Sex work has been the making of me, not because it is sex work, but simply because it is work.
By the time I finally gave up and decided to get out of bed eight hours later, I had to admit that we were at watchPAT: 1, me: 0.
If I put my name on this, my conservative family will never talk to me again.
No forgetting to take my pills, remove or insert a contraceptive ring, or deal with the visits for the shot or an insertion of an implant. 8-10 years of efficacy? Less than 1% failure rate? What's not to love?

Aug 28, 2014 at 3:00pm | 166 comments

Usually when I sleepwalk, I wake up with food wrappers scattered around my chair and a sickly feeling in my stomach.
I sometimes feel self-conscious about popping probiotics at a restaurant dinner table, or worry about appearing high-maintenance when ordering a side of kale to go with my side of squash.

Aug 28, 2014 at 10:00am | 212 comments

pap smear
What follows are some tips that I've gathered from more than 15 years of working with folks for whom getting this life-saving test is an act of heroism.
You can get results like these in just five dreadfully difficult years!
I tried eczema creams, coconut oil, almond oil, apple cider vinegar and other homemade anti-itch ointments, but nothing helped.
Today, more people are living (and, hence, eating) alone than at any other time in history.
The boy behind me was singing the theme from "JAWS" as the blood crept down my thighs. Sadly, no shark took his young life.

Aug 18, 2014 at 5:00pm | 428 comments

I've been battling hormonal acne since I went off the pill four years ago, and it has been super hellish.

Aug 18, 2014 at 1:00pm | 145 comments

Here's what makes it harder: Being told by a doctor that your bra is too tight and that’s probably what’s causing the excruciating pain in your right ribs that’s so awful that you literally want to jab a knife into your side and rip the bones out.

Aug 18, 2014 at 11:30am | 77 comments

Going for a walk with my mom is not a chore or an obligation; it’s a choice. I can take in the trees, the water, the pavement and the empty space. I can turn to my mom and share that with her.
Slowly, my “100% straight” label peeled back to reveal something pretty queer underneath.
Let’s talk about things you can buy from the grocery store that you can eat as well as have on hand for skin and hair care.
All week long, I longed for the weekend. All weekend, I dreaded the week.
Doing jumping jacks in the restroom is all well and good, until someone catches you and people begin to question why you aren’t at your desk when they need you.
personal trainer
I became a personal trainer to help other people build healthier relationships with their bodies, but in the process, I was undoing everything I had done to help myself.
I huddled in my bathrobe on a towel and tried not to look at the trail of blood I’d left around the living room.
breast reduction
My average-chested friends couldn’t understand why I would want to downsize.
By the time things were bad enough to pipsqueak, “Mom, I think something is wrong with me, I think I need to see a doctor,” things were very bad indeed.