According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are increasingly choosing IUDs and hormonal implants instead of the traditional pill. Over the last decade, IUDs and implant use have risen five times. There are, of course, a number of reasons women are choosing implants and IUDs over traditional…
I have never had a period. Not by choice, mind you, but because I am a man without a uterus who doesn’t menstruate. I know the fundamentals—the top-level biological functions, the commonly-used products meant to contain the flow—but not much more. When friends and coworkers discuss the details of their periods, I have…
Clue, a new app designed by Ida Tin, wants to help women remove the stigma of how women talk about and perceive their periods. According to research from the app and the International Women’s Health Coalition, a large majority of women still use euphemisms to describe their menstrual cycle. “Aunt Flo” and the Clueless…
In an article about the lack of research around painful periods, Quartz spoke to an expert who compares the worst of them to a heart attack and says doctors are failing to actively treat the condition.
A group of male officials voted Wednesday to keep the good times flowin’ with their state tampon tax. Proving that tampons are indeed a luxury item only understood by the women who pay for them, the all-male panel voted 8-3 against a proposal by Representative Susan Duckworth.
Pop quiz! Where do tampons and pads go?
Thinx and New York City’s MTA have found common ground in their week-long public fight over period panty advertisements on the subway.
Earlier this week, the “period-proof” panties company Thinx and New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority seemed to be at odds over the use of the word “period” in some new subway ads. Now the MTA has retreated a bit—the flailing corporation just takes forever to make decisions.
New York City has rules for their subway ads, which can’t look too racy. And a set of new ads by Thinx, a company peddling knickers for women who’d like the option of forgoing pads and tampons during menstruation, have proven to be just too much for NYC’s (inconsistently) prim sensibilities.
If you’re interested in tracking the color and volume of your menstrual flow, then cool, this product may be for you.
In the ever-wonderful discussion of menstrual politics—shaming vs. celebrating, managing vs. letting it all hang out—bowing out altogether from the period experience often gets short shrift. It shouldn’t, as not having your period at all is an increasingly viable option. But as periods become optional, their symbolic…
Sure, you may brag to the girls in the locker room that you’ve synced cycles with your super swell best friend. But until we see you Donald Ducking it together on the couch, tethered by the string of a dual tampon, we remain suspicious of your so-called “friends forever” status.
Rosie O’Donnell recently called into radio host Jenny Hutt’s SiriusXM show, “Just Jenny,” and talked about Trump’s idiotic remarks against Megyn Kelly while also defending periods.
There are many men out there who, despite having spent their lives in the company of women, still get squeamish, annoyed, or dismissive when it comes to talking about periods. If you happen to be one of these gentleman, please sit down. Key and Peele have a message for you.
Here’s some cool news for anyone seeking a new form of a subscription-based service that caters to your period and the health of your vagina. Lola, a new feminine care brand, has made all-cotton tampons and you can get them delivered monthly, just like your period.
I still remember the first time I learned that pads were embarrassing. In sixth grade, the ringleader girl of the cool kids brought pads to school to show to select other girls in the coat closet. Then one day en route, she dropped one in full view of the class. A boy spotted it, howled in laughter, and soon everyone…
A student in Sydney, Australia has launched a petition to put an end to Australia’s so-called “tampon tax.” Dag, Australia, chill and stop taxing periods, man.
Though it’s hard to predict which of your antics will prove to be long-lasting in memory, some stories just follow you around. And some of these stories are easier to bet on than others in terms of longevity, such as: if you leave a used tampon in a dude’s shower when you’re 15, chances are that word is going to get…
Rupi Kaur, a Sikh poet living in Canada, posted the above image on Instagram early this week—and swiftly got hit with one of these:
As we've covered before, Kotex were launched onto the American market in the early 20s with callbacks to World War I. A few decades later, they were taking a more conventional approach: needling at your social anxieties. Girls in the know get Kotex; girls without a fucking clue about how to act use some other brand!