Tag Archives: womens health

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,…

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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 cranky in sync with your cycle.…

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What Do You Wish You Could Have 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 to figure out for…

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Wellness, Womanhood, and the West: How Goop Profits From Endless Illness

Since Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop launched in 2008, the site has earned its reputation as the internet’s kooky rich aunt. From detoxes to cleanses; vitamins to clean food; vaginal eggs to vaginal steaming and recurring features by a self-described “Medical Medium” (a man who diagnoses disease via spirit guidance), Goop has…

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Pregnancy Doesn’t Make You a Better Athlete, but It Doesn’t Always Stop You From Being Awesome Either

Serena Williams may have been pregnant when she won the Australian Open, so the New Scientist asked whether her pregnancy may have helped—as if her previous 38 major titles were flukes. But this is a myth that’s been floating around for a while, so let’s talk about what pregnancy really does to an athlete’s body.

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Can We Finally Kill the Myth About Women’s Periods Syncing Up?

The theory that close friends have their periods at the same time is over 40 years old now, but there has never been much evidence to support it. The people behind the period tracker Clue checked their own data recently and came up with another nail in the coffin: zero evidence that closeness makes people bleed in…

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