The European manufacturer of NorLevo, an emergency contraceptive pill that’s identical to many of the most popular morning-after pills sold in the US, announced that they’ll be changing their packaging to warn consumers that it may not work for some overweight and obese women. The FDA has announced that they’ll review the data and decide whether or not to require a similar warning. A closer look shows that their numbers may not be 100% accurate, but unfortunately, this isn’t the only problem with EC pills containing this hormone. Read on to find out what the media’s getting wrong and what you need to know. Continue reading
Trigger Warning: Discussion of eating disorders and Halloween candy. Continue reading
In the past, I’ve written a fair amount about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, covering subjects like parenting, managing expectations, and just how I think I got it in the first place. Because I am still a relatively busy person when it comes to writing and involvement in my local creative community, it’s important that people have information about how this misunderstood condition affects a person’s life. I have limitations in what I can accomplish on any given day, but if I can use some of that available energy to help one more person understand why, then I have done some good. Besides, I’m certainly not the only one struggling with this illness, and the more information the public has, perhaps the sooner we will be able to effectively treat it.
Content warning: discussion of chronic illness, discrimination, dieting, sizeism, weight gain/loss
A year ago at this time I was 25 lbs. (11 kg) lighter, but not at much less risk for developing diabetes after having participated in my Tribe’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The Diabetes Prevention Program is a national program designed to target people and populations at high risk for diabetes and already designated as pre-diabetic. Let that explain how I got involved; according to the American Diabetes Association, “At nearly 16.1 percent, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups.” Continue reading
I spent a year and a half as the community manager for a major tampon and pad brand. I enjoyed opening with this at parties beacuse it always got a good conversation going. As a pro-woman, ra-ra feminist, I genuinely liked working with this brand and I learned a lot about the awesome people who genuinely want to do away with the period shame. Continue reading
TW: talk of size and weight (no numbers)
“I hope no one thinks, ‘Why’d they let the big girl in?’” Continue reading
Why does this bother me so much? I’ve only traveled outside of the country once.
Don’t believe the French when they say they speak â€œgood English.â€ The majority of them won’t get past ten or fifteen words. Do believe that the city of Nantes is worth the talking with hand, feet and dictionary app. Continue reading
Family vacations can be a lot of work. When my kids were younger, I called them family trips, because, really, traveling with toddlers is the exact opposite of a vacation. As my kids have gotten older, however, vacation has turned into an enjoyable experience. Continue reading
Earlier, I was directed to a pair of articles on Yahoo! from two halves of a couple. The first was from a woman who is fat and dating a thin man. The second is the boyfriend’s perspective. While I’m happy for them, and appreciate that they are putting it out there that fat people are not loveless, sexless pariahs unable to find happiness, I’m pretty sick of how a preference for fat bodies is treated like some kind of freak show. Continue reading
Eczema sucks. It itches. It burns. It sets my entire body on a stressful edge. The most popular treatment by my dermatologist is to use steroid cream. When that didn’t work, she upped the level of steroids in the cream. But now I am pregnant. And steroids are a no-no. I have scratched my foot raw because it is an itch that I cannot ignore – I have even shed tears from the pain. Continue reading
Most of the recent abortion debate in the US has revolved around banning abortions after the 20th week. What many people (including lawmakers in at least one state) don’t realize is that there are two ways of dating a pregnancy – gestational age and embryonic age. Gestational age refers to the number of weeks the woman (or man, orother uterus-bearing individual regardless of gender identity) has been pregnant, while embryonic age refers to the actual age of the embryo/fetus. Yes, those are different numbers. Confused yet? Continue reading
Some of you may remember a post I wrote a few months ago about having Turner syndrome. (If not, it’s cool: I have a link!) In it, I spoke about having the condition, but somehow in my stream-of-consciousness writer ways it ended up having a bit of a focus on one aspect of Turner syndrome that (at least in my case and the other lovely Persephoneer who has said she has it too) can be very wearing: the inability to naturally conceive children. PLEASE READ WHAT I WROTE THERE BEFORE COMMENTING. No “Aww”s, please. Continue reading