Category Archives: health

Catch up on the latest health legislation, honest discussions about our bodies, and “I Have” essays from women’s personal experiences. Whether mental or physical The Frisky discusses each disease, concern, or condition to encourage open conversation.

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

Arkansas Abortion Bill
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Arkansas advances abortion ban with no exceptions for rape, incest. Read More »
Free BC, Fewer Abortions
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Free birth control means fewer abortions, says study. Read More »
Funny Sex Ed
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This sex ed PSA is kind of hilarious. Watch »

Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood.  The chosen grants heading to the chopping block?  Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state’s sex ed.

According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which is why Planned Parenthood stepped in to do HIV/AIDS and STD/STI education in the state.  A Republican health education teacher, and assistant football coach, Darrell Seward, told the Huffington Post over the phone:

“I would challenge any legislator or politician in the state of Arkansas or higher to set foot in my classroom and listen to the curriculum and walk out and say it’s a bad program.  This program has been one of the most well-received programs that our students have ever been engaged in. I am a Republican, but this is one issue I feel very strongly about, because I see the benefit for our kids.”

So why take away these funds?  Well because the bill’s sponsor doesn’t like any state funding to go to any organization that has anything to do with abortion or abortion referrals.    Keep reading »

Oh, Good: Alabama Restricts Abortion Rights Even More

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  • Alabama’s governor signed legislation placing more restrictions on abortion providers, including requiring them to have admitting privileges at the local hospital. [Yahoo]
  • Michigan lawmaker House Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican, said transgender protections “violate the privacy rights of women and children,” saying that bathrooms should have to post signs saying “woman and girls may be confronted there by men who think they are women.”  [Think Progress]
  • On feminist porn and Toronto’s recent Feminist Porn Awards. [The Week]
  • On why everyone needs to stop overanalyzing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hair (if it’s not obvious already). [Slate] Keep reading »

Judge Strikes Down Age Limit On Morning-After Pill

I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
EC On Drugstore Shelves?
FDA considers putting the morning-after pill on drugstore shelves. Read More »
FDA Overuled
The government says the morning after pill cannot be over-the-counter. Read More »
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Fathers, lock up your daughters: the government is going to be forcing slutty slut pills down their throats!

That will be the Fox News version of events. But here in Reasonable, Common Sense-land, the story is different: a federal judge — a man! — has struck down the age limit on the morning-after pill, meaning sexually active young women age 16 and younger will be able to access it. Ruling on a lawsuit by the Center for Reproductive Rights, Judge Edward Korman decided that the government’s refusal to lift the age restriction is “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable” and said the FDA’s feet-dragging has been an “obstruction.” He ordered the FDA to lift the age restriction within 30 days.

Reproductive rights activists pushed the FDA for years to make Plan B accessible to all and in 2011, they finally did. But it never happened: Health and Human Services Secretary swiftly overruled the FDA recommendation to make Plan B accessible to everyone, citing alleged concern about its safety for young teens — but in reality, kowtowing to a game of keep-conservatives-happy hardball. Keep reading »

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

No Abortion Clinic?
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Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic? Read More »
Clinic Open For Now
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Judge blocks law that would have closed Mississippi's one clinic. Read More »
D.C. Abortion Ban Fails
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A bill to ban abortions in D.C. after 20 weeks has failed in the House. Read More »

Finally, something positive happening for the reproductive rights of women in Kansas. Four years after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in Wichita, Kansas, his clinic is re-opening.

Activist Julie Burkhart, who worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years, started the nonprofit organization Trust Women Foundation in 2010.  The foundation purchased Tiller’s old office, and after raising nearly $1 million, is ready to open the South Wind Women’s Center.

There will be some changes: unlike under Dr. Tiller, the clinic will not provide late-term abortions.  The Kansas City Star reports that despite the fact that Kansas allows abortions 22 weeks into a pregnancy, the clinic’s cutoff will be 14 weeks.  South Wind Women’s Center will also provide other women’s heath services including fertility counseling and other routine health care, like Pap smears. Keep reading »

France Will Now Reimburse The Cost Of Abortions, Provide Free Contraception To Teen Girls

Our Favorite Republican
Alan Simpson
... says male legislators "shouldn't even vote" on abortion bills. Read More »
ND "Fetal Heartbeat" Law
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North Dakota governor signs law banning abortions after fetal heartbeat. Read More »
ND Anti-Abortion Law
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Life begins at conception, according to a bill in North Dakota. Read More »
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Beginning yesterday, France will provide access to free birth control for teenaged girls ages 15 to 18 without parental notification, as well as reimburse the cost of abortions to all women over age 18.

Pinch me. Am I dreaming? It’s not still April Fools’ Day, right? Keep reading »

10 Things Our Gynos Told Us That Blew Our Minds (As Told In GIFs)

Your Hair Down There...
What it says about you. Read More »
Absurd Puberty Videos
These puberty videos were so unhelpful. Read More »
Late Period?
Don't panic. There are other reasons you might be pregnant. Read More »

As a woman in her ’30s, I thought I knew pretty much all there was to know about my body. If you had asked me, I would have sworn I was well-informed. And then I started going to a new gynecologist and she literally blew my mind when she told I’d been checking my breasts all wrong. What? How had I missed this? I knew about the circular check but not the up-and-down pattern. Well, maybe because the last time I learned about breast self-examination was from a pamphlet I got in high school. That was a while ago. After the jump, I asked other women about the most surprising things they learned from their gynos. Keep reading »

Boston College Halts Condom Distribution

Bacon Condoms
Some bacon condoms to go with your bacon lube? Read More »
Condom Ice Cream
Condoms make ice cream way less appetizing. Read More »
Toddler Eats Condom
Kid exposed to gonorrhea by sucking on used condom at playground. Read More »
Condom Commandments
The rules of condoms. Read More »
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  • Boston College students are facing possible discipline for distributing condoms both on- and off-campus. The school, a Jesuit college, no longer wants birth control distributed on its campus because it doesn’t align with Catholic teachings. [Boston Globe,  Feminist.org]
  • Five ways to make the “Lean In” movement more inclusive of low-income women. [xoJane]
  • Mississippi’s governor nominated Teri Herring, who worked for the anti-abortion Pro-Life America Network, to the state’s Board of Health. [Feminist.org]
  • What do we think of this new PSA aimed at teen girls to discourage them for sending sexy “selfies”? [AdRants] Keep reading »

Don’t Panic! 7 Reasons Your Period Might Be Late (Besides Pregnancy)

My Period Is Early
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An open letter to Jessica's period on the occasion of coming early. Read More »

For the last week or so, I’ve been somewhat convinced that I’m pregnant. For the most part, this belief was paranoid, but also not entirely outside the realm of possibility. I had a proper French affair when I was in Paris a few weeks ago and at one point there was a broken condom situation, though we realized it was broken and replaced it with a fresh one prior to, ahem, any fluids reaching their apex, so to speak. But I know how babies are made and I’m a total hypochondriac, so when my period failed to arrive on the day it was supposed to, and the day after, and the day after that, and I started feeling gassier than usual, well, I began to panic. I started to type “gas sign of” into Google and the search engine, seemingly reading my mind, autofilled the rest with “early pregnancy.”

Oh god, I thought. It was all but confirmed. Keep reading »

6 Kinda Embarrassing Questions You’re Too Afraid To Ask Your Doctor — Answered!

My Long Labia
All about Amelia's long labia. Read More »
Your Hair Down There...
What it says about you. Read More »
I Have: Vaginal Cysts
Those hard tiny lumps weren't STDs, but cysts. Read More »

Your annual visit to the lady doctor isn’t necessarily the most pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Between the poking, prodding and your casual evasion of pointed questions like “How many drinks do you have a week?”, going to the the gynecologist is a necessary but not entirely awesome experience. I usually leave the gynecologist with a list of unanswered questions, and I always resolve this situation by taking to Google with a glass of wine, self-diagnosing through the mess of Yahoo! Answers forums and WebMD. It goes without saying that this never really works out for the best. This time, we’ve decided to do the work for you! We consulted the best of the best on the Internet to come up with answers to all those burning questions that feel a little too personal to ask your doctor. Keep reading »

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Lose Their Jobs

Fired Over Pregnancy
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Christian college fired woman for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Read More »
Morning Sickness
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His wife has the same acute morning sickness as Kate Middleton. Read More »
Kicking Out Pregnant Girls
Louisiana school says they'll stop kicking out pregnant girls. Read More »
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For all intents and purposes, I had a pretty textbook pregnancy. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred, but that also didn’t mean it was all rainbows and unicorns.I’ve always wondered why they call it morning sickness, when for many people it lasts all day. At least, that’s what it was like for my when I was pregnant with my son. I’d wake up feeling nauseous and no amount of Saltines or ginger chews left by my bedside table to nibble on first thing ever helped. I felt the equivalent of sea sick all day: unbalanced, dizzy, and foggy. For the first few months, my weekends were spent in gentle yoga classes when I could afford them or lounging on my couch catching up on grading.

My weekdays were much less bearable. I taught high school social studies and I always had to be “on” and engaging, despite my roiling stomach that hardly gave me a minute’s relief. More than once I would call out a hasty plea to “please read page 44 and I’ll be right back” before booking it to the nearest bathroom and hugging the questionably clean toilet. But “morning” sickness was only the tip of the iceberg. I also had to deal with sweaty teenage boys who thought cologne was an acceptable coverup for post-gym stink (it’s not), as well as whatever horribly pungent odors wafted up from the cafeteria. Keep reading »

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