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Potential Major Breakthrough in Early Detection of Gynecological Cancers

(John Hopkins University Hub)

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.

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Annual Visits to the Gynecologists Have Just Become More Affordable For Many. But Are They Still Necessary?

The ACA now requires most insurers to cover annual gynecological checkups for women without a co-pay. But is an annual checkup still necessary?

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Morning Roundup: Dillard’s Sponsors Event to Raise Money for Racist Billboards

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.

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Afternoon Roundup: Republicans Block Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on Eve of Human Rights Day

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.

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Medicaid Expansion May Increase Access to Birth Control

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.”

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The Human Papillomavirus: What You Need to Know

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.

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International Day of the Midwife

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.

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Where’s the Birth Control?

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.

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Women Need Health Care Reform, Stat!

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.

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Apparently You Don’t Need an Annual Pap Smear Anymore

I thought I needed to do this uncomfortable procedure once a year until a doctor informed me otherwise.

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