Wellbeing

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 12:15 AM   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.

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.

Only children rule

Enough with the 'only child' shaming

There is virtually no evidence to suggest that being an only child leads to any problems, or any more problems than any other type of upbringing

Paul Chai   New studies show they are the way of the future, FYI.

Flip The Bird

The simplest act of defiance to encourage in your daughter

"I counted every calorie and wrote down everything I ate."

Jane Caro   Jane Caro counted calories to feel a sense of power as a young woman. She says 'flipping the bird' is a far healthier approach.

Death metal cured my hatred for yoga

Metal Bones Yoga.

Virginia Pelley   As we raised our arms high in warrior pose, the instructor shouted "Make your devil horns!"

Radical empathy

The ways trying to cheer someone up can backfire

"The fallout from failed bids to boost our friends' moods can also take a toll on our own well-being."

Katherine Schreiber   And how to avoid potentially awkward or hurtful conversations.

Pregnancy loss

Why are we still sweeping miscarriage under the carpet?

"It is quite incredible that there is so much mystery around an issue that affects 147,000 Australian couples a year."

Catherine Rodie   Until we increase awareness of pregnancy loss, women who experience it will continue to suffer in silence.

Sensitive stomach

How to soothe a sensitive stomach

Beat the bloat and soothe your bellyache.

Paula Goodyer   A few changes to your diet can help alleviate the symptoms associated with those three annoying letters: IBS.

Mindfulness

Can mindfulness be helpful for children?

Mindfulness

Alice Smellie   You bet, writes Alice Smellie - and it's like a breath of fresh air.

Ovarian Cancer

Are GPs doing enough to diagnose women with ovarian cancer?

Bridget Whelan underwent genetic testing after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Dan Harrison   Early detection is crucial, but a new study has found almost half of women diagnosed presented to a GP with symptoms at least twice before being referred to a specialist.

Step up

How stepping away from your seat for two minutes will help you live longer

Work

Sarah Berry   It's official - our chairs are trying to kill us.

Brain Power

Why I'm joining Carrie Bickmore in wearing a beanie for brain cancer

Beanie on: Carrie Bickmore delivers her moving acceptance speech after winning the Gold Logie.

Marcella Zemanek   When they called out Carrie Bickmore's name for the Gold Logie, I was beyond thrilled for her. When she took her precious allocated two minutes to talk specifically about brain cancer, I just started crying.

Workplace Woes

5 things to remember when dealing with difficult colleagues

David Brent

Don't let resentment snowball – sorting through problem relationships should be a top priority.

When emotional intelligence isn't used for good

Drama

Sarah Berry   The edge that understanding the emotions of others gives us, can also be used for "malicious purposes".

Burnout Signs

Why knowing when to stop is key to success

Don't wait until you've reached the point of burning out, look for warning signs and sort it out early.

How to avoid burnout and spot the warning signs that you're getting close.

The world's first HIV self testing kit has gone on sale

BioSURE HIV Self Test

The self test kit uses a small amount of blood from a finger prick and offers a result in 15 minutes.

What's so wrong with having a little patience?

A new study by Ernst & Young has found women working part-time are the most productive in the workforce.

Julia Baird   In our bright and blinking technological age, intellectual immersion is rarely lauded. But it should be.

Why do mosquitoes like some people more than others?

"Some people are genetically programmed to be attractive to mosquitoes."

Karen Kaplan   Are you a mosquito magnet? If so, your genes may be to blame.

Technophoria

Do self-tracking devices actually lead to lifestyle changes?

Retailers are dedicating extensive real estate to wearable wellness gadgets.

Natasha Singer   Does the obsession with collecting data on ourselves spur us to change our behaviour or merely increase anxiety?

Real life

Telling people I have genital herpes is empowering

No offence: Ella Dawson says she feels empowered talking bluntly about her genital herpes.

Danielle Paquette   Ella Dawson blogs about dating with genital herpes to promote normality in the face of stigma.

Period Project

How do homeless women deal with their periods?

#TheHomelessPeriod addresses the monthly misery faced by homeless women.

Kathleen Lee-Joe   The government provides condoms at homeless shelters, so why not tampons?

Michelle Bridges

Michelle Bridges: Where to learn more about nutrition

blueberries

Our expert offers nutrition advice, suggests a workout makeover and serves up a healthy stir-fry.

Enough catcalls

Meet the woman mapping street harassment in Brazil

Street harassment incidences documented in Sao Paolo.

Enough with the catcalls.

Happiness scent

The happiness we transmit through smell

Humans can detect whether another person is feeling joyful by their scent.

Sarah Knapton   It is said that happiness is contagious and now scientists believe they may know why.

#LoveYourLines

#LoveYourLines campaign has women embracing stretch marks

#LoveYourLines encourages women to share pictures and embrace their stretch marks.

Because we've earned these stripes.

Night moves

Perchance to dream: we often stress too much about the quantity and quality of our sleep, say experts.

Evelyn Lewin   Just when you thought you knew everything about sleep, the rules have changed.

Workplace empathy

Emotional intelligence boosts workplace performance

Stocksy work woman DL

Sarah Berry   Knowing and empathising with what other people feel is key to our humanity.

Egg donation

Fertility clinic offers $5000 to egg donors

I was a "universal reactor" – allergic or sensitive to everything on earth except porcelain, glass and steel.

Craig Butt   A fertility clinic chain is offering $5000 to cover the expenses for women who donate eggs, a first for Australia that is raising concerns about whether the sum could act as an inducement.

Life in a bubble

Universal reactor: being allergic to so much forced the author to move to the New Mexico desert.

Diane Thomas was diagnosed as being allergic to almost everything. She tells how she has coped with multiple chemical sensitivity.

No one can understand why this girl was sent home for her 'inappropriate' outfit

The offending outfit, which has since drawn attention to the victim-blaming and body-shaming nature of some school dress codes

One American high school may have deemed this outfit too inappropriate for the classroom - but 90,000 people have disagreed.

Stress less

The most common sources of everyday stress

woman

Michael Koziol   "Don't sweat the small stuff" is a common refrain. Yet so often we do exactly that, research shows.

Stigma means poor mental health and high drug use for LGBT Australians

Man

Miki Perkins   Australia's largest survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people shows it remains difficult for many people.

Anti-vaxxers

Does attacking anti-vaxxers do more harm than good?

Caucasian baby girl with bandage on arm

Amy Corderoy   Online debates about whether vaccinations are safe are unlikely to convince doubters to vaccinate.

Moody blues

Why the PMS myth is bad for women

"I could have PMS, you could have PMS, my dog could have PMS."

Sarah Berry   PMS has been so broadly defined it could apply to almost anyone... yes, even your dog.

Stop comparing women's body shapes to pieces of fruit

"As a queer woman, there's something about attending an event you can't legally host yourself that can dampen the fun." - Maeve Marsden has some useful rules for happy couples and guests navigating their special day in an unequal world.

Kasey Edwards   Categorising female "body types" is just body shaming dressed up as diversity.

Internet junkies

Is the Internet giving us all ADHD?

Many trolling victims are online as part of their professional work. What are employers doing to protect their employees from harm online? Not much, it seems.

Caitlin Dewey   Many of us have grudgingly accepted perpetual scatterbrain as a hallmark of modern life, as unavoidable as Facebook and the Kardashians.

Clementine Ford

The questionable science of 'attractiveness' studies

"The answers are invariably sought through the input of heterosexual men"

Clementine Ford   A eulogy to research funding spent on the optimal curviness of female butts.