Pads and tampons aren’t the only ways to manage your flow during shark week. Menstrual cups are another great option. But unless you’ve personally tried one, or know somebody who has, you probably see these rubbery wonders as shrouded in mystery. Today we lift the veil.
Planned Parenthood has announced that it will endorse Hillary Clinton for president. According to the New York Times, this marks the first time the health care organization has publicly backed a candidate in a presidential primary.
Wow! Just wow! Women’s Health editor-in-chief Amy Keller Laird announced this week that the magazine is replacing words like “shrink” and “diet” with words like “toned,” “strong” and “sexy” on their covers. They’re also entirely getting rid of the infamous women’s magazine coverlines “Bikini Body” and “Drop Two Sizes.”
Republican lawmakers in Ohio are planning on introducing legislation that would require women who have undergone abortions at clinics or been treated for a miscarriage to sign a form designating burial or cremation of the fetal remains.
A Tennessee woman who attempted self-abortion six months into her pregnancy has been charged with attempted murder in the first degree.
According to researchers from the American Cancer Society, there’s been an increase in the number of women under the age of 26 who have been diagnosed with early-stage cervical cancer, most likely the effect of Obamacare.
“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.
October is breast cancer awareness month. As we sign up for 5Ks, save yogurt lids, and take in the sights of familiar buildings awash in pink backlighting, women’s health is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. And in a coincidence of scheduling, October is also domestic violence awareness month. The color of the…
The American Cancer Society has revamped its guidelines on mammograms, recommending that patients start them later and do them less often.
Texas’ Health & Human Services Commission announced Monday that it will terminate the Medicaid contracts for all Planned Parenthood clinics in the state. The move, which will definitely be challenged in court, would cut off thousands of poor women from preventive care like Well Woman exams, HIV tests and birth control.
There’s an active debate in the medical community about the age at which women should start regularly going in for mammograms. In 2009, the US Preventative Services Task Force raised the starting age of its recommendation, suggesting that women receive a mammogram every other year starting at age 50 and stopping at…
Toni Morrison was a featured guest at the New Yorker Festival on Friday in a conversation that touched on everything from the Charleston church shooting to writing about race and her theory on female gods.
On Tuesday, September 29, Planned Parenthood health centers will offer free STD testing in 28 cities. The offering is part of “National Pink Out Day,” which is being held in order to rally support for the women’s healthcare provider.
The fate of Planned Parenthood has been in the hands of irritable men and a few irritable women as congressional Republicans continue to push for its defunding, most recently threatening a government shutdown. However, the gang here at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. is not stressed about it — the question…
The Obama administration said today that it is dedicating an additional $300 million to reduce HIV infection rates among women and girls in 10 African countries. The Associated Press reports that the administration is aiming at “25 percent infection reduction in females between ages 15-24 by the end of next year and a…
Teens at the High School for Arts and Business in Corona, Queens, won’t ever have to worry if they forget to bring a tampon. New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland unveiled the first dispenser offering free feminine hygiene products at the school on Tuesday. The machine will be stocked with free maxi…
After Jessica Biel went off birth control to try for a baby (which resulted in little Silas, her spawn with Justin Timberlake), she realized she had a lot of questions pertaining to pregnancy, contraception and her own body. To help educate women like herself, Biel teamed up with Saundra Pelletier, founder of the…
A woman was arrested at her gynecologist’s office after being identified as an undocumented Mexican immigrant. She had come to the clinic seeking a routine checkup; now she is being held in a Texas detention center on a $35,000 bond.
There’s a perception that men are the stubborn doctor-avoiders of the sexes, but women delay seeking care as well, for their own reasons. It will shock no one to find out that the main reason women avoid care is embarrassment.
The first time Crystal Wang had a gynecological exam was at a large medical center in the central business district of Beijing. When she arrived at the examination area, she was taken aback by a bold red sign that said 处女不能检查, or “virgins may not be examined.”