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Periodic Table of Periods

IHeartGuts-PeriodicTablePeriodsWe are pleased to introduce our latest celebration of menstrual cycles — The Periodic Table of Your Period. An illustrated guide to all things menses, we have included everything from bloating to chocolate, corpus luteum to period underwear. iheartguts-periodictable-2My geochemist husband came up with the idea and of course I am always dying to draw happy tampons, fallopian tubes and mucous, so I finally got my chance! If you look closely, you’ll find smiling condoms, IUDs and diaphragms in the Birth Control Series, alongside chemical diagrams of progesterone, folic acid and other important substances that course through your veins monthly. iheartguts-menstrual-seriesThe first column is devoted to some of our favorite menstrual slang, a few highlights include “Shark Week,” “Up On Blocks” and of course “Riding the Cotton Pony.” This poster is vaguely NSFW, depending on where you work. There are cute little vaginas, horny uteruses and cock-blocked penises (how else can one illustrate abstinence?), so… maybe not the right thing to share with your kids. iheartguts-periodictable-3Visit our Good Ol’ Menstrual Cycle poster for something more educational and kid-friendly. We haven’t gone to press yet, so we are looking for feedback from our OB/Gyn and sex educator friends, comments welcome! Or just download our Periodic Table of Your Period and hang it up in your bathroom.

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18 Responses to “Periodic Table of Periods”

  1. Sierra McCleary-Harris says:

    This is amazing! Is it going to be a poster?! I’d love to buy!

  2. gutsy says:

    Hi Sierra,

    So glad you like it! We will definitely let you know when we have them for sale.


  3. Diana Alvarez says:

    I want one. Where and when can I buy?

  4. Susan Bryan says:

    Love it! Gave me a laugh. Lots of “veins” of humor here.

  5. codi says:

    Hi Diana,
    For now, you’ll just have to print your own. Stay tuned, though, and thanks!

  6. Lizzie says:

    I want a shirt with this on it.

  7. WanderWomban says:

    Step 1: Download PDF
    Step 2: Get printed
    Step 3: Hang in massage room
    Step 4: ???
    Step 5: Profit

  8. Maryam says:

    Love this! Wish you had a tweet “share” button!

  9. codi says:

    Thanks Maryam! Look for our tweet @heartyourguts and RT if you like

  10. Jamie Roseman says:

    This is amazing and I want to order it as soon as you go to print!

  11. Kati H. says:

    This is excellent! And I don’t feel it’s too NSFW. However, I would add that you missed my favorite period euphemism. My grandma said that during the depression, they used to say “I fell off the roof”–which I think is hilarious. I also heard Bette Davis refer to it as this in her autobiography. So, just another euphemism to add to that part of the elements. :-)

  12. Nicole Cera says:

    Please make these in poster form!!!!! Amazing!

  13. Shannon says:

    I totally want one of these for my daughter’s first moon party.
    If you’re looking for feedback, I guess I would add the following:
    Red Raspberry Leaf tea for supplements (uterine tonic)
    Tired (for moods or PMS series)
    How could you forget blood clots (under menses)? And I love the period underwear (we all have them) but maybe accidents could get it’s own box too? You can’t have a period without the dreaded accident.

    Excellent job!

  14. Victoria says:

    I love this!

    My period and I go way back, so it’s nice to be able to laugh despite the bloating, cramps, and ruined knickers. I used to lead sexual/reproductive health workshops on my campus when I was in college. This would have been a must-have!! I can’t wait for the posters to go to print. Make some mugs, too, please!! <3

  15. Katie Hogg says:

    I absolutely love this! Great awareness for the menstrual cycle I would howver of loved to see Endometriosis mentioned as part of the table. It is a condition that affects 176 million women and girls worldwide and causes painful periods, chronic pain and infertility. It is Endometriosis awareness month in March perhaps you would be interested in knowing more about this condition and doing something in March 2014 to help awareness of this condition.


    Katie Xx

  16. Megan says:

    Condoms have nothing to do with periods

  17. Hally says:

    Hey this is great!
    However there is just one mistake, where you you said vagina, you have actually have shown vulva or the area called the vestibule.
    Sorry just a pet peeve of mine.

  18. Geochemist Wannabe says:

    This is done very very well. Thank you for the time you put into this.

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