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.

Soapbox: Pulling The Mommy Card On Reproductive Rights

I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
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 »

This is not the change I voted for. Nor how I thought the year would end for women’s rights in the USA. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius recently overruled scientists at the Federal Drug Administration and blocked a move to allow for Plan B emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill, to be sold over-the-counter without age restriction. Her rationale was to protect 11-year-old girls from taking something that might harm them. President Obama backed her up, asked us to use “common sense” and pulled the daddy card.

Well, I’m pulling the mommy card. Keep reading »

28 Weird Things You Didn’t Know About Your Body

Wack Sex Facts
15 things you don't really need to know! Read More »
To Pee Or Not To Pee...
...specifically in the shower. Do you? Read More »
Scary By State
what is coming for us
What scares the crap out of us by state. Read More »
European Penis
A map of Europe by penis size. Read More »

I’m really just a science nerd at heart, so this chart of weird facts about the human body makes me very happy. It also makes me want to play Operation. I used to love that game! But I digress. Point being: I find it edifying to know, for instance, that I’m not just imagining it — my middle fingernail does grow faster than the rest and my feet can product a pint of sweat a day. (See full scale image here.)[MNN]

HPV Vaccine Doesn’t Make Teen Girls More Slutty, Survey Finds

"Are You Itchy?"
How to tell someone they need to get tested for STDs. Read More »
HPV Facts
Five important things to know about HPV. Read More »
Catfight
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Should you get the HPV vaccine? The Frisky is divided. Read More »
Today's Lady News
Today's Lady News
On boys and the HPV vaccine. Read More »
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Teen girls ages 15 to 19 who are vaccinated against HPV are not more likely to be sexually active, according to a survey in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Another positive finding is that sexually active girls who were vaccinated against HPV were also more likely to consistently use a condom than sexually active girls who were not. This data is directly counter to overreactive screeches from conservatives who claim that vaccinating teen girls will encourage them to have sex earlier. Hopefully this will shut them up for awhile (although I’m sure Rep. Michele Bachmann is eagerly awaiting a study to prove the HPV vaccine made a woman’s child mentally retarded as proof she’s not talking total BS). One might infer from this data that teenagers who have been exposed to the idea of protecting themselves against STDs — and, for younger teens, presumably have a parent or guardian’s support in keeping them protected —  continue to make responsible sexual decisions. Who’d have thunk? [New York Times] Keep reading »

Woman’s Body “Swallows” Breast Implant During Yoga

7-Yr-Old Gets Boob Job Voucher
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"Human Barbie" mom gives boob job voucher to her 7-year-old. Read More »
Cement Implant
Fake doctor injected woman's butt with cement. Read More »
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Attention, womenfolk, something new for you to fear: your body eating your breast implant!  While stretching during a Pilates class, 59-year-old woman’s implant slipped through an incision from a recent heart valve surgery and lodged itself near her lung. Her doctors had cleared her for exercise after the heart surgery when the boob job strayed. So how did her breast implant get swallowed whole? One doctor interviewed by CBS News surmised that the stretching and breathing exercises in Pilates may have worked “like a vacuum” and “sucked in the implant.” Yummy! We’re glad to hear this lady’s doctors were able to snatch that wayward boobie and put it back in its place. [CBS News] Keep reading »

Panic Attacks, Explained In Cartoon Form

Explaining Depression
What does it really feel like to suffer from depression? Read More »
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Here at The Frisky’s offices, one of the most hotly anticipated books of 2011 is Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom, by the comedienne and all-around-awesome-lady Sara Benincasa. I love this girl for her balls-out honesty regarding her mental health struggles with agoraphobia and anxiety. Agorafabulous! is based on Sara’s one-woman show of the same name, which recounts how vicious panic attacks created a fear of the outside world, to the point where she refused to leave her college dorm room. In this cartoon, Sara explains all about anxiety attacks, the “flight or fight” response, and why you shouldn’t shop at Whole Foods. As someone who has suffered from panic attacks from age 15 onwards, I could have used an explanation like this back when I was hyperventilating and didn’t know what the eff was going on!  

What Does CDC’s New Data About Sexual Assault Reveal?

Date Rape PSA
date rape poster
This date rape PSA has been accused of blaming the victim. Read More »
Rape Jokes On Facebook
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Joking about raping women is cool with Facebook. Read More »
I Was Abused
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Judy McGuire was physically abused by a boyfriend. Read More »
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The Centers For Disease Control released its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey yesterday and the findings throw a fork in many common perceptions surrounding sexual assault and its victims. Contrary to the stereotype that a rape victim is “some slut in a bar,” the demographics found to be at the highest risk for sexual assault were preteen boys and adolescent girls. Keep reading »

How Facebook And Twitter Are Screwing With Your Hormones

Wack Sex Facts
15 things you don't really need to know! Read More »
Facebook Turn-Offs
These Facebook behaviors turn him off. Read More »
European Penis
A map of Europe by penis size. Read More »
Facebook Love Fail
A writer shares how Facebook ruined her first love. Read More »

So there you have it. Science explains why we feel so self-satisfied after composing a funny Tweet. Or smitten when our crush’s name pops up on Gchat.  Or murderous rage when we see pictures of our ex and his new girlfriend on Facebook. Or why we can’t seem to step away from our computers. Social media is messing with our hormones and screwing with our minds. Find out more about about its affects on the brain here. [Social Times]

Girl Talk: I Got A Nose Job

The Ugly Friend
How one writer stopped thinking of herself as the ugly friend in the group. Read More »
Plastic Surgery Regrets
These celebs wish they hadn't gone under the knife. Read More »

It’s fun to talk about women who get plastic surgery. They’re kind of sad. A little desperate. They’re trying too hard. They’re spending too much money on what God should have given them. Everyone is keeping track of which movie star recently got her lips puffed up or her boobs plumped or her nose whittled down to practically nothing. I flick through a slideshow of before/after shots of famous women, shaking my head. I think, But she looked fine before!

Sometimes, when my friends make comments about someone who “obviously got some work done,” I nod along automatically.

I often forget that I am one of them. I am one of those women who was insecure enough to let someone cut them open for the sake of beauty. Keep reading »

Pooping Etiquette For Couples: 10 Bathroom Rules To Abide By

Pooping Is A Feminist Issue
One writer talks about how pooping is a feminist issue. Read More »
Pooping At Work
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Poop happens. We want to know if you poop at work. Read More »

Ever since Rachel Rabbit White posited that pooping is a feminist issue, we’ve been talking a lot about the poop problem around The Frisky office. Amelia even suggested we implement a policy whereby we announce when we are going to the bathroom to take a dump. Ya know, just to open up the conversation. Mostly, our poop talk has centered around relationships. Is there a proper way to poop in a partner’s presence? To talk about it? The ladies here run the gamut from excited to share potty time with a new beau to completely mortified at the prospect. After the jump we’ve put together some proposed DO’s and DON’Ts of pooping etiquette for couples. We hope you’ll add your suggestions in the comments. Yay POOP! Keep reading »

Abortion Not Linked To Mental Disorders, Study Says

Dear Wendy
This woman's boyfriend was absent when she had an abortion. Read More »
Abortion Lies
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CPCs scolded for misleading women about abortion. Read More »
WTF Abortion Billboard
abortion billboard
Crazy guy shamed ex with a billboard because she had an abortion. Read More »
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Having an abortion does not increase a woman’s chance of developing mental health problems, a British health agency has found. The U.K.’s National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health compared a number of studies conducted worldwide in the past 20 years and found that in cases of unwanted pregnancy, women who chose abortion were no more likely to develop disorders like depression and anxiety than those who gave birth. Research does point to an increase in mental disorders in women with unwanted pregnancies in general, with approximately one in three women with unwanted pregnancies diagnosed with such disorders. These statistics did not rise, however, in the cases in which women underwent abortion. Keep reading »

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