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The Root Cause of PMS:
People tend to blame hormonal imbalances or conditions like PCOS and endometriosis for their PMS. But those conditions are really just symptoms themselves. This article breaks down the true root cause – and what you need to avoid PMS altogether.
Better Sex with Weed:
Though doctors can't legally recommend it yet, a recent study shows that women who use marijuana before sex are almost 2x as likely to experience "satisfactory orgasms" compared to non-users. Plus, in-line with research from the 70s and 80s, women who use weed report increased libido, more sexual pleasure, and greater intimacy. Before you smoke a whole bowl, the fine print: related studies find that these "positive effects are present with lower doses of marijuana" and actually "decrease as marijuana consumption increases". (More here.)
Period Tracking Apps & PCOS:
If you think you may have a hormonal imbalance disorder (specifically PCOS) because of an assessment you took via the Clue or Flo app – read this.
Women & Success:
In case you needed another reason to support womxn: research shows that women benefit more from collaboration than competition and, overall, women who support women are more successful. While networks are important for everyone, new research from HBR shows that specifically for women, having "an inner circle of close female contacts" makes you "more likely to land executive positions with greater authority and higher pay." So, let's keep lifting each other up!
Side Effects of Hormonal Birth Control:
Hormonal birth control affects everyone differently and can come with a rickety rollercoaster of side effects (think: wooden rollercoaster from the early 1900s). So, how can you possibly know what to expect? The Lily consulted 85 women about their "endless guessing game" and "trial and error" experiences. Here's what they had to say.
Feminists Against Faking It:
We know it's common and sometimes easy to fake orgasms. But doing so both compromises our sexual pleasure AND feeds into the male-domination of sex. This article, written by someone who has faked more than a few, makes a case for not faking it, breaks down the effects, and provides tips for achieving a ~real~ orgasm with your partner. It also includes this bright spot that's making Team Brazen very happy: a recent study showed that although more than half of women (58%) reported having faked it at some point in their lives, 67% of them reported that they no longer do. Can we get a "fuck yes" for this no-faking trend?
Going beyond bubble baths and face masks, how can we make self-care actually feel like self-care and make it work for us in the long run? This article highlights the importance of experimenting to find your own unique self-care routine – one that meets your physical, spiritual, mental and social needs.
Gay Men Draw Vaginas:
Because, yes. Here are two to satisfy your daily vag art needs (more here):
In case you missed it:
Our founder wrote a book designed to shift the conversation about menstruation worldwide. Get a sneak peek, pre-order, and help her change what's possible for people with periods here.