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Menstruation and Menopause

April 27, 2017
Gessie Thompson

Gessie ThompsonOur miracle baby Nia was once the tear streaming down her daddy's face as he sat alone in his car waiting for my D&C (dilation and curettage), a procedure that removed the remains of the sibling Nia will never know. She was once the words my pain-consumed heart uttered as I rocked on my knees asking for a miracle.

July 4, 2016
Elizabeth (Ebbie) Stewart

Heavy menstrual bleeding. Painful periods. Fatigue from anemia. Never wearing white (ever). Spending hundreds of dollars a year on tampons and pads because you have to wear both. These are just a few examples of what it's like to live with uterine fibroids, a topic nobody wants to talk about. Uterine fibroids are very common non-cancerous tumors that develop in the muscle of the uterus that can change the quality of your life.

April 28, 2016
Padma Lakshmi

Padma LakshmiI remember waking up on the morning of my 13th birthday with an unexpected birthday present — my first period. Like many girls, I was unsure of what my period was supposed to feel like, and I was uncomfortable talking about it. Growing up, I had watched my mother struggle with period pain, so I assumed that was normal.

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