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

Magnesium—the MVP of the periodic table you probably aren’t getting enough of

April 30, 2019 at 06:30PM by CWC Since that month in chemistry class devoted to memorizing the entire periodic table, you probably haven’t revisited what the elements—specifically magnesium—can do for your health, right? Don’t worry, there won’t be a pop quiz at the end of this article, but we did tap Amy Shapiro, RD and … Continue reading Magnesium—the MVP of the periodic table you probably aren’t getting enough of

The best workouts for every type of stress—period

April 28, 2019 at 04:00AM by CWC As Elle Woods once wisely said, “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” Less dramatic translation? Working out is great for relieving stress. Whether you’re going for a walk around the block or doing 50 burpees in a row … Continue reading The best workouts for every type of stress—period

7 benefits of asparagus that prove it’s the best spring vegetable, period

April 15, 2019 at 02:00PM by CWC When we talk about superfoods, a few obvious contenders—walnuts, chia seeds, green tea, quinoa, kale—immediately come to mind. But it may be time to add one often-overlooked food to that list: asparagus. Maybe it was plopped on your plate as a kid at dinnertime (and if your parents … Continue reading 7 benefits of asparagus that prove it’s the best spring vegetable, period

OK, TMI: I imbibed a bit of period blood during a sexcapade—should I be worried?

February 28, 2019 at 08:54AM by CWC In Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, there’s an ongoing joke about doing a period-sex musical number. Brief clips of the song get aired before other events cut off the tune since the topic is deemed too dirty to run on TV. (Don’t worry, the whole thing was gloriously released online.) And it’s frustrating, … Continue reading OK, TMI: I imbibed a bit of period blood during a sexcapade—should I be worried?

Why your period is actually the best time for running

January 07, 2019 at 10:46AM Crazy back pain and dramatic breakouts are just a couple of the woes that can plague women during their monthly cycle. But that oh-so-special time of month does have a silver lining: According to Meg Takacs, a New York City-based CrossFit and Aaptiv trainer, it’s the (ahem!) period when some women … Continue reading Why your period is actually the best time for running