‘Tis the season for procreation, apparently. Conception rates reach their annual peak in December, with about 9 percent of all conceptions in the United States occurring … now. Why? There are several theories out there, but studies show that more than twice as many condoms are sold in the week before Christmas which strongly suggests an acute increase in sexual activity with holiday festivities. Suddenly contemplating your contraceptive options?
We’ve all had it. That moment of shock and awe (horror, even) accompanied with the question of “how can this possibly be normal?” … in the bathroom. Discharge, while not always pleasant or convenient, is indeed normal and actually required for a healthy vagina. The amount, color, and consistency various among women. And throughout a woman’s life it changes depending on her age, menstrual cycles (or lack thereof), and if she is pregnant. Knowing what’s normal may help alleviate moments of panic or, alternatively, prompt you to seek treatment.
Thanks giving. A timeless practice with both religious and secular meaning, and one that arguably transcends race, culture, or creed. As we anticipate this national holiday of turkey-stuffing, pie-eating, parade-watching Thanksgiving, let us also reflect on the healing powers of gratitude.
Worldwide, it is estimated that 1% of people are infected with HIV. In the United States, one in four people living with HIV are women. Medical advances are enabling people with HIV/AIDS to live longer and fuller lives, but the threat of the virus is still very real. Especially when nearly half of our children [high school students] are sexually active and 15% of those with four or more partners.
According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American Thanksgiving dinner contains about 3,000 calories (serving sizes not applicable on this day traditionally stuffed with gluttony, garnished with pleasure). And that’s just the holiday meal! Many of us hors d’oeuvres our way through another 1,500 calories before and after the big meal. More cider, anyone? Continue reading