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.

Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Ohio Sex Ed
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Ohio seeks to ban sex ed teaching "gateway" sexual behavior. Read More »
Vag Photos On Campus
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U of Cincinatti artist displayed images of vaginas on campus. Read More »
Abortion Clinic Exorcism
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An abortion clinic in Ohio underwent an exorcism. Read More »
Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Last night, Ohio’s Governor John Kasich signed a host of restrictions on abortion into law, which went into effect today. Like other Republicans before him, Governor Kasich placed these legal restrictions on women’s reproductive rights flanked by a bunch of old, white men. Keep reading »

5 (Scary) Things To Know About Exploding Breast Implants

Botched Plastic Surgery
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These tales should scare you off going under the knife. Read More »
Angelina Jolie: Mastectomy
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Angelina Jolie reveals she's had a preventative double mastectomy. Read More »
102ZZZ Breasts
That is Annie's bra size. And they are natural. Read More »
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New thing to be afraid of: exploding breast implants!  The trauma is not unheard of, but the particular way in which one Beijing woman’s implants combusted just might be. After lying on her stomach for four hours playing a game called Dragon Summon on her phone, the woman experienced severe pain in her chest and went to the hospital. There she found out an implant had ruptured. This is very dangerous because the fluid can drain out into her body.

The implants were obviously of pretty questionable quality if they could not withstand the mere pressure of the woman’s body weight to which they were attached. Unfortunately, this is not the first time and it won’t be the last time that a person is injured from a leaking or ruptured implant. Here’s what we know:

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Frisky By The Numbers: Women Are Wasting A Lot Of Time Obsessing About Weight

According to a new survey, the average woman still spends an obscene amount of time obsessing about calories and worrying about her weight. Over the course of a 67-year lifespan, we lose about one entire year of our life to thoughts of whether or not you should have that side of french fries and what they might do to your ass. And imagine if you live to be 100. If you still can eat solid foods/care about how your body looks, the lost time would be staggering. These stats are completely unsurprising, but when you really think about it, is worrying about dieting really worth losing an entire year (or more) of your life over?  I say NO. Think about all the other things you could be doing with that time: like filibustering or volunteering at an animal shelter or writing a novel. The takeaway of the survey says, “Counting calories is a part of modern day life.”  I don’t think we have to accept that. [Daily Mail UK]

GT: No Scale
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The case for stepping off the scale. Read More »
Feminist Food Issues
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Feminists have food and body image issues, too! Read More »
Stop "Fat Talk"
Seven ways to stop yourself from engaging in "fat talk." Read More »

Taboo Addictions: 5 Adult Eating Disorders That Go Beyond Anorexia & Bulimia

Eating disorders are often times associated with specific races, age groups, and even career choices…think white teenage actress/models. But the truth is that eating disorders do not discriminate. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 10 million American women suffer from eating disorders. This is not a Black v. White epidemic, and it certainly does not only apply to those experiencing puberty. When the University of North Carolina’s Eating Disorders Program was initially designed in 2003 they expected most of their patients to be adolescents, however today they report that 50 percent of their patients are over 30-years-old. Read more on Hello Beautiful…

Finally! My “Hanger” Problem Explained

Solo Lunch
An Empowered Woman's Guide To Eating Lunch Alone
Reclaim eating lunch alone! Read More »
In Defense Of Cupcakes
Are cupcakes anti-feminist? Hell no! Read More »

I suffer from a condition that I refer to as “hanger.” When I go too long without eating, something happens to me, beyond my control, not unlike Bruce Banner when he turns into the The Hulk. (I had to Google the name of The Hulk’s alter ego, by the way. Don’t mistake me for a person who knows anything about comic books.) When I’m really hungry, I start to change.

First, I get a headache, but it’s a specific kind of headache that feels like giant hands are squeezing my forehead.  Next comes the stomach growling. All normal signs of hunger, I suppose. But once the stomach growling runs its course, I go rogue, turning into a raging savagely bitchy beast capable of evil. I get laser focused on where food is coming from and how soon it’s going to be in my mouth. I don’t care what food it is. Anyone around me at that time should take cover, because should you stand between me and the meal I so desperately need to consume, you shall feel my wrath. (A big “I’m sorry” to anyone who has ever dated me, because you’ve seen the worst of this and I truly regret it.) Normally a calm and peaceful being, in a fit of hanger, I’m liable to slam doors, hurl insults or break down in tears over nothing. It’s like all of my impulse control shuts down. And if you suffer from this affliction yourself, I’m very sorry. Keep reading »

7 Sort-Of Rules For Living (And Being Okay) With Anxiety

Tips for Anxiety
Worried? Anxious? Panicked? We feel your pain. Read More »
Hello, Anxiety!
How Jessica dealt with anxiety issues after a breakup. Read More »
GT: Antidepressants
Going off antidepressants made Julie feel worse than depressed. Read More »
7 Sort-Of Rules For Living (And Being Okay) With Anxiety

Do you have anxiety? You’re in good company. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there’s around 40 million people dealing with anxiety disorders in the U.S. alone. That’s a lot of friggin’ people — and I happen to be one of them.

Anxiety is something I live with and manage every day of my life. Most of the time, because I’ve figured out how to manage it in a way that makes sense for me, living on the anxiety spectrum makes me a sensitive, thoughtful and occasionally high-strung person. Sometimes it can really suck, but it’s my reality, so c’est la vie or something. I first developed anxiety when I was graduating from college, which I imagine is fairly typical. You’re birthing yourself into the Real And Terrifying World and there’s so much to think about. My anxiety manifested as insomnia, but, like, a particular kind of insomnia. Every time I would be on the verge of falling asleep, I’d have anxiety about falling asleep, which would wake me up. Awful. That went on for three months before I finally said fuck it and went to student health, where I was diagnosed as having an anxiety disorder. Whoops! Keep reading »

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