In what could be a major breakthrough, researchers developed a test—similar to the Pap Test—that was able to find ovarian and uterine cancer cells in cervical fluid. Though it is years from the market it has the potential to save thousands of lives.
The ACA now requires most insurers to cover annual gynecological checkups for women without a co-pay. But is an annual checkup still necessary?
Testing at home for HPV, Montana guts family planning program, Tennessee will reimburse vaginal and C-section births at the same rate, nineteen Senators sign letter supporting Planned Parenthood, and Dillard’s department store is sponsoring a fashion show to benefit Heroic Media, who is raising money for more racist billboards.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell falls temporarily – and with it the hopes of a repeal of the military abortion ban; the U.S. fails on almost all measurable goals for improving women’s health; Afghan women get a hand from the UN and a new report and more.
An expanded Medicaid provision in health care reform may increase access to birth control. Predictably, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is screaming that this is actually “dismissive of women.”
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States. Approximately 75 percent of all sexually active individuals will contract HPV at some time in their lives. There are many different strains of HPV, some more dangerous than others. Here is what you need to know.
Since tomorrow, May 5, is the International Day of the Midwife, I thought it fitting to take a moment to both acknowledge the day and why it’s so important to me to link discussions about midwifery and childbirth to the broader reproductive and sexual health and rights movement in the U.S.
None of the bills emerging from either the House or the Senate require insurers to cover all of the elements of a basic gynecological "well-woman" visit leaving out essential care such as pelvic exams, STI counseling and – yes – birth control.
Too often, I find myself telling patients with easily treatable conditions that I can’t help them — they don’t have the money to get well and it rips me apart. That’s why I am an ardent advocate for health care reform.
I thought I needed to do this uncomfortable procedure once a year until a doctor informed me otherwise.