Tag Archives: Menstruation

Menstrual Cups and Self-Ed

11 Apr

I would really like for my menstrual cup to be good at catching blood.

It was sold to me as “12 hours, no leaks!” but my experience so far has been a non-stop stain-a-thon. Every once in a while I emerge from the bathroom “This time it’s going to be different. This time I finally figured it out!” but it never seems to stick.

People keep asking me why I’m still trying to make it work after 5 years of constant failure.

Answer number one is simple and true “I really would like my period to be a carbon neutral event. I don’t like constantly buying and throwing away tampons. I need a better solution.”

But the deeper answer is something I didn’t expect.

This month in trying to get the damn thing to work I discovered that my cervix is more conical than the donut shape I always imagined it as.

And you know how in books they say your cervix will “feel like the tip of your nose” [x]

It totally does! It feels exactly like the tip of your nose!

How cool is that?!

So, my menstrual cup might suck at being a menstrual cup, but it’s pretty great at making me think about bodies in a new way. And so for that I’ll be grateful. And that’s even better.

Traveling Periods

22 Mar

I’m gonna be traveling this summer.

Just in case you will be too.

More rupi Love

9 Dec

And let me not forget to mention that the talented and graceful rupi is also the artist behind this

wonderful display of femininity and courage to “demystify the period and make something that is innate ‘normal’ again.”

I will not apologise for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be ok with a small leak when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified, pornified, and treated less than human.

Role model.

Kiran Gandhi And Period Shame

14 Aug

Woman Runs London Marathon Without a Tampon, Bleeds Freely to Raise Awareness

I cry.

Don’t ask me why.

When I was in high school I have a vivid memory of sitting on a particular male friends lap and standing up to find a red spot the size of a quarter on his leg. Just conjuring up that memory while sitting here alone in my living room leaves me hot in the face with shame.

Generally I enjoyed my high school experience but that tough learning curve about exactly how long I could leave a tampon in was brutal.

There is nothing like seeing someone move through the world so shame-free concerning something you have so much anxiety about. It makes me want to hug and kiss her entire face.

The really amazing thing is that in the last few years it’s become clearer and clearer that straight guys that are worth their salt don’t really care about periods. God forbid a little blood comes up, it’s always me freaking out and him telling me to relax, it’s not a big deal. It’s amazing what shame can do.

So thanks Kiran Gandhi, my personal hero for the day.

A Conversation With My Uterus, Currently Shedding It’s Lining

19 Jul

Me: *curled up in bed, clutching my stomach* WWWWAAAAAAHHHH!!!

Uterus: *knitting on the couch* What?

Me: Wwwhhhhyyy???

Uterus: Because I can.

Me: But what did I do to you?

Uterus: Well yesterday you did eat chocolate.

Me: Want me to puke it up?

Uterus: Meh, it won’t help.

Me: WWWWAAAAAAHHHH!!!

Uterus: Moaning won’t help either.

Me: What will help? What can I do to make your life easier?

Uterus: Well I can tell you right now that being snarky will not help.

Me: Fantastic. Thrilled to hear it.

Uterus: You’ll just have to wait. You get 27 days a month and I get 1.

Me: You’re mean.

Uterus: *shrugs* Should I be offended?

Me: I hate you.

Uterus: I don’t care.

Me: I hate you.

Uterus: I still don’t care.

Me: I’m going to puke on you.

Uterus: Still really not my problem.

Me: ARRGGHH!!

Menstruation Appreciation

5 Apr

I’ve been finding a lot of really cool menstruation art lately, and that’s not something I ever thought I would say.







And it’s really cool.

Even though any guy in his 20’s should be fine with talking about periods I still get mortified by my own, and it’s really cool to find art that does something other than avoid or dance around the whole thing, opting for kool-aid-esque blue liquid and calling the female half of the population dirty.

Something that’s actually

I Will Understand It With Science!

7 Sep

I had some gnarly cramps the other day.  Know why?  Cause my body was doing super cool, healthy, incredible things.

Science!