HAPPY PERIODS!

Whenever I start talking Happy Periods, a few women and teens will say:  Yep, a regular period is a good period, I have one and thank goodness!  However, there are those women and teens who roll their eyes and say:  How can you say Happy Period - what's happy about having to deal with a monthly bleed, or I get cramps, or I have a party and now a period, etc., etc., etc.  Then, I roll my eyes because I truly believe that the menstrual cycle is an indicator of health.  Let me tell you why:...more

Teens, Puberty and Menstruation

Hello.  I am not a teenager, nor do I think like one.  What I am is a registered nurse who sometimes acts like a teen – sort of kidding about that.  Actually, I am a women’s health care expert who spends a lot of professional time answering health related questions from a variety of professionals and product users – consumers.  Also, I am the one everyone in my realm contacts when they have health questions.  Even when I don’t know the facts, I can research them and then relate them in a way that is more understandable than just reading the medical literature. ...more

Announce it with Red Pants

I affectionately refer to my left ovary as "Hotep Lefty". For those of you who do not remember, "Hotep Hepty" was the good luck charm that Gidget used on her trip to Hawaii, so she didn't fall off her surf board. Hotep Lefty usually gifts me with not having to bleed on her month of service (Go Lefty!), but I do get to experience all the wonder of PMDD. (No, Lefty!) Tonight I feel as if I am being double whammied, because Lefty decided I get to have BOTH this month....more

Truth in advertising? Don't believe it.

Wings or no wings? Mini, maxi or thong? Applicator or no applicator? Cardboard or plastic? Life has gotten really complicated since I was a teen. Back then, if you needed “ladies things” they came 1 way. In the 60’s my mom’s “needs” were actually delivered discreetly wrapped in plain brown paper by Jones Apothecary . Difficult to imagine that now, when it seems like everywhere you go you’re bombarded by advertising about panty liners, pads or tampons. I remember the first time I was sitting next to my boyfriend and an ad (probably for Kotex) came on TV....more

Truth in advertising. Don't believe it.

Wings or no wings? Mini, maxi or thong? Applicator or no applicator? Cardboard or plastic? Life has gotten really complicated since I was a teen. Back then, if you needed "ladies things" they came 1 way. In the 60's my mom's "needs" were actually delivered discreetly wrapped in plain brown paper by Jones Apothecary . Difficult to imagine that now, when it seems like everywhere you go you're bombarded by advertising about panty liners, pads or tampons. I remember the first time I was sitting next to my boyfriend and an ad (probably for Kotex) came on TV....more

What? We Can't Say "Vagina?"

by Lissa Rankin, MDTell me it isn’t true. Rumor on the street has it that TV networks have banned a tampon company for making an ad that uses the word “vagina.”  Um, how exactly are we supposed to talk about tampons without using the word vagina? And what’s wrong with that? Vagina vagina vagina! (Okay, did I just sound like a defiant little kid? Good.)...more

Is Feminism in the Toilet?

The last few years (OK, decades and really centuries, maybe even millenia) have been challenging ones for women fighting for equal rights. Gail Gauthier at Original Content speculated with a friend that "feminism has gone down the toilet" in recent years. In the Western world, we've been called Nazis, elitists, racists, intellectuals, classists, man-haters, lesbians, witches, and all sorts of other names. (All are true at times except the first slur, which infuriates me to no end.) But a post written by Zachary Mason, a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, which struck me as earnest if not naive, got me thinking about the importance of toilets to women, and what bathroom facilities mean in strict gendered societies. ...more

We are working with this same issue here in Germany, where only until recently, a woman ...more

Goodbye to U. !

I want to tell you about U. ...more

Menstruation

I sat in that cold, vinyl chair and stared at my legs stretched out in front of me.   They were covered with a rough textured blanket.  My feet, poking out slightly from the bottom, were being hugged by a pair of kacki booties embossed with the hospital’s name in non-slip decals.  I sat there. Alone.  ...more

This is a lovely and very moving post.  And so thoughtful.  I had my hysterectomy at 44 so it ...more

My Monthly Dragon

I have a beast that lives in my closet. Scaly and mean, she naps most of the month. But, sometime between week three and four, like clockwork, she rears her ugly head. It usually starts with a low guttural growl of a warning, escalates quickly, and if not carefully managed, can make an ugly mess. ...more