Healthy Living Women's Health

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    We know how often we should be taking our children for their checkups, tests, and immunizations. But what about our own health? How often do we need to get a physical, a pap smear, a tetanus shot?

    Sometimes it's easy to let our own health care slide when we're so busy juggling our kids' doctor's appointments. We're here to help you, moms!

    We've gathered all that info for you so you have a checklist of your own of sort. It's everything you need to know about which checkups and tests to get done, when -- all in one place!

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    Have you ever found something old and gross underneath the sofa cushions? Well ... imagine finding something old and gross in a much more delicate place. Surgeons recently found a 10-year-old sex toy in a woman's vagina. She's freakin' lucky to be alive.

    You're probably wondering at this point: How the? What? How did she? How did they? Well, I'm glad you asked. Here's how you end up harboring a sex toy inside your lady cave for a full decade. I think you'll find there's an important lesson for us all to learn from this story.

     

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    Whether you’re trying to lose weight, get strong, or just want to feel better, there’s one healthy habit most moms are missing. Even when you’re working out consistently and watching what you eat, skimping on sleep can derail all your good intentions.

    Yes, it's true. Sleep is the one thing all humans need to survive, and it can be the answer to lasting good health. Perhaps you remember it from your pre-kids days? It’s that activity that lasted beyond six in the morning on the weekend. 

    In case you need convincing that sleep should be a priority for you, here are four reasons sleep is so vital, as well as practical tips on getting more -- and better -- sleep.

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    Have you ever been stranded without meds when your period hit? Or tried to go without pain killers because you thought you could handle the menstrual cramps on your own? I ask like these are terrible misfortunes or masochistic stunts -- and that's because I have a history of crazy insane painful cramps. So when I hear "natural remedies for menstrual pain," I usually roll my eyes and say, "Yes, and also tell me about flying monkeys." I mean, is holding a hot pad over my abdomen really going to do anything?

    But hey, you never know. That's why, skeptic though I am, I'm willing to try some of these "natural" menstrual cramp pain relief alternatives to my favorite (legal) drugs.

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    Ahh, the scale. You’ve had a great week of getting your workouts done, and eating healthy, and you step on the scale with excitement building -- how much will you have lost? Three pounds? Maybe four?

    Cue horror music as you look down and see the same number you remember from last week or, even worse, higher. But the reverse is true, too, when you’ve ... um ... "forgotten" a couple of workouts, and then the kids wanted to make cookies, and don’t forget the pizza. When you check your weight on the scale, certain that you’ve gained, doesn’t it feel amazing to see a surprise loss? 

    Why? Why are we tying our mood, and our self-worth, to a number on a scale? "Duh, because I’m trying to lose weight!" I hear you say. I’m here to tell you: The best way to lose weight safely and maintain your weight loss, is to forget about the scale. Get rid of it, seriously. Here’s why ...

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    My period has been stalking me on a Kim Kardashian level for the past year. I feel like I have been bleeding every other day ... Aunt Flo is like the period paparazzi ... and I am worried.

    Rightfully so, said Stephanie Bird, MD, Medical Director of Gynecology, Brigham & Women’s Fish Center for Women's Health in Brookline, Massachusetts. “It’s important for women to pay attention to their baseline because not all bleeding is a period. Any abnormal change that extends beyond one menstrual cycle is cause for concern.”

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    After all this time and experience, isn't it amazing how little we still know about cancer? Take the most recent discovery. Two different studies found a link between moles and breast cancer. The more moles women have, the higher their average risk for cancer, even when you eliminate other factors like lifestyle and sun exposure.

    This could be all about hormones. Women with more moles tend to have higher levels of both estrogen and testosterone. And higher estrogen levels have been linked with breast cancer. So what does that mean? Should those of us with an abundance of beauty marks get screened earlier or more often? Is there anything we can do with this information?

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    If you're a woman with a vagina, maybe you've checked out the lady between your legs before. Not that you'd ever TELL anyone that! But maybe you haven't. You aren't alone. In fact, there are some adult women on this planet who have never actually even seen their vaginas! Their reasons run the gamut. For some it hasn't been physically possible, some had bad experiences that left them scarred and wary. YouTube's own Davey Wavey set out to introduce some of these women to their vaginas.

    Davey put out a call on craigslist.org seeking women who'd never seen their own nethers. He interviewed them, gave them a hand mirror and some privacy, and videotaped the results. When this video started making the rounds, I have to say I was initially skeptical. Was this just an opportunity to take advantage of vulnerable women? What I saw was pretty surprising -- and very touching!

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    Next month, I'll have a year of sobriety under my belt. I've been pretty open about my struggles with alcoholism, but it's never exactly the easiest subject to talk about. Particularly when I can tell that being a non-drinker makes someone else feel super awkward.

    There are lots of reasons why someone might choose to abstain from alcohol -- maybe they're allergic, or pregnant, or they just never got into it. Maybe, like me, they're a recovering drunk. Whatever the motivation might be, here's what we sober moms want you to know ... so everyone can feel a little more at ease.

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    A nap definitely does a body good. This is something even busy urban professionals have realized. That's why, more and more often, you'll find professional napping salons popping up all over the globe! You can usually find them in popular airports or in the city-centers of places like New York and London. We're all workaholics, but we all can acknowledge that closing our eyes for even 20 minutes or so can make all the difference in the world.

    But what if you can't afford to shell out big bucks to get your nap on? What if your 20 minutes happens to fall whenever your baby passes out for his afternoon nap or while you're waiting for the drier to finish up? Yeah. It's not exactly feasible that we'll be able to "pop out" and get our professionally managed expert nap on, is it? But that doesn't mean you can't turn your home into a heavenly oasis of calm -- for 20 minutes at least!

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