Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

Like many young women, I started menstruating at 13 years old. Although I was aware that my period would likely start soon, it was still slightly frightening to find brown spots in my panties as a 7th grader. I immediately told the nurse that I was feeling sick and went home - sounds drastic but I didn’t want to risk the trauma of actually “leaking” at school and being humiliated. Instead of calling my mother, I took matters into my own hands and went directly to her stash of tampons and without hesitation inserted one to handle the situation....more
This is a great post. I've had an experience that I'm beginning to think was TSS but I didn't ...more

Mommy's Bloated and Bleeding. Get Excited!

I went on birth control pills when I was 14 years old to take the edge off body-wracking cramps that had me missing school at least one day a month.  I stayed on them (with the exception of that year I got pregnant) until I was 32, then decided I was tired of stuffing artificial hormones down my gullet on a daily basis.   The first month I was wary -- would the pelvic throbbing return? Would I become nauseous with pain again?  Would I have to hold my bloated abdomen to apply counter-pressure to my aching womb? Was it worth it?  Aunt Flo arrived the next month with her bevy of companions:  bloating, irritability, unexplained crying, salt cravings and cramps -- blood-soaked fairies of decades past, hyped up on natural hormones and ready to rock my body for days. ...more

Since having children, it seems, I am not allowed to go to the bathroom on my own.  So I have ...more

Herbs to Curb the Turbulent Chaos

The last few days have been pretty hectic and emotionally trying around our house. Mycie's molars are giving her hell and she is, in turn, spreading the fiery destruction. No, it's not that bad. But boy has it been stressful. She has been biting her friends (and, ahem, the woman who gave birth to her) and the strain it has caused everyone involved has been tiring. ...more

Downtown LA, PMS blues

I don't have a personal free for all blog, so I’ll do that here. Today I'm feeling miserable and old, because I'm on my period. People say this is supposed to be a beautiful thing, but I have never felt that way. I have always hated getting my period. My head hurts, I have cramps, I'm swollen and oddly sweaty. I can't even use my salt rock deodorant. I have to use chemical deodorant during these times. And I start getting a bit psycho. I always think my PMS is cancer. I've been getting my period since I was 12 and I still equate getting my period with death. That's pretty sad. ...more

Ground-breaking stem cell find involving menstrual blood???

Menstrual blood could be a rich source of stem cells. There is a way of preserving it and it is not an invasive procedure. I could get over the grossness of this if it saved the life of myself or a loved one. This could be ground-breaking. ...more