It has a lot to do with how we see ourselves

As you stand right underneath them, like every evening, you curse those bathroom neon lights for spotlighting your skin imperfections so harshly. You avoid looking into your own eyes. Instead, you frantically grab one product after the other: the cleansing oil, the tea tree foam, the stringent wipes. You don’t…

Why emotions are amplified before menstruating and how to address the related struggles

When I realised my usual premenstrual symptoms (PMS) were stretching out and happening for over a month, I started to think something was off. Night sweats, anxiety, bloating, acne — there was no mystery; they were all linked to the situation at work. As burnout dragged me down, I got…

Words Matter and Shape Our Realities — Are You Ready to Care?

Like two faces of the same coin, words have the power to make you plunge into either one reality or the other. That’s what Ilia, a creator who inspires me a lot on social media, experienced one day at the fertility clinic. As soon as Ilia entered the room, the…

What I would do differently in the next challenge

Three months ago, I jumped into a 30-day writing challenge. I began with a great deal of enthusiasm and optimism; until those wonderful emotions crushed against the hurdles of planning and daily processing. I can say this: trying to write and ship 30 articles in 30days is like trying to…

Why Making Sense of Vaginal Discharges Is a Life-Long Learning Curve

There it was — a long white mark, gooey and soft in the middle, dry and flaky on the edges. My first encounter with cervical fluid left me in a state of confusion. I was probably 13 then, and every time I went to the restroom, I came face to…

Why ‘women circles’ are less woo-woo than we might think

Along with the parking slots were concrete surfaces, high enough to serve as benches. We could often see patches on the ground, covered in sunflower seeds shells; white, black and grey halo spots next to the benches. For us kids, this was the sign that some serious conference has occurred…

Why cervical mucus, arousal fluids, and other discharges deserve more of our fascination

I used to think vaginal discharge, of any kind, was the most disgusting thing my body could do. Worse, I used to think my body was doing it to me. The red clots, the gooey white fluids…

Kenma

(She/ her) 30-something Afro-European woman. I share personal essays and opinion pieces about periods, sexual health and body positivity.

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