Why Your Dreams Get Wild Right Before Your Period
We asked two doctors if your premenstrual dreams actually mean anything, and why they occur.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Surf Legend Laird Hamilton Falsely Blames Shark Attacks on Women's Periods
Sorry, sharks just aren't that into period blood.
The Vegan Diet Bloggers Who Think Periods Are 'Not Natural'
Some vegan and raw food bloggers believe that menstruation is unclean and a curse—and that we'd be better off without periods at all.
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