women's health

Screening Is Key to Fighting Cervical Cancer

Mastectomy Tattoos

In recent years, tattoos have become a common part of breast cancer recovery. Beginning with a brief refresher on the history of women and ink, Cristen and Caroline discuss the different ways tattoos are providing new and empowering choices for women who've undergone mastectomies.

The Female Insomiac

Women are far likelier to suffer from insomnia than men, but why? Cristen and Caroline put the science to rest on the biological and psychological female factors that lead to sleepless nights.

Do vegetarian and vegan diets affect menstrual cycles?

A Stuff Mom Never Told You listener wrote in a couple weeks ago inquiring whether vegetarian and/or vegan diets can affect a woman's periods. After doing some digging for studies and expert opinions, the simple answer is that there is no simple answer.

Understanding Miscarriage

Miscarriage is one of the most common pregnancy experiences, though rarely talked about openly. Cristen and Caroline provide an overview of what miscarriage entails, what causes it, what doesn't and its psychological repercussions of pregnancy loss for women and men.

"Designer Vaginas": A Brief Timeline of Labiaplasty

Although it isn't a new cosmetic surgery, so-called "vaginal rejuvenation" has become on of the most highly publicized procedures that more women are seeking out these days. The combination labiaplasty and vaginoplasty is meant to tighten genital muscles and diminish the appearance of the vulva, literally leaving less to look at -- as in the opposite of a breast augmentation. Despite the unpleasant (and many would argue unnecessary) process involved, according to a 2011 review published by the International Society of Sexual Medicine, 87 percent of vaginal rejuvenation patients opt for the surgery for purely aesthetic reasons. And as demonstrated in the following brief timeline, it hasn't taken much time at all for "designer vaginas" to go from being hush-hush to headline fodder.

The Trouble With Thyroids

Thyroid disorders are eight times more likely to affect women. Cristen and Caroline break down how thyroids function -- and malfunction -- and why these "meat butterflies" are such a female pain in the neck.

Why is endometriosis called the 'career woman's disease'?

Why does it take women, on average, more than nine years to be accurately diagnosed for endometriosis, one of the most common medical disorders affecting women? Cristen and Caroline explore what endometriosis is, what causes it and why the uncurable condition is still so misunderstood by doctors today.

Why are two-thirds of diagnosed kleptomaniacs women? Cristen and Caroline explore the 19th-century rise of retail consumerism, shoplifting and how kleptomania was invented to help keep wealthy women out of prison.

A court decision to lift age restrictions on purchasing Plan B emergency contraception set off a firestorm of controversy. Cristen and Caroline talk about what Plan B does and its impacts on young women's sexual health.