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5 Startups Changing the Way Women Think About Their Periods

dfb3e99b_tumblr_nlbm4njhyc1sn0z5fo2_500-xxxlarge“Feminine care may be a $15 billion industry, but it hasn’t changed all that much in the last few decades. Take the modern tampon, which has been on the market since the mid-1930s. Its biggest innovation: moving from a cardboard to plastic applicator.

As other industries evolve at lightning speed, the taboo nature of menstrual periods has stunted the development of new products for more than 80 years.

But that’s changing.”

KEEP READING! -> Fortune

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Testicles

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“Balls, cojones, nuts, your local sidekicks, bollocks, nads, family jewels – whatever you call them, testicles are very important and so is their well-being. April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, so to get into the spirit of all things ballsy, here’s a quick guide on how to keep your balls nice and healthy, along with some facts that show just how special testicles are.”

Love balls? KEEP READING -> IFL Science!

A Special Emergency Edition of Woke Baes: This Male Tampon Ally

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“I’m not going to lie, the month of March has not been good to my Woke Bae endeavor. There were plenty of Baes but they be sleep. However, like the menstruation mensch of my dreams, our Male Tampon Ally has appeared like a uterus-loving messiah and he is woke as hell, y’all.”

Read more -> Jezebel

Breast cancer tumours killed in 11 days with ‘staggering’ new therapy

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“The UK study involved women suffering from one of the most aggressive types of breast cancer – HER2 positive – who were given a combination of two targeted drugs.

Almost nine in 10 women showed some response to the treatment – meaning the number of cancer cells began to fall. In one in four cases, the powerful cocktail saw tumors shrink significantly, and in some cases totally vanish.”

Continue reading -> The Telegraph

Lena Dunham Hospitalized Because of Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

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“Lena Dunham has been very public with her personal bouts with endometriosis. This morning, she suffered from an ovarian cyst rupture and has been taken to the hospital. Lena will be undergoing surgery at an undisclosed hospital. We thank you for you understanding and hope that Lena’s privacy will be respected.”

Continue reading -> COSMOPOLITAN

Is Toxic Shock Syndrome on the Rise Among Young Women?

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“In the past year, we’ve written a lot about TSS, the infection caused by a strain of staph bacteria carried by 33 percent of the population. Tampons made with synthetic materials can create an ideal breeding ground for the staph to multiply and attack the body like a ‘D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach,’ as one researcher told me last fall. For an illness that’s long been considered an epidemic of the 80s, there have been a lot of stories lately of women sent to the hospital due to the infection; in Michigan, the recent cases have even been called a ‘TSS outbreak.'”

Continue Reading -> VICE

“The Skinny” A Bold Comedy about Feminism and Eating Disorders

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Checkout the full trailer -> HERE

 

US lingerie brand praised for featuring ‘curvy’, un-airbrushed teenager in latest campaign

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“Aerie released a pledge in 2014 to use un-airbrushed photos of women wearing its products”

Read more -> INDEPENDENT

Obama Weighs in on Tampon Tax

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“President Barack Obama has weighed in on the controversial tampon tax just days after the year of the period came to a close. YouTube star Ingrid Nilson asked the president why 40 states in the U.S. continue to levy a sales tax on feminine hygiene products as if they are luxury goods. ‘I don’t know anyone who would say periods are a luxury,’ she said. ”

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