Wellbeing

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

Comments 3

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.

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.