Uterus Transplants and the Social Pressures of Biological Motherhood


Last week, the Cleveland Clinic announced that it would begin performing uterus transplants on U.S. women. Over the next several years, 10 women participating in the clinic’s transplant trial will receive a uterus from a deceased donor. They’ll spend the following year healing, and then they’ll attempt to get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization. If a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Menstrual Merchandise—For When Tampons Just Aren’t Enough


Everyone knows about pads, tampons and the Diva Cup—but the world of period products and services is much more innovative than you might think. From tampon-replacing underwear to reusable pads, menstruation is a new frontier for pioneering companies—often helmed by women entrepreneurs—that embrace women’s sexuality and health as well as work to further ethical practices. Let us know if you think we’ve missed […]

Myth Busted: Women Don’t Regret Abortions


Last week, new data was published showing that more than 95 percent of women who’d had abortions felt the decision was right for them—immediately after termination and three years later. Via semi-annual phone calls over a period of three years, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, UC San Francisco’s think tank and reproductive well-being research group, collected responses from 667 women who […]