“When my daughter’s delivery went off the script I had imagined, it made me wonder about what we ask from our birth stories.”
When she loses a pregnancy, Anna Lea Hand searches in vain for vital advice and information.
The silence that once protected one woman from memories of her abusive ex-boyfriend and further abuse was now the silence she needed to free herself from.
Anne Boyer encounters a familiar system — that grand and easy-to-mistake-for-everything system — at the cancer pavilion.
When a high-risk pregnancy jeopardizes their eyesight, Heather Quinn explores the expectations of motherhood and finds common ground with a patron saint.
In the wake of childbirth and postpartum complications affecting her mental health and her marriage, Ukamaka Olisakwe picks herself up and starts over — in grad school.
A personal essay in which Diane Shipley confronts her history of sexual dysfunction and wonders who decides what “normal” is, anyway.
The science of medicine is based on male bodies, but researchers are beginning to realize how vastly the symptoms of disease differ between the sexes — and how much danger women are in.
Darcey Steinke says that most menopause memoirs “end with this come-to-Jesus moment of, ‘Then I accepted hormones.’ I’m not against it, but … I wanted to hear what it’s like for other women.”
In an excerpt from her new book, Darcey Steinke investigates — and debunks — the demonization of anger within the female body.