health

Mommie Dearest: Why Is Maternity Care So Darn Expensive?

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 10, 2013
Apparently, when it comes to maternity care costs in this country, I lucked out big time. Seven years ago, when I found myself pregnant for the first time, I had just switched from my own insurance to my husband’s much better one, and had only one, $25 co-payment for the entirety of my pregnancy --… More »


Wisconsin Judge Blocks Abortion Law

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2013
A federal judge in Wisconsin temporarily blocked an aspect of a new law restricting abortion which would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinics.  A similar restriction is in the anti-abortion bill currently under debate in Texas. [NYMag.com] The ACLU filed a lawsuit today seeking to… More »


A True Account From Monday’s “Stand For Texas Women” Rally

By: Daley Quinn / July 4, 2013
After attending the “Stand With Texas Women”  rally in Austin on Monday, I think I have to reconsider my aversion to calling myself a Texas woman. The pro-choice rally, which brought together over 5,000 women, men and children to speak out against the SB5 anti-abortion bill which would shut most abortion clinics in the state,… More »


If You’re In The Market For A Brand New Body, Now’s Your Chance

By: Rachel Krause / July 3, 2013
Listen up, self-loathers and body-snarkers worldwide! If you, like me, often find yourself ruminating on how, if the technology were to exist, you would happily surrender your current body, preserve your same old head, and put this head on a better, cooler body that you prefer, you may just be in luck. I know what… More »


True Story: I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant (For 6 Months)

The moment that changed my life was actually pretty anticlimactic. I took a pregnancy test. Waited the prescribed amount of time. Looked at the result. Threw the test away without really looking at it. I knew I wasn’t pregnant. I had gotten the Mirena IUD over the summer –- the single most effective form of… More »


A Lot Of What People Think About Transgender Athletes Is Wrong

By: Mary Odell / July 1, 2013
Fallon Fox received a lot of attention and abuse in March after she was forced to come out as a transgender woman. Fallon had been a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter for six years, but as soon as she came out, she was faced with a barrage of transphobic comments, and many people accused… More »


Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2013
Last night, Ohio's Governor John Kasich signed a host of restrictions on abortion into law, which went into effect today. Like other Republicans before him, Governor Kasich placed these legal restrictions on women's reproductive rights flanked by a bunch of old, white men. More »


5 (Scary) Things To Know About Exploding Breast Implants

By: Mary Odell / June 30, 2013
New thing to be afraid of: exploding breast implants!  The trauma is not unheard of, but the particular way in which one Beijing woman’s implants combusted just might be. After lying on her stomach for four hours playing a game called Dragon Summon on her phone, the woman experienced severe pain in her chest and… More »


Frisky By The Numbers: Women Are Wasting A Lot Of Time Obsessing About Weight

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 28, 2013
According to a new survey, the average woman still spends an obscene amount of time obsessing about calories and worrying about her weight. Over the course of a 67-year lifespan, we lose about one entire year of our life to thoughts of whether or not you should have that side of french fries and what… More »


Taboo Addictions: 5 Adult Eating Disorders That Go Beyond Anorexia & Bulimia

By: Hello Beautiful / June 27, 2013
Eating disorders are often times associated with specific races, age groups, and even career choices…think white teenage actress/models. But the truth is that eating disorders do not discriminate. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 10 million American women suffer from eating disorders. This is not a Black v. White epidemic, and it certainly does not… More »


Finally! My “Hanger” Problem Explained

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 27, 2013
I suffer from a condition that I refer to as "hanger." When I go too long without eating, something happens to me, beyond my control, not unlike Bruce Banner when he turns into the The Hulk. (I had to Google the name of The Hulk's alter ego, by the way. Don't mistake me for a… More »


7 Sort-Of Rules For Living (And Being Okay) With Anxiety

By: Julie Gerstein / June 27, 2013
Do you have anxiety? You're in good company. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there's around 40 million people dealing with anxiety disorders in the U.S. alone. That's a lot of friggin' people -- and I happen to be one of them. Anxiety is something I live with and manage every day of… More »


14 Plastic Surgery Secrets Revealed

By: TruTV / June 22, 2013
There are so many things you thought you knew about plastic surgery, but didn't. Starting with... Plastic Surgery for Tweens. The number of children opting for cosmetic procedures has risen dramatically over the past decade. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 160,000 children had cosmetic procedures in 2008. But in 2010, that… More »


FDA Approves Morning-After Pill Plan B One-Step For Over The Counter Use

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2013
In an enormous victory for women and girls across the nation, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved the Plan B One-Step brand morning-after pill for over-the-counter use. Plan B One-Step is a one-pill version of emergency contraception and this approval covers women and girls of all ages. Like all EC, it is more effective… More »


Finally Some Good News: HPV Vaccine Has Been Incredibly Effective

By: Mary Odell / June 20, 2013
Since the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in 2006, infections in women and girls have been by more than half. This statistic exceeds the expectations of researchers and although this progress is encouraging, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden stated, “the report should be a wake-up call to our… More »


Obesity Is Now Recognized As A “Disease” By The American Medical Association

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2013
Lesley Kinzel from xoJane on how the American Medical Association classified obesity as a "disease" yesterday, but that really doesn't mean a whole lot in a society with such a warped image of women's bodies. [xoJane] A Christian college in Pennsylvania can exclude the morning-after pill and birth control from the college health plan, a… More »


House Of Representatives Passes Ban On Abortion After 20 Weeks

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2013
Yesterday, the Republican-dominated House of Representatives advanced a so-called "fetal pain" bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Fortunately, it is not expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama would veto the bill. Thus, the bill is largely symbolic. The Orwellian-worded bill called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based… More »


VICE Makes Light Of The Suicides Of Female Writers With A Fashion Editorial

By: Rachel Krause / June 18, 2013
Fashion thrives on controversy in all of its many manifestations, but how far is too far? VICE, which has been distributing its fair share of maybe-too-much content since 1994, wants to test your limits. The free monthly magazine's largely self-explanatory Women in Fiction issue brings us "Lost Words," a fashion spread featuring models styled and… More »


Models Under 18 In New York Will Soon Be Protected By Child Labor Laws

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 14, 2013
We know that some models pursue dangerous measures in the hopes they will join the cadre of elites. We know that being a top model means million-dollar contracts and the key that unzips Leonardo DiCaprio's pants. And we also know that many modeling agencies are all too happy to exploit preteen and teen girls, putting their… More »


Wisconsin Governor Supports Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasounds For Abortion [UPDATE]

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2013
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is supporting an anti-abortion bill that is making its way through the state legislature which would require some women seeking first-trimester abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds, which are performed by inserting a probe into the vagina. The forced transvaginal ultrasounds are medically unnecessary and are a popular ploy of anti-abortion folk… More »


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