Planned Parenthood- Planned Parenthood has been one of the best available resources for teenagers, or those on low-income, for years. They provide many services, from yearly exams to birth control to abortion and counseling.
Rape, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Services
- RAINN.org – RAINN stands for the “Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network”. It is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. They have a toll-free hotline if you find yourself in need of someone to talk to – 1.800.656.HOPE
- Joyful Heart Foundation –Victims of domestic violence know what it’s like to live in fear or lose themselves behind a facade. Joyful Heart, founded by Law and Order: SVU actress Mariska Hargitay, helps victims of rape and various forms of abuse.
Addiction – Addiction affects so many families and relationships and has ruined many beyond repair. These groups are well-founded and have programs to help you succeed at beating your addiction or getting support in dealing with a loved one who suffers from addiction.
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Prescription Drugs
Endometriosis Association – Endometriosis is a silent disease, often overlooked, and very misunderstood by most gynecologists. Most often, a sure diagnosis can only be achieved via laparoscopic surgery, which is done on an outpatient basis. Chronic pelvic pain is the most common symptom (more than just normal PMS or menstrual related cramps).
PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) Support – Like endometriosis, PCOS is a hormonal condition where a woman’s hormones are out of balance (more than what is considered to be normal). Cysts develop consistently, it can be difficult to conceive, and also can be a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes.
Breast Cancer Awareness – The lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is 1 in 8 and although it’s the second leading cause of cancer death for American women, it’s death rate is much lower (1 in 28). Early detection is crucial to catching the cancer, treatment and survival. Self-exams can be done at home very easily and if you find something that feels abnormal, call your doctor and make an appointment. They’ll do a manual exam and likely order a mammogram to make sure there’s not something they missed. Sometimes there is cancer or tumors that can’t be detected manually. Women, as well as men, should be on the offensive and stay aware of their bodies.
Heart Disease Awareness – Most think of heart disease as a man’s problem. It’s not. In fact, it’s the number one killer of women in the United States, as well as the leading cause of disability among American women. Like with most things, the older you are, the more likely you are to have a problem with something. Same goes for your heart. The older a woman gets, the more likely it is she will have heart disease. This doesn’t mean the rest of us should just sit it out. All women should be concerned about heart disease and take steps to prevent it by living as healthily as we can now.
Migraines – Many people are misinformed and believe that migraine is just a bad headache and all you need to do is take two Advil to get rid of it. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Migraine is a neurological disease that can be disabling and difficult for non-migraineurs to understand. This website is full of information for those with and without migraine.
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Today, unfortunately, there is still a huge stigma attached to mental illness, leading some not to seek out treatment and sometimes those who do feel ashamed. NAMI and its mission is dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by mental illness, in whatever capacity that may be.
Eating Disorders – Eating disorders aren’t talked about. Why should they be when the media pushes on us these nearly unreal and unachieveable “ideals” when it comes to body image? That woman at work you admire because she can eat whatever she wants and it never affects her body? Well, there’s a good chance she has an eating disorder. And men are just as affected by it as women are, though you don’t see it talked about. In 2005, twice as many individuals suffered from an eating disorder than they did from Alzheimer’s disease (National Institute of Health). There is help out there and there is support. Eating disorders are something that can be avoided, so let’s try and start.
One Angry Chick – Brittney Kara’s website about the truth of what’s in our food, what we’re putting in our bodies, and the toxic effects its having on our bodies and our lives.