Menstruation
Dear Dr. Vanessa: I’ve Missed My Period for Months, Years Even!

photo by greenchartreuse Every few weeks, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, will be answering your questions here. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, I haven’t had my period since August of 2008. I’m 21 and am not […]

Sexy Period Underwear, For Reals

Here’s the story of the birth of a business: Two women at Brown University take a class on entrepreneurship, join forces for a class project on writing a business proposal, try to think of a real problem that needs a solution, and come up with panty-accidents during menstruation. They post surveys in the women’s restrooms […]

Wise Guys – What’s the Male Consensus on Period Sex?

photo by greenchartreuse Advice from three of our guy friends. This week a straight woman asks,”What’s the general male consensus on period sex?“ Straight Single Guy (Tyler Barnett): Period sex, like most forms of sex, falls into the category of sure, why not. The truth is we are generally happy to be having sex, even […]

Dear Dr. Vanessa, Am I Experiencing Early Menopause?

photo by me_and_the_sysop Every few weeks, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, will be answering your questions here. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, I’m 37 and for all my menstrual life I’ve been regular as clockwork, 29 […]

The Best Period Commercial, Period

We saw this fantastic ad for a new line of period products called U from Kotex while we were watching American Idol the other day. (We can admit this viewing habit without shame because in the same week we watched the 13-and-a-half-hour, black-and-white German film “White Ribbon,” which pretty much balances things out.) Anyway, the […]

Dear Dr. Kate: Can I Get Pregnant During My Period?

Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City and she answers your medical questions here once a week. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Kate, Can I get pregnant if I have unprotected sex during my period? I’ve heard that you can, but […]

Tampax — Yes, Tampax — Makes Awesome Little Indie

Okay, we know it’s just one big commercial, but we don’t care: “Zack 16” is a great little piece of movie-making. At the beginning of this 4-part series (which you can watch in one go), Zach wakes up to find his boy parts replaced by girl parts! Sure, it trades in some tired old cliches […]

Dear Em & Lo: I Got My Period on a Booty Call

photo by Max F. Williams Dear Em & Lo, For the past two weeks I have been sleeping with a guy I met here at college. The boundaries of our relationship have been well-established: late night phone calls for no-strings-attached sex. Nevertheless, I want to keep this thing going. However the last time we were […]