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How Often Can Miscarriages Happen?

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:

Being Pregnant And Dealing With Depression

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.

Why Do Women Suffer From PTSD More Than Men?

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.

Equal Pay Day highlights a $1 million salary shortfall for some women

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.

Mom Responds to Troll Who Called Her Postpartum Body Lazy and Ugly in Empowering Post

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.

More Young Women Are Having Heart Attacks. This Might Be Why

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.

4 Reasons You Might Leak a Little Pee, and What to Do About It

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.

Traveling Alone Is a Bold Move—But You Will Never Regret It

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.

The Viral Amazon Coat That Will Save You from the Polar Vortex

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.

9 Sex Resolutions Every Woman Should Make for the New Year

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.

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 Company Is Sparking Controversy for Offering Paid Time Off While You’re on Your Period

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.

How Often Do You Really Need a Pap Test? We Spell Out the New Guidelines

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.

Preeclampsia Is a Leading Cause of Maternal Death. So Why Do We Keep Getting the Facts Wrong?

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.

 The FDA Approved a Birth Control Ring That Lasts a Whole Year. Here’s What You Should Know

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.

Everything You Need to Know About the Controversial New Birth Control App

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.

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.

This Pool Float Is a Game Changer for Anyone With Big Boobs

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.

The Controversial ‘Female Viagra’ Drug Is Back–Here’s What You Need to Know

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.

The Heartbreaking Thing Most Women Get Wrong About Miscarriages

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.