Ever since birth control pills were FDA-approved in 1960, elements of mystery and danger have surrounded this first-ever oral contraceptive. As a result, many women still don’t have a clear understanding of how the pill works and what it does and doesn’t do.
Miscarriages are unfortunately a fairly common part of the pregnancy process. Since there are so many different types of miscarriages, as well as several varying factors that can increase your risk, the statistics surrounding miscarriages can be confusing to understand on an individual basis. Here are the most important statistics to know about miscarriages:
About one out of eight American women develop breast cancer at some point in her life. Even faced with such scary statistics, doctors still find it hard to say what exactly causes cancer in a person, how and why it starts.
Receiving the news that you are pregnant is supposed to make you radiate with joy. However, for many women this may not be the case, and such communication often leads them to depression. Pregnancy is often portrayed as one of the happiest stages in a female’s life.
According to a review of more than 25 years of research reported in the November issue of Psychological Bulletin (which is published by the APA, American Psychological Association), males normally experience more traumatic events on average as compared to the females yet females are likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for the post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD.
Overall, women typically earn less than men and take more time out of the work force, which has a significant impact on their lifetime earnings. A woman just starting out will lose $406,760 over a 40-year career, according to a new analysis by the National Women’s Law Center. For African-American women, this lifetime wage gap totals $946,120 and for Latina women the losses are $1,135,440.
Nearly 3 out of 4 women will face significant savings shortfalls if they plan to retire at age 67, according to data from Aon. Saving more money during your career is only part of the solution. Women must also invest their savings to take advantage of compounding interest over time.
New research finds that women tend to leave crucial money moves up to their spouses or significant others, which sets them back financially. This tendency is especially prevalent among women ages 20 to 34. Couples can take several steps to make sure both sides have a say in big financial decisions.
It’s rare to see Carol Head, a longtime nonprofit executive, without her signature accessory: a sleek, black Fitbit. Like many health-conscious, goal-oriented women, Head relies on the tracker to count her steps—but it’s not because she’s trying to get more exercise. She wants to make sure she doesn’t get too much of it.
Boyfriends and husbands of the world, here’s some good news for your sex life: A recent study found that oral sex is associated with a lower risk of recurrent miscarriage—specifically, oral sex performed by women on their male partners.
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?
If hurtful words have lingered in your head for days, or even weeks on end, you’re not alone. On social media, it’s easy to delete an unkind message and block the hater, but it isn’t always easy to forget the harsh words that can become engrained in your mind. Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, though, one mom is reminding us to feel sorry for the people who put others down.
There’s no shame in watching porn, right? Seriously, lots of women do it. Sometimes it’s the only way to satisfy those sexual fantasies that for whatever reason you aren’t trying to live out IRL. You know, like BDSM, taking part in an orgy, or experimenting with the gender you don’t usually go for.
Postpartum depression affects as many as one in nine women in the U.S. annually, and its symptoms are serious, including suicidal thoughts and thoughts of harming your child. The condition, which often goes undiagnosed, strains a new mom’s ability to bond with her infant. In some areas of the country, the postpartum depression rate is as high as 20%.
A workout program that’s been dubbed one of the most “exclusive” fitness classes on the planet has the internet outraged. Skinny Bitch Collective (the name really says it all, doesn’t it?) held an invite-only retreat in Kenya, and over the weekend, videos surfaced of students using native Maasai tribesmen as literal props during one of the workouts.
Over the past 40 years, doctors have gotten a lot better at treating heart disease. In the 1960s, it wasn’t unusual for adults to die or become severely disabled from heart attacks in only their fifth or sixth decade of life. And while heart disease is still the number-one killer in the United States, it’s also no longer a guaranteed death sentence, thanks to newer medications, improved surgical techniques, and better understanding of the disease.
Female bodies are such wondrous creations (able to construct whole human beings from two simple cells!), but they can also be achy, creaky, and yeah, even leaky. You know what we’re talking about. You let out a satisfying sneeze and, whoosh, there’s a mortifying trickle between your legs—or, as the joke goes, you laugh so hard the tears run down your legs. It’s funny/not funny for the 25 to 50 percent of women with stress urinary incontinence, who worry they’ll wet themselves every time they cough, run, or lift a heavy bag of groceries. Happily, research shows there are effective ways to stem the tide. But first, some background on this type of leakage.
In the movies, taking a solo trip happens Eat Pray Love– style. You know, where extreme heartbreak leads to a far-off journey, bowls of Bolognese, and mind-altering meditations. But IRL, women all over are booking vacations alone for reasons that go beyond getting over love lost. Many women say they travel independently because they are looking for new experiences and want to tap into their adventurous side.
Confirming what you’ve long suspected (kidding, kidding), your brain is younger than a guy’s brain. About three years younger, to be exact.
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?
The polar vortex is upon us and women have placed their confidence in an unassuming coat from Amazon that rings in at $130. The Orolay Women’s Thickened Down Jacket is a number-one bestseller in the Women’s Outdoor Recreation and Down Jackets category, and has amassed over 6,000 reviews—83% of which are four or five stars.
Real talk: When was the last time you got a Pap test?
American life expectancy has fallen again. According to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people in the U.S. can now expect to live until 78.6 years of age–down from 78.7 years in 2016.
For those of us who make New Year’s resolutions, we too often focus on doing less—eating less sugar, drinking less booze, spending less time in pajamas binge-watching The Crown. And while those goals may be worthy (though, really, The Crown is pretty great), this year, we’d also like to encourage women to do more—when it comes to pleasure.
Your body is uniquely yours, and that’s what makes it beautiful. One Instagram account, Positively Glittered (@positivelyglittered), has found a creative (and sparkly) way to showcase that. The page features naked women of all shapes and sizes covered in the colors of the rainbow with glitter.
Have you ever called yourself “too skinny?” Or maybe “not skinny enough?” What about “too tall” or “not tall enough?” These are all labels we place on ourselves; words we let get into our heads for some reason. But the truth is, labels like these don’t define us.
This Woman’s Essay Is Going Viral After Her Friends Were Told They Couldn’t Run in Sports Bras—Because It Distracted Football Players
Rowan University is making headlines this week for policies that have been criticized as sexist and outdated: The school’s cross-country team was recently told to move its practices to another location, after female runners on the college’s track were reportedly deemed “distracting” to football players also practicing nearby.
This piece is adapted from the new book The Feminine Revolution: 21 Ways to Ignite the Power of Your Femininity for a Brighter Life and a Better World ($17, amazon.com).
Last year, a New York City photographer decided to showcase the strength of women who have undergone a mastectomy by taking photos of the inspiring mastectomy tattoos each woman had done following her surgery. Now, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the photos have gone viral once again.
If you’re anxious about performing a breast self-exam (BSE) or embarrassed about skipping it for months at a time, don’t beat yourself up. Major medical organizations no longer recommend BSE as a screening tool for early breast cancer detection in women who are at average risk of the disease.
We’ve all requested time off from work when we’ve had family in town. But there’s one relative we don’t usually think worthy of our PTO: Aunt Flo. She’s certainly a high-maintenance house guest—and one organization in Australia is recognizing that by giving its employees paid period leave. Not all too surprisingly, the policy has sparked major controversy.
Model and actress Brigitte Nielsen doesn’t sound anything like a tired new mom when I catch her coming home from a morning walk with her new baby, Frida. As she speaks to me over the phone, I can sense how thrilled she is at being a new mom. “I feel great, and it’s just very, very exciting,” she beams.
When you have breast implants, routine breast cancer screenings (and related diagnostic procedures) can be a bit more involved.
Dwayne Johnson is a very, very busy guy. Hollywood star, workout-aholic, and family man (cue the aww’s), you may or may not be aware that The Rock is also an activewear designer—which makes sense, as Johnson certainly knows his way around a gym. The best news? His newest fitness collection with Under Armour launched on ua.com today.
This profile is part of Health’s #RealLifeStrong series, where we are celebrating women who represent strength, resilience, and grace.
Most women know the Pap test as a necessary evil, or at least a necessary nuisance: The procedure, which takes only a few seconds but is often considered awkward and unpleasant nonetheless, is often performed at a woman’s annual “well visit” with her gynecologist or primary care physician. During the test, a doctor collects a sample of cells from the cervix, which are examined under a microscope to check for abnormal (and potentially cancerous) growths.
The investigative reporting site ProPublica is calling out trusted health websites for publishing misleading, incomplete, or incorrect information about preeclampsia—a serious condition that affects up to 200,000 women a year in the United States. This dangerous form of high blood pressure can occur both during and after pregnancy, but ProPublica says many online resources omit or underplay some of the risks, especially in the postpartum period.
For women who don’t want to have to remember to take their birth control every day, the vaginal ring has been an option for many years now. But last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new device that makes this type of contraception even more convenient: Annovera, which will likely hit pharmacy shelves in 2019 or 2020, is the first vaginal ring that can be used for an entire year.
Tracking your cycle in hopes of getting—or not getting—pregnant? You probably know by now that there’s an app for that; many, in fact. But for the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given permission for one of those apps, Natural Cycles, to officially be marketed as a method of contraception. Yup, that’s right: The rhythm method has gone high-tech, and it’s got the government’s seal of approval.
Nothing brings quite the sense of relief as that moment when you sit down on the toilet, unclench your bladder muscles, and pee after holding it in for hours.
The Risk of a Heart Attack During Pregnancy Is Up 25% Since 2002. Here’s Why Doctors Think It’s Happening
The risk of suffering a heart attack while pregnant, giving birth, or during the two months after delivery rose 25% between 2002 and 2014, according to a new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Study authors say the increased risk is alarming, especially since medical advances have improved the care of cardiovascular disease during this time.
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.
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.
If you have small breasts, you may have a hard time understanding the challenges larger-chested ladies face when it comes to finding the right bra or even lounging poolside. Larger breasts often need to be adjusted or positioned in a certain way (hello, uncomfortable side boob), making it hard to find a comfortable lounging position at the beach or pool.
A drug intended to increase women’s libido is back in the news, three years after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Soon after Addyi hit the market in 2015, the drug’s parent company became mired in an unrelated scandal, and marketing of the new pill suffered. High cost and concern about side effects may have also kept women from signing on, and sales of the highly anticipated medication never took off as expected.
Suicide rates are rising across the country, up 30% since 1999. But a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics highlights an additional dimension to this alarming trend: There’s a more dramatic rise in the number of girls and women taking their own lives than boys and men.
Are you having as much sex as you want? It’s a blunt question. But if you’re like most women, the answer, unfortunately, is a resounding no. In fact, 60% of women say that they aren’t seeing enough action between the sheets, according to a new survey of 1,000 men and women conducted by the dating app HUD.
What do rotting food, a pus-filled wound, and risky sex have in common? People find them disgusting, and women are more disgusted by them than men.
Brigitte Nielsen delighted Instagram with two glowing photos of her baby bump this week. But there’s something that makes her pregnancy announcement slightly different than the typical celeb ‘gram. The actress and model is 54 years old.
Fact: The vast majority of miscarriages are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo. It’s impossible to predict or avoid them—they just happen. Yet far too many women place the blame on themselves. According to a new survey by fertility tracking company Ava, more than a quarter of women who have lost a pregnancy believe they may have done something to cause it.