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PCOS is a hormonal and metabolic condition that causes pelvic pain, irregular cycles, sleep issues, thinning head hair, extra facial hair, acne, infertility, fatigue and more. It is less than ideal, to say the least. But, as our founder likes to say, diagnoses don’t mean doom. If you have PCOS, or suspect you might based on your symptoms, you can improve it significantly through diet. Here’s a list of foods and nutrients that help treat PCOS. (You can also read more about the cause and symptoms of PCOS here.)
The Power & Roots of Cliteracy
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You might have heard of Australian urologist Helen O'Connell – she was mentioned briefly on the Female Orgasm episode of Explained. She and her team were credited for having “discovered that the clitoris was way more powerful than we'd known." Here’s the story behind that and a look into what Helen and others have been doing to promote cliteracy since then.
Why does medicine treat women like men?
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Since the beginning of medical research, men have been used as the standard and women have been ignored. Menstrual cycles and changing hormones could “complicate” studies, amongst other things. The result? A world of medicine built upon what happens in men’s bodies – which is, as it turns out, quite different than what happens in women’s. Our bodies metabolize drugs differently, medical conditions present differently, and our immune systems respond differently than men’s. So, what happens when we’re treated based on how male bodies work? What can we do to advocate for ourselves and shift the future of medicine for our own protection? Dr. Alyson McGregor shares insights here (and in her new book!).
The Woman Promoting Family Planning in Ghana
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