According to Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS) body image experts, "nearly all of our personal care products are made with at least one, usually several, ingredients never tested for safety." Harmful preservatives, chemicals and carcinogens are in cosmetics, fragrances and personal care products. Fragrances contain chemicals linked to hormonal imbalances, infertility and disruption of brain function. Visit EWG.org to check out your favorite beauty products and see how they rate.
OBOS nutrition experts reinforce that "dieting is notoriously unsuccessful at producing substantial long-term weight loss" and most dieters will regain the weight, plus more. Take control of your body and make real changes. Get away from conveniently packed foods and snacks. The new you starts with the new guide to eating well:
Try natural remedies to kick PMS to the curb and limit the medications you take for that time of the month. Omega-3 fatty acids, acupressure and ginger supplements can decrease cramps by natural pain-killing properties and increasing blood flow.
Expectations of a healthy relationship have changed in the last 40 years. The largest study on singles reported by OBOS states "72 percent of single men and women are happy to live with someone and not marry." Women want a relationship of equal responsibilities and expectations, where each partner keeps her/his own identity yet helps the other partner grow. Women need three things to be happy in a relationship: personal space, their own hobbies and interests, and regular time out with friends.
Yes! That feeling of ecstasy — orgasm — that you might have thought you missed may have been there all along. The big O has a new definition. OBOS states that an orgasm can be "a subtle feeling of warmth, loss of emotional awareness or exclusively physical." Not in the mood? The only tried and proven solution—exercise! OBOS reports that "exercise is the only factor consistently linked to sexual desire and satisfaction."
Breast and cervical cancers are two of the leading cancers that affect women. Women and girls ages 9 to 26 can get the Gardasil vaccination to "protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes 70 percent of cervical cancers," according to OBOS experts. Breast cancer risks can be lowered by choosing hormone replacement only during perimenopause; breastfeeding infants longer; exercising more than three hours a week; and using only ceramic or glass to heat food in the microwave.
Updated health care regulations that may affect you are:
- Free preventive screenings with no copays or deductibles
- Guaranteed time to pump at work for breastfeeding moms
- New limits and cost for abortions
- Birth control, but it may be not covered in some plans until 2012
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