Chlamydia Vaccine Trials Show Promising Results

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in the United States, with an estimated 1.7 million new cases recorded in 2017 alone. Chlamydia is by far the most common of these STDs, affecting an estimated 1 in 20 sexually-active women between the ages of 14 to 24. According to the New York State Department of… Read more »

HIV-Prevention Implant Completes First Human Trial

In an exciting development, the first human trial of a new HIV-prevention implant has recently been completed by the pharmaceutical company MSD. The implant could potentially offer an alternative means of delivery for PrEP drugs, which can prevent an individual from contracting HIV. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, offers a way for people who do not… Read more »

3D Mammograms Offer New Tool in Fight Against Breast Cancer

You probably already know that women 40 and over should get a mammogram each year to help detect breast cancer in its early stages. But did you know there’s a new type of mammogram that’s become available in recent years? Over the course of the past decade, 3D mammography has become an important innovation in… Read more »

Study Finds Botox Injections May Relieve Endometriosis Pain

If you’re one of the 176 million women worldwide who suffer from endometriosis, here’s some good news: a new study conducted by scientists at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) suggests that Botox injections may relieve endometriosis pain. The study found that Botox, best known as an anti-wrinkle treatment, can alleviate symptoms… Read more »

AI Tool Helps Women Find the Right Hormonal Contraceptive

Since the birth control pill was first introduced in the 1960s, millions of women have used hormonal contraceptives to gain a new measure of control over their reproductive health. Unfortunately, however, it can be difficult for women to find a hormonal contraceptive that doesn’t come with unpleasant side effects like nausea, weight gain and anxiety…. Read more »

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Rollback of Contraceptive Mandate

Late last year, the Trump administration attempted to significantly expand the scope of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate opt-out program. Under the administration’s new rules, virtually any employer could refuse to provide free birth control coverage to their employees by citing religious or moral objections. Just a few months after the new rules… Read more »

New Research Identifies Benefits of 12-Month Birth Control Supplies

Although it’s common practice for pharmacies to dispense only three months of birth control pills at a time, offering women 12-month supplies of birth control could reduce healthcare costs and unintended pregnancy rates, according to a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. This study, which was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh School of… Read more »

How Does an Abortion Affect Your Menstrual Cycle?

Both medical and surgical abortions are low-risk procedures that can safely and effectively terminate pregnancies. That said, many women have questions about how their menstrual cycles might be affected in the aftermath of an abortion. During a medical abortion – in which the pregnancy is terminated using a combination of two pills – it’s normal… Read more »

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 »