menstrual cycle

Do vegetarian and vegan diets affect menstrual cycles?

A Stuff Mom Never Told You listener wrote in a couple weeks ago inquiring whether vegetarian and/or vegan diets can affect a woman's periods. After doing some digging for studies and expert opinions, the simple answer is that there is no simple answer.

Does milk cure PMS?

Even if you're not a fan of the message, you have to hand it to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, the ad firm behind the latest marketing "Got Milk?" marketing campaign: they've got a lot of people buzzing about milk. Granted, it's an angry buzz, akin to a swarm of killer wasps. This time around, the California Milk Processor Board is urging men to bring home milk to soothe their female partner's horrifying PMS symptoms. And the Internet ain't happy at the overtly sexist tone. There's even an online petition to end the campaign. I could do without the lame marketing as well, but what I really want to know is: Does milk cure PMS? Is there some science among the sexism? In short, yes. Women should already get around 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium daily to reduce their risk of osteoporosis, although medical experts disagree on just how much is appropriate.

Are Cell Phone Bills the New Fertility Calendars?

We've heard about the forthcoming STD testing app for smartphones. Just yesterday, HowStuffWorks premiered a super fantastic app that is guaranteed to change your life. And as if life couldn't get any more amazing thanks to cell phones, psychologists have discovered yet another functionality for these gadgets. Cell phones might be able to track a woman's fertility.

Do Women Spend With Their Ovaries?

Women, hide your credit cards when your period is around the corner! That is, if you buy the findings of a recent psychology study out of the UK. With somewhat predictable findings, a pair of psychologists surveyed women about their menstrual cycles and shopping habits and found that not only does PMS bring along delightful mood swings and cramping, it may also lower womens' shopping restraint.