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When Looks Matter: Solving the Poop Puzzle

August 18, 2016 | by Elizabeth

Holistic nutritionist, Joy McCarthy, has won me over with her fearless, brass tacks poop talk. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, she has a thriving practice and a beautiful website that includes delicious-looking, healthy recipes (check out Detox Veggie Bowl with Dijon Maple Dressing). Her popular post, What Your Poo Says About You!, tells us that “just like your eyes are the […]

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The Blue Waffles Myth

August 16, 2016 | by Molly

  As an educator for Women’s Health Foundation’s Adolescent Pelvic Health Program, I get a lot of what I call “Guinness Book of World Record” comments and stories.  These tales are so outlandish, they would definitely make the record book if true.  An example of what I hear? “My sister’s boyfriend’s cousin knows this girl […]

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How Often Do YOU Pee?

August 15, 2016 | by Missy

  This morning, as I was getting ready to jump in my car to head to the airport, I had an ‘Ah Ha!’ moment as I contemplated going to the bathroom to pee again… just in case. ⇒ Just in case… the huge latte I consumed 90 minutes ago started irritating my bladder, making me feel […]

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Is it IBS or POP?

August 11, 2016 | by Sherrie Palm

What makes a doctor lean toward one diagnosis over another when symptoms are shared by multiple conditions?  Pelvic health advocate and founder of the Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support Sherrie Palm guest blogs on the all-too-often-missed diagnosis of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). Each year, countless women are diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) even if test results […]

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Ovarian Cancer Risk Doubles with Douching

August 10, 2016 | by Jill Grech

Seriously. Stop douching now. Researchers have proven that douching can nearly double your risk of ovarian cancer.  Nearly 25% of women, aged 15-44 years old, still practice this unnecessary ritual …. your vagina cleans itself! Women have been misled to believe that because douches are advertised and sold in pretty packages, they are necessary. In fact, douches […]

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Diarrhea With Your Period? Totally Normal.

July 29, 2016 | by Molly

Updated July 28, 2016 The monthly arrival of your period means different things to different women.  Some women celebrate their fertility.  Others are disappointed to not be pregnant. Some women find their period only a slight annoyance, while others are completely incapacitated by migraines or cramps. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you likely experience […]

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Better the Yeast You Know – Public Service Announcement

July 15, 2016 | by Elizabeth

A number of urgent messages about an insidious and dangerous yeast strain have been posted by highly credible organizations in the past few weeks. As a public service announcement, we think it’s important to share facts as well as the fuzziness – because we so closely associate “yeast infections” with vaginas. This particular public health […]

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WHF Supports Position Paper on Mesh Midurethral Slings

July 8, 2016 | by Missy

  This month, we along with four other women’s pelvic health organizations, collaborated to put our seal of support and approval on a position paper about mesh midurethral slings, because we are constantly being asked about slings by women fearful to go forward with surgery for stress incontinence (leaking when you laugh, cough sneeze, etc.), […]

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