Topic: menstrual cycle

How I Learned to Stop Hating My Period, And Love The Menstrual Cup

How I Learned to Stop Hating My Period, And Love The Menstrual Cup

You probably know that using a menstrual cup will save anywhere between 10,000-15,000 pads and tampons from ending up in landfills over the course of a woman’s menstruating life. You might also know that if you switched to a menstrual cup, you could save around $4,000 over the course of your own period and pms-filled years. But let’s be honest: You’re a bit grossed out by the idea of a reusable menstrual product, or you’re freaked out by how to use menstrual cups. So I’m here to motivate you to switch over to a cup, and I’m not going to use any of that data to persuade you. More »

Sex (Re)Ed: How Menstrual Cycles Affect Sex Drive (Hint: Pencil In Sex On Day 13)

Sex (Re)Ed: How Menstrual Cycles Affect Sex Drive (Hint: Pencil In Sex On Day 13)

It’s kind of unfair—many women’s sex drives are highest when they’re on their periods, or when they’re ovulating. From an evolutionary standpoint, the horny-when-ovulating thing makes sense—but for those of us trying to avoid pregnancy at the moment, it’s kind of a drag that the times we want it most are also the times when we’re most likely to get pregnant. Ditto for the increased libido that often comes at that time of month when other reasons make sex least appealing. What’s behind the menstrual cycle/libido roller-coaster? More »

Your Period Could Be Getting You Drunker, Faster

Your Period Could Be Getting You Drunker, Faster

With years of experience, we all learn that it’s easy to get tossed after hammering back a cocktail on an empty stomach. And even in college, we knew that the lower our weight, the higher our chances of being dubbed a “cheap date.” But today’s Wall Street Journal article, “Testing the Limits of Tipsy,” taught us something we didn’t know: That our periods also factor into our blood alcohol level (BAC). More »

Wait, Asics Made a Running Shoe For My Period?

Wait, Asics Made a Running Shoe For My Period?

Over the years, I’ve invested a depressing amount of money in running shoes — mostly of the “stability” variety, but I’ve also tested this new lightweight running shoe trend, too. So how I missed the fact that Asics made a shoe to accommodate my menstrual cycle is beyond me, but apparently, I’m not the only one: The shoe, which was made last year, has recently been getting some press eyerolls from fitness mags and running fanatics, and for obvious reason. But, as my teachers always told me, if you have a question, chances are, other people in class do, too, so here goes: Could Asics really make running on my period better? More »

Gallery: 10 Sexy Celebrity Men for Every Phase of Your Cycle

Gallery: 10 Sexy Celebrity Men for Every Phase of Your Cycle

We love men of all shapes and sizes (woman are the more physically accepting of the two sexes, after all), but according to a recent study, our tastes vary with our menstrual cycles. According to a post on Lemondrop last week, we’re more likely to jones after the hunky, “lumberjack” type while we’re ovulating, even if we’re happily involved with or wedded to effeminate geeks. More »

Just Browsing: A Self-Help Skeptic’s Book Review of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom”

Just Browsing: A Self-Help Skepticâs Book Review of "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom"

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing

by Christiane Northrup, M.D. (Bantum Books)

Several years ago I visited an acupuncturist. (I know, could I be more clichéd writing that for a women’s health and wellness site – but bear with me, okay?) There were twice weekly migraines, exhaustion that sent me into a near coma-state everyday after 3 p.m., and an erratic womanly cycle that often made me question the efficacy of prophylactics. I visited the usual doctors: Primary care physician, my gynecologist, a neurologist. I had a battery of tests. My GP checked my blood pressure and ordered several blood tests. My gynecologist did a pelvic exam and even an ultrasound of my ovaries. My neurologist did an in-office EEG. Everything was “normal.” However, I still felt like shit.

At the acupuncture office, Dr. Ren simply told me to stick out my tongue, and she felt my pulse on my wrist. “I see,” she said, nodding knowingly. “You have too much fire and not enough water.”

Well, that explains it. More »