Women's Health

Suffering panic attacks and breaking out into heavy sweats aren't the only signs of struggling with anxiety. I've realized that anxiety can also be that pain in the gut when we realize we're not in control of every aspect of our lives, or that overwhelming responsibility to take care of everyone around us, or the intriguing reason of why we've had one sleepless night after another.

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Although I can't recall the exact content of sex education back in middle school or the more recent events of high school, I do recall that we did discuss sexually transmitted diseases in depth. Logically so, given that they're viewed as the medieval key hoped to keep chastity on lock.

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There's a trend that has declared the bush is back. But for some of us, it never left.

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Birth control makes you gain weight. Birth control causes infertility. Birth control leads to cancer.

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It was nearly a month before my best friend went into labor, and we were all awaiting the arrival of her baby daughter. She had a routine doctor's visit that she assured me was "no big deal", but seemed to take longer than usual. Less than 10 hours later, my friend of more than ten years was fighting for both her life and the life of her child in the emergency unit of a New Orleans hospital.

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While most 23-year-olds are basking in the accomplishment of graduating college, ready to take over the corporate or creative world in their respective careers or travel, Jasmine Skinner was on the verge of depression after testing positive for the BRCA2 mutation, a change in a gene that is responsible for proofreading cells to check for cancer. She learned that when that occurred, it put her at an increased risk for breast cancer.

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