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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
You might think that periods are a pain in the ass, what with the cramping, bloating, and all that money you've got to spend on tampons and pads (which end up filling your trash can or getting dumped into a landfill). Now imagine having to miss days of school or work because you didn’t have access to, or couldn’t afford, sanitary products at all. With the variety of products we have to help us deal with our monthlies, that's pretty ... 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
Now that kids have access to just about anything on the Internet, let me direct your attention to something very worthwhile. I’ve heard plenty a horror story about the daughters of repressed mothers or forgetful fathers finding blood between their legs and being totally unprepared. For those girls whose flow arrived before sex ed and didn’t get “the talk” in time, Camp Cranky is an interactive site for girls that explains what their ... Read More
Check out this hilarious pie-chart from MadAtoms.com, about what men think about menstruation. It's pretty on point, especially the 12% of men that think periods are dangerous- because they attract bears. I once asked one of my buddies why women aren't allowed to be Navy Seals, and he replied, "Ya know how many missions would be compromised by sharks that were attracted by periods??" This boy was DEAD serious. For shame!These bizarre ideas about periods are ... Read More
It's just one of those days that a girl goes throughWhen I'm angry inside,Don't wanna take it out on you.Just one of them things. Don't take it personal.* It wasn't until recently that women I knew complained about PMS. Aside from the odd mention, I never noticed friends or "colleagues" crediting pre-menstrual syndrome for their feelings or actions. To be honest, I was surprised so many women indicated their upcoming periods were the reason they were acting that ... Read More
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