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    PMS is terrible. As if your actual period wasn't bad enough, it's preceded by something that at times feels worse than the flu. There's the bloating and the tummy woe in general. There are the headaches and the inexplicable tears. There's all the muscles aches and pain and the fatigue. And dear lord let us not forget the cramping. Oh sweet furry Buddha in heaven -- the cramping!

    We all have our tried and true methods when it comes to banishing our various PMS symptoms. Some of these have been passed down from generation to generation for so long that we don't even know their origins anymore. Some are based in hard science; others, well, there's less science involved and more general panic. 

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    All over the country, women are posing for photos with their breasts placed on various objects. This may sound like a post about Kim Kardashian, but I promise it's far from one. These women are putting their clothed breasts on top of counters, benches, and even their pets' heads. This weird trend is called #Mamming, and it's in support of a really worthwhile cause. 

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    Unlike her parents, Chelsea Clinton has been relatively private for most of her adult life, but lately, she has absolutely no problem broadcasting the truth about her babymaking plans. Earlier this month, she admitted that she and husband Mark Mezvinsky plan on making 2014 "The Year of the Baby," and a couple days ago on The Rachael Ray Show, she confessed just how much "pressure" she's under to get pregnant -- from her famous folks!

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    For decades, there have been myths galore about birth control pills. One of the most notorious: That going on hormonal contraceptives is bound to cause weight gain.

    In a recent story on HerCampus.com, Dr. Anne Burke, an associate professor of gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, is trying to set the record straight on that worry many women still have. She notes, "Some women may gain weight on the pill, but most really do not." Instead, she goes on to suggest that women consider "diet, lifestyle, alcohol, exercise, sodas/sports drinks," which might be the real culprits of weight gain as opposed to the pill. Uggghhhhhh. Yes. Because we ladies are so dense that we have absolutely no clue when the scale is skyrocketing due to too many red velvet treats and skipped cardio sessions. That birth control pill script is just an innocent scapegoat. Give me a break!

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    For most women, going to the gynecologist isn't exactly #1 on our fun list. But at the very least, we're pretty confident that our exam will be highly and completely confidential. Eerily, that may have not been the case for patients of a Johns Hopkins gynecologist named Dr. Nikita Levy ...

    Earlier this month, Dr. Levy was accused of secretly videotaping patients by wearing a pen around his neck that may have been used to conceal a camera. An employee told hospital officials of her suspicions on February 4, and officials soon discovered devices similar to the one described by the employee in the office, on Levy, and "large amounts of multimedia evidence" that he had been recording his patients. Ugh. And as if it couldn't get worse ... On February 18, the 54-year-old doctor killed himself in his home. What. A. Nightmare.

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    An OB-GYN in St. Louis has inadvertently ignited an Internet flame war by venting about a tardy patient on her Facebook page. Dr. Amy Dunbar posted, "I have a patient who has chosen to either no-show or be late (sometimes hours) for all of her prenatal visits, ultrasounds and NSTs. She is now three hours late for her induction. May I show up late for her delivery?"

    The hospital reprimanded her for her “unprofessional conduct,” but some people are saying that’s not enough and she should be fired for violating doctor/patient confidentiality (she also posted that the woman had had a stillbirth -- although I’m not sure how they figured that out if no names were used).

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    Khloe Kardashian is one multitasking reality star. In addition to lending her name to beauty products, PETA, clothing, accessories, etc., Khloe's also partnering with Kotex’s Generation Know campaign to educate girls about their bodies. She even went on HuffPo Live recently to talk about some rather personal, lady matters, like periods and personal odor. Yep, fun! And really, it seemed like she was having fun ... Until Amber Madison, the Generation Know Project Leader, posed a Q that seemed to catch Khloe off-guard.

    She said most women want to know more about what's "bad" and "normal" when it comes to, well, how our vaginas smell. Khloe's response: "Is your vagina supposed to smell? Because mine smells like roses." Uh, pardon moi?!

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    Whether it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month or not, there's almost no end in sight to all the info about early detection and prevention of the disease. It's absolutely astounding and so heartening to see that we seem to be getting more and more well-versed about how we can guard ourselves against breast cancer. And yet, at the same time, we can't forget that there are many breast health issues women experience all the time that actually have nothing to do with cancer.

    Board-certified gynecologist and regular women's health expert for The Dr. Oz Show Dr. Jennifer Ashton touched on some of the most common, non-cancerous concerns your breasts might be trying to clue you in on.

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    Elizabeth Banks may have made us laugh in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and 30 Rock and impressed us with her portrayal of Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games, but now she's been cast in a whole different kind of role: herself. In a new political ad, Banks talks about how at one time, she relied on Planned Parenthood for her most essential health care.

    In a totally awesome, slightly self-deprecating way, Banks explains how she went to Planned Parenthood for birth control, but it was for her "massive migraine headaches" and "heavy flow." Oh yes! She actually talks about her heavy flow -- and how, no, that's not something she feels she should have to talk to her employer about. (Damn straight.) She also goes on to express her disillusionment with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's stance on the organization ...

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    Men don't understand Spanx. My fiance is no exception. He remarked recently that he doesn't get why it's one of the hottest inventions of our time, because the concept of a girdle has been around forever. That's when I had to explain to him, of course, that yes, for centuries, women have had to/chosen to wear similar underwear to appear more svelte and attractive. Spanx is basically the 21st century version of a girdle.

    And just like younger women were expected to wear uncomfortable undergarments around the time they came of age, teens today feel pressured to wiggle into super-constrictive shapewear. Girls as young as 13 say it's a rite of passage -- first, the training bra, then the Spanx. And sadly, the trend is causing slews of health problems for lots of teens

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