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Occasional posts examining the intersection between health, politics, and reproductive justice.

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Science Says Period Brains Aren’t A Thing: Women Are Not Surprised

July 17, 2017

Finally, a study shows what those of us who menstruate already know: there is no such thing as “period brain.” According to…

Study Finds Abortion Care via Telemedicine is Safe and Effective

July 6, 2017

Telemedicine has the potential to bring safe medication abortion to women in countries with extremely restricted access to abortion, according to a…

Tales, Tips, and Love from Women Caregivers

July 3, 2017

by Elayne Clift Women have always been caregivers. Whether looking after small children, elders, other family members or friends in small communities…

The Senate GOP Health Care Bill and Women’s Health

June 26, 2017

The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the Senate GOP version of the health care bill (also known as the bill written in…

Self-Care in the Age of Trump Care

June 22, 2017

A few days after the November election, my head in a universal fog of despair, I packed my doula bag and set…

The Status of Black Women in the United States

June 19, 2017

Black women remain deeply impacted by structural and systemic inequity that affects every area of their lives. Despite this, Black women are…

Why Are So Many American Women Having Mastectomies?

June 15, 2017

by Diana Zuckerman, PhD, and Megan Polanin, PhD When Angelina Jolie publicly announced her double mastectomy four years ago, she was praised for…

US Has Some of the Worst Health Disparities in the World

June 8, 2017

Health disparities in the United States are, unfortunately, nothing new. We’ve written before about the wide disparities in health by gender, race…

Trump Administration Set to Make Denying Birth Control Coverage Even Easier

June 1, 2017

If you believe appointing an anti-contraception activist to lead the federal family planning program was bad for women’s health, you’re not going…

The Ongoing Tale About “The Handmaid’s Tale”

May 26, 2017

With the wild popularity of the new TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” surrogacy is back in the limelight. The Hulu show, based…

Period Tracking Apps: The Good and the Bad

May 19, 2017

Millions of people use menstrual tracking apps on their phones to chart monthly cycles and hormone levels. There’s nothing wrong with a…

Join Gloria Steinem and Our Bodies Ourselves for an evening of conversation!

May 16, 2017

a note from OBOS executive director Julie Childers… Dear friends of OBOS, I’m delighted to invite you to an intimate evening of…

The Fox Guarding the Hen House: A New Battle Over Birth Control

May 11, 2017

Last week, President Trump appointed fervent anti-contraception activist Teresa Manning to head up Title X, the nation’s family planning program, which provides…

The Ongoing Search for Long-Acting, Reversible Male Contraceptives

May 9, 2017

by Elaine Lissner and Linda Brent Access to safe, affordable, and effective birth control is critical to the health and well-being of…

Cable News Gets It Wrong on Abortion and Reproductive Rights

April 28, 2017

It may come as no surprise that TV news coverage of reproductive rights is often inaccurate or misleading. Now a new study, How…

Breast Cancer, Breast Implants, and Me: Making Decisions and Moving Forward

April 24, 2017

by Caroline Moore At 41 years old, I had just married the man of my dreams. With two young kids in tow…

Questions about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Erased on National Surveys

April 21, 2017

Just last week, I wrote about a groundbreaking study on the health and well-being of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) adults…

Right to Try? Or Right to be Exploited Before You Die?

April 17, 2017

My friend Gwen went from being a healthy woman living a happy life to being diagnosed with a fatal cancer in a…

New Findings on the Health of Older LGBT Adults

April 13, 2017

In a new study, researchers offer insight into the health and well-being of aging lesbians, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) adults across the…

Is Surrogacy Always a “Win-Win” situation?

April 10, 2017

Surrogacy is an arrangement between a gestational mother and a person or couple (the intended parents) for whom she carries and births…

New GOP Health Care Plan Would Hurt People who Need Health Care Most!

April 5, 2017

By Raising Women’s Voices Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives gave up on their first attempt to replace the Affordable Care…