Posts Categorized: Women’s Health

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 »

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 »

Lab Device Helps Scientists Study Female Reproductive Cycle

Half of the human population has female reproductive organs, and yet a significant amount of mystery still surrounds women-specific health issues. But hope may be on the horizon: only a few weeks ago, scientists revealed they had successfully created a miniature device that can mimic the female reproductive cycle. What does this mean for women… Read more »

Trudeau Pledges $650 Million for Reproductive Health Efforts

Earlier this month, International Women’s Day sparked demonstrations around the world in an encouraging show of support for women and gender-oppressed individuals. It also represented an important day for global health efforts, in large part due to a $650 million pledge made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to “close existing gaps” in reproductive health… Read more »

Experts Recommend Expanding Women’s Healthcare Coverage

In 2012 the Institute of Medicine (IoM) – now known as the National Academy of Medicine – compiled a list of eight recommended preventative healthcare services that insurance providers should provide for women without requiring them to pay money out of pocket. These services included routine STD screenings, breastfeeding support and supplies, FDA-approved methods of… Read more »

Pregnancy-Related Deaths Spike in Texas After Funding Cuts

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature voted to cut funding for family planning clinics by 66 percent statewide. Following the budget cuts, 82 family planning clinics were forced to close. Then, in January 2013, Texas eliminated Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid program. At the time, many public health officials raised concerns that the budget cuts… Read more »

Free App Helps Women Screen for Reproductive Health Issues

Here at South Avenue Women’s Services, we’re dedicated to ensuring that the women in the Rochester area receive the healthcare they need and deserve. Today, we’d like to tell you about a new app called Flutter which can help women perform a self-screening for a serious disease called endometriosis, and seek proper treatment. Endometriosis is… Read more »

New York Finally Repeals Tax on Tampons

Starting on September 1, 2016, women in New York will no longer have to contend with a sexist tax on feminine hygiene products like tampons, sanitary napkins and panty liners. This tax on feminine products has been in effect since New York first adopted a sales tax in 1965. Other products such as condoms and… Read more »