Female Genital Mutilation Isn’t Just an African Problem

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of the now-classic gender-equality document, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action [pdf], and of the current meeting of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women has released a summary review [pdf] of the status of women since Beijing hosted the Fourth World Conference on Women. […]

Oregon Bill Would Grant Insurance Coverage for Abortion

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Reprinted with permission from RH Reality Check. Read the original here. Four Oregon lawmakers last Thursday introduced the Comprehensive Women’s Health Bill, intended to ensure access to affordable, full-spectrum reproductive health care for every woman and transgender man in the state. The bill, if passed, would make Oregon the first state in the nation to […]

Eating Disorder Awareness: It Starts With Us

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Before arriving at college, you hear warnings—from parents, classmates and maybe even teachers—about the terrifying “Freshman 15”: go to college, gain weight. The warnings might seem harmless, but it matters that we present weight gain as a problem to avoid. More than incoming college students are warned to watch out for their GPA, their alcohol […]

IUD Expulsion: Is it as Scary as it Sounds?

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Reprinted with permission from Bedsider. During the first few months of having my IUD, there were some moments of discomfort that made me wonder if the IUD was in the right place. When I went to my doctor for a follow-up exam, I talked about some of the pain I had been experiencing and my […]

New Study Shows More Than HALF of Abortion Clinics Face Threats

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Today marks 42 years since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legal. Despite the long-ago ruling, anti-abortion lawmakers and extremists continue to target abortion access—both in the halls of Congress and on the ground at clinics. New research from the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) reveals that clinics and […]

Exposing the Junk Science of the Anti-Choice Movement

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Abortion is linked to breast cancer. Abortion leads to mental illness and drug abuse. Women are frequently admitted to hospitals with abortion-related complications. One thing the above statements have in common? They’re myths, and abortion-rights activists have worked hard to debunk them. Most recently, as part of an investigative project, RH Reality Check found 14 doctors, scientists and […]

What’s Next for Contraception?

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The Pill was revolutionary for women, condoms were a major milestone in the fight against STIs, and new forms of birth control—such as the vaginal ring—gave women more control over their reproductive decisions. But what does the future hold for women and men? Take a look a the infographic below, from Online Health and NeoMam Studios, and […]

“Safe” Sex with IUDs Is Not Safe Enough

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An innovative study on birth control, published in the New England Journal of Medicine Oct. 2, was reported with such headlines as, “Free, long-acting contraceptives may greatly reduce teen pregnancy rate.” The three-year study of 1,400 teenage women who were offered various contraceptives at no cost showed that those who chose birth control pills, patches or rings were 22 times more […]

The Power of Social Media and the Thigh Gap Trap

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Reprinted with permission from Adios Barbie, “the intersectional body image site for every body, promoting media literacy, along with a large dose of healthy self-image.” Read the original post here! The thigh gap is everywhere—on social media sites, television, in books and clothing catalogs. It was even rumored that Beyoncé digitally altered photographs posted to her Instagram so that […]

Can Menstrual Products Mess With Your Birth Control?

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Reprinted with permission from Bedsider. Ever since I got my IUD last year, I’ve been pretty much in love, especially when my period comes around. Yes, I just said that. Getting to use my DivaCup with my ParaGard IUD is possibly the best thing ever. So you can only imagine that my world stopped a bit when a few […]