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By Greg Rienzi
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The Vagina Dialogues
By Erika Engelhaupt
The women's health questions you were afraid—or never knew—to ask.
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By Julie Scharper
Think you need that penicillin? Think again: Up to 50 percent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary, and decades of overuse have led to a spike in superbugs and a global public health crisis.

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Letter from the Editor

Catherine Pierre, Editor-In-Chief
Editor-in-Chief
Catherine Pierre, Editor-In-Chief

There’s a lot to like about being in your 40s.

I’ve reassured several female 39-year-olds who were anxious about a looming birthday: For me, this is the decade where I’ve figured out who I am. It’s not so much about striving for things now; it’s more about enjoying them. I know what I’m good at, and who my friends are. I’ve learned what matters to me, and how not to worry about the rest. I have some wrinkles and gray hairs, but I’ve earned them.

For our bodies, well, it’s a different story. There are the aches and sags we all dread coming with age, but there’s a lot that we don’t know to expect. For instance, I hadn’t heard the term “perimenopause” and had no idea that the change could start as early as 10 years before you actually stop menstruating. It was rough going before I figured out that my symptoms—which were like PMS but less predictable and more extreme—were the beginning of a process, and not just me losing my mind.

It wasn’t something I found hard to talk about; there were just questions I didn’t know to ask. There are also other issues we face as we get older that feel more  embarrassing, or scary, and that we actively avoid discussing with our friends, and sometimes even our doctors. And so we created “The Vagina Dialogues,” a collection of stories about women’s health that aims to offer both information and the opportunity to talk about things like perimenopause, hair loss, heart disease (which is still being misdiagnosed in women), vaginal prolapse, incontinence, and more.

Fun, right? Of course not, but it’s not so bad. So forge ahead, and let me know if you have any advice about heading into your 50s!

Contributors

Erika Engelhaupt
Erika Engelhaupt
Erika Engelhaupt (“Vagina Dialogues”) is a science journalist and editor and a contributor to National Geographic. She has written for Science News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other newspapers and magazines, as well as NPR.
Maia Boakye
Maia Boakye
Maia Boakye (“My Child Wants to Be Vegan, Now What?”) is an artist and illustrator based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in several publications including The Globe and Mail, Financial Times, and Shondaland.
Sam Kalda
Sam Kalda
Sam Kalda (“Hold the Snooze”) is an illustrator whose first book, Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History’s Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen, was published last year. His work has been recognized by American Illustration and has received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators.
Macaela Mackenzie
Macaela Mackenzie
Macaela Mackenzie (“How Do I Set Healthy Boundaries With Difficult People?” and Survey) is a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to Forbes, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Allure, and Shape, among others. She specializes in culture, women’s health issues, and the perfectly brewed cup of tea.