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.

An Inner Monologue While Working At A FitDesk

Musings From A Bike Ride
Ami finds peace with the help of her bike and some tacos. Read More »
Annoying Yogis
You'll find at least one in every yoga class. Read More »
Drink More Water
A guide to drinking a lot more water. Read More »
An Exercise Pill?
Jeez, there really is a pill for everything nowadays. Read More »

We have had the good fortune to test out a FitDesk here at Frisky HQ and I have decided to give you an honest account of my experience working on it. As I write this piece, I promise to pedal the entire without stopping for at least 20 minutes, without censoring myself whatsoever as to authentically capture the experience. When I posted a new picture of Amelia at the FitDesk on my Instagram feed, my friend, also a writer, commented that this is “the kind of thing I long for.” Actually, me too. My favorite thing to do since becoming a writer is to complain about how my neck and shoulders hurt all the time and whine about how my life would be better if I could exercise more like I did when I was underemployed. (Not that I want to go back to being underemployed. That sucked. I love what I do, just hate the neck pain.) I try to mitigate the neck and shoulder discomfort with daily stretches, regular yoga, forced shoulder rubs from my boyfriend, but by noon everyday, my neck is hurting like a mofo again. Everyone’s like, your desk just isn’t set up right. You need to consider the ergonomics. And I’m like, fuck it. I have work to do. I’d rather just complain about it, thank you very much. Keep reading »

This Is What Anxiety Looks Like

john william keedy photography

Photographer John William Keedy was interested in trying to visualize the dark edges of anxiety. In his series, It’s Hardly Noticeable, Keedy generates powerful visual metaphors that encapsulate just how oppressive and maddening anxiety can feel. The title alone refers to what people with anxiety can fixate on, feel or worry about, that may elude people who don’t share their disorder. Keedy should know: He’s been dealing with anxiety issues for the better part of a decade. His images draw upon the desire for perfection, the need for order and the underlying obsessive need to control and manage one’s surroundings.

Keedy hopes that viewers will identify with his imagery, and feel comforted that they’re not alone. “Is it possible for a society to have a commonly held idea of what is normal, when few individuals in that society actually meet the criteria for normalcy?” Keedy wonders. “These images question the legitimacy of applying the term normal in a societal context by prompting a reconsideration of what, if anything, is normal, or at least what is perceived and labeled as such.” More images after the jump. [John William Keedy] Keep reading »

How To Deal With Anxiety
Worried? Anxious? Panicked? Here are 10 ways to deal. Read More »
Hello, Anxiety!
How Jessica dealt with anxiety issues after a breakup. Read More »

The Sordid Tale Of An Unaccounted For Tampon (In GIFs!)

Late Period? Don't Panic!
Here are 7 reasons your period might be late which aren't a baby. Read More »
Period Nicknames
"My deathly hallows" and other nicknames for our menstruation. Read More »
Diva Cup Review
As told by Amelia ... with GIFs! Read More »
The Sordid Tale Of An Unaccounted For Tampon (In GIFs!)

Womanhood is a glorious, many-petaled flower. (Or something.) But there are some times when being a lady really sucks. Like, say, when you know you put a tampon in the night before and  you know you didn’t take it out and now you can’t find it. It’s really missing. Seriously, where did that little bugger go?! Join me on every step of this special journey, after the jump… Keep reading »

State Senator Wendy Davis On Why She Stood Up For Texas Women

Wendy Davis, Teen Mom
Wendy Davis was a teen mom
The state Senator shows that for teen moms, anything is possible. Read More »
Wendy Davis, Hero
Wendy Davis Filibuster
Watch her filibuster on behalf of women's health. Read More »
Daley's Texas Protest
Daley attended the "Stand For Texas Women" rally in Austin, TX. Read More »
State Senator Wendy Davis On Why She Stood Up For Texas Women
  • In her own words, here is one of our personal heroes, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis on why she stood up for TX women by filibustering an anti-abortion bill for nearly 13 hours. [Washington Post]
  • On Massachusetts’ approach to curbing domestic homicide (i.e. murder via domestic violence) by focusing on the perpetrators and not the victims. [The New Yorker]
  • The busiest abortion clinic in Virginia has shut down as a result of new laws placing increased restrictions on abortion access. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Only one-third of bisexuals said that most or all the important people in their lives know their sexual orientation, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. [LA Times] Keep reading »

11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist’s Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

Not This Crap Again
Rep. Trent Franks
Rep. Trent Franks says pregnancy from rape is rare. Read More »
Idiot Politician
steve king
... says he's never heard of a girl getting pregnant from rape or incest. Read More »
9-Year-Old Gives Birth?
Authorities are searching for the father of her baby. Read More »
11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist's Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

A 11-year-old girl in Chile, who was impregnated by her mother’s boyfriend, told a TV interviewer recently that giving birth to a baby would be like “having a doll.” Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who opposes abortion, has praised the fifth grader publicly for her “depth and maturity” in carrying the pregnancy to term.

Oh, and did I mention that in Chile, abortion is super-duper illegal? Keep reading »

Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives

No Wire Hangers
These Are Some Of The Texas House Democrats Who Stand Against The State's Anti-Abortion Legislation
Texas House Democrats who stand against the anti-abortion bill. Read More »
Victoria Prude Kicks Ass!
Kickass Woman Of The Day: Victoria Prude Goes Off On Texas Legislature And Is Hauled Away By State Troopers
The Texas House of Representatives got SERVED. Read More »
About The TX Abortion Bills
Texas Abortion
...And the feminist army that's fighting them! Read More »
Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives
  • Well, they finally did it. Tomorrow, the Texas State Senate committee will vote on whether or not to send its version of the abortion restriction bill to the Senate. [CNN]
  • On the Obama administration’s push for a broader definition of sexual harassment at colleges to push for more reporting. [TIME]
  • At least 100,000 children are being used in the domestic U.S. sex trade, according to a new report from the National Colloquium on Shelter and Services for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims. [U.S. News & World Reports]
  • LOL: a black woman who owns a cafe in England posted a sign on the door warning racist patrons that “If you are allergic to black people, don’t come in.” Cheers to handling assholes in a funny way! [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »
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