health

There May Be An Exercise Pill Coming Soon

Ami Angelowicz | January 14, 2012 - 9:00 am

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 »


7 Tips For Finding The Right Therapist

Angie Jackson | January 10, 2012 - 12:00 pm

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

Veronica Arreola | January 2, 2012 - 1:00 pm

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

Ami Angelowicz | December 30, 2011 - 2:30 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 27, 2011 - 2:20 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 20, 2011 - 3:20 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 20, 2011 - 12:00 pm

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?

Stefanie Blejec | December 15, 2011 - 3:40 pm

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

Ami Angelowicz | December 15, 2011 - 3:20 pm

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

Kate Fridkis | December 14, 2011 - 1:00 pm

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

The Frisky | December 13, 2011 - 10:00 am

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

Stefanie Blejec | December 9, 2011 - 4:20 pm

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

Ami Angelowicz | December 7, 2011 - 4:20 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 7, 2011 - 1:40 pm

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

Rachel White | December 7, 2011 - 1:00 pm

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

Jessica Wakeman | December 6, 2011 - 4:20 pm

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

Amelia McDonell-Parry | December 5, 2011 - 11:00 am

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 is… More »


Girl Talk: I Have A Boring Vagina

Sofi Mars | December 2, 2011 - 12:00 pm

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

Stefanie Blejec | November 18, 2011 - 3:20 pm

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

Ami Angelowicz | November 18, 2011 - 1:20 pm

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 »


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