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.

Roe Vs. Wade Is Not As Safe As You Think

Today's Lady News photo

Girl Talk: I’m Too Crazy For Health Insurance

Married For Insurance
An essay from a woman who got married for health insurance. Read More »
I Have Panic Attacks
An essay about suffering from panic attacks. Read More »
Mental Health Days
In praise of mental health days. Read More »

Unlike my future captor Tom Cruise, I’m a big fan of psychiatry. Why? Well, it’s given me opportunities I never could have experienced without medical intervention for depression, agoraphobia and panic attacks. To put it more simply: Psychiatry has saved my life. But thanks to a couple of friendly letters from health insurance companies, I’ve recently learned I don’t deserve to go to the doctor.

And here I thought I was doing well. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: The Pill Ruined My Relationship

Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »
On Birth Control
This woman uses birth control for medical reasons. Read More »
Elizabeth On The Pill
Elizabeth Banks photo
Elizabeth Banks thanks birth control pills for her son. Read More »

At 26 years old, I felt like a birth control virgin. How had I survived all those years without managing to know anything about the Pill? My reasons for going on Ortho Tri-Cyclen were simple: I was prepping for a move across the country to be with a guy named Isaac who I was in a long-distance relationship with. Isaac and I communicated every day. We talked on the phone, texted, emailed and GChatted every chance we got. We saw each other every three months, but this time, I was coming for good. We were going to live together for two weeks before I moved into my sublet apartment. We were falling in love.

I was ecstatic at the prospect of this seemingly superior form of birth control. Sex without condoms! It only cost $8 a month (which was about all my meager budget would allow)! From what I’d heard, it would make my skin super clear and get rid of the ungodly cramps that I’d been blessed with! I couldn’t wait. Keep reading »

Meet The World’s Pickiest Eater … Seriously

Cat Eater
news
This man was arrested for eating cats. Read More »
"Strange Addiction" Bingo
Fun and games with "My Strange Addiction" and a BINGO card. Read More »
She only eats three things!

I thought I was a picky eater, with all my no mayo, no onions, dressing on the side stipulations, but this woman, recently featured on “Good Morning America,” makes me look like a dream to cook for.

Maria Lopez is a 54-year-old woman who eats like a toddler. She will only eat three foods: dairy products, white bread and potatoes. And sometimes bacon. I mean, who can resist bacon? (Vegetarians and vegans excluded.) She eats no fruits or veggies. She’d just as soon eat produce as she would eat your shoe. Her words, not mine. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Yep, I’m A Fat Yoga Teacher

Bikram Yoga Love
Bikram yoga is turning me into one of those women. Read More »
Amelia Does Yoga
Watch Amelia tackle anti-gravity yoga. Watch »
Weight Talk
One writer is sick of talking to women about weight. Read More »

It usually starts with widened eyes and a slight lift of the eyebrows.

As I walk over to greet a new student, they slowly stick out their hand to meet mine. “Hi, I’m Anna. I’m so glad you’re here!”

“Hi,” they say back. “You’re the … teacher?” Keep reading »

Study: Female Genital Mutilation Ruins Sex Lives

Today's Lady News
  • Today in No Duh News: women who are forced to have their genitals cut as young girls have more sexual dysfunction as adults, according to a new study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. FGM or female circumcision removes all or part of a girl’s clitoris and labia for the purpose of restricting her enjoyment of sex. One-hundred-and-thirty million women have been cut, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. [Reuters]
  • Why casual sexism in science matters. [Boing Boing]
  • This white woman wearing a huge black Afro wig and writing about it on her blog Before And Afro is a joke, right? [PostBourgie]
  • Mormon feminists exist and they are for Obama. [Reuters]
  • Nerds! What do we think of these new PCs designed “for women by women”? Unless it is a chocolate bar shaped like a PC, I am not sure why I need a different computer than a man. [CNET] Keep reading »

Bodyform Responds To Dude’s Maxi Pad Rant On Facebook

Maxipad Rant On FB
Dude's maxi pad rant on Facebook goes viral. Read More »
facebook bodyform
Thanks For Letting The Cat Out Of the Bag, Richard

Last week, British dude Richard Neill had his mind blown when he realized that maxi pad commercials do not tell the truth: “As a child I watched your advertisements with interest as to how at this wonderful time of the month the female gets to enjoy so many things, I felt a little jealous,” he wrote on the Facebook page for Bodyform Maxi Pads. “I mean, bike riding, rollercoasters, dancing, parachuting, why couldn’t I get to enjoy this time of joy and ‘blue water’ and wings?”

Now in a genius move, Bodyform has responded to Richard with a message from their (fake) CEO and it’s very well done. Good call on that blue water. [YouTube]

Dream Life Fitness Equipment: The FitWet, A Stationary Bike Inside A Hot Tub

Workout Music
What songs are on your playlist? Read More »
Workout Advice!
My sad history with exercise -- help me get fit! Read More »
An Exercise Pill?
Jeez, there really is a pill for everything nowadays. Read More »
Fun FItness
Relax and exercise at the same time!

Oh hell yes! I want to sit in a hot tub while exercising, toning, getting massaged, burning fat and melting away cellulite. I’ve been dreaming of this kind of thing forever. The FitWet is an exercise bike inside a hot tub, which claims to burn about 800 calories an hour, double that of regular biking. Sign me up! Who wants to pay for what I assume will be a very pricey piece of equipment? [Daily Mail UK]

Ireland’s First Abortion Provider Opens Next Week

Today's Lady News photo
  • A Marie Stopes International women’s reproductive health care clinic — sort of the Planned Parenthood across-the-pond — is opening next week in Belfast, Ireland. The clinic will be the first-ever in Ireland to provide abortions, which are illegal except to save the woman’s life or preserve her health.  [Feministing]
  • Female Marine vets describe an absolutely brutal culture of sexist name calling and sexual harassment. I would love to have our Frisky readers who are in/have been in the armed services weigh in. [Star And Stripes]
  • Are American women better off than we were four years ago? Journal E.J. Graff investigates. [American Prospect] Keep reading »

Free Birth Control Means Fewer Abortions, Says Study (Which Proves Common Sense)

I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
Abortion Rights
abortion photo
All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
sex

A new study called “The Contraceptive Choice Project” outlined in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology tracked over 9,000 women in St. Louis and found free birth control led to drastically lower rates of abortion and births by teen moms. The study gave a range of free birth control options to poor and uninsured women (those at the greatest risk for an unplanned pregnancy) between 2007 and 2011.

Access to birth control, including the most effective, implanted options — meant women had fewer abortions: 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women in the study. Not only is that lower than the national average of 20 abortions per 1,000 women but lower than the abortion rate for women in St. Louis, which is 13.4 to 17 abortions per 1,000 women. The Obstetrics & Gynecology study, published yesterday, predicted that one abortion could be prevented for every 79 to 137 women being given free contraception. Keep reading »

  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular