I have two daughters and it has always been my goal to talk with them openly about their bodies and their bodily functions - including menstruation. I wanted them to grow into young women, unembarrassed by their bodies and by their biology. I can't count the number of dinner conversations where it was clear that I was completely outnumbered in the discussions at hand.
Along those lines and completely in line with my insatiable curiosity, I saw this article titled "What Happens When a Woman gets her period in space?" and was deeply curious. But the article was completely disappointing.
The article spends most of the time discussing the ridiculous arguments used to keep woman out of space for two decades, but the article doesn't actually discuss the issues (if there are any) associated with women and their menstrual cycles while in space.
Our bodies rely heavily on gravity; for example, to void our bowels, the colon contracts and pushes the feces out but gravity is used to pull the feces away from the body. Without strong gravity (i.e., only microgravity in low Earth orbit), the toilets need to use vacuum suction to make sure the feces moves away from the body.
Mentrual flow is also regulated by gravity - so without strong gravity I am unclear on the process works. Are tampons sufficient to whisk to menstrual flow?
The article was an interesting read, but I am still left wondering "What Happens When a Woman gets her period in space?"