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 »

Study Finds Faulty Gene Doesn’t Affect Breast Cancer Survival Rates

When it comes to serious health issues like breast cancer, it can be difficult to get the facts straight on fundamental questions: What risk factors should I be concerned about? What procedure should I get if I do get breast cancer? Am I more or less likely to be at risk if I follow a… Read more »

Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Tips for Women

Have you struggled with painful urinary tract infections (UTIs) in the past? You’re not alone. Because of anatomical differences, women are generally more likely to contract UTIs than men. These infections are typically caused by the bacteria E. coli when it’s accidentally transferred from the anus to the urethra. Each time you have a UTI,… Read more »

Treat Yourself to an Annual Well-Woman Visit [Infographic]

It’s safe to say that most people don’t exactly look forward to visiting the doctor, but regular checkups are an important part of a proactive health regimen. These doctor appointments can allow women to tackle a variety of health issues head-on, from family planning concerns to cancer screenings and heart disease risk assessments. Unfortunately, however,… Read more »

Federal Judge Blocks Rollback of Contraception Mandate

The Republican-controlled US Congress may have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, but the Trump Administration is still attempting to dismantle some of its core features. In October, for example, the White House announced that it would end the bill’s birth control mandate which requires businesses to provide free contraceptive coverage… Read more »

GE Offers a New, More Comfortable Mammogram

Mammograms are important health screenings that the American Cancer Society recommends all women over the age of 44 should undergo once a year. But despite their ability to identify signs of breast cancer, many women are still reluctant to receive regular mammograms.  This is due in large part to the fact that the compression phase… Read more »

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Since Breast Cancer Awareness Month was officially established in 1989, we’ve all become familiar with the pink ribbons that adorn cars and storefronts this time of year. For many of us, these symbols remind us of a loved one, or even our own struggles with this frightening disease.  Cancer researchers have made some remarkable strides… Read more »