Why I Had My Babies With a Midwife Instead of a Doctor

“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. »Friday 10:39am11/20/15 10:39am


Can We Turn Stem Cells Into Eggs?  

Northeastern University biologist Jonathan Tilly is certain he’s found egg-making stem cells in adult mice. If he’s right, it would refute decades-old work that showed female mammals finish making all their eggs before or shortly after birth. This might make it possible to grow new eggs inside the ovaries of older… »11/09/15 3:15pm11/09/15 3:15pm

All the Ways Birth Control Pills Can Affect Your Sex Life, for Better or Worse

Around 10 million women in the U.S. take some form of birth control pill, and with good reason: the Pill is one of the most effective birth control methods. But messing with your hormones can alter your sex life in positive and negative ways. Here’s what you need to know, as a pill-taker or as the partner of one. »10/09/15 1:28pm10/09/15 1:28pm

New Video Investigates Flawed Science In 'Nanny Murder Trial' 

In 1997, 19-year-old nanny Louise Woodward was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen. The case became known as the “Nanny Murder Trial” and ended up introducing much of the U.S. to something called shaken baby syndrome, which is said to have caused Eappen’s death. »9/14/15 3:45pm9/14/15 3:45pm

Here's How That New Sex Pill for Women Actually Works

Yesterday, the FDA voted to approve flibanserin, a new drug to treat women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or lack of desire for sex. The drug, marketed as Addyi, has been touted as “female Viagra,” in the sense that it helps bring sex back into these women’s lives. But flibanserin doesn’t actually work like… »6/29/15 6:44pm6/29/15 6:44pm

Scientists May Have Finally Discovered a Chlamydia Vaccine

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, infecting around 1.4 million people in the United States in 2012. The infection is gnarly: it can lead to ectopic pregnancies, pneumonia, and infertility in women, and can also cause blindness if you get the infection in your eyes (which you should… »6/23/15 9:30pm6/23/15 9:30pm

Different Options for Male Contraception Could Be On Their Way

Last time we heard about Vasalgel, the male contraceptive that is expected to be the first one of its kind to be approved by the FDA, there was hope that it could be available to the public as soon as 2017. It’s now expected to hit the US market at least a year later, but there could be even more options for male… »6/21/15 6:20pm6/21/15 6:20pm

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… »5/27/15 4:28pm5/27/15 4:28pm