Posts tagged "period"

Depression Sucks: The “Better” I Get, The “Worse” I Feel

I've had anxiety and depression for years, long before I started therapy and began taking medication under the advisement of a psychiatrist. I look back at my teenage and college years and see glaring signs that I was unhappy but didn't know how to put it into words that anyone, including myself, could understand. Mental…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 6, 2014

6 Remedies To Make Your Period Less Miserable

Readers beware: you’re now entering TMI territory. I’m currently the world’s most uncomfortable, unpleasant and unbearable blogger. As we speak, Aunt Flow is performing a Vine-worthy Nae Nae all up on my uterus. Yes, folks, it’s that time of the month. Here’s the rundown of feels thus far: I’ve sent about six overly-emotional texts to…

By: College Candy / April 5, 2014

12 Of The Weirdest Misconceptions Guys Have About Our Periods (In GIFs!)

Even the most knowledgeable and feminist-leaning men can find themselves miffed when confronted with the facts of the female menses. It's not just that they're totally unaware of what's happening down there every 28 days, it's that they think they know certain things, but they're so off base it's laughable. Ask the most enlightened me…

By: The Frisky / January 31, 2014

Simple Necessit-Ease Undies Will Waterproof Your Period

Ladies, you thought your underwear was doing its job -- keeping your precious lady bits in place, modestly covered and safe from the elements. But you were wrong! You need underwear that does more, more, more! Especially when you're on your period. May we suggest Simple Necessit-Ease undies? They look like regular panties in every…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 6, 2013

Meet The Camp Gyno: The World’s Youngest Period Expert

HelloFlo, a service that delivers mail-order period care packages complete with tampons, pantyliners and chocolate, is marketing their service to younger set of menstruators with the creation of a Period Starter Kit. They're genius marketing campaign features the "Camp Gyno," a young girl who is a loser at summer camp until she gets her "red…

By: Ami Angelowicz / July 30, 2013

The Sordid Tale Of An Unaccounted For Tampon (In GIFs!)

Womanhood is a glorious, many-petaled flower. (Or something.) But there are some times when being a lady really sucks. Like, say, when you know you put a tampon in the night before and  you know you didn't take it out and now you can't find it. It's really missing. Seriously, where did that little bugger…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2013

This Is What Tampon Commercials Look Like In Russia

In Russia, you don't have period, period has YOU! In all seriousness, this Russian Tampax commercial (very graphic, by the way, so if you're squeamish, skip), shows the imagined terror of mixing periods and open water swimming. Any truth to the notion that periods attract sharks? According to Vancouver Aquarium spokesperson Ann Dreoloni, "Honestly, I think…

By: Julie Gerstein / June 20, 2013

Women In Nepal Are Exiled During Their Periods

And you thought your period was rough: in the district of Achham, Nepal, women are ostracized each month while they are menstruating. During what is called "chaupadi," a menstruating woman must stay in a small hut called a “goth” away from the village and her family. She's also not allowed to use the same water…

By: Mary Odell / June 18, 2013

Period Poetry Will Flow At The First Ever “Red Moon Howl”

Pads off to New York's Marymount Manhattan College for holding the first ever period poetry slam, "Red Moon Howl." The menstrual-themed event welcoming "poets, performers & menstrual enthusiasts" and featuring the work of Sylvia Plath, will take place on June 7th as part of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research Conference, honoring Gloria Steinem for…

By: Ami Angelowicz / May 23, 2013

An Open Letter To My Period On The Occasion Of Its Return After A Curiously Long Absence

Dear Period, Thank. GOD. Where have you been? I have been waiting for the longest time to see you again, and I don't know what you were doing or where you were at, but I am so so very glad you're back. Two months. Is there any good reason you were gone for two months?

By: Megan Reynolds / April 8, 2013

A Review Of The Diva Cup Accompanied By GIFs

I used to be really kind of scared of my vagina. I got my period when I was 12 but didn't start using tampons until I was a senior in high school. Tampons looked like they would hurt and I was not interested in my vagina causing me more pain than it already did. I…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 26, 2012

The Lazy Girl’s PMS Survival Guide

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms including bloating, cramps, headache, and mood swings that occurs consistently during the ten days prior to the start of menstrual flow and vanishes either shortly before or shortly thereafter.  In other words, it’s what I like to call Hell Week, and that’s a drastic…

By: Kate Richlin-Zack / November 29, 2012

What To Do If You Have Your Period While Camping

I've never been camping with my period. Actually, I've never been camping. But if I ever do go camping AND happen to have my period, I will indeed fling my used tampons on my fellow campers to level the playing field. It would not be fair if I was the only camper lucky enough to…

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 27, 2012

Libra Tampon Ad Called Transphobic For Implying “Real Women” Have Periods

When pop culture depicts transgender people, they usually do it in such a facepalm way that I wonder why anyone bothers anymore. The latest what-were-you-thinking? comes courtesy of Libra tampons in New Zealand, which aired a commercial that implies trans folks who dress as women are not "real women." The commercial shows an ostensibly "real" woma…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2012

Girl Talk: My Dad Was My Menstruation Role Model

When I got my period for the first time, my mom wanted to throw a party. She had the whole thing planned. There would be a circle of women -- many of them her friends, who would talk about womanhood with me, share their womanly wisdom, and tell rousing tales of menstruation. My mom would…

By: Kate Fridkis / December 27, 2011

Bleed All Over This: Patricia Field Designs A Maxi Pad

"Can I ask you a question? Who designed your maxi pad?" "Patricia Field for Kotex." "Fabulous, dah-ling!" OK, just kidding. This is a conversation that will not actually happen. Patricia Field has leant her name to Kotex, but only to cases that carry feminine hygiene products in and this trippy maxi pad won't actually be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 7, 2011

A Bracelet That Predicts Your PMS Threat Level

Help for men everywhere is finally here! U.K. man, Kari Dorn, invented a PMS alert wristband. After being married for 16 years and hearing his buddies complain about their domestic woes -- because a PMSing woman is so, so scary! -- Dorn had a brilliant idea for a bracelet that lets men know at what…

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 23, 2011

Feel Sexy, Even When Your Tampon Is Leaking

So, yesterday, I ruined what I estimate to be my 57th pair of panties and stained a perfectly good pair of pajama bottoms when my tampon had a major leak. It was not a very sexy moment. But it could have been, if I had only been wearing a pair of Sexy Period panties! These…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 16, 2011

The 5 Types Of Period Panties

Every woman's got 'em: the panties ruined by Nature's special, beautiful, magical gift to your ladyparts. You might be thrilled that Bingo's tadpoles didn't penetrate the love glove, but that still doesn't mean you aren't pissed your white, lacy Victoria's Secret thong looks like a Jackson Pollack painting. Typically, girls wear sexy underwear at all…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2011

Someone Is Trying To Make Retro Period Belts Happen

Gather round, girls, let me tell you a story. Before the late-'70s, when Aunt Flo came to visit, women would have to wear contraptions called sanitary belts. They were diaper-like and came all the way up to an elastic waistband. Oh, the horror! Needless to say, when adhesive-back pads and tampons came around, no one…

By: Simcha / January 3, 2011
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