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 »

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 »