​Study: Thyme Oil More Effective for Menstrual Cramps Than Ibuprofen

Every woman experiences menstrual cramps a bit differently, but we can all agree: cramps suck. They are an abomination of the human body. Sure, if you wanted to get all hippie about it menstruation is a beautiful part of the cyclical nature of womynhood and blah blah blah. But in reality a bad case of cramps=… » 5/18/14 12:05pm 5/18/14 12:05pm

What Life Is Like When Getting Your Period Means You Are Shunned

For Radha dinner is served at 7. She crouches down behind a shed, a good distance from her house, then waits. She knows what the menu will be: boiled rice, the same as yesterday and the day before. She knows that it will be her little sister who serves it, throwing the rice onto her plate from a height, the way you… » 3/16/14 2:00pm 3/16/14 2:00pm

'Crimson Wave' Is the Upbeat Period Anthem You've Been Long Awaiting

Behold: the music video for "Crimson Wave," a Clueless-referencing song about periods by Seattle pop-punk feminist band Tacocat. (You're welcome if you won your round of Internet Feminist Bingo after reading that sentence.) And this music video has it all: dancing crabs, mermaids, a guy in a shark costume reading a… » 2/11/14 5:30pm 2/11/14 5:30pm

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… » 1/24/14 2:30pm 1/24/14 2:30pm

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

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

No, I won't ask about your period. Yes, you can tell me about it.

Trans women and menstruation: it's a touchy subject. For trans women, navigating conversations about menstruation can be difficult. If we come off as too interested, we also come off as creepy or even fetishising. If we seem to be uncomfortable or uninterested in discussions involving Aunt Flo, then we can often make… » 7/30/13 1:59pm 7/30/13 1:59pm

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… » 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

Camembert for Dinner: What Do You Eat When Aunt Flo Comes a-Calling?

About a week and a half ago, I was hungry but not hungry, if you know what I mean. I didn't know what I wanted, but I wanted it to be good, and I didn't want that much of it. Just the taste on my tongue. Anyway, I ended up having half a small wheel of camembert for dinner, thinking it was kind of weird but just, you… » 2/01/13 6:20pm 2/01/13 6:20pm

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

What's Your Period Like After You Have a Baby?

I'm trying to think of the perfect metaphor for that first post-baby period. It's kind of like an avalanche, or a broken dam or like a gushing geyser except, you know, upside down. Oh, and except bloodier. Of course, that unstoppable torrent of blood is not rushing down a mountain side or up a river bank where you… » 11/16/12 7:00pm 11/16/12 7:00pm