We’re living in a historic time for women and women’s rights, and healthcare is no exception. In response to shifting clinical guidelines, research discoveries and medical advancements, along with socio-cultural issues like the #MeToo movement, here’s what five practitioners had to say about the biggest changes they’re seeing in women’s healthcare.
Sexual violence affects around 300,000 Americans each year — that’s one sexual assault every 98 seconds. Still, as pervasive as sexual violence is, statistics show the majority of these crimes remain unreported — and the vast majority of perpetrators don’t face jail time.
A few years ago, before I had kids, I became fixated on an eating regimen that took a mental and physical toll on my life — and my relationships. Since then, I’ve typically avoided scales. But one afternoon at the doctor’s office after my second son was born, I accidentally saw that I weighed about 50 pounds more than when I started my pregnancy.
Some nights I had just a glass. Other nights, depending on my level of despair or boredom, it was an entire bottle. On days when the trenches of early motherhood were particularly condemning and isolating, my nightly wine ritual gave me a break — an escape — from the sticky, cluttered, anxious life I had pieced together as a new mother. I was “wine mom” incarnate.
I was 1,300 miles away from home when I found out my mom died. Motivated by the freedom that came with college graduation, I’d moved across the country from Minnesota to Texas for an internship. My mom and I hadn’t been in much contact for a few months, since my therapist encouraged me to set a healthy boundary in what I had recently realized was a toxic relationship.
I keep my essential oil collection in a white, house-shaped curio cabinet in my bathroom closet. Tiny glass bottles of lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, and frankincense line the shelves, fragrant with the promise of radiant skin, a balanced menstrual cycle, and a good night’s sleep. You can have it all for the low price of a $150 starter kit, they once told me through my cracked iPhone screen. Oh, plus a free bottle of our toxin-free laundry detergent if you opt in today!
“We need a flight attendant! Now!” The passenger’s sudden, shrill plea for help sent me into panic mode on the sunrise flight from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’m a nervous flyer as it is; then someone passed out two rows in front of me, creating a buzz of anxiety on the plane.
My anxiety is lifelong and probably stems equally from nature and nurture. My mom struggled with chronic illness, mental illness and addiction tied to childhood trauma, so though I always knew she loved me, her instability created an early foundation of anxiety for me, which manifested in panic attacks and an obsessive-compulsive disorder diagnosis when I was 9-years-old. I’ve been on an SSRI medication since then, and I’m almost 30 now.
For me, in addition to the chemical imbalance I was bor...
As someone who’s struggled with anxiety for most of my life, I prepared myself for a rocky postpartum — my mental health had plummeted during my second pregnancy, so I figured I’d also struggle during the vulnerable first few months after the baby was born. But when my baby came in February of last year, by some hormonal miracle, I felt more emotionally balanced than I had in months.
When California legalized recreational marijuana on January 1, 2018, the states changed their drug education messaging from “Just Say No” to “Delay,” using research about adolescent substance use to encourage lifelong health and prevent abuse.
Early in her entrepreneurial journey, Margaret Brown made plans to meet with a potential male client. The situation met all of her safety standards: The two had recently met at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event, and their meeting would take place at his office in a well-known Pasadena neighborhood.
When I became a mom four years ago, I made a mental plan to be as different from my own mom as I possibly could. I would be present with my children; children who would play the leading role in my life instead of a supporting one. I would make the best decisions possible for them, even if it cost me something. And, most importantly, I would do whatever it took for my kids to trust me.