The Women Teaching America About the 'Fifth Vital Sign': Periods
After caring for pregnant people who lacked basic knowledge of reproductive health, nurse Kelsey Knight and doula Emily Varnam created a course using menstruation as a measure of health and taught it across 43 states.
Hannah H. Kim
Why Your Dreams Get Wild Right Before Your Period
We asked two doctors if your premenstrual dreams actually mean anything, and why they occur.
What Happens When You Teach Boys to Be Period Allies
To combat the stigma that keeps some girls out of school, UNICEF and other organizations are teaching boys around the world to support their menstruating peers.
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.
What It's Like to Lose Your Fertility to Uterine Cancer In Your 20s
Lydia Brain's periods were so heavy that she would usually bleed through her sanitary protection and clothes. But she never thought that it was a sign of cancer.
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.
Is Period Sex Okay for a First-Time Hookup?
Opinions on boning while bleeding range from "It's gross" to "It's feminist." But how do you navigate this issue with a Tinder date you just met?
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.
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