Period Stories


Dads and Periods: Your Stories

I’m pretty sure my dad and I never talked about periods. Like, ever. We still don’t (and I’m okay with that), although we did take this photo with Cuterus together a few years back at a GladRags party! My dad and I may not talk about menstruation, but he is 100% behind my period business endeavors.…Read more

How I Scarred a Kenyan Village – A Period Story

The gorgeous sunlight soon hid behind dark, looming clouds.  The Kenyan nurse kept looking nervously at the darkening sky and then shooting me shaky smiles, trying to tell me in very broken English that a storm was coming. I didn’t panic immediately.  I had no idea what time it was, but we would be swooped…Read more

6+ Things You Always Wanted to Know about Period Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask)

On Thursday, we co-hosted a Twitter party with sexperts Heather Corinna of Scarleteen and Erika Moen of Oh Joy Sex Toy. Our highly informative (and frequently laugh-out-loud funny) #SexPeriod chat focused on how menstruators and their partners feel about period sex. Read on for a recap of our chat! 1. Sex with a partner and/or…Read more

Our 5 Favorite Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner! If you’re still looking for the perfect costume, fear not: we’ve collected our top five favorite period themed costumes here for your inspiration…  1. Feminine Protection Bonus: it’s a great use for all those leftover disposable tampons you have now that you’ve switched to reusables. 2. Uterus (and other…Read more

Tales from the Womb

In preparation for Halloween, we asked our fans on Facebook to share their spooooookiest period-related story. Here are a few of our favorites:  “I used to wear tampons until one time I was at the mall and I felt sticky stuff trickling down my leg. Period blood. My tampon fell out and I don’t even…Read more

You’re on your WHAT?!

We have mixed feelings about using phrases like “on the rag” to indicate that you’re menstruating. For one, euphemisms help hide what you’re really talking about, and that can serve to reinforce the shame many feel when it comes to their periods. These phrases can also support negative feelings about menstruation–like when we call it “a…Read more

Period Pieces: Middle School Myths

Welcome to Period Pieces, our journey through the bizarre and beautiful cultural history of menstruation. Inspired by #throwbackthursday, we serve up our favorite ads, images, and factoids about periods throughout the ages. This week’s Period Piece was inspired by this reddit thread, titled “What’s something you didn’t realize for years members of the opposite sex…Read more

Meet the Authors of A New Cycle: Emily Ruff

In celebration of the launch of A New Cycle, our period-positive guide to a healthier period, we’re introducing you to the contributors! We hand-picked our favorite women’s health experts to write chapters for A New Cycle on their area of specialty. Read on to get know this week’s featured contributor, or click here get a free preview of the…Read more

Why I’m Totally OK With Showing Off My 5-Year Old Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cups are revolutionary and a wonderful way to balance your carbon footprint in the right direction, but after a few years they can start to look more lump of coal rather than diamond. Due to the pH environment of the vagina, many women experience staining of their menstrual cups, no matter how clean it…Read more

The GladRags Team: Meet Meagan!

Hey, ladies and gentlemen! My name is Meagan and I’m the person you’ll reach if you want to gab about sustainable menstrual products! Before you entrust me with your personal questions or general customer queries, I figure you’d probably like to know a little more about me and my history with GladRags. Once upon a…Read more