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What It's Like to Be an OB/GYN in Sierra Leone: An Interview

Each day, around 800 women across the globe die because of complications during pregnancy or childbirth. Doctors Without Borders, the international medical organization that sends physicians to impoverished areas, recently launched a multimedia project to illuminate the reality of these unnecessary deaths. Because… » 7/22/15 4:05pm 7/22/15 4:05pm

Feds to Insurance Companies: You Actually Have to Cover Birth Control

Three federal agencies issued a pointed set of “clarifications” Monday, basically reminding health insurance companies that under the Affordable Care Act, they really do have to cover birth control without a co-pay or deductible. No, seriously. The same goes for “well woman” exams, preventive services for transgender… » 5/11/15 6:45pm 5/11/15 6:45pm

Health Insurance Companies Are Illegally Charging for Birth Control

One of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act is that birth control methods — be it pill, patch, shot, ring — are supposed to be covered by insurance companies without a co-pay or other charges. But two studies from the National Women’s Law Center have found that many insurance companies are still charging for… » 5/01/15 4:40pm 5/01/15 4:40pm

What's The Big Deal? Asks Mom Who Breastfeeds from the Potty

The potty: good for peeing, pooping, propping one’s foot while shaving one’s legs, occasionally acting as a receptacle for mishandled iPhones—and in the case of one Instagrammin’ mom, a place to get the breastfeeding done, which, naturally, has caused a social media shitstorm (ha, see what I did there?). » 4/21/15 10:42pm 4/21/15 10:42pm

The Blogger Who Tells the Whole World About Her Genital Herpes 

Women’s Health has an essay today from Ella Dawson, a 22-year-old who wants you to know she has genital herpes. After her diagnosis in college, Dawson, whose day job is on TED’s social media team, has also made a second career writing frequently, openly and quite cheerily about the past two years of living, dating,… » 4/16/15 1:50pm 4/16/15 1:50pm

Tampons Could Be Used To Screen For Endometrial Cancer 

According to a new study, scientists have found that it's possible to detect tumor DNA from endometerial cancer using good old-fashioned tampons. Currently there is no effective (or easy) way to screen for the disease. Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecological cancer and currently accounts for six percent of… » 3/28/15 2:30pm 3/28/15 2:30pm

Don't Pee Before Sex Unless You Want A UTI

We spent my second-to-last night in London in his flat listening to old bands and piping. And then we did the same thing on my last night. I started daydreaming about our future life together the second I kissed him goodbye. Through customs. Through boarding. Through the first round of drinks from the cart. It got so… » 1/24/15 3:45pm 1/24/15 3:45pm

El Salvadoran Woman Denied Pardon in 30-Year Sentence for Miscarriage

An El Salvadoran woman known as "Guadalupe" currently serving a 30-year sentence for a 2007 miscarriage has been denied a pardon. Guadalupe—who was convicted of murdering her unborn baby—was expected to be cleared on Friday by the El Salvadoran Congress. But after a nail biting 43-42 vote, her release was denied. » 1/17/15 6:15pm 1/17/15 6:15pm

Ebola Is Temporarily Halting Female Genital Mutilation in Sierra Leone

The devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa has one slim silver lining: it's temporarily putting a stop to the female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone, where the procedure is traditionally performed on most pre-pubescent girls. Bloomberg reports that many FGM practitioners are refusing to do the procedure, because… » 1/14/15 4:20pm 1/14/15 4:20pm

Natasha Lyonne and More Very Cool People Really Want You to Vote

Joan Jett! Tracee Ellis Ross! Carrie Brownstein! A dancing ovary puppet! Everyone you ever thought was cool got together and remixed "Bad Reputation" to help you vote in next week's midterm elections on Nov. 4th. Why? The War on Women rages on and Republicans are trying to stop The Ladies from voting because we … » 10/28/14 6:10pm 10/28/14 6:10pm