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.

Girl Talk: Facing My Doctor Phobia

Dentist Love
Ami loves going to the dentist. Read More »
Seeing My Cerrvix
Amelia looked at her cervix. Read More »

By the age of 16, I had been for multiple MRI’s, a sonogram, an ultrasound and five rounds of allergy testing, diagnosed with epilepsy, rediagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, hospitalized for dehydration, broke my wrist then got the chicken pox the following week, had my sinuses irrigated, a begin cyst removed from my skull, my appendix removed, and was the recipient of weekly allergy shots.

You’d think all this childhood infirmity would make visits to the doctor no big deal to me. Quite the opposite. More like, I’m severely phobic. I sweat. I shake. I cry. I whimper. Sometimes I bawl. I laugh like a mad woman. I start to panic when the blood pressure cuff Velcros around my arm. I have a full-blown anxiety attack if a needle comes out. At best, my patient behavior could be described as “babyish” at worst “freaking lunatic.” Keep reading »

Kelly Wearstler Divulges Extreme Diet In Pages Of “Bon Appetit”

My Eating Disorder
Katie struggled for an eating disorder in high school and college. Read More »
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
One woman's experience battling this disorder. Read More »
Oh, Karl
It's "ridiculous" to suggest anorexia is a problem in fashion, he says. Read More »
kelly wearstler

Kelly Wearstler is a design goddess. Her interiors include hip hotels from around the world and homes of the rich and famous. In recent years, Wearstler has expanded into designing home goods, accessories, jewelry and clothes. I’d deck out my entire lifestyle a la Kelly if only I could afford a $175 scarf.

Bon Appetit did a recent Q&A with Wearstler — one of those fluffy reading, back page sorts of Q&As — and any fan of Kelly Wearstler would read with interest …

… and then get slightly concerned that she survives mostly off flavored water and juice. Keep reading »

American Teens Are Slightly Less Pregnant Than In Years Past

NYC Schools Get EC
Some NYC schools administer the morning after pill to students. Read More »
Kicking Out Pregnant Girls
Louisiana school says they'll stop kicking out pregnant girls. Read More »
Catelynn Vs. Abortion
Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra
Catelynn Lowell from "16 & Pregnant" is an anti-abortion extremist. Read More »
juno pregnant

Good news! Refusing to teach hormone-addled adolescents about how their bodies work and restricting them from contraceptive choices actually works!

Just kidding. No, it still doesn’t. But the teen birth rate in the United States has dropped to record lows. Keep reading »

Meet The Woman Reopening Dr. George Tiller’s Abortion Clinic In Witchita

  • Meet Julie Burkhart of the Trust Women Foundation who purchased the office owned by late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, who was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in 2009 in Wichita, Kansas. After raising nearly $1 million to reopen the clinic, it’s set to begin serving women’s reproductive health care needs again this spring. [Mother Jones]
  • HOORAY! The Pentagon announced today that it will extend the same benefits to same-sex couples that are enjoyed by straight couples, including hospital visitation rights and ID cards. Most importantly, same-sex widows will now be subject to the same death benefits. [Queerty]
  • Are you a Frisky reader who is in high school or college? Then make sure you check out Feminist Summer Camp held by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards. The next session is June 2-8, 2013, and you should apply. [Feminist Summer Camp] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: How I’ve Turned Having Breast Cancer Into A Blessing

Love After Cancer
One writer talks about love after cancer. Read More »
I Had A Labiaplasty
Why one woman decided to get her labia snipped. Read More »
Celeb Breast Cancer Survivors
Celebrity women who have survived breast cancer. Read More »

Did you know that about 10,000 “young” women will get breast cancer this year? I do now. I am one of them.

It all started while my boyfriend and I were away for a long weekend to celebrate my 29th birthday. We were lying in bed and I reached my arm across my body. There it was — a lump, in my breast. It was big, and it was bumpy; it felt like a mutant cauliflower had taken root in the soft tissue of my otherwise pillowy breasts.

This was new. Three short months earlier, I had had a breast exam during my yearly OB-GYN exam. My doctor didn’t feel a thing. I had always been hyper aware of my breasts, ever since an ex-boyfriend found a 2 cm jelly bean (which turned out to be a harmless fyberadenoma) and my doctor had told me that I should pay attention to it and watch for changes.

That jellybean was my first of what would be many biopsies. Keep reading »

Alabama Seeks More Restrictions On Abortion Clinics

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Michigan Republicans Think Women Should Be Forced To Have Invasive, Medically Unnecessary Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before An Abortion

I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
mommie dearest abortion
Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
Abortion Rights
abortion photo
All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
north carolina advances anti-abortion bill

Women would be forced to have invasive, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds two hours before having an abortion if Republicans in Michigan get their way. A male Republican in Michigan’s state House of Representatives introduced a bill earlier this week similar to the one Virginia eventually backed-off of last year after public outcry. Keep reading »

Arkansas Advances Abortion Ban With No Exceptions For Rape, Incest

Forcing Rape Victims
pregnant belly
... to carry pregnancies full-term as "state evidence." Read More »
I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
mommie dearest abortion
Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
Roe Vs. Wade
roe vs wade
Where do abortion rights stand today? Read More »
north carolina advances anti-abortion bill

Arkansas’ state House of Representatives advanced a bill yesterday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest.  The bill is based on the medically unproven theory touted by anti-abortion advocates that 20 weeks is when a fetus can feel pain. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Going Off Of Antidepressants Will Make You Feel Worse Than Depressed

I Have Depression
Jessica has struggled with depression all her adult life. Read More »
How To Deal With Anxiety
Worried? Anxious? Panicked? Here are 10 ways to deal. Read More »

Greetings from zombie-land.

That’s where I’m currently residing as I go through antidepressant withdrawal. It’s a horribly dizzying place, filled with bouts of insomnia, nausea and an episode of neverending flu. It’s not a place I recommend visiting, and yet, I’ve found myself here because I decided to get off of Paxil, the anti-anxiety drug I’ve been on–off and on–for the last 10 years. And let me tell you, withdrawal is a bitch. Keep reading »

Oh No, Your Facebook Profile Reveals Clues To Your Mental Health

FB ruins self-esteem
A new study confirms it. Read More »
Dating Don'ts: Facebook
You should never post these things on his Facebook page. NEVER. Read More »
FB Friend Dealbreakers
These infractions will get you unfriended. Read More »

So, it has come to this. Facebook can be an indicator of your psychological state, says a new study done at the University of Missouri. More than 200 college students were asked to print out their Facebook activity and given the option to redact anything they chose from their timeline. The portions that they concealed were just as psychologically revealing as what they opted to share, the researchers found.

“The Internet is novel way to study human psychology because it can ameliorate some of the self-report biases associated with paper-and-pencil reports … Because of the real or imagined perception of anonymity, the Internet may allow unique access to the psyche,” said researcher Elizabeth Martin.

The mental health “findings” ranged from social anhedonia –people with a reduced desire to interact with others — to paranoia. Although therapists aren’t currently using Facebook as a diagnostic tool, they may start doing so in the future. Great. There’s no safe place to be crazy anymore. I wonder what it means if I post mostly stuff that I wrote on my timeline. That I’m a narcissist? [Mashable]

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