menstrual-cycle-posterWell, it's the time of the month when we have menstrual cycle posters up for sale in the I Heart Guts shop. Special thanks to Dr. Catherine Leclair, Dr. Juliana Hansen, Dr. Jody Steinauer, and Paavi Davidson, who all helped straighten me out on a few key facts, and thanks also to everyone who wrote in with comments and corrections. You'll see the above final version includes a blastocyst, missing before, plus some clarification on the corpus luteum. The hormones are also drinking during the hormone party, which we though apropos for that pre-ovulatory time of the month. We hope this poster helps ya get through those progesterone drops and wacky hormonal hell, or at least livens up your walls. Ova and out.
menstrual-cycle-iheartgutsMenstrual cycles can be baffling, and that's why I really wanted to make this special poster explaining this special time of the month, mostly so I can justify to my poor husband exactly why I am feeling totally insane. "It's not me, honey, it's the progesterone spiking," or, "Can you understand now why I'm being a total bee-yatch? I've got at least five different hormones coursing through my body right now. I'm on drugs." Marvel at the leuteinizing hormone! Be amazed as the estrogen takes a nosedive right before ovulation! Check out the egg as it takes its long journey through your reproductive system! Anyway, check it out and give me feedback -- calling all OB/GYNs! Editors! Anatomy nuts! Sex educators! -- before I send this thing to the printer. I know it's a little crazy-looking, design-wise, but then again, so's the menstrual cycle.
Can menstruation be cute? We like to think so. Check out this menstruation animation by Koit Studios for a little instruction on what's going on down there every month. {Thanks, Carolyn!}