Category Archives: Staying Healthy

How to Avoid the Seasonal Urinary Tract Infection

Illustration by Shelby Gubba

With the rising temperature we inevitably see a rise in the number of patients experiencing urinary tract infection symptoms: burning with urination, the urge to urinate more often, the uncomfortable sensation of not completely emptying the bladder, pressure or cramps in the lower abdomen during urination…sound familiar?

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Why I Went Green With My Period

A first-hand experience with the menstrual cup contributed by Planned Parenthood supporter, Brooke Pennington.

It all began in the jungle, while vacationing in Belize in an area with only backcountry outhouses for sanitation. I couldn’t escape the thought: “It’s a good thing I don’t have my period right now.” There was nowhere to dispose of the typical waste that I was used to flushing away or dropping into discreet silver bins. Anything not totally biodegradable would have…well, degraded the environment around me, but tampons and pads have plastic wrappers and backing.

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Stats (with GIFs) that’ll make you wanna GYT

When was the last time you talked about sex? And we don’t mean the last time you made a “that’s what she said” joke or watched How to Get Away With Murder with friends. When was the last time you had an honest conversation about sex that got into the details — with a friend, a parent, a partner, or a doctor?

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

More than a half a million breast exams are performed by Planned Parenthood annually. 


We’ve all heard the disturbing statistics. One in eight women will get breast cancer at some point in her life. It is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. And breast cancer has a particularly devastating impact on women of color.  African-American women have the highest rate of breast cancer among women under 45 years old, and Latinas are 20% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.

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