Archive | womens health

How Will We Figure Out Our Bodies Without ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’?

Our Bodies, Ourselves began as a pamphlet on women’s health in the early 1970s, but soon became the go-to textbook for every young (and old) person with questions about anything to do with puberty, sex, even relationships. The book has been released and updated in numerous editions over the decades, but all good…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Tell a ‘Crisis Pregnancy Center’ from a Legitimate Abortion Clinic 

Last week a vandal, presumably a right-to-life activist, spray-painted “Baby Killer” across the front of a women’s health clinic. The catch? In a plot twist worthy of The Gift of The Magi, it turns out that the clinic was actually a “crisis pregnancy center,” or an anti-choice operation dedicated to talking women out…Read more… Continue […]

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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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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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Perhaps You Need a Frozen Condom to Soothe Post-Delivery Vaginal Trauma

Childbirth injuries are no fun. For one, these are our tenderest bits we’re talking about here, places we generally want to be treated with kindness and respect. But what do hefty little babies know about kindness and respect? Not much. They’re coming out, by hook or by crook, and it can feel like they actually […]

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One of the Cheapest Birth Control Delivery Services Is Expanding

Birth control delivery service Nurx now has an iPhone app and operates in 13 states plus DC, with plans to expand to 20 more in the near future. They have the lowest out-of-pocket cost of all our favorites, since they take insurance and don’t require a doctor visit. Sticker prices of the medications are hidden […]

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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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I Went on a Quest for Legit Health Tips at Gwyneth’s Goop Summit

Gwyneth Paltrow used to be best known as an actress, but in the last decade she’s built an even bigger reputation as a health guru. Her newsletter venture, Goop, peddles an enviable lifestyle—travel, fashion, anything that looks gorgeous in photographs—but with a central message of living a clean, healthy life.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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I Went on a Quest for Legit Health Tips at Gwyneth’s Goop Summit

Gwyneth Paltrow used to be best known as an actress, but in the last decade she’s built an even bigger reputation as a health guru. Her newsletter venture, Goop, peddles an enviable lifestyle—travel, fashion, anything that looks gorgeous in photographs—but with a central message of living a clean, healthy life.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Get Ready for $1,000 IUDs and $1,600 Colonoscopies Under Trumpcare

We’ve been living high on the hog these last few years: getting mammograms and colonoscopies whenever we need them, vaccinating ourselves against cancer-causing viruses for free, preventing unwanted babies from showing up in our wombs without having to spend our rent money to do so. But those days might be over soon,…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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