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Some Doctors Use Risky Drug, Aiming to Shape Girls’ Genitals and Behaviors

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by Alice Dreger

Dr. Mark Sloan, a pediatrician based in northern California, has written a very helpful overview of a controversial fetal engineering intervention: prenatal dexamethasone for pregnant women considered at risk of giving birth to a daughter with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).

Although CAH is relatively rare, the use of this prenatal intervention should interest and concern all women’s health advocates for two reasons:

  • This fetal intervention has been pushed through the … Read

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 Sama Resource Group for Women and Health and Dr. Renu Rajbhandari, founder of the Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (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 extremely controversial in recent years, especially following publication of a 2009 evidence review and subsequent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that mammography be considered on an individual basis for women in their 40s, 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 sweeping U.S. study 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 Educate Congress, 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 “Need To Know” 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. Click here 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 / Jenny Lee Silver

This month, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement calling for oral contraceptives to be sold over-the-counter, 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. Newly published data from 2009 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, fell steadily in the 1980s and 1990s, and started to level off in the past … Read