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.
For many of us, our feelings often surrender to our gonads and the hormones they produce.  Ovary prefers a variety of emotions.  As for Testicle...well, let's just say he likes things simpler.  But, whether you're controlled by Ovaries or Testicles, sometimes it's hard to explain how you're feeling without all that awkward talking.  Here at Guts HQ, Ovary and Testicle have designed these handy visual Mood Wheels so you can more easily share your innard feelings with your partner, friends, and family.  Download, print, and attach to your refrigerator! Ctrl-click (Mac) or right-click (PC) on the thumbnails below to download a high resolution JPG for printing. Ovary (1.7 MB) MoodWheel-OvaryTHUMB Testicle (1.8 MB) MoodWheel-TesticleTHUMB  
Dear Thyroid guest blogger Dr. Sara Gottfried wrote a fascinating post about the endocrine madness caused by the hormones released by the adrenals, thyroid and sex glands. "Once I got how all these crazy thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones fit together, much of the thyroid chaos fell away, both for my patients and myself." Dr. Gottfried writes. Read on for some fascinating lessons on this wild hormonal soup that can wreak havoc on your thyroid and how you can balance your system.