health

How To Support Planned Parenthood In Light Of Susan G. Komen Halting Its Grants

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 1, 2012
Yesterday, cancer survivors, their loved ones, and loved ones of those who succumbed to the disease, reeled to learn that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the charity synonymous with breast cancer research, halted grants to Planned Parenthood. The charity caved to pressure from anti-abortion activists who have the nationwide clinics under investigation at… More »

Girl Talk: I Love My Weight Gain

By: Kate Fridkis / February 1, 2012
I used to be really skinny. So skinny my ribs stuck out. Everywhere I went, women said, "You're so skinny! Oh my god. I'm jealous." I had friends that were more gorgeous than me, but it was OK, because I was really skinny. "I wish I was as skinny as you," they said. I smiled. More »

Things That Happen When You Eat Only Chicken Nuggets For 15 Years

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 26, 2012
Things that happen when you refuse to eat anything but chicken nuggets for 15 years (like seriously, nothing else): You collapse from anemia. You have swollen veins in your tongue. Shortness of breath. Doctors tell you might die if you don't stop. You have a house full of Happy Meal toys. After a being rushed… More »

Pork: The Other Nasal Tampon

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 25, 2012
Breaking news: "Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively ... this represents the first description of nasal packing with strips of cured pork for treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage in a patient."  What that means exactly:  The life of a Michigan woman, suffering… More »

A Scrotum Itch Commercial Worth Watching, Even For The Scrotum-Less

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2012
I have no business watching a scrotum itch commercial, much less one in Japanese. But I don't regret the minutes of my life I'll never get back after watching this on repeat. There's itching. There's singing. There's dancing (sort of). Why can't Vagisil commercials be this funny? (I mean, outside of "Saturday Night Live.") [… More »

Birth Control Will Be Covered By Most Employers, Obama Administration Announces

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 20, 2012
Most employers will be required to cover the full cost of contraception and other preventative services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. This means that women's preventative health care like birth control will be available without co-pays or deductibles when Obama's health care reform… More »

There May Be An Exercise Pill Coming Soon

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 14, 2012
Some favorable news for Amelia, who is currently figuring out how to get motivated to work out. Scientists have identified a hormone that is likely responsible for some of the positive effects that exercise has on the body. In a recent study done with mice, the hormone irisin was found to turn bad fat… More »

7 Tips For Finding The Right Therapist

By: Angie Jackson / January 10, 2012
There’s nothing quite like spilling all your secrets to a complete stranger. It can be liberating ... or it can be terrifying. Plus, going through your HMO's provider book isn’t going to tell you what you want to know about the therapist you’ll be working with. I’ve been seeing therapists on-and-off for a decade and… More »

Soapbox: Pulling The Mommy Card On Reproductive Rights

By: Veronica Arreola / January 2, 2012
This is not the change I voted for. Nor how I thought the year would end for women’s rights in the USA. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius recently overruled scientists at the Federal Drug Administration and blocked a move to allow for Plan B emergency contraception, also known as the… More »

28 Weird Things You Didn’t Know About Your Body

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 30, 2011
I'm really just a science nerd at heart, so this chart of weird facts about the human body makes me very happy. It also makes me want to play Operation. I used to love that game! But I digress. Point being: I find it edifying to know, for instance, that I'm not just imagining it… More »

HPV Vaccine Doesn’t Make Teen Girls More Slutty, Survey Finds

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2011
Teen girls ages 15 to 19 who are vaccinated against HPV are not more likely to be sexually active, according to a survey in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Another positive finding is that sexually active girls who were vaccinated against HPV were also more likely to consistently use a condom tha… More »

Woman’s Body “Swallows” Breast Implant During Yoga

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 20, 2011
Attention, womenfolk, something new for you to fear: your body eating your breast implant!  While stretching during a Pilates class, 59-year-old woman's implant slipped through an incision from a recent heart valve surgery and lodged itself near her lung. Her doctors had cleared her for exercise after the heart surgery when the boob job strayed. More »

Panic Attacks, Explained In Cartoon Form

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 20, 2011
Here at The Frisky's offices, one of the most hotly anticipated books of 2011 is Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom, by the comedienne and all-around-awesome-lady Sara Benincasa. I love this girl for her balls-out honesty regarding her mental health struggles with agoraphobia and anxiety. Agorafabulous! is based on Sara's one-woman show of… More »

What Does CDC’s New Data About Sexual Assault Reveal?

By: Stefanie Blejec / December 15, 2011
The Centers For Disease Control released its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey yesterday and the findings throw a fork in many common perceptions surrounding sexual assault and its victims. Contrary to the stereotype that a rape victim is "some slut in a bar," the demographics found to be at the highest risk for sexual… More »

How Facebook And Twitter Are Screwing With Your Hormones

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 15, 2011
So there you have it. Science explains why we feel so self-satisfied after composing a funny Tweet. Or smitten when our crush's name pops up on Gchat.  Or murderous rage when we see pictures of our ex and his new girlfriend on Facebook. Or why we can't seem to step away from our computers. Social… More »

Girl Talk: I Got A Nose Job

By: Kate Fridkis / December 14, 2011
It's fun to talk about women who get plastic surgery. They're kind of sad. A little desperate. They're trying too hard. They're spending too much money on what God should have given them. Everyone is keeping track of which movie star recently got her lips puffed up or her boobs plumped or her nose whittled… More »

Pooping Etiquette For Couples: 10 Bathroom Rules To Abide By

By: The Frisky / December 13, 2011
Ever since Rachel Rabbit White posited that pooping is a feminist issue, we've been talking a lot about the poop problem around The Frisky office. Amelia even suggested we implement a policy whereby we announce when we are going to the bathroom to take a dump. Ya know, just to open up the conversation. More »

Abortion Not Linked To Mental Disorders, Study Says

By: Stefanie Blejec / December 9, 2011
Having an abortion does not increase a woman's chance of developing mental health problems, a British health agency has found. The U.K.'s National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health compared a number of studies conducted worldwide in the past 20 years and found that in cases of unwanted pregnancy, women who chose abortion were no… More »

Smoking Is Bad For Your Nipples

By: Ami Angelowicz / December 7, 2011
If fear of lung cancer or emphysema isn't enough to make you quit smoking, do it for your nipples. Apparently, nicotine and carbon monoxide restrict blood flow to various parts of the body ... like your nipples. According to plastic surgeon, Anthony Youn, M. D., smokers who undergo breast surgery are at great risk for… More »

Gov’t Overrules FDA, Forbids Morning-After Pill From Going On Shelves

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 7, 2011
I knew I shouldn't get my hopes up: the Secretary of  Health and Human Services (a woman!) has overruled the FDA's recommendation to allow the morning-after pill to be sold on drugstore shelves without a prescription. If Plan B is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it is almost 90 percent… More »

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