A few months ago, after ditching the pill and deciding the Depo-Provera shot wasn’t for me, I decided to try the NuvaRing. Even though I’ve had previous problems with hormonal birth control—the only time I’ve had regular periods in my life was when I stopped taking the pill—I panicked in the Planned Parenthood office (I’m not great with choice; sometimes I panic at the Subway counter) and decided to try out the NuvaRing. Bad choice. More
Topic: side effects
As Republican hopefuls duke it out to see who will win the Presidential nomination for their party, they’ve stepped away from simple political debates, and into the world of public and sexual health. Unfortunately, at least one of them doesn’t seem to have all the information about how vaccines, particularly Merck’s HPV-preventing, cervical-cancer-protecting Gardasil, actually work. More
A British woman who had gastric bypass surgery in an effort to reverse her morbid obesity is speaking out against the operation, saying, “I want people to know gastric surgery isn’t the answer to obesity … If I could only turn the clock back and lose weight with a combination of diet and healthy eating, I would.” Malissa Jones’s, who once weighed four times what she does now, is now battling with anorexia, and credits her food-revulsion to her poor digestion, which she says is a direct result of the surgery. This poor girl is only 21 years old, and her body has already been ravaged by both extremes. Her story is a reminder that there are no quick routes to lifelong health and sustainable weightloss. Take her advice. Do it the old-fashioned way. More
Yesterday, Blisstree told you about the increased risk of miscarriage for women who take antidepressants. We wondered if there was a better option for expectant mothers who cope with anxiety or depression. And it turns out that some people may … More
Latisse, the topical eyelash-lengthening drug, is supposed to be prescribed by a doctor (one you actually visit), but apparently it’s available online without a doctor’s note, according to The New York Times. Even worse, some users have reported irritation, discoloration, and other unwanted side effects like permanent change of eye color. We’ll stick to mascara, thanks.