Monthly Archives: June 2013

Menstrual Blood Paints a Picture

Artist Carina Úbeda, saved 5 years worth of menstrual cloths and displayed them for her exhibition, “Cloths,” at the Center of Culture and Health in Quillota, Chile.

She placed 90 used menstrual cloths in embroidery hoops, embroidered words on them, and then hung them from the ceiling along with rotten apples that symbolized ovulation.

What do you think of this?

What questions does this raise?



Cycle Harmony and PMS

Jing, long time sufferer of PMS, founded Cycle Harmony as a source of information and support for women who experience PMS. provides online tools and information to help you each step of the way. It filters the noise, takes out the complexity and makes it extremely simple and practical. It helps you take PMS into your own hands and take steps to live a healthier and happier life.

It’s also a community where women suffering from PMS can share their stories, their frustrations, their feelings, and their remedies. A place where women can go to get perspective and insights, help, support and hope.

It’s a journey that each woman will take individually – and together – not only to find relief for PMS, fatigue, depression and mood swings, but also to discover and reclaim our true power as a woman.  Read more.

If you, or someone you love, struggle with PMS, take 5 and view Jing’s video, then look through her site.  She offers encouragement, community, and information.

No Purses Allowed

The NFL implemented a new “all clear” rule that will affect all who choose to attend NFL games.




The NFL strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined today what is permissible. Beginning with preseason games, fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at, or
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

Will this change affect you in any way?

What are your thoughts about carrying menstrual needs and products in a clear plastic bag if they are too numerous or too large to fit into a hand sized clutch?

What do you think of the exception “made for medically necessary items after proper inspection” at a designated gate? Would menstrual needs/products come under the heading of “medically necessary items”?

If you were menstruating, would the new ruling keep you from attending an NFL game? Would it cause you to rethink your menstrual product choice?

Girls of All Ages One Step Away

The Obama administration announced Monday it will end age restrictions on emergency contraception, allowing girls and women of all ages to purchase the morning-after pill without a prescription. Read more.

What are your thoughts on this?

As a mother, grandmother, or dad, how do you feel about your girl (regardless of her age) being able to purchase and take powerful hormones without your knowledge and without the advice/knowledge of her pediatrician?

Making Menstruation Matter

Today is day two of Making Menstruation Matter, the 20th conference focusing on menstrual cycle research and women’s health.

Since the first conference in 1977, the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research has been working to bring menstruation out of the shadows and to legitimize our concern with how our culture, medical and pharmaceutical industries, advertising, and educational efforts, have served women’s needs (or not). Read more.

Members of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research have contributed greatly to healthy practices for women, to debunking menstrual myths, to eradicating shame, and to nurturing research.

I applaud the members and offer my sincere “thank you” for your care, concern, wisdom, passion, and unwavering period wise focus.

You are a beneficiary of the efforts of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.

If you are not familiar with the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research and their blog, I encourage you to be period wise and check into what they offer you.

Dr. Oz on Menstruation

Here’s a REALLY quick video on what happens during menstruation.

“And, that’s what menstruation is all about.” — Dr. Oz

For those of us who are period wise, menstruation is so much more.

  • What is menstruation all about to you?
  • Do you think the video would be helpful in explaining the fundamentals of menstruation to girls?