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.

To Fight Bone Loss, Drink Wine!

Move over, milk, there’s a more fun drink that helps keep women’s bones healthy as they get older: wine. Drinking the equivalent of two small glasses of wine each day helps post-menopausal women retain old bone, making their bones stronger overall and helping to fend off osteoporosis, according to a new study. Read more…

Let’s Go Ahead And Add This To Our Lengthy List Of Things To Have Anxiety About

How To Deal With Anxiety
Worried? Anxious? Panicked? Here are 10 ways to deal. Read More »
Chocolate for Health
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Stop Worrying!
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Great news, my fellow hand-wringing, self-flagellating, twitchy-eyed neurotics: our anxiety about life, death, and everything in between is actually going to help kill us! Oh, the irony. Even negligible levels of psychological distress, significantly lower than amounts that would encourage a formal diagnosis of anxiety or depression, have now been officially linked to an early death. Not a particular syndrome, or anything — just your regular, run-of-the-mill early death, meaning that if you’re a worrier and you happen to sustain an injury or develop basically any illness, your risk of mortality far exceeds that of calmer, better-adjusted people suffering from the same conditions. And the best part? Tom Russ, a clinical research fellow at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh and the author of the study, has no idea if treating symptoms of anxiety and depression can reduce this risk. Read: worry on, worriers, you’re going to die anyway. [Gawker via ABC News]

Court Block’s Arizona’s Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

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  • Yesterday, a federal appeals court blocked Arizona from enforcing its ban on abortions after 20 weeks except in order to save the life of the mother or to avert “major bodily harm.” [Reuters, Politico]
  • EW. Director Alfred Hitchcock ruined “The Birds” star Tippi Hedren’s career because she wouldn’t have a sexual relationship with him. I had no idea about any of this, but it’s being turned into an HBO film called “The Girl.” [Think Progress]
  • Why female athletes usually get shafted in the post-Olympics hunt for endorsers. [Business Insider]
  • What you need to know about birth control, health care reform, and why the brand of contraception that you use is important. [XX Factor]
  • On sexual harassment in gaming culture. [New York Times] Keep reading »

D.C. Abortion Ban Proposed Literally The Day After Different D.C. Abortion Ban Is Defeated

D.C. Abortion Ban Fails
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A bill to ban abortions in D.C. after 20 weeks has failed in the House. Read More »
Obama On Abortion
Read the president's statement about Roe Vs. Wade's 39th anniversary. Read More »
My Abortion
This author says her abortion was the best decision of her life. Read More »
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It’s not like Congress has anything pressing to do, like encourage job growth! That’s the only reason why literally one day after the House of Representatives failed to advance a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., a nearly identical bill has been proposed again in the Senate. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Birth Control Gave Me A Mental Breakdown

On Birth Control
This woman uses birth control for medical reasons. Read More »
Explaining Depression
What does it really feel like to suffer from depression? Read More »
Condom Commandments
The rules of condoms. Read More »

This piece by Jessie Lochrie was originally published on xoJane.com.

I can count the number of times I’ve had sex without condoms on one hand. This isn’t to brag about how I’m some model of safe sex — it’s because with the exception of a brief, two-week period, I have never been on birth control.

I’m not sure if I ever really made an active decision not to go on birth control. When I lost my virginity to my long-term high school boyfriend, we used those lubricated Trojans in the turquoise pack that so many people seem to use as My Very First Condom.

My reluctance to go on the Pill did partially stem from a teenager’s nervousness about telling my parents I was sexually active, though I always could have gone to Planned Parenthood (or my family doctor) and gone on birth control without them knowing. The real reason I avoided birth control was a gut feeling that I wouldn’t respond well to hormones. Keep reading »

6 Things To Know About The Birth Control Mandate That Begins Today

Happy free birth control day! President Obama’s free birth control mandate begins today, but before you get your hopes up there are some important things to know about what it means for you. A part of Obama’s healthcare reform stipulates that private insurance companies must be required to provide contraception without copays beginning today, Aug. 1, so here’s what you need to know about taking advantage of this new policy:

  • It’s more than birth control: Under Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), new insurance plans must cover a variety of services for women at no out-of-pocket costs. These include domestic violence counseling, cervical cancer screenings, FDA-approved contraception, STI screenings, breastfeeding supplies, and a “well woman” visit with her healthcare provider. Read more…

“Weight Loss” Perfume Sounds Just About As Legitimate As Any “Weight Loss” Anything

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Yep, it's a thing. Read More »

There is no shortage of bizarre products and tools claiming mystical weight loss properties that will have you dropping pounds as if the basic rites of diet and exercise never existed. My personal favorite pitch thus far is that of SlimScents, which urges you to, and I quote, “harness the POWER of an EXCITING new research breakthrough” to “sniff yourself thin.” Convincing, no?

Alas, my beloved SlimScents have been upstaged by the latest and greatest in fraudulent weight loss technology: Prends-moi, now available on the British market, is “the world’s first slimming fragrance,” designed to “slim with pleasure” using ingredients that release endorphins already present in the body to trigger a “pleasure message” within the brain. (Also noteworthy: egregious overuse/abuse of the word “pleasure.”) Keep reading »

Mirror, Mirror: Am I The Only Person Who Eats Carbs?

Bye Bye Bra!
Kate is ditching her padded bra. Read More »
Sex For Salad?
No way! Here are some things we would actually give up sex for. Read More »
Sayonara Skinny Girl
Kate used to be known as the skinny girl. Read More »

Fairest shmairest! Let’s get real about beauty and body image. Mirror, Mirror is a column running every other Thursday on The Frisky. It is written by Brooklyn-based columnist, freelance writer, and bagel enthusiast, Kate Fridkis who also writes the blog Eat the Damn Cake. You can follow her on Twitter at @eatthedamncake.

I am the only person in my family who eats carbs. I am a rebel. But I am not able to be self-righteous about it because I might be killing myself with sugar. I don’t want to die! But these doughnuts are so friggin’ good. Am I just weak-willed and gross? Or is it possibly a little bit OK to eat some junk food once in a while? Or, you know, the occasional carb.

My whole family is not only mostly composed of type one diabetics, but also, everyone is obsessed with health. All the time. Everyone is passing around these 500-page books called Sugar: The Mass Murderer and Why You Will Die From Eating That Thing You’re Eating Right Now.

I grew up eating all organic. We lived in a rural area and my mom grew all of our vegetables. The rest of our food came by truck, frozen, from a distant, organic coop. As a kid, I thought pasta was made from artichokes. OUR pasta was, anyway.

Type one diabetes, in case anyone was wondering, is the kind that doesn’t have anything to do with what you ate first. It’s a chronic illness that you have to take insulin shots every day for, and it really, really sucks. Not eating carbs makes it a lot easier to regulate your blood sugar, which is really important. So my dad and my youngest brother and my husband and my husband’s mom all don’t eat carbs. Because that’s how many diabetics there are in my life. Keep reading »

Could Chocolate Be The Answer To Your Sunburnt Skincare Woes?

Chocolate for Health
A bar a day keeps the doctor away! Read More »
Chocolate Hotel Room
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Booking a reservation NOW! Read More »
Chocolate Bar Bed
Nice or nasty? Read More »

My acne-ridden youth (okay, fine, it was like 20 zits total) engrained in me that chocolate was a pimple-flaring, oil-producing skincare devil to be avoided at all costs. In my more recent, better-skinned years I’ve turned to the dark, 80% cocoa variety to cure me of late-afternoon nap compulsion and early-morning sugar cravings, but I never suspected that the chocolate could actually be to thank for my clearer, more radiant complexion. A new report in the Journal of Nutrition discovers what may in fact be the Best News Ever: not only do women who eat more chocolate tend to have smoother, more hydrated skin, but chocolate itself is choc-full of antioxidants that help to shield skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Keep reading »

Judge Keeps Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Open For Now

No Abortion Clinic?
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Will Mississippi become the first state without an abortion clinic? Read More »
Clinic Open For Now
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Judge blocks law that would have closed Mississippi's one clinic. Read More »
Screwed By Sex Ed
Mississippi learns the hard way abstinence-only sex ed sucks. Read More »
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A federal judge has blocked parts of a law that would effectively force Missisippi’s one remaining abortion clinic to shut down. However, the judge allowed certain restrictions of the MS legislature’s new abortion-restricitng law to remain. MS had passed a law, which went into effect July 1, that required doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at a local hospital.  OB/GYNs at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization have applied for such privileges, but have not yet been granted them. Last week, a federal judge said the doctors need to acquire their admitting privileges but while they do so, they will not be subject to punishment for breaking the law. Keep reading »

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