Posts tagged "womens health"

Girl Talk: How I’ve Turned Having Breast Cancer Into A Blessing

Did you know that about 10,000 “young” women will get breast cancer this year? I do now. I am one of them. It all started while my boyfriend and I were away for a long weekend to celebrate my 29th birthday. We were lying in bed and I reached my arm across my body. There…

By: Dena Stern / February 11, 2013

Michigan Republicans Think Women Should Be Forced To Have Invasive, Medically Unnecessary Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before An Abortion

Women would be forced to have invasive, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds two hours before having an abortion if Republicans in Michigan get their way. A male Republican in Michigan's state House of Representatives introduced a bill earlier this week similar to the one Virginia eventually backed-off of last year after public outcry.

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2013

Girl Talk: I Can’t Stop Sleeping

This story begins in a basement waiting room in Brooklyn. My boyfriend and I stare at our phones on a dirty looking love seat across from the reception desk. There's no service, and cellphone games give me headaches, so I pick up an issue of Parenting magazine, even though I am not a parent and --…

By: Caroline Jarvis / January 29, 2013

Miss America Contestant Says She’ll Get A Double Mastectomy Even If She Wins

For all the talk about Miss America being a "scholarship program," we all know that at its essence, it's still more a beauty contest than anything else. And even though the definition of beauty has evolved in so many ways over the years, some notions of it have not changed. Which is why current Miss District of…

By: The Stir / January 13, 2013

10 Completely Outrageous Facts About Menstruation

When I got my period for the first time, I cried. Hard. Just a few months before, while waiting to board to the bus to head to camp for a week, I saw a girl from my class bawling her eyes out. "What's wrong with Becky?" I asked one of my friends. "She got her period,"…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 8, 2013

15 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions (That You Can Actually Keep)

It’s that time of year. New Year’s Day is just a few days away, and that implies that it’s time to start planning for 2013. What do we want in the new year? What are our goals? What will it take to finally reach true happiness? Well, all of those things can include a healthier…

By: BlissTree / December 30, 2012

Ireland To Clarify Abortion Law Following Death Of Woman Who Was Refused Medical Care

Thirty-one-year-old Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland's University Hospital Galway in October after she was repeatedly denied medical care while suffering a miscarriage. Halappanavar, an Indian who lived and worked in Ireland with her husband, began miscarrying around October 24, 17 weeks into her her pregnancy. Her cervix had dilated, she was leaking amniotic fluid, and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 18, 2012

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Calls For Birth Control Over-The-Counter

Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, calling for birth control to be made available over-the-counter for women over age 18. He argues that if contraception was available over-the-counter, employers who object to covering BC in their health insurance plans would back off. That idea makes sense. However, Jindal's advocacy…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 15, 2012

CA Judge Derek Johnson Says Rape Victim “Didn’t Put Up A Fight,” Body Would Have Shut Down

Men who inaccurately believe a woman's body "just shuts down" during rape aren't just all up in your legislature making your laws. They also sit on your courts. California Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson has been publicly admonished in a 10-0 vote by the CA Commission on Judicial Performance for his comments that a 2008…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 14, 2012

What’s The Point In Suing Someone Over An STD?

A New York City woman is suing a "major Republican fundraiser" after he gave her herpes. What a catch! Not only did he give big bucks to Mitt Romney, but  he refused to wear a condom or inform her he had an STD. The New York Daily News reports they dated for two years until…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2012

Sarah Silverman Goes After The Bro-Choice Vote

No one ever really asked what the bros had to say about the Republican "war on women." Which was sad, really, because they stood to lose quite a lot of blowies if we all had to be barefoot and pregnant. They will be ignored no longer! Now Sarah Silverman is putting that whole having-dated-Jimmy-Kimmel thing…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 12, 2012

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Two Anti-Abortion Laws

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two anti-abortion laws — one which requires a woman to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus, another which restricts the use of the abortion pill — are unconstitutional and can't be enforced. [Huffington Post] Slightly more men than women think that rape joke…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 5, 2012

True Story: My Wife Has Hyperemesis Gravidarum, The Same Acute Morning Sickness As Kate Middleton

Given the Gawker mandate to be glib and ruthless, whether or not they know what they’re talking about, I won’t pretend to be shocked by a dashed-off remark in Monday’s post on Kate Middleton’s pregnancy: The Palace also reported that Kate was admitted to the hospital today with "hyperemesis gravidarum," which is what they call…

By: Evan Derkacz / December 5, 2012

How Does The Morning-After Pill Work? Let’s Find Out!

Here's a cute video from AsapSCIENCE that explains to you how the Plan B morning-after pill works. [The Mary Sue] A California judge has blocked a ban on so-called "gay reparative therapy" for LGBTQ youth, which claims to turn gay people straight, because he claimed it is "free speech." [Mommyish] Blogger Amanda Hess on why…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2012

Women With Endometriosis Are Seen As More Attractive, Study Claims

Women with the most severe forms of endometriosis are seen as more attractive than those with mild forms or no form of the disease, according to a new study conducted by Dr. Paolo Vercellini, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Universita degli Studi in Milan. Endometriosis is problem with a woman's uterus in which the tissue…

By: Daley Quinn / November 28, 2012

OB-GYNs Recommend The Pill Be Available Over-The-Counter

Birth control pills should be available over the counter without a prescription, the American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended yesterday.

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 21, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Vigil For Savita On Tuesday At Irish Embassy In NYC

Pro-choice activists will hold a candelit vigil outside the Irish Consulate in New York City tomorrow evening to remember Savita Halappanavar. The 31-year-old Indian woman died in an Irish hospital last month because doctors refused to provide an abortion while she was miscarrying; she eventually died from blood poisoning.  The embassy is located at 345…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2012

Protests In Ireland Over 31-Year-Old Woman Refused Medical Care During Miscarriage

Earlier this week, the world reacted to the news that a hospital in Ireland refused medical care to a woman during her miscarriage and she eventually died from blood poisoning. Savita Halappanavar, a dentist, began slowly and painfully miscarrying at 17 weeks into her pregnancy, but University Hospital Galway refused to terminate the pregnancy because…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 16, 2012

Access To Contraception Is A Human Right, United Nation Declares

Access to contraception is a universal human right, the United Nations has declared. The annual report "State Of The World Population 2012," released today by the U.N. Population Fund regarding women and children in the developing world, is the first ever to describe contraception as a human right. By doing so, the Associated Press explains,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2012

Irish Woman Savita Halappanavar, 31, Dies Because Hospital Refuses Abortion

A young dentist named Savita Halappanavar died last month in Ireland because University Hospital Galway repeatedly refused to perform an abortion. Doctors would not terminate the clearly-failing pregnancy while she was undergoing a painful miscarriage because the fetal heartbeat was still present. Her fetus was eventually removed from her body when the heartbeat stopped, but not after…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2012
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