BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 13, 2013
Menstrupedia is a self-defined "friendly guide to periods which helps girls and women to stay healthy and active during their periods." That description couldn't be any more perfect! The website is simple yet incredibly informative; it treats the subject of menstruation both frankly and warmly. Needless to say, I wish I had access to something like this when I was 11 years old (I like to think the various Kotex websites that were 90% friendship-bracelet tutorials ... Read More
BY Mary Grace Garis
on Jul 31, 2013
Imagine Don Corleone played by an 11-year-old, menstruation-obsessed little girl. That's this video.
It follows the touching story we're all familiar with: a little girl feels isolated at camp, until she becomes the first to get her period. Then she becomes an oppressive dictator who deals out tampons and unwarranted advice to her fellow campmates. #kidsthesedays
It's cool especially because they stray away from the lame tropes we usually see in tampon ... Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jun 27, 2013
What do you see?
A mess, maybe. But to photographer Sarah Anne Ward, these stains run deeper. Her art aims to fill them with politics, pain, and all of menstruation's cosmic complexities.
Sarah finds periods “FASCINATING” with a capital everything, and her analysis of them might make you feel the same.
“This series was mainly prompted with my struggle to accept PMS,” she says. “Being a feminist, I never wanted to accept ... Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on May 16, 2013
Are you considering updating your birth control method? If you have even once thought about the intrauterine device (IUD) but don’t have all the facts, look no further! We're here to help you with honest feedback about our experiences with IUDs.
Two BUSTies have IUDs and we have a Pharmacist Tech on staff to answer common questions about the IUD. (You can read Shelby's review of Mirena here.)
There are a few misconceptions ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 20, 2012
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.
When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Oct 09, 2012
Living in close quarters with your lady friends has many benefits, but studies show that menstrual synchrony—synced-up periods triggered by pheromones—may not be one of them.
In her seminal 1971 study, psychologist Martha McClintock concluded that synced cycles are related to the exchange of pheromones between women in close social contact.
However, a whole crop of studies have popped up since then that contradict the ... Read More
BY Ivanna Avalos
on Jul 10, 2012
You might think that periods are a pain in the ass, what with the cramping, bloating, and all that money you've got to spend on tampons and pads (which end up filling your trash can or getting dumped into a landfill). Now imagine having to miss days of school or work because you didn’t have access to, or couldn’t afford, sanitary products at all. With the variety of products we have to help us deal with our monthlies, that's pretty ... Read More
BY Grace Evans
on Jun 28, 2011
Now that kids have access to just about anything on the Internet, let me direct your attention to something very worthwhile. I’ve heard plenty a horror story about the daughters of repressed mothers or forgetful fathers finding blood between their legs and being totally unprepared. For those girls whose flow arrived before sex ed and didn’t get “the talk” in time, Camp Cranky is an interactive site for girls that explains what their ... Read More
BY Eileen Milman
on May 18, 2011
Check out this hilarious pie-chart from MadAtoms.com, about what men think about menstruation. It's pretty on point, especially the 12% of men that think periods are dangerous- because they attract bears. I once asked one of my buddies why women aren't allowed to be Navy Seals, and he replied, "Ya know how many missions would be compromised by sharks that were attracted by periods??" This boy was DEAD serious. For shame!These bizarre ideas about periods are ... Read More
BY Mary S
on Mar 15, 2011
It's just one of those days that a girl goes throughWhen I'm angry inside,Don't wanna take it out on you.Just one of them things.
Don't take it personal.*
It wasn't until recently that women I knew complained about PMS. Aside from the odd mention, I never noticed friends or "colleagues" crediting pre-menstrual syndrome for their feelings or actions. To be honest, I was surprised so many women indicated their upcoming periods were the reason they were acting that ... Read More