The FDA Just Approved the First Test for Mycoplasma Genitalium, a Commonly Misdiagnosed STI

Related Information The CDC called it an “emerging issue” in 2015, but we wouldn’t blame you if you knew little or nothing about Mycoplasma genitalium (M. genitalium), a type of bacteria that causes a sexually transmitted infection. But despite the bit of mystery surrounding M. genitalium, the infection can cause serious issues if left untreated. […]


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Kate Beckinsale Reveals She Went to the Hospital for a Ruptured Ovarian Cyst

Kate Beckinsale had what you might call a doozy of a weekend. She wound up in the ER with a ruptured ovarian cyst, she revealed on Instagram. Beckinsale posted a teary-eyed photo of herself with an oxygen cannula in her nose, as well as a snap of herself in a hospital bed. “Turns out a […]


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How to Stop Your Period With Birth Control

If you could do without bleeding from your vagina every month, you should know that there are ways to potentially stop your period with birth control. “There’s no medical reason why you need to get a monthly period,” Lauren Streicher, M.D., a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, […]


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A Federal Judge Blocked the Trump Administration’s New Birth Control Rules in 13 States and D.C.

Back in November, the Trump administration released two final rules that would give employers much more room to exempt themselves from providing birth control to their employees at no out-of-pocket cost. But on Sunday, a federal judge blocked those rules from taking effect in several states, The New York Times reports. In case you missed […]


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Pap Smear: Ob/Gyns Share 11 Ways to Make a Pap Smear Easier

It’s normal to be a jumble of nerves before getting a Pap smear. A Pap can feel awkward, intimidating, or even emotionally triggering for some. Good doctors know their patients might have these feelings, and they want to make a Pap as easy on your mind and body as possible. Here are 11 ways to […]


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Shay Mitchell Revealed She Had a Miscarriage in 2018: ‘We Are All on This Journey Together’

It’s always easier to share the celebratory moments of our lives than the challenging ones, especially on social media. But that doesn’t mean those difficult moments don’t happen, and as Shay Mitchell wrote on Instagram recently, those moments can bring us together, too. Mitchell revealed that she experienced a miscarriage in the past year. Because […]


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14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Why Every Woman Should Do It

It’s kind of wild that female masturbation is still something of a taboo topic. This is especially galling when you take the benefits of female masturbation into account. It would be one thing if masturbation were just this thing you do without any potential payoff, but in reality, masturbation—and the orgasms it may cause—can bring […]


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Uncircumcised Penis: 11 Things Everyone Should Know

It’s time to talk about uncircumcised penises. We here at SELF give vaginas a lot of attention, which makes sense. But penises—including uncircumcised penises in particular—deserve their time in the sun, too. Why the emphasis on the uncircumcised penis instead of, well, all of them? I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard a fair […]


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12 Causes of Spotting and Breakthrough Bleeding

In an ideal world, women would bleed out of their vaginas on a totally predictable schedule. (Well, okay, not really, but you know what we mean—in a more ideal world.) In reality, though, spotting and breakthrough bleeding is extremely common. There are plenty of things that can cause you to bleed off-cycle, and many of […]


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