I am a Philly-based freelance journalist and I specialize in covering gender, masculinity, and women's health and wellness.
These filmmakers investigated birth control’s side effects. Here’s what they learned.
When an Emmy Award-winning television host and a veteran film producer decided to create a documentary on the birth control pill, it sent them on a six-year journey.
Executive producer Ricki Lake and director Abby Epstein said that what they learned in the making of “The Business of Birth Control” — which premiered Sunday at the Doc NYC film festival — is that there is a severe lack of awareness of how hormonal birth control affects people’s bodies and their mental health.
World's Toughest Horse Race Retraces Genghis Khan's Postal Route
Before most of the world woke up this morning, 47 riders from around the globe had saddled half-wild horses and set out on what the Guinness Book of World Records has called the longest equestrian race on Earth. The goal—beyond not getting seriously injured—is to ride a 621-mile circuit (1,000 kilometers) of Mongolian steppe in less than ten days.
The Men Who Have Fallen in Love With Romance Novels
When weeks of coronavirus-induced depression became too much to handle, Geordie Lindemann did something few American men admit to: He bought his very first romance novel.
Back From the Battlefields, Soldiers Find Healing Ground
Sixty miles outside of downtown Washington, D.C., the air seems lighter at the Boulder Crest Retreat. This is where some 800 U.S. service members and their families have come over the past year to seek comfort and refuge from the ravages of war.
Everything You Need To Know About PCOS And Pregnancy
A recently published study conducted by the Karolinska Institute and the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare found that babies born to women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) had an increased risk of neuropsychiatric disorders like autism and ADHD.
HSG tests: potential side effects, costs, and what to expect
Blocked fallopian tubes is the cause of infertility in 25%-35% of people with ovaries. If you're experiencing conception challenges, a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) may be one of the first tools a reproductive endocrinologist (REI) will use to better understand the cause of infertility in people with ovaries. This nifty five-minute X-ray exam helps doctors pinpoint if the fallopian tubes are blocked.
You got a positive pregnancy test. Now what?
Finding out you're pregnant may be an eagerly anticipated event — or it may come as a complete surprise. That's why OB-GYN and Modern Fertility medical advisor Dr. Eva Luo, MD, MBA always asks how her patients feel when they first tell her about a positive pregnancy test result.
Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster?
The last year and a half has been filled with uncertainty and lockdowns. But at long last, our lives are beginning to look a little more normal each day — all thanks to vaccines.
So why are mask and social distancing mandates still fluctuating?
What is phantom pregnancy? Here's what we know about this rare condition
A very small percentage of people with ovaries may experience a pregnancy that's real in all ways except one: There's no growing fetus. In cases of pseudocyesis (sometimes called "phantom pregnancy," "false pregnancy," or "pseudopregnancy"), although there's no true pregnancy, the individual still has the classic physical signs — including a swollen stomach, missed periods, and lactation. The pregnancy may not be real, but the condition and symptoms very much are.
When can my younger kids get a COVID-19 vaccine?
After a year of missed sports, virtual birthday parties and Zoom learning, your kids are probably itching to get back to normal life. And now that pandemic restrictions are starting to lift, they may be closer than ever to scratching that itch.
The 5 Best Sex Positions for Female Orgasm
Have you ever noticed that sex scenes in movies, TV shows, and porn follow the same pattern? Despite the vast array of actresses who each have different bodies, their sexual experiences are curiously uniform: they always orgasm and do so in less than three minutes, their orgasms are always loud and mind-blowing, always achieved exclusively through penetration, and always occur simultaneously with their partner’s orgasm. Oh, Hollywood, your knowledge of female pleasure is sorely lacking.
Gestational diabetes: what it is and how it's treated (plus a gestational diabetes food list)
In this article, we're going to break down what gestational diabetes is, what treatments address it, and how harnessing nutrition can help (we’ve even provided some food lists to get you started!).
Is It Safe to Freeze Your Eggs If You Have PCOS?
Women across the U.S. are reconsidering their family planning decisions due to coronavirus-related financial and health concerns, according to a recent study published by Modern Fertility and SoFi.
Premature Births Drastically Declined Around The World This Year. A Yale Researcher Explains What This Means.
The causes of premature, or preterm, birth have long been a medical mystery. But this year, amidst a raging pandemic, the international medical community reported a curious phenomenon: preterm births drastically declined around the world.
How a Trip Around the World Turned This Guy Into a Romance Author
In the vast wilderness of the literary world, a rare form of author exists: the male romance writer. They’re so rare, in fact, that many believe them to be nothing more than mythical creatures. But with the release of his debut romantic comedy, The Flip Side, 29-year-old James Bailey reminds us that male romance authors like himself are indeed real after all.