Study Finds Undiagnosed STIs Can Contribute to PMS Symptoms

With sexually transmitted diseases at historically high levels in the United States, it’s more important than ever for sexually-active individuals to undergo regular screenings for the infections that cause these diseases. Infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can have a variety of negative effects on reproductive health, particularly in women. According to a recent… Read more »

England Approves Plan to Let Women Take Abortion Pill at Home

Following months of campaigning from abortion rights activists, government officials have announced that women in England will be allowed to complete the medical abortion process at home by the end of 2018. Medical abortions – which are used to terminate pregnancies in the first ten weeks—account for 80 percent of all abortions in England. During… Read more »

FDA Approves Its First Birth Control App

Smartphone applications that track women’s menstrual cycles to help prevent pregnancies have been on the market for several years now, but they’ve been meet with their fair share of skepticism from health professionals. Critics have argued that these apps are effectively high-tech versions of the rhythm method—a notoriously unreliable method of birth control that has… Read more »

Birth Control Delivery App Nurx Expands Its Reach

There are more birth control options on the market than ever before, but many women still lack access to contraceptives due to regional socioeconomic and political pressures. According to a recent study conducted by The Campaign to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy, more than 19 million American women live in “contraceptive deserts” that do not offer reasonable… Read more »

Monroe County Has Second-Highest Rate of Chlamydia Infection in NY

In September 2017, the Centers for Disease Control announced that STD infection rates in the United States had hit a record high, with more than two million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis being reported in 2016. The CDC also found that chlamydia, which accounted for 1.6 million of the new diagnoses, was by… Read more »

Keep These Questions in Mind at Your Next Well-Woman Visit

Many women associate their annual OB-GYN visits with pelvic exams and pap smears, but these appointments are great opportunities to address a variety of other health concerns as well. Your OB-GYN can counsel you on your risk of heart disease, for example, because many early symptoms of heart disease in women are related to hormonal… Read more »

OB-GYN Visits Play an Important Role in Women’s Heart Health

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women should undergo an annual “well-woman visit” with their OB-GYN to evaluate their reproductive health, assess disease risk factors and promote positive disease prevention practices. These visits typically cover a wide variety of topics, and they can be tailored to suit the unique health histories… Read more »

Researchers Make New Strides Toward Male Birth Control Pill

In 2016, the ongoing search for an effective male birth control option hit a disappointing roadblock when human trails of an injectable hormonal contraceptive were halted due to concerns about the drug’s side effects. It’s worth noting that some of these side effects, which included weight gain and depression, are the same side effects that… Read more »

Study Finds Some Teens are Denied Access to Emergency Contraception

When over-the-counter emergency contraceptives like Plan B were first introduced in 2006, the FDA cleared them for use in people age 18 and over. In 2013, the FDA eliminated that age requirement, extending emergency contraceptive access to people of all ages. But despite the fact that emergency contraceptives have been available to people under the… Read more »

FDA Approves First Flushable Pregnancy Test

Home pregnancy tests have come a long way since they were first introduced in the late 1970s. Early home pregnancy tests looked more like amateur chemistry sets than over-the-counter pharmaceutical products. Today’s pregnancy tests are cheaper, faster and smaller than ever. Soon, you’ll even be able to find flushable pregnancy tests thanks to two former… Read more »