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How to ACTUALLY Use a Tampon (hint: not in your ‘poop hole’) February 12 2014

A teenager recently recalled how the first time she tried to use a tampon, she put it in her “poop hole.” Her words, not mine, but you certainly get the point. At 14, I remember being nervous about two things: 1) How to drive a car (like, how does everyone stay in the lines!?) and 2) How to use a tampon. I got driving lessons. I didn’t get tampon lessons....

Warning: Mensturation Isn’t Socially Acceptable! January 21 2014

Dear S.A.C. company, Can you please send me a Socially Acceptable Containment bag designed for cleaning up brain matter? Because my business partner found this in the restroom of a local restaurant, and her head just exploded. Signed, Socially Unacceptable Shelli   I’m not sure what was wrong with using that box on the wall with the waxy brown bags, or if maybe women have been throwing their used feminine...

Are Organic Tampons BROWN?! November 25 2013

Since launching an organic tampon company I’ve gotten lots of questions about what exactly that means. Do they have an applicator? yes.Are they brown? no.Are they disposable? yes.Do they absorb as well? yes. They look and feel the same. They work the same. They are the way tampons probably started out, before cheaper materials entered the market. Just a guess. Organic tampons are exactly like ‘regular’ cardboard applicator tampons (we...

Dear Disney, Maybe We Can Get Back Together… November 25 2013

We’ve had a rough couple of years. I should have left you long ago, but maybe it’s time to talk. I just saw Frozen with my daughter. (Moderate spoiler alert: no plot points, but a general storyline is revealed.) Seeing a limited release screening is exciting and it means there’s been no social media buzz and no preconceived notions. So I went with both hope and hesitation. Disney, it’s no...

The Day I Saved a Girl’s Life November 21 2013

Okay maybe I’m being dramatic. I really don’t mean to glorify myself, but it was a big day. Although it felt no less important than pulling someone from an oncoming train, here’s what really happened… I was asked to give a career day talk to a class full of 6th graders. That’s right, I had to talk about organic tampons to a room full of 12 year old boys &...

My Cycle is Nothing Like the Moon’s. (Except it is.) November 05 2013

When people hear that the menstrual cycle is similar to the lunar cycle, they often respond with some skepticism. “My cycle isn’t 28 days,” “My cycle is different every month,” “The moon cycle is actually more like 29 1/2 days.” They’re right. And here’s why the statement still isn’t wrong. 1. The moon cycle isn’t exact either. Some say it’s 29.5 days if you average the cycles over a year, but...

Think Menstrual Blood Is Gross? Think Again. September 19 2013

The sight of blood is considered cool by some (especially if you like slasher movies), while it makes others faint. But the mere mention of menstrual blood makes most people curl their lip as if it’s harvested from the skin of lepers. The truth is, it’s just the opposite. It took me a long time to come around to embracing my cycle and all the cool things that go with...

The S in PMS Shouldn’t Stand for ‘Suicide.’ September 17 2013

Last month reality star, Gia Allemand, took her own life. There really are no words for the sympathy I feel for her family and friends. When I read that her mother told Dr. Phil she believes her daughter’s desperation was due in part to Pre-menstrual Syndrome, I didn’t know what to think. Although I can’t speak to Gia’s medical or psychological history, it certainly seems like a possible contributor given...