Anonymous asked: I've been on the same (low dose) hormonal birth control for about 4 years, and my periods are usually like clockwork, but I haven't had one in about 2 months. I haven't changed my diet or sleep or anything, and I haven't had sex. Does that happen, and is it unhealthy to stop having periods?

I would definitely give your doctor a call (most docs have a nurse help line you can call), since it’s a sudden change. 

I don’t necessarily think it’s unhealthy and I know that plenty of people have their period to stop while on hormonal birth control, so I don’t think you need to rush to the ER.

But definitely check in with your doc!

Anonymous asked: Is it okay to throw away a tampon (not the plastic applicator) in the toilet?

Well, I just looked it up for the first time ever, and the general consensus is that it’s not great to flush tampons. However, I always DID flush them and I’ve never had a problem.

Now I use a diva cup so I don’t have to deal with disposing the cotton.

You absolutely shouldn’t flush them if you have a septic tank system though!

greenandyellowskies-deactivated asked: This isn't a question. I just have to say that I'm so glad this blog exists, not only for the information you provide but also for FINALLY showing me that I'm not the only person who doesn't think periods are disgusting and shameful. Seriously! I'm not saying I'm over-joyed when it arrives but the way most of my friends talk about their bodies during their period is almost saddening. So I just thought it'd be nice to say thanks! :)

I’m happy that we’ve been able to help you out. Thanks so much for being a fan—it makes us feel all warm ‘n fuzzy inside :D

Anonymous asked: I got my period in 6th grade.. I thought I was just pooping my pants cause the blood looked brown.. and then my mom saw my underwear on the bathroom floor and gave me a huge speech about periods.. i was so embarrassed.

Ack! That must’ve been really awkward!

I got mine in 7th, and went to the nurse and she called my mom. And my mom came to the middle school. For my first period. Haha! I laugh now, but I was mortified.

Thank you for sharing!

Anyone else want to share their first period stories? :) Head to the ask!

-M

Getting the IUD Inserted/What to Expect

Hey! I saw your ask about somebody wanting to know about getting the IUD inserted and I actually had mine put in earlier in the month and wrote a post about the experience. You can find that here.

Moderator’s note: Thank you for submitting this! It’s a really great resource. :)

Just to clarify, y’all do realize that when we say “period positive” we don’t mean only happy period things?

It just means we aren’t one of those blogs that sits around and gripes about how awful periods can be.

We acknowledge that periods can be a pain in the abdomen (get it? pain? abdomen? harhar!). If anything, we experience the crappy sides of periods just like everyone else. I, for one (M speaking, by the way) have my chronic illness symptoms go insane when my period comes to town. In addition to issues that cause severe abdominal pain, I get cramps that make me want to curl into a ball and shrivel up and cry all day. 

So, when we say period positive, we just mean that we are going to talk about periods, give you good info, and maintain a positive outlook on periods even when they suck, BIG TIME.

-M

Just for fun…

Answer below or send it to the ask box or subsmissions!

What are your views on premarital sexual activity? :)

Life With PMDD:

revivingophelia:

Before anyone starts to go “ewww periods”, shut up. Maybe at least one of my followers will gain some insight and know that they’re not alone. 

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According to the Mayo Clinic, 3 to 8% of cis-women are affected by premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of PMS characterized by severe depression, anxiety and tension before menstruation. The causes of both PMDD and PMS are unknown. 

While they do not intend to mean to diminish the fact that some people have extreme hormonal changes around their periods, feminist psychologists and researchers have criticized PMDD is classified as a ‘mental illness' caused by menstruation—thereby pathologizing menstruation—rather than a hormonal disorder. (The 2009 study mentioned in the article tackles the ways in which PMDD is classified as a mental illness head-on.)

Followers: what are your thoughts about PMDD? Have any of you been diagnosed with it?

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CALLING ALL FOLLOWERS!

We would love submissions!

Poetry, reviews, silly anecdotes, whatever y’all see fit to submit. :)

Reviews can include anything from pads to tampons to birth control to sex toys to underwear to razors…. You take your pick. <3 If you’d like it to be anonymous, please let us know at the bottom in bold caps.

Now fly, fly to the submission box!

Also, soon to come, a review of an electric razor.

-M

Anonymous asked: Fucking everything. Periods are really triggering. I was beaten for bleeding on a guy during sex.

[TW: Violence]

I’m so sorry! That’s terrible. Did you report this person for hitting you?

I’m also incredibly sorry for triggering you… This is a period blog, though, where we talk about menstruation and periods. If periods are really, very triggering to you… Then I would suggest that you download tumblr savior and block “period” and “menstruation” tags, and unfollow us.

It might be best.

-M

I have been reading this blog for, like, three and a half hours now and I love it! I’ve been totally waiting for this opportunity to tell someone about what I tried this period! I had found out about soft cup by chance on another blog and I had to try it this period…so I did and it is the most amazing thing I’ve ever tried. I have always hated pads and tampons because I hate the yucky soggy feeling you get after a while. But I couldn’t feel anything with the soft cup. It sits next to your pubic bone and covers your cervix…making it so there’s no goo or smell. I took a little bit to figure out how to insert it the first time, but it is not hard at all and removing is pretty easy too. The cool thing about it is that it isn’t in the vagina at all, so the experts say you can have sex with it in…while I haven’t tried it, I can see how that would work. Anyway, I would DEFINITELY recommend it. They have reuseable ones, but even the non reuseable ones can be used for up to 12 hours, which is a definite benefit. I’m never going back <3 <3

-ashthesmash

Thanks for writing in! While I feel a little guilty that our blog took up 3 1/2 hours of your life, I also feel like it’s a win on our part for having an interesting blog… :P

-M

Dear Followers,

First off, both of us mods have been suuuuuper busy lately. Which is sort of good for our personal lives and such, and terrible for this blog! I tend to deal mostly with questions, and K deals with the other content.

However, my ask box is broken (I think recent tumblr changes aren’t treating my laptop so well), and I wasn’t seeing all the messages we’d received. So I’ll be answering any that have backlogged on here! 

It would be a wonderful help if you could submit all sorts of stuff! Amusing period stories, reviews of tampons, your personal opinions, writings, videos, whatever!

Actually, maybe ya’ll should write a bunch of period haikus and leave them in the submission box. <3

Anyways, please submit something! We’d love anything you’ve got.

Happy Menstruating!

-M