Zara Hanawalt

Blawnox, PA

Twin mom and freelance writer.

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Articles

If you’re a woman, you’ve almost certainly felt unheard or invalidated when expressing a medical concern. Chances are, you’ve left a medical appointment with...

April 18, 2024

If you’re like me (read: a millennial who grew up primarily in the ‘90s), you can probably relate to the confusing, overwhelming, and flat-out...

April 6, 2024

I’ve spent the past decade covering reproductive health, and here’s what I’ve noticed during that time: Celebrities have been a real force in the...

April 2, 2024

It’s Ramadan right now, which means many Muslims across the world are observing the holy month by fasting every day from sunrise to sunset....

March 31, 2024

Olivia Munn recently revealed she’s been receiving treatment for breast cancer. Munn, who is 43, shared more about her diagnosis and how it came...

March 27, 2024

People often talk about how physically and emotionally taxing IVF is — as they should. The whole process is so intense and so completely...

March 27, 2024

A few days ago, a friend sent me a video featuring a conspiracy theory about Kate Middleton’s whereabouts. It led to what was, admittedly,...

March 19, 2024

Think back to the first time you heard the term “endometriosis” (which is a painful condition characterized by tissue similar to the lining of...

March 18, 2024

This article is sponsored by BetterHelp, the world’s largest professional therapy platform, done online.  Recently, the word “trauma” has made its way into mainstream...

March 12, 2024

When Kim Newcomer began experiencing severe constipation, she initially thought it was related to travel. “Thinking about my week-long vacation with my husband, I...

February 26, 2024

When Victoria Raphael was diagnosed with breast cancer at 33, she was in “total shock” — which makes perfect sense. At 33, she certainly...

February 25, 2024

I’m a cardiologist’s daughter, so I’ve spent a lot of my life hearing about heart disease. But even for someone like me — who...

February 20, 2024

On a recent episode of her podcast, Let’s Be Clear With Shannen Doherty, the actress spoke about her experience undergoing IVF. Doherty, who has...

February 12, 2024

If you’ve been scrolling TikTok, chances are you’ve seen at least a few creators making the viral “sleepy girl mocktail." The recipe goes a...

February 12, 2024

If you feel like your skin is scaly, tight, dry, and uncomfortable straight from November to March — no matter how much moisturizer you...

January 28, 2024

If you’re doing dry January this month, you may be reaching the point where you feel like breaking down — but stay strong. Observing...

January 17, 2024

There’s a misconception that couples therapy is a last-ditch effort to save a relationship that’s hanging by a proverbial thread. That if a couple...

January 11, 2024

Saturday Night Live’s final sketch of 2023 is trending — and it is every bit as absurd as it sounds. The sketch features a...

January 9, 2024

In the past few years, we’ve taken a good, hard look at the damaging effects of diet culture. For those of us who grew...

January 3, 2024

Have you ever wondered if your PMS symptoms are all in your head? If you’re simply “unmotivated” when you feel sluggish during your...

January 1, 2024

If you asked a group of people affected by infertility to describe what it feels like, I imagine the word “isolating” would come up…a...

December 26, 2023

The holidays are upon us, which means it’s time for parties, family celebrations, lovingly selected gifts, and…awkward conversations. We all know that the holiday...

December 14, 2023

Here’s what we know about endometriosis: It takes women with the condition a long, long time — we’re talking ten-ish years — to secure...

December 5, 2023

Even though the holiday season is supposed to be about joy, togetherness, and celebration, let’s get real about one thing: The colder months can...

November 29, 2023

If you’ve heard of PCOS, it may be thanks to one of the celebrities or public figures who have opened up about their experience...

November 27, 2023

Infertility is defined by many major health groups, including the World Health Organization and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as being unable...

November 23, 2023

Just months after welcoming her son, Tristan, Heather Rae El Moussa began experiencing crippling fatigue. It may be easy to write off that symptom...

November 10, 2023

Here’s the reality of women’s health: We’re not given enough information about our bodies, and that can affect us in major ways.  Take periods,...

November 8, 2023

When we talk about abortion rights in a post-Roe world, we often talk about the importance of reproductive choice. As we should: Giving people,...

October 29, 2023

Maybe you had an incredibly special relationship with your mom and want to recreate that bond with a daughter on your own. Maybe you’ve...

October 18, 2023

We’ve heard a lot about Ozempic recently. But while most conversations about the drug surround its popularity among celebrities as a weight loss secret,...

October 13, 2023

Infertility is increasingly common, with an estimated 1 in 5 married women aged 15-49 in the United States being affected by the condition, according...

October 3, 2023

Bindi Irwin recently shared new details about her road to being diagnosed with endometriosis — and her story will likely resonate hard with the...

October 3, 2023

I managed to make it through my teens without ever having a single pimple. That’s not to say I didn’t have an awkward stage...

September 25, 2023

Have you ever heard of a loop electrosurgical excision procedure? If not, you’re not alone. While most of us are familiar with Pap smears...

September 24, 2023

When it comes to fertility, we’ve heard about a lot of lifestyle interventions that could potentially help someone get pregnant. For people with PCOS...

September 19, 2023

Sasha Pieterse, an actress best known for her starring role in 'Pretty Little Liars', has been candid about her experience with PCOS. When the...

September 9, 2023

After decades of facing down pregnancy speculation, plus criticism from the public for not having children, Jennifer Aniston revealed a painful part of her...

September 6, 2023

Today Show contributor Jill Martin announced her breast cancer diagnosis. Martin’s announcement was heartbreaking…and for many women around the world, a terrifying wake-up call. ...

August 30, 2023

In addition to starring in Daisy Jones and the Six, Riley Keough quietly welcomed her first child in 2022. The news of Keough’s daughter’s...

August 28, 2023

Tiffany Haddish revealed that she recently had a miscarriage. And, according to the Washington Post, Haddish opened up about her fraught reproductive history when...

August 21, 2023

You’ve probably heard the old adage that you can’t be “a little bit pregnant.” The idea is that being pregnant — or not pregnant...

August 16, 2023

When I first saw the description of The Retrievals, a podcast from the New York Times, I was horrified…but I wasn’t exactly shocked. The...

August 12, 2023

Women don’t have enough information about their bodies — that’s just a fact. Speaking of facts, where do you draw the line between those...

August 5, 2023

Polycystic ovarian syndrome — commonly known as PCOS — is an increasingly common condition affecting women, and it can have major effects on the...

July 30, 2023

We’ve all seen what early pregnancy looks like on TV and in the movies: A woman is going about her day as usual when...

July 3, 2023

In the past few years, we’ve finally started to speak openly about pregnancy loss. Now, people are starting to grasp the fact that miscarriages...

July 2, 2023

When Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s daughter, Gracie McGraw posted a recent photo of herself in a bikini, a fellow social media user took...

July 1, 2023

In many ways, endometriosis is one of the most mysterious conditions in the world of women’s health. Between its notorious underdiagnosis (not-so-fun fact: Endometriosis...

June 25, 2023

When Roe vs. Wade was overturned, we got a firsthand look at how rampant misinformation surrounding abortion is, how nuanced an issue some...

August 23, 2022

When people talk about chemical pregnancies, they often mention that these pregnancy losses occur so early, that many women don’t even know they’re pregnant...

July 19, 2022

If you’re about to begin undergoing fertility treatments, there’s a chance you’ve asked yourself “does IUI even work?”. Maybe you’ve heard multiple success stories...

July 5, 2022

I was 28 when I began trying (and trying and trying) to conceive. As a journalist covering fertility and prenatal health, I had...

June 21, 2022

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