Deciding if you are ready for sex is a pretty big step. This decision is complicated and deeply personal. No one else can make it for you—not your friends, your parents, your boyfriend or girlfriend, your teachers or religious leaders, no one. While it’s empowering to be totally in charge of how you express and act on your sexuality, it can also be a bit daunting
Today is February 15, 2018, and to date, we have endured 18 school shootings in America. That equals a school shooting roughly every 60 hours. And we continue to do nothing about it. Our politicians offer generic platitudes to families of victims and survivors to assuage their own guilt, shrug, and go back to their lives.
I recently did a big clean out of all my old clothes and belongings at my Mothers house - the house where I grew up. I came across sweaters, shirts, vests, dresses, and jewelry, all of which I haven’t worn in years. I cleaned with abandon. Nothing was safe.
Imagine a world in which your period and menstrual cycle were no longer a mystery: in this world you know the exact day your bleeding will begin, you are able to validate your PMS symptoms by understanding the changes your body goes through each cycle, and you know not only when something is “off,” but how to fix it, too.
When it comes to protecting yourself from STIs, it is important to understand how they are transmitted. But just as important as preventing the spread of STIs, understanding signs and symptoms, knowing the long-term health implications, how to get tested, and how to treat them if the need should arise are also good things to know. Luckily, I’m going to be going over all of this for you.
I grew up with irregular cycles. I would go months without a period. My doctor often reassured me that wild swings in cycle length is “normal” for a newly menstruating girl, which is true. But what I wish she would have told me is that if it continued past the first couple of years there might be something amiss.
Pelvic Exam. Possibly one of the most terrifying phrases known to the female-bodied population. It is a phrase that often evokes images of patients lying in a paper gown with their feet in stirrups while a doctor places a spotlight on their genitals and proceeds to poke around, for what seems like an eternity.