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I Was 17 The First Time I Thought I Might Have Breast Cancer

I found the first lump in my breast on New Year’s Day, 2012. It was 2 a.m., and I was showering after a party at my best friend’s boyfriend’s house. We were juniors in high school and had stayed up half the night drinking soda and playing with firewo…
By Emily Clemons

Here's How To Tell Your Family You've Already Had An Abortion

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished, an…
By Danielle Campoamor

Someone NEEDS To Read This Exact Toast At Meghan Markle's Rehearsal Dinner

It’s official: Invitations for the new Wedding of the Century have gone out, and even though our book The Royal We obviously willed this into being like some kind of royalty-specific version of The Secret, it appears that Prince Harry and Meghan Mark…
By Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Here's How Soon You Can Really Have Sex Post-Abortion

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished, an…
By Danielle Campoamor

Why I Chose My Dog (And Myself) Over My Fiancé

In the spring of 2014, I thought all the pieces of a full adult life were falling into place. I loved my job as a political reporter, my boyfriend and I had just moved in together after two years of dating, and we were starting to talk about what our…
By Meredith Clark

Let's Talk About Why So Many Young Women Are Convinced Motherhood Is Going To Suck

When I was 7 months pregnant, my mother told me her biggest regret in life: that she had been a working mom. “If I had to do it all over again, I would have stayed home with you and your sister from the get-go,” she said. I was surprised by this admi…
By Ej Dickson

Abortion AMA: Can My OB-GYN Provide An Abortion?

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished, an…
By Danielle Campoamor

What No One Tells You About Breaking Up With Your Mother

The thing about the last time you talk to your mother is that you don’t know it when it’s happening. Or, at least, I didn’t. Nothing about the last phone call I had with my mother, in December 2014, stands out as a point of no return. Sure, we fought…
By Gabrielle Moss

Is Amazon's Alexa Making Our Relationships Weird?

Earlier this year, I started dating a guy who was in a very codependent relationship with Alexa. Alexa helped this guy (I'll call him "Paul") decide where to eat dinner and reminded him to work out. Alexa handled his to-do lists, restocked his toile…
By Sophie Saint Thomas

Why My Boyfriend & I Started Couples Counseling 6 Months Into Our Relationship

Right away, Kurt and I agreed on almost everything. We had met through a mutual friend in 2015, but we didn't start dating until we came across each other on Bumble a few years later. That's when we discovered that we were on the same page when it ca…
By Rachel Simon

Abortion AMA: How Do I Tell My Partner I Want An Abortion?

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished, an…
By Danielle Campoamor

There's Truly No Better Feeling Than Avoiding A Casual Acquaintance IRL

Come over here, I want to tell you a secret. I know you weren’t expecting to hear anything this intimate from me when you saw me across the grocery store, considering that we only know each other through a friend/yoga class/2010 temp job where I was …
By Gabrielle Moss

Can We All Agree That Getting Ready Is More Fun Than Actually Going Out?

It’s 7 p.m. on a Saturday, and you feel hopeful. After a long week of crushing deadlines, joyless commuting, and finding the office bathroom full of people doing their makeup every single time you had to poop at work, you’re getting ready to go out f…
By Gabrielle Moss

Does An Abortion Hurt? Here's What Experts Say

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished, an…
By Danielle Campoamor

How About We Don't Expect Meghan Markle & Kate Middleton To Get Along

Imagine you just got engaged to a guy who promptly brings you to, say, his large family Thanksgiving. At this dinner is your future sister-in-law, the only other woman your age in the family and heretofore the darling of all social gatherings. You're…
By Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

As More Women Discover Their Anger, I'm Trying to Tame Mine

One day last fall, I yelled at a guy who wouldn’t stop talking at the movies. This wasn’t that weird for me; I rarely have a week where I don’t aggressively lecture a stranger about movie theater etiquette, or bus seating protocol, or my extremely st…
By Gabrielle Moss

I Wanted Unconditional Love, But Instead I Got A Dog Who Hates Me

A few months ago I woke to find a blood stain at the foot of my and my husband's bed. The most likely source was Frankie, our 5-year-old rat terrier, who, because of her white body and ginger spots, is often confused with a Jack Russell. My husband, …
By Caitlin Abber

Abortion AMA: What Is A Medical Abortion?

Welcome to Bustle's Abortion AMA column, where reproductive rights advocate and Romper editor Danielle Campoamor will speak to experts and medical professionals to answer people's questions about abortion in a way that is educational, unvarnished, an…
By Danielle Campoamor

Why Grown Women Worship Johnny Weir

Carrie Wesolowski needed to find the perfect outfit. It had to be festive and fun — something that would stand out in a crowd, look great in photos, and, most importantly, have megawatts of sparkle. After playing through a quick mental montage of her…
By Torey Van Oot

We Asked Young Women To Fantasize About Their Lives As Old Ladies — Here's What They Said

For a lot of young women, thinking about what our lives are going to look like in the near future takes up a lot of the present. Do I want to try to get a high-powered job? Do I want to get married? Do I want to have kids? Do I want to drop out of so…
By Gabrielle Moss