Is Your Doc Getting It Wrong?

Every American will be misdiagnosed at least once in their lifetime—and research shows women may be the most vulnerable. Is hidden sexism putting your health at risk? I investigate in my new feature for the September issue of Glamour.

PHOTO: EDIE NADELHAFT/CHRISTOPHER DAWSON

PHOTO: EDIE NADELHAFT/CHRISTOPHER DAWSON

The Truth About Sex Ed

You already know sex isn't shameful. Duh. But millions of American students are still being taught that it is—if they're being taught anything at all. Fewer than half of U.S. States require public schools to teach sex ed. Of those states, just 20 mandate that the info given be medically, factually, or technically accurate. WTF? As a result, when it comes to basics like birth control, nearly 40 percent of teenage girls and 45 percent of teenage boys say they've never received any instruction.

So far the government has been little help, spending more than $2 billion on abstinence-only sex ed since the 1980's. President Obama cut this funding for the first time in favor of evidence based-programs, but President Trump and the Republican-lead congress seem eager to reverse course.

Sigh. America's teen pregnancy rate is already among the highest of any developed nation. STIs are running rampant and abysmal sex ed maybe play a role in sexual assault incidents—many young people leave school never having learned a thing about consent. 

But it's never to late to be empowered about your sexuality and reproductive rights. Pick up my new story in the April issue of Cosmopolitan and use it as your ultimate sex ed course. Your health and satisfaction could depend on it. 

Body Trips

New wellness bootcamps are making for an unusual kind of vacation. There are no lazy mornings or sipping umbrella drinks by the pool. Instead of standard vacation vices, daily indulgences consist of kale smoothies and five-hour hikes in exotic locales to satisfy your wanderlust and your workout goals. Find out more in my new story for Vogue.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Amansala

Photo: Courtesy of Amansala

The gender gap you haven't heard about

Our fast-paced world has made us all too familiar with stress—and when I say "us," I mean women. That's not to say our brothers, boyfriends and guy friends don't feel the pressure too, but a number of major anxiety inducers disproportionately affect women. Find out why in my latest for Refinery29.

Illustrated by Anna Sudit

Illustrated by Anna Sudit

Why You're So Sneezy All The Time

Blue skies, trees in bloom, park picnics, happy hour al fresco—sandal season has officially arrived. Unfortunately, these sunny days don't feel so welcoming if you're one of the 50 million people in the U.S. who suffer from seasonal allergies. To get the scoop on what's causing your sniffles—plus, simple strategies to breathe easier, check out my new story for Refinery 29 here.

WCW: Demi Lovato

My #wcw and new cover story for Fitness magazine: Demi Lovato. Of all the celebs I've interviewed, none have been as refreshingly honest or inspiring as this badass chick. Find out why in the January issue!