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.

Smoking Is Bad For Your Nipples

If fear of lung cancer or emphysema isn’t enough to make you quit smoking, do it for your nipples. Apparently, nicotine and carbon monoxide restrict blood flow to various parts of the body … like your nipples. According to plastic surgeon, Anthony Youn, M. D., smokers who undergo breast surgery are at great risk for having their nipples “turn black and fall off.” They just die. Guh! Youn once tried to bring a patient’s purple (about to turn black) nipples back to life by placing leeches on them.  “The leech drains the old blood, causing it to turn from unhealthy purple back to healthy pink. We place leeches intermittently until the body part grows new blood vessels to do the leeches’ work,” Youn recalled.  The image of this entire scenario is terrifying. [CNN]

Gov’t Overrules FDA, Forbids Morning-After Pill From Going On Shelves

EC On Drugstore Shelves?
FDA considers putting the morning-after pill on drugstore shelves. Read More »
Should Men Pay?
Should men help pay for the Pill? Read More »
Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »

I knew I shouldn’t get my hopes up: the Secretary of  Health and Human Services (a woman!) has overruled the FDA’s recommendation to allow the morning-after pill to be sold on drugstore shelves without a prescription. If Plan B is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it is almost 90 percent effective in preventing a pregnancy. The sooner emergency contraception is taken after unprotected sex, the more effective it is. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Pooping Is A Feminist Issue

My Picking Problem
How I gave myself a bald spot and other stories of life with dermatillomania. Read More »
Period Love
If you love me, you'd better learn to love my period. Read More »

Mary and I were sitting on her couch, laughing. “But wait, no seriously, is pooping a  feminist issue? Why aren’t we talking about this?” I asked.

It was funny, if only because there was some truth in the (often female) phenomenon of “holding it in.” There’s this prevalent idea that girls don’t poop.

“Ugh. I hate that part of dating,” Mary said. “ I can remember holding it in all weekend, waiting until we got to a restaurant or somewhere!”

I knew this move all too well. I wondered, Is this every woman’s secret? Keep reading »

FDA Considers Putting The Morning-After Pill On Drugstore Shelves

Birth Control Facts
Did you know any of the 10 bizarro facts on this chart? Read More »
Should Men Pay?
Should men help pay for the Pill? Read More »
IUD Side Effects
A first person experience with the IUD. Read More »

Conservatives losing their marbles to start in five … four … three … two … one: the FDA has until tomorrow to decide whether the morning-after pill Plan B will be available on drugstore shelves (as opposed to behind the counter) without a prescription for anyone of any age. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B is almost 90 percent effective in preventing a pregnancy. The sooner Plan B is taken after unprotected sex, the more effective it is. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Have A Picking Problem

I Have OCD
An essay from a woman with obsessive compulsive disorder. Read More »
Celebs With OCD
These 15 celebs are obsessively compelled... Read More »
Asking Big Questions
I always ask the big questions when it comes to dating. Read More »

This weekend, I made an horrifying discovery. I have a bald spot. It’s small, but it’s at the top of my head, right where, if the hair around it is swirling in a certain direction, it is visible to anyone standing six to 10 feet behind me. The good news about my bald spot is that I don’t think it’s permanent. I think the hair can and will grow back. But the success of that is dependent upon the bad news. See, I am solely responsible for giving myself a bald spot in the first place.

I have a picking problem. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Have A Boring Vagina

Genital Wart Vajazzling
One writer talks about getting her genital warts vajazzled. Read More »
I Got A Vagina Facial
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WTF is this beauty treatment all about? Read More »

The last time I spread my legs for a doctor (and no, I haven’t slept with anyone in scrubs), Lindsay Lohan was a law-abiding citizen. Somehow, I had managed to put off my visit to the friendly gyno longer than I cared to admit. A close friend’s recent alarming diagnosis post-gyno visit had fueled me into action. Oh, and my medical insurance suddenly had an expiration date. I’d just been laid off from a job I’d held down for the last six years, the lease on my New York City apartment was about to end, along with the dollars in my bank account. I was, in what you might call, a very large pickle. Keep reading »

25 Percent Of American Women Take Mental Health Medications

Explaining Depression
What does it really feel like to suffer from depression? Read More »
I Have Bi-Polar Disorder
I Have Bi-Polar Disease
A personal essay from a woman who is bipolar. Read More »
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According to Medco Health Solutions Inc., more than 25 percent of women took at least one drug to treat psychiatric conditions in 2010, most prominently for depression and anxiety. The use of drugs to treat psychiatric and behavioral disorders has risen by 22 percent since 2001, and today roughly 20 percent of all Americans hold such prescriptions. In the 20-44 age bracket, the use of ADHD antipsychotic drugs and treatments has more than tripled, and the use of anti-anxiety medications such as Xanax and Valium has risen by 30 percent. The most common users of antipsychotic drugs today are women aged 45 or older. 

The statistics go on and on, though they share a common trend: a dramatic increase in consumption in all age and sex brackets. Are we becoming crazier, are diagonses becoming more succinct, or are drugs simply becoming more accessible? Keep reading »

This Is What Your Brain Looks Like During An Orgasm

Masturbation Myths
Stupid misconceptions men have about the way women masturbate. Read More »
Sex = Love
Ladies should be prepared to fall in love if they have sex. Read More »
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Researchers at Rutgers University used brain scan technology to find out exactly what’s going on when women orgasm. A whole lot, apparently. Scientists monitored 80 separate regions of the brain to measure the oxygen levels as a woman approaches climax (red is the lowest and yellow/white is the highest). As you can see, when we’re getting off, all the areas of the brain (including our emotional, sensory, and pleasure centers) bloom like crazy neon flowers. “It’s really a symphony of physiological responses,” said the lead researcher. Indeed, it is. [Healthzone]

Finger Stomach, Nipple Foot, & Elephant Hand: The 8 The Craziest Human Appendages

Breaking news in the world of appendage anomalies (my favorite). Doctors in China saved a man’s severed middle finger by attaching it to his stomach. Twenty-year-old furniture maker, Wang Yongjun lost the tip of his finger when working with an electric saw. Eeek! His doctor had to make a snap decision to save the finger with this unusual technique — making a faux umbilical cord-type thingy to restore blood flow to the tip of the digit and help regenerate a new finger. In a month from now, the wounded finger will be birthed from his stomach, good as new. Whaaa! That is insane. I am nicknaming it Wang Finger Stomach. Yes, his unique appendage was man made, but most humans with extra body parts come by them naturally. Click away for the world’s craziest extra human appendages. Prepare to be wowed. This is not your average triple nipple stuff. [Orange UK]

Morning Quickies: Kotex Recalls Tampons Over Bacterial Contamination

Vodka-Soaked Tampons?
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Don't try this (probably urban legend) at home, kids! Read More »
Your First Period
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What was your first period like? Read More »
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  • About 1,400 boxes of Kotex tampons have been recalled by Kimberly-Clark because the plastic applicator may be contaminated with bacteria. The recalled Kotex tampons are Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency and were sold to Walmart, Fry’s and Smith’s stores in eight states. You can read more specific info about the recalls here. [MSNBC]
  • Some guy in China is trying to make panda poop tea a “thing.” [Gothamist]
  • Tinker Bell — yes, the Disney character — is the next celeb to get her own makeup line. Target in the U.S. and Boots in the U.K. will both sell fairy-themed beauty products through the beauty brand, Pixi. [Racked] Keep reading »
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