Menstruation Visualization: Plotting the Rhythm of Female Fertility

Information Aesthetics

Thu 11 November 2010 at 8:48 PM

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Design student Brigitte Coremans has developed a pair of clocks [brigittecoremans.com] that visualize the female reproductive cycle. The pieces titled ‘Life Clock’ and ‘Menstruation Clock’ question how much women should naturally know, understand, and feel still of their own menstrual cycle.

‘Menstruation Clock’ plots the woman’s daily body temperature value unto a scrolling roll of paper, similar to those found in lie detectors and those old-fashioned ambient temperature monitoring devices. This clock aims to reconnect a woman with her own personal rhythm, which itself is sensitive to various factors, including stress, exercise, under- or overweight and artificial lighting. Naturally, one can easily imagine other usage scenarios for such a device as well, ranging from communicating fertility chances to providing men some insight into eventual mood swings.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.