Cory Booker Announces Plan to Protect Abortion Rights

Last month, presidential candidate and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker unveiled details of a sweeping plan to protect abortion rights at the national level, should he be elected president in 2020. To begin with, Booker says that he would create a White House Office of Reproductive Freedom on “day one” as president. This office would… Read more »

Illinois Lawmakers Advance Reproductive Health Act to State Senate

While some states such as Alabama, Georgia and Ohio are passing legislation to restrict abortion access, lawmakers in other states (including New York) are enacting their own bills that protect reproductive rights and reinforce the legal precedent established by Roe v. Wade in 1973. Earlier this week, for example, the Illinois House of Representatives approved… Read more »

The Anti-Abortion Lobby May Have Overplayed Its Hand in Alabama

Last week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill into law that constitutes a near-total ban on abortion, making it the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. If the legislation goes into effect (and that’s a big ‘if’ given the court battle it’s sure to face) doctors who perform abortions could face penalties of… Read more »

Today’s Google Doodle Honors the Inventor of the Pap Smear

Have you visited Google today? If so, you probably noticed the illustration of a scientist observing cells under a microscope. This man is Georgios Papanikolaou, inventor of the pap smear and a medical pioneer who was born on this day 136 years ago. Papanikolaou began his studies in medical school when he was just 15…. Read more »

Get Ready to Celebrate National Women’s Health Week!

National Women’s Health Week begins this Sunday, and here at South Avenue Women’s Services we’re excited to honor a week dedicated to the advancement of women’s health and well-being. Looking for ways to get involved this year? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers some great suggestions to help anyone celebrate Women’s Health… Read more »

UC Berkeley Researchers Develop Unisex, Hormone-Free Birth Control

Earlier this month, a group of scientists at a UC-Berkeley based startup called YourChoice Therapeutics announced an exciting new development in a decade-long effort to create a new method of birth control that would offer all the benefits of hormonal contraceptives without their undesirable side effects such as migraines and weight gain. The scientists call… Read more »

The HPV Vaccine Has Slashed the Risk of Cervical Cancer in the UK

Just over a decade ago in 2008, the UK launched a nationwide campaign to immunize all girls aged 12 to 13 against two strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) which are known to cause cervical disease and cancer in both men and women. Now, 11 years later, a study published in the British Medical Journal… Read more »

How Far Do Women Have to Drive for Women’s Services [Infographic]

Here in Rochester, we’re fortunate to live in an area where women can readily access reproductive healthcare services. In more rural parts of the country, however, many women have to travel more than an hour to reach their nearest women’s health clinic. Did you know, for example, that 42 percent of American women living in… Read more »

New Chlamydia Test Provides Results in Just 30 Minutes

STD infection rates in the United States have reached record highs according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Monroe County is no exception. And while sexually transmitted infections of all kinds are on the rise, chlamydia is by far the most common STD in America. In a recent study, the CDC… Read more »

CDC Publishes New Statistics about HIV Transmission in America

Since the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, HIV transmission rates have fallen dramatically in the United States thanks to decades of public health education and scientific research. Today, high-risk individuals can even take daily doses of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent themselves from becoming infected with HIV. But despite the significant strides that have been… Read more »