September 6, 2015

My Husband Needs To Get Out!

I have been married for more than 13 years. I know this because: 1. I wear a wedding ring inscribed with the words Love always, John, which serves to remind me that, recurring fantasies aside, I’m not Antonio Banderas’s wife; 2. 1 have in my possession our marriage license, dated November 21, 1983, signed by Circuit Court Clerk Mel Wills, Jr., of Kissimmee, FL; 3. 1 can think of no other logical reason why I would routinely purchase men’s Jockey shorts.

Despite such considerable evidence, many people don’t believe I’m actually married. They argue that a married person, at least on occasion — such as every leap year — should be able to produce a spouse. Which, quite often, I can’t.

The problem is this: When it comes to social activities, such as attending weddings or dinner parties, my husband and I have different attitudes. I absolutely look forward to and thoroughly enjoy them. My husband, on the other hand, is somewhat less enthusiastic to the extent that he’d rather

September 3, 2015

My Period? Who WOULDN’T Want To Talk About It?

We expect our periods to be like considerate guests: arrive on time and leave when expected. Unfortunately, menstruation is not always so predictable. You may get your period a few days early or a few days late, or find that it’s heavier or lighter than usual, or that it suddenly stops, then starts again.

crampinSuch minor changes in menstrual flow are usually nothing to worry about. There are, however, instances in which abnormal periods can indicate something serious. Leading gynecologists explain how to know the difference.

* Your period arrives early or late. Did you travel to a different time zone within the past month? Were you sick? Sleep-deprived? Stressed by a family or work crisis? Did you begin a crash diet or rigorous exercise program? Any of these things can interfere with ovulation, delaying or accelerating menstruation, says Heather Johnson, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist a Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, DC, and medical adviser for the National Women’s Health Resource, Center. “Some women are particularly sensitive to lifestyle stresses,