Walk-in Vagina installed in Johannesburg Women's Prison, via @mydearvagina
Hey Brazen Friends,
So much has been happening this week. While Rob (my co-founder) and I have been hammering out the final edits on the soon-to-launch Brazen app, we found out that one of our brand crushes has been silently poisoning our crotches, teenaged girls probably don’t need pelvic exams, and Gen X women are really struggling with the pressure of trying to have it all. It made me realize that the need to build a unequivocally trustable women’s health company is real. That is what I spend every day and night working on for you. Check out the details in the articles below and shoot me an email with your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you!
How to choose the right supplements (for your period & in general)
Before you can figure out which supplements will help you, you need to figure out if you even need supplements at all. This article breaks down how to know if supplements are a good fit for you or just a waste of money, and – if you do need supplements – how to choose them. (Spoiler alert: some supplements come in hard-to-digest forms and/or contain crap like endocrine disruptors, which cause you more harm than good!)
Illustration via The Lily
Pelvic exams are unnecessary for most young women!
New research shows that in most cases pelvic exams (you know, the uncomfortable part when your gyno sticks 2 fingers in you?) are unnecessary for young women. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says they’re generally not recommended for women under 21 and beyond being unnecessary, they might actually cause harm. A recent study found that most Pap smears being performed on young women are unnecessary too. Get details on the research and read the reactions from several OB/GYNs here. (Also, share this with all the under-21 people with pussies in your life! They deserve to know this before their next gyno visits.)
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Thinx period underwear has toxic chemicals in the crotch 🙁
Some of our team members use(d) and love(d) Thinx, so we are especially bummed to read and share this: A scientist at Notre Dam tested unworn Thinx period underwear and “discovered polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on the inside layers of the crotch. These are chemicals known to be toxic to humans, even at very low levels, and have been linked to cancer and fertility problems. That’s right, they were found in the exact undergarments closest to the wearers’ vagina—a particularly absorbent part of a woman’s body."
Do you have a (not Thinx) period underwear rec? If so, please reply to this email to share. We’re sad to be on the market for some new ones.
Photo by Emma Vendetta
Alcohol deaths have risen sharply among women.
Overall, alcohol-related deaths in the US increased by 51% between 1999 and 2017. But for women specifically, it went up by a whopping 85%. One potential cause is that women are now more likely to “drink like a man.” That may sound liberated, but “women who match a man drink-for-drink are likely to suffer worse health effects.”
The unique pressures on Gen X women
Author Ada Calhoun unpacks the unique midlife pressures on Gen X women (born in the 60s and 70s) in her new book, Why We Can’t Sleep – and on a 7-minute NPR interview. Listen here.
PSA by @dudettewithsign