PMS & Depression
Did you know that depression can actually be a symptom of PMS? Studies show that more than 20% of people with severe PMS experience depression. It’s common, sure, but it’s not healthy and it’s not just a random matter of luck. Here are the factors that increase your risk for PMS-related depression (and some things you can do to reduce your risk).
Why don’t doctors treat sex pain like chest pain; something that needs to be understood, diagnosed and treated? This article looks at how common it is for women to experience pain during sex (spoiler alert: SUPER common) and the solutions that are currently on the market. It also makes a case for why it’s important to dig deep and look for the root cause – even if the Ohnut or Bumper is already helping you enjoy sex sans pain.
Virginity Tests are BS
Virginity testing is not only an ethically fucked up violation of human rights but also a completely baseless sham. There is no clinical or scientific way to test for virginity... so, everyone should really stop trying (we are looking at you, T.I.). Also, fun fact: some girls are born without hymens.
Women in Space
Turns out that women are better suited for space travel, both physically and psychologically. This article breaks down why and makes a case for an all-women mission to Mars that we’re 100% on board for. (If anyone works for NASA, please let us know how to get our supplements to the women on your missions – we’d love to help make their periods out-of-this-world good.)
Is there a past tense for FOMO? ROMO? (Regret of missing out?) Because that’s what this recap from the feminist festival, Broadside, is making us feel. It’s also making us think hard about feminism, SHE-E-Os, the language of motherhood, and what the internet and smartphones have done to us as humans.
Here are some thought-provoking Broadside gems from the Twitterverse:
Book Release: Seeing Red
Our founder’s book, Seeing Red, was released on Tuesday! (Congrats, Kirsten!) Based on insights from over 20 years of clinical experience helping people “fix their periods”, her new book dispels menstrual myths, untangles the stigma that keeps so many of us silent about our suffering, and provides tools that’ll give you a newfound agency around your cycle and health. Snag your copy today (and maybe buy a few extra copies for your favorite people with periods too? It makes for a truly life-changing gift!).
(Illustrated) Period Diary
Last but not least, we're loving Claudia Sahuquillo's illustrations of her going about her life while bleeding. Follow her for more.