It turns out most people know next to nothing about the menstrual cycle — even the ones that do menstruate!

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Since menstruation started being the main focus of my research, friends (and readers!) have started approaching me with questions about the menstrual cycle. Their questions made me realize that the general population actually knows quite little about this important biological process!

What’s the big deal?

Most girls, and some boys, receive some sort of basic introduction to menstruation either in Sex Ed or during biology lessons. As it turns out, this information rarely truly sticks (or it was simply inadequate in the first place)…

Sitting in the waiting room of a fertility clinic and being there for the opposite reason of everyone else.

“Visions of Femininity”, Alina Gross

I was sitting in the waiting room of a private gynecological hospital. The beautiful furniture, fake fireplace, and classy ornaments made me nervous about the bill. Sitting stiffly in the deep blue armchair, fidgeting with a glass of water in my lap, I looked around and soaked in all the photos pinned to the board on the wall: ultrasounds and newborn babies. The nurses’ counter was not far away from my chair so I could overhear brief snippets of conversation: IVF, egg freezing, pregnancy, pregnancy, pregnancy — those were the buzz words. That made me even more nervous.

I’ve come…

Uncovering the final mystery of the female condition.


Women’s suffrage has been through many wars: from the fight for women to legally have basic human rights to the re-defining of gender roles. Yet, menstruation and reproductive health have somehow still managed to remain taboo.

Menstrual activism is the new wave of feminism.

It’s always baffled me how something as intimate as abortion is considered appropriate public discourse — something to discuss and legislate — while sex and natural bodily processes that enable reproduction remain “impolite conversation”.

The last decade alone has seen feminists across the globe taking a particular interest in menstruation. No stone has been left unturned: from period poverty to the sustainability of menstruating

“Just give me five minutes”, she said.

Melani Sosa

It was pride month 2019. My best friend and I decided to have ourselves a road trip, celebrate my birthday, and go all out for a fabulous pride celebration. We decided on Seattle.

This was my first time visiting the United States. I wasn’t aware that Seattle was known for being rainy — the week we were there was perfectly sunny with clear blue skies and 28 degrees (Celsius) allowing us to enjoy our little vacation to the fullest.

Our itinerary was packed — a ferry ride, hiking Mount Rainer, the Space Needle…

People are using social media to raise endometriosis awareness, and it’s fun.

Sinead Smythe personal Instagram

There are approximately 176 million women in the world who suffer from endometriosis, and they’re tired of you not knowing what this means. Instead of taking the protest to the street, in true Millennial fashion young women today have decided to take over your newsfeed.

The Influencer

Nobody wants to hire a chronically ill person.

Sincerely Media

Roughly 176 million women in the world have the same fear: they might get fired for having endometriosis.

Since my early teens, I’ve lived with the fact that there would always be several days per month during which I simply wouldn’t be able to function. With the bloodbath that was my menstruation always came a high fever, severe cramping, nausea, vomiting, and extreme fatigue. My parents took me to every gynecologist in town and they all eventually said that there was nothing wrong with me. According to them, the cyclical hell I was going through was “simply the way things…

Can specific food really help with menstrual cramps?

Alex Gruber

If you’re unfortunate enough to be the 10% of the female population that has endometriosis, you’ve probably heard about “the endo diet”. With medical treatment being… well… not great, #endowarriors have taken matters into their own hands. There are numerous support groups, websites, and social media profiles online which share lifestyle tips that will help you normalize your cycle. Still, as with all things online, it’s hard to tell what is fact and what is just very individual, personal experience — or even worse — clickbait.

The big question is: Can a…

What do a British indie pop star and a Russian political activist have in common? Quite a bit, actually!

Nadya Tolokonnikova (bottom left) and Marina Diamandis

Marina Diamandis, formerly known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds, released a new single called “Purge the Poison” in April. Sonically giving a nod to darkwave music of the 80s, lyrically as punk as it gets, Marina seems to have dropped her love of poetry and allusions and decided to write a song that is direct and to the point. “Purge the Poison” is written from the perspective of Mother Nature and, borrowing the fast-paced trademark of punk rock, she manages to tackle a number of burning topics: the pandemic, climate change, capitalism, gender inequality, politics. It seems…

It’s called “Pinky Gloves” and you never knew you needed them — because you don’t.

“In This Body” by Alina Celik

In case you’ve somehow managed to forget: you don’t know what you want or what you need — but men do.

Earlier this week, two aspiring entrepreneurs from Germany, Eugen Raimkulow and Andre Ritterswürden, got some serious media attention (most of it bad) for attempting to undo everything menstrual activism has been fighting for with one single product: the Pinky Gloves. The duo appeared on the German television show Die Höhle der Löwen where they competed against other inventors and managed to secure a €30 000 investment from businessman Ralf Dümmel.

Last summer, I found myself sitting at a big table in the garden of a local bar — it’s somewhat iconic, and well known for being the place of gathering for artists. I was in the company of painters, photographers, and filmmakers. I was the new person, a +1 for a friend. At some point, I was asked what my PhD was about, and was met by an “Ugh” from one of the women when I answered. She was a pretty, blonde woman in her late 30s, a professional psychologist, artist, self-proclaimed bohemian very vocal about her independence and promiscuity…

Alekszandra Rokvity

PhD candidate focusing on endometriosis (Medical Humanities and Cultural Studies). Stay connected and follow my progress: @rokvity on Instagram

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