We live in an age in which you can buy a pool float in just about any shape. Avocado pool float? Sorted. Mini pool floats for your drinks in the shape of doughnuts? No problem.
Shelly Lee threw her daughter Brooke a party complete with a cake that read, “Congrats on your period,” to celebrate the milestone. Brooke’s cousin, 17-year-old Autumn Jenkins, took photos and posted them on Twitter, captioning the post: “Brooke started her period today & my family is super extra.” The tweet has since gone viral, reaching more than 15,000 likes. The chocolate cake was selected by Lee because it contained “serotonin in it to help her with Brooke’s first period,” Autumn told BuzzFeed News.
Easy, a new organic tampon subscription service, recently launched a campaign titled "No Shame" targeted at reducing the stigma around menstruation and erasing period shaming. "We wanted to do something that made people talk about periods because it's something that is still looked at as taboo or shameful, which is a bit ridiculous in this day and age," Alyssa Bertram, CEO and founder of Easy, told Marketing Magazine. The campaign featured women in a series of images openly living their lives despite their periods — one couple changes a blood-stained bed sheet together, one woman relaxes in a bath on her period and two women race to go skinny dipping, one with her tampon string hanging out.
If you’ve ever picked up tampons from a store, you’d know to head straight to the back where they’ll most likely be sitting on a discreet shelf. But for a 13-year-old, navigating the aisles of a drugstore alone can be pretty intimidating. In a Facebook post that has since gone viral, Belinda Hankins documents an epic text exchange with her 13-year-old daughter – all about the hunt for feminine hygiene products, while simultaneously smashing the patriarchy. Click through the gallery above to see their hilarious conversation and let us know what you think by tweeting us @YahooStyleCA
PMS: Loads of women have it. Considering how many women it effects, one would assume that the medical world is racing to find a cure for it so that we can all live happier, more productive, pain-free lives. Just to twist the knife, according to ResearchGate, there are five times more studies done on erectile dysfunction than on premenstrual syndrome. Considering that erectile dysfunction affects 19% of men, while PMS affects 90% of women, that seems outrageously unfair.
Period pain is, well, a pain. Just as long as they don’t do it on Facebook that is. The social media platform dolled out a 24 hour ban to one folk singer from Melbourne who wrote a status about suffering from period pain and needing the painkiller drug, codeine to help ease it.
Props to Bodyform for finally making a sanitary towel advert that features actual blood. In a move away from the typical girl-rollerskating-on-a-beach type theme, the sanitary towel brand have chosen to opt for something way more realistic.
“When surveyed, 41.7 per cent of exercising women reported that their menstrual cycle had a negative impact on their training and exercise performance,” Bodyform said in a statement. ALSO SEE: Is this Australian period commercial offensive to women?
You trek to the store to pick up pads and tampons and curse at how expensive they are. Having to change your tampon thrice a day is no fun. Thankfully there are a number of reusable products available that aren’t just cost-effective and environmentally-friendly but are also able to possibly replace tampons and pads and allow you to wear white jeans worry-free.
For weeks now, my morning New York City subway commute — a typically grim, high-tension, over-packed affair — has held an extra sparkle of joy for me: the chance to watch men squirm as they find themselves face to face with a barrage of poster ads (like the one above) for Thinx, “underwear for women with periods.” The controversial campaign has blanketed parts of the subway system with photos of women — beautiful women, of all shapes and sizes and colors — wearing panties. And talking about wearing the panties while having their periods. ...
When it comes to health, the market is flooded with all sorts of devices to help women stay up to date on everything from fitness and fertility to periods. The Bellabeat is a tracker that keeps track of multiple elements of women’s health.
Aside from the usual, there are all sorts of side effects of menstruation. From clumsiness to oral health problems, some of them are genuinely bizarre. Scroll through the slideshow above to see some of the weirdest symptoms.
Last year we were introduced to the “real” Barbie. Tired of the unrealistic body proportions of Barbie, graphic artist Nikolay Lamm created the Lammily doll using standard human proportions. Hoping to fight gender stereotypes, Lamm is at it again with a new Period Party pack, which he hopes will help take the taboo out of talking about periods.