Lauren Vinopal

Lauren Vinopal is a journalist and stand-up comedian in New York City who writes about health, science, relationships, and men. She is a staff writer at MEL Magazine, and her work has appeared in MTV News, Vice, GQ, and more. She also hosts the Mid Riff Comedy Show in Brooklyn.


New Parents Can Expect A Good Night’s Sleep Only Six Years From Now

Parents who think they can catch up on sleep are dreaming.

Kids' Health

What’s Up With The Dark Circles Under Your Kid’s Eyes?

Pediatricians explain how kids get dark circles and bags under their eyes, and why it's rarely cause for concern.


Why Do Happily Married Men Cheat?

Men often underestimate the emotional ramifications of their actions. Women often underestimate the shallowness of men.

Baby Names

I Was A Part Of The Lauren Boom And Bust Of The ’80s And ’90s

The name Lauren peaked in popularity in 1989 before retreating into relative obscurity.


How the Brain and Body Change When You Stop Breastfeeding

Bodies, brains, and libidos all change when people stop breastfeeding, but supportive partners and a fridge full of cabbage can help.


Smoking Pot Could Reduce Conflict, Aggression, and Violence in Marriages

Cannabis can treat anxiety and PTSD while enhancing intimacy, which could reduce conflict, doctors say.


Men Have Biological Clocks That Make Them Want To Have Kids

Most men want to have babies with increasing urgency over time, and scientists are just starting to figure out why.


There Are Two Types of Man Boobs, According to Science

Some men grow breasts as a result of hormonal imbalances, whereas other guys just have fat chests. It's important to know the difference.


5 Scientific Things That Happen to Men With Beards

To beard or not to beard? The science is prickly.


Scientists Have Decoded Baby Talk. Turns Out They’re Bossing Parents Around.

When babies babble, they are communicating exactly what they want. Even if they don't know it, parents are listening.


A Year-by-Year Guide to Your Risk of Divorce

Newlyweds and old married couples have one thing in common — they should never get too comfortable.


How Morning Sex Can Help With Male Fertility

Men may be more likely to get their partners pregnant if it's the first thing they do that day.


Testosterone, Low Testosterone, and the Men’s Health Crisis That Wasn’t

Pharmaceutical companies and clinics spent years pushing testosterone therapy as a cure-all for aging men. That's all over now. Maybe.


Do Men Cheat More? Maybe Not as Women Close the Infidelity Gap.

Scientists have yet to study who gets caught cheating the most, men or women, but clinicians and preliminary data suggest a few theories.


All Hail the Shower Beer: Why Drinking a Beer in the Shower Feels So Damn Good

Cracking open a cold one in the shower is much more than a guilty pleasure.


How Long Does My Wife Want to Have Sex For?

Sex should last longer than masturbation, but probably not as long as you think.


Is My Son Gay? Parents Can Learn A Lot From a Google Search.

A disturbing number of parents ask the search engine if their sons are gay.


How to (Responsibly) Talk to Girls About Gaining or Losing Weight

Obesity is a health risk, but parents aren't helping when they provide unsolicited feedback on their daughters' bodies.


The 5 People Your Spouse Is Most Likely to Cheat With

Men and women tend to cheat with the same types of people. Here’s who to look out for.


Is Baby Powder Safe to Use? Depends on What’s in It

Despite divides in legal and scientific communities, it may be best for parents to switch to a safer alternative.