The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates handing out Plan B in schools, and so do I.It was about a year ago that the feds put the kibosh on over-the-counter emergency contraception for women of all ages, despite solid science from the FDA that proved the morning-after pill was 100% safe and effective regardless of age. Instead, the Obama administration instituted a plan that would require girls under 17 to get a prescription for Plan B, while those 17 and older would have prescription-free access at their local pharmacy.
A few months ago, 13 NYC schools made Plan B available to teens without parental notification. Now, it looks like the American Academy of Pediatrics is looking to shake things up, too, and possibly tear down some of those barriers created last year. Yesterday the AAP released new guidelines that urge doctors to prescribe emergency contraception to teens in advance of need, and I, for one, think it's a good move.
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The idea is that pediatricians will counsel adolescents and teens
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- YourTango.com | Parenting – Wed, Nov 28, 2012 2:23 PM EST
The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates handing out Plan B in schools, and so do I.It was about a year ago that the feds put the kibosh on over-the-counter emergency contraception for women of all ages, despite solid science from the FDA that proved the morning-after pill was 100% safe and effective regardless of age. Instead, the Obama administration instituted a plan that would require girls under 17 to get a prescription for Plan B, while those 17 and older would have prescription-free access at their local pharmacy.Read More »from Why Emergency Contraception for Teenagers is a Smart Idea
- YourTango.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 28, 2012 2:08 PM EST
Are you a single mom? Do you find it difficult to make sure your kids eat well-balanced meals? Good news: Help is on the way!
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In this video, health coach and YourTango Expert Tatiana Abend offers some simple alternatives to getting greasy food from the drive-thru window. For example, she suggests using the drive-thru window a little more wisely. "A lot of fast food restaurants," says Tatiana, "now are offering children's menus[,] ... nutritional information[,] ... more healthy options than ever before." So, take full advantage!
Want to learn more? Check out the video above!
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- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Nov 27, 2012 7:28 PM EST
A new wife finds it tough to live with or without her husband. I fantasized about an idealist who could quote Thoreau and Emerson; I fell in love with a Prada-loafer wearing lawyer. I longed for a man who was at least 6 feet tall; I got 5'9"-with shoes on. I dreamed of lazy weekend mornings in bed; Eric worked seven days a week, and for the few hours that he did sleep, he snored. When I accepted his proposal of engagement, I was well aware that I was agreeing to marry a 37-year-old whose dirty clothes would never meet a laundry basket, and who still called his parents "Mommy" and "Daddy."Read More »from The Newlywed Catch 22: Why the First Year is so Hard
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It wasn't perfection, but it was right. In just one date, I had been transformed from a boy crazy, what-if-the-grass-is-greener tease into a monogamist. When I was with Eric I was present in a way I didn't know I could be. I trusted him. After our first fight, I didn't want to slam the door or run away; I wanted us to hold each other and talk it through. I loved him and he loved me back in
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Nov 27, 2012 6:47 PM EST
Can you be a feminist and still be feminine?Yesterday, an op-ed on FoxNews.com - a publication I do not make a habit of reading - sent the internet into a tailspin. Its author, Suzanne Venker, is a woman with whom I'm certain I have next to nothing in common. She's a wife, a mother and a conservative. I'm single, liberal and have no children. She believes mothers shouldn't work. I feel women can (and should) have a family and a career.Read More »from One Feminist's Unlikely Stance on 'The War on Men'
Venker's essay on the negative influence of feminism on relationships and marriage was pummeled by Jezebel, Refinery29 and The Awl - three sites I respect thoroughly and read on the regular. When I finally followed the trail back to Venker's original piece, I fully expected my head to explode from rage. Instead, something worse happened. Something that caused me much more distress.
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I kind of related to what Venker said. (Well, not all of it.)
In the piece, Venker - rather obnoxiously - posits that women of childbearing
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Nov 26, 2012 5:50 PM EST
This is what official scientific research looks like.Think having kids will be your ticket to fulfillment? Not so, says a new study. Might as well save all that energy for a roll in the hay, because sex ranks as the most enjoyable human activity. Perhaps more surprisingly, drinking alcohol, or partying, came in second. (No word on whether the study was conducted in a frat house.)Read More »from New Study: Sex & Alcohol Will Make You Happier Than Having Kids
Researchers from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand used an interesting method to get people to gauge their happiness in real time: they asked participants to rate their activities throughout the day, via text message, from best to worst in terms of pleasure, meaning and engagement -- a technique called "experience sampling." So, although partying ranked second in terms of pleasure, it finished 10th in meaning.
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While I can understand a hookup being more enjoyable than chasing around a screaming toddler, I find it a little troubling that sex also ranks number one in terms of meaning and
Got cold feet?Are you feeling anxious about your upcoming wedding? Sick to your stomach? Having bad dreams? Does the sight of the dress fill you with dread? Feeling like you may have made a mistake saying "yes" or proposing?Read More »from The 9 Most Common Causes of Pre-Wedding Jitters
If you answered yes, you are experiencing pre-wedding jitters. This is your subconscious telling you that something is not right and you need to listen to it. It may be that you are nervous about your own ability to be a husband or wife, anxious that your fiancé can't be the spouse you need or both.
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Having wedding jitters does not mean that the marriage is doomed or that it is time to call off the wedding. But all jitters mean that an intervention is needed. Something is making you anxious and you need to understand what it is.
We all have an internal compass that guides us in our life and when we go against it, there is a reaction. At first, you feel a gentle tugging at the back of your brain; something
Do you appreciate the importance of gratitude in your relationship?"Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma'am" - a cryptic phrase made popular by an old Dean Martin song - was obviously written from a man's point of view. It epitomizes the kind of glib, get-it-overwith quickie that immediately makes many women cringe.Read More »from How Gratitude Helps Relationships
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But how often do we girls virtually do the same thing - say things we really don't mean, outside the bedroom? We're so programmed with "please" and "thank you" manners from an early age, we say "how are you" and "thanks" so often, they automatically come rolling out of our mouths, almost without thinking.
Yet, do we mean it? Are we really, sincerely interested when we ask, or thankful when we say it? I'll be honest, not usually.
Try responding to that obligatory "How are you?" with the details of your day or your aching back and watch how fast you get that look of shock and annoyance that you're actually answering. Superficiality seems to be the norm now in so many ways. Deep, sincere thank
- YourTango.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Nov 21, 2012 1:42 PM EST
Two women come clean about what's it's like to date and be intimate when you're au naturale.Patricia, 31, a doula who lives in Carterville, IL:Read More »from Forget No-Shave November! These Women Wear Body Hair All Year Long
"When I was dating I used to refer to my armpit hair as my 'superficiality filter.' I think it worked pretty well, though I also think I met guys who had 'hairy girl' on their must-bone bucket lists. I'm married now, but back in my single days I was brazen about my hairy legs. Men simply didn't approach me if they weren't into it. I had one boyfriend, though, who wouldn't introduce me to his grandmother because of my hairy legs. That bummed me out, but didn't deter me.
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I was 18 when I quit shaving; it was just after high school graduation. I had known other women who didn't shave, and I began to identify with them. I had started to realize that the ritual of women removing all their body hair is dictated by consumerism and fear-based marketing. In short, it's about buying products. I thought, I shouldn't have to spend a lot of money to remove something that's a part of me; it
- YourTango.com | Beauty – Wed, Nov 21, 2012 12:51 PM EST
A fresh face is the best face.Wondering what to wear on a first, second or fifth date? Your outfit says a lot, but your makeup can say just as much - if not more - about your attitude. Nonverbal communication - even through your appearance - speaks volumes, especially with someone new.
Keep some of these tips in mind to figure out what signals you might be sending with this season's beauty trends.
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- YourTango.com | Beauty – Wed, Nov 21, 2012 12:07 PM EST
Have you recently had a baby? Are you so exhausted that if you rested your head on your desk you would be out like a light? Do you wish you could look alert and fresh for your coworkers and friends? You're in luck!
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In this video, author, makeup blogger and YourTango Expert Christina Farrell provides tips on using makeup to hide exhaustion and feel fresh. Obviously after having a baby, any new mother is going to be tired and overwhelmed, and Farrell says you should never let anyone look down on you for feeling that way. However, she does have some tricks up her sleeves to help.
"Keep some simple skin care products by your bed side the last thing you want to do when you're tired is go to the bathroom to do a full skincare routine. You want to hit the pillow. So if keep if you keep it right next to where you're about to fall asleep you won't forget and you will wake up looking a lot more refreshed Read More »from VIDEO: How Makeup Can Help New Moms Look Less Exhausted