My Period Blog http://myperiodblog.com - Celebrating Menstruation - Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:01:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Menstrual Taboos in Different Cultures http://myperiodblog.com/2015/12/23/menstrual-taboos-different-cultures/ http://myperiodblog.com/2015/12/23/menstrual-taboos-different-cultures/#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:01:14 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1797 Tlingit People – When a girl first menstruates she is immediately isolated in a menstruation hut and she has to follow very rigid rules. She is not permitted to lie down during the whole period of her seclusion, instead she … Continue reading

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What Function does Menstrual Fluid have in Pregnancy? http://myperiodblog.com/2015/12/02/happens-endometrium-pregnancy-occurs/ http://myperiodblog.com/2015/12/02/happens-endometrium-pregnancy-occurs/#respond Wed, 02 Dec 2015 03:45:28 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1699 After ovulation the uterus lining (endometrium) becomes transformed into a secretory lining in preparation of accepting the embryo. If implantation does not occur, humans shed this lining each menstrual cycle. Two-thirds of it is simply reabsorbed back into the body, and the … Continue reading

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Can Menstrual Cycles Synchronize with the Lunar Cycle? http://myperiodblog.com/2015/08/23/can-menstrual-cycles-synchronize-lunar-cycle/ http://myperiodblog.com/2015/08/23/can-menstrual-cycles-synchronize-lunar-cycle/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:42:31 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=2447 Some researchers have hypothesized that, historically, women tended to menstruate whenever there was a new moon – and that it’s only our modern way of living (in houses with artificial light) that stopped our periods synchronizing with the full moon. Of course, in the world as … Continue reading

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Book Review of “The Red Tent” (by Anita Diamant) http://myperiodblog.com/2015/08/17/book-review-red-tent-anita-diamant/ http://myperiodblog.com/2015/08/17/book-review-red-tent-anita-diamant/#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:33:19 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=2389 Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent” is a fictional autobiography of the life of Dinah (the daughter of Jacob in the Bible). The book was turned into a TV mini-series in 2014. In her book, Diamant brings the day-to-day lives of Dinah and the women around … Continue reading

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Everything I Need for My Period Each Month! http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/19/everything-period-month/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/19/everything-period-month/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:00:27 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=2394 PREPARING FOR MY PERIOD: 1. Calender: When that my period starts I mark the five days of bleeding on my calender with an “X”, and then count 28 days from the day that my period started and write “P28” to mark … Continue reading

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Which is Worse: Period Cramps or “Man Flu”? http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/12/worse-menstrual-periods-man-flu/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/12/worse-menstrual-periods-man-flu/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:35:59 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=2244 One of my brothers (who is in his early twenties) wakes up looking like he is dying every morning. His “man flu” symptoms are all either self-caused or in his head: he has late nights and he eats junk food all the time – of … Continue reading

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Are Feminine Hygiene Products Really that Bad for the Environment? http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/06/feminine-hygiene-products-really-bad-environment/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/06/feminine-hygiene-products-really-bad-environment/#respond Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:21:29 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=2225 How much disposable sanitary product waste ends up in landfills? The average woman throws away approximately 100-150kg of “feminine hygiene products” during her lifetime. This includes tampons, disposable pads, pantiliners, disposable menstrual cups, tampon applicators, and all the packaging that those products … Continue reading

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Can I Flush Tampons Down the Toilet? http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/06/can-flush-tampons-toilet/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/06/can-flush-tampons-toilet/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 05:23:06 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=2204 I love reading instructions, so when I tried out my first tampon (shortly after getting my period at age 13) I read the instruction pamphlet thoroughly. I clearly remember that the instructions told me to not flush my tampons down the toilet. … Continue reading

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There should be more Menstruation Scenes in Game of Thrones http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/03/menstruation-game-thrones/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/03/menstruation-game-thrones/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:42:38 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1981 On the face of it the Game of Thrones TV series appears to be a perfect vehicle for depicting menstruation on screen because (a) there are many interesting and complex female characters in the show, and (b) the show is happy to … Continue reading

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“Girls see more blood than boys!” (Game of Thrones) http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/03/ygritte-jon-snow-girls-see-blood-boys-game-thrones/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/03/ygritte-jon-snow-girls-see-blood-boys-game-thrones/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:31:02 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=2174 In the Game of Thrones TV series there is a funny conversation between the feisty Ygritte and her boyfriend Jon Snow in which he tries to explain to her what “swooning” is. He tells her that swooning is, “when a girl sees … Continue reading

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Sansa’s First Period (Game of Thrones) http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/03/sansas-first-period-game-thrones/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/07/03/sansas-first-period-game-thrones/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:07:07 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=2165 Watch the clip below to see Sansa Stark getting her first period on the Game of Thrones fantasy/drama TV series. The event is traumatic for Sansa because it means that she will now be forced to marry someone she hates … Continue reading

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Why Do Humans Menstruate? http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/23/humans-menstruate-overtly/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/23/humans-menstruate-overtly/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:11:25 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1684 All female placental mammals have a uterus lining (“endometrium”) that builds up when the animal is fertile. If the egg is not fertilized, most mammals reabsorb this lining into their uterus (“covert menstruation”), however a few mammals, including humans, shed this lining … Continue reading

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Can People tell when a Woman is Ovulating? http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/22/can-people-tell-woman-ovulating/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/22/can-people-tell-woman-ovulating/#respond Sun, 22 Jun 2014 04:20:44 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1704 Humans have “concealed ovulation”. Concealed ovulation is the lack of any perceptible change in an adult female (for instance, a change in appearance or scent) when she is “in heat” and near ovulation. Most mammals have overt (or “advertised”) ovulation. Some examples of … Continue reading

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Light Spotting a Few Days Before Period http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/21/light-spotting-days-period/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/21/light-spotting-days-period/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:36:37 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1659 Over the last six months I’ve started to experience light spotting a couple of days before each period begins. The spotting is very light and is usually a brownish colour (or sometimes red). I notice a small brown (or red) smear on the toilet … Continue reading

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New Yuuki Menstrual Cup http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/21/new-yuuki-menstrual-cup/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/21/new-yuuki-menstrual-cup/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:11:06 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1638 I bought my first menstrual cup almost four years ago – a small soft Yuuki menstrual cup – and it’s been fantastic (see my review here). As you can see that cup has become very stained! I don’t mind the stains at all, however if … Continue reading

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An Ode to Period Cramps! http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/21/ode-period-cramps/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/21/ode-period-cramps/#respond Sat, 21 Jun 2014 04:44:56 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1676 The video below is a hilarious (and oh-too-true) song about menstrual pain! It is a parody of The Cranberries “Zombie” song. Lyrics are below the video for you to sing along Patricia, you will notice Your body is a-changing And … Continue reading

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Is it Safe to Swim with Dolphins while Menstruating? http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/15/is-it-safe-to-swim-with-dolphins-while-menstruating/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/15/is-it-safe-to-swim-with-dolphins-while-menstruating/#respond Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:43:45 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1625 I’ve heard that dolphins can tell when a woman is pregnant (sometimes even before she knows herself), and start acting strangely around her. I wanted to know if dolphins acted any differently around menstruating women as well. Unfortunately not much seems to … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Red – Celebrating Menstruation http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/15/the-beauty-of-red-celebrating-menstruation/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/15/the-beauty-of-red-celebrating-menstruation/#respond Sun, 15 Jun 2014 03:22:50 +0000 http://myperiodblog.com/?p=1471 The wonderful video below explores the discrepancy between the beauty of the colour red, and our society’s ‘disgust’ for menstruation: “Red. As a child I loved red cherries, red balloons, red ketchup with hot samosas, red toys, red was the color … Continue reading

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Stem Cells in Menstrual Fluid http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/10/stem-cells-in-menstrual-fluid/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/10/stem-cells-in-menstrual-fluid/#respond Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:55:53 +0000 http://myperiodblog.wordpress.com/?p=1351 Stem cells are a type of biological cell that have the potential to become any cell in the body, therefore they can be used to repair damaged tissue. Stem cells come from two main sources: embryos or adult tissues. Embryonic … Continue reading

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How many eggs do I have inside me? http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/08/how-many-eggs-do-i-have-inside-me/ http://myperiodblog.com/2014/06/08/how-many-eggs-do-i-have-inside-me/#respond Sun, 08 Jun 2014 12:56:15 +0000 http://myperiodblog.wordpress.com/?p=1429 A baby girl is born with 1 to 2 million oocytes (human eggs) in her ovaries. When she hits puberty all but about 300,000 will have died before becoming mature eggs. Of these, 300 to 400 will be ovulated during … Continue reading

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