3D Mammograms Offer New Tool in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Mammogram Results

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

Botox

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

Birth Control Pills

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

Gavel and Scale

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

Birth Control on Calendar

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?

Tampon

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

The White House

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

Illinois State Capitol

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

Alabama State Capitol

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

Miscroscope Slide

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 »