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Menstrupedia is a self-defined "friendly guide to periods which helps girls and women to stay healthy and active during their periods." That description couldn't be any more perfect! The website is simple yet incredibly informative; it treats the subject of menstruation both frankly and warmly. Needless to say, I wish I had access to something like this when I was 11 years old (I like to think the various Kotex websites that were 90% friendship-bracelet tutorials ... Read More
  Just a few short months ago, Naama Bloom was operating her small business from her Brooklyn apartment. She had the concept: her company, HelloFlo, delivers monthly tampons and pads to subscribers. Meant in part to ease pubescent girls’ transition into menstruation, the packages come in various sizes and quantities, which include tasty treats to help make periods a little more fun. Bloom’s company was far from the growing empire it is today and ... Read More
Imagine Don Corleone played by an 11-year-old, menstruation-obsessed little girl. That's this video.  It follows the touching story we're all familiar with: a little girl feels isolated at camp, until she becomes the first to get her period. Then she becomes an oppressive dictator who deals out tampons and unwarranted advice to her fellow campmates. #kidsthesedays  It's cool especially because they stray away from the lame tropes we usually see in tampon ... Read More
Oh my grash, gals, I must be stuck in the dark ages. Sometimes I forget that they make an app for everything these days, but it never occurred to me that there are apps that would track your period. BUT THERE ARE. THERE TOTALLY ARE.  Truth be told, I'm on the pill, which is supposed to (keyword being "supposed") make it so I know exactly when I'll get it. And even when I wasn't on the pill, I was incredibly sloppy at tracking my period on my Bettie Page ... Read More
  What do you see? A mess, maybe. But to photographer Sarah Anne Ward, these stains run deeper. Her art aims to fill them with politics, pain, and all of menstruation's cosmic complexities. Sarah finds periods “FASCINATING” with a capital everything, and her analysis of them might make you feel the same. “This series was mainly prompted with my struggle to accept PMS,” she says. “Being a feminist, I never wanted to accept ... Read More
Periods suck. Cramps, irritability, and the weeklong bloodbath that mark a fertile lady aren’t my idea of fun. Also, having to spend a ton of money on disposable cotton crap to shove in your pants is total BULL-shit. But wait! There is a solution (to that problem, at least) and it’s emblazoned with sexy shirtless dudes who are ready to support you during your monthly visits. Available on Etsy (and for a limited time, on sale!), Rosie’s Creative ... Read More
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.   When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag ... Read More
Living in close quarters with your lady friends has many benefits, but studies show that menstrual synchrony—synced-up periods triggered by pheromones—may not be one of them. In her seminal 1971 study, psychologist Martha McClintock concluded that synced cycles are related to the exchange of pheromones between women in close social contact.     Besties!   However, a whole crop of studies have popped up since then that contradict the ... Read More

Radiant Me

BY Elissa Stein in Feminizzle |

Radiant (from Webster's Dictionary): 1. Radiating rays or reflecting beams of light2. Vividly bright and shining: glowing 3. Marked by or expressive of love, confidence, or happinessI don't know about anyone else, but that's not remotely how I feel when I have my period. There are the double-me-over cramps, fingers so swollen my rings barely fit, and oily patches on my forehead and chin that rival the ones I had in high school. Not to mention the ... Read More
I remember my first period like it was yesterday, and the memory alone makes me cringe. I was barely 12 years old and was home from school when I screamed out for my mom from the bathroom. I was terrified by my own lady-business, and I didn’t know what else to do but cry for my mami. I frantically told her what was going on, and to my surprise, she just laughed and went back to her room. A minute later she came back with a pad that looked more like a ... Read More
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