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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. In recent years, advocates in the US and abroad have come out in full force for period positivity, working to destigmatize menstruation by pushing legislators to abolish taxes on feminine hygiene products or to provide free pads or tampons in public schools. However, we still have a long way to go. A new report in BMJ Global Health reveals how the global “culture of silence” around…

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​What Your Period Blood Consistency Means About Your Health

Even if you’ve consistently had your period every month for most of your life, it’s totally normal to have questions about what exactly is coming out of your body—especially since the consistency of menstrual blood isn’t always, well, consistent. “A fun fact is that menstrual blood is different from blood anywhere else in body in that it usually doesn’t clot, which makes sense because if the blood immediately clotted then it wouldn’t come out,” says ob-gyn Jennifer Ashton, M.D. So if your period’s different from the blood in other parts…

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The Best Workout To Do At Each Stage Of Your Menstrual Cycle

A full 75 percent of women regularly opt out of exercise when on the rag. Get back in action by coercing your fluctuating hormones to help, not hinder, your workouts. Just follow these week-by-week recommendations from Anate Aelion Brauer, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU School of Medicine and Stacy Sims, Ph.D, exercise physiologist at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. WEEK 1 Estrogen and progesterone are at rock bottom, prompting bleeding—and the cramps that come with it. But: That same dearth of hormones increases your…

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How Your Period Messes With Your Sleep—And 7 Ways To Fix It

According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, about 70% of menstruating women say their sleep is disrupted during their periods by symptoms like breast tenderness, bloating, cramps, and headaches. At the start of your menstrual phase (when your period begins), there’s a decline in estrogen (and a slowing of your metabolism) and you get sleepy. We now know that the drop in estrogen leads to less REM sleep, which is when dreams usually occur. Also, having a heavy period can lead to anemia from the lower iron level,…

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This Is How Homeless Women Cope With Their Periods

Every month, many homeless people are placed in desperate situations. If you’re a woman (or a trans man, or anyone who menstruates) living on the streets, getting your period is more than just a hassle — it’s a matter of comfort, cleanliness, and dignity. The latest installment of Bustle’s NSFWomen docuseries talks about Homelessness + Periods. There are 50,000 women living on the streets nationwide, and with limited access to pads and tampons, and no steady, comfortable place to shower, they are forced to get creative with ways to keep…

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