Topic: reproductive health

Kate Middleton’s ‘Pregnancy Face’ Is Not A Thing

Kate Middleton's 'Pregnancy Face' Is Not A Thing

Have you heard? Kate Middleton is probably maybe definitely pregnant. There’s no baby bump to prove it (although she was touching her midsection at a recent event, you guys), but there are several reasons the tabloids think she’s with child, and chief among them is “pregnancy face,” a not-so-clinical term meaning that her face looks round, which is a not-clinical-at-all way of determining whether a woman is pregnant. More »

Scary Study: Women Are Highly Misinformed About Contraception

Scary Study: Women Are Highly Misinformed About Contraception

Maybe it’s because there’s still a huge amount of stigma and shame surrounding it, or maybe it’s because birth control has become more of a controversy than a matter of basic health, but according to a new (albeit small) poll, women are just not getting the information they need about contraception. How much do you really know about your birth control? Because, apparently, if you’re like many women, the answer is “not much.” More »

Pain, Prescriptions And (Butt) Plugs: 11 Questions To Ask Your Gynecologist

Pain, Prescriptions And (Butt) Plugs: 11 Questions To Ask Your Gynecologist

Going to the gynecologist is never fun. In fact, it’s frequently awkward, gross, confusing, embarrassing, and just downright unpleasant. But ladies, it doesn’t have to be that way. I can’t promise that this article will make the experience of lying down, spread-eagled in a paper gown while having your ladyparts prodded any more enjoyable, but it just may make you feel more informed and confident on your next visit to the vagina doctor. More »

Gotham Chopra Talks Bunnies And 8-Foot Phalluses

Gotham Chopra Talks Bunnies And 8-Foot Phalluses

What do bunnies and bachelorette parties have in common? They’re both rife with references to fertility, according to Gotham Chopra, whose new Holy Facts video is all about symbols and celebrations of fertility in various cultures. Gotham’s explorations are interesting, but the real star of the video is probably the eight-foot phallus carried around the Honen Matsuri festival, where attendees have come to increase their chance of fertility (and bountiful harvest and prosperity) for hundreds of years. More »

Contraception Prevents Pregnancy…And Saves 250,000 Lives A Year

Contraception Prevents Pregnancy...And Saves 250,000 Lives A Year

Hooray, more support for Melinda Gates’ contraceptive planning! New research estimates that contraceptive use saves the lives of more than a quarter of a million women each year. That’s right: condoms, birth control pills, IUDs, etc do more than just prevent unwanted babies: they actually save women’s lives all over the world, especially in developing countries. More »

Kim Kardashian Asked Her Mom For Birth Control At 14; Here’s Why That’s Awesome

Kim Kardashian Asked Her Mom For Birth Control At 14; Here's Why That's Awesome

I’ll admit that I don’t really keep up with the Kardashians, mostly because I a.) don’t care, and, I think beyond being a family full of clearly savvy marketers (seriously, those women can turn money into more money quicker than you can offend a lawmaker with the word “vagina“), there isn’t much to praise about them. But last night, in an interview with Oprah, Kim Kardashian noted that, at age 14, she asked her mother for birth control, and her mother obliged–which means I now several kind words to say to Kim and mother Kris Jenner, which are: that’s awesome, and I wish more mother/daughter pairs could address sex so frankly. More »

This Is What A Post-Pregnancy Belly Really Looks Like

This Is What A Post-Pregnancy Belly Really Looks Like

In a time when women feel more pressure than ever to snap back a slim waist and flat tummy immediately after giving birth, it’s rare to see full and honest depictions of a post-pregnancy body that doesn’t belong to an over-trained, over-dieted celeb. So when we came across the blog Birth Without Fear‘s collection of images showing what a post-pregnancy belly really looks like, we were relieved. Finally, there’s a depiction of what a) real women look like, without airbrushing or crash dieting, and b) proof that not all women look the same, even after having kids. More »