Saturday, December 25, 2010

Menstruation Impedes on Education

Eighteen percent of girls in Rwanda miss, on average, 35 days of school every year (and up to 50 days of school or work each year) due to their periods and ineffective pads and the embarrassment and ridicule that ensues. [Sustainable Health Enterprises], in effect, builds confidence, education, and income--and even creates jobs for women in the cheap pad-making franchises.

from Banana-Based Pad Maker Elizabeth Scharpf Wants Rwandan Women Educated. Period.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Culture Time

I recently told you about The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health. If you thought to yourself, "I wish this was an actual, physical museum," then you're in luck! recently brought to my attention the fact that you can schedule appointments to view the actual museum. More information can be found on

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cramps Change your Brain

Menstrual pain can re-shape the brain from Time:

It's a common gag that women don't think quite the same they get their period. But according to neuroscientists in Taiwan, in some women menstruation may change the very structure of the brain.

They don't yet know what these changes mean, however.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Menstruation Mecca

PhotobucketIt is with great sorrow that I realized this gem has existed on the interwebs for many years without my knowledge. I bring you The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health. It is a treasure trove of facts, information, discussions, and links. In the words of "mouse":

i check it every could years (the angry thread) because it offers so much insight into how women variously feel about their bodies and society.

Presented Without Comment

"Some people just want to know when the bleeding is going to stop so they can get busy. Those people use Flojuggler."

Ok, I comment: The people who shared this with me were divided on whether this was offensive and excessively creepy or offensive and acceptable useful.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Reality Check

The absurdity of most feminine hygiene product commercials has been the butt of many jokes but it's really encouraging when the advertisers themselves finally catch up to how inept they are at their jobs. U by Kotex® is by far the best ad campaign I have come across in recent history. Below is the commercial that caught most people's eyes:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Book Club

There are indeed countless books about menstruation, a universally fascinating subject. Read Bookslut wax philosophical about the need for accurate menstruation information and review the new book Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation.