sneaky way for men to keep tabs on their woman and make sure she doesn't have… » 6/10/12 11:55pm 6/10/12 11:55pm

Your Period Is a Time for Deep Lady-Bonding

Unless she's had a feminine hygiene product malfunction, you can't usually tell when a woman has her period just by looking at her. And, of course, that's the way most of us prefer it. For any number of reasons, we tend to view our menstrual happenings as private (or worse, if you had a particularly scarring junior… » 3/07/12 11:30am 3/07/12 11:30am

Men Can Tell When We've Got Our Periods Just by Listening to Our Voices

We so often go to great lengths to keep the fact that we're menstruating to ourselves. From hiding our tampons in our pockets on the way to the office restroom to bowing out on dates during inopportune times, we have perfected the art of pretending we never bleed. Uterine lining? What uterine lining? But now it turns… » 1/30/12 4:00pm 1/30/12 4:00pm

'If Men Were The Ones Who Got Periods, Tampons Would Be Thrown Free…

Last night's episode of the sometimes-funny always-racially-insensitive CBS show 2 Broke Girls involved a sub-plot about the price of tampons in the diner. While the shtick itself was kind of painful — "the man who thinks your menses should be more expenzees" — I can't think of another time I've heard the word… » 1/03/12 12:45pm 1/03/12 12:45pm

Do Weeping Drag Queens Make You Want To Buy Sanitary Pads?

This is a "viral" clip for Always, "featuring some of East London's finest transvestites." Their words. The men dressed as women are shown crying; the copy reads, "There are some people who'd just love to have a period." Hmm. Somehow that seems doubtful. Whoever came up with this ad doesn't seem to understand drag… » 8/08/11 4:20pm 8/08/11 4:20pm