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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. Mostly,… 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… 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 effective in preventing a… More »


Girl Talk: Pooping Is A Feminist Issue

By: Rachel White / December 7, 2011

Mary and I were sitting on her couch, laughing. “But wait, no seriously, is pooping a  feminist issue? Why aren’t we talking about this?” I asked.

It was funny, if only because there was some truth in the (often female) phenomenon of “holding it in.” There’s this prevalent idea that girls don’t poop. More »


FDA Considers Putting The Morning-After Pill On Drugstore Shelves

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2011

Conservatives losing their marbles to start in five … four … three … two … one: the FDA has until tomorrow to decide whether the morning-after pill Plan B will be available on drugstore shelves (as opposed to behind the counter) without a prescription for anyone of any age. If taken within 72 hours of… More »


Girl Talk: I Have A Picking Problem

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 5, 2011

This weekend, I made an horrifying discovery. I have a bald spot. It’s small, but it’s at the top of my head, right where, if the hair around it is swirling in a certain direction, it is visible to anyone standing six to 10 feet behind me. The good news about my bald spot i… More »


Girl Talk: I Have A Boring Vagina

By: Sofi Mars / December 2, 2011

The last time I spread my legs for a doctor (and no, I haven’t slept with anyone in scrubs), Lindsay Lohan was a law-abiding citizen. Somehow, I had managed to put off my visit to the friendly gyno longer than I cared to admit. A close friend’s recent alarming diagnosis post-gyno visit had fueled me… More »


25 Percent Of American Women Take Mental Health Medications

By: Stefanie Blejec / November 18, 2011

According to Medco Health Solutions Inc., more than 25 percent of women took at least one drug to treat psychiatric conditions in 2010, most prominently for depression and anxiety. The use of drugs to treat psychiatric and behavioral disorders has risen by 22 percent since 2001, and today roughly 20 percent of all Americans hold such prescriptions. More »


This Is What Your Brain Looks Like During An Orgasm

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 18, 2011

Researchers at Rutgers University used brain scan technology to find out exactly what’s going on when women orgasm. A whole lot, apparently. Scientists monitored 80 separate regions of the brain to measure the oxygen levels as a woman approaches climax (red is the lowest and yellow/white is the highest). As you can see, when we’re… More »


Finger Stomach, Nipple Foot, & Elephant Hand: The 8 The Craziest Human Appendages

By: Ami Angelowicz / November 18, 2011

Breaking news in the world of appendage anomalies (my favorite). Doctors in China saved a man’s severed middle finger by attaching it to his stomach. Twenty-year-old furniture maker, Wang Yongjun lost the tip of his finger when working with an electric saw. Eeek! His doctor had to make a snap decision to save the finger… More »


Morning Quickies: Kotex Recalls Tampons Over Bacterial Contamination

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 15, 2011

About 1,400 boxes of Kotex tampons have been recalled by Kimberly-Clark because the plastic applicator may be contaminated with bacteria. The recalled Kotex tampons are Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency and were sold to Walmart, Fry’s and Smith’s stores in eight states. You can read more specific info about the recall… More »


More Women Having Sex Out Of Obligation

By: Stefanie Blejec / November 11, 2011

A long-term study at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland found tha women who had sex four or more times a week were rated as looking 10 years younger than their actual age. (More sex leads to a youthful glow? I can dig that!) But the research, cited in a new study by WomenTALK, also found… More »


Today’s Lady News: On Boys & The HPV Vaccine

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 7, 2011

Mandating the HPV vaccine for young boys (instead of young girls) may be an easier pill for parents to swallow because it is supposedly easier for them to think about their sons being sexually active than their daughters. Facepalm. [NPR]
How the worldwide SlutWalk protests have developed a divide between black women and… More »


Rabies, Trolleys & Wii Fit: 6 Things You Had No Idea Could Make You A Nympho

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 28, 2011

Of all the weird side effects rabies causes, I never knew that hypersexuality was one of them. The other day we heard the story of an Indian woman who contracted rabies from a puppy bite. After two months untreated, the inflammation in her brain caused her to feel aroused all the time. Sadly, she passed… More »


Today’s Lady News: Birth Control Pill Cuts Ovarian Cancer Risk

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 26, 2011

Women who have been on the birth control pill for 10 or more years have cut their risk of ovarian cancer by 45 percent, according to a study in the British Journal of Cancer. [Guardian UK]
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We Only Think We Look Hot For 2 Hours And 22 Minutes A Day

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 21, 2011

A recent poll found that all of our pre-work primping and preening doesn’t hold up for long. Of the 2,000 women surveyed, 10 percent thought they needed to fix up their hair and makeup after an hour in the office, 40 percent felt completely “bedraggled” by lunch, and 43 percent felt like a completely different… More »


Poop Happens: Do You Poop At Work?

By: Julie Gerstein / October 19, 2011

I want to talk about a very important subject–one near and dear to all of our colons and butts. Pooping. And specifically, pooping at work. There are some of us who feel unable to poop at work. And then there are those of us (RAISES HAND) who do not understand how some people have the… More »


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