The boy behind me was singing the theme from "JAWS" as the blood crept down my thighs. Sadly, no shark took his young life.

Aug 18, 2014 at 5:00pm | 428 comments

I won't have a period party or buy cheesy books full of metaphors about "roses blooming."
Here are six female artists who were pioneers of the period lyric, and who did it without sounding like the prequel to a chapter about how to ask your mom for deodorant.

Apr 28, 2014 at 2:30pm | 21 comments

fancy underwear
I used to turn to ugly old underwear and live in fear of leaks during my period, but thanks to Dear Kate I’m pretty much menstrual Wonder Woman now.
And by “cramps,” I mean pain so bad that I wound up in the hospital at least once a year for the past decade. How I got rid of them for good, one green drink at a time.

Nov 8, 2013 at 11:00am | 350 comments

period sex
You know what helps with cramps and makes your skin look better and helps you sweat it out? Gettin’ busy.
How much do some men know about our bodies? Not the physical appearance, but the inner workings of them all? I’ll tell you. Not much.
Thanks for your concern, ladies, but actually skipping my periods is the best thing to happen to me in a long time.

Aug 14, 2013 at 12:30pm | 427 comments

Extreme depression? uncontrollable rage? distracting hyperarousal? And now, just for funsies -- severe body dysmphoria!

Jul 18, 2013 at 12:30pm | 349 comments

It was a close call. Thank fuck I’m nosy.
I concluded, long after the events of that awkward day, that being embarrassed is overrated.
My shocking discovery in a Main Street, U.S.A. bathroom launched me into a lifetime of looking back at my shortened childhood.
first period
Do you remember Kotex Personals Protective Panties? If you don't, that's okay, because I'm pretty sure that my mom was the only person who bought them.
deep embarrassment
It's okay. I wasn't planning on getting a date again ever in my life anyway!

Feb 13, 2013 at 6:30pm | 465 comments

Corrigan’s column appears to have been an attempt at satire, but the fact that he’s an incredibly shitty writer means it fell far short of the intended goal. Instead it just reads like a string of misogynist jokes glued together with flapping noises from his butt cheeks.
In celebration of my seven-year period anniversary, my dad’s birthday (hi, dad!) and all things strange and Halloween-y, I’ve prepared the perfect creepy, crawly playlist. Join me as I recount MY LAST MENSES STORY, I PROMISE.
I downloaded the app under the guise that it would inform me about the workings of my body and I'd know even more about myself. Instead, I'm even more disconnected.

Oct 30, 2012 at 2:00pm | 81 comments

Skin problems, period-induced meltdowns and the magical drugstore buys that just might help take the edge off.