Category: Health & Fitness

These Lubes Will Make Anal Sex SO Much Better

Lube is pretty much required for anal sex — unlike the vagina, the anus is not self-lubricating and can't get wet unless you help it out. Aside from skipping the necessary prep work, forgetting to use lube is one of the main reasons why anal can be unpleasant for some people.Thicker lubes are best for anal sex, as anal walls are thinner than vaginal walls, and thus require a lube that can keep them nice and slippery to reduce the chances of cuts and tears inside the rectum. Abrasions increase your risk for contracting an STI, and nobody wants that. Overall, anal sex is considered particularly risky in terms of STI transmission, compared to vaginal or oral sex, so condom use is key (unless you're in a monogamous relationship, and you and your partner have both been tested). And because of that, it's important to make sure to use a lubricant that's latex-friendly. Coconut oil and basically anything in your kitchen, for example, can't be used with condoms.Another thing to keep in mind is that the anus absorbs water quickly and can dry out easily when you're using a water-based lube, according to sex therapist Kyla Black. Therefore, silicone-based lubes are usually the safest bet. That said, if you're having anal sex with a silicone toy (like a strap-on or a dildo), or engaging in anal play with a silicone butt plug, go with a water-based lube and just make sure to use a lot. (Silicone breaks down silicone, and you don't want your toys breaking down inside your butt.)Whether you're having anal sex with a penis or a toy, we want to make sure you're having a safe and enjoyable time. Thankfully, there are lubes for every type of butt fun. Read on for our favorite lubes for your bum.This silicone-based lube is the gold standard for anal sex — and for good reason. It's latex-friendly, and it lasts forever. If you lube up with this, you can get it on in the back door for hours. Since it's so thick, you only need a few drops, and therefore it's also a wallet-friendly choice. (Although, if you do plan on going at it for hours, please reapply the moment anything feels uncomfortable).Pjur, $25.42, available at AmazonPhoto courtesy of Amazon.For anal sex lovers concerned about animals and the environment, Sustain is the cruelty-free butt lube for you. It's water-based, which means it's latex-friendly. But if you're having anal sex with multiple partners and using condoms, you might want to consider a silicone option, since silicone-based lubes tend to last longer (which means they're less likely to dry up and cause condoms to break). However, if you're having anal sex with a monogamous, fluid-bonded partner, or with a silicone strap-on, Sustain works wonders.SUSTAIN, $18.52, available at AmazonImage courtesy of Amazon.This water-based lube was created specifically with anal sex in mind, so it has the thickness often only seen in silicone-based lubes. And it doesn't get sticky, which is a plus for those who get a little grossed out by gloppy lube. Unlike some anal lubes, this product has no numbing agents, so if you are concerned about pain during anal sex, double down on foreplay to get your butthole nice and ready (butt plugs are a great place to start). The good news is that this one works well with both condoms and silicone sex toys.Lynk, $8.31, available at AmazonPhoto courtesy of Amazon.This silicone-based lube doesn't contain glycerin, which can be a skin irritant for some people. It's also cruelty-free, which means it's not tested on animals (unfortunately, most drugstore brand lubes are). So when using this with a partner (or while wearing an animal tail butt plug), you can enjoy anal sex knowing that no cute creatures were harmed in the making of this product.Sliquid, $25.99, available at WalgreensPhoto courtesy of Walgreens.When it comes to anal sex lubes, Astroglide is OG. Latex-safe, waterproof, and thick, this silicone-based lube can be found in drugstores across the country, and it's as affordable as it is awesome.Astroglide, $15.99, available at WalgreensPhoto courtesy of Walgreens.If you're enjoying solo or partnered anal play with a toy (like Lelo's prostate massager), trust this water-based lube from the company that creates impeccable (albeit expensive) sex toys. Lelo's anal products — including this lubricant — are a wonderful reminder that cis straight men can (and should!) safely enjoy anal pleasure.LELO, $24.90, available at LELOPhoto courtesy of Lelo.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?These Could Change Your Sex Life ForeverHere's The Truth About This Goop-Approved Sex SupplementHere Are The Best Sex Shops In NYC

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This School District Removed A Book About A Boy Wearing A Dress From The Curriculum

One North Carolina school district planned to take a progressive step toward talking about bullying with their students, with discussions about a book called Jacob's New Dress.But now, thanks to a few transphobic teachers and lawmakers, those students won't get a chance to even read the book.Jacob's New Dress is about a little boy, named Jacob, who loves to play dress up. He takes on a quest to convince his parents to let him wear a dress to school, and then later gets teased by other students in his class when he shows up in "girl clothes."Jacob's teacher tells the class that it's not ok to make fun of him because he's just wearing the clothes he feels most comfortable in, just like them.A group of first-grade students were set to read the book this school year as part of an anti-bullying program, The Washington Post reports. But a few teachers complained that the book taught students to be transgender, and those complaints reached the ears of some Republican lawmakers in the state.Jacob's New Dress was pulled from the school district's curriculum this week, WaPo reports.“The purpose of our elementary schools is to teach writing, reading and arithmetic, not to encourage boys to wear dresses,” Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Values Coalition said Tuesday, according to the Charlotte Observer. “These lessons found in the 'Jacob’s New Dress’ and ‘My Princess Boy’ and other transgender curriculum are not appropriate for any child whose parents support traditional family values.”Jacob's New Dress is not part of a "transgender curriculum," because Jacob never identifies himself as transgender. But even if he did, it would simply be a valuable lesson for kids about bullying and gender expression. It's doubtful that Jacob would encourage any cisgender boy to start wearing dresses if he didn't want to, but it might have helped gender nonconforming students recognize themselves and understand that their feelings aren't wrong or shameful.In a school system like this, though, they'll never get that chance.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Here's What People Really Think About Women Buying CondomsThis Mom's Viral Post About Car Seats Just Might Save LivesMayim Bialik Just Dropped Some Truth About The Way We Talk About Women

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Your Perfect Date, According To Your Sign

Don't get us wrong — we love going to dinner and a movie. But we're always on the lookout for new ways to date, too. And avid horoscope readers that we are, we figured the stars were a great place to look for a little inspiration.We've determined the best kind of date for every astrological sign, based on each one's likes and dislikes. Like we always say, it's totally fine if you don't identify with every single aspect of your sign. If you find that your sign's dating style isn't for you, you should give another sign's date a whirl. The cosmos definitely encourage variety, and you'll perfect your dating game.Without further ado, discover your sign's dream date, whether it's your first or 50th.(Curious if you and your date are compatible according to the stars? Find out here.)AriesYour perfect date: hitting up an arcadeWhy it's written in the stars: You love playing games, Aries. And despite what your haters think, you aren't always a sore loser. A bit of lighthearted competition will set a playful tone for the date. And anyone who's dating you is more than game to keep up.Photo: Getty Images.TaurusYour perfect date: wining and diningWhy it's written in the stars: You crave a bit of luxury in your life — and gourmet meals are definitely in your wheelhouse. Any place with a month-long wait and a shining writeup in the New York Times ought to do. And as much you love being pampered, you always split the check.Photographed by Ashley Takara BatzGeminiYour perfect date: sightseeing in your own cityWhy it's written in the stars: You're always on the lookout for the next adventure, Gem, so why confine your date to a single location? Spend a day window-shopping or book a ghost tour of the historic district in your town — anything that keeps you moving.Photographed by Rachelle Manning.CancerYour perfect date: Netflix-and-chillingWhy it's written in the stars: Why go out when you have everything you need at home? Nothing spells romance to a Crab like instant streaming, delivery, and their own couch. If things get steamy before the credits roll, all the better.Photographed by Natalia Mantini.LeoYour perfect date: cooking for baeWhy it's written in the stars: When you like someone, Leo, you go all in — and that means showing off a little for them when you can. What better way to charm your date than to work your magic in the kitchen?Photographed by Alexandra GavilletVirgoYour perfect date: getting back to natureWhy it's written in the stars: Your earth child tendencies draw you to the natural world. And believe it or not, you don't mind getting a little dirty while you explore. Bringing your camera, binoculars, and a wine-and-cheese picnic along will make a day of it.Photographed by Anna Alexia BasileLibraYour perfect date: taking a classWhy it's written in the stars: You crave new projects, Libra. Even if this is the first and last time you try acrylic painting, you and your date will have plenty to talk about the rest of the evening. What better way to work your gift of gab?Photo: Getty Images.ScorpioYour perfect date: going to the theaterWhy it's written in the stars: Whether it's a modern dance performance, an off-off-Broadway play, or an avant-garde performance piece, you're there. You love the vicarious thrill that comes with live theater and will delight in showing your date that side of you.Photo: Getty Images.SagittariusYour perfect date: anything activeWhy it's written in the stars: You're a sucker for an actividate, Sag. Go rock climbing, paintballing, or even fencing. Anything that's totally new to you and your date is on the table.Photographed by Rachelle Manning.CapricornYour perfect date: casual drinksWhy it's written in the stars: You're not one to reinvent the wheel, Cap. If you can't have a good time knocking back a few at a cozy café, where can you have fun? Knowing you, you'll only want to meet up after work, so mix it up with a Sunday afternoon meet-up at the local pub.Photographed by Bek AndersenAquariusYour perfect date: touring a new museum exhibitWhy it's written in the stars: You love to be on the cutting edge, Aquarius, so you might as well take your date along with you. Soak up some culture at a modern art museum or expand your horizons at the planetarium.Photo: Getty Images.PiscesYour perfect date: people-watching at the parkWhy it's written in the stars: Taking a walk in other people's shoes is second nature to you, Pisces, but you'll love to see others through your date's eyes, too. Spend the day making stories up about people you don't know — then keep the people-watching going over dinner.Photographed by Eva Salvi.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?9 Surprising Ways To Bring More Cold, Hard Cash Into Your LifeHow Do Rosaries Actually Work?This Girl's Letter On Behalf Of Her Brother With Disabilities Is The Sweetest

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Are Your Mood Swings A Symptom Of A Disorder Or Just The Patriarchy?

The practice of calling women "emotional," "crazy," or "moody" has a long, storied history as one of the patriarchy's favorite tools to discredit women and their ideas. But the Big Scary Secret is that everyone is emotional and moody sometimes — and that doesn't necessarily mean there's anything wrong. So it's time we all got a little more comfortable with our feelings and the sometimes tumultuous journeys between them. Here's what you need to know about your mood swings, what's totally normal, and when to actually worry.Essentially, any change from one mood to another counts as a mood swing. But if you're swinging from a one to a nine pretty frequently, that might be a sign that you're dealing with an actual disorder — especially if there isn't some sort of emotional stressor (like someone being rude AF to you on the subway, or unexpectedly getting really bad news) setting you off.Essentially, emotions are the product of our brains making predictions about what's going to happen in the world around us based on what's happened before, explains Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD, author of the recently-released book, How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain. For instance, if every time you get an email from your aunt it's because she's mad at you, you'll probably start to get worked up before you even read past her subject lines."Your brain is using a model of the world to make these predictions," Dr. Barrett says. "So, if your model of the world doesn’t fit the world you’re in, or you had past experiences in a chaotic or very negative environment," your brain is going to have a harder time predicting things accurately. And some abrupt or unnecessary emotional changes could be the result. Maybe you grew up with a particularly passive-aggressive mother, for example, and now you're on high alert any time someone ends a text with a smiley face.But again, that could be the case no matter where you fall on the gender spectrum. Despite conventional thinking in our culture, there aren't any sex differences when it comes to how emotionally reactive we are. If researchers directly ask men and women how emotional people of each sex are, both will agree that women are "more emotional," Dr. Barrett says. But if those researchers follow those participants throughout the day, randomly asking them about their feelings, you see no sex differences at all."There are people who experience the agony and ecstasy of life while others just float in the sea of tranquility," Dr. Barrett says, "but they don't typically fall along gendered lines." Translation: Men are just as likely to be "moody" as women.Regardless of gender, though, there are times when those mood swings might actually be worrying. Bipolar disorder, for instance, is characterized by extreme emotional highs and lows. But although mood swings may be a part of many disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, and ADHD), they're not a disorder in and of themselves.The key, again, is how intense and frequent your mood swings are and whether or not you're reacting to something in your environment. There aren't any hard-and-fast rules here, Dr. Barrett says. But if you notice other symptoms of a disorder (think: changes in your eating or sleeping habits) along with your mood swings, or you find that your mood is changing more frequently than usual, that might be worth talking to a professional about.And, of course, for most of us, mood swings are a totally understandable part of our ever-changing emotional lives. Some of us are simply more reactive than others, says Dr. Barrett, and there's nothing "crazy" about that.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?7 Ways To Deal With LonelinessHere's How To Live A More Creative LifeI Spent A Week On A Cruise For Conspiracy Theorists (& It Def Got Weird)

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This Singer Had The Best Message About Learning To Love Her Body

As much progress as we've made in terms of body-positivity, it can still be difficult to unlearn the things we've internalized about our bodies. Singer Mary Lambert recently opened up about how she learned to love the parts of her body that society still sees as "flaws."In a post to her Instagram page on Friday, Lambert discussed the unconventional way she brought a little more body-positivity into her life."For as ~*body positive*~ as I've been for the last few years, I've still had a lot of internalized shit about my stomach roll and back rolls," she wrote on the caption of a photo of herself. "Yesterday, however, changed something for me."The game-changer? A crop top. For as ~*body positive*~ as I've been for the last few years, I've still had a lot of internalized shit about my stomach roll and back rolls. Yesterday, however, changed something for me. It was a crop top. One that accentuates my back fat, making it more pronounced. I almost ripped it off, but then...Y'all. I THOUGHT MY BACK FAT WAS CUTE. I looked at something I've hated/felt indifferent about my whole life, and yesterday found myself saying "awww my cute back fat!". Lindy West did an interview recently where she said 3 things that profoundly moved me (paraphrasing): -it is exponentially difficult to take care of a body that you do not love. -it is a not a moral imperative to be healthy. Fat people do not owe you health. -fat bodies are not thin bodies failing. Babes, a body is never wrong. We're all on our own separate journeys with ourselves, and whether the goal is to love your body or even just see your body as a working thing, with no projection of beauty is a radical idea in our patriarchal/oppressive/capitalist society. Additionally, I have to point out that while this revelation of my sexy ass back roll is exciting, it's also privileged and a little complex: it took a new a piece of clothing to wake something up in me. I wish I could gift this feeling of radical joy of reveling in self to everyone, including my younger self. A post shared by Mary Lambert (@marylambertsing) on Mar 24, 2017 at 8:15am PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"One that accentuates my back fat, making it more pronounced," she wrote. "I almost ripped it off, but then...Y'all. I THOUGHT MY BACK FAT WAS CUTE. I looked at something I've hated/felt indifferent about my whole life, and yesterday found myself saying 'awww my cute back fat!'"Lambert also referenced an interview she had read with writer Lindy West, in which West had said a few things that spoke to her."It is exponentially difficult to take care of a body that you do not love," she wrote. "Fat bodies are not thin bodies failing. Babes, a body is never wrong. We're all on our own separate journeys with ourselves, and whether the goal is to love your body or even just see your body as a working thing, with no projection of beauty is a radical idea in our patriarchal/oppressive/capitalist society."While Lambert acknowledged that the way she learned to be kinder to her body had some privilege to it — "it took a new a piece of clothing to wake something up in me" — her message is still important. Learning to love our bodies might not be easy, but it is always a worthy endeavor.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Getting Cancer Might Partly Be A Matter Of "Bad Luck"This Today Show Star Came Up With A Genius Breast-Feeding ImprovisationThe Amazing Reason This Girl Flew Halfway Across The Country To Meet A Stranger

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Getting Cancer Might Partly Be A Matter Of “Bad Luck”

Put on your sunscreen, don't microwave plastic, don't eat processed meats, exercise more, stop gaining weight. These are just a few of the many, many things we've been told to do to avoid getting cancer.While there may be research backing some of these suggestions up, (a.k.a., please actually do wear sunscreen) new research finds that getting cancer might be at least partially just a matter of bad luck.Researchers estimate that 66% of the genetic mutations that become cancer develop that way by random chance. They also estimate that 29% are from environmental factors (such as not wearing sunscreen) and 5% are inherited.This isn't the first time researchers have suggested that we might have little control over whether or not we get cancer. In a previous study, scientists Cristian Tomasetti and Dr. Bert Vogelstein said that cancer risk is more about random DNA error than what precautionary measures a person does or does not take."Every time a perfectly normal cell divides, as you all know, it makes several mistakes -- mutations," Vogelstein said, according to CNN. "Now most of the time, these mutations don't do any harm. They occur in junk DNA, genes unrelated to cancer." But sometimes they happen in a gene that is related to cancer."That's bad luck," said Vogelstein, according to CNN.It's not the most uplifting news, and we're sorry to say that there's nothing you can do about it. You can't control random gene mutations. What you can control (at least some of), though, is the 29% of mutations that happen because of environmental factors. Slather yourself with sunscreen, folks, get breast exams, and make sure to check in with your doctor.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Singer Had The Best Message About Learning To Love Her Body This Today Show Star Came Up With A Genius Breast-Feeding ImprovisationThe Amazing Reason This Girl Flew Halfway Across The Country To Meet A Stranger

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This Today Show Star Came Up With A Genius Breast-Feeding Improvisation

It's hard enough being a working, breast-feeding mom, but if you're a breast-feeding mom who forgets part of her breast pump, things can easily go awry.Today Show star and NBC meteorologist Dylan Dreyer recently went through this debacle when she forgot to bring bottles to pump breast milk into while at work. But Dreyer, being quick on her feet, readily improvised a solution with what she had: Paper cups. When you forget bottles to pump into, you improvise. Hey...I'm proud of myself for making it to Friday before this happened! #workingmom #cantgetitrightallthetime A post shared by Dylan Dreyer (@dylandreyernbc) on Mar 24, 2017 at 2:58am PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"When you forget bottles to pump into, you improvise," she wrote in the caption of a photo she shared on Instagram. "Hey...I'm proud of myself for making it to Friday before this happened! #workingmom#cantgetitrightallthetime"As Dreyer wrote, balancing a career and a family isn't easy for anyone, and you can't get it right every time. But you can sometimes come up with genius solutions for the times when things don't exactly go your way.From coming up with breast pump solutions to MacGyver-ing ways to get some alone time, moms these days are killing it. Kudos to Dreyer for picking up her routine without a second thought.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Singer Had The Best Message About Learning To Love Her Body Getting Cancer Might Partly Be A Matter Of "Bad Luck"The Amazing Reason This Girl Flew Halfway Across The Country To Meet A Stranger

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I Tried Khloé Kardashian's Vagina Products & Didn't Hate It

I'll probably never have a Kardashian butt. Or Kardashian hair. Or Kardashian clothes. But a Kardashian vagina? That sounded doable.You may have heard that Khloé Kardashian has a vaginal skincare routine, that keeps "your lady parts happy." If it never occurred to you that your lady parts are unhappy, buckle up, because according to Khloé, it takes approximately eight products to keep its spirits up. She revealed the process on her app, and said she gets vagina facials and also uses drugstore products that other humanoids can get — most notably for me, the GoodWipes Cleansing Flushable Wipes for Down There and Medicine Mama's Apothecary Vmagic Vulva Care and Intimate Skin Cream.I will try anything twice, so when my editor was like, "Want to try Khloé's products?" I was like, "Okay," and one click later, the products were en route via Amazon. Did I ask my doctor about these products before I used them? Nah. I figured it was totally fine, because, worst-case scenario, I get bacterial vaginosis, which happens to me, like, every other week (I'm a walking gynecologist appointment), and I know how to treat it when I get it (I'm responsible-ish). Plus, the wipes claim to help with pH imbalances, so it's a product I would have wanted to try anyway, and the moisturizing lotion seemed innocuous enough for my vagina.While I didn't talk to my doctor, I did ask a doctor (who has no knowledge of my medical history) whether or not these products were a good idea to use in general, and she basically said no. "They will not help with vaginal pH, and there is no current treatment available to 'help' or improve one's vaginal pH," says Debra L. Birenbaum, MD, a gynecologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. What about the cream? "Vulvar cream and products like this should be avoided," Dr. Birenbaum says. "We recommend mild unscented soap, avoiding any OTC products from the pharmacy like this." If your skin feels dry, just use Vaseline, she says. Cool, cool.So, with expectations as low as they can go, here's how it went down for me:The wipesThe box says they're "pH balanced," which doesn't mean anything according to Dr. Birenbaum, and have a lavender scent. They are apparently "perfect for periods, untrustworthy restrooms, bars, exercise, festivals, port-o-potties, work, at home." Okay wow, the possibilities are overwhelming. According to the problematic literature provided inside the box, you're joining the "Squeaky Clean Squad" if you use the wipes, because "the only things that should be dirty are your basketball skills, your break-dancing moves, and your martini." Actually, nobody's vagina is "dirty" (the vagina is self-cleaning), and I think it's perfectly okay to have other dirty things, like a mouth or a mind.The wipes smell like babies, which I guess is exactly what an adult woman is aiming for below the belt. I used about three wipes a day for a week, when I went to the bathroom or at night after sex. And while I'm all for loving your body (including your vagina and vulva) as it is, I kind of liked using them, especially on days when I was sweating a lot. I had my period for part of the time, and did appreciate having something in my bag for a quick clean-up swipe. I also used them after sex and they were fine, but toilet paper would also do the trick. And then I got bacterial vaginosis. I've heard that some vaginal products can actually contribute to BV, which is why I wasn't surprised at all when I got it.Again, I'm no stranger to BV, and there's no telling whether the wipes actually caused this flare up, but they likely didn't help. "Wipes like these probably do not cause infections, like yeast or bacteria, but can be very irritating to the vulvar skin," Dr. Birenbaum says. I did find that the wipes dried me out a little bit, though they didn't irritate my skin at all. According to Dr. Birenbaum, the only wipes she's comfortable recommending are WaterWipes, which are 99% water. Dr. Birenbaum says you shouldn't even use these wipes to manage odor, because they can irritate the external skin. "Odor can be managed by just plain water soak," she adds.And not to sound like a broken record, but it's important to keep in mind that your vagina isn't dirty, and it smells wonderful (but a change of odor might mean you have an infection and should see your doctor ASAP). Doctors agree that the best thing to do for your vagina is leave it alone.The creamNever have I ever thought, Hey, I could use a little more gunk around my vulva, and that's what this cream pretty much is. Technically, it's an intimate skincare cream that's supposed to provide relief for dryness or vulvar discomfort. The cream itself is a chartreuse color (which can be off-putting), has the consistency of a waxier Aquaphor, and smells spicy, like chai tea or a citronella candle. As instructed, I put a little on my finger and rubbed it around my vulvar region before bed, kind of like I do with acne cream on my face — set it and forget it. After using it for six nights, I did not see any changes to the skin around my vulva. That said, I could see how this cream might be helpful for someone who chafes a lot, like when you're wearing really tight jeans, or if your skin feels irritated after particularly rough sex. But as Dr. Birenbaum said, if you feel dry, it's best to just use plain old Vaseline.My takeawayEven though washing your vagina or using scented products for the odor can feel like you're doing something good, in general, using products like these disrupts your vagina's self-cleaning process, so it's probably best to avoid using them. Not to mention, I asked my partner if he noticed any changes to my vaginal region since using the products and he said, "Uuummm..." Bottom line: Don't let anyone tell you that your vagina is "dirty," or that you need scented products to make it more "hygienic." Vaginas are pretty much self-sufficient when it comes to staying clean.So there you have it, dolls! Your vagina is perfectly perfect already. Then again, I'm not a doctor, so maybe don't listen to me — or the Kardashians. And if you find yourself wanting to try Khloé's regimen, talk to your doctor and figure out if it's a good idea for you.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Woman's Epic Rant Shuts Down The Idea Of "Body Goals"You Might Want to Reconsider Your Hand Soap8 Reasons Why Your Period Is So Bad

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The Amazing Reason This Girl Flew Halfway Across The Country To Meet A Stranger

A plane trip from New York City to Atlanta might have saved a woman's life. Hannah Mullen, who lives in England, was spending time with a friend in New York when the hotel where they were staying froze her important medication.Hannah has a rare disease called hypopara, but luckily knew of another person with the disease not too far away — just about 850 miles.Hannah got in touch with Ariana Feiner, who she had never met in person but knew through an organization for people who have hypopara. Then she hopped on a flight to Atlanta to meet Ariana and pick up new medicine.Ariana shared their story on the Love What Matters Facebook page."Something very special happened today," she wrote. "6 years ago, Liz Glenister introduced me to Hannah Mullen through Hypopara UK. Hannah lives in England and is the only person I know my age who has Hypopara. Hannah and her friend Becky Mitchell were on vacation in NYC this week when their hotel accidentally froze Hannah's very important medicine, Forteo, and she needed my help.""This afternoon we rushed to fly Hannah and Becky into the Atlanta airport so I could give her some of mine," she continued. "It was an amazing feeling to finally meet Hannah and to share such a rare connection!"Hypopara, or hypoparathyroidism, is a rare condition that causes someone's body to produce a low amount of a hormone called parathyroid hormone, according to Hypopara UK. Having too little of this hormone causes insufficient levels of calcium in the blood, which in turn causes symptoms like tingling or numbness in your hands, fatigue, dry skin, and even severe symptoms like heart and kidney failure. The medicine that Ariana gave to Hannah protects against osteoporosis.In a comment on the post, Ariana said she will forever cherish the day she met Hannah. And we're happy to know these girls have a such a special friendship."Hannah and I live oceans apart, but we are bonded forever by sharing this rare medical condition," she wrote.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Singer Had The Best Message About Learning To Love Her Body Getting Cancer Might Partly Be A Matter Of "Bad Luck"This Today Show Star Came Up With A Genius Breast-Feeding Improvisation

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This Mom's Viral Post About Cooking Dinner Is Seriously Relatable

There are many wonderful things about being a parent, but unless your child is an angel, getting your kids to eat their food isn't always at the top of that list.In a now-viral Facebook post, mom Bunmi Laditan got real about why dinnertime is such a pain for her."Y'all know I've been going through things and trying to get right with God and stop swearing but I need to speak on something," she wrote. "Dinner time. Dinner time is some ultimate bullshit and I'm TIRED of it.""I'm not running for public office, but if I were, my entire platform would be that all children under 10 be fed exclusively Ensure until they learn to cook for themselves whichever happens first," she joked. "I'm tired of dinner. It is absolutely insane that every night, mothers and fathers are forced to waste their life force trying to convince their seed to CONTINUE LIVING via the ingestion of essential nutrients.""You don't see baby koalas and buffalo rejecting their bamboo and savanna grass do you?" she continued. "You don't see little toddler alligators talking about, 'Mama, this gazelle is too stringy. It's hot. Mama the blood is hot. It's hot, mama. Can you blow on it even though I too am capable of blowing?'"Her hilarious, relatable rant gets to the root of a struggle that parents often contend with — while it may not make sense to us, kids sometimes just don't want to eat. Laditan doesn't hate her kids, she just hates putting all her effort into making nutritious meals for them and then having to convince them to eat said meal."It's not poison, kids, it's called FOOD welcome to life," she wrote.But Laditan does have one genius — if not a little impractical — solution."We as parents need to come together," she suggested. "Rather than feeding our children individually in our own homes, we need to nourish them at giant picnic tables in the street sitting side by side, too distracted by each other's presence to realize they're eating. Screw traffic- every night at 6PM, we set up the collapsible tables and do it orphanage-style: handing out sandwiches and apple slices and then hosing down the kids with dish soap (bath time) and calling it a night. Success."Her tongue-in-cheek post has hit home for a lot of parents out there — since she posted her rant to Facebook on Monday, it has received over 25,000 times, and several parents commented on the post to share their own stories."The worst is when they love something last week and this week, won't even touch it," one mom commented. "And you had the gall to CELEBRATE last week, to buy MORE of it at the grocery store.""I've made about 9,000 dinners as a mother," another mom wrote. "I was over it around 25."Making meals just for yourself every day is difficult enough, and we can't even imagine what these moms go through. (Thank heavens for Seamless.)Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Singer Had The Best Message About Learning To Love Her Body Getting Cancer Might Partly Be A Matter Of "Bad Luck"This Today Show Star Came Up With A Genius Breast-Feeding Improvisation

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