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Now it’s official: Obamacare is good for women. A new study found that the Affordable Care Act has been linked to a rise in early detection for cervical cancer among young women. According to the New York Times, American Cancer Society researchers found that there has been a substantial increase in women under age 26 who have received a diagnosis of early-stage cervical cancer since the Affordable Care Act went into action in 2010 - no coincidence, as the Affordable Care Act lets children stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26. Read More
An average American woman uses 16,800 tampons in her reproductive lifetime. That’s 16,800 times inserting a foreign object into our bodies, a foreign object we know very little about. For about a week every month for however long we are fertile, a tampon is cozied-on-in-there next to some of the most sensitive, absorbent skin the body has to offer. Ideally, these tampons are soaking up our flow, making our lives easier and stain-free, but we need to consider what our bodies are taking from the products while they’re busy at work. Read More
Everything You Need To Know About The IUD Plenty of pregnancy-preventing people have been washing down daily birth control since the ’60s. But a 21st-century makeover of an older, easier method has recently been giving The Pill a run for its money. The IUD—also known as an Intrauterine Device—is an inch-long T-shaped gadget that is inserted into the uterus by a doctor, sans surgery, and can prevent pregnancy for years. That’s probably why the number of people using the device has quadrupled since 2002. In the States, there are two types of IUDs, copper and hormonal. Read More
Looking to try some alternative healing, but squeamish about acupuncture needles? The ancient Japanese massage technique known as shiatsu is a perfect substitute, since it’s based on the same philosophy and medical theory and you can do it to yourself (sans sharp objects). Shiatsu utilizes the idea of pressure-points that stimulate energy channels in order to promote mental and physical wellbeing. Plus, the positions are so simple they can be performed almost anywhere. Check out these six soothing techniques and sink into a few minutes of pure bliss, free of charge.   1. Read More
  Be in conversation with art and each other: Harlem United presents con-vHER-sa-tions, an interactive art exhibition benefitting the Alliance for Lupus Research and Endometriosis Foundation of America. 

Visitors will be encouraged to interact with the art, in various ways, including adding to certain pieces. The works address a plurality of issues having to do with womanhood centering around health and body image. Read More
If you’re with child and want to be without, plan a safe, simple abortion with straightforward advice from doctors, experts, and women who’ve been there. Imagine it’s 1965 and you’ve discovered you’re pregnant. You’ve recently embarked on the beginning of your career in Manhattan, so this is clearly no time to raise a baby. You consider abortion, but since it’s illegal, you have no legitimate doctors to call and no one willing to support your decision to abort. Read More
Here’s a crazy stat for you: The 44-year-old founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely, is the youngest self-made lady billionaire in history. The business of whittling down women’s waists has been a big deal for a long time, so maybe it’s not too surprising that the person who started the modern restrictive undergarment craze is swimming in moola. But what are Spanx and other body shapers really costing you? New reports tell scary tales of compressed organs, squashed bowels, and numbness and tingling in the legs, all caused by squeezing your tuchus into too-tight spandex. Dr. Read More
Do you love pineapples? So do I. Do you know the best way to cut one up? Neither did I. But after some practice, I’m proud to say that I’ve mastered a method that looks sweet and saves more of the good stuff.  What You Need: A whole ripe pineapple Chef’s knife Paring knife (optional) Cutting board Trim The Roughage Using a sturdy cutting board and sharp knife, slice off the base of the pineapple. Keep the leafy top to use as a handle while cutting. Stand the pineapple upright and trim down the outer skin. Read More
   The ubiquitous gyno tool is probably your least-favorite thing that goes in your vagina—so how did it get there? It’s a scary story By Johanna Gohmann Illustration by Maritsa Patrinos During a recent visit to my gynecologist (the too-perfectly named Dr. Fuchs), I realized I had been subconsciously crossing and uncrossing my legs as I waited for my name to be called. Read More
Model Lauren Wasser is suing Kotex after losing her leg to TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). Tampons have had warnings that tampon use could lead to TSS since the 1980s, but the design and makeup of tampons hasn’t changed to reduce this risk. Basically, tampon companies have slapped on the TSS warning and ran away from liability—thanks, guys! TSS occurs when there is staphylococcus aureus bacteria (staph) that grow rapidly and release poison in the bloodstream. While TSS isn’t limited to women who use tampons, their usage has been connected to fifty percent of TSS cases. Read More