Menstruation. Does it weird you out?

So, my Sinful Sunday picture last week. Did you see it? Did it weird you out? I won't repost it here but, for those who have not yet seen it and would like to, you can follow the link to take you to Crimson Splendour....more

The Truth About Menstrual Cups - A Diva Cup Review

Warning: This Diva Cup Review is a review of a reusable menstrual cup. If you are a guy, periods gross you out, or you don't want to hear things that may be TMI, you may want to move along. For a similar topic, check out my fertility planner. ...more

How I Learned to Love My Menstrual Cup

As some of you may recall, I'm doing some work with Mother Nature Partnership, a fabulous organization providing women in rural Cameroon with reproductive health education and hygienic, reusable menstrual cups to replace the dangerous, unhygienic, and just all-around uncomfortable and inconvenient methods of managing their periods. Obviously I think this project is brilliant and am a big fan of menstrual cups because there are fewer chemicals in the body and fewer tampons in the landfill. At least, I was a big fan of them in theory. Despite talking them up all over the Internet and to anyone who didn't look ready to keel over from squeamishness in person for the past couple of months, I had yet to actually use one myself. ...more
The great thing about the internet is that you don't have to read everything on it. I personally ...more

HelloFlo's"First Moon Party" Ad Got Periods Right, Parenting Wrong

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. ...more
Well said! I thought it was hysterical!more

If You Can’t Afford Tampons, What Do You Do?

This is a problem that I never thought about until I was 25 years old. While my family had financial struggles, I never lacked the items most women take for granted – pads and tampons. At 25, I met Shirley who gently educated me on the impact of poverty on our womanly ways. I learned that women and girls who couldn’t afford these products used rags. And because they did not have a lot of resources for laundry, they either burned or buried the rags....more

Can Your Period Make You Sick?

I wasn't going to write anything today because I'm just not feeling very well.  It's nothing serious. I just have a little springtime cold that's nagging at me. It makes me feel tired and unmotivated. You know... even more than usual. But then I noticed something and I got curious and did a little research and learned something new so I thought I would share it....more

My 2014 Book of the Year is Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body

Granted that we are not even two weeks into the beginning of 2014, but I know without a doubt this book will remain my favorite of the year – at least in the women’s health category.Why is Girl to Girl my favorite book??...more
HomeRearedChef elaineR.N. You will be able to soon!more

You Deserve Free Tampons in Public Restrooms

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. ...more
tasteful I'm not sure free tampons is necessary but I don't understand your logic. We aren't ...more

Your period and your practice

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

Teenage Girl Hormones Are Strong -- and Contagious!

My boobs are HUGE today. I had a slight headache yesterday and a weird weepy spell and an insatiable hunger for chocolate. I woke up today to cramps and huge boobs so, yeah, it all makes sense now. It's "that" time of the month. In decades of this same pattern, I have been surprised each time by the simple explanation for symptoms that had me puzzled right up until I finally connected the (red) dots. Except I have not had periods for years. I am post-menopausal so, WTF?...more
Being a teenager myself, I know exactly what you are talking about! :) Oh those crazy hormones.more