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If you’ve ever pondered the hows, whys and ‘what?!’s of menstrual cups, then you may find plenty of food for thought in this short video produced by student Vanessa Meyers for her Masters degree.

The beginning is a bit odd but stick with it for a discussion about why some women use menstrual cups, the questions women have about using them, and why some women would rather not use one. It’s a discussion that doesn’t just end with this video – have you used a menstrual cup? Would you? Why or why not? What are the pros and cons? What is the best form of dealing/living with your period for you?

In Ireland, the most readily available cup is the Mooncup, which is manufactured in the UK and made from medical-grade silicone. I’ve seen it in health food shops and indeed bought my own one a few years ago. If you’d rather purchase online, you can choose from Mooncup, Diva cup, or The Keeper just to name a few. All of the sites have lots of information on how to use the cups so if you’re at all interested, it’s easy to have a read about them and see how they differ.

I love that the video emphasises choice – women can choose what they do when they have their period. It’s not about making a ‘better’ choice than someone else, but making the best choice for you. As the Mooncup is environmentally friendly, extremely cheap, body-friendly and easy to use once you get the hang of it, I certainly don’t see myself tiring of it anytime soon. But like tampons, pads or cotton/reusable pads, it’s not for everyone.

Via Jezebel.

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tamponI was sad to hear this week that John Mortimer (of Rumpole of the Bailey fame) passed away at 85. I wasn’t particularly a huge fan of his avuncular barrister creation, but as a kid I got a kick out of the fact that he called his wife Hilda “She Who Must Be Obeyed”. Mortimer wrote a ton of plays and novels, but he looms large in my memory for an entirely different reason.

One fateful Friday night in the 1980s, I was watching The Late Late Show with my mother. Up popped John Mortimer as a guest regaling Gaybo and the audience with witty tales of legal life and literary anecdotes. My mother had just finished blow-drying my hair for me when she started “the talk” and told me all about periods.  My 10-year-old self was a bit horrified at first, but aware that I was being told grown-up woman stuff. As John waxed lyrical about Rumpole, I was learning about eggs, fallopian tubes and using sanitary towels.

To this day, whenever I see Mortimer on TV, I think about that night and will always associate him with finding out about the joys of periods.

So where/when/how did you find out about Aunt Flo/Eve’s Curse/your flowers?

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Shout Out to Auntie Flo

Why the internet has made our lives better, part ten zillion: Mon.thly.info, a site that helps you to keep track of Auntie Flo, the Red Menace, and whatever other insane euphemisms you can think of for your periods. Just register at Mon.thly.info, tell the site when your last couple of periods started, and it’ll figure out your cycle and send you a helpful reminder a couple of days before the next one is due – you’ll never be caught short without protection again! If they get it wrong, you can put in the date the period started and as time goes on the site can build up an accurate picture of your menstrual cycle Obviously, if your cycle is totally irregular, it’s not going to be much use, but if, like me, your innards stick to a pretty strict clock, it’s great, and it’s a handy record of your cycle too. I registered a few months ago, and it’s been 100% accurate so far; I usually have a general idea of when my period’s due, but I never make a note of it, so this is genuinely useful. And the arrival of the reminder mail can be a relief if you’ve been feeling like a sulky, moody wench for a couple of days – your life isn’t actually shit, you’re just pre-menstrual!

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