Posts tagged "womens health"

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 didn't put…
By: 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 restricting…
By: 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, flipping her chart closed.
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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. […
By: 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 pregnant by…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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…
By: 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'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012

Everyone Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Is A Moron, Except For Those Who Don’t

Amelia is still down on the floor of her bathroom with her hand mirror, trying to find that anti-pregnancy rape mechanism thingamajig [APRMT] inside that will keep her from getting pregnant if she's raped. I keep telling her that no such body part actually exists in a woman's body and Missouri Rep. Todd…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012

Longtime Tennessee Abortion Clinic Forced To Close

A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women's Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women's health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the only…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2012

Girl Talk: I Had An Abortion

This piece first appeared on Eyelid's LiveJournal and has been reprinted with her permission. You can read some clarifying background info here. So uh, don't freak out, but I was pregnant and had to have an abortion last weekend. Yes, yes I know, my uterus is ruled by Murphy's Law.  Patrick and I…
By: Eyelid / August 17, 2012

Former Susan G. Komen Exec Karen Handel Writes Anti-Planned Parenthood Book

God bless America, the land where you can resign from your job in shame after doing something douchey and then turn around and blame it on the victim of your attack.  I speak, of course, of Karen Handel, an anti-abortion ex-politician and former executive of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, who…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 14, 2012

Gay Rights, Planned Parenthood On Agenda At Democratic National Convention

Next month the Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Democratic delegates will nominate President Barack Obama for their candidate. Such events are not just about nominating a candidate, though, but an overall PR blitz for their party's values. Politico has seen drafts ("a starting point") of convention-planning documents describing the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012

5 Reasons I’m Going To Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes – And You Should Go, Too

I’m one of the hundreds of people signed up to go to Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes this fall.  Here are the top five reasons I hope you’ll be joining me there.
By: Elizabeth Reaser / August 10, 2012

Cool Infographic: Will My Birth Control Be Free?

See larger version here. So, the rules for governing copay-free birth control under the Affordable Care Act are, predictably, kinda complicated. You could spend four hours trying to get through to a real human at your insurance company (if you’re lucky enough to have insurance, that is) to find out whether you’re eligible, or…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 9, 2012

Elizabeth Banks Stands Up For Planned Parenthood

Actress Elizabeth Banks continues to be a magical unicorn from my dreams with this just-released video in support of Barack Obama's 2012 campaign. Banks talks about why she supports Planned Parenthood — when she was a broke college graduate they helped regulate her heavy flow! — and Obama's overall support for women's health care. (No…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2012
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