Wellbeing

Fighting insomnia

32 solutions for when you can't sleep

Sick of staring tossing and turning?

Laura Newcomer   Sick of staring at the ceiling at 3am? These tips might improve your chances at sleep.

Underage drinking

When should you have the 'booze talk' with you kids?

That moment comes earlier than adults might expect, according to a new report.

Brady Dennis   That moment comes earlier than adults might expect, according to a new report.

#Blessed

How the internet might actually makes us happier

Internet users are more satisfied with their lives than non-users.

Caitlin Dewey   The web has supposedly filled us with FOMO, made us fake and torpedoed love. But it has also made us measurably happier.

The most sexist requests I've had as a beauty therapist

These demands from men are upsetting, particularly when the woman ends up having to pay for the beauty treatments.

Kasey Edwards   These demands from men are upsetting, particularly when the woman ends up having to pay for the beauty treatments.

Power of giving

The physical and psychological benefits of generosity

Research shows people are happier when they give.

Terri Yablonsky Stat   If there's a magic pill for happiness and longevity, we may have found it.

Work stress

Working lots of overtime? Study reveals long-term health complications

Concern has also been growing over the impact of long hours on a person's health.

Ariana Eunjung Cha   If you're a hard-charging workaholic who practically sleeps at the office, this research should give you pause.

Project Harpoon: The fat-shaming movement that needs to be stopped

Celebrities like Rebel Wilson and Lena Dunham have been targeted by 'Project Harpoon'.

Kasey Edwards   A group of anonymous online anti-fat warriors have been congregating on 4Chan and Reddit and targeting high profile women.

Going under

Anonymous essay exposes horrifying treatment of anaesthetised female patients

The first incident "reeked of misogyny and disrespect - the second reeked of all that plus heavy overtones of sexual assault and racism".

Ariana Eunjung Cha   Editors of a US medical journal published the essay in the hope it will "gnaw on the consciences of readers who may recall an instance of their own repugnant behaviour".

Sexual desire

'Pink pill' for women's libido may come to Australia

The first drug approved in the US to treat low sex drive in women could be coming to Australia.

Julia Medew Health Editor   The company behind the world's first drug approved to treat low sexual desire in women is hoping to bring the "pink pill" to Australia.

Drugs & Alcohol

Can you catch addiction from your parents?

Drinking: Pleasure or problem?

Paula Goodyer   Like heart disease and some cancers, the risk of getting into trouble with alcohol or drugs can run in families.

LGBTI health

LGBTI advocates fear harm from delay on marriage equality

Advocates say the protracted fight for gay marriage will take its toll on vulnerable LGBTI youth.

Michael Koziol   Advocates say the protracted fight for gay marriage will take its toll on vulnerable LGBTI youth.

Speed check

"We are in control of our own pace."

Linda McSweeny   Is it better to work in short bursts or slowly and steadily?

Royal commission

Children exposed to 'toxic stress' more likely to develop illnesses as adults

Childhood stress has been linked to mental illness later in life.

Bianca Hall   It often comes from dysfunctional parents, family violence or severe poverty, the royal commission was told.

IVF research

In IVF, frozen donor eggs lag behind use of fresh eggs

The results offer the first side-by-side comparison of the two processes.

Karen Kaplan   The results offer the first side-by-side comparison of the two processes.

Period age

The dark side of the declining puberty age

Being forced to grow up before they are ready can be very damaging mentally and physically.

Being forced to grow up before they are ready can be very damaging mentally and physically.

White lies

The risks of lying on the job

Lies are harder than ever to maintain in this age of social media.

Kate Jones   Lies are harder than ever to maintain in this age of social media.

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#TransHealthFail

Transgender people are telling their horrible #TransHealthFail stories

One of the transgender people who shared his story with MyTransHealth.

"A therapist once told me she wouldn't use my preferred because in 'the real world' nobody would see me as male."

Women and suicide

The disturbing numbers on women and suicide

Clare's Law.

Jenna Price   The rate and number of women who kill themselves is immovable. And there is another number that is soaring.

Fat bias

Everything you thought about your PE teacher was true

Did your PE teacher treat you like a loser? They may have had anti-fat bias.

Amy Corderoy   If, like me, you were a fat kid, this will probably not come as a surprise to you.

Bush walking

How walking in nature affects mental health

Researchers scrutinise what effect a walk might have on a person's tendency to brood.

Gretchen Reynolds   Researchers scrutinise what effect a walk might have on a person's tendency to brood.

Disordered eating

When cancer triggers (or hides) an eating disorder

Rape

Sophia Kercher   Anything that affects body image, weight loss or weight gain, can trigger a dormant illness.

IVF ethics

Should couples using IVF be able to choose the gender of their babies?

A 2013 Roy Morgan poll found only one in five Australians supported gender selection.

Harriet Alexander   This is one of the questions being considered in a radical reshaping of the ethical guidelines.

Filling in blanks

My bizarre, panicked life as a blackout drinker

If you don't remember a thing — did it really happen?

Sarah Hepola   Every problem drinker struggles with denial, but blackout drinkers have a particular burden. If you don't remember a thing — did it really happen?

Have your cake

 

Susie Burrell   Tend to go overboard at special celebration meals? Susie Burrell gives her tips for indulging but not overdoing it.

Body Positivity

#Project WomanKIND is the web series every woman should watch

#Project WomanKIND is on a mission to inspire body-positive thinking.

Kathleen Lee-Joe   "Your sense of self-worth is not relevant nor proportional to your shape or your size, or of anyone else's."

Stressed out

At what age are we most stressed?

Women were under more pressure than men with 46 per cent reporting suffering a lot of stress.

Rachel Browne   A new study found 99 per cent of Australians this age are experiencing stress.

Pregnancy screening

Advanced test for fetal abnormalities too costly for most women

Erin Mullins Grech opted to undergo the subsidised maternal serum screening in order to be as informed as possible about her pregnancy.

Craig Butt   Academics call for non-invasive prenatal test carried out at about 10 weeks to be made more widely available.

Smartphone symptons

Your smartphone knows if you're depressed

It isn't a theory but a fact to say that your smartphone knows more about you than you do.

Ariana Eunjung Cha   It isn't a theory but a fact to say that your smartphone knows more about you than you do.

Fighting discrimination

New gender and sexuality commissioner to fight LGBTI discrimination

Rowena Allen was the founding CEO of welfare group UnitingCare Cutting Edge and established the state's first rural support group for young LGBTI people.

Benjamin Preiss   Helping people to retain their jobs after changing genders will be a top priority for Victoria's first gender and sexuality commissioner.

Relationship realities

What personalities make the best couples?

Results: women are less satisfied with their relationships than men are.

Lucy Battersby   Ten years of surveying has delivered one overwhelming fact: women are less satisfied with their relationships than men are.

Women's health

The risks of self-diagnosing gynaecological symptoms

How do you know when your common symptoms are a sign of something more serious?

Jo Waller   The balance between rushing to the doctor for every twinge and leaving it too late when something is really wrong.

Breaking taboos

Should you tell your boss if you’re depressed?

"A culture of silence allows long-held stereotypes to flourish."

Nick Baber   There is still so much stigma around mental illness. Is 'outing' yourself too great a risk?

Is it time to sell the pill over the counter?

There are no major health concerns associated with OTC birth control.

Ruby Hamad   Administered with caution, this could be a major win for women.

The social media posts that are bad for our health

Researchers found only five minutes of exposure to unrealistic social media images led to increased body dissatisfaction

Amy Corderoy   Researchers found only five minutes of exposure to unrealistic social media images led to increased body dissatisfaction

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Why do women outlive men?

Men and women born in the 19th century had roughly similar life expectancies.

Sasha Harris-Lovett   It turns out, the gender difference in life expectancy is fairly recent.

Women don't have to put up with painful sex

Many Australian women are suffering from a condition that makes sex uncomfortable, if not impossible.

Matty Silver   Many Australian women are suffering from a condition that makes sex uncomfortable, if not impossible.

Two words to make you happier, less regretful and more successful

Clear skies: Swapping "the best" for "good enough" may increase our chances of happiness.

Sarah Berry   They are powerful words that won't sit well with perfectionists.

Internet brain

The internet is ruining your memory

Do you use the internet as an extension of your brain?

Andrea Peterson   Do you use the internet as an extension of your brain?

Blue days

Why it's normal not to be happy all the time

Living in a world where there's an overemphasis on being happy can actually have just the opposite effect.

Amy Eisinger   Living in a world where there's an overemphasis on being happy can actually have just the opposite effect.

Yasmin complaints

Stroke victim joins class action against makers of popular contraceptive pill

No warnings: Stroke victim Amy Walker with her daughters Eve, Milly and Ada.

Chloe Booker   "I was terrified I would always be this way. The pill needs to come with a much higher warning."

Child doctors improve Indigenous health where governments have failed

Rhonda-Lee Lardner, 8, is learning about hygiene, traditional and bush medicine as part of the Dhalayi doctor program at St Joseph's Primary School in Kempsey.

Julie Power   They nag parents and friends to keep themselves and their homes clean, smoke outside, buy healthier food and blow their noses properly.

Healthy kids

Kids with same-sex parents are no worse off, study finds

No difference was found in the psychological, behavioral or educational outcomes of the children.

Shelby Sebens   No difference was found in the psychological, behavioral or educational outcomes of the children.

Yoga haters

Why I can't stand yoga and the show-offs who swear by it

Can't see the benefits of lying on a foam mat in a room that smells like feet, with your legs bent over your head? Claire Cohen's on your side.

Claire Cohen   Can't see the benefits of lying on a foam mat in a room that smells like feet, with your legs bent over your head? Claire Cohen's on your side.

Etsy Inquisition

Self-described witches are protesting Etsy's crackdown on 'metaphysical' products

Self-described priestesses and witches have protested the Etsy crackdown.

Caitlin Dewey   "I do believe the actions of Etsy are in fact, discriminatory toward Wiccan and Pagan faiths."

Pillow talk

Does having more sex make you happy?

Telling people to have more sex won't necessarily make them happier.

Nicky Phillips   Or is it just that happy people have more sex?

Stop calling women who choose homebirth 'selfish'

All of this debate, all of these headlines, all of these obstetric authorities are ignoring one astoundingly obvious factor: maternal autonomy.

Whether or not we agree with her birth choices, a woman's right to autonomy should remain unequivocally.

Why is the sound of our own voice so cringey?

Your voice as you hear it is very different from the voice the rest of the world perceives.

Rachel Feltman   Believe it or not, there is actually some science behind the cringe.

The torture of small talk for socially anxious people

Burning out is a risk, but it's one that can be managed with careful consideration.

Sian Prior   Engaging in chit-chat with strangers is a peculiar form of torture for shy people, writes Sian Prior. But there is a solution.

Endometriosis can increase risks in pregnancy, study finds

It's long been known that women with endometriosis have difficulties getting pregnant.

Margaret Scheikowski   It's long been known that women with endometriosis have difficulties getting pregnant.

The weird tricks experts use when they can't sleep

"I count backwards from 300 by threes."

Jeff Cattel   They range from massaging their eyes to doing some difficult math.

Period Pants

Will these new underpants mean the end of tampons forever?

A US start-up has created stain resistant, moisture-absorbing underpants that can replace (or supplement) the need for pads and tampons.

Sarah Oakes   Absorbent, stain-free underwear? It's the kind of innovation that would have been prioritised decades ago if men menstruated too.

Pregnancy is twice as deadly for indigenous women

"The increased risk of death in indigenous mothers remains a major concern."

Belinda Merhab   "The increased risk of death in indigenous mothers remains a major concern."

Clem Ford

How not to let online abuse get to you

"Nothing hurts more than the suffocation you'll feel from letting yourself be silenced."

Clementine Ford   Clementine Ford knows a thing or two about how to handle (and ignore) trolls.

Why sex-ed programs that address power and gender are more effective

"Reports of low power in sexual relationships have been correlated with negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes."

Heidi Stevens   A new study found programs that discussed gender balance within relationships were five times more effective.

'Luxury items'

A brief history of tampons

A little luxury? The tampon.

Sarah Berry   It's a taxable "luxury" item or "a wad of dry f---ucking cotton", depending on who you ask.

Switch off

Why you shouldn't work in the bedroom

"Using the bedroom as a work space makes it harder to unwind."

Using the bedroom as a work space makes it harder to unwind.

Deep sleep

The method used to fall asleep in just one minute

"A simple breathing breath technique that can switch off the stress response and settle us into sleep."

Sarah Berry   A simple breathing breath technique that can switch off the stress response and settle us into sleep.

Sleep cures

Can science make you less sexist while you sleep?

"No matter how open-minded you think you are, you're chock-full of what scientists call implicit biases."

Rachel Feltman   By having subjects go through a bias-diminishing exercise just before taking a nap, researchers were able to lower their biases up to a week after the fact.

Caffeine hit

How coffee can affect your sex life

"A hit of caffeine could perk up more than just your energy levels."

A hit of caffeine could perk up more than just your energy levels.

Narcissism

What does your Facebook status say about you?

"Greater awareness of how one's status updates might be perceived by friends could help people to avoid topics that annoy more than they entertain."

Amy Corderoy   Researchers have discovered we are all basically desperate, vain jerks.