PMDD Symptoms Turned My Period Into An Emotional Write-Off

Tara Mandarano | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Living
Tara Mandarano

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is like PMS on steroids; it's not just a bad mood or feeling over-emotional for a few hours. It's an ongoing pattern of severe premenstrual symptoms (both physical and psychological) that interfere with your daily life and relationships.

This Is Such A Good Idea, Period

Oxfam Canada | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

A new how-to manual for aid workers lays out the issues and practical steps that all must take to ensure women's sexual and reproductive health and rights, including menstrual health that is a precursor to preventing and mitigating gender based violence. Included in these guidelines is a specific requirement to ensure dignified access to hygiene-related materials.

Finally, A Period Ad That Uses Actual Blood

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living

Because nobody bleeds blue liquid.

How A Smartphone Game Is Busting Menstrual Taboos

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

Menstruation is one of the leading causes of absenteeism among adolescent girls, with girls in Kenya missing an average of four days each month. Without access to accurate and essential health information, girls have limited understanding of how their bodies work. Femme International's study in Nairobi showed that 80 per cent of girls had no idea what menstruation was before their first period, leading to feelings of fear, confusion, and shame. A new smartphone game aims to change that.

How Menstruation Affects The Sustainable Development Goals

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

There is one critical issue that has been omitted from the SDGs -- the issue of addressing menstrual health and hygiene. Menstruation affects half of the global population. It is a topic that all women and girls are intimately familiar with and yet it is so rarely talked about on the global stage.

Why Are Schools Afraid To Teach Sexual Health Education?

Lyba Spring | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Lyba Spring

Many first grade children will finish the school year with no dictionary words for their genitals; and some fourth grade girls will start bleeding from a place in their body for which they either have no name, a family name or, if they are lucky, a dictionary word.

Refusing To Let Religion Define Menstruation

Aya Al-Hakim | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Aya Al-Hakim

In Western culture, the dominating monotheistic religions have been a strong influence in alienating women from their own bodies by enforcing the belief that menstruating women are unclean and spiritually inferior. Judaism, Christianity and Islam view menstruation as a punishment from God.

Period Bling Makes Bloody Good Statement

Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Style

A tampon ring could be the perfect gift from Aunt Flo.

Not All Periods Are Created Equal

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

Millions of girls around the world will miss school each month because of their periods. Because they don't have sanitary supplies, because they don't understand what is happening to them, or because they are taught that it means they are unclean and dirty. It doesn't have to be this way.

11 Embarrassing Questions We All Have About Periods.. Answered

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living

Because there's no such thing as a bad question.

What Happens If You Get Your Period At Your Wedding?

Sarah Sahagian | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Style
Sarah Sahagian

Menstruation is part of who I am. At a few days away from being 30, I've been menstruating for over half my life. And I'm used to it. I accept the cramps, the bloating, and the high cost of feminine hygiene products. I'm confident I can handle my period on planes, in meetings, and even on beach vacations. I am a seasoned menstruator who always has spare pads in her handbag, in case you ever need to borrow any. And yet, I am freaking terrified of getting my period on my wedding day.

Unleash the Power of Adolescent Girls

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 10.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

To unleash the power of the adolescent girls is to create a world where girls are able to take advantage of any and every opportunity to come her way. It means to create a world where she not only has access to education, but also the freedom to attend school. Where she has reliable sources of nutrition-rich food and clean water, and doesn't have to risk sexual assault to collect it.

Woman Gets Death Threats After Posting A Photo Of Her Period Online

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Living

"If this was a picture of blood from a finger laceration, there'd be no issue."

All You Need to Know About Your Vulva and Vagina

Her Magazine | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

We all grew up absorbing messages through jokes, comments and "feminine hygiene" ads that suggest women's vulvas (the outer genitals) and vaginas (the inner parts) are dirty, smelly, ugly and taste bad -- usually with a reference to salty fish. It is high time that we debunk some of those myths to help us all -- those of us of all genders -- to better understand and celebrate the healthy truth about our intimate body parts!

What We Need to Teach Young Women About Their Bodies

Ruth Miller | Posted 08.21.2016 | Canada Living
Ruth Miller

At the clinic I rarely met women, young or old, who understand their fertility and what happens during the menstrual cycle. They all know about the blood, although not always why they bleed. But few know anything about what happens between periods. No one has told them. Why have we kept this information from young women? Why do we tell them they can get pregnant any time of the month? If it's to encourage young people to use protection when they have sex, it doesn't seem to work.

Periods Are Finally Making Waves in the Media

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 08.13.2016 | Canada Living
Sabrina Rubli

Menstruation is a natural occurrence in every woman's life, and yet, it is shrouded in some type of feminine mystery. Women will spend about 3,000 days of her life menstruating, and yet almost none talking about it. Girls are often taught from a young age that their cycle is their secret, not something to be openly discussed.

How This NGO Is Teaching Girls Taboo Subjects

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

Talking about sexual and reproductive health with students is always a little bit awkward, even in the best of situations! Having these discussions within a culture that often considers anything related to reproductive health to be taboo can be particularly challenging -- and incredibly important. In rural Tanzania, such topics are rarely discussed. The national curriculum includes the topics of menstruation and reproductive health, but these topics are frequently rushed through, or skipped altogether, by uncomfortable teachers in underfunded, overcrowded schools.

How To Prep Your Daughter For Her First Period

The Huffington Post Canada | Lyndsay Kirkham | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Parents

For many women, memories of their first period aren't pleasant: feelings of fear, embarrassment and confusion coloured this rite of passage for many m...

This Is What Happens When Men Try To Explain Periods

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living

Periods can be a complicated topic for many people, but when you give a box of tampons and a chart of a woman's reproductive system to a group of men,...

If the Photo of My Period Made You Uncomfortable, Ask Yourself Why

Rupi Kaur | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Living
Rupi Kaur

When Instagram repeatedly removes the photo of a sleeping girl with a period stain on her pajamas, this becomes more than a class project. We are content seeing sexualized bodies, but the moment we gaze upon something that does not serve our sexual egos we are offended. Highlighting the fact that the vagina is used for something other than sex is a direct attack on our idyllic conceptions of a manicured feminine identity. We are not outraged by blood. We see blood all the time. Blood is pervasive in movies, television, and video games. Yet, we are outraged by the fact that one openly discusses bleeding from an area that we try to claim ownership over.

Sorry To Break It To You, But You Probably Aren't Period Sisters

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Living

There's nothing like the strong bond that's created when two women find out their periods are almost synchronized, or when they officially become peri...

Arti Patel

A Day-By-Day Look At The Wonderful World Of Periods | Arti Patel | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living

The reproductive cycle is a complex little factory that operates underneath layers of skin, muscles and organs for roughly 28 days. Now while this sil...

How Menstrual Cups Are Changing Lives in East Africa

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

In Kenya, the average cost of a package of sanitary pads is 75KSH -- approximately $1 CAD. While this may seem like a minimal amount of money, the average daily income for unskilled labourers is around $1.50 CAD. Providing access to healthy and sustainable menstrual management materials allows women to stay safe, and healthy, and does not sacrifice her ability to participate in work, school or daily activities.

International Day of the Girl Child Is About Empowering Girls

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

On October 11, 2014, the world will celebrate International Day of the Girl Child. Adolescent girls are among the world's most vulnerable populations, and face a slew of unique and very real challenges. The international community needs to recognize that an empowered woman is the most effective catalyst for sustainable change, and it starts when they are teenagers. Protecting young women from violence increases their odds of completing school, and pursuing a successful and meaningful career!

When Menstruation Is a Dirty Word, Girls Lose Out

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

It won't surprise you to hear that women are among the world's most vulnerable populations. But it might surprise you to learn that one of the most difficult parts about being a woman is also one of the most natural: menstruation. A girl's transition into womanhood is often marked by the beginning of her menstrual cycle, an occasion that is celebrated in many cultures as an important rite of passage. But in many parts of East Africa, it marks the beginning of a lifetime of discomfort, embarrassing health problems, and even harassment. It marks the beginning of schoolyard bullying, missed days of school, and the start of a lifetime viewed as a sexual object.