health

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 morning after… 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 than sexually active… 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. So… 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 the same name,… 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. 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 »


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