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All In Your Head

HealthCentral - July 2021

The idea that the brain shapes our experience of pain is sometimes controversial for the chronic community. People with an illness not readily visible can encounter resistance from the medical community when seeking treatment for their pain.


How Gender Stereotypes Harm Women With Chronic Pain

HealthCentral - April 2021

Though women are more likely than men to experience chronic pain—21.7% of women had chronic pain in 2019, as opposed to 19% of men—they also face patriarchal stereotypes that can make it harder for them to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment.


Could Measles Be The Next Big Outbreak?

HealthCentral - April 2021

Many parents are feeling a crucial tension this year: What’s the line between minimizing COVID exposure and being proactive about your child’s other health needs? Unfortunately, this has led to a marked decrease in pediatric vaccination rates in the U.S., which could leave children susceptible to other infectious diseases like measles, pertussis, or polio.


Chronic During COVID: A HealthCentral Special Report

HealthCentral - March 2021

This last year has been one giant exercise in uncertainty, especially for people living with chronic illness. Doctor’s appointments, once such a regular part of life, suddenly started to look quite different. Telehealth services in the United States increased by 154% from 2019 through part of 2020, revolutionizing the health care system virtually overnight.


The Psychology of Chronic Pain

HealthCentral - February 2021

The pains started in Debbie Cook’s feet when she was a dancer in high school. Soon after, it spread to her hands, then eventually her neck and back. Cook, 45, from Hueytown, AL, sought out doctor after doctor to diagnose her traveling pain, but no one could.


Why the Maternal Health Crisis Needs Bold Solutions—Especially in the South

Rewire News Group - February 2021

According to the March of Dimes 2020 report on maternal and infant health, the states with the highest levels of infant mortality and preterm births are mostly concentrated in the Southeast. This crisis is a multilayered problem, with deep roots in the history of racism and a continued foothold in lack of access to care.


In Mozambique, Community-Based Model for Reproductive Health Care Serves Women in Sex Trade

Women's Media Center (Women Under Siege) - January 2021

Aida spends her mornings like many other working people in Beira, Mozambique — out on the job. Her “office” is a mobile health clinic, and her goal is to reach one key underserved population: sex workers. Aida and her team are current or former sex workers themselves.


Karamo Brown On His Experience Living With Migraine

HealthCentral - January 2021

Here’s something you might not know about Brown: He has been living with migraines since he was in high school. Growing up, he dealt with stigma from friends and family who didn’t understand the severity of his condition. “When it comes to migraine, it’s more than a headache,” he says. “It’s debilitating in so many ways.”


How The Breast Cancer Community Is Taking On Photo Censorship

HealthCentral - October 2020

Earlier this month, something strange started happening to the Instagram account for The Breasties, a nationwide nonprofit breast cancer support group. The account admins noticed that mastectomy images they posted kept getting labeled as “sexual activity.”


How To Cope With 2020 Election Stress

HealthCentral - October 2020

A recent survey conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association (APA) found that 68% of U.S. adults consider the 2020 presidential election to be a significant source of stress in their lives.


What We Can Learn From RBG’s Remarkable Cancer Fight

HealthCentral - October 2020

The late Justice battled five bouts of cancer over a span of 21 years, remaining active in the halls of the Court and attending speeches, interviews, and other widely publicized events.


Meet Shawn Bethea, The Crohn’s Advocate Fighting for Racial Justice

HealthCentral - September 2020

Bethea has lived with IBD since 2009, and her reality as a Black woman has impacted the way she’s treated in hospitals, the way she is forced to present her emotions, and the way she thinks about her role in the world.


Chadwick Boseman & The Rise of Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer

HealthCentral - September 2020

On August 28, Boseman died after a four-year battle with colon cancer he never spoke publicly about, leaving his fans and colleagues reeling at the unexpected loss of a man whose career was just beginning.


Should Paid Period Leave Be A Thing?

HealthCentral - September 2020

On average, a woman spends 3,000 days of her life menstruating. This breaks down to 40 years, once per month, for approximately six days each cycle.


Gasping For Air: The Truth About COPD & Climate Change

HealthCentral - August 2020

Climate change is dangerous for everyone, but it’s particularly dangerous for the 16 million Americans living with COPD. Rising temperatures, increasing humidity, and soaring summer pollution all conspire to not only increase symptoms but also hospitalizations, and even deaths.


Uterine Fibroids’ Disproportionate Impact on Women of Color

HealthCentral - July 2020

Despite being so common, fibroids are a somewhat mysterious medical complication. They can lead to heavier periods, painful sex and frequent urination, complications in pregnancy and labor, and in rare cases, infertility.


How Police Brutality Harms The Mental Health Of Black Americans

HealthCentral - June 2020

One study published in The Lancet found that police killings of unarmed Black Americans can have an impact on Black citizens, lasting for at least three months after the incident.


What We Can Learn About Trauma, from Experts & Survivors

HealthCentral - June 2020

Eight years after the motorcycle crash that changed her life forever, Rebekah Kousa saw the inside of an ambulance for the first time since the accident. As the group approached the ambulance, Kousa started shaking, broke out in sweat, and felt like she couldn’t breathe.


Sleep Debt: How To Make Up For Lost Sleep & Why It Matters

mindbodygreen - March 2020

Chances are good that you need more sleep. According to the CDC, around one in three American adults get less than seven hours of sleep per night. And trying to catch up on the weekends may not be enough.


3 Doctors Weigh In On How Often It’s Safe To Take Plan B

Elite Daily - February 2020

Emergency contraception probably isn’t something you think about every day, but when you do need it, it can provide a real sense of security. Even just knowing the morning-after pill is available can help you breathe easier and enjoy sex free of worry.


PMS Depression: What It Is & How To Find Relief

Greatist - February 2020

For better or worse, your period often makes it very clear when it’s on the way each month. It’s like that great-aunt at the family reunion who feels the need to announce to absolutely everyone that she has arrived and won’t be ignored.


Psst, Here’s The Truth About Getting Pregnant From Period Sex

Elite Daily - December 2019

Sex doesn’t have to be off-limits during your period. When you’re in the right mood (AKA, not curled up watching reruns of The Office while you deal with your cramps), sex on your period can be awesome.


I Missed My Period, But The Pregnancy Test Was Negative. What’s The Deal?

Greatist - December 2019

In all likelihood, you’ve got your menstrual cycle down to a science. So when you miss your period, it can immediately trigger the pressing question, “Am I pregnant?”


Endometriosis After a C-Section: Everything You Need to Know

Greatist - October 2019

You had a baby! Congrats! We know you’re dealing with a lot of new challenges, which can be extra frustrating if you’re recovering from a cesarean delivery. That frustration can be even greater if you’re noticing scarring or inflammation that seems abnormal.


Ugh, Why Am I Having Cramps After My Period Is Over?

Greatist - August 2019

So many things are awesome about having a vagina. Dealing with period pain is not one of those things. Some people experience such severe cramps that they’ll cancel all their plans and curl up with a bottle of ibuprofen and “Friends” reruns (hi — it me).


IUDs Are Ridiculously Effective At Preventing Pregnancy, Just So You Know

Elite Daily - July 2019

You’re in for some good news — it’s a super effective choice, reducing your risk of pregnancy by more than 99%, according to Planned Parenthood. But it’s still not for everyone, so before you run to your doctor requesting one, here’s everything you need to know.


FYI: Condoms Aren’t As Foolproof At Preventing Pregnancy As You Might Think

Elite Daily - July 2019

It’s probably one of the first methods of birth control you learned about in your childhood or teenage years, not to mention the most widely accessible choice. But just how effective are condoms at preventing pregnancy? The answer might surprise you.


Can You Get Birth Control Without Your Parents Knowing? It Depends, But Here’s How

Elite Daily - May 2019

The decision to start taking birth control is a big one, and especially if you don’t have much experience dealing with health insurance, it can be intimidating. Can you get birth control without your parents knowing, even if you’re still part of their insurance plan?


Is Hormonal Birth Control Safe? Here’s What Experts Say You Should Know

Elite Daily - May 2019

It feels like the list of available options just keeps growing (which is wonderful!), but so does the collection of myths floating around. Is hormonal birth control safe? Does it affect your body differently than other forms of contraception?


How Much Does An Abortion Cost? It Depends On Your State & Insurance

Elite Daily - May 2019

Choosing to get an abortion is a very personal decision, and only you can decide if it’s the right thing for your health and your body. It’s important to inform yourself about your options so you feel comfortable moving forward.


When Should You Take A Pregnancy Test? 3 OBGYNs Break It Down

Elite Daily - February 2019

No matter how careful you are, things happen, and sex doesn’t always go as planned. What should you do in these situations? Suddenly, you find yourself wondering when you should take a pregnancy test and whether this means you should low-key start to panic.


When Does The Period Emoji Come Out? I Can’t Bloody Wait

Elite Daily - February 2019

Giving periods a super public symbol like an emoji is a great reminder that half the population has them and we should clearly be able to talk about that. Why are we stigmatizing something that is so universal and so natural for the human body?


How Running Helped Me Rebuild My Relationship With My Dad

Greatist - November 2020

Crossing the finish line of that marathon taught me about my own resilience. But maybe the biggest thing running has shown me is what it looks like to love someone. Like a lot of things worth doing, it hurts.


Biology, Funding, and Ego Slow Quest for Male Birth Control

Rewire.News - August 2018

It’s the pill that changed history for women, opening up unprecedented opportunities to build a life unrestricted to marriage and motherhood. Since its launch in the early 1960s, the birth control pill has expanded our understanding of what is possible in modern relationships. But what about options for men?


I Tried Naked Yoga & Have Some Thoughts To Share

Greatist - March 2018

“You have to look totally unbothered,” I tell myself. “It’s worse if people notice that you’re nervous.” What I’m trying so hard to forget is that in a matter of minutes, I’m going to see these people naked. Every single one of them.


An Unexpected Side Effect Of Running

Greatist - March 2018

Running feels like taking back my power in a world that says, “You exist to be looked at and desired and wanted by someone else.” I run because my muscles, my breath—even my soul cries out for it. Feeling strong as a woman allows me to believe, for a moment, that I don’t have to fear.

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