This phrase also reminds us that we can treat our period as a blessing as opposed to a curse. An expression that I sometimes use with my female friends is 'my friend from the south is visiting.' I think I'm the only one among my friends that uses it, though; I've never heard anyone say it.
I've never heard anyone outside our small circle of friends say this. It doesn't have a real origin, it's just that our periods are located 'southwardly' and some people call it a friend." (September 2001) "I refer to my monthly visitor as 'my girlie.' She visits every 28 days or so.
[added emphasis] so I began saying nosebleed pillow when I addressed my period in front of my brothers.
A note on 'red wing.' I've heard this term used to refer to the act of anyone performing cunnilingus on a woman during her menses, not just another woman, as your contributor for this term speculated.If it matters, I am 19 years old, Caucasian, female, pagan, and living in Maryland.Also, for more information on modern washable pads, padded period underwear, menstrual sponges, and menstrual cups, visit the lunapads website (I noticed you did not include their products in your washable pads section [it's on the links page], and they are my favourite): (July 2005) the contributor writes, "My friends and I in high school always used to say [this phrase].He drives over the road for a national trucking company and is often out on average for three weeks.Never fails though that at least every two or yhree months, he hits the wrong week to be home.We joke around with the guys about it all the time.'My aunt is visiting, I like to call her Big Red.'" (August 2001) We always say 'My cousin from Russia is visiting!!It's very similar to 'my ovaries are bleeding' which I saw listed, and also use, though I enjoy the descriptive power of 'shedding' and different images which it creates.I hope that this term was not already listed - I only read the North American terms in any great detail. Entertaining and enlightning." (November 2005) the contributor e-mailed, "I'm from [the state of] Maryland (I'm 22 years old) and in middle school [for children about 13-15 years old] girls would say, 'My red-headed cousin from [the neighboring state of] Virginia is here.' I don't know from whom or where it came!When asked to do something I would rather not, as I want to just take Aleve and eat pizza, I say, 'Can't, cause my girlie is visiting,'" writes the vice president of a company.(January 2002) "My husband was quite amused by the term 'my granny was visiting,' a term I learned in junior high.My kitty ran away.' This was so confusing to anyone who overheard, which made it so much fun!" (October 2001) "A friend and I have used the phrase 'my ovaries are shedding' ever since we found that it could render most people into fits of giggles or desgusted gasps, depending on their views of menstruation.Each food item was accompanied by pointing to the body part which might produce something of the same color.