Posts tagged "womens health"

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2012

An Open Letter To My Period On The Occasion Of Coming Early

Dear My Period On The Occasion Of Coming Early,

You’ve been arriving like clockwork for 15 years. I was never a woman that had a problem with you coming a few days late. You always showed the telltale signs: I’d feel bloated, I’d want to eat junk, and I’d be weepy. But I…

Jessica Wakeman / November 12, 2012

Study: Female Genital Mutilation Ruins Sex Lives

Today in No Duh News: women who are forced to have their genitals cut as young girls have more sexual dysfunction as adults, according to a new study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. FGM or female circumcision removes all or part of a girl’s clitoris and labia for the purpose of…

Jessica Wakeman / October 19, 2012

I Love My IUD, So Why Didn’t My Doctor?

The first time I went in to get my intrauterine device, or IUD, my doctor asked me if I was in a relationship.

“Um, kind of?” I stammered. “I mean, no. But you know, I hear this is the way to go as far as, you know, protectiveness.”

“Hrm,” she said,…

Kate Conway / October 5, 2012

India To Outlaw Sex-Selective Abortions Of Girls

Even though India worships female goddesses, some of India’s expectant mothers have been pressured by a culture that privileges males into aborting their female fetuses. Authorities believe eight million girls may have been aborted in India in the last decade alone. Now the government is taking charge and planning to jail entire families for u…

Daley Quinn / September 19, 2012

Doctors Complete First-Ever Mother-Daughter Uterus Transplant

Doctors in Sweden have done the first mother-daughter uterus transplant, which can be useful if the daughter is experiencing fertility problems. Trippy! [NBC News]
Mitt Romney’s campaign debuted a new ad targeted towards women called “Dear Daughter.” [Feministing]
A historian at Harvard Divinity School has announced there is a piece of papyru…

Jessica Wakeman / September 18, 2012

5 Mysterious & Bizarre Symptoms Explained

One of the upsides to being a nurse is that I can generally tell you WHY you feel a certain way. One of the downsides is that I can generally tell you WHY you feel a certain way, which is why I rarely mention my medical background to people who don’t know me. After that…

The Stir / September 17, 2012

Virginia Passes Regulations That Seem To Shut Down Abortion Clinics

Virginia’s Board of Health has voted to pass building regulations pushed by anti-abortion advocates on things like hallway sizes and ventilation systems that will force many abortion clinics in the state to close. Just awful. [Huffington Post]
More on the accused Central Park rapist’s history of attacking elderly women. [ABC News]

Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2012

Teen Girl Escapes After Two Years Of Being Held Captive & Sexually Assaulted

Disturbing news out of Illinois today: a teenage girl from Missouri escaped from a home in which she had been held captive for the past two years.

The young woman, who was 15 when she went missing, said she had been sexually assaulted and beaten almost daily by an older man. She became…

Jessica Wakeman / August 24, 2012

Texas To Cut Off Funding For Poor Women’s Health Care At Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Texas is now allowed to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that participate in Texas’ Women’s Health Program. Planned Parenthood performs abortions, which the state opposes, and therefore they are allowed to defund the clinics.

The program helps roughly 130,00 low-income women with health care…

Daley Quinn / August 22, 2012

Paul Ryan Backpedals On His Politically Inconvenient Views Regarding “Forcible Rape”

Poor anti-abortion Republicans. It must be so hard having the general public pay attention to your extremist views. Case in point: Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is against legal abortion and joined Republicans — including Rep. Todd Akin! —  last year to try to rewrite language in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortio…

Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2012

Planned Parenthood Launches Breast Health Initiative

Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?

This astonishingly high statistic is one of the many things I learned about breast health at Planned Parenthood’s Breast Health Initiative briefing yesterday. Surrounded by some incredibly influential and inspirational women, including Planned Parenthood President Cecile…

Daley Quinn / August 21, 2012

Republicans Asking Rep. Todd Akin To Drop Out Of Race

Republicans are calling on poorly informed Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of his Senatorial race in Missouri.  Like, begging him: Seriously, please, dude. You are making us look terrible. [Huffington Post]
Other things Rep. Akin believes to be true about the uterus! [The Awl]
And here’s Em and Lo’s send-up of the…

Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012
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