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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
“I urgently request to speak to the president, because I’m tired of living with this illness. I want her approval so I can get a shot that will make me sleep forever.” That is the plea 14-year-old Valentina Maureira made in an effort to end her life. Valentina Maureira is suffering from an incurable genetic disease, cystic fibrosis, it is the same disease that took her younger brother’s life when he was just six years old. She made her plea to the current President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet. Read More
There’s a crisis on our hands, folks, and our bros are the ones bound to suffer. In an effort to get swoll, chiseled, and lean, bros across the nation are subjecting themselves to harmful chemicals and GMOs whenever they take a swig from their standard protein shakes. Organic Valley, the Wisconsin based organic co-op, is looking out for them with their new digital ad, “Save The Bros.” It is a vital attempt to protect and save the “bro colony” we are currently in danger of losing. Read More
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 laborer in Africa is only about $1.25, the cost can be debilitating. 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 different for everybody. 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. Read More