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Designing a Tampon That Can Test for Cervical Cancer

The “smart tampon” would test your blood flow for signs of cancer and other conditions. Read more »

Want to Write a Memoir? Make Sure You Get a Therapist!

Advice from author and comedian Sara Benincasa, whose new book is called “Real Artists Have Day Jobs.” Read more »

Vasectomies Should Be Covered by Obamacare—But They’re Not

Why is the procedure snipped from basic birth control coverage? Read more »

I Used to Walk for the Cure. Now I Work for Environmental Justice.

After my mom and aunt both died of cancer, I realized I needed to focus on the toxins around us.  Read more »

"Wilhemina's War" Reveals How Racism Enables the Modern HIV Epidemic

The documentary is a startling look at HIV/AIDS in the rural South.  Read more »

After Anorexia Killed Her Daughter, a Mom Pushes for National Change

A federal act named in honor of Anna Westin would make it easier to get treatment for eating disorders. Read more »

Audre Lorde Thought of Self-Care as an “Act of Political Warfare”

Self-care can be subversive. Read more »

In Yoga, Carving Out Safe Spaces for Women of Color

The founder of online magazine “Black Girl in Om” talks about the intersection of race and yoga. Read more »

The CDC's New Alcohol Guidelines Treat Women as "Pre-Pregnant"

What year is this, again? The agency recommends that doctors tell sexually active women to refrain from drinking or get on birth control. Read more »

Cut & Paste: Zines About Sobriety

Five powerful zines about recovery, sober living, and finding community. Read more »

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Critical Conditions: For Trans Individuals, Seeking Medical Care Can Be a Minefield

When trans individuals encounter the medical system, they're often met with discrimination and misunderstanding. Read more »