The science behind your wild food cravings on your period

October 31, 2019 at 07:00PM by CWC Even without a menstrual tracker, many people can tell when they’re a couple days away from getting their period. That flash of irrational anger when Starbucks is out of almond milk starts to make sense when it’s coupled with a craving for cookie dough ice-cream and a wave … Continue reading The science behind your wild food cravings on your period

How hiking Machu Picchu on my period taught me the power of gratitude

October 24, 2019 at 02:00PM by CWC I was in the middle of the Peruvian jungle when I finally started feeling like myself again after slogging through life on the heels of a recent heartbreak. Then I unexpectedly got my period. Let’s rewind: After my boss returned from hiking Machu Picchu with her husband, she … Continue reading How hiking Machu Picchu on my period taught me the power of gratitude

20+ foods that will help you feel less like garbage on your period

October 22, 2019 at 11:00PM by CWC Looking for sweet, sweet PMS relief? Try these delicious foods. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably feeling hardcore cravings for carbs and chocolate in the days leading up to your period. But for true relief—both physically and mentally—from the most annoying period symptoms, registered dietitian and The … Continue reading 20+ foods that will help you feel less like garbage on your period

4 Reasons You May Have Lost Your Period + How To Get It Back

September 30, 2019 at 10:24AM “Is my period ever going to come back?” Amanda asked during our initial consultation. She had gone off the pill five months ago. Since that time, her period had gone MIA. For many women, coming off of the pill signals the beginning of unpleasant symptoms referred to as post-birth-control syndrome … Continue reading 4 Reasons You May Have Lost Your Period + How To Get It Back

Who we leave out when we talk about periods as being a ‘woman thing’

August 02, 2019 at 11:30AM by CWC Since becoming a health editor for publications that cater to a largely female-identifying audience, I’ve spent a lot of time editing stories about reproductive health, periods, and hormones. It’s kind of the bread and butter of my job. And I’ve become super aware of one particular thing when … Continue reading Who we leave out when we talk about periods as being a ‘woman thing’

Make periods less of a literal pain using targeted treatments and strategies for every ache

August 02, 2019 at 08:08AM by CWC In addition to feeling waves of depression and the resurgence Mount Everest-size cystic acne, there’s a surefire sign that tells me Aunt Flo is on her way for a visit: excruciating breast pain. About once a month, I swell up to a regular Dolly Parton, and my two … Continue reading Make periods less of a literal pain using targeted treatments and strategies for every ache

The case for period ‘neutrality’—because positivity isn’t always realistic

August 01, 2019 at 11:01AM by CWC For nearly two decades starting in middle school, Sallie Sarrel, DPT, believed the soul-crushing cramps she experienced around her period were just a part of her life that she had to accept. “I was ashamed that I hurt so badly. The bloating made me hate myself,” she says. … Continue reading The case for period ‘neutrality’—because positivity isn’t always realistic

Unpopular opinion: I’m a grown woman and pads are my period product of choice

July 31, 2019 at 04:00PM by CWC When I was 9, a family friend gifted me the American Girl guide to puberty, The Care and Keeping of You, a book famous for a generation of women who leafed through the pages laden with watercolored illustrations of pubescent traumas like acne. But I’d put money on … Continue reading Unpopular opinion: I’m a grown woman and pads are my period product of choice

Your menstrual cycle is way bigger than just your period—here’s how it all goes down

July 31, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC Here’s a pop quiz for you: How long is the average person’s menstrual cycle? (No, you’re not allowed to Google it!) Stumped? You’re not alone. The average person will spend about 40 years of their life having periods. Yet most of us don’t fully understand the nitty-gritty process … Continue reading Your menstrual cycle is way bigger than just your period—here’s how it all goes down

Despite all the evidence, it’s still hard to let go of the ‘period syncing’ myth

July 30, 2019 at 10:18AM by CWC It’s a well-known trope in pop culture that when you put a bunch of people with uteruses together in the same house, dorm, or office (or basically anywhere near each other) on a regular basis, their menstrual cycles will sync up like magic. Everyone suddenly starts PMS-ing at … Continue reading Despite all the evidence, it’s still hard to let go of the ‘period syncing’ myth

6 of the most common questions about periods, answered by OB/GYNS

July 29, 2019 at 08:47AM by CWC No matter how many times you may have read The Care and Keeping of You in middle school, periods (and how they work) are still pretty confusing. Maybe it’s because the awkward “maturation” video you had to watch in fifth grade didn’t explain anything beyond featuring a girl screaming … Continue reading 6 of the most common questions about periods, answered by OB/GYNS

Shark Week burning questions: Is swimming during your period dangerous in any way?

July 28, 2019 at 11:00AM by CWC I periodically re-watch Jaws, and that animatronic fish gets me every. single. time. When the great white shark takes down that kid and there’s all that blood in that water, all I can think is how nothing would be scarier than starting my period mid-swim. It’s a thought … Continue reading Shark Week burning questions: Is swimming during your period dangerous in any way?

Sex feeling… less than orgasmic? Your period could be to blame

May 07, 2019 at 10:05AM by CWC To be frank, sex doesn’t always feel amazing—even with CBD lube and the most skilled of partners. One possible reason for this? Your hormone cycle. (Surprise, surprise.) Your reproductive hormones (the ones that govern your menstrual cycle and all that jazz) can actually affect how pleasurable sex is. … Continue reading Sex feeling… less than orgasmic? Your period could be to blame

OK, TMI: Why do I see blood clots when I have my period?

May 05, 2019 at 10:00AM by CWC Purely speculating here, but there are probably few things more annoying than being surprised by your period while wearing white pants—except, of course, being surprised by blood clots during your period…while also wearing white pants. There’s no pleasant way to describe these period blood clots, so I’m just … Continue reading OK, TMI: Why do I see blood clots when I have my period?

Are you there, God? It’s me, a grown-ass woman trying to learn to love her period

May 01, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC I got my first period at the underripe age of 10. I looked down into my sparkly, frog-print underwear from Limited Too one night, and there she was. I immediately started sobbing. By that point, I had already spent hours of my life poring over Judy Blume’s The … Continue reading Are you there, God? It’s me, a grown-ass woman trying to learn to love her period