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It's Too Late to Call Your Congressman About the Proposed Tampon Safety and Research Act! Congress Had More Important ;) Things To Do. Here's How and Why for Next Time.

I hope to have a related story on this here next week.


The Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival in New York to Show Under Wraps

Penny Wheelwright, producer and writer for the great film about menstruation today (read more here), writes that the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City will show it on these dates: Sunday, November 8th at 3:30 pm; Monday, November 9th at 7:30 pm and Wednesday, November 11th at 9:00 pm.

The Canadian all-women Starry Night Productions made Under Wraps and it appeared several times on Canadian television. This museum makes up a small section.

See it!!

Letters to Your MUM

A reader wonders about menstrual synchrony:

Why do women who work or live together get their period at the same time? A lot of people are waiting on your response!


The short answer is pheromones, odorless chemicals secreted by the body which can affect other people. Menstruating women secrete certain ones which are somehow perceived by women they have frequent close contact with. They then tend to cycle closer together.

Prof. Martha McClintock (picture) of the University of Chicago recently published a paper about this, and she originally wrote up the scientific observation of synchrony.

Read a meandering and more interesting explanation, and ignore my use of the word odor.


Reminder: The Museum Closes Until 7 November, But This Site Marches On

Read more about this.

Do You Have Irregular Menses?

If so, you may have polycystic ovary syndrome.

Jane Newman, Clinical Research Coordinator at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University School of Medicine, asked me to tell you that

Irregular menses identify women at high risk for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which exists in 6-10% of women of reproductive age. PCOS is a major cause of infertility and is linked to diabetes.

Learn more about current research on PCOS at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University - or contact Jane Newman.

If you have fewer than six periods a year, you may be eligible to participate in the study!

See more medical and scientific information about menstruation.

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