Dealing with the “monster menses.”
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Dealing with the “monster menses.”
Did you know that Black women are three to four times more likely to die from childbirth than white women?
In one particularly inappropriate and hilarious scene, the word “clitoris” is repeatedly shouted. My friends and I are baffled. What is that? It’s still considered “cool” to know bad words, which we assume it must be. “I dare you to ask our health teacher,” my friend says.
I just asked him if he knew about the mermaids. Specifically, the mermaid in Irish poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill’s “Mermaid in the Hospital,” a mermaid who wakes up to find her tail gone, replaced with “two long, cold thingammies.” . She doesn’t understand her new, working legs because they are not her: “But here's the thing/she still doesn't get— ... How she was connected/to those two thingammies/and how they were connected/to her.”
Mainstream retailers such as Urban Outfitters and Free People have recently started to sell sex toys online, placing them under the “wellness” category. As women’s sexual pleasure and sexual health have long been ignored, rebranding sex toys as an important part of a woman’s overall wellness is a step towards dismantling stigmas around women’s sexuality.
Labia filler treatments are non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the plumpness of vulvas. These kinds of treatments perpetuate the idea that vulvas are supposed to look a certain way and shame the natural appearance of female genitalia. The procedures are on the rise in the U.K., where they are not regulated due to their non-surgical nature.
Harvard Medical School has recently launched the Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative, a three-year plan designed to train students and faculty clinicians in how to provide affirming and competent care for sexual and gender minority patients of all ages. As transgender folks face countless barriers in the healthcare system, the initiative is meant to change the landscape of medical care for LGBTQ patients across the country.
Throughout our entire eight-month relationship, I could probably count the number of times we used a condom on one hand. To be fair, it was a long distance relationship, and we only saw each other every other month or so, but during those short visits, I always felt a lot of pressure to “make up for lost time.”
Writer Erin Moynihan recently shared her experience with vaginismus. Misinformation and taboo surrounding the female sexual experience made it hard for her and thousands of women to get a diagnosis. According to a study conducted by Psychology Today, 1 in 3 women experience pain during intercourse.
A recent analysis published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has found that breast cancer survivors are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, sleep troubles and other mental health issues than women never diagnosed with the disease. Lead study author Helena Carreira emphasizes the need for greater awareness surrounding mental distress following breast cancer.
As the wellness industry is saturated with dangerous products designed to change the smell, appearance, and feel of genitalia, a recent study has found a connection between talcum powder-based female hygiene products and a higher risk of ovarian cancer.
Retained tampons are tampons that have never been removed from a vagina and are stuck in the vaginal canal. Ob/Gyn Nicole Bullocks reassures that it is nothing to get too worried about, but the retained tampon needs to be taken out in order to avoid infections.