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We've prepared a quick pop quiz for you, dear readers. Ready? Let's begin! 1) How often should a healthy, sexually active person in their reproductive years get a pelvic exam? a) Every ...

Myths and Misconceptions About Visiting the OB/GYN

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For those of you out there who are stressing about having a bikini-ready belly this summer, below are some tips about the best ways to strengthen your core. 1) Cardio "That's not an ab ...

Score a Core Like Never Before: 5 Tips for a Summer Beach Bod

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Dr. Amy Tuteur published an article in the Opinion section of the New York Times on April 30, 2016, decrying the practice of home birth in the United States. Tuteur was an OB/GYN for several ...

Controversy Over Home Birth Safety: What Is Really the Problem?

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As you may know already, April was STI/STD Awareness Month. In honor of the occasion, I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Cherrell Triplett, an incredible and inspiring OB/GYN who practices in ...

STI Real Talk: What Your OB/GYN Thinks You Should Know

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Perhaps you are one of the many people who read headlines recently about a promising new male contraceptive option. Please take a moment to pat yourself on the back for being in the know, when ...

We Shouldn't Let New Male Contraceptive Get Our Panties in a Bunch

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We’ve all had those nights — the ones where we lie awake, looking at the clock, watching the shadows shift on the wall, flipping over and over, feeling like sleep will never come. Perhaps we ...

6 Lessons From an Insomniac

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Sponsored by: Fiera® I’ve written before about the shamefully unequal attention, research and financial support dedicated to women’s health in the U.S. – especially when it comes to sex, or – ...

Why Sexual Health Experts Are Loving Fiera

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I’ll admit I have been totally skeptical about this whole meal-in-a-mason jar craze. It was just a little bit TOO hipster for me to take seriously. What’s wrong with frantically digging ...

7 Mason Jar Meals That Will Change Your Life

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I've been a vegetarian for more than 10 years and I'm constantly hear things like “HOW do you do it?!?” and “Don't you MISS meat?!?!” Then there's “You CAN'T POSSIBLY get enough protein in your ...

6 Vegetarian Meals So Good You Won't Even Remember Meat

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So, you already know some of the services that doulas offer to women throughout the perinatal period. But guess what — the basics are just the beginning! Because doulas really structure their ...

Do You Doula? Benefits of a Birth Doula, Part 4: Above and Beyond

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Sponsored by: Fiera® I can’t possibly start this article without referring to one of my favorite feminist essays by Gloria Steinem, “If Men Could Menstruate.” Steinem, the face of ...

It’s Time We Talk About Female Sexual Health

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If you are looking for a definitive answer to this question, you are definitely going to be annoyed with me. As is the case with so many questions about sexual encounters and behaviors, the answer ...

Can You Have Sex On Your Period?

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If you have intercourse with someone who has a penis, perhaps you have heard of the “pull-out” or “withdrawal method.”This is a technique that some people believe will protect them against ...

Does the Pull-out Method Really Work?

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First, let me offer this disclaimer: Nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. I am a doula – not a nurse or doctor. While I have studied pregnancy and birth extensively and ...

Do You Doula? Benefits of a Birth Doula, Part 3: Comfort Measures

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Sponsored by: Fiera®Alright you lovey-dovey readers out there. You had your holiday; we did the Valentine’s Day festivities and wore pink and bought chocolate and sent gushy notes to the people we ...

4 Easy Hacks to Refresh Your Relationship

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Now that you know a little more about what a doula is and who can become one, you might be asking — Why? First-time parents-to-be ... Get ready, I’m about to blow your minds. Real childbirth ...

Do You Doula? Benefits of a Birth Doula, Part 2: Why Have One?

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Sponsored by: Fiera® Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there's no question that Hallmark knew what they were doing when they hijacked a holiday based on romance in the middle of ...

7 Creative Date Ideas for You and Your Partner This Valentine’s Day

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Do you have your finger on the pulse of online conversations related to vaginas? Clearly you are — you’re reading this article! You are probably already aware of the recent buzz about using ...

Menstrual Medical Marijuana? Combat Painful Periods ... With Pot

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Okay! Many of you are already asking what the HECK is a doula?? A snack? A flotation device? Maybe an animal with webbed feet? Good guesses, gang, but read on for the truth, in this first part ...

Do You Doula? Benefits of a Birth Doula, Part 1: Who Are They?

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For the past month, I have been outlining the efforts that the CDC has been making at affecting positive change in a variety of public health realms. The last topic that the CDC has listed as ...

Talk About Sex: Get Empowered! An Editorial Love Letter

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While the rate of teen pregnancies in the United States has fallen since the 1990s, the number of young women who become pregnant unintentionally is still higher in the United States than in any ...

The CDC's Winnable Battles of Public Health: Teen Pregnancy

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With the amount of political, media and research attention it has been given in the past 5 years, it is no surprise that reducing rates of obesity is on the list of CDC Winnable Battles. Endless ...

The CDC's Winnable Battles in Public Health: Obesity

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My worst fear revolves around motor vehicle accidents. There is something about the lack of power that each individual driver, pedestrian, biker or passenger has to control their fate in a traffic ...

The CDC's Winnable Battles in Public Health: Motor Vehicle Safety

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic appears to have been managed relatively well in the United States because it is no longer a regular presence in news headlines or the source of fear that it once was. ...

The CDC's Winnable Battles in Public Health: HIV/AIDS Prevention

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When I think of the important battles in public health -- issues that our society recognize as priorities due to widespread problems or needs -- the issue of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) ...

The CDC's Winnable Battles in Public Health: Hospital Acquired Infections

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Once, I experienced a massive outbreak of what was assumed to be food poisoning, though it was never officially diagnosed. The symptoms were unmistakable: stomach pain and nausea, vomiting, ...

The CDC's Winnable Battles in Public Health: Food Safety

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Often in the world of public health, it feels as if failure is the norm and disaster of epidemic proportion is just around the corner. We read headlines that warn us of our deteriorating health ...

The CDC's Winnable Battles in Public Health: An Overview

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This past week I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to attend the Virginia Public Health Association’s Conference on Health Equity. The conference was held in Richmond, Virginia’s capitol, ...

Health Inequities and Their Systemic Roots

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Before doctors and scientists knew what HIV/AIDS was, what caused it, and how the disease was transmitted, they began noticing a rising trend of symptoms normally associated with immunocompromised ...

Hannah Cutts commented on Hannah Cutts' post Symptoms ... Or Not, of HIV and AIDS

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In the past three decades, HIV/AIDS has become a standard part of our vocabulary, our news reports and our preventive care efforts. We know the basics of how the disease is transmitted, what ...

Revisiting the Basics: What are HIV and AIDS Anyway?

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Before doctors and scientists knew what HIV/AIDS was, what caused it, and how the disease was transmitted, they began noticing a rising trend of symptoms normally associated with immunocompromised ...

Symptoms ... Or Not, of HIV and AIDS

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Mainstream media and entertainment sources tend to imply that a majority of young adults -- especially college students -- are having sex. And while there is nothing wrong with having sex if you ...

Interview: Being A Virgin on a College Campus

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We know that people get sexually transmitted diseases. We can all remember the time when someone came into our health class in high school to show us scary pictures of what infected organs look ...

Demographics and Disparity in STD Trends

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According to a strange mixture of fairy and old wives’ tales, frogs are the culprits behind warts (though if you kiss the right one, he may turn into a prince -- so, possibly worth the risk?). In ...

Genital Warts: Taking the Preventive Precautions

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It is easy to tell someone that if they suspect they have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, they should go get tested and seek treatment. No one is enticed by a penis or vagina that is ...

Secrets, Secrets Are No Fun

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Many pregnant couples are hesitant to become intimate because they are nervous it will negatively impact the fetus. Men often express a fear of “poking the baby in the face,” and women verbalize ...

Expect an Orgasm When You are Expecting

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During pregnancy, your body goes through all sorts of physiological changes, hormone fluctuations and emotional states. Unsurprisingly, these transformations not only cause you to experience mood ...

Sexy Mama: Making Love During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is an indescribably miraculous phenomenon. As a woman, your body has the ability to nurture and protect cells, instinctively providing those cells with the hormones, nutrients and space ...

Recipe for Relief: Preventing Yeast Infections During Pregnancy

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Our nation is slowly beginning to understand that prevention is a more effective, cost-saving endeavor. We suffer through safety precautions at the airport, knowing that while sometimes ...

Preconception Health Care: Take Advantage Now!

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Just like during pregnancy, while breastfeeding your diet directly impacts the health of your newborn. Your body is still the main source of all nutrients for this child, and as a newcomer to this ...

Nutrition While Nursing: Keeping Your Newborn (and Yourself!) Healthy and Happy

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Slut. According to the dictionary: “a dirty, immoral or untidy woman”. We use it to describe someone who is purposely sexually promiscuous, but also tend to equate the word with revealing clothing ...

SlutWalk DC: Not Your Typical Political Fashion Statement

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A variety of recent studies on the practice of breastfeeding have shown similar two-fold conclusions: 1. Breastfeeding an infant has multiple long-lasting health benefits for both mother and ...

Hannah Cutts commented on Hannah Cutts' post Suck On It! Why America Needs to be More Breastfeeding Friendly

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A variety of recent studies on the practice of breastfeeding have shown similar two-fold conclusions: 1. Breastfeeding an infant has multiple long-lasting health benefits for both mother and ...

Suck On It! Why America Needs to be More Breastfeeding Friendly

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These past couple weeks have been full of ups and downs in the world of women’s health and policy. Let’s review, shall we? Let’s start with the ups! The Institute of Medicine recommended to ...

Coverage and Compromises: The Ups and Downs of Recent Health Policy

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Recently, in our farm share bundle, my roommates and I have been getting a lot of cabbage. Cabbage has gained a sad reputation of being somewhat unexciting. It is not colorful like swiss chard, ...

Hannah Cutts commented on Hannah Cutts' post Appreciating the Unappreciated: Why You Want to Make Cabbage Your Bosom Friend

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Recently, heated debate on a simple children’s toy has made national headlines. A baby doll called Bebe Glotten, originally from Spain and quite popular across Europe, is due to hit American ...

Hannah Cutts commented on Hannah Cutts' post Controversial Child's Toy: Pornographic Promotion? Or Health Education?

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Recently, heated debate on a simple children’s toy has made national headlines. A baby doll called Bebe Glotten, originally from Spain and quite popular across Europe, is due to hit American ...

Controversial Child's Toy: Pornographic Promotion? Or Health Education?

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For a great portion of history, anal sex has been considered somewhat of a taboo activity. There are urban myths attached to its consequences and even biblical references to its sinful nature! But ...

Hannah Cutts commented on Hannah Cutts' post Bottoms Up! Tips for Anal Sex

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For a great portion of history, anal sex has been considered somewhat of a taboo activity. There are urban myths attached to its consequences and even biblical references to its sinful nature! But ...

Hannah Cutts commented on Hannah Cutts' post Bottoms Up! Tips for Anal Sex

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For a great portion of history, anal sex has been considered somewhat of a taboo activity. There are urban myths attached to its consequences and even biblical references to its sinful nature! But ...

Hannah Cutts commented on Hannah Cutts' post Bottoms Up! Tips for Anal Sex