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For many women and girls in developing countries, menstruating is a great social, financial, and physical burden. But thanks to Femme International’s Feminine Health Management Program—an initiative that provides thousands of girls in East African secondary schools with menstrual cups—the load may be slightly lightened. Typically, sanitary pads are $1 each—a seemingly small amount to many. But because the average daily wage of a day ... Read More
Smart Strategies for When Migraines Strike Your skull is pounding, and you feel like you’re about to lose your lunch. On top of that, you’re dizzy, tired, and disoriented. Welcome to having a migraine! These nasty neurological events happen to way more women than men, and they can mess up your stomach, vision, hearing, and balance, leaving you in a puddle of pain. Treatment for migraines is a headache in and of itself, since symptoms and triggers are ... Read More
It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that stress-eating Doritos at your computer probably isn’t going to help you finish your to-do list. But we’ve all been there, reaching for the quickest comfort food we can get our hands on when times get tough. Still, processed foods aren’t going to give your body the boost it needs to deal with day-to-day anxiety. Luckily, Gill Paul and Karen Sullivan, authors of Eat Yourself Calm, have some ideas for foods to nosh ... Read More
You might think that since scientists have been working on a male birth control option for ages, there would be a solution by now. Unfortunately, since the creation of the birth control pill (and since the beginning of time), the responsibility onus has largely fallen on women. Now, new trials in Indonesia suggest we might have a male birth control pill in the near future. That’s right: boys and men, on the pill. This could be a reality very soon. For ... Read More
  Whether you are a full-time yoga lover or a heavy skeptic of the spiritual practice, this month you can experience some yoga studios in your area for F-R-E-E at over 1,600 participating studios all over the country! Thanks to the Department of Health and Human Services, for the last four years, September has been deemed a national yoga month! The Yoga Health Foundation is providing plenty of educational information and a way to link up to your local yoga ... Read More
On your marks, get set, code! This weekend, The Ace Hotel kicks off its second Codeathon series, this time with a focus on women’s health. The Ace and its partners, Jawbone and the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative, will challenge female developers and designers to create new apps focused around women’s physical and mental health.  Female innovators in technology and medicine will mentor these women and also judge the final ... Read More
When I was 12, I started on a new medication that caused me to gain quite a bit of weight. I went from being so skinny that if you turned me sideways I couldn’t be seen to being relatively average sized. But I was 12, and after having been impossibly skinny for my entire life, I felt enormous. I stopped wearing shorts or skirts that fell more than an inch above the knee because I perceived my thighs as huge. I would get upset about how “fat” I ... Read More
  On a Friday evening in Harlem, I met up with Mitra Kaboli, one of the Producers and Editors for the feminist podcast Audio Smut. On June 17, Audio Smut shot to number one on iTunes in the sexuality category, beating out famed talk personalities like Dan Savage. Big things are happening in the radio world for this team, primarily made up of young women. Kaboli's sly answers about the undoubtedly bright future of the podcast she nurtured from infancy are ... Read More

Almost Anorexia

BY Emma Tilden in General

Anorexia is a scary thing. 20% of people suffering from anorexia will die if their eating disorder goes untreated. 2-3% of those who seek treatment will still die of anorexia. Of those who seek treatment, only 60% will make a full recovery. 20% will be able to function in society but will continue to obsess over food and will remain underweight and the remaining 20% will remain dangerously underweight. They will spend much of their lives in and out of the ... Read More
For the long Memorial Day weekend, I took a break from my hectic Brooklyn lifestyle to go home and visit my family in the suburbs upstate. I expected five days of lounging outside, with two pugs draped over me and lots of barbeque, but what I got was an intervention from my family. No, I’m not addicted to drugs or alcohol or any dangerous vice; I’ve just gotten fat. I need to provide you with a smidge of background info for this story. I’ve always been ... Read More
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