Health

reproductive rights

At a Georgia Clinic, Abortion Bill Causes Uncertainty and Fear

House Bill 481, which proposes making abortion illegal after around six weeks, is adding to a national debate around "fetal heartbeat" bills. But at a women's health center in Atlanta, it's already stirring very real worry and confusion for patients.
Kimberly Lawson
4.5.19
reproductive rights

Nigerian Hospitals Are Locking Up Women Unable to Pay Their Childbirth Bills

Fashion designer Folake Oduyoye died in custody in 2016 after her hospital refused to discharge her until she paid her outstanding bill. Her death is part of a global phenomenon known as hospital detention.
Emma Bryce
Wana Udobang
4.1.19
reproductive health

Why Does Penetration Hurt During Sex for Some People?

In the US, an estimated one in 500 women has vaginismus, a condition that makes penetrative sexual intercourse incredibly painful. Broadly spoke to women about how vaginismus has affected their sex lives.
Maighna Nanu
3.19.19
Sex

How I Enjoyed Sex Again After My Herpes Diagnosis

After Emily Depasse received a herpes diagnosis in 2015, she felt unloveable and hopeless about her future. Over time she realized that the STI wasn't a life sentence—and she was worthy of pleasure.
Emily Depasse
3.14.19
Disability Rights

Disabled Activists Should Not Have to Die to Have Our Voices Heard

Carrie Ann Lucas's recent insurance-related death has brought new eyes to her work as a prominent activist—and is yet another instance of disability rights only gaining mainstream attention after one of us dies.
s.e. smith
3.7.19
Health

Smoking Is Bad, But So Is Everything Else

In a better world, we'd reject the moralizing instinct to deem some people worthy of dignity—and others, not—based on how they choose to cope with the circumstances of their lives.
Brandy Jensen
2.25.19
Health

Not So Fast: Women Who Have Premature Orgasms Explain How They Deal

Premature orgasm doesn't only affect men. Here's how women who come early found help through masturbation, edging, and being open with their partners.
Suzannah Weiss
2.6.19
Health

Doctors Thought I Had Chronic Yeast Infections—But I Really Had Cancer

For years, Clare Baumhauer's painful symptoms were written off by GPs. Then she was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus—a little-known condition that, for a small number of women, can cause vulva cancer.
Sarah Graham
2.5.19
Unwellness

I Tried a Sensory Deprivation Tank to Cure Me from the News Cycle

Twenty-four hour news has put me into a state of frenzied anxiety. Can locking myself in a floatation pod help?
Zing Tsjeng
1.24.19
Science

This Tiny Patch Could Give You a Month's Birth Control in Seconds

Georgia Institute of Technology scientists have invented a microneedle patch that only needs to be briefly pressed against the skin to deliver a contraceptive drug.
Zing Tsjeng
1.17.19
Health

When Women Are Denied Pain Relief During Invasive Procedures

In the UK, hysteroscopies—a procedure by which doctors examine the inside of the uterus—are routinely performed without any form of pain relief. For some women, the experience can be unbearably painful, and traumatizing.
Jessica Furseth
1.16.19
Getting Out of Bed

My Chronic Illness Makes My Bed a Haven—and a Prison

When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at 19, for better or worse, my bed became a catch-all for place of work, place of rest, and everything in between.
Ione Gamble
1.11.19
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