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Two women with cancer - one already deceased - lost lawsuits against talcum powder makers recently after a judge determined that they hadn't proved the powder caused their cancer. So does the stuff cause cancer or doesn't it? Turns out that's a hard question to answer.

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Childbirth injuries are no fun. These are our tenderest bits we're talking about here, places we generally want to be treated with kindness and respect. But what do hefty little babies know about kindness and respect? Not much. They're coming out, by hook or by crook, and it can feel like they actually used a hook and a crook while fighting their way down the chute.

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Gwyneth Paltrow used to be best known as an actress, but in the last decade she's built an even bigger reputation as a health guru. Her newsletter venture, Goop, peddles an enviable lifestyle -- travel, fashion, anything that looks gorgeous in photographs -- but with a central message of living a clean, healthy life.

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Video: It's totally normal to have vaginal discharge, a sort of whitish fluid, showing up in your underwear (if you are a person who has a vagina). But if you're seeing a lot of it, you may wonder, how much is OK? In this video, gynaecologist Dr Jen Gunter demonstrates.

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The theory that close friends have their periods at the same time is over 40 years old now, but there has never been much evidence to support it. The people behind the period tracker Clue checked their own data recently and came up with another nail in the coffin: Zero evidence that closeness makes people bleed in sync.

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Birth control pill packs typically include a week of placebo pills, without any hormones. If you skip those pills and start the next pack immediately, you can skip your period. Whether you want to do this is up to you -- it may seem weird, but there's no reason to believe it's harmful.

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You may have heard people suggesting that if you want to be sure you'll have birth control for the next four years, you should book your IUD insertion appointment now. You may not have considered an implant when choosing your birth control, but don't dismiss the idea out of hand.

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V-juice, vovey-goo, vu-dew… there are many ways to describe the natural fluid that comes out of the vagina. It varies in consistency, texture, smell, taste and volume in the same woman from day to day, week to week, month to month and beyond. So what's "normal" vaginal discharge and what’s not? We take a look at the science.

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"Are you having an ultrasound?" the midwife asked, at my first appointment. I thought there had been a miscommunication: Nobody had told me whether I would have one. "Well, it's up to you," she said. She could explain the pros and cons, but the decision was mine. Welcome to the midwifery model of care.

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If you're using a personal lubricant, either for sexy times or for something mundane like inserting a menstrual cup, you probably aren't thinking about whether it's potentially unhealthy for you. But some lubes on the market are best left untouched -- and not, as Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP suggested, because they're "toxic".

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Some of the people who need emergency contraception the most are the people who might be the most embarrassed (or have the hardest time) going and buying it themselves. What you might not realise: since it's over the counter, you -- as a friend, partner, or parent -- can do that person a favour and buy it for them.