Archive | reproductive health

Find a Menstrual Cup That Fits You With This Quiz

When I first heard of menstrual cups, I thought there were only two sizes: Size 1 and Size 2. (Several brands, including the Diva Cup I first tried, only offer two and that’s it.) But there’s a huge variety of shapes and sizes out there, and one of them may well be perfect for you.Read […]

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‘Abortion Reversal’ Is Not a Thing

A typical medication abortion involves two doses of pills. The first, mifepristone, blocks a hormone that the embryo or fetus needs to grow and thrive. The second, misoprostol, triggers the uterus to expel its contents. But there is a growing political movement to get people who have taken the first drug to undergo an…Read more… […]

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The Difference Between Emergency Contraception and Abortion Pills

In a recent Black Mirror episode, one character (it’s not a spoiler if I don’t say who, right?) attempts to end another’s pregnancy with emergency contraception in her breakfast smoothie. Folks, EC and abortion pills are two totally different things.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Why You Get Gas and Diarrhea When You Have Your Period

Welcome back to Burning Questions, the column where I ask experts to answer the questions you’re too embarrassed to pipe up about yourself. Today’s installment is for all the folks with uteruses who find themselves spending way too much time in the bathroom once a month.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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What to Expect After an Abnormal Pap Test 

No one likes the sound of any medical test coming back as “abnormal,” and furthermore, no one likes the sound of human papillomavirus (HPV). When I heard those two words in the same sentence, I was, as you would expect, completely rattled.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Religious Employers May Not Be Able to Take Away Your Birth Control After All

Back in October when the president signed an executive order about birth control coverage, we thought—and he probably thought—that it would allow religious employers to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees. Notre Dame thought that too. But it appears all of us were wrong.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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So, Does Talcum Powder Cause Cancer or Not?

Two women with cancer—one already deceased—lost lawsuits against talcum powder makers recently after a judge determined that they hadn’t proved the powder caused their cancer. So does the stuff cause cancer or doesn’t it? Turns out that’s a hard question to answer.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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It’s Not Legal to Get an Abortion Online, But Maybe It Should Be

Almost half of all early abortions are done with the simple action of taking a few pills. The pills are safe to take at home, with very low rates of complications. So why can’t you get them through an online doctor’s service, like we can with birth control pills and other medication?Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Why the “Fetal Pain” Bill the House Just Voted on Is Junk Science

A bill titled the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would ban nearly all abortions up to 22 weeks gestation, just passed the House of Representatives in a 237-189 vote. But even though pain is bad and babies are good (I love babies, personally), this bill is a steaming pile of bullshit. Starting with…Read more… […]

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Perimenopause: What You Need to Know If You’re in Your Thirties (or Beyond)

If you’re a person with a uterus, you probably got an awkward talk when you were around nine or ten explaining some changes that were coming for your body. (Maybe you saw a movie that memorably involved pancake batter poured into the shape of the female reproductive system.)Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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There Is Still No “Safe” Amount of Alcohol You Can Drink in Pregnancy

This week’s study on alcohol in pregnancy got spun both ways: light drinking is totally safe according to some some news stories, a definite no-no in others. Sorry, but this one’s a buzzkill. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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This Tool Shows How Far You Would Have to Drive to Reach Your Nearest Abortion Clinic

You can get the rest of your health care at any hospital or clinic in town, but a variety of laws and issues mean abortion care is much harder to access. The Pudding has a new tool that shows just how far away you would have to go, depending on where you are in your […]

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How to Get Paid to Donate Your Eggs

Flyers advertising egg donation litter community boards at college campuses. “Make up to $8,000 while helping others” is a typical promise. But even though egg donation pays well and doesn’t require any experience (youth is actually a plus), the decision isn’t that easy. Your health and fertility may be at risk, the…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Clue, The Period App, Will Now Track Your Birth Control Pills 

Clue, one of the best period tracking apps out there, just added a new feature: you can now keep track of whether you’ve taken your birth control pills, and Clue will tell you what to do if you missed a dose.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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This Is How Much Vaginal Discharge is Normal

It’s totally normal to have vaginal discharge, a sort of whitish fluid, showing up in your underwear (if you are a person who has a vagina). But if you’re seeing a lot of it, you may wonder, how much is okay? In this video, gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter demonstrates.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Which Period Tracker Is Best for You?

There are so many different period tracking apps because there are so many different reasons to use one: maybe you want to watch out for fertile days so you can get pregnant, or maybe you want to track your moods and symptoms every day so you can figure out if you get headaches or feel […]

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What Do You Wish You Had Learned in Sex Ed?

When you were just beginning to be aware of your own sexuality, you probably got very little in the way of reliable information: maybe just a filmstrip acknowledging that you would grow hair in new places and that this has something to do with how babies are made. Most of the important stuff, you had […]

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What to Do If Abortion Pills Magically Appear in Your Mailbox

We know, you would never order drugs illegally over the internet, or have your friend bring them back from vacation. But just in case you somehow ended up with the pills that can induce an abortion, and you just happen to have an unwanted pregnancy, it might be handy to know a few things.Read more… […]

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