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25 Incredibly Useful Things to Keep in Your Bag
When it comes to traveling, it's incredibly difficult to pack a bag that will help you maintain your sanity. In order to actually look good on the go and adhere to the classic Boy Scout motto of "Be Prepared," you need to know how to get the most utility out of your bag packing.
Side Effects of the Morning After Pill
It can happen to even the most responsible woman; for one reason or another, you had unprotected sex. You don't want kids, or aren't ready for them yet—but what can you do? Well, thanks to modern medicine, you can take the morning after pill.
Best Rated Skin Care Products on Amazon Every Woman Needs to Try
Your skin is the largest organ you have, and if you want it to treat you well, you will need to make sure to take care of it. Not using any skin care products or not bothering with a skin care routine of your own is a surefire way to quick wrinkles, bad acne, and an overall dull complexion.
Domestic Violence: Is More than Romantic Abuse
A group of women and I came together to work for progressive and meaningful changes for women in our community. We all have many things in common, such as we advocate as women of color for people of color. What we have all learned is that we all have a passionate regard to work for the end of Domestic Violence.
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a monthly storm that affects an estimated 3–10% of all menstruating women. It's an intense inner upheaval that can leave a path of functional, relational, and emotional damage in its wake. In fact, many women with PMDD feel like the 10-14 days of symptoms every month requires the remaining days just to catch up or make up. It can feel like life's ship never quite leaves port before it all starts over again. The pain and discomfort are real, but there's no need to suffer more than necessary. If you are one of the unfortunates who experiences this unique monthly curse, here are some important things to remember to help you weather the storm:
How To Get Birth Control Without Seeing A Doctor
Birth control is not just about avoiding pregnancy. For many women, it helps regulate hormones, improve PMS symptoms, and also just make life easier.
What to Know About Getting Off Birth Control
Being diagnosed with a hormone disorder has a lot of funny baggage that comes with it. For years, I thought I had Bipolar Disorder with a side of psychosis. But, no, it was actually a very extreme hormone disorder showing its ugly head.
It's Time to Move Away From Reproductive-Focused Spirituality
Z. Budapest's rhetoric against trans women and pushing them out of women-only spiritual spaces is still fresh in my memory. It still makes me ill just thinking about it.
What Is the Morning After Pill?
When I was a teenager, I was very into reading about contraception, sexual health, and all that other good stuff. I still am — and that's probably why my sex life is amazing.
Paulita Maxwell: The Woman, the Myth, the Legend
Paulita Maxwell was born around 1864-5 in the town of Mora, New Mexico. She was the daughter of Lucien Bonaparte Maxwell, a wealthy and respected landowner. The New Mexico border with Old Mexico was the haunt of the notorious outlaw, Henry “Billy the Kid” McCarty. Billy was popular with New Mexico’s Hispanic community and often relied upon its hospitality. He was known to be something of a ladies man and had a particular taste for latina girls. Paulita and the Kid are popularly believed to have been lovers and it has been claimed that she was pregnant with his child around the time that he was shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett. According to Billy the Kid historian, Frederick Nolan, Garrett’s wife heard gossip that Paulita was pregnant with Billy’s child, which allowed Garrett to track him to Fort Sumner NM, where Paulita was staying and Billy was killed (Trimble).
Living with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Have you recently heard about or been diagnosed with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and are wondering what exactly that might mean? PMDD is a hormonal sensitivity that wrecks havoc in the lives of an estimated 3 to 8% of menstruating women.
An Idiot's Guide to Feminism
I, like many others, hear the word feminism thrown around as much as empty promises from a politician in election year. Celebrities use it, Facebook and its millions of keyboard warriors use it, so do all the strong women striving to change the mind frames of a generation, but does anyone actually look for the real life examples that confront us? I can say I didn't, not until I tried to lose a bit of weight. So, if I may, I will start from the beginning.