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Your body on…PMS

Your body on…PMS

Two weeks before your period Your brain’s pituitary gland unloads two fast-acting agents, follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinising hormone, into your bloodstream. Both of them direct-message your ovaries: release the egg! Message received loud and clear. Your ovaries jettison their most mature egg into a fallopian tube. This isn’t the V8s though – that egg’s journey […]

Future-proof your health

Future-proof your health

YOUR 20s In your 20s your pituitary gland is firing on all cylinders, namely with human growth hormone, meaning it’s easier to tone up than at any other point in your life. Cash in on this by lifting as heavy weights as you can – this’ll bank muscle memory for your 30s and 40s. “Choose […]

You Can Get the Zika Virus Through Sex

You Can Get the Zika Virus Through Sex

There’s a lot of scary buzz around the Zika virus lately. But how dangerous is it really? To make sure you’ve got your bases covered without slipping into paranoia, we went to the experts to get a handle on what you need to know and what you should (and shouldn’t) be worried about. 1. You […]

Study Finds Nutrient May Offer Women Protection Against Breast Cancer

Study Finds Nutrient May Offer Women Protection Against Breast Cancer

For girls and young women, getting a lot of fiber could pay off decades later with lowered risk of developing breast cancer, according to a large U.S. study. Researchers analyzed data on more than 44,000 women participating in a long-term study and found those who ate the most fiber during high school and early adulthood […]

The sketchy numbers behind Brazil’s Zika crisis

The sketchy numbers behind Brazil’s Zika crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — There are a lot of big numbers flying around as the world struggles to understand and hopefully control the spread of the Zika virus. The epicenter of this apparent crisis is northeastern Brazil, where there has been a reported surge in children born with abnormally small heads — a condition […]

My Breasts Hurt Every Month After My Period —​ Is That Normal?

My Breasts Hurt Every Month After My Period —​ Is That Normal?

Welcome to Rumors I Heard About My Body, a recurring feature in which we answer questions about women’s health in partnership with Planned Parenthood. Q: If your breasts are incredibly tender after your period, should that be concerning? A: Recurring breast pain, like unexpected and unwanted sightings of Donald Trump’s angry orange mug, is unfortunately […]