How the ‘Period Paradox’ Keeps Women Down

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 […]

The CDC Tells Women Not on Birth Control That They Can’t Drink. Seriously?

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 […]

Texas’ Anti-Abortion Law is Having a Predictably Terrible Effect on Women

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 […]

Tea, Cookies and At-Home Abortions

As the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22—and with the Supreme Court set to revisit women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole case, the most serious threat to abortion since 1992—the Ms. Blog decided to look back at the realities of illegal abortion pre-Roe, and for women today who […]

The U.S. Just Got a D+ on Reproductive Health and Rights

A woman’s reproductive health and rights should not depend upon her zip code, but increasingly they do. The Population Institute last week released its annual 50-state report card on reproductive health and rights, and it points to alarming disparities. Four states received an A (California, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington), but 19 states received a […]

Periods Went Public in 2015: Here’s What’s Next!

From Cosmo to The Guardian to BuzzFeed to the Times of India, there has been resounding consensus that 2015 was “The  Year The Period Went Public.” NPR’s “Why 2015 Was the Year of the Period” called the year’s period positivity an “epic” phenomenon, calculating that the number of times the word menstruation was mentioned in five national news outlets […]

Stop Taxing Menstruation: It’s the Fair and Equitable Thing to Do

Since when are tampons a luxury? In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands in the United Kingdom responded with outrage after Parliament failed to muster the votes to abolish the national Tampon Tax—a 5 percent surcharge on “non-essential luxury items,” feminine hygiene included. The debate took a curious turn last week, with the announcement that the £15 million in annual […]

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 […]