Millions Of Women Face Astonishing Pain When They Have Sex. Why Don’t Their Doctors Take Them Seriously?

A writer ventures out of his “male bubble” to find a medical jungle crowded with toxic treatments, false diagnoses, and shame.

The case of the vulva that stabbed itself

BRITTANY JONES HAS BEEN TRYING TO SOLVE A MYSTERY since she was 17 years old: Why did having sex feel like getting stabbed?

“I remember the first time,” she says. Now 26, the inquisitive Los Angeles-based actor who asks me not to use her real name says that back then, she was just striving for digital penetration. Even so, there was “this feeling of a knife. I literally mean a sharp pain.”

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This Inspiring Project Aims To Bring Clean Water To A Million Kids In Kenya

Nearly 40% of Kenya’s 48 million people drink and bathe with water from unclean sources.

Here in Western Kenya, it’s hot enough for Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen to have a ring of sweat around his collar. It’s almost always hot enough here to need constant hydration. Vestergaard Frandsen takes a sip of water from a water bottle and leaps like a lion in front of a murmuring crowd of students in candy-colored blue and pink uniforms.

“Jambo! Habari zenu!” bellows Vestergaard Frandsen to the nearly 1,000 students at St. Teresa Sio Roman Catholic Primary School in Bungoma, a remote county in western Kenya. It’s simple Kiswahili — just the phrase for “Hello, how are you all?” — but it sounds funny coming from the mouth of a Danish “mzungu” white person. Giggles chitter through the student body.

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Scientists Stunned By One Man's Successful Fight To Save An Island

Killer plants are invading. His response: We don’t want no shrubs.

Felicité island in the Seychelles archipelago near Madagascar. Photo by Maxwell Williams.

THE GOOD NEWS:

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Don’t Buy Into The Food Industry’s Ridiculous ‘Holiday’ Scams

We don’t need a special holiday for Melba toast

Did you know that, in 1925, the Mayo Brothers recommended something called the “18-Day Reducing Diet” to Ethel Barrymore? Or that the “18-Day Reducing Diet” included melba toast, which basically kick-started an early food trend?

We didn’t either.

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My mom is awesome. A lifelong elementary school teacher, Jane started the first co-op in her little Northern Vermont town. She traded the use of a few acres of field for the local farmer to grow hay in exchange for manure to fertilize her large garden where she grew everything from pumpkins to kale to snap peas. She was anti-sugar before anti-sugar was de rigueur.

Yet she has one fault. Well, two, if you count the fact that she has a tendency to leave her blinker on for miles after soft turns, flustering fellow motorists. But the one we’ll deal with here is that instead of using any number of cooking methods available to humans, she boils her bounty of delicious garden fresh vegetables.

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Food and bathing have a long shared history. There's the old wives' tale that placing cucumbers over your eyes will reduce puffiness. And the newer craze of consuming a beer in the shower has even spawned a few brews made just for that purpose. Now an internet meme takes hungry spa tricks to new levels on Shower Orange, a subreddit that promotes eating the perishable citrus while in the buff.

While no specific health claims are made by the sub (though it gestures at safety with its only rule: No Grapefruits!), users frequently proclaim that the scent of oranges is calming—and consuming them under a showerhead is sure to keep one's hands clean of sticky juices.

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