The NY Times asks the big questions about menstrual periods today: Do we need them? What long-term effects do birth control methods have on the female body? How does Anne Frank's plight against the Nazis impact the way in which we bleed?

Views about menstruation have long been mixed. Some cultures have banished menstruating women to huts or required special baths after periods. Others believed that menstruating women had special powers.

In her diary kept while in hiding from the Nazis, Anne Frank mused about menstruation. "I have the feeling that in spite of all the pain, unpleasantness and nastiness I have a sweet secret," she wrote.

Next up: A report on yeast infections in Darfur!

Pill That Eliminates The Period Gets Mixed Reviews [NYT]