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 »

Essential Health Screenings for Women of All Ages

In our last blog entry, we discussed two distinct breast cancer screening techniques – mammography and thermography. Mammograms are particularly important health screenings that The American Cancer Society recommends all women age 45 and older should undergo once a year. But mammograms are far from the only health screening women should have each year. Today… Read more »

What’s the Difference Between Mammography and Thermography?

The American Cancer Society recommends that all women age 45 and older get an annual mammogram to screen for breast cancer. Prior to that, women who notice any changes in the look and feel of their breasts should undergo a mammogram as well. Mammography utilizes X-rays to identify anatomical changes in breast tissue that occur… Read more »

Trump Administration Expected to End Birth Control Mandate

Republican senators may have failed in their recent attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but at least one component of the sweeping Obama-era healthcare bill is still in jeopardy. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, the Trump Administration is finalizing plans to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s… Read more »

In Colorado, Pharmacists Can Now Prescribe Birth Control

With the future of a federal mandate requiring free birth control coverage in jeopardy, a number of states are stepping in to take matters into their own hands. Here in New York, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the state government would take “aggressive action” to protect women’s access to no-cost birth control… Read more »

Research Suggests America Could Soon Face an OB/GYN Shortage

According to a new study by Doximity, a wave of retirements over the next 10 years could mean a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists, making it increasingly difficult for women to access essential reproductive health services. The survey, which was conducted by a social network for physicians and advanced practice clinicians, ultimately found the average… Read more »

Oregon Passes Comprehensive Reproductive Health Equality Act

It’s not hard to tell that reproductive healthcare in the U.S. has faced multiple threats in recent months. As state legislatures embrace President Trump’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, the Senate has been advocating for a replacement healthcare bill that could threaten women’s rights across the board. And yet, Oregon is now taking steps to… Read more »

UN Encourages New York to Update Reproductive Health Law

New York State’s legislative session is drawing to a close and the Senate is running out of time to pass the Reproductive Health Act, which would update antiquated abortion policies that have been in place since before the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. In particular, the bill would eliminate two long-standing statutes… Read more »

Plant-Based Chemicals Could Become New Contraceptive Option

Last week, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley announced their discovery of two wild plant compounds that could serve as “molecular condoms,” blocking fertilization in what could become the next generation of male contraception. The compounds themselves are derived from chemicals found in dandelion roots, as well as the plant Tripterygium wilfordii, better known… Read more »

Many Women Still Lack Access to Long-Term Birth Control

Despite recent scientific gains in the world of female reproductive research, a significant number of American women still lack access to long-lasting contraception following childbirth. According to research conducted at the University of Michigan, although the rate of postpartum IUDs and implants has increased sevenfold over the past five years, 96 percent of those cases… Read more »