pain

There are so many little things I never thought about before I lost the ability to do them.

What I Took For Granted When I Was Able-Bodied​

There are so many little things I never thought about before I lost the ability to do them. Pain is fluid. It seeps into every crack and corner. Read...
Heather M. Jones    |   07.17.18   |   SHARE
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Photo by Matt Hoffman on Unsplash

The Quiet Violence At The Heart Of Motherhood 

From the beginning, mothering and being mothered are both brutal. One day you’ll hurt your mom, I thought. And she’ll hurt you, somehow, without Read...
Kate Washington    |   05.14.18   |   SHARE
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When we use terms like ‘bad cramps,’ we normalize (and devalue) the experience of female-centric pain.

Stop Saying You Have 'Bad Cramps'

My well-meaning friends would share how their ‘bad cramps’ were cured with birth control or yoga, and I’d feel like the failure with a low tolerance Read...
Patia Braithwaite    |   12.2.16   |   SHARE
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The epidural had turned the birth from an excruciating experience into a beautiful one. Image: Thinkstock.

The Birth Of My Son Was A Beautiful Experience, Thanks To An Epidural.

It felt like I was being knifed in the stomach. My husband suggested a shower. I grabbed him, looked him in the eye and said, “I know you’re trying Read...
Helen Vnuk of Mamamia    |   08.19.16   |   SHARE
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My epidural made me stop wanting to die. Image: Thinkstock.

Whether Or Not Someone Gets An Epidural Is None Of Your Business

We compare birth stories like war stories. Twelve hours of labor, 32 hours of labor, three hours of pushing, we fall into the trap of trying to one- Read...
David Minerva Clover    |   07.18.16   |   SHARE
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I was emotionally and physically depleted. Image: Thinkstock.

Surviving Postpartum Depression And Hypnagogic Hallucinations

She was beautiful; I wanted to love her. But there was this nagging voice inside me: "What if I can’t love this baby as much as my son? Is there Read...
Sarah Fader    |   06.8.16   |   SHARE
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There were a lot of things I never could’ve been prepared for, going into the first surgery. Image: Matt Joseph Diaz.

5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Major Cosmetic Surgery

[CN: surgery, bodily fluids] There are scars, blood drainage, swelling and bruising — it’s essentially going to look like makeup from The Walking Read...
Matt Joseph Diaz    |   05.13.16   |   SHARE
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My idea of daily self-care is huffing the cupcake-like scent of my night cream.

Live: Inside A SilkPeel

Now, listen. I know that anything that happens in 45 minutes with an aesthetician isn't going to be wizardry. It might not even be noticeable. But I Read...
Rebekah Kuschmider    |   04.4.16   |   SHARE
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