By Yelena Shuster
Right now, you may be more into preventing pregnancy than having a kid. But there are habits to take on now and behaviors you should avoid that will make it easier for you to conceive when you are ready to be a mom. Here's what you need to know.
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1. Always Have Safe Sex
Unless you know for sure that your guy is STD-free, condoms are your best protection against fertility threats such as chlamydia and gonorrhea. If left untreated, these bacterial infections can enter your uterus and fallopian tubes, where they morph into a more serious condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Scarily, one in five women with PID end up infertile.
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Caught early, chlamydia and gonorrhea can be easily cured with prescription meds. But not all women experience symptoms, such as a green-yellow discharge or burning and pain, so they don't know they are infected and never seek treatment.
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- Cosmopolitan.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 6, 2011 4:59 PM EST
By Yelena ShusterRead More »from 8 Surprising Fertility Facts Every Woman Should Know
By Gabrielle Frank
Forget asking your boyfriend how he feels about your future together - that conversation just freaks guys out! Instead, learn to read the signals. If you've noticed any of these telling behaviors, it's official - the guy thinks you're wifey material.
1. He wants to spend the holidays with you - wherever that takes him.Related: 6 Surprising Facts You Don't Know About Men Today
If he's willing to forgo his childhood traditions and chill at your parents' place - or skip family time altogether and take a trip with you - that means he's been thinking about creating new traditions and memories with you.
2. He invites you to his best friend's wedding - without being pushed.Read More »from 5 Signs He Thinks You're The One
Watching a close buddy walk down the aisle is a momentous occasion. And he wouldn't want to share that with just any girl, especially since there are bound to be plenty of "So, are you two next?" comments. If your man invited you (and he seems psyched to have you there), chances are he
- Cosmopolitan.com | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 5, 2011 5:38 PM EST
The salon isn't the only place where you can get a star-worthy blowout.Read More »from How To Master The Bombshell Blowout â€” The Only Hot Hairstyle You Need For 2011
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Make it happen at home by following these steps and start your 2011 beauty regime off right.
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We love Sienna Miller's high-style, low-fuss look. Celeb hairstylist Guido recommends you prep first by rubbing a thickening lotion, like Redken Fabricate Heat Active Texturizer, $13, through damp strands. It'll give extra grip to your brush so you can create a smooth A-list look.
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1. Always work from the bottom layers up when blow-drying your mane - pinning the top portion out of your way helps you better see what you're doing.
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2. Using a medium-size round brush, grab hair at the roots and run the brush down strands, moving the blow-dryer over the brush as you go. Make sure you point the nozzle down; this flattens the cuticle to prevent frizz and keep
By Zoe Ruderman
You've probably been told that one of the first things you should do when you're feeling panicky is to take a deep breath. But according to a new study, not only will that technique not help you calm down, but it could make you freak out even more.
Researchers at Southern Methodist University in Dallas say that found that when a person faced with nerve-wracking situations takes deep, slow breaths, she may feel like she's hyperventilating, therefore making her more worked up. So what should you do when your boss calls you into a meeting you forgot about or you're stuck in traffic? Take shallow, slow breaths. Subjects who did that reported feeling less of the symptoms associated with stress and panic attacks, like dizziness and sweaty palms.
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These results are based on a small-scale study and the subjects were people who suffer from panic attacks (not justRead More »from The 3-Second Trick to Beat Stress
In The Recessionistas, a new novel by Wall Street financial whiz Alexandra Lebenthal, the economic crisis hits the Upper East Side - sending four socialites scrambling in their Manolos. As their worlds and their bank accounts take a serious hit, these fierce females power on, stopping at nothing to get what they want.Read More »from The 4 Money Rules All Women Should Live By
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Lebenthal has first-hand experience with these kinds of characters in real life - as the President and CEO of Lebenthal & Co, a financial advisory firm, she entered the world of finance when she was just 23 and was running the company by age 31. A few years ago, Lebenthal began writing a column on NewYorkSocialDiary.com, where her witty commentary on the people who inhabit the world of Wall Street won an army of fans. One such fan happened to be a literary agent, who convinced Lebenthal to write a novel based on actual events. Three short months later, she delivered her manuscript. Here, she doles out some free
One of Cosmo's most trusted relationship experts, Dr. Seth Meyers, swung by our office recently to talk about his new book, Dr. Seth's Love Prescription, and the effect technology is having on romantic relationships today.
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One of the most interesting tips he gave us has to do with Facebooking. Here's what he had to say: If you've ever started a conversation with your boyfriend with, "I saw so-and-so friended you," just stop. According to Dr. Seth, once you start obsessing over his wall posts, friendships, and tagged photos, you'll never stop. Plus, there's really not much he could say to make you feel better (and less jealous).Related: Hollywood Women Who Date Players
That's because the nagging feeling you're having is coming from somewhere besides his Facebook wall. Figure out why you're feeling insecure (maybe he's been acting distant or perhaps he has a new hot female coworker) and bring it up with him, advises Dr. Seth.
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- Cosmopolitan.com | Work + Money – Tue, Jan 4, 2011 4:39 PM EST
By Bethany Heitman
Messy piles of stuff aren't just ugly; they're stress-inducing. Interior designer Taniya Nayak, host of HGTV's Destination Design, makes straightening up less of a chore.
Mason jars are great organizers: They look pretty and are functional. Line them up on top of your dresser or bathroom sink, and keep hair bands and clips and makeup brushes in them so that stuff isn't loose.
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Shoe stores will often give away whatever boxes they have lying around. Ask a cashier for some, and use them to file documents (like credit-card statements, tax info, etc). Label each box with what it holds, and then stack them in a closet.
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Like to keep magazines (ahem, Cosmo) in the bathroom to read in the tub? They look sloppy heaped on the back of the toilet. Grab an extra towel rod at the hardware store, and install it (it's as simple as screwing it in) within reaching range. Hang mags over it soRead More »from 6 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Space for the New Year
MacGruber star and Saturday Night Live's hilarious Will Forte brings to life good-on-paper dudes who are really just chumps in disguise. Don't say we didn't warn you.Read More »from The 4 Types of Men No Woman Should Date in 2011
This dude skydives, surfs, runs with the bulls - anything for that rush. And he has the sick abs and chiseled arms to prove it. But to keep him happy, you need to be in perpetual motion too. This guy does not like to sit on his ass ... and he doesn't like for you to sit on yours either. And it isn't just a phase. In his late 30s, he'll get into marathons, and they'll lead to triathlons and eventually to the Ironman competition. Yeah, that means a trip to Hawaii ... but instead of chilling on the beach, you'll be cheering him on from the sidelines. Having fun yet?
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Nice Guy with a Chip on His Shoulder
He'll ridicule the "tools who are trying too hard" with bold clothing choices to seem down-to- earth, but here's his dirty little secret: He spends just as much
Financial worries got you down? Here's how to keep the numbers in your bank account up for the new year!Read More »from 12 Easy Ways To Find Cash In 2011
By Lenora Epstein
1. Shave some extra cents off your gas costs by checking out GasPriceWatch.com to find the cheapest offerings in your area. For example, you'll find that the Chevron on Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles is selling gas for 22 cents less than a Mobil station a few blocks down the road.
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2. Nix name brands and start buying generic toiletries and cleaning products in bulk. Better yet, take shopping trips with friends to Costco so you can all split that bulk pack of toilet paper.
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3. Join your local library. You might be shocked to find that its DVD collection is stocked and up-to-date (not to mention totally free). If you normally rent one movie per week from the video store or Netflix, you can save over $200 in a year!
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4. Unplug your
- Cosmopolitan.com | Work + Money – Mon, Jan 3, 2011 6:18 PM EST
The first person to bring a young woman to a tanning salon has a huge impact on her future tanning habits, according to a fascinating new study in The Archives of Dermatology.
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The research, as reported on in the New York Times, found that if a woman was introduced to UV beds and booths by her mother, she is nearly five times as likely as others to be a heavy tanner.
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The subjects whose first experience fake baking took place with mom (40 percent of the women surveyed) were also more likely to have started tanning earlier, at age 14 compared to other tanners, who began at 16.
About 32 percent of the women who participated said they first went with a friend, about 10 percent with an acquaintance, and nearly 20 percent first tried indoor tanning alone.
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