Glad to see issues for menstruators getting wider coverage - thanks to @JulianneMcShane for the story and @ResourcefulSqrl for the inspiration on this project! Quick thread on this article: thelily.com/can-the-vaccin…
In addition to the past practices of excluding women from vaccine and drug research, menstruators are rarely asked to consider if and whether their periods have been affected by a particular condition, treatment, or drug.
Some issues don't get studied or taken seriously until enough menstruators make the connections themselves, as with depression and hormonal contraceptives.
What's frustrating, and there probably just wasn't space for in this article, is that despite the 2 MD quotes in the article there ARE in fact known mechanistic relationships to explain heavier periods with some vaccines, esp Moderna/Pfizer that have delivery via nanoparticles.
The existence of side effects to any treatment is not necessarily a reason to stop that treatment - see how much hormonal contraceptives suck as just one example. It's about costs v benefits. With the covid vaccine not taking it can mean permanent illness or death.
So I'll take the heavy period or two, and move on with my life with far less anxiety about the pandemic and far less risk of death. That doesn't mean MDs should keep discounting the existence of this side effect or make menstruators feel like it's not important to address.
People with a history of heavy menstrual bleeding or any bleeding disorder need to talk to their doctor about which vaccine might be best for them. The research we are doing on this issue will undoubtedly help those people, and bring comfort and information to other menstruators.

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I often want to leave academia. The work I do has led to my being targeted by obsessive misogynists, getting speaking engagements but not job talks, and being left high and dry by people in power all too often.

This is a thread about why I stay.
I have at this point amassed a huge number of collaborators/colleagues/friends who are my generation or more junior, who are ten times the scholar I am and inspire me every day. They are my ride or die colleagues, we build better worlds together every day.
I have a small handful of senior women who I trust and have had my back, privately and publicly. They support, mentor, and sponsor me and I can be whiny and tired with them when I have to be impenetrable and perfect everywhere else.
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NEW PAPER ALERT! So proud of this one: "The Embodiment of Insult: A Theory of Biobehavioral Response to Workplace Incivility" with @LiliaCortina and @SandyHershcovis. This paper was years in the making as we met and theorized and wrote and wrote again.
The main contributions of this paper are that we: 1) theorize how workplace incivilities leave traces on the body. We offer our thinking on the relevant mechanisms - inflammation and HPA activation - as well as the limitations of some of the ways this is typically done.
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A colleague told me she has heard from others that their periods were heavy post-vax. I'm curious whether other menstruators have noticed changes too? I'm a week and a half out from dose 1 of Moderna, got my period maybe a day or so early, and am gushing like I'm in my 20s again.
I'm on day 3 of my period and am still swapping out extra long overnight pads a few times a day. Typical for me at this time is maybe one or two regular pads (though extra absorbent, Always Infinity ones) for the whole day.
Does this have to do with the way the vax response is mounting a broader inflammatory response, possibly moreso because of the lipid nanoparticle or mRNA mechanism? Either way I am fascinated! Inflammation + tissue remodeling = extra bleedypants!
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In December I was listed as a potential witness in a lawsuit filed against Balter. This week I sent a Declaration to plaintiff and Balter’s attorneys asking Balter to stop intimidating, threatening and harassing me. uofi.box.com/s/e80qqrxancrs…
tl;dr page 1: I was asked to testify about my personal experiences with Mr. Balter and to provide an expert opinion, which I have done before.
tl;dr page 2: I was not asked, nor would I have offered testimony in support of the plaintiff’s conduct.
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I don't have it in me to provide a nuanced take. So I'll say that the expectations on me as a WFH faculty require that I risk my family by sending our youngest to daycare. I feel like trash about it every day. I'm a caregiver from 6a-10p between students, colleagues, & kids.
So I may be working from home and therefore not on any vaccine list, but that doesn't mean work isn't forcing me and my family to take a major health risk.
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Institutional betrayal is "trusted and powerful institutions (schools, churches, military, government) acting in ways that visit harm upon those dependent on them for safety and well-being." p. 575
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