By snowmentality on A Thing You Should Probably Read If You Use the NuvaRing

I really would like more information before freaking out. What were the actual fractions of women who had blood clots on the Nuvaring vs. on other pills? 56% sounds like a huge increase, but are we talking about, like, 1 vs 1.56 in 10,000 women, or in 10 women, or what? And is the risk with Nuvaring significantly different than the risk with other hormonal birth control?

I have to be on hormonal BC because if I don't suppress ovulation, I get huge ovarian cysts. (Seriously, I was off the pill for less than two months last summer, and landed in the hospital with a cyst big enough to make my ovary twist around and cut off its own blood supply. It was not fun.) I've already accepted the slight increase in blood clot risk that happens with any birth control pill, because when compared to the near-certainty of giant ovarian cysts without it, I know which I pick. So I wonder -- is the Nuvaring really more dangerous than the other pills?

Honestly, the Vanity Fair article also pings my "selling fear" senses a little bit, so I'm inclined to be a little skeptical. I know manufacturers aren't always honest, but neither are lawyers, you know? I'd like more of a look at what actual science there is.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm 2

By OhMarie on A Thing You Should Probably Read If You Use the NuvaRing

I'm so torn about this kind of stuff--on the one hand, I think that the studies that go into pharmaceutical products are not often designed optimally (so the priorities tend to be 1) do the bare minimum to get FDA approval 2) add anything that you think might make a good marketing campaign and 3) don't risk anything that might actually hurt you), but the lawyers who target this type of thing are also SO predatory and overly scary. There's a really good diabetes drug that's almost never prescribed anymore because there were tons of lawyer commercials about a really tiny increased risk of bladder cancer, and it's a generic so it has no pharma company to argue for it.

Add to that the fact that doctors tend to do the analysis of side effects versus benefit in their own heads instead of talking them through with the patient and everything is a mess.

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 12:32 pm 3

By Party Falcon on How My Obsession With Furnishing A Future Put Me Nearly $40,000 In Debt

My darling child. The tale you continue to spin for yourself is glittering and beautifully rationalized. One day, I hope, I truly hope you can see the myopia of it all. I hope you grow and learn. And manage to make your world so much larger and more fulfilled than a perfectly proportioned faux tree.

I felt my hackles rise, reading about your blithe indifference; jealous and spiteful of your waste and carelessness. But as I read to the end, I realized you are, in fact, simply still very young. And there is very little sense in envying or hating the young for their youth or the privileged for their opportunity.

You may have ended this piece, but you don't really have a conclusion. Maybe in ten years or twenty or forty, you'll have the grace and opportunity to revisit, reflect and rewrite about waste and debt and perfection and grief and hopefully, wisdom.

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm 14

By Jocasta Carr on “This book is a warning of how bad things can get for a single man looking for beautiful, feminine, sexy women"

Oh hey, it's almost like economic security and a social safety net give women a greater sense of confidence and sexual agency, and help keep them from feeling that they need to get a man to be secure and have value as human beings! Funny, that.

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 11:14 am 21

By cuminafterall on Mom, What's Happening to Those Ladies' Faces?

Also I misread the tagline underneath the title as "Skin is a choice," which, yes, it seems we're moving in that direction.

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm 7

By victorian rose on The Things We Hide

Fuck you Geoffrey.

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm 28

By EM87 on Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions

Susan Robinson, you are wonderful.

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 2:27 pm 31

By olivebee on Which Song Is Better? Nope, You're Wrong

@Casanova Frankenstein I agree wholeheartedly. I'll sing praises for Hey Ya all day err'yday, in between singing the actual song itself.

Also, not a week goes by where I don't utter "lend me some sugar, I AM your neighbor!" at least once.

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm 9

By meetapossum on Which Song Is Better? Nope, You're Wrong


Posted on August 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm 5

By sophia_h on Which Song Is Better? Nope, You're Wrong

Going through, I was amused to see how many songs on there were written by Max Martin (at least Toxic, Since U Been Gone, and Teenage Dream), the evil Swedish pop genius who composed Britney and the Backstreet Boys' catchiest hits and hasn't looked back since.

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm 1