Riding the crimson wave

By: Lily O’Connor Coates I don’t know about you, but I very clearly remember the first time I learned about my body in grade school. It was fifth grade and all of us girls were separated from the boys and brought into a classroom with a projector. Without a word, our teachers set up the … Continued

Warning Signs of Endometriosis

My daughter has been complaining of painful periods. What are some red flags that this is not typical menstrual pain but something more serious like endometriosis? Painful periods, also known as dysmenorrhea, are the most commonly reported menstrual disorder. More than half of all women who menstruate say they experience some pain each month during … Continued

Migraines During Your Period

Why do I always get migraines when I’m on my period? Is there anything I can take to prevent these headaches?   Migraines are a fairly common experience when you’re on your period. A migraine is a severe form of headache that can cause pulsating, throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head, which … Continued

Is Skipping Your Period Safe

My daughter has bad menstrual cycles. Her doctor has recommended she take birth control pills to stop her period, is that safe?   The National Women’s Health Network supports women who are interested in decreasing the frequency of their periods (menstrual cycle) or even stopping their periods entirely. This practice is called “menstrual suppression.” There are … Continued

Menstrual Suppression

What woman hasn’t at least occasionally wished she could avoid having her period? For decades some women have taken their traditional birth control pills on a non-traditional schedule in order to manipulate the timing of their periods – for example, to avoid menstruating during a vacation, athletic competition or another important personal event. There are … Continued

Snapshots – May/June 2015

Girls who consume a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) may menstruate earlier. Researchers conducted a prospective study of 5,583 girls aged 9-14, from 1996 to 2001. None of the girls had started their period when the study began; follow-up questionnaires were collected in 2003 and 2005. On average, girls reported having their first period (menarche) … Continued

What Not to Pack…Your Period

The summer months are quickly approaching, and for many, that long awaited vacation to the beach are right around the corner. But for most women, one thing remains constant as the seasons change: their period. Many women experience the anxiety of planning a vacation and then later realizing it coincides with their period. For some … Continued

Young Feminist: Riding the Crimson Wave

  As a biological process, the onset of menstruation is one of the most conventional markers of adulthood for people who have a uterus. Yet, even though approximately half of the people in the world menstruate, the process remains stigmatized and unmentionable in most parts of the world — including in developed countries like the … Continued