Our Bodies, Our Blog

Myhags Goes to Nepal: Women’s Health Activists Discuss Cross-Border Surrogacy

By Judy Norsigian |

Women in Udaipur, eastern Nepal with WOREC founder Dr. Renu Rajbhandari (far left) and the My Nepali booklets to which they contributed. Photo / Judy Norsigian

In early October, I had the honor of co-leading a workshop in Kathmandu on the growing popularity of cross-border surrogacy arrangements with two colleagues from the New Delhi-based and Health and Dr. Renu Rajbhandari, founder of the (WOREC).

Already … Read

From Prevention to Palliative Care: Changing the Face of HIV/AIDS Outreach in Rural Nigeria

By Guest Contributor |

By Eyitemi Mogbeyiteren

In 2011, three members of our outreach team were kidnapped in the Delta State of Nigeria. We were held captive for several weeks, during which we were repeatedly raped, and only released after a ransom was paid to the kidnappers. Soon after, we learned that all three of us had tested positive for HIV.

My name is Eyitemi Mogbeyiteren, and I work with Women for Empowerment, Development and Gender Reform. Our goal is to ensure that … Read

The Benefits and Harms of Routine Mammograms

By Rachel Walden |

The topic of routine screening mammography has become in recent years, especially following publication of a 2009 evidence review and subsequent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that , rather than automatically recommending mammograms for all women in that age group.

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Do Screening Mammograms Do Read Harm Than Good?

By Judy Norsigian |

A published on Nov. 22, 2012 in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that mammograms have done surprisingly little to catch deadly cancers before they spread. At the same time, they have led read than a million women to be treated for growths that never would have threatened their lives. 

Women over 40 are routinely advised to have yearly mammograms, and it’s widely believed that having one is key to … Read

Lies Straight From the Pit of Hell and Other Comments on Biology and Women’s Health

By Kiki Zeldes |

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory … all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.”

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Comments like these are what spurred us to create , a campaign to deliver “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Because these comments really were spoken by … Read

Judy Norsigian on PBS “Need to Know”: Women’s Health in Texas

By Kiki Zeldes |

As attacks on women’s access to reproductive health care continue, some states are slashing their budgets for family planning clinics.  The PBS news show “” examines the effects of these cuts on women in Texas.

The episode features Myhags Executive Director Judy Norsigian, who offers an historical perspective of the fight for women’s reproductive freedom.

The episode airs today and tomorrow on various PBS stations. to find your local station and air … Read

Pros and Cons of Making the Birth Control Pill Available Without a Prescription

By Rachel Walden |

Though it won’t be as accessible as condoms, health experts are proposing to make the birth control pill available without a prescription. Photo /

This month, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calling for oral contraceptives to , no longer requiring a doctor’s prescription.

ACOG considered a host of issues, including the safety of birth control pills; whether pharmacists could screen for who shouldn’t get them, or if women could self-screen; adherence … Read

CDC Releases New Data on U.S. Abortions

By Rachel Walden |

Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases information on the number of abortions in the United States.  shows that rates of abortion overall have decreased 5 percent since 2008 to the lowest levels since 2000. In general, rates of abortion were highest right after legalization, , and started to level off in the past … Read

What Do You Want Congress to Know About Women’s Bodies & Health?

By Rachel Walden |

We’ve been amazed by — and grateful for — the left by supporters of the campaign about why the site matters to them and what they want Congress to know about reproductive and sexual health.

During the recent election cycle it became all too apparent that there is a *lot* that some members still need to learn. Speaking from my experience, I want Congress to understand read about the science behind conception. Rep. Paul Ryan … Read