HelloFlo—a start-up that offers a starter kit of supplies and information about menstruation for young women, as well as subscriptions for monthly care packages—went viral last year with the very funny video "The Camp Gyno," about a girl who is the first to get her period while at summer camp.
It's whispered from woman to woman between bathroom stalls, a slight tinge of oh shit in the undertone: Do you have a tampon? From the New Jersey Turnpike to a Chili's in Sacramento, thousands of women find themselves daily with their panties around their ankles, cursing the fact that they're miles from their tampon stash.
It’s taken me a few days to get up the nerve to write this post. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I’m of an age where you don’t talk about those kinds of things. Oh, who am I kidding. We’re ALL of an age where we grew up not talking about those kinds of things.
If you were lucky they talked about it a little in health class, or, if you were super lucky, you had a mom who told you everything you needed to know....more
While wishing my yoga students good-bye after a 3:30 class, a student approached sheepishly. As I lifted my gaze to make eye contact with Keely, she asked where I had procured my yoga shorts. As I looked down at my well-worn, four year old shorts, Keely continued to speak. Keely indicated that she used to engage in a regular yoga practice however, she quit 8 months earlier and has finally come back. ...more
You would think that something all women do – or have done - monthly would be well understood and everyone would know all there is to know about it. Unfortunately, that is not the reality. One reason for that may be that our bodies are all different, so we experience the menstrual cycle in our own unique way. Therefore, basic information doesn’t apply to everyone and adds to the confusion. Also, there are many myths out there about the PERIOD along with pseudo science sites propagating misinformation, which can make us all a little bonkers.* Lastly, the m...more
“You are dying,” the young girl shouted. She split the bushes and bolted through. Gestured wildly at the wet, red rush. “It’s like when God turned the rivers of Egypt to blood!”
The woman in the stream startled. Spun around, searching. When she spotted the girl alone, she relaxed. Splashed water between her legs. Rinsed red to pink to clear. She bunched her tunic between her knees with one hand. Held out her other for balance....more
The perception of menstruation throughout medical history illustrates how cultural constructs can and often do cause science to pursue and support hypotheses that enforce inaccurate predetermined notions. More important, however, is that in sifting through the historical baggage of menstruation, we are forced to question how we see and what we feel about our bodies. How much of these views are based on personal experience and how much are culturally imposed?
Question: You state that many girls get their period at age 8, but at what age should we explain what a period is? Answer: I think you can’t start too early. My 5 year old daughter already knows that when girls get older, they start having blood come out of their vagina, and when that happens, they can have babies. We haven’t had the birds and the bees talk, because it hasn’t come up yet, but she knows about periods and hopefully wouldn’t be caught off guard when hers appears one day....more
..because it's a tad full of things that are borderline too-much-information. Most especially for a man-folk person.Just saying. *********** For the One Year Anniversary of the Placenta Incident, I thought I'd go in for a CT Scan (woot! woo!), check my innards all over and make sure I'm really, truly healed up. Nothing says 'celebration', after all, like an IV, Barium Sulfate Suspension Smoothie and full-body scan!...more
I use washable cloth menstrual pads.
(Ha! How's that for just jumping into things without any preamble?)
Squeamish people, this post is filled with details about something that comes out of my girly bits every month. If you’re a girl, then there’s a pretty good chance that stuff comes out of your girly bits every month too. Or it used to. Or it will someday. So if you’re bothered by talk of menstruation...skip on by this post....more
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