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Menstrual Hygiene Must Become a Matter of Public Concern in Zimbabwe

Miriam Mufaro | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Miriam Mufaro

The neglect of menstruation and its implications for the dignity, health and safety of women is increasingly well documented and urgently needs attention.

I Did It: I Reached Menopause

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Menopause is freedom. It's been 10 years now and I have never looked back. I face forward with a confidence that every day will be the same; that my mood will be stable and nothing will ruin my pants or my plans.

Endometriosis: Devastating for Young Women

Erin Havel | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

Endometriosis, as far as I knew, was something older women may experience. Statistics and facts about "female issues" are not always openly discussed in the same way as other medical conditions.

Laughing at Periods

Elissa Stein | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Elissa Stein

Commemorating periods in public was a punishment for bad behavior. Whew. That's one powerful message I'm not sure the filmmakers or the Hello Flo folks intended.

Access To Birth Control Is About Much More Than Controlling Birth

Madeline Wahl | Posted 08.31.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

Every month, I refill my prescription for birth control pills and every day at the same time (well, mostly the same time), I swallow one of the little pills with a sip of water. But the reason I started taking birth control pills and continue to take them is probably not what you're thinking.

9 Things We're Happy To Never Have To Do Again

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.20.2014 | Fifty

When we asked our female readers age 50 and older about the things they're happy they'll never have to do again, the number one response was -- surpri...

The Ad For Period Supplies We Actually Enjoy Watching

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.19.2014 | Women

Goodbye, ladies prancing around in all-white linen outfits and weird blue liquid being poured on maxi pads. Hello, actually humorous tampon ads. F...

The Sudden Need For a 4th Grade Sex Talk

Jeff Bogle | Posted 07.30.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

We had a sex talk plan. That plan was to wait. Wait until 4th grade was over. Wait until we could have the sex talk with our 10-year-old at a leisurely pace and without any nuggets or zingers from it seeping into her classroom chit-chats or into the recess yard banter.

Menstrual Hygiene Day Airs The Health Taboos Poor Girls Face That No One Wants To Talk About

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.05.2014 | Impact

In India, poor women often have to choose between buying milk and sanitary pads. In Africa, one in 10 adolescent girls misses school while she has her...

End the Stigma: Why Menstruation Matters to Women's Rights

Kriti Sharma | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Kriti Sharma

A basic human function like menstruation should no longer be a justification for denying women and girls with disabilities their basic human rights. It should no longer be a barrier to education, to independent reproductive choices and bodily integrity, or to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment.

Menstruation and Me

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Elisabeth Epstein

As terrifying, inconvenient and annoying as my experience with menorrhagia was, I was lucky. I had easy access to clean and functioning bathrooms and proper menstrual hygiene products. Countless women and girls cannot say the same.

Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa Are Dropping Out of School Because of Menstruation Taboo

Nelly Lukale | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Nelly Lukale

Many girls in sub-Saharan Africa end up missing considerable amount of school, or at worst even dropping out, due to humiliation and stigma related to menstruation.

What If We Put a Full Stop to Period Punishments?

Matt Murrie | Posted 07.26.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

What if, together, we can see to it puberty is a wonderful passage into all of the possibilities of adulthood, instead of a life sentence into insecurity, shame and isolation for young women?

If You Can't Afford Tampons, What Do You Do?

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Sue Kerr

The stigma of menstruation compounded by the stigma of poverty shouldn't leave our neighbors without the items they need for their basic health and welfare.

5 Ways Your Period Is Wrecking Your Skin

Refinery29 | Erika Stalder | Posted 05.18.2014 | Style

When your period comes to visit, it brings gifts: bloating, fatigue, and even the occasional freak-out. As if all that wasn't bad enough, though, many...

Periods, Puberty and 'The Letter': Mom's Life Lessons

Caurie Putnam | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Caurie Putnam

Last week my 10-year-old son brought home from school "the letter." You know the letter -- the one that makes every pre-pubescent mom's heart miss a beat and wistfully wonder where the past decade has gone?

Yagana Shah

Surprising Menopause Symptom Is More Common Than You Think

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.16.2014 | Fifty

Women may welcome menopause, thinking they can finally bid farewell to tampons, maxi pads, and Midol. But a new study shows recurring and prolonged bl...

For Many Girls, The Key To Education Is Sanitary Napkins

Maureen Shaw | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Maureen Shaw

While we're trying to perfect the art of fishing a tampon out of a backpack unnoticed, there are millions of girls around the world who don't have access to pads. And that's not even the worst of it: Because of a lack of sanitation and resources, many girls miss large swaths of school or drop out altogether once they start menstruating.

Fibroids: Time to End the Stigma

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

There's no good reason for fibroids to continue to cause such a high degree of suffering. But awareness of the condition is key if women are to get prompt and appropriate treatment.

Eve's Daughters, or, Go With the Flow

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 05.27.2014 | Women
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

While having children has been the most life-altering experience and process I have lived through, I have to say that the blessing that I walked out of those years of (finally) diagnosis and treatment with -- the blessing I think of only now with distance from the moment -- is that I learned the importance of listening to my body's messages.

Dear Em & Lo: I Got My Period During Sex and Am Mortified

Em & Lo | Posted 05.07.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

You turned a little spill into a scene from "Carrie." He was nice about it, it sounds like he would have been happy to keep going and he continued to text you. But you? You freaked out, stopped responding to him and have probably been acting all weird at the office.

Empowering Women by Design

Diana Sierra | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Diana Sierra

Be Girl aims to make a small intervention with the maximum impact: one girl, one pad, one year.

Hairy Legs

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

The upside of this hormonal landmark was that my breasts grew infinitesimally. The downside was that Daddy had my stepmother tell me I couldn't wear a padded bra. "Bad girls wear those," she said.

Why I'll Throw a Party When My Daughter Becomes a Woman

Rachael Clarke | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

Some people say you become a woman when you become a mom. That is true, I think, but I became a woman much sooner than that.

5 Reasons Women Get Better With Age

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.01.2014 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

I want to tell you about all of the delightful things that you have to look forward to as you move through your thirties, forties and fifties.