Baby-making sex can be many things—scheduled, exciting, stressful, and consequential. But often, it’s not very sexy. Or romantic. Or intimate. Nothing says hot like consulting the ovulation tracker before ripping your clothes off, right?
When I first googled egg donation (on somewhat of a whim) and learned how much money I could make, my first thought was: student loans. Ten thousand dollars would put a good dent in my debt. My second thought, as a I skimmed the info that appeared on my screen: I have to inject myself where?
Ever wondered what your ancestry truly is or if you might be carrying an extremely rare gene? If so, you might want to get your DNA sequenced.
Perhaps you have always wondered about the best airports to travel through. Interestingly, there is a Reddit thread exactly about this that has become a topic of conversation and opened the eyes of many travelers. The thread is almost like a complete airport guide because it even includes discussions about the lowest rated airports in the world. There is very little to enjoy at airports; in fact, most of us have more horrific airport experiences than comfortable ones. Redditors around the globe were asked to rank the best airport for visiting, and the question that popped up was simple and clear: “Pilots and Flight Attendants, which airports do you love and which ones do you hate?” The question led to the accumulation of 5660 responses.
Even though interest rates were rising in the last year, 81% of cardholders who asked for a lower rate got it. Most of the reductions were between 5 and 6 percentage points. Even more consumers — 87% — were successful getting a late-payment fee removed, and 67% had their annual fee waived.
Whether you go with an annuity spread out over three decades or as an immediate, reduced lump sum, 24 percent of your win is withheld for federal taxes. However, the top marginal tax rate of 37 percent means you’d owe more to Uncle Sam at tax time. State taxes also would either be withheld or due, depending on where you live and where you bought the ticket.
Flexible spending accounts allow workers to stash pretax dollars into an account and use them for eligible medical expenses. In 2019, you can save up to $2,700 in this account, a $50 increase from 2018. Generally, you use the money by year-end or you lose it. Certain employers grant workers a grace period of up to March 15 to use the prior year’s balance.
When you’re about to orgasm, what are you usually thinking about? Is it the mind-blowing, explosive sensation going on inside your body? Or is it some sort of internal dialogue about how you probably look like an idiot making that O-face?
It’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV, read the news, or log onto Facebook right now without reading or hearing about a woman’s experience with sexual assault. What started with celebrity accusations of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has spread to women everywhere—including, probably, many women in your own social media feed.
You know the incredible feeling you get right before you reach the big O: Your heart is pumping, you’re breathing faster, and you feel like you’re about to lose control? Well, a woman in the UK really did lose control when she had a stroke while her partner was going down on her.
I used to be one of those people who loves the treadmill—I’d hop on every day for over an hour, listening to my favorite playlists and just zoning out. It allowed me to be alone with my thoughts, and that was what I wanted…until my thoughts would end up leaving me in tears instead.
The internet is abuzz today with worries about the latest tech-fad-turned-health-hazard, with headlines warning that wireless headphones—like Apple’s trendy AirPods—are a potential source of cancer. And yes, articles claiming that the little white devices could “pump radiation into your brain” certainly caught our attention. But before we freak out too much, let’s look at all the facts.
After a steamy session between the sheets, most women feel sexy, satisfied, and super relaxed. But imagine if you suddenly broke out in hives and started throwing up. That’s what happened to one woman when she had a severe allergic reaction to her partner’s semen. Yeah, mood officially killed.
Stop everything you’re doing: Taylor Swift just shared some of the inspiring life lessons she’s learned in her 29 years on earth in the latest issue of ELLE.
Habib Sadeghi, DO, is co-founder of the Be Hive of Healing Integrative Medical Center in Los Angeles. In this excerpt from his book The Clarity Cleanse, he describes a simple writing exercise that can help you process anger and other toxic emotions that may be holding you back.
On March 21, 2018, Modern Family star Sarah Hyland gave voice to one frustration of women everywhere. How the heck do you get your doctor to take you seriously?
Doctors in California made headlines this week when they issued a statement about a recent rise in Kawasaki disease in San Diego County. Kawasaki disease is a rare childhood illness that can cause fever and a red, bumpy rash, and in a small percentage of cases, a life-threatening form of heart disease.
There’s no question that CBD is the buzzy wellness product of the moment. If you live in a state where it’s currently legal, you might feel like CBD has gone from being sort of around to absolutely everywhere all at once. Coffee shops sell CBD lattes, spas offer CBD facials, beauty companies are rushing to release lotions with CBD or hemp oils in their formulas. And everyone from your anxious coworker to your arthritis-suffering dad wants to get their hands on some CBD gummies.
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If you had looked at Shannen Doherty’s life a few years ago, you would have seen something pretty darn idyllic. Through years of hard work and indelible roles on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed, she had established herself as a talented and respected Hollywood actress, and she had found love and settled down with photographer Kurt Iswarienko. Then, in 2015, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her world dramatically changed. Shannen immediately swung into action, and what followed was a whirlwind. “It’s been eye-opening, enlightening, and hard,” she admits. “There were definitely dips and valleys where I thought, ‘God, I wish this were easier.’ ” Her initial attempts at fighting the cancer cells with hormone therapy proved to be ineffective, as the disease had spread to her lymph nodes. So in May 2016, Shannen had a single mastectomy, followed by grueling courses of chemotherapy, and then radiation. About a year after radiation was complete, she underwent an intense reconstructive surgery. Now, “I’m in remission,” explains Shannen, 47, “but I’m still not done with this journey. Every five years [cancer-free] is another milestone.” Nonetheless, she is brimming with strength, positivity, and even gratitude for the disease that threatened to end her life. “As brutal as it was, cancer was a gift,” she says. “It opened me up, it taught me about myself, and it changed me as a human being forever.”
Photoshop has long been the bane of the body positivity movement, giving people the ability to edit and erase away so-called body flaws and imperfections.
Real talk: How much do you actually know about your cervix? Don’t feel bad if you’re scratching your head thinking, Where’s the cervix again?
It’s great to have a partner who showers you with sincere compliments. But when it comes to sex, one compliment can make the difference between a crazy-good sex life and one that’s more so-so. According to a new study, knowing that your partner loves your body correlates to hotter, more enjoyable action between the sheets.
Your metabolism is a complex system. It determines how quickly and efficiently your body burns calories and how much you can eat in a day without putting on weight. Scientists are still gaining new insight into the factors that make your metabolism run. But they know for sure that becoming a healthier, stronger woman can fire yours up—prolonging good health, improving mood, slowing the effects of aging, and maybe even helping you lose some weight along the way.
A lot of people, and I mean a lot, think the ketogenic diet is the best thing since sliced bread (how ironic). Celebs like Halle Berry and Jenna Jameson have put the high-fat, low-carb regimen in the spotlight, and the trend doesn’t seem to be dying down any time soon.
I quit dieting at age 28 after realizing that it made my body image and eating issues worse. But after the birth of my second child—with a decade of solid body acceptance and recovery from binge eating disorder under my belt—I thought I was strong enough to dip my toe into dietland again.
Lately it seems like there’s a buzzkill health reason why you shouldn’t participate in just about every holiday tradition. Trying to get a kiss under the mistletoe? Germs. Want to hit up the holiday office party? Alcohol might only make you feel worse. About to bake some holiday cookies? Don’t eat that tempting raw dough.
There’s no shortage of talk about mindfulness. In fact, a growing amount of research is exploring the connection between our brains and our bodies. Whether or not Hannah Bronfman knows it, the catchphrase that the HBFIT founder lives by is at the core of this way of thinking.
Jillian Michaels’ latest book—The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty—is all about living longer and better. We chatted with the fitness guru about what inspired her to write this book now.
With a few weeks until New Year’s Day, it’s still prime indulging season, the time of year when you may feel tempted to give into lots of treats, and worry about the consequences in January. But are some of the things you believe about holiday weight gain actually old wives tales? Here are five falsehoods and truths about how the holidays really affect your weight.
Cold and flu season is in swing, so you’re probably taking some extra anti-sickness precautions, such as washing your hands more frequently and getting that flu shot.
Have you ever felt like a partner, family member, or friend was constantly making you feel insignificant? Those who’ve been there should know that this kind of criticism, belittling, is never your fault, no matter how much the other person makes it seem like it is.
If you’ve recently had a baby—or you plan to be pregnant in the future—it’s totally understandable to worry about what having a kid will do to your sex life. Your vagina just popped out a human, which can change things down below. Plus, all those sleepless nights with a screaming newborn might tank your sex drive.
This profile is part of Health’s #RealLifeStrong series, where we are celebrating women who represent strength, resilience, and grace.
Do you remember the first time you had a real talk with female friends about sex, feelings, or bodies? One of the reasons Sex and the City, for all its issues, struck such a chord with its viewers is because of just how purely and raunchily it addressed all three. Breaking into an honest place about the nature of the female experience can be upending and uplifting at once. It could happen at age 13 while listening to music in your bestie’s room or at 42 over a couple of bottles of rosé.
Measles is in the news this week, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is monitoring outbreaks across the country. Between January 1 and July 14, the CDC received reports of 107 people with measles from 21 different states, putting 2018 on course to be one of the worst years for the disease in the last decade.
This New Mom Shares a Photo of Herself in Her Underwear Two Days After Giving Birth: ‘I Never Thought I Would Be Normal Again’
Everyone talks about the joys of new motherhood—playing, laughing, and bonding with baby. But what about the not-so-pleasant parts?
About a month into motherhood, Cardi B has shared some seriously relatable new mother moments, like how damn hard it is to get back in the gym. Earlier this week, Cardi took to Instagram to talk about another thing that can happen after giving birth: the postpartum emotional rollercoaster ride.
We were lucky enough to attend the launch of Good American’s new activewear line today, and it was seriously fierce (check out our Facebook Live video below). To kick off the event, there was a step dance performance (the dancers were clad in the newest pieces from the collection, which made us covet everything). But the icing on the cake was the opportunity to hear Good American co-founder Khloe Kardashian open up about her own body image, how she’s been staying on top of her workouts post-pregnancy, and what it’s like to be a new mother.
There’s a common estimate that every suicide leaves behind six survivors who are the most affected by the death. Not to be confused with suicide attempt survivors, who have taken action toward ending their own lives, suicide survivors or suicide loss survivors are friends or family members of someone who died by suicide. By the latest calculations, six is far too low an estimate; 115 are thought to be exposed each time a suicide occurs.
Everywhere you click these days, it seems like someone on the internet is talking about cannabidiol—also known as CBD, a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. Online retailers market the extract (also known as hemp oil) as a remedy for a variety of ailments, celebrities swear by its healing powers, and the ingredient is popping up in nutritional supplements and beauty products, as well. There’s even a new FDA-approved drug derived from CBD.
Part of what’s so isolating and stigmatizing about having suicidal thoughts is that many people can’t relate to feeling such all-encompassing pain. They can’t imagine a scenario in which ending one’s life would ever be an option.
What Is Mycoplasma Genitalium? British Doctors Are Warning That This Sexually Transmitted Infection Could Be the Next Big Superbug
British doctors are warning about a sexually transmitted infection that could become the next hard-to-treat superbug, thanks to its increasing resistance to traditional antibiotics. They say that the infection, called Mycoplasma genitalium (also known as M. genitalium or simply MG), can cause urinary problems in men and infertility in women, but many Europeans—and Americans—have never even heard of it.
This 25-Year-Old’s Warning About Fireworks Safety Is Going Viral After a Celebration Left Him Nearly Blind
Philadelphia resident Rasaan Urquhart has a message for anyone looking to celebrate Independence Day with some pyrotechnic pizazz: Enjoy those fireworks from a distance. The 25-year-old went blind in one eye after a firework exploded in his face earlier this year—an injury that’s sidelined his position as a firefighter and affected his role as a father.
If you spend a lot of time watching screens or scrolling social media, it’s easy to believe that every young adult is enjoying a banging sex life. But like so many things in the media, it turns out that this isn’t exactly reality.
Chrissy Teigen is doing whatever it takes to sneak in some self care. After welcoming baby No. 2, she’s been candid on social media about all things motherhood—from milky boobs to postpartum tears.
The recent deaths by suicide of fashion icon Kate Spade and culinary world traveler Anthony Bourdain are tragic in and of themselves. But now, experts worry that the news could contribute to additional deaths.
Social media is a minefield of personal stories about health and nutrition. You know the type—an influencer or random person extols the virtues of eating a certain food or sticking to a specific diet, telling followers that if they want to get healthy or lose weight, just do what they did (or don’t do it, if that’s the case).
Everyone has a sexual fantasy—a specific type of sex or a certain place or position that excites you whenever you think about it. But for most of us, our favorite fantasy is a closely guarded secret. We worry that it’s too edgy or weird, and we’ll be judged for it. Or there’s an element of danger that makes it too risky.
Whether you consider carbs your nemesis or you love a nice, expensive loaf of bread, most of us consider baking our own bread an impossibility. Maybe you buy a $6 loaf from your favorite bakery every week, or always have a $4 baguette around, but you think those bakers are geniuses.