The answer is pretty good, actually.
The German band Deichkind, in a thematically entirely unrelated song, rapped a brilliant line that stuck with me ever since I first heard it. The translation goes something like this: “The experts can confirm it, they’re finally sure/it’s been discussed at length and thought about a lot/they finally have the question to all the answers.” This lyric perfectly wraps up a politically charged song about information validity, but it works brilliantly in a different context as well.
It struck me that the idea resonates perfectly with (menstruation) art.
After the initial emotional reaction of…
The Alabama abortion ban made headlines in 2019 as the strictest abortion ban at the time. House Bill 314 made abortion illegal, even in cases of rape and incest, and foresaw prison sentences for women who terminated their pregnancies, as well as the doctors who performed the procedures (up to 99 years of imprisonment!). The Alabama abortion ban allows abortion to be performed only in cases when either the mother’s or the child’s life are endangered during pregnancy.
Trauma. The word kept on ringing in my ears. It was difficult to make peace with. It seemed too big. Trauma, in my mind, was reserved for war veterans and victims of abuse — it certainly wasn’t reserved for someone like me.
I was visiting my parents. The mess of my past and their present made my childhood room cluttered with bitter-sweet air. I pulled down all the boxes and envelopes full of my medical records from off the shelves and spread the paperwork out on the floor. There was a whole carpet of it. Typewritten papers dating back to…
Pause. Then walk back into the world.
The pituitary gland produces follicle-stimulating hormones. The hormones tell the ovaries to start preparing the follicles. The follicles begin to prepare the eggs. One egg is the strongest, it outgrows the others. The follicle with the strongest egg is producing high levels of estrogen to help the egg continue growing and prepare for fertilization.
I swim, I dance, I run.
I’m pure energy; I can’t stand still.
I love people.
People love me.
My mind is a luscious garden. Ideas are…
It turns out most people know next to nothing about the menstrual cycle — even the ones that do menstruate!
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!
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)…
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.
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.
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”.
“Just give me five minutes”, she said.
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.
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.
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…