health

I Have Fibroids

By: Caren Lissner / February 24, 2012

When I was 32, I started feeling something heavy in my stomach when I lay in bed at night. Something, I wasn’t sure what, pressing on my bladder. I knew I couldn’t be pregnant, since none of my recent dates had led anywhere special. I reasoned with myself. It was probably a urinary tract infection. I’d… More »


Today’s Lady News: I Think They’re Just Messing With Us Now

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

Oh, look at this all-male TV panel that MSNBC convened to discuss yesterday’s all-male hearing discussion about birth control coverage in healthcare reform
Oklahoma’s state Senate advanced a “fetal personhood” bill on Wednesday that criminalizes all abortion by defining a “person” as the fertilized egg. A bill like this would also criminalize in vitro fertilization,… More »


Girl Talk: Why I’ve Never Been Waxed

By: Kate Fridkis / February 16, 2012

I am the only woman in NYC who has never gotten waxed. This is a fact. If someone collected statistics, the numbers would definitely confirm it.

You could say I’m a bit of a wild woman. My hair is unpredictable, my nail polish is usually mostly chipped off, I can’t do a pantsuit… More »


10 Outrageous Fertility Myths

By: Steph Auteri / February 16, 2012

According to a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute, young women underestimate their ability to get pregnant, while women in their 30s and 40s overestimate, and continue to wait. Whichever side of the fertility divide you fall on, there way too many myths floating around that have nothing to do with age. Here are 10… More »


Jon Stewart’s Send-Up To The “Holy Sausage Fest” Freaking Out Over Birth Control

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2012

Sean Hannity from Fox News had a whole bunch of dudes — white dudes, black dudes, all dudes — stop by for a big ol’ sausage-fest discussion of the birth control debate. Comparisons between health care reform to getting taken over by the Nazis? Oh, yeah, somebody went there. 

Jon Stewart’s response is on point,… More »


Obama Settles Birth Control Debate, Telling Insurers They Must Pick Up Tab If Employer Won’t

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2012

Every woman will have access to birth control under the Obama administration’s latest decision regarding health care reform, which was meant to appease Catholic bishops who balked at a previous iteration of the rule. White House officials stated on Friday that insurers must create a policy that doesn’t offer coverage of contraceptives that can be used… More »


Who’s Been Called In As “Experts” To Talk Birth Control On Cable News?

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2012

Who’s been called in as “experts” on cable news to discuss the current debate over birth control? More men than women, that’s who. Across all the networks, 91 men appeared to talk about the birth control debate, while only 55 women appeared on-air. The greatest disparity was at the Fox stations, but the “liberal”-leaning network… More »


Math Teacher In Trouble For Giving Her Student Morning-After Pill

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2012

This is a sad story that underscores how the age requirement on the morning-after pill doesn’t work:  a math teacher in Austin, Texas, resigned after she was caught having helped a student acquire the morning-after pill. Two weeks ago, a 16-year-old came to her teacher, Tracy Lee Steinberg, 32, in tears and told her she wa… More »


Evening Quickies: Lady Gaga Talks Bulimia

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 9, 2012

Lady Gaga spoke to high school girls earlier this week about having bulimia as a teen and fighting with her Italian dad over his spaghetti and meatballs.  [PopCrush]
Oh dear. This is roughly how much money Lindsay Lohan is spending on her legal fees. [Betty Confidential]
Naomi Watts has been cast a… More »


I Have ADD

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 9, 2012

When I first started taking Adderall, it wasn’t prescribed to me — it was my boyfriend’s. It was 2006, and I had a fun but creatively unfulfilling job at a men’s magazine. On the weekends, I was determined to grow a freelance career that, god willing, would allow me to quit. Freelance writing, especially whe… More »


Brilliant Idea: PA College Dispensing Plan B From Vending Machines

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2012

Taking the morning-after pill in a timely fashion has been one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when it comes to reproductive rights. Emergency contraception (which prevents ovulation so an egg cannot be fertilized, as well as thins the lining of the uterus so a fertilized egg cannot be implanted) is most effective if take… More »


Mitt Romney Calls Morning After Pills “Abortive Pills”

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2012

Fact checking time! Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail in Colorado last night and referred to emergency contraception/the morning-after pill as “abortive pills.” This could be because he or his team genuinely doesn’t understand that emergency contraception (Plan B) and the abortion pill (RU-486) are two completely different pills. Or it could be because he’… More »


Health Secrets I Learned From A Sex Toy Party

By: The Daily Muse / February 6, 2012

When my friend asked me if I wanted to accompany her to a “Passion Party,” I said “Absolutely!” Whether or not I was in the market for adult toys was beside the point—I’m always in the market for a good laugh.

But surprisingly, what we got was more than a case of the… More »


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 investigatio… 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… 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… 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 Michiga… 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.”) [Copyranter]… 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 into… More »


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