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Although exceedingly rare, toxic shock syndrome is a serious, life-threatening, condition that has a higher occurrence during menstruation, particularly among teens and young adults. It isn't always associated with menstruation, but it can also occur in men, women and children, especially if there is any type of skin injury or wound. But, TSS became really well known in the 1970s after a surge in cases was tied to a super absorbent tampon called Rely which was quickly removed from the market. But TSS, being more well-recognized, was found to occur with other brands of tampons, and to date, has even been reported with the use of pads and a menstrual cup. 

TSS is not caused by tampons or other menstrual devices; it’s caused by a...

Menstrual cramps or period cramps (also known by the medical term “dysmenorrhea”) are that nagging ache that creeps up on you before or during your period. They usually last for 1-3 days. For some menstruators, cramping is barely noticeable, but for others, it can be a real pain in the pelvis (or lower back, or vagina, or upper thighs!). Sometimes cramps can be so painful, they cause nausea, vomiting or even fainting. The good news is that they tend to get less severe with age or after childbirth, but until then, they often require some treatment to prevent them from preventing YOU from having your usual fun!

But WHY?

Remember that your uterus is like a hollow muscle with a nice fluffy lining on the inside (called the...

We must get at least a dozen comments and emails every week from girls asking the question, “When will I get my first period?” It’s obvious that every girl has put a lot of thought into how puberty is progressing and what’s up next because we get all sorts of details. We hear about when breasts budded, how long pubic hair has been around, whether there’s discharge or not, when mom started her period, and how many friends have already started. Some girls seem worried, while others are clearly excited and impatient!

So how do you know? There are definitely some things that should happen BEFORE you start your period, but the timing is a bit of a mystery. Wouldn’t it be cool if you got a “reminder” that popped up on your cell phone?...

Most men admit it – periods freak them out a little. Is it worth the effort to help them overcome their menstrual misunderstandings? What if they were actually supportive – even low key supportive. We don’t need men cheering us on when we start, or making a big deal about our miraculous monthly, but we DO need men to be cool with it and not stutter or cover their ears when we mention menstruation. How nice would it be for him to grab a box of your favorite fem care products when he sees it on sale? Yeah. We have some work to do.

Sure, we women can continue buying our own stuff and managing just fine, right? But for those men with daughters, it’s actually important to help him loosen up when it comes to lady stuff.

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Girlology is thrilled to be a small part of a huge project that is improving the way kids learn about sex and sexuality. Amaze.org has created animated videos (fun, accurate, humorous, goofy...just the way we like them!) that give kids all the answers they actually want to know about sex, their body and relationships. This video on menstruation was developed from our You Got IT ebook, and our Co-Founder, Dr. Holmes, serves as an Advisory Panel member providing feedback and input on all of the videos. 

Check out their website (amaze.org) and YouTube channel (Amaze Org)  to see thier other videos and share them with your children. On the amaze.org website,...

When girls and women talk about cramps, they are usually referring to menstrual cramps, not just a leg cramp (although girls have plenty of those, too!). Cramps happen because the uterus, which is made of muscle, squeezes to release the endometrial lining that makes up a period. As the uterus squeezes, it can cramp, just like any muscle that works hard.

The most effective treatments for cramps are 

  1. EXERCISE. Taking a brisk walk or a slow jog are a great way to reduce menstrual cramps. We’ve heard from many girls that when they are involved in daily sports practice, they don’t have very much pain with their period, but when they are off season and less active, their cramps are worse. Scientific...

“If you’re like most girls, there was no warning or announcement. It just showed up. Maybe you were totally surprised, and maybe you’d been waiting for it — like, forever.” 

Our newest book, You Got IT: Everything You Need to Know When You Start Your Period by Drs. Holmes & Hutchison, provides all sorts of knowledge as well as tips and tricks for managing your monthly. But in addition to knowing the facts, girls also want to know how it happened for other girls and women. What's your period story? Where were you? How did you manage? Were you surprised? Scared? Everyone seems to have some memories about their first period. Your story might be just the one that helps another girl feel more normal or...

Although period apps are popular and easy to use, this simple tool provides a better visual for helping you and your patient understand her menstrual patterns. For girls who want to premedicate with anti-inflammatory...

Help your girls and their parents to understand what to expect in puberty. Sharing this information BEFORE changes occur is the best way to help her face it with confidence.