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Having the Birth Control “Talk”

By Toni Brannagan Talking about sex gets a bad rap. Talking about sex requires a vulnerability a lot of us aren’t super-stoked to show, and okay, whatever, one could argue that it’s just not that *sexy*. But even if you...

Reasons You Might Be *Bleeding* Between Periods

By Kate Welsh So, you’re in the bathroom, minding your own business, when you look down at your skivvies and see spots. No, literally, you’re *spotting*. Also called breakthrough bleeding, spotting is (usually) a small amount of bleeding that occurs...

Taking an Eco-Friendly Approach to Tampons

By Toni Brannagan IMHO, the most annoying part about tampon usage is how little we know about most major brands, and how much I used to feel like I was trashing the planet whenever I used one. I stopped buying...

A Tampon Timeline

By Toni Brannagan Have you ever seriously thought about where tampons come from? (Considering how often I ran into the question “Were tampons invented to plug bullet holes?” while doing research for this blog, I’m gonna go with nah.) Period...

Irregular Periods (and When to Call Your Gyno)

By Toni Brannagan I get it. No one likes going to the gynecologist. It’s not fun to have someone platonically poking around down there, but unfortunately, it’s a veeeerrryy necessary evil. Hopefully, y’all have found a trusted gyno who you’re...

Meditation 101

By Toni Brannagan Happy 2019, y’all. I’m personally not too wild about resolutions (because I’m a millennial and I fear commitment), but there’s nothing like the new year to inspire the desire for *self-improvement*. For a while now, it seems like...

Apps For On-The-Go Self-Care

By Toni Brannagan Smartphones can get a bad rap, but they’re undeniably useful tools for a variety of things life throws at you. (Does anyone even remember a time before phone alarm clocks?) Finding time for self-care can be challenging,...

Your Period’s Last Hurrah

By Toni Brannagan Historically, menopause has been associated with a ton of negativity — the loss of fertility, along with aging, can be emotional for women because of personal reasons, societal factors, and as usual, the good ol’ patriarchy. In...

Healthy Eating During the Holidays

By Toni Brannagan Trying to stick to a proper diet around the holidays is a lot like trying to avoid carbs in a bakery: We can say we’re all about making healthy choices, but we know the real reason we’re...

Beating the Holiday Blues

By Toni Brannagan Sure, the holiday season might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most *stressful* time of the year. There’s nothing more isolating than feeling down when everyone around you seems...

Are Yoni Eggs All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

By Brianna Flaherty If you somehow managed to miss the Goop controversy about yoni eggs and/or have no idea what a yoni egg even is (welcome 👋), they’re egg-shaped crystals you can insert into your vagina. Why would you or anyone you...

Unexpected Things That Can F with the Pill

By Toni Brannagan While I’m a pretty enthusiastic cheerleader for the IUD, I’m a bigger advocate for people taking the time to find the birth control method that works for them. And for nearly 11 million women, that method is...

How Does Stress Affect Your Period?

By Toni Brannagan We’ve all had those weeks (or months!) that take an emotional toll on us — and, unfortunately, they can very easily turn into a physical toll. Stress can have an affect on a number of areas in...

Finding the Right Therapist for You

By Toni Brannagan Making the decision to seek out therapy can be difficult in the first place, but the ensuing search for the right therapist can feel downright impossible — or at the very least, extremely overwhelming. What kind of...

Essential Oils For Every Phase of Your Cycle

By Alexandra Wee Note: Essential oils should never be used to replace medical treatment. When it comes to our giving our bodies the best #selfcare, good things often come in bottles. No, not the kinds filled with pinot noir (though...

The Hymen: A Misunderstood Membrane

By Toni Brannagan Historically, female anatomy has not been recorded in a super-scientific way — and nothing displays this more clearly than a quick Google search for “hymens.” If you had any sort of sex ed growing up, then you’ve...

How to Turn Your Period into a Spa Day

By Priya A. Shah I approach period days with self-care to the max. It’s not always perfect, and I may not always have a full day to stop, drop, and spa, but I try it sneak some extra self-love here...

Achieving Your Breast Health

By Toni Brannagan In case you missed this glorious clip of Serena Williams singing “I Touch Myself” topless, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is unfortunately one of the most common cancers to affect American women, but thanks to...

Ever Have a UTI That Just Won’t Go Away?

By Akanksha Singh It is a truth universally acknowledged that urinary tract infections (UTIs) happen. Jane Austen said that. Okay, no, she didn’t. But more than half of all people with vaginas will have at least one UTI in their...

How You Can Overcome Period Shame

By Toni Brannagan Periods are hardly as taboo as they have been in the past, but we’ve still got a long way to go. Around the world, people are forced to make do with whatever they have because they don't...

Finding the Right Gyno… When You’re Scared AF

By Priya A. Shah If you’re the type of person who freaks out at the at the thought of just making a gynecological appointment, then goes into denial, and pretends she never needs to see one — you’re not alone....

Fight Your PMS With This Yoga Flow

By Toni Brannagan I believe there are two types of people with periods — those who subscribe to the myth that exercising through your PMS symptoms makes you *feel better* and those who would rather lie around watching Riverdale. Okay, so...

Getting to Know the Phases of Your Hormonal Cycle

By Natasha Richardson For me, living by the moon isn’t about moon-gazing, it’s about womb-gazing. Menstrual cycles aren't scientifically linked to the lunar calendar, but with four distinct phases each, it's easy to see why that's a common comparison. The term ‘menses’ also...

What You Should Know About Hysterectomies

By Adebisi Adewusi “Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for. Happy Giving Birth To Myself Day.” Girls creator and actress Lena Dunham recently...

Debunking Common Menstruation Myths

By Toni Brannagan Mankind has a comprehensive history of misunderstanding women’s bodies — especially when it comes to our periods. While there have been some truly bonkers ideas about menstruation that have been put to rest (menstruating women can control...

Choosing the Right IUD For You

By Toni Brannagan IUDs are basically the new iPhone — everyone’s got one. But if you haven’t hopped onto the t-shaped bandwagon yet, it’s not too late! The most important thing about choosing a birth control method is finding what...

The Myth of a Normal Sex Drive

By Mariana Ruiz In my teens and early 20s, I had this idea that as a woman I was supposed to be this sexy vixen in the bedroom. It’s what I saw growing up in movies and from the women...

The Science Behind Cannabis and Your PMS

By Meryl Montgomery As a woman who works in the cannabis industry, I get the privilege of speaking with a lot of women about their cannabis questions and concerns. One question I get quite a bit is wrapped in skepticism: “Does cannabis...

The Truth About Your Period Problems

By Kirsten Karchmer We’ve been lied to. For centuries. Your worst period problems. The ones that you lay awake in bed thinking of all month. Those aren’t normal. Cramping. Clotting. Bloating. Migraines. Cravings. Irritability. Anxiety. Mood Swings. Diarrhea. Fatigue. None...

Making the Most of Your Gyno Visits

By Isabella Aitken-Frappier Whether it’s your first time or your 100th, going to the OB-GYN can be daunting for some. The cold metal instruments, the papery gown, having a light shined at your vulva – not too many people are...

Let's Talk About Leaks

By Toni Brannagan There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re not in charge of your own body, and there’s nothing lonelier than feeling like you’re the only person going through something. Honestly though, sure, every body is unique, but you’re...

Period Sex is Actually the Best Sex

By Arielle Egozi Ah, period sex — the final frontier of sex magic *heaven*. YES, you read that perfectly correct. H-E-A-V-E-N. If you don’t believe me, here’s why ya should: Alleviates cramps? Check. Your blood flow increases when you climax...

Swimming on Your Period

By Toni Brannagan Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, so y’all know what that means – it’s officially summer (I know it’s actually not, just let me have this, please)! Time for pool parties, beach days, and basically, jumping into...

Menstrual Hygiene FAQs

By Toni Brannagan ICYMI, last Monday was Menstrual Hygiene Day. Although, we’ve been celebrating all month long – and we’re gonna keep the party going. #NoLimits We’re committed to supporting menstruators around the globe this month, next month, and well,...

Menstrual Hygiene DOs & DON’Ts

By Toni Brannagan Menstrual Hygiene Day is coming up on May 28, and in case you’re new ‘round these parts, it’s like our Coachella. We take menstrual hygiene prettttty seriously. We all should though, right? People around the world are...

The Fuss About Being Female and Furry

By Adebisi Adewusi Raise your hand if you’ve ever been: - Scolded for daring to wear a sleeveless shirt with hairy underarms. - Laughed at for having facial hair. - Pressured to spend hours plucking pubic hair. Like you, I’ve...

A Messy History of Menstrual Hygiene

By Toni Brannagan Quick, mark your calendars– May 28th is Menstrual Hygiene Day! Yay! To clarify, UNICEF and WHO define menstrual hygiene as “Women and adolescent girls using a clean menstrual management material to absorb or collect blood that can be changed...

The Life Cycle of a Tampon

By Alexandra Wee Time to talk trash. It all starts in the field. No, not that *annoying* period commercial of a person slow-mo falling onto a bed of flowers. I’m talking about your tampons. These tiny pluggers, often made from...

How Your Period Affects Your Skin

By Arielle Egozi Period skin. Even Chrissy Teigen gets it, which means even the goddesses among us are mere mortals against hormones. Red, blotchy, extra-sensitive, dull, flat, and lackluster — this may be your skin before your period. It kinda...

6 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Period Waste

By Alexandra Wee We need a lot of things during Shark Week – a lot of cuddles, a lot of cute puppy pictures, a lot of chocolate. Or, if you’re like me, a *lot* of bacon on my burger (hey,...

Herbal Remedies For When Midol Ain't Cutting It

By Natasha Richardson I'm crouching on the floor behind a cash register at work. My boss hovers over me and says “You don’t look great Tasha.” To which I reply, “I’ll be alright in a couple hours.” My period pain is...

No Period, No Problem: Life After (Really) Early Menopause

By Arielle Egozi   Our culture puts a particular importance on periods: You are a child before you get it, a crone when it’s done — your monthly blood a marker of your fertility, sexuality, and usefulness (certain stigmas are...

Period Products Through the Ages

By Toni Brannagan If you feel like there haven’t been *that* many innovations in the world of menstrual products, well… you’re actually kind of right. While there have been modifications made to the handful of options we get to choose...

It's Time to Level up Your Period Care Routine

By Toni Brannagan   The average menstruating human is on their period for approximately 6 years of their entire life — that’s a lot of blood and a whole lot of time. Seriously, 6 years! Do you have any idea how...

How to Beat the Period-Boob Blues

By Arielle Egozi   I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve got some BIG boobs. And do you know what happens when people with big boobs are about to get their period? Those boobs get even BIGGER, and they hurt....

So, How Are Things Looking in Your Underwear?

 By English Taylor “What the hell are you doing?” asked my sister. She had just barged in on me sitting on the toilet, which we unfortunately share when staying with my parents. I had finished peeing and was in the...

Treat Your V-Day!

By Arielle Egozi While the rest of the country is celebrating semi-stale boxed chocolates from CVS and sickly sweet Hallmark cards, we like to bring it a bit closer to home and celebrate another totally made-up holiday, one that we...

Herpes? You’re Going to be Okay!

By Mia Abrahams Like a lot of things in the world of sexual health, STDs are sometimes (unfortunately) shrouded in mystery, misinformation, and, of course, taboo. We’ve spoken about the common ones like HPV, gonorrhea, and chlamydia before, but another...

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