Historically, indigenous people celebrated a girl's transition to womanhood with a year-long ritual. Many such ritual practices were made 'illegal' by the US and Canadian governments.
A Twitter storm recently erupted over claims ibuprofen can reduce menstrual flow by up to 50%. There is some evidence ibuprofen could make your period lighter – but not by this much.
Criminalising this practice has not brought it to an end.
Menopausal women who were abused as children experience more hot flushes while sleeping than those who were not abused, according to recent research.
Women will experience symptoms in the time leading up to menopause. This period is known as perimenopause.
A new advertising campaign for pads that features blood marks a moment when new attitudes to menstruation are gaining traction.
The research, mostly in mice, delivers some interesting new insights about endometriosis but we still haven't found the cause, let alone a cure.
There is little evidence that pads alone will keep girls in school – stigma, lack of appropriate infrastructure, and embarrassment need to be dealt with too.
A recent study found menstrual cups were as safe as tampons and had similar or lower levels of leakage.
Women might find themselves reaching for sweets and potato chips in the two weeks before their period, even if they don't have a diagnosis of PMS. An OBGYN explains these cyclical food cravings.
Exercise can help relieve period pain.
Period pain is common, and the evidence shows it can hinder a woman's performance at school, university and work. To tackle this problem, we need to start talking about it.
Whether someone is menstruating is none of your business. Even inquiring about it reinforces attitudes and assumptions that hold women back.
In the run up to World Hemophilia Day, a clinician scientists shares what women need to know about heavy menstruation and bleeding disorders.
Chhaupadi, the practice of exiling menstruating women and girls from their home, often to a cow shed, is still practised in some areas of Western Nepal.
Having a 'period' on the pill is far from necessary.
Studies show oestrogen protects against depression and psychotic symptoms. So falls in the hormone, as happens before menstruation, can lead to depressive and other symptoms of mental illness.
Adenomyosis is a different condition to endometriosis, though many women who have one will have the other.
Art can be a powerful means to confront and subvert stigma around menstruation.
Scotland's commitment to providing all students with free monthly supplies is showing the world how period poverty can be tackled.