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.

Why Are Less People Identifying As “Pro-Choice”?

Removed From Flight
Woman removed from American Airlines flight for pro-choice tee shirt. Read More »
Unsafe Abortion Death
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Pregnant mother of 5 died after drinking vinegar in DIY abortion. Read More »
Obama On Abortion
Read the president's statement about Roe Vs. Wade's 39th anniversary. Read More »
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If you were to ask most people if an 13-year-old girl should be forced to give birth to a baby after being impregnated by her own father, I think they would say no.

If you were to ask most people if a woman should have to risk her own life while going through labor, I think they would say no. 

If you were to ask most people if they believe abortions should be safely performed under a doctor’s care, I think they would say yes. 

So why, then, did a new Gallup poll released yesterday say that the percentage of Americans willing to identify themselves as “pro-choice” is at a record low? Keep reading »

What Songs Are On Your Workout Playlist?

Workout Advice!
My sad history with exercise -- help me get fit! Read More »
What's your favorite song?
I'm in a musical rut--tell me about your fave jams! Read More »

Ever since I got a glimpse of Michelle Obama’s delightfully funky workout playlist, I’ve been curious to know what’s queued up on the iPods of everybody at the gym. And since most people I know are always in the market for new workout music, I thought it would be good to share our favorite songs to sweat to. Please share your gym playlist in the comments, and after the jump, check out the Frisky staff’s go-to workout tunes… Keep reading »

Pregnant Mother Of 5 Died After Drinking Vinegar In DIY Abortion

Pregnant Suicide Attempt
Bei Bei Shuai of Indiana attempted suicide while pregnant. Read More »
Hitler Was Pro-Choice?
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Politician sensibly invokes Hitler in the abortion rights debate Read More »
At Peace With Abortion
This writer feels getting an abortion was the best decision of her life. Read More »
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Catherine Furey, 38, of the UK,  died in December 2010 after drinking concentrated vinegar, a DIY abortion she read about on the Internet. Furey had a “violent reaction” to the vinegar, was rushed to the hospital and died.

The details of her death have only now come out in relation to a trial against Furey’s sister-in-law, Dawn Chadwick, who handed Furey the vinegar bottle. Arrested in 2011, Chadwick was later charged with “unlawfully supplying a poisonous or noxious substance with the intent to cause the miscarriage of a woman.” The charge was later upgraded to manslaughter, but she was eventually cleared of wrongdoing.  The families of the two women, through their lawyers, have issued statements saying they do not blame the sister-in-law for Catherine Furey’s death. Keep reading »

Catholic Orgs File Massive Organized Lawsuits Against Obama Administration Over Birth Control

  • Earlier today, 43 Catholic dioceses, schools and other institutions filed lawsuits in 12 federal courts over birth control coverage in President Obama’s plans for health care reform. The Obama administration has long touted its compromise that contraception coverage will be provided free by health care insurers if the employer refused to cover it; however, the people filing the lawsuit claim their religious liberty is under attack. Additionally, two Catholic universities recently dropped their student health plans entirely rather than deal with the compromise.  [New York Times]
  • North Carolina pastor Charles L. Worley was videotaped saying that lesbians and gays should be put behind an electrocuted fence and left to die off. “Build a great, big, large fence — 150- or 100-mile long — put all the lesbians in there,” he said. “Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out … and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out … do you know why? They can’t reproduce!” How grossly inhumane. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

12 Ways To Love Your Body Without Hitting The Gym

Hate working out? Join the club. While exercise is important, it isn’t the only way to improve the way you look. In fact, there are plenty of painless ways to freshen up your appearance and feel better about your bod.

We polled our experts to find out some things you can do to improve your body image without setting foot inside a spin class. In fact, some of their suggestions can be done right in the comfort of your own home. Skeptical? Read more …

Coat Hanger Abortions? No Biggie!

  • Here’s a lovely comment on the value of a woman’s life from Republican Mississippi State Represenative Bubba Carpenter. In a video filmed a county GOP meeting, Rep. Carpenter is heard saying (emphasis mine), “You have [pro-choice supporters] … like, ‘Well, the poor pitiful women that can’t afford to go out of state are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger.’ That’s what we’ve heard over and over and over. But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we’ve decided to do.” Women permanently injuring themselves or even dying from unsafe, illegal coat hanger abortions, just like in the good ol’ days? Hey, no biggie! [Huffington Post]
  • Human Rights Watch says immigrant female farmworkers are suffering through sex abuse rather than standing up for themselves and possibly facing deportation. [Washington Post]
  • When so-called “men’s rights activists” are happy with the Republicans’ version of the Violence Against Women Act, you know we’ve got problems. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Don’t Know Why I’m Crying

On Crying
A writer talks about a time when everyone saw her cry. Read More »
Explaining Depression
What does it really feel like to suffer from depression? Read More »

Do you remember laying flat on your bed, eyes gushing like Old Faithful, unsightly snot dripping down way too close to your open mouth? This is you after your dog died. This is you after a break up. This is you after failing to assemble an Ikea chair.

This image comes frighteningly close to what I was doing this week. My best friend and roommate moved to another state and an onslaught of huge life changes came my way. While making like weeping roadkill, Kate Bush’s song, “Suspended in Gaffa” came through my head. I don’t know why I’m crying, Kate croons.

“Wait, I don’t know why I’m crying,” I thought to myself.

So, I did my homework. Keep reading »

Tips For A Hollywood Hourglass Figure

Celebrity personal trainer Gunnar Peterson’s client list reads like a who’s who in Hollywood: Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Sofia Vergara, just to name a few.

Now you can get the same access A-listers have via The Gunnar Challenge. The 8-week online fitness program, launching May 21, provides customized exercises and low-calorie meal plans to each user, as well as personal messages from Gunnar himself.

One thing Kim, Jennifer and Sofia are known for are their famous hourglass figures. Toofab’s Lawrence Yee asked the celebrity trainer for his tips on getting a small waist and bountiful booty, and his thoughts on all the Hollywood fad diets. Read more …

H&M Under Fire For The Use Of A Ridiculously Tan, Blatantly Altered Model

Huh Tanning Mom?
Tanning Mom Patricia Krentcil photos
There's a lot of things we don't understand about Tanning Mom. Read More »
Snooki Self-Tanner
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For that subtle orange glow! Read More »

H&M made Tanning Mom so proud with their new swimwear ad, which features model Isabeli Fontana flaunting skin the color of coffee beans. The Swedish fast-fashion retailer was forced to apologize Thursday after the campaign in question left doctors, critics, and cancer groups roaring with outrage. The photos are clearly altered — though Fontana, who is of Brazilian descent, is naturally bronzed, the skin tone she’s been given is closer to that of an African-American. It seems like the change was meant to highlight the contrast between the complexion and the brightly-hued bathing suits, but if that’s the case, why wouldn’t they just use a black model? Keep reading »

A Fair Trade?

Birth Control For Him?
Another male birth control option on the horizon. Read More »
On Birth Control
This woman uses birth control for medical reasons. Read More »
Birth Control Idiocy
Rick Santorum birth control
Birth control "just costs a few dollars," says expert Rick Santorum. Read More »

In this Craitgslist ad, a woman offered to trade her three-month-old weave for a prescription for birth control. A fair exchange? Hmmm. I guess it depends on how many months supply of the Pill she would be getting.  But don’t forget about the complimentary bottle of hair conditioner. That’s worth something. I wonder if there were any takers. Also, has it really come to this? I guess it has. [WOW]

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