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Lissa Rankin's picture

How Can You Get Pregnant?

How Can You Get Pregnant?

Once your parents teach you about the birds and the bees, you know you get pregnant by having sex, right? But what if it’s not that simple?

The fact that 24 million people search the question “How can you get pregnant?” leads me to believe there are a few people out there who would like someone to get more specific.

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Lissa Rankin's picture

How To Have “The Talk” With Your Daughter

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As part of my UbyKotex corporate spokesperson job, I was recently interviewed by Breezy Mama about how to have “the talk” about puberty, periods, and sexual development with your daughter. Since I’m already having the talk and many of you might need to do the same, I wanted to share it with you here!

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Lissa Rankin's picture

What’s Up Down There? The TWEEN Years

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I’ve been fielding questions from tweens and their mothers as part of a corporate spokesperson role with UbyKotex, and for those of you with tween girls, I thought I’d share what has come up!

I am getting pimples, crying for no reason A LOT, have hair under my arms and started discharging last summer, my body is ready but my period hasn't come, is there a timetable?
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Megan Monique Harner's picture

PMS Is My Friend

A couple of weeks ago I hired a business coach to help me stay on my toes with creative ventures in life coaching and e-course creating. One of the questions she asked me was, "What do you find people coming to you for most often?" I had two answers -- business-related questions (like audience appeal), and those centered on relationships.

That day I was PMSing and felt over-emotional, which brought my attention to a complication I am often faced with in my own relationship.

Vulnerability.
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Lissa Rankin's picture

Can Menstrual Cramps Change Your Brain?

While on the road promoting What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend (on shelves now!), we've heard a lot of fabulous questions about today's topic: periods. And not just periods, but the crazy-making, emotional rollercoaster, why-am-I-feeling-like-a-pyscho part of periods delicately described as "mood swings". Yep, menstruation isn't all cleansing and woo-woo -- sometimes it just feels awful. And guess what? Scientists say that a woman's time o' the month is actually changing her brain! Read on...

For almost ten years, I fed my body continuous birth control pills because periods hurt, and as a doctor-in-training, I was simply too busy to be bothered by even mild menstrual cramps. So by the time I stopped my pills in order to try to get pregnant, I had forgotten how much menstrual cramps suck. The first period wasn’t so bad, but by the third one, I was grabbing my hubby, throwing him on the bed, and screaming “GET ME PREGNANT – NOW!”

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Lissa Rankin's picture

Are You There God? It's Me Lissa

Fo' real? FOUR DAYS until the release of What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend! In anticipation of the big launch day (Sept 28), this week we are pleased to publish exclusive excerpts and blogs by our very own Dr. Lissa Rankin. Today's excerpt is all about the time of the month we women have come to know and love so well (sarcasm, anyone?) -- yep, the menses. What was your first period like? Scary? Awkward? Exciting? Read on to hear about the teenage Lissa's much anticipated first experience with Aunt Flow...

When I hit puberty, I counted the days until my period began, just like all the other fans of Judy Blume’s coming-of-age story, Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. Every morning, I hunted for those precious drops of blood, but again and again, I found nothing in my panties.

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A Gyno-Spiritual Approach To Menopause

Holy Vagina, Batman! One week until the release of What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend! In anticipation of the big launch day (Sept 28), this week we are pleased to publish exclusive excerpts and blogs by our very own Dr. Lissa Rankin. Today's excerpt is on the time that shall not be named - well anywhere else, that is: Menopause. Check out Lissa's experiences and personal exploration of this time that most women dread and how we can embrace it with the kick-butt power and grace that make us uniquely female... Enjoy!

I used to dread menopause, as many of my patients do.

Who wants to endure hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, brain fog, insomnia, vaginal dryness, skin changes, and weight gain? But as this life transition draws closer to me, I find myself shedding my fear and beginning to embrace it. I would never want to move backwards in my life. Each year is filled with lessons learned and growth experiences. God forbid I should ever have to relive my twenties, full of insecurities, vanity, pride, and selfish choices. And my thirties, while vastly better than my twenties, were largely a time of walking through life like a zombie, asleep to my true calling, too busy DOING to just BE. Now, I’m in my forties, and I’m loving it.  I’m getting smile lines and grey hair and age spots, but I really don’t give a flip. Sure, the radiance of youth may fade as we age, but we glow with a different kind of light as we step into who we are truly meant to be.

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Lissa Rankin's picture

What's Itchy Down There?

Greetings, Pinkies! We are thrilled to jump into our countdown to the launch of Dr. Lissa Rankin's book What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend that will hit shelves THIS MONTH - September 28 (preorder here)! We're going to start featuring questions here from Lissa's medical blog, based on the book. If you have a question you'd like Dr. Lissa Rankin to answer in her blog, please join the What's Up Down There posse in our Owning Pink community, and be sure to check the book tour page and Team Pink headquarters for all the deets on Lissa's upcoming travels...

Q: I’m 49 years old and every month, I’m itchy, red and sore down there for a few days after my period. Why?

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Help! Puberty! Guiding Our Kids Through The Awkward Years

As I watch my daughter grow up, shedding her toddler years faster than I could ever imagine, I am reminded of my own childhood -- and namely, puberty. Those fabulously awkward years can be summarized in one statement:

Make these things on my chest disappear please.

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