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The Menstrual Cup: Part II

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“Last week’s column was the first of a two-part feature on the Diva Cup, where I outlined my reasons for switching from tampons to a menstrual cup. This week, I’ll be sharing my personal observations since making the switch two years ago.”

For my thoughts on the menstrual cup check out the original article in The Link! sexandpancakesweb_800_1782.jpg This article was originally published October 21st, 2013.

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The Menstrual Cup: Part I

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“I used to see and experience my period the same way I still see many women around me do: as an inconvenience, as waste, as something gross or unnatural that my body did. But this all started to change after a column I wrote two years ago.”

For my thoughts on the menstrual cup check out the original article in The Link! sexandpancakesweb_800_1782.jpg This article was originally published October 15th, 2013.

Disney’s “The Story of Menstruation” Video

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I’m a sucker for old sexual education videos so of course I would love this one from the 40s created by Disney and Kotex to explain menstruation to young girls. The really great – meaning sexist, dated but still hilarious – theories about menstruation start around 4:58. I  like how it’s now okay to shower as long as the water isn’t too hot or too cold.

I found this video through a post on Thought Catalog where Ted Pillow talks about why the video makes him feel weird while trying not to be what he calls “a stereotypical male regarding menstruation.” I think he does a good job so check it out too!

“Blue balls” are kind of real…

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And they can actually happen to ANYONE!

“Blue Balls” is slang for what happens when vasocongestion becomes painful. What the hell is vasocongestion? When you’re aroused, blood flow and blood pressure are increased to the penis, testicles, clitoris, uterus, and vulva, causing them to swell and/or become erect.
This process can become painful, sometimes from lack of climax. It’s more commonly called “blue balls,” because in people with testicles the pain is often felt there but if you have a vulva then your clit or uterus may be what feels uncomfortable. Vasocongestion can also happen during menstruation.

But hey, just because it’s a real thing doesn’t mean it’s anyone’s responsibility to take care of it for you.

Want to know more? Check out Vasocongestion on Wikipedia.