Choose an incontinence pad for incontinence, not a menstrual pad

Many women use menstrual pads to manage their urinary incontinence. I understand this line of thinking. First of all, they’re almost always familiar with the product. In addition, if they are not menopausal or are just on the other side of menopause they may have menstrual pads around the house. However, many women also tell […]

Makeup sponges as menstrual products: a potentially deadly hack

  The site Lifehacker suggests that women could hack their periods by using make-up sponges vaginally as menstrual hygiene products. This could even give one “bloodless” period sex. This information comes from our learned expert, nameless “sources.”  (Takes three deep cleansing breaths). Make up sponges are most commonly made of polyester foam (polyurethane) although apparently […]

Menstrual blood does not contain toxins

Apparently there are some people, specifically “vegan health bloggers,” who believe that menstrual blood is toxic and so they advocate dieting to the point of losing your period, you know so the toxins never accumulate in the first place. This amounts to promoting anorexia not health and displays a complete lack of knowledge of basic […]

Glamour gives risky period advice, recommends dangerous sea sponges

Of course I clicked when this tweet from Glamour came across my timeline. The article mentions the following four products: washable period underwear, washable pads, menstrual cups, and sea sponges.  The first three are great, but menstrual sponges are not. This is what Glamour said about sponges: Yup, you can stop your period before it […]

Whoopi Goldberg’s menstrual marijuana has lots of issues, a GYNO explains

My phone blew up this morning with health reporters asking about Whoopi Goldberg’s new health venture – medical marijuana for period pain. Why did the health reports ask me? Yes I’m a doctor on social media a lot, but I’am also board certified in OB/GYN as well as holding two different board certifications in pain […]

Toxic shock syndrome is also related to menstrual cups

Many women have heard about tampons and the association with toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Some women choose menstrual cups because they think they may be a safer alternative. However, a new case report details for the first time menstrual-associated TSS related to using a menstrual cup. Let’s look at what that may or may not mean. […]

No, your tampon still isn’t a GMO-impregnated toxin-filled cancer stick

A friend just shared this post going around Facebook: The post reports that Dr. Damian Marino, a researcher from Argentina, claims that 85% of tampons he tested contain “cancer-causing glyphosate” and “62 percent also tested positive for AMPA, the environmental metabolite.” This data was presented at the “3rd National Congress of Peoples” (another website claims […]

LOONCUP the “Smart” menstrual cup is a Kickstarter Staff Pick. A GYN says it’s all wrong.

Every few weeks someone e-mails me the latest vaginocentric Kickstarter campaign to review. I was first alerted to this week’s contestant, LOONCUP, by Morgan Shanahan from BuzzFeed. She asked my opinion and I will confess, I laughed out loud watching the video. Then I showed it to two more OB/GYNs who shared my mix of […]

A collapsible menstrual cup – how cool is that?

I like to wander the exhibit hall at the annual meeting of the American Congress of OB/GYN (ACOG). It’s always interesting to see what company paid the most money for the choice position right at the entrance – this year it was daVinci, the makers of the robot that does nothing but make GYN surgery […]