10 Reasons to be Thankful for Birth Control

Tuesday Nov. 10 marked Thank You, Birth Control Day, and social media users celebrated by using the hashtag #ThxBirthControl to share the reasons why they’re grateful for the Pill, IUDs, contraceptive injections, condoms and more. We asked Ms. readers to share their stories of gratitude—take a look below for 10 reasons our readers are thankful for […]

Killing Women Softly: Questioning the American Cancer Society’s New Breast Cancer Guidelines

I was 44 years old when I went to the lab one lazy summer day for my annual mammogram. As I was leaving, the nurse said, “I see your doctor wants you to get a follow-up breast ultrasound, too.” One week later, after undergoing a lengthy breast sonogram and then a biopsy, my doctor called […]

Hey Politicians, Get Out of My Doctor’s Office!

It sounds like a plot line from a dystopian novella, but it’s real and happening right now: your doctor may be being forced to lie to you, and you have no way of knowing if what they are telling you is based on their expertise and scientific consensus, or if they are just mouthing the […]

Your Nail Polish Could Be Disrupting Your Hormone System

As my 10-year old daughter handed me her sleeping bag and pillow after the spa party, I noticed that her nails were decorated with multi-colored stickers. She said that she knew I worked in environmental health and wouldn’t want her to get her nails painted. I cringed but simultaneously rejoiced. I had officially become “that […]

Breast vs. Bottle: Time to End the Debate?

Another day, another heated discussion on Facebook about breastfeeding. This one in response to a somewhat provocatively titled New York Times article, “Overselling Breastfeeding,” by Courtney Jung. Like Jung, I’ve spent years of my life breastfeeding. I’ve cried tears of pain because it hurt so damn much, tears of anguish because all I wanted to do was […]

Pro-Choice? Download This Tinder-Inspired App Immediately

Get a kick out of swiping left when that scummy someone pops up on Tinder? Well, the founders of Lady Parts Justice have just upped the fun- and scum-factor with Hinder, a parody of the dating app that, in its own colorful words, “helps you keep track of all the unhinged anti-abortion zealots right in […]

New Print Mag CRWN Celebrates Black Women’s Natural Hair

Thanks to social media, lovers of natural hair have an endless number of forums to celebrate the beauty of their locks, braids and curls. One only has to search the hashtags #NaturalHair or #TeamNatural to be inundated with a stream of natural hair selfies and haircare tips. As wonderful as the web is, there’s something special about […]

Defend – Don’t Defund – Planned Parenthood

For some time now, Planned Parenthood has been the focus of right-wing attacks on a woman’s right to choose. But the firestorm sparked by the release of the videos produced by anti-choice activists posing as biomedical researchers have reached abysmal new lows. The videos show heavily edited conversations with Planned Parenthood representatives about the process […]

Period Positivity: New York City Leads the Way

Last summer, Feministing founder Jessica Valenti’s “The Case for Free Tampons” ignited an Internet firestorm, rife with vitriol and misogyny, at the mere mention of menstrual policies. What a difference a year makes. In 2015, period positivity is capturing headlines. Kiran Gandhi’s bold, tampon-free run of the London Marathon was widely celebrated (and just may catapult the phrase “free bleeding” into […]

When You’re Homeless and Menstruating

The following is a reprint from the latest issue of Ms. To get the entire magazine in your mailbox or inbox, subscribe now! When you think of survival items a homeless person may need, menstrual- hygiene products probably don’t immediately come to mind. The reality is that pads, tampons and liners often aren’t readily available to women […]