As a lifetime advocate for women and women’s health, I know that we must take on cervical cancer with the same passion and impatience that we did with maternal mortality and HIV. How to do this twenty years later is a question I am struggling with.
My first two children were born without medical intervention, and now the prospect of an induction and related complications now loomed large in my mind. Working in the field of women’s health, I already knew all too well that the most dangerous thing many women will ever do is have a baby.
The truth is, we know how to stop infectious disease outbreaks before they become devastating epidemics. So why aren’t we stopping epidemics every time, everywhere?
“All right, let’s take it out,” I said, leaning forward in my chair and sighing heavily at the doctor. What a waste. For the past month, I’d had inside my body a gnawing little T-shaped device made out of plastic and copper, called ParaGard. It had seemed to me an ideal birth control solution: invisible, […]
Reusable menstrual pads are making a comeback, and this time they’ve got feminism on their side. Yes, we said reusable. Here’s why we believe that this trend may be the start of a new feminist period (pun intended). Menstruating is ridiculously expensive. When we actually stopped to consider the costs incurred to manage a normal, […]
Imagine being a teenager before 1972. Birth control is not a legal option. You haven’t had a period for three months. The swelling in your belly confirms your worst fears. You aren’t ready to get married. A back-alley abortion is dangerous. If your condition becomes public, you face certain shame and blame for having “gotten […]
By now you’re probably familiar with Texas’ HB2, the anti-abortion law at the heart of the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. But HB2 is just one law in an epidemic of “bad medicine” anti-abortion restrictions that are sweeping the nation. Laws like this undermine health care […]
It’s been a red-letter couple weeks for menstruation-related media. First came Olivia Goldhill’s call for funding for period-pain research in Quartz, followed by news of a policy in China’s Anhui province to institute a “paid menstrual leave” program. In many ways, stories like this are positive, simply because they challenge the notion that periods are inherently […]
There is a clear difference between disease control and prevention, and outright paternalism and mistrust of women. Based on recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the organization seems to have difficulty making that distinction. On Tuesday, the CDC released a set of guidelines on alcohol consumption and pregnancy, recommending that any women who […]
A new study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) has found that, thanks to Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB2—parts of which are currently under consideration by the Supreme Court—women face a variety of obstacles that delay care and, in some cases, prevent them from obtaining a desired abortion. The study found that after being turned away […]