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.

Obama Administration Appealing FDA’s Morning-After Pill Decision

Plan B Progress?
The FDA considers making the morning-after pill over-the-counter. Read More »
FDA Overuled
The government says the morning after pill cannot be over-the-counter. Read More »
I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »

This is why we can’t have nice things, America.

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced the age to purchase the morning-after pill would be lowered to 15 and it would be available on shelves instead of behind-the-counter. The decision was prompted by a federal judge having struck down the “age-17 and over without a prescription” limit back in April. But no more: yesterday, the Justice Department announced its plans to appeal the federal court decision, claiming, The Washington Post reports, the federal judge “overstepped his authority.” Keep reading »

FDA Makes Morning-After Pill Available Ages 15 And Up

I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »
Plan B Progress?
The FDA considers making the morning-after pill over-the-counter. Read More »

Ladies, rejoice!  For once, politicians are actually expanding access to contraceptives — sort of! Following a recent court decision – Tummino v. Hamberg – mandating that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to the morning-after pill, the government agency did just that.  Yesterday, the FDA announced two major changes to purchasing the emergency contraceptive:

  1. It has lowered the purchasing age to 15.
  2. It will be available on shelves instead of behind-the-counter. Keep reading »

Your Slutty Behavior Is Killing Flowers (Or Something?)

You probably didn’t know that by taking the birth control pill, you are directly contributing to lethal experimentation, euthanasia, poverty, and crime. Well, this flower/weed graphic discovered by feminist blogger Jessica Valenti on One More Soul, a Christian website promoting chastity until opposite-sex marriage, will set you straight. Only through chastity will you have a strong family life. Anything else that sounds remotely fun is SEXUAL CHAOS!

Well. I happen to like dandelions. So … [Feministing]

El Salvador Delays On Lifesaving Abortion For 22-Year-Old Mom

Save Beatriz
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El Salvador will not allow lifesaving abortion for young mother. Read More »
Savita's Death
Savita Halappanavar
The 31-year-old died because the hospital refused to give her an abortion. Read More »
Abortion Rights
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All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
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Amnesty International has warned that a 22-year-old woman is going to die if the government of El Salvador does not give her a lifesaving abortion. Abortion is illegal in the country under all circumstances, even to save the life of the mother. Keep reading »

MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski Opens Up About Exercise Bulimia

My Eating Disorder
Katie struggled for an eating disorder in high school and college. Read More »
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
One woman's experience battling this disorder. Read More »
Feminist Blogger's ED
Chloe Angyal
Feministing blogger Chloe Angyal reveals eating disorder, apologizes. Read More »
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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski has opened up about an eating disorder she has struggled with throughout her life: exercise bulimia — a compulsion to binge eat food and then overexercise to burn off the calories.

People with exercise bulimia will exercise several times a day, multiple days a week even when they’re sick or injured. They’ll blow off other responsibilities to exercise and get panicky or depressed when they can’t work out. Not surprisingly, they’re very focused on their appearance and self-critical, particularly in regards to how much food they have eaten and think they need to burn off. (Unlike with regular bulimia, they don’t make themselves vomit.) As explained by ULifeline.org:

People with exercise bulimia are obsessed with exercise and often binge. Bingeing is when someone eats large quantities of food in a short amount of time. … Exercise bulimia has dangerous complications, including depression, injury, weak bones, reproductive problems and even cardiac arrest. Keep reading »

Domestic Violence Victims Screwed Over By PA Town’s “Three Strikes” Disorderly Behavior Ordinance

A Picture A Day
domestic violence PSA
... in the year of a domestic violence victim. Read More »
Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
Hurting Victims
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The NYPD has a misguided strategy to force DV victims to cooperate. Read More »
I Witnessed DV
domestic violence
Jessica watched a man commit domestic violence while bystanders did nothing. Read More »
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Most folks would be happy if their neighbors got evicted after three different “disorderly behavior” instances in less than three months. No one wants to deal with that much partying, dog barking, or loud music, right? But a “three strikes” disorderly behavior ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, is now being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of PA because instead of just evicting noisy nuisance neighbors, it is being used to evict innocent domestic violence victims for calling the police for help.

The ACLU filed this week on behalf of Lakisha Briggs, a domestic violence victim who called the police last year when her ex-boyfriend assaulted her; they arrived and arrested him. But police also told Briggs that if they kept returning to the residence over disorderly behavior calls, she would get evicted. Not surprisingly, Briggs was afraid to call the police regarding future incidents — including the time her ex-boyfriend attacked her with a brick — over fear that she and her three-year-old child would become homeless. And yet after a June 2012 attack from her ex-boyfriend that had Briggs airlifted to the hospital, police of Norristown threatened to evict them from their home because neighbors had called to complain.  Keep reading »

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