The Doctors are joined by family physician and sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross to address shocking health topics.
Move over Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca — There’s a new film festival hitting the market. CrankyFest is an online contest for short films about an issue that only women experience: the period. CrankyFest hopes to raise awareness on how menstruation affects women physically and emotionally, while at the same time, change the stigma surrounding that often-taboo time of the month.
• Go ahead. Get cranky! Click here to enter the CrankyFest online video contest.
All funds raised from the film festival go to Huru International, a humanitarian organization operating in Kenya that provides sustainable period packs to women and girls in need. A study conducted by the Girl Child Network found that for girls and young women living in the slums and villages of Kenya, basic necessities like sanitary pads are luxury items, forcing many girls to use crude and unhealthy substitutes. In addition, a large number of girls are reported to miss school every time they have their period.
Since its founding in 2008, Huru International has distributed their Huru Kits to more than 75,000 girls in all eight provinces of Kenya. Each Huru Kit contains reusable sanitary pads, life-saving HIV/AIDS prevention information, as well as information and resources essential for maintaining sexual and reproductive health. Huru Kits are environmentally friendly and locally produced, creating new jobs in Kenyan communities. Huru hopes to bring their solution beyond the borders of Kenya to keep at-risk girls in school, create local jobs in underserved areas and combat disease throughout the developing world.
The New Rules of Attraction?
Can your birth control determine what you find attractive about men?
A new study by the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology reports that women taking birth control prefer less masculine men, whereas women who are ovulating and not taking birth control tend to be attracted to more masculine features.
The Doctors hits the streets of L.A. to put the theory to the test! Plus, see what our Facebook fans had to say on the subject.
Man Up for Health
Men are notorious for being stubborn and neglectful about their health. National Men’s Health Week has been celebrated each year since 1994, as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day.
Did you know that preventable accidents are the No. 3 cause of death among men? From ladder and power tool safety to driving dangers and more, get top tips from Men’s Health magazine editor Peter Moore to keep the men in your life safe.
Surprising Solution for a Better Sex Life
Want to enhance your love life as you and your partner age? According to a recent study, hip replacement surgery might be the solution! Millions of Americans suffer from chronic hip pain, which can have a negative impact on sexual performance and satisfaction. Hip replacement surgery has risen 85 percent in the last decade, as adults between the ages of 45 and 65 are staying active long after their grandparents did. Research from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons found that out of 147 test patients who underwent hip replacement surgeries, 81 percent reported an increase in sexual frequency and stamina.
Cancer Linked to Pregnancy Drug
When model, actress and recording artist Amy Weber was 21 years old — in the midst of a blossoming career in show business — she was diagnosed with Stage 3 cervical cancer, requiring emergency surgery to save her life. Although the news was shocking, Amy knew she was at an increased risk for the disease, because while in utero, she was exposed to a now banned drug called DES, or diethylstilbestrol.
DES is a synthetic form of estrogen that was commonly prescribed to pregnant women between 1940 and 1971 to prevent miscarriage, premature labor and related pregnancy complications. An estimated 5 to 10 million pregnant women and children in the U.S. were exposed to DES during that time. The use of DES declined during the 1950s, when studies revealed that the drug was not effective at reducing the problems for which it was prescribed. But, it wasn’t until 1971, when prenatal DES exposure was directly linked to cervical cancer, that the FDA released a warning and banned the use of the synthetic hormone. Since that time, DES has been labeled an endocrine disruptor, which not only causes cancer, but developmental defects, pregnancy complications and infertility.
After undergoing surgery to eradicate the cancer, Amy was informed that she would likely be unable to have children. “It just wasn’t in the cards for me to be a mom, and that hurt,” Amy says.
Despite the odds against them, Amy and her husband tried in vitro fertilization, which resulted in Amy becoming pregnant with twins. However, tragedy struck during Amy’s 9-week ultrasound, when her obstetrician was unable to hear the babies’ heartbeats, and they were pronounced dead in the womb.
In May 2009, Amy was finally able to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother. See what she went through during her high-risk pregnancy, and meet her family!