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Womens History Month
Womens History Month

The Forgotten Black Woman Inventor Who Revolutionized Menstrual Pads

Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner was a self-taught inventor who created the sanitary belt and filed five patents in her lifetime.
Zing Tsjeng
3.8.18
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ask-hole

Why Your Dreams Get Wild Right Before Your Period

We asked two doctors if your premenstrual dreams actually mean anything, and why they occur.
Kanika Banwait
12.15.17
Menstruation
Menstruation

The 'Tampon Crusader' Who Pushed to Make Periods a Political Issue

Broadly spoke to Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, the author of a new book on menstrual equity, about what it's like to live in "The Year of Infinite Period Possibility."
Kimberly Lawson
10.3.17
birth control
birth control

The Man Behind the Pill Decided Women 'Need' to Have Periods—But They Don't

If you're on the birth control pill, you're most likely going through withdrawal bleeding once a month. But there's no medical reason for having a simulated period every three weeks.
Leila Ettachfini
9.21.17
Menstruation
Menstruation

A 12-Year-Old Reportedly Killed Herself After Being Shamed For Getting Her Period

In India, a girl committed suicide after her teacher allegedly punished her for soiling her clothes with menstrual blood. Advocates explain why period stigma can be dangerous.
Sirin Kale
9.1.17
HEALTH
HEALTH

It's Been Almost 100 Years and Women Still Don't Have the Tampons We Deserve

From rubber belts to hymen hysteria, the history of tampons is a reflection of the uphill battle for women's rights.
Bethy Squires
8.18.17
HEALTH
HEALTH

The 'Culture of Silence' Around Periods Is Putting Girls' Lives at Risk

A new report reveals how taboos around menstruation and other forms of vaginal bleeding endangers the health of women and girls around the world.
Kimberly Lawson
8.1.17
HEALTH
HEALTH

Living with Endometriosis, an Agonizing Disease with No Known Cause or Cure

For most of her life, Chloe has struggled with debilitating periods. When she was 25, she finally went to the hospital. It took four years to diagnose her. Why won't doctors take menstrual pain seriously?
Rosa Furneaux
7.27.17
HEALTH
HEALTH

In Historic Move, Scotland Will Give Low-Income Women Free Pads and Tampons

Few, if any, countries provide women with free sanitary products because they're not seen as necessary—but women are hugely impacted when they can't afford menstrual care.
Kimberly Lawson
7.13.17
HEALTH
HEALTH

Why Scientists Wrongly Thought Periods Prevented Women from Thinking Clearly

A new study shows that hormones released during menstruation have no effect on women's cognitive abilities, challenging centuries of sexist assumptions.
Misha Gajewski
7.10.17
reproductive health
reproductive health

The Activists Making Sure Kids Don't Miss School Because of Their Periods

Schoolchildren in the UK are missing class because they can't afford tampons and sanitary pads—but feminist activists Fourth Wave are on the case of period poverty.
Zing Tsjeng
6.13.17
Menstruation
Menstruation

Surf Legend Laird Hamilton Falsely Blames Shark Attacks on Women's Periods

Sorry, sharks just aren't that into period blood.
Kimberly Lawson
5.25.17